A joint grant of
Queensland Health Minister
Humans can contract Hendra virus from horses infected through contact with flying foxes.
Four Queenslanders have died from the virus.
The antibody for the trial was developed through a long-standing association between Australian researchers and the US laboratories of Professor
Researchers at AIBN have provided the antibody to Dr
AIBN Director Professor
"Biologics are medicines based on natural proteins made using recombinant DNA technology with the potential to target medical conditions for which there are no other treatments," Professor Gray said.
The Phase I clinical trial is planned for early 2014, pending ethics approval.
It is believed the treatment will also be effective against the potentally fatal Nipah virus, found in humans in areas including
"This world-first trial will test the monoclonal antibody in a small group of people for the first time to evaluate its safety, determine a safe dosage range and identify any side effects," he said.
"This is a collaboration between groups in
NSW Minister for Primary Industries Ms Hodgkinson said the research was a significant step forward in combating a deadly virus.
"This work is globally significant and, along with advancements in horse vaccine development, is critical in our future control strategies," she said.
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