Research to manage dingo impact
Invasive Animals CRC and partners Australian Wool Innovation and Meat and Livestock Australia have embarked on a five-year research program to enhance the nation's ability to manage the impacts of dingoes.
While dingoes have plagued livestock production, their role in suppressing invasive species such as cats and foxes requires further research.
"It's critically important that we manage the negative impacts of free-ranging dogs using the most up-to-date scientific information," CRC researcher Peter Fleming said.
Read the full story from the Weekly Times
Genetic testing for autism, ADHD and schizophrenia on the way
Genetic screening at birth may allow researchers to determine a child’s risk of developing mental illness later in life.
Associate Professor Charles Claudianos and Dr Alex Cristino from the Queensland Brain Institute have analysed genetic data from groups of patients with mental illnesses such as ADHD, autism spectrum disorder and schizophrenia, to identify combinations of genes that indicate a risk of developing a particular illness.
In five years, the researchers would like to be able to screen the DNA of newborns and older children to make a molecular diagnosis, determining the child’s risk of developing a mental illness or improving the accuracy of an existing diagnosis based on behaviour.
The researchers hope to further develop the tool as part of a proposed new Co-operative Research Centre for Living with Autism Spectrum Disorder. If approved by the Federal Government, it which will have access to over $100 million in funding from the Commonwealth and in-kind donations, and will work to further the understanding of autism in the Australian population.
CRCA Conference News
Earlybird & Group Rates now available! Register now to save on your CRCA Conference Registration. Register for 4 or more people at the earlybird rate and receive an additional $100 off per person.
CRCA Collaborate Innovate Conference Accommodation is selling fast. There are some great Melbourne properties available for you to book via the online & manual Conference registration forms, but hurry as there are only limited numbers of rooms available at the Conference rates.
Hotels which are proving popular include Oaks on Collins, Grand Hotel Melbourne, Crown Metropole and Hilton Melbourne South Wharf. All accommodation is in either walking or tram distance from the MCEC and the busy hub of Melbourne Centre. Don’t miss out - Register and reserve your accommodation now.
Collaborate Innovate 2013 is proudly hosted by the Victorian Government. Principal Sponsor: RMIT University. Sponsored by: Advanced Manufacturing CRC; AutoCRC; Australian Research Council; Brisbane Marketing; Campus Travel; Centre for Public Awareness of Science, Australian National Universtiy; Connecting Spaces; CRC CARE; CSIRO; Defence Materials Technology Centre Ltd; FAL-Lawyers; Phillips Ormonde Fitzpatrick; Russell Kennedy Pty Ltd; The Conversation; The University of South Australia; Westpac
Showcasing Early Career Researchers 2013 – follow Li’s lead
PhD candidate at the Queensland University of Technology, Mr Fengfeng Li, from the CRC for Infrastructure and Engineering Asset Management (CIEAM) was the Showcasing Early Career Researchers 2012 winner.
Fengfeng Li’s presentation was on his research to solve the high-cost problem of maintaining Australia’s aging water pipes.
"The moment I won the award last year is the best experience in my life. When I came from China, I didn't imagine this would happen - it was beyond my wildest dream," Mr Li said this week.
"I bought a new laptop by using the award, and that really improved my efficiency for writing my thesis. I just passed my thesis defence, and will get my PhD degree in the near future."
For your chance to win an award, go to the Early Career Researcher Showcase 2013 entry website. The Early Career Researcher Showcase 2013 is sponsored by CSIRO and is open to CRC researchers.
Excellence in Innovation Awards 2013– Australian Poultry CRC showed the way in 2012 with Vaxsafe® PM
Australian Poultry CRC was one of five winners of the 2012 Australian Collaborative Innovation Award in Adelaide in May 2012 for their work on Vaxsafe® PM.
Vaxsafe® PM is a vaccine to protect chickens against fowl cholera, saving the Australian chicken meat industry an estimated $13M a year.
Enter your CRC in the Awards for Excellence in Innovation 2013
CRC CARE gives all clear to toxic sand cleanup
A new report has recommended the go-ahead for the clean-up of the toxic sands in and around the regional park in West Bendigo.
“There is no imminent risk to human health or to the environment presented by the site in its current state where the calcined sands are covered by a layer of hydromulch,” the report’s authors, CRC CARE, wrote.
The toxic sands which were exposed during the Black Saturday fire in February 2009.
CRC online now available for 16th CRC selection
CRC online is now open for applications for the 16th Cooperative Research Centres (CRC) selection round. Applications for the 16th CRC program selection round must be lodged by 5:00pm (Australian Eastern Standard Time) Thursday 13 June 2013. Late applications will not be accepted.
The information sessions on the CRC program and the 16th selection round begin on February 14. These meetings (held the same day in the afternoon) are limited and bookings are essential.
Dates of the information sessions in your capital.
....and DMTC makes it eight CRCs in the Best EIA Case Studies
The Defence Materials Technology Centre was involved in one of the best 20 EIA Case Studies along with CAST CRC. Researchers at the University of Queensland, who are part of the CAST CRC (headquartered at UQ) and UQ’s Defence Materials Technology Centre have worked on reducing the costs of using titanium in metal component manufacture. A CAST CRC and Ferra Engineering partnership developed techniques to manufacture titanium components for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF), a defence force combat aircraft.
"There is no doubt that CRCs are a significant force in delivering high-value innovation", CRCA CEO Tony Peacock said.
"To have eight CRCs involved in seven out of the twenty of the best examples of Excellence in Innovation is a strong message to industry and government that the CRC model is a cost effective way of giving Australia the edge in global innovation, especially at this time of budgetary constraint."
Read the report
Wound Management Innovation CRC seeks new CEO
Wound Management Innovation CRC (WMI CRC) is a unincorporated joint venture established with funding from the Federal Government and Participants for the purpose of conducting scientific research, and developing and implementing approaches for the treatment and prevention of chronic wounds.
The CEO will provide the vision, drive and leadership to the WMI CRC Joint Venture for generating patient and community benefit in wound care, its treatment and prevention.
Applications close on 1 March 2013. To obtain a full Position Description & Selection Criteria, please email Enquiries@WoundCRC.com or phone (07) 3138 4688.
More information can be found on the Wound CRC website.