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Meeting the challenge of emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases
The Marie Bashir Institute is a virtual institute dedicated to tackling the health and socioeconomic consequences of emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases.

The challenge

Globally, emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases are major causes of morbidity, mortality, socioeconomic disruption and economic instability. Expert knowledge and input are essential for governments to effectively anticipate, control or reduce the impact of future epidemic infections.

Our vision

We are committed to research and knowledge exchange that will improve understanding of the complex interactions that fuel emergence and spread of infectious diseases, especially in the Asia-Pacific region. 

We aspire to combat and mitigate the resulting health and socioeconomic impacts of these infections. We support multidisciplinary initiatives that stimulate creative interaction to generate novel insights and practical solutions.

Controlling infectious diseases is one of the major health challenges of the 21st century, a challenge not only countries where the burden of disease is highest, but worldwide – because infectious diseases have no respect for international borders.
The Honourable Dame Marie Bashir AD, CVO

Our aims

We encourage a comprehensive approach to infection, immunity and biosecurity - linking pathogens, hosts (humans and animals), engineered systems and the natural environment in a one planet, one health framework.

We strive to carry out our vision by:

  • becoming a leader in cross-disciplinary research into emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases
  • increasing capacity within Australia and Asia-Pacific nations to detect and respond to infectious disease outbreaks in humans and animals
  • informing and assisting in the development of policies and strategies to prevent, contain and control emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases. 

Our patron

The Honourable Dame Marie Bashir AD, CVO is the former Governor of New South Wales (2001-2014) and former Chancellor of the University of Sydney (2007-2012). Her high distinctions for her service to medicine were generally in the field of adolescent mental health, but it is her unending work and passion for helping the most marginalised and disadvantaged people in our society to which our institute has this incredible woman as our Patron.

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