Queensland COVID-19 research

This page of Queensland’s research related to the COVID-19 pandemic is compiled from information provided by Queensland universities and research institutes.

While many of our researchers are working on potential vaccines, treatments and other medical interventions, other researchers are applying their expertise to other impacts of the pandemic upon our economy and other aspects of society. The data includes immediate research activity, recent relevant work, proposed research (subject to available funds) and other responses using the resources and expertise of our research organisations.

Listing 4 matching responses out of 142 total responses.

  • Nanofibers with antiviral activity: potential applications for improving personal protective equipment safety. April 2021

    COVID-19 is a novel viral disease and there is no pre-existing immunity in our community. This Advance Queensland Industry Research Fellowship project led by Dr. Nasim Amiralian from UQ's Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology will develop antiviral materials using small fibres extracted from sugarcane which can be incorporated into different materials and surfaces such as face masks, plastics and metals to kill viruses. The project outcome will assist with the management of COVID-19 and preparedness for similar future events.

    #Personal Protection Equipment (PPE)


    Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology
    The University of Queensland

    Contact details
    Doctor Nasim Amiralian
    UQ Amplify Researcher
    +61 7 344 31303
    • Manildra Harwood Sugar (Sunshine Sugar)
    • Evolve Group
  • Griffith’s additive manufacturing expertise being used to help in supply of essential personal protective equipment April 2020

    Griffith Universty's expertise and 3D printers are being used to help manufacture essential protective equipment for frontline health workers across Australia. As part of a call-out by the state’s health authorities, hospital-grade designs were shared with volunteers with access to 3D printers. Griffith’s Advanced Design and Prototyping Technologies Institute (ADaPT) and Queensland College of Art (QCA) are producing face shields and other personal protective equipment (PPE) using 3D printers from a number of facilities and schools across the university to help maintain supplies during the COVID-19 crisis. ADaPT Manager Derek Smith said it was perfectly placed to respond. “ADaPT already works closely with the Gold Coast University Hospital on a range of projects, and we’ve been able to move fast to make PPE parts,” he said. “We’re leading the different disciplines across the university that are working on this project, from design and engineering to health.

    #Personal Protection Equipment (PPE)


    Advanced Design and Prototyping Technologies Institute
    Griffith University

    Contact details
    Mr Derek Smith
    Technical Manager
    +61 7567 80547
    • Metro North Hospital and Health Service
    • Queensland College of Art
  • Medical Engineering Research Facility part of national team of experts that joined forces to boost ventilator stocks April 2020

    QUT's Medical Engineering Research Facility has played a central role in bringing together researchers, engineers, medical specialists and industry to create new ventilators and other urgent medical equipment. The national team collaborated on developing the OzVader Ventilator project – a new Intermittent Mandatory Ventilator (IMV) design which could be used to treat ICU patients locally and globally. Leading intensive care specialists and respiratory experts from The Prince Charles Hospital in Brisbane and two Melbourne hospitals provided clinical guidance on the ventilator design.

    #Personal Protection Equipment (PPE)


    Medical Engineering Research Facility
    Queensland University of Technology

    Contact details
    Professor Cameron Brown
    +61 4 3460 6973
    • Co-Director Prof Roass Crawford
    • Collaborator:
    • Prince Charles Hospital
    • Centre for Biomedical Technologies
    • Olitek
    • Elexon
    • Titley Scientific
    • Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing (ARM) Hub
    • Narm Rubber
    • Austin Hospital - Melbourne
    • Epworth Hospitals - Melbourne
  • Rapid response medical manufacturing. August 2020

    The goal of the Advance Queensland Industry Research Fellowship project led by Ms Naomi Paxton from QUT's Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation is to develop novel 3D printed masks using local manufacturing to increase supplies in Queensland hospitals, whilst also engaging with community 3D printing labs to ensure the safe production of personal protective equipment and other medical products during crisis responses.

    #Personal Protection Equipment (PPE)


    Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
    Queensland University of Technology

    Contact details
    Ms Naomi Paxton
    Postdoctoral Research Fellow
    +61 7 3138 0961
    • 3D Systems
    • Metro North Hospital and Health Service
    • CSIRO
    • Edale Capital

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