Professor Paul Young is currently Professor of Virology at the University of Queensland. For over 40 years, his virus research has been focused on three over arching themes; gaining a clearer understanding of how viruses cause severe disease, the development of improved diagnostics and the discovery of new therapeutic and vaccine control strategies. He is internationally recognised for his work on the dengue viruses, translating basic research into a commercial diagnostic assay that is now the global standard for early diagnosis of dengue infection. His group has also discovered a viral protein that is key to the
pathophysiology of severe dengue disease and targetable for drug design and has developed a patented vaccine platform technology that is about to go into clinical trials.