James Cook University, Townsville, Australia

Mail Address: Comparative Genomics Centre,
Molecular Sciences Bldg 21, James Cook University,
Townsville, 4811, Queensland, Australia
Telephone: 61-7-4781 6265 Fax:  61-7-4781 6078

Immunogenetics Research Facility Design World Class
    On February 27, 2003, the James Cook University announced completion of construction of the Immunogenetics Research Facility at the Comparative Genomics Centre, James Cook University. Built on the University's Douglas campus in Townsville, the facility provides state-of-the-art housing for the Centre's research into the genetic and environmental risk factors for a range of diseases, including childhood diabetes, gastritis and lupus.
    The facility was designed to provide six specific pathogen-free (SPF), environment-controlled mouse housing rooms with conditions optimised for the study of immune mediated disease. It features a shower-in, split-system in order to prevent incidental infections and will be rated as a PC2 laboratory to conform to OGTR requirments for the housing of transgenic mice. All goods entering the facility are autoclaved, decontaminated or disinfected. All animal holding rooms are ventilated with HEPA-filtered air maintained at 19 ± 1.5 C. One room is configured as an AQIS quarantine room and an additional room is capable of being configured as either an SPF holding room, or else as an additional quarantine room.


Air Handling Unit Microbiological control Illumination Disaster management Production team:


Facility staff Rohan Henderson, Annette Hawkins
and Nicole Fraser (left to right).


Comparative Genomics Centre, James Cook University, Key words: Autoimmune diabetes, Type 1 diabetes mellitus, childhood diabetes, lupus, systemic lupus erythematosus, haemolytic anaemia, hemolytic anemia, Coombs' test, antinuclear antibodies, renal failure, glomerulonephritis, gastritis, type A gastritis, pernicious anemia.