Funding of $5.5M to 23 primary researchers and over 35 collaborating groups for rapid surveillance of community spread and development of immunity, genetic analysis of emerging virus strains, rapid deployment of data analytics to trial new treatments

The research will be led by a national collaborative consortium of Australia’s two specialist Centres of Research Excellence focused on emerging infectious diseases and pandemic response – CREID (Centre of Research Excellence in Emerging Infectious Diseases) and APPRISE (Australian Partnership for Preparedness Research on Infectious Diseases Emergencies).

Terry Snow, Founder of Snow Medical

“COVID-19 has had a devastating effect on Australia and the world – this is the biggest thing to hit the globe since 1945 and it will have a lasting impact for years to come.”

“Government has stepped up – and now is the time for the community to play a role.”

“All these measures are aimed at getting Australians back to work, making treatment more effective and efficient getting our economy working again.”

    Tom Snow, Chair of Snow Medical

    “We want to help Australia’s best and brightest to focus their efforts on this huge national and global challenge.”

    “This consortium is particularly notable because of its national reach and collaborative networks – it draws on research expertise from over 15 Universities and Medical Research institutes, their affiliated public hospitals, State Health Departments, public health authorities, pathology services and the Australian Red Cross Blood Service – to provide a truly national picture and coordinated approach to beating COVID-19.”

      Funding will be deployed to these four priority projects:

      State of the art data science and imaging analysis using artificial intelligence and machine learning to build a secure, national electronic data analytics platform. This will help our health system to provide faster, more individualised care for COVID-19 patients, and will develop advances in an innovative clinical trials system to accelerate the testing of new therapeutics developed in Australian research institutions. READ MORE

      Faster, more accurate national tracking of the spread of COVID-19. This will provide greater detail on COVID-19 infection within the Australian community. It will help us better understand infection spread in our most vulnerable groups, such as the elderly, those with compromised immune systems or multiple chronic diseases, health care workers, close contacts of patients with COVID-19 and patients who feel well. Importantly, this project will develop systems that strengthen our national capability to respond to future emerging infectious diseases. READ MORE

      A national biobank of highly characterized samples from symptomatic and asymptomatic COVID-19 positive individuals. The biobank and detailed sample information will be a national asset that can be used by researchers to investigate protective immunity, genetic changes in the COVID-19 virus, infectivity and to develop new antiviral treatments and vaccines. Initially it will help provide a detailed understanding of infection dynamics in Australia – when patients become infectious, how infectious they are and how long they remain so. This information is essential to refine the duration of isolation needed to prevent spread from patients to their contacts. READ MORE

      Blood and genetic markers of COVID-19 to accurately measure illness severity and predict the risk of becoming seriously ill. In combination with other patient information this test will help medical staff to rapidly determine the appropriate level of care required in hospital or the community. This will facilitate early transfer of those likely to become severely ill to intensive care, increasing their likelihood of recovery. READ MORE


      Press Release – Snow Medical Funding COVID-19 Research