1970s Change of address and vision

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  • QIMR relocated to new laboratories in the grounds of the Royal Brisbane Hospital at Herston in 1977 and a year later Professor Chev Kidson, who had been Foundation Professor of Medical Biochemistry at The University of Queensland, became the next Director. Professor Kidson’s vision was for QIMR’s research to contribute to issues of global disease.
  • Research programs included studies in entomology, immunology, arboviruses, acarology, rickettsioses, oncology and parasitology.
  • In 1970, ground-breaking work began into melanoma. This focus would lead to many important discoveries such as the understanding of genetic influence in melanoma development.