We’re proud to announce our support of two of The University of Queensland’s research projects that use world-leading technology to supercharge the production of future vaccines, and novel treatments for chronic pain using spider venom.

The donation of $500,000 is funded from Golden Casket’s unclaimed prizemoney and continues our support of The University of Queensland’s incredible research programs. 

During the past two years, we’ve donated $1.5 million to innovative research projects at The University of Queensland that have the potential to tackle some pressing health issues. 

The first project being funded this year will continue research into the use of molecular clamp technology to supercharge vaccine production. 

The rapid-response molecular clamp technology is a safe and potentially game-changing approach to vaccine development for a variety of viruses.

The technology uses a streamlined process to rapidly produce subunit vaccines comprising a fragment of the virus. When the body recognises the protein, it creates a highly specific immune response that can block virus attachment to receptors and infection.   

The molecular clamp technology helps the body recognise the virus fragment and create an effective immune response.

The second project being funded aims to create an effective treatment for chronic disease. 

Specifically, the donation will be directed to research at the UQ Institute for Molecular Bioscience to advance the development of venom peptides as therapeutics for alleviating pain associated with endometriosis and irritable bowel syndrome.

While the two research projects are very different, they both aim to improve health outcomes for people across Australia and the world.

At The Lott, we’re in the business of making dreams come true – not just for our winners, but also for these researchers at The University of Queensland, who are dedicated to finding new health technologies and treatments.

We can’t wait to keep you updated on the progress of these incredible research programs. 

To learn more about these important initiatives, head to their website.