Minister for health Tanya Plibersek announced on August 2 that the government will fund $2.4 million toward the Sydney University Centre of Research Excellence – helping in research for tuberculosis.
"The Centre of Research Excellence on tuberculosis control will work to achieve real health gains for all Australians, and will develop our young researchers into Australia’s future leaders," Ms Plibersek said.
Tuberculosis (TB) is a disease caused by a bacteria that usually affects the lungs but can also move to the bones, spine, kidneys and brain. TB spreads when a person who is untreated and infected with the disease coughs or sneezes, where the disease becomes airborne.
Strains of drug resistant TB are emerging, and may threaten countries such as Australia where the disease is generally controlled.
The funding toward the centre will help researchers discover more about the disease and what can be done to address the issues surrounding it.
The federal government has funded 17 new Centres of Research Excellence (CREs) to support high quality research. The results and findings from the research will then help to make a difference in the lives of Australian patients.
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