The Vaccine Trials Group at the Telethon Institute for Child Health Research and Princess Margaret Hospital for Children is recruiting 150 adult volunteers to participate in the study.
Study leader, Dr Peter Richmond, said the Australian-developed vaccine has shown encouraging results in early trials.
"While there hasn't been any case of bird flu being spread from human to human, it's important that we're not complacent, and keep working to find ways to protect our community from a possible pandemic," Dr Richmond said.
"The best preparation is to have a vaccine available that is proven to be safe and effective - and that's our aim."
Dr Richmond said there was no live virus in the vaccine which meant there was no chance of catching the infection from the vaccination. He said the vaccine had already been shown to be safe in initial trials.
"What this study is most interested in determining is just how much of the vaccine is needed to provide good protection against bird flu," Dr Richmond said.
"In the initial trial a small dose of the vaccine generated a good immune response in about half of the participants.
"In this trial we will increase the dosage to see if that promotes good immunity in a larger proportion of participants, but even with the increase, the total amount of vaccine is still the same as what would be found in conventional flu vaccines."
If the vaccine is found to be safe and effective, stocks would then be manufactured to have on hand to protect against a possible bird flu pandemic.
Study volunteers will receive two doses of the vaccine, three weeks apart. They will then have blood tests over the following year to check their immunity.
Elizabeth Chester | EurekAlert!
22.02.2018 | Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg im Breisgau
Separate brain systems cooperate during learning, study finds
22.02.2018 | Brown University
Quantum computers may one day solve algorithmic problems which even the biggest supercomputers today can’t manage. But how do you test a quantum computer to...
For the first time, a team of researchers at the Max-Planck Institute (MPI) for Polymer Research in Mainz, Germany, has succeeded in making an integrated circuit (IC) from just a monolayer of a semiconducting polymer via a bottom-up, self-assembly approach.
In the self-assembly process, the semiconducting polymer arranges itself into an ordered monolayer in a transistor. The transistors are binary switches used...
Breakthrough provides a new concept of the design of molecular motors, sensors and electricity generators at nanoscale
Researchers from the Institute of Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry of the CAS (IOCB Prague), Institute of Physics of the CAS (IP CAS) and Palacký University...
For photographers and scientists, lenses are lifesavers. They reflect and refract light, making possible the imaging systems that drive discovery through the microscope and preserve history through cameras.
But today's glass-based lenses are bulky and resist miniaturization. Next-generation technologies, such as ultrathin cameras or tiny microscopes, require...
Scientists from the University of Zurich have succeeded for the first time in tracking individual stem cells and their neuronal progeny over months within the intact adult brain. This study sheds light on how new neurons are produced throughout life.
The generation of new nerve cells was once thought to taper off at the end of embryonic development. However, recent research has shown that the adult brain...
15.02.2018 | Event News
13.02.2018 | Event News
12.02.2018 | Event News
22.02.2018 | Life Sciences
22.02.2018 | Physics and Astronomy
22.02.2018 | Earth Sciences