Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital (RBWH) has along history of infectious diseases research, influenced by Queensland’s subtropical climate.

In the 1800s, the cause of Elephantiasis was discovered at Herston, a world-first led by father and son Doctors Joseph and Thomas Bancroft. The discovery that Elephantiasis was transmitted by mosquitoes led to the birth of the mosquito-control measures that we still use today.

In the 1900s, the discovery of an infection called Q Fever also had close links with RBWH and we now face a new infectious disease, COVID-19.

This worldwide pandemic has focused attention on infectious diseases research. Supporters of the RBWH Foundation have led the way through support of the Coronavirus Action Fund.

While numbers of people with COVID-19 have thankfully remained low, the success of the Coronavirus Action Fund has created a unique opportunity for RBWH infectious diseases researchers to collaborate on a major initiative to be announced early in 2021.

RBWH Foundation thanks you, our donors, for your support of the Coronavirus Action Fund and assisting RBWH to maximise its impact on infectious diseases research.