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Welcome back to Kin,
the Kirby Institute’s e-Newsletter


It has been some time since our last edition of Kin, or Kirby Institute News, and there have been some significant events at the Kirby in recent times.

Many of you will know that our founder and director, Professor David Cooper AC, passed away in March this year after a short illness. David's loss has been significant, and felt deeply by people from all facets of his life both in Australia and around the world. It has been a time to gather and grieve, and pay tribute to his extraordinary life and work. We invite you to visit our website and YouTube channel to view just some of the tributes. You can also view a full recording of the memorial that was held at Sydney Town Hall in June.

2018 has still been a busy year for Kirby Institute research, and this edition of Kin highlights some important research achievements from the past few months. We will be sending this newsletter quarterly, and in the meantime, please send us any feedback - we would love to hear from you.

This newsletter, as with so much of the Institute's work, was borne out of David's passion to ensure our communities remain an integral part of our research process. So, we will leave you with his words that launched Kin in 2015:

"This is a forum for sharing with our friends and supporters the exciting developments and discoveries we are making in our quest to understand, prevent and treat infections that occur in every community. We will also share opportunities to support our work and become partners in research.

I hope you will enjoy our updates and share them with colleagues and friends who might be interested in learning about the many ways we are translating research into real health solutions."

- Professor David Cooper AC

Research Highlights
Antimicrobial resistance: $2 million grant will devise new strategies to improve antibiotic dispensing in Indonesia
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HIV treatment as prevention is effective in homosexual male couples, study finds
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Tracking T cells unlocks the ability to understand immunity 
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High burden of hepatitis C among people who inject drugs highlights the urgent need for harm reduction and treatment strategies
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Latest Flux reports shed light on sex and drug use among gay and bisexual men
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World-first Australia-Papua New Guinea study will set roadmap for HIV services in PNG 
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News and Events
The Kirby Institute mourns the passing of our Director, Professor David Cooper

Our founder and director, Professor David Cooper, passed away in March after a short illness. To pay tribute to his life and work, we held a public memorial, followed by an academic symposium in June. He was posthumously appointed Companion of the Order of Australia (AC) on 11 June. Read more
Catalysing health innovations and health security in the Indo-Pacific region

On Friday 29 June 2018, the Kirby Institute was pleased to host Mr Lelio Marmora, Executive Director, Mr Robert Matiru, Director of Operations, and other members of the Unitaid leadership team for a bilateral meeting and health innovation forum. Read more
AIDS 2018: The global research community pays tribute to David Cooper

The late Professor David Cooper AC, founder and director of the Kirby Institute, was honoured at a special International AIDS Society (IAS) Members meeting and reception at the International AIDS Conference 2018 in Amsterdam in July. Read more
The Kirby Institute expands into new research with the Biosecurity Program

We are delighted to announce that the Biosecurity Program, headed by Professor Raina MacIntyre, joined the Kirby Institute in May. Professor MacIntyre and her team join us from UNSW Sydney's School of Public Health and Community Medicine. Read more
Kirby Institute welcomes listing of PrEP on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme

Researchers from the Kirby Institute at UNSW Sydney welcome the listing of co-formulated tenofovir and emtricitabine, as HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) on the pharmaceutical benefits scheme (PBS) in March. Read more
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Kirby in the Media
New hep C drug Maviret is due to be put on the PBS from Wednesday (, 29 Jul 18)

Community tribute to David Cooper (NAPWHA, 27 Jul 18

How the Democratic Republic of Congo ended the Ebola outbreak (ABC News, 25 Jul 18)

Breakthrough study finds HIV treatment prevents transmission of virus between partners (PinkNews, 18 Jul 18)

HIV treatment-as-prevention is effective in homosexual male couples, study finds (Medical Press, 17 Jul 18)

David Cooper Memorial - June 2018 (Positive Life NSW Blog, 20 Jun 18)

AIDS researcher Professor David Cooper AC remembered by global community (Southern Courier, 15 Jun 18)

HIV Research Pioneer Professor David Cooper Remembered As ‘Global Hero' (QNews, 15 Jun 18)

A credit to the community (Australian Jewish News, 14 Jun 18)

Professor David Cooper remembered for leadership in HIV/AIDS response (OUTinPerth, 14 Jun 18)

'You have to be brave': Sex worker advocate Julie Bates recognised (SMH, 10 Jun 18)

HIV Researcher David Cooper Recognised With Queens Birthday Honour (QNews, 10 Jun 18)

Living positively with HIV (The QUO, 7 Jun 18)

Fewer men who have sex with men are using condoms when taking PrEP, and that’s OK (The Conversation, 7 Jun 18) 
New research shows delay in flu shot may not be a bad thing, but don’t miss out (UNSW Newsroom, 5 Jun 18)

More services urgently needed to treat PNG's hidden HIV epidemic, study finds (UNSW Newsroom, 23 May 18)

Papua New Guinea launches its first report on key populations (UNAIDS, 21 May 18)

Govt, scientists round on deadly outback virus (National Indigenous Times, 16 May 18)

Should some workers have mandatory flu shots? (RN Breakfast, 14 May 18)

Here’s why flu vaccinations should be mandatory for Aussie health workers in high-risk areas (The Conversation, 11 May 18)

Drug testing dole recipients will only make addiction worse, but the government won't hear it (ABC News, 10 May 18)

Lack Of Evidence Doesn't Mean We Shouldn't Drug Test People On Welfare, Liberal Committee Says (BuzzFeed News, 7 May 18)

'People are scared': the fight against a deadly virus no one has heard of (The Guardian, 24 Apr 18)

The Three Things We're Too Scared To Ask For In The Bedroom (Women's Health, 24 Apr 18)

Flu vaccine 2018: Do you need it and when should you get it? (ABC News, 9 Apr 18)

David Cooper, leader in the global fight against HIV (SMH, 27 Mar 18)

‘He was committed to mankind’ (Australian Jewish News, 23 Mar 18)