Infectious Disease Institute partners set a new foundation
Published: 16 December 2021
The Victorian Government is working to further safeguard Australia in the fight against coronavirus and future pandemics, by signing the Australian Institute for Infectious Disease (AIID) Foundation Partners Agreement.
Last week the AIID foundation partners, the Doherty Institute, Burnet Institute and University of Melbourne, put pen to paper on the agreement and discussed the exciting trajectory of the world-leading facility.
Researchers also delivered a briefing on the latest analysis to map the recently identified Omicron variant as part of the state’s response to COVID-19.
The planned facility brings together three of Victoria’s leading research institutes within Parkville’s prestigious Biomedical Precinct, and together will accelerate the development of new treatments to best respond to future pandemics.
Up to $400 million in funding will be delivered by the Victorian Government to establish the institute, with additional funding of $250 million from the Foundation Partners enabling the AIID to serve as the new home of the Burnet Institute. It will also aid the neighbouring Doherty to expand its research operations.
Once complete, it will house more than 1000 scientists, academics, students and public health experts and bring together experts from the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute, the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute and global biotechnology company CSL, to ensure Victoria and Australia are prepared for future challenges.
The Victorian Government has committed more than $1.3 billion to medical research since 2014, including $31 million for COVID-19 research since the start of the pandemic.