Centre for Animal Health Innovation (CAHI) brings together researchers focused on developing innovative solutions to health problems that are of significance to wildlife conservation and the sustainable production of domesticated animals.
Many of these diseases studied by CAHI researchers also cross over into the human health setting, requiring “One Health” solutions that will assist stakeholders such as state and local governments, companies, not-for-profit organisations (eg wildlife hospitals), veterinarians and medical practitioners in reducing the prevalence and impact of diseases on all affected hosts. CAHI research is cross-disciplinary and brings together expertise in genetics, molecular biology, microbiology, immunology, epidemiology and ecology, covering a range of animal health research areas.
The iconic koala is a major focus of current research efforts by CAHI members and involves innovative research projects to study koala health and, specifically, to improve the diagnosis, management and control of infections by its two major pathogens, Chlamydia and the Koala Retrovirus.
Centre for Animal Health Innovation latest news
Research sheds light on mite causing wombat mange
Genetic research led by USC has scratched below the surface to find the potential origins of sarcoptic mange, a disease in wombats that is highly infectious between animals and deadly if untreated.
8 June 2017
Academic wins national grant to fight sheep disease
A University of the Sunshine Coast molecular microbiologist known for his work in preventing chlamydial infections in koalas has won a prestigious national research grant to examine the bacterium in sheep.
14 June 2016
Science student earns 50,000 Euro scholarship
A University of the Sunshine Coast Science student is packing her bags for Europe after receiving a 50,000 Euro ($AUD76,000) scholarship to study in a competitive international Masters program.
25 November 2014
Research provides insights into koala chlamydia origin
The latest findings on a possible genetic link between chlamydial infections in koalas and in livestock will be presented at the two-day 2014 Australian Chlamydia Conference at USC starting Wednesday 26 November.
5 November 2014
Grant success to help fight blindness in koalas
USC microbiologists have earned a highly competitive Discovery Project grant of almost $460,000 from the Australian Research Council for their study into how chlamydia causes blindness in koalas.
29 October 2014
Researchers celebrate koala chlamydia breakthrough
Scientists at the University of the Sunshine Coast are celebrating the world’s first successful field trial of a vaccine against chlamydia in koalas.