News & events

The Elizabeth Green Scholarship 2016

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

This PhD Scholarship has been established in memory of Ms Elizabeth Greene through the very generous support of The Peter and Susan Yates Foundation, to encourage

research into understanding pathophysiological pathways in patients with systemic autoimmune diseases, particularly Lupus, in order to make diagnoses more accurate and treatment more effective.

The 2016 Elizabeth Greene Scholarship was awarded to Mr Grant Brown, a PhD student in Professor Carola Vinuesa's laboratory, by Mr Peter Yates AM.

NHMRC Fellowship Recipients Announced

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Professor Carola Vinuesa was among the five Australian National University academics to be recognised by the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) with Research Fellowships and Early Career Fellowships.

Professor Vinuesa received a Research Fellowship for her work in disease research and will receive $763,845 from the NHMRC.

Professor Vinuesa said the fellowship gives her enormous financial and psychological stability which allows her to plan ahead, take some risks and reduce the burden of non-research responsibilities.

"I will do my very best to return the dollars invested in me, so that patients suffering from immune diseases can benefit from my team's discoveries and young students and researchers grow under our mentorship and training," she said.

Vice-Chancellor Professor Brian Schmidt congratulated the winners and said their research would make a real difference to the lives of people around the world.

Educating Students and Clinicians on Genomic Medicine

Monday, August 8, 2016

The 2016 School of Personalised Immunology was held on the 23-24 July at the Translational Research Facility, Monash Health Translation Precinct in Clayton, Melbourne. Students, clinicians and medical students from hospitals and research institutes in Melbourne attended the School, co-convened by Professor David Fulcher and Dr Julia Ellyard.

The one and a half-day course covered genomics, from basic genomics to advance bioinformatics and the latest techniques used in exome and genome sequencing. It included a half-day workshop where attendees were given the opportunity to put theoretical knowledge into practice. There was also discussion on the ethical implications and issues involved in the integration of genome sequencing in medicine.

The program, organised and run by the CPI, emphasised the various disciplines involved and the challenges facing the future of genomic medicine.

A copy of the preliminary program can be found here.

Our Research Featured in Stories of Australian Science

Monday, June 6, 2016

An article highlighting the extensive work of Professor Carola Vinuesa and her team investigating the role of genetics in autoimmune diseases at the Centre for Personalised Immunology has been published online in Stories of Australian Science. This is an annual publication produced by Science in Public containing a collection of stories covering “Australian discovery, innovation, invention and research” of the past year.

It will be included in the annual Stories of Australian Science 2016 to be published later this year.

To read the full article please head to Stories of Australian Science’s website.



Genetics and Immune Disease - Public Lecture

Thursday, April 14, 2016

We are pleased to announce that one of our Chief Investigators, Professor David Fulcher, along with our Co-directors, Professors Carola Vinuesa and Matthew Cook will be presenting a public lecture on Genetics and Immune Diseases at the Translational Research Facility, Monash Health Translation Precinct in July (details below).

The immune system is what protects our bodies from disease and infection. However, in some people this system breaks down and can cause what are collectively known as immune-related diseases. These include autoimmune diseases (eg. lupus) where the immune systems attacks healthy tissue and immune deficiencies (eg. primary immunedeficiency) where part of the immune system is completely absent. Recent advances in gene technology has improved our understanding of the major role a person's genome plays in immune diseases.

In this lecture, Professors Fulcher, Vinuesa and Cook will provide a general overview of how the immune system works, discuss the important role of genetics and the implications for human health.

Healthy Blood Donor Scheme

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Most people are familiar with the idea of donating blood to help people who need life-saving transfusions or regular blood products, but what you might not know is that you can also donate blood for medical research.

Donating blood for research allows us to compare white blood cells (immune cells) of healthy people to those from people with disease. To do this we need blood samples from healthy donors.

The CPI is proud to announce the commencement of the Healthy Blood Donor Scheme, which allows eligible healthy people in the wider community to donate blood that will directly contribute to our research.

If you would like more information please have a look at the Fact Sheet or contact us at

Current locations for donations (by prior arrangement) are:

ACT Health to provide funding for Canberra Clinical Genetics service

Thursday, March 31, 2016
ANU will strengthen its role as a leading centre for personalised medicine following the announcement of $7.3 million in funding from the ACT Government to set up a new centre, Canberra Clinical Genomics.

Canberra Clinical Genomics will be a partnership between ANU and ACT Health and will work to cure patients with complex diseases by sequencing their genome and finding treatments that are personalised to their condition.

The Director of the Centre, Professor Matthew Cook, from the ANU Medical School and The John Curtin School of Medical Research, said the new centre would make a real difference to patient lives.

"This enables doctors and researchers to collaborate to implement what is truly 21st Century medicine," Professor Cook said.

2016 School of Personalised Immunology

Friday, April 15, 2016

July 23-24, Translational Research Facility, Monash Health Translation Precinct, Clayton, Melbourne

The School of Personalised Immunology is a one and a half day course aimed at educating scientists, undergraduate students, clinicians, GPs, medical registrars and medical students with no prior knowledge on the latest technologies in genomic medicine as it applies to the pathogenesis of immunological disease.

It includes:

  • A half-day workshop for putting theoretical knowledge into practice
  • Overview of genomics, from the basic genetics to advanced bioinformatics
  • Genomic laboratory techniques, including exome and genome sequencing
  • Proof of genetic causation: use of human cell lines and mice in translational research
  • 'Genomics in practice' presentations from leaders in the field

Preliminary program available here