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Research Centre for Infectious Diseases

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    Bacterial Pathogenesis Laboratory

    Host cell interaction with bacterial toxins.
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    Membrane Proteins in Bacterial Pathogenesis Laboratory

    Electron microscopic analysis of the human pathogen Streptococcus pneumoniae.
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    Membrane Proteins in Bacterial Pathogenesis Laboratory

    High-resolution structure of the essential Streptococcus pneumoniae protein PsaA.
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What is the Research Centre for Infectious Diseases?

Over the past 60 years, despite the availability of antibiotics, infectious bacterial diseases have continued to cause massive global morbidity and mortality. Currently, infectious bacterial diseases account for more than 10 million deaths each year.

The problem is growing every day due to the lack of effective vaccines, rapidly increasing rates of antibiotic resistance, the emergence of new pathogens and the re-emergence of "old" pathogens in new guises.

The RCID is commited to dealing with infectious bacterial diseases in the 21st century using a two-pronged approach involving the development of cheaper and more effective vaccines, as well as engineering novel antibacterial drugs. These challenges require a thorough understanding of the biology of disease and the complex interaction between the bacterial pathogen and its host in order to develop the next generations of vaccines and drugs.

To find out more:

Research: Take a look and see the state-of-the-art infectious disease research going on at the University of Adelaide.

People: The RCID is an impressive collection of University of Adelaide infectious disease researchers and has a number of outstanding early and mid-career research.

Education: The RCID and the University of Adelaide provides education to meet the growing need for new approaches to dealing with infectious human pathogens due to limitations of current vaccines and the rising resistance to antibiotics.

News and Events: Find out what's going on.

Please help make a difference in infectious disease research by donating to the RCID today

    Research Centre for Infectious Diseases

    North Terrace Campus
    Level 4, Molecular Life Sciences
    The University of Adelaide
    SA 5005


    Chris McDevitt
    T: +61 8 8313 0413
    F: +61 8 8313 7532