News & events

The Wholesome Show - Sunday night mutation diagnosis

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

“Featuring the ripest experts with the freshest perspectives, The Wholesome Show dispenses mentally nutritious stories about anything that has ever been worth thinking about.” - The Wholesome Show

Professor Carola Vinuesa joined Dr Will Grant and Dr Rob Lamberts at the Wig and Pen to discuss the research of the Centre for Perosnalised Immunology and the impact this has in the lives of every day Australians. The Wholesome Show is a series of podcasts that will centre around one individual and their ‘nugget’ of interest and it is hosted by Dr Lambert and Dr Grant every week. Professor Vinuesa was invited due to her "recent awards, ground breaking research and general wake of prestige".  


The Wholeseom Show is proudly supported by  the Australian National Centre for the Public Awareness of Science (ANU).


To listen to the podcast please click here

Chasing the Cure: Adventures in Genetics with professor Carola Vinuesa

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Professor Carola Vinuesa was invited by Andrew Leigh MP to give the Fenner Lecture on the 1st November 2017.

The federal electorate represented by Andrew Leigh is named after Frank Fenner, the legendary Australian National University scientist who helped vanquish smallpox. Each year prominent scientists are invited to give a talk which highlights the value of science. This year Professor Vinuesa was invited to give the Fenner Lecture as she is a key individual in scientific research in Australia, particularly in the field of genetic immunology and associated diseases.

This was an opportunity for Professor Vinuesa to represent the work of the Centre for Personalised Immunology as well as the other projects that are currently underway locally and nationally. Professor Vinuesa discussed the progress human genome sequencing and gene editing. This research, in which Professor Vinuesa plays a key role, has allowed diagnosing and treating previously obscure and intractable diseases. Professor Vinuesa also spoke about her own experiences within medicine and research. 

Congratulations to Mr Peter Yates AM elected as an ATSE Outstanding Leader in Technological Sciences and Engineering

Thursday, October 12, 2017


Mr Peter Yates AM has been elected along with 24 other outstanding business and academic leaders as a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering (ATSE). Mr Yates has been recognised for his passion and commitment to science and technology. He is the current Chair of the Royal Insituation of Australia and the Australian Science media Centre (AusSMC).

Mr Yates is the Chairman of the Centre for Personalised Immunology. Previously, he has generously supported the Elizabeth Green Scholarship, which encourages research into understanding pathophysiological pathways in patients with systemic autoimmune diseases, particularly Lupus, in order to make diagnoses more accurate and treatment more effective. We are delighted he has been recognised as an ATSE Outstanding Leader in Technological Sciences and Engineering.

The Centre for Personalised Immunology Tackles Lupus

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Laura Campbell, photo credit = Rory Gillen

"The mental real estate required to manage and maintain a chronic illness is incredibly high.”

October is Lupus Awareness Month in Australia.

At the age of 18, after a sunny week outdoors celebrating the end of year 12, Laura Campbell suddenly became very ill and was hospitalised. Initially doctors thought she had contracted the Ross River virus. Her condition worsened, and doctors revised the diagnosis to pneumonia. Unable to keep up with the fluid collecting in her chest and lungs, and mystified by other symptoms, they intubated her and sent her by air ambulance to the Royal Melbourne Hospital. There, blood tests finally revealed the clues that led to the correct diagnosis, and to treatment that saved her life: Laura had lupus. It took her two months in the hospital to wean off of supplemental oxygen and learn to walk again.

Carola Vinuesa from ANU wins two top NHMRC awards

Thursday, July 13, 2017

ANU Professor Carola Vinuesa, Co-Director of the Centre for Personalised Immunology, has been honoured as one of Australia's leading medical researchers with two prestigious awards from the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC).

She was named as the NHMRC's top female researcher in biomedical science in 2016, winning a prized Elizabeth Blackburn Fellowship for a second time. Professor Vinuesa was part of a team that also included Dr Anselm Enders and Dr Simon Jiang named the NHRMC's top Project Grant application.

ANU Vice-Chancellor Professor Brian Schmidt AC congratulated Professor Vinuesa on her latest award and her enormous contribution to medical research.

"In 2011, Carola was awarded an Elizabeth Blackburn Fellowship, named in honour of Elizabeth Blackburn who won the 2009 Nobel Prize for Medicine. To be awarded a second Blackburn fellowship is an extraordinary achievement and testament to Carola's remarkable work at JCSMR.” Professor Schmidt said.

Discovery of brain-like activity in immune system promises better disease treatments

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Lead researcher Ilenia Papa confirmed for the first time that human immune cells contain particles that have neurotransmitters including dopamine, which plays a crucial role in immune responses.

The research, published in Nature, involved a collaboration with members of a Human Frontier Science Program consortium from the United Kingdom, the United States and Germany, and with other researchers in Italy.

Co-researcher Professor Vinuesa said the new findings opened the door to using available drugs to improve therapies for lymphoma, autoimmunity and immunodeficiency disorders.

To view the full story please click here

Research at the Centre for Personalised Immunology named the NHRMC's Top Project Grant application

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Professor Vinuesa, from The John Curtin School of Medical Research (JCSMR), was part of a team that also included Dr Anselm Enders and Dr Simon Jiang named the NHRMC's top Project Grant application.

Professor Vinuesa is the Co-Director of the Centre for Personalised Immunology, where she has helped pioneer research into personalised medicine, using genetic sequences to tailor treatments for patients with systemic lupus and related autoimmune diseases.

Unearthing the Basis of Autoimmune Disease

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

CPI Chief Investigator, Professor Richard Kitching of Monash University has discovered the mechanism that explains how key genetic risk factors cause or protect people from autoimmune disease such as type 1 diabetes, multiple sclerosis, and Crohn’s disease.

As senior co-author, he has published a paper in Nature answering the fundamental questions: why, and how, does having different immune molecules change a person’s underlying genetic risk of developing an autoimmune disease?

To see the full article, please visit:

Watch the animation below which illustrates the DR1 molecule at work:

Employing precision and personalized medicine | Carola G. Vinuesa

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

The autoimmune disease lupus is one of many where the genes involved may differ widely from individual to individual, meaning treatments that help one patient may not help another.

Professor Carola G. Vinuesa, who heads the Department of Immunology and Infectious Disease at ANU, describes how it is possible to make personalised mouse models to test treatment for an individual – and discusses how this process could become more affordable.



Rare Disease Day Morning Tea 2017

Thursday, February 16, 2017

A morning tea will be held in support of Rare Disease Day on Tuesday, 28 February 2017. Join us in making the voice of rare diseases heard.

The Rare Disease Day 2017 theme ‘Research Brings Hope’ recognises the crucial role that patients play in voicing their needs and in instigating change that improves their lives and the lives of their families and carers.

The Rare Disease Day 2017 slogan ‘Join us in making the voice of rare diseases heard’ appeals to a wider audience, those that are not living with or directly affected by a rare disease, to join the rare disease community in making known the impact of rare diseases. People living with a rare disease and their families are often isolated. The wider community can help to bring them out of this isolation.

Please show your support by coming to the Morning Tea, hosted by the Australian Phenomics facility and the Centre for Personalised Immunology.  The morning tea will be held in the JCSMR Tea Room at 10:30am on the 28 February 2017