19 January 2016

Update regarding Melbourne Health computer virus

Melbourne Health is managing a computer virus which infected its computer network.


In accordance with Victorian legislation and Government policy, Melbourne Health protects the privacy of personal and health information it holds.
This Privacy Statement explains how your personal information (being information capable of identifying you as an individual) will be treated as you access and interact with this website.


From time to time, amendments to research projects are required often due to protocol changes, updated investigator brochures, personnel changes on the study, site additions, and more. Researchers and sponsors must notify the HREC of such changes.


The success of any research study depends on highly trained study teams.

Date of Publication: Aug 2016
Hurt, A. C., Besselaar, T. G., Daniels, R. S., Ermetal, B., Fry, A., Gubareva, L., Huang, W. J., Lackenby, A., Lee, R. T. C., Lo, J., Maurer-Stroh, S., Nguyen, H. T., Pereyaslov, D., Rebelo-de-Andrade, H., Siqueira, M.
The World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Centres for Reference and Research on Influenza (WHO CCs) tested 13,312 viruses collected by WHO recognized National Influenza Centres between May 2014 and May 2015 to determine 50% inhibitory concentration (IC50) data for neuraminidase inhibitors (NAIs) oseltamivir, zanamivir, peramivir and laninamivir.
Date of Publication: Dec 2017
Villalon-Letelier, F., Brooks, A. G., Saunders, P. M., Londrigan, S. L., Reading, P. C.
Viral infection of different cell types induces a unique spectrum of host defence genes, including interferon-stimulated genes (ISGs) and genes encoding other proteins with antiviral potential. Although hundreds of ISGs have been described, the vast majority have not been functionally characterised.
Date of Publication: Oct 2017
Leder, K., Grobusch, M. P., Gautret, P., Chen, L. H., Kuhn, S., Lim, P. L., Yates, J., McCarthy, A. E., Rothe, C., Kato, Y., Bottieau, E., Huber, K., Schwartz, E., Stauffer, W., Malvy, D., Shaw, M. T.
Background Zika virus (ZIKV) was first isolated in Africa; decades later, caused large outbreaks in the Pacific, and is considered endemic in Asia. We aim to describe ZIKV disease epidemiology outside the Americas, the importance of travelers as sentinels of disease transmission, and discrepancies in travel advisories from major international health organizations.
08 March 2016

The Royal Melbourne Hospital statement regarding allegations of bullying

In response to the media enquiry from Mr Justin Smith regarding Mr Desmond Ponting, Melbourne Health provided him with the following statement:

Staff across Melbourne Health were deeply saddened to hear about the sudden death of their colleague, Desmond Ponting. Melbourne Health expressed its condolences to Mr Ponting’s husband and family at the time.

The tragic death of Mr Ponting is currently being investigated by the Victorian Coroner and to ensure that the investigation is not compromised we are not able to provide further comment.


Our orgnaisation, the ethics committee and investigators must ensure that the research continues to conform to approved ethical standards, and in accordance with the Melbourne Health Research Policy.

Date of Publication: Dec 2017
Reading, P. C., Leung, V. K., Buettner, I., Gillespie, L., Deng, Y. M., Shaw, R., Spirason, N., Todd, A., Shah, A. S., Konings, F., Barr, I. G.
Background: The isolation and propagation of influenza viruses from clinical specimens are essential tools for comprehensive virologic surveillance. Influenza viruses must be amplified in cell culture for detailed antigenic analysis and for phenotypic assays assessing susceptibility to antiviral drugs or for other assays.
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