Two Greek-Australian Scientists Breaking Barriers in Reasearch and Treatment for Viral Infections

Two Greek-Australian scientists are breaking medical barriers with their reasearch which could potentially reveal new treatments for viral diseases including the flu and common cold.

Associate Professor Ross Vlahos and Dr. Stavros Selemidis have both gained international attention as of last year, their research into respiratory disease received $2.5 million in funding from the annual National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) project grant round.

The two scientists’ research has provided important developments in such areas as treating chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, viral infections and cancer.

Their research, funded by the $2.5 million NHMRC grant and under the auspices of the Australian Research Council (ARC), detailed developing innovative therapies in order to treat respiratory virus-induced lung disease in people who have no other health problems — something of vital importance as some 13,500 Australians are hospitalized for virus-induced lung issues and over 3,000 annual deaths of people over 50-years-old occur, according to

On Wednesday the scientific and medical journal, Nature Communications, published the results of the scientists’ research.