Microscopy image of DNA escaping mitochondria

A research team has discovered the process – and filmed the actual moment – that can change the body’s response to a dying cell. The 'Great Escape' moment may one day prove to be the crucial trigger for autoimmune diseases.

24 February 2018
Dr Misty Jenkins

New research could help to safely adapt a new immunotherapy – currently only effective in blood cancers – for the treatment of solid cancers, such as notoriously hard-to-treat brain tumours.

13 February 2018
Associate Professor Alyssa Barry in the laboratory

An international research collaboration published in The Lancet has found crucial evidence that could help to improve the current World Health Organization (WHO) strategy to eradicate yaws — an infectious disease affecting the skin, bones and joints.

8 February 2018
Researchers standing in hallway

Institute scientists have shed new light on how a critical immune pathway is controlled, and hope it could lead to new drugs for people with Crohn's disease, multiple sclerosis and other inflammatory diseases.

7 February 2018
Researchers standing in hallway

A US-led research team working with Australian collaborators has developed a new blood test for the early detection of eight common cancers, diagnosing tumours before they have spread, when the chance of cure is high.

19 January 2018
WEHI.TV animation still of a malaria parasite infecting a red blood cell

A major international collaboration led by our researchers has discovered that the world’s most widespread malaria parasite infects humans by hijacking a protein the body cannot live without.

5 January 2018
Researchers in the laboratory

Institute scientists have identified a cell that may contribute to the disappearance of our thymus as we age and could improve treatments for infections, immune disorders and cancers.

22 December 2017
Pamela Galli and Doug Hilton in an office

Philanthropist Pamela Galli has given medical biology a $5 million boost with the establishment of the Lorenzo and Pamela Galli Chair in Medical Biology at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research and the University of Melbourne.

13 December 2017
Still image from WEHI.TV animation 'X Inactivation and Epigenetics'

A clinical trial to prevent breast cancer in high-risk women, projects to identify potential new cancer therapies and gene silencing were among those funded today by the Australian Government.

6 December 2017
Dr Ryan Cross at the Institute

Our research into new treatments for brain cancer has been boosted by fellowship funding from Cure Brain Cancer Foundation.

22 November 2017