1980s – Exciting era of research
- Under the influence of Professor Kidson and rapid advances in technology, four distinct themes had emerged: molecular biology and parasitology; virology and immunology; cancer and cell biology; and epidemiology and public health.
- In 1981, a five-year malaria vaccine project funded by the National Health and Medical Research Council placed QIMR at the forefront of global medical research for immunology research.
- A Joint Experimental Oncology Program dedicated to investigating the molecular and cellular biology of human cancer began. In 1987 work also began on new treatments for giardia, an organism that causes illness and mortality in babies and children.
- In 1988, the Queensland Government amended the QIMR Act to make it a statutory authority. The Queensland Premier at the time, The Honourable Mike Ahern, secured $30 million to fund a new building for QIMR’s ever-increasing staff numbers with construction starting in 1989.