Day of Immunology 2016

The 2016 World Immunology Day is on Friday 29th April, but with it being a bonus long weekend in Queensland we're hosting our celebrations on Thursday 28th April. The study of the immune system, or immunology, has been the foundation of TRI with many of our researchers working on projects which involve the study of the immune system in conjunction with other therapies.


Immunotherapy has proven itself to be beneficial in the treatment of cancer, working alongside existing treatments such as Chemotherapy to help the body fight in unison with the treatment. The rise in auto-immune diseases such as Diabetes, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Celiac disease and Multiple Sclerosis inspire a wide range of research projects at TRI as we try to better understand the immune system. 

Summary of Events

  • For the general public
    Building Tours (5pm - 6pm Thursday 28th)
    Information Cafe (5pm - 6pm Thursday 28th)
    Public Forum (6pm - 8pm Thursday 28th)

  • For High School Students & Schools
    A day in the life of an immunologist TRI - Topic: Disease Outbreak (8.30am - 4.30pm Thursday 28th April)
    A day in the life of an immunologist QIMR - Topic: Drug Discovery (8.50am - 2.30pm Friday 29th April)
  • For researchers
    Postdocs, present your research at the public forum to win $200 & membership to ASI

For the General Public

TRI Building Tours (28th April, 5pm - 6pm) 

Before the public forum, we're offering the opportunity to members of the general public to tour the Translational Research Facility. You will tour the 7 story building, designed by Donavon Hill and Wilsons Architects, which houses more than 650 medical researchers with combined office space and laboratories. 

Immunisation Information Cafe (28th April, 5pm - 6pm) 

An information booth about immunisation where you can ask questions and learn more about the importance of immunisation.

Public Forum - Our Amazing Immune System (28th April, 6pm - 8pm)

Every year, medical research is finding out more about our amazing immune system and how to prevent and treat autoimmune diseases like diabetes. At this free public forum, you can learn about research into the immune system. You can also help early career researchers learn how to present their science to the public. A number of these up and coming researchers will deliver a three minute engaging presentation, free of non-specialist language, and you will judge the winners. 

Speakers & Speaker Topics

  • Prof Mike McGuckin
    Deputy Director (Research) Mater Research Institute , The University of Qld

    The relationship between the microbes in your gut and your immune system – a key to health and
    inflammatory disease
  • Prof John Upham
    Group Leader, Lung & Allergy Research,  The University of Queensland

    Viruses, lung disease and the immune system
  • Dr Danielle Stanisic
    Research Fellow, Institute for Glycomics, Griffith University

    Progress in the hunt for a malaria vaccine

> Click to register at Eventbrite for either the tours, forum or both events

For Students

A day in the life of an Immunologist

These 2 exciting all day events are an opportunity for High School students and teachers in Queensland to engage with researchers and experience a career in immunology. The schedule will include time with key researchers at TRI on Thursday 28th April including 2006 Australian of the Year Professor Ian Frazer who co-created the cervical cancer vaccine through decades of intensive research into the power of the immune system. Students will also spend time in a lab looking at disease simulation and immune response analysis. On Friday 29th April QIMR Berghofer will open their doors to showcase their work, highlighting the similarities and differences between our institutes and immunology in Queensland. 

A day in the life of an Immunologist at TRI - TOPIC: DISEASE OUTBREAK

Thursday 28th April 2016

8:30am-8:45am Arrive at TRI reception  
9:00am-10:15am Talk: Introduction to Immunology  
10:15am-11:00am Morning tea  
11:00am-12:00pm Talk: Your Immune System-You Can’t Live Without It Professor Ian Frazer
Translational Research Institute
12:00pm-1:00pm Laboratory workshop: Patient 0- Disease Simulation  
1:00pm-1:30pm Lunch  
1:30-2:30pm Laboratory workshop: Patient 0- Immune response analysis  
2:30-3:45pm Career Chat with scientists  
3:45-4:30pm Laboratory tours  
4:30pm Conclusion  

A day in the life of an Immunologist at QIMR - TOPIC: DRUG DISCOVERY

Friday 29th April 2016

8:50am-9:00am Arrive at QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute
9:00am-9:15am Talk: Introduction to Immunology presentation  
9:15am-10:00am Laboratory Workshop: Pipette masterclass  
10:00am-10:30am Talk: Drugs with Bite Dr John Miles
QIMR Berghofer
10:30am-10:50am Morning tea  
10:50am-11:50pm Laboratory Workshop: Drug Discovery  
11:50pm-12:30pm Lunch  
12:30pm-1:15pm Laboratory Workshop: Drug Discovery cont...  
1:15pm - 1:45pm Laboratory tours  
1:45pm-2:30pm Career Chat with scientists  
2:30pm Conclusion  

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For Researchers

The public engagement award of $200 will be awarded to a PhD student or Postdoc who delivers the best 3 minute presentation at the public forum on Thursday evening.


Immunology is a branch of biomedical science that covers the study of immune systems in all organisms. ~Wikipedia

AutoImmune Disease is a disease in which the body's immune system attacks healthy cells.