Wednesday 28 March 2018 4:40pm
The Health Research Council has awarded Professor Krause a $150,000 Explorer Grant to investigate whether proteins made by the smallpox virus could help to treat inflammatory disease in humans. These immune-modulating proteins reduce the body’s inflammatory response to infection. Professor Krause anticipates that understanding how the proteins do this could lead to a transformational anti-inflammatory treatment.
Above: electron micrograph of smallpox virus particles. CDC / Dr. Fred Murphy; Sylvia Whitfield (Public domain) / Wikimedia Commons. Below: an Affinity ITC from TA Instruments.
Dr Mace has received a Lottery Health research grant of $120,000 to purchase an instrument for measuring how tightly one molecule binds to another. The Affinity ITC from TA Instruments will be available to support research across the university into a variety of health-related biological systems, including infectious disease, cancer, and inflammatory conditions.