A team of SMMS staff and students is the winner in the Open category of the 2008 Trailblazer Awards presented by UQ's commercialisation arm, UniQuest.

Dr Joanne Blanchfield, Professor Paul Burn and PhD student Melissa Foster received $7,500 for their project concerning the development of fully synthetic vaccine constructs that are able to more accurately mimic the surface antigens of infectious organisms for which traditional vaccine strategies are not applicable such as HIV and Staphylococcus aureus. The Trailblazer Awards recognise original, innovative, early-stage research with commercial potential. Ms Therese Seldon, a PhD student enrolled jointly with SMMS and the Mater Medical Research Institute was a winner in the Student category for her project 'Reject Detect - diagnosing solid organ transplant rejection.' SMMS's Emeritus Professor John de Jersey was a team member in another winning entry in the Open category entitled 'Improved sera for automated biochemistry testing'.

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