Research Strengths a snapshot July 2011

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Queensland’s
Research Strengths



a snapshot

July

2011


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About this document


In April 2011, diplomats from over 70 countries representing the
Canberra based Diplomatic Corps visited Queensland for an official
visit to see, first
hand, that Queensland was back in business
following its summer of natural disasters.


Part of the visit included a presentation on Queensland‘s Smart
State Vision: an overview of Queensland‘s policy and investment to
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Research Strengths



Skills development and commercialisation training
for
entrepreneurial businesses and research
organisations



Economic development assistance to SMEs through
demand
-
pull commercialisation and innovation



Creation and assembly of value
-
chains for new industry clusters or to foster innovation



Business model innova
tion



Innovation policy development



Australian Institute for Commercialisation

Dr John Kapeleris

Deputy CEO

john.kapeleris@ausicom.com


+61
(0)
7 3853 5225


http://www.ausicom.com/



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The
Australian Institute of Marine Science (
AIMS
)

has
developed internationally recognised capabilities in marine
biodiversity, marine microbiology, water quality and
ecosystem health, coastal oceanography, adaptation to
climate change, aquaculture and novel marine technologies.


Its research program in
vestigates the ecosystems of
Australia‘s tropical seas from whole ecosystems down to the
molecular level.


Research Strengths

Three broad research directions enable AIMS to meet the challenges facing marine ecosystems and
the requirements of our stakeholde
rs:



understanding of tropical marine ecosystems and processes;



understanding the responses of tropical marine systems to global changes; and



supporting sustainable development of tropical marine
-
based industries.



Australian Institute of Marine Science

Dr Ian Poiner

CEO

ian.poiner@aims.gov.au


+61
(0)7
4753 4444


www.aims.gov.au



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Research Strengths

Faculty of Health Science and Medicine / Centre for
Health Informatics



research in areas critically important to
health care
delivery which includes chronic care management



Faculty of Health Science and Medicine /

Centre for
Research in Evidence
-
Based
Practice



r
esearch that closes the gaps between research
-
practice and clinical monitoring and promote the
interchange of researchers in and out of Australia



Faculty of Health Science and Medicine

/

Institute for
Sport Research Centre



r
esearch focus on different areas of sports and
enthusiastically promoting research opportunities to
achieve new technologies in pilot
studies inside sport



Faculty of Health Science and Medicine

/ Clem Jones
Centre for Macular Degeneration Research (CJCMDR)



research to develop a procedure, which utilizes the
patient‘s own adult stem cells and latest
nanotechnology


Faculty of business



research on using inductive
game theory to understand
and combat prejudice








research focus on distinctive approach to
entrepreneurship research and pedagogy



Bond University

Prof Chris Del
Mar

Professor of Primary Care
Research

cdelmar@bond.edu.au


+ 61 (0)7 559 52504

Dr Paul Glasziou

Director

pglaszio@bond.edu.au


+ 61 (0)7
559 55515

Dr
Sonya Marshall

Associate Professor
Biochemistry

sm
arshal@bond.edu.au


+ 61 (0)7 559
54122

Dr
Patrick Warnke

Professor
of Surgery

pwarnke@bond.edu.au


+ 61 (0)7 559 51220

Jeffrey Kline

Adjunct Professor

jekline@bond.edu.au


Dr Justin Craig

Co
-
Director,
Australian Centre
for Family Business

jcraig@bond.edu.au


+ 61 (0)7 559 51161


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Faculty of Law



r
esearch areas include the law of evidence,
both in
Australia and in Canada, reform of the litigation system
and legal education






r
esearch project on employee entitlements to non
-
pr
oprietary knowledge and innovation performance. A
comparative study of the protection of trade secrets
and other areas of law related to the rights of
employees to their tacitly held knowledge
.






Prof Lee Stuesser

Professor and Associate
Dean Faculty of Law



lstuesse@bond.edu.au


+ 61 (0)7 559 52028

Prof William Van Caenegem


wvancaen@bond.edu.au


+ 61 (0)7 559 52275


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Research Strengths



Sugarcane

plant breeding and propagation



Molecular biology applications to increase
sugarcane plant productivity, sus
tainability and
competitiveness



Management of sugar
cane pests, diseases and
weeds



Biosecurity



Technological tools to improve farming systems, management of sugarcane crops, including
nutrients and pests/diseases


Research p
rograms include:

Plant breeding program



Cutting edge research used in optimal genetic evaluation systems to
select parents, crosses and clones, with the ultimate objective of delivering new, more productive
varieties. These varieties have suitable disea
se resistance to established and endemic diseases and
acceptable milling and sugar quality.


Sugarcane cross
-
pollination



Experts in the field of plant breeding identified world
-
class cross
-
pollination techniques using photoperiod facility
-
initiated flowe
ring.


SmartSett™ technology



First ever automated sugarcane micropropagation technology to
accelerate variety release.


Molecular biology
-

This technology applies plant biotechnology and plant functional biology
strategies to develop varieties that imp
rove productivity, sustainability and competitiveness. It
focuses on creating sugarcane with new and improved commercially important traits, including but not
limited to herbicide tolerance.


Six Easy Steps



Research based integrated nutrient management

tool that enables the adoption of
best practice nutrient management on
-
farm. Extensive research has been carried out to determine
the best way to determine nutrient inputs.


NutriCalc
TM


NutriCalc
TM

takes the Six Easy Steps program online, enabling individual farmers (or
their advisers) to enter, access and evaluate the nutrient management data for their individual farms
(within an access restricted environment to ensure confidentiality). It provide
s an interpretation of soil
test values and the ability to record nutrient requirements, actual fertiliser inputs and subsequent
productivity data.


QCANESelect™

-

A one
-
stop, web
-
based decision support tool that provides variety information,
BSES Limited

Ms Sandra Long

Commercial Manager

slong@bses.com.au

+ 61 7 3331 3317

+ 61 (0)407 748 372


http://www.bses.com.au


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variety recom
mendations, regional reports on variety performance and whole
-
farm variety plans to
maximise productivity while managing risks from pest and disease outbreaks.


GrubPlan



Program developed in response to a severe outbreak of greyback canegrubs

in northern
Queensland. Its components
are
derived from long
-
term research work conducted by expert
entomologists.


Canegrub Management and New Farming Systems



Researched and documented evidence that
new farming systems should not only encompass sustai
nable agronomic practices but also include
sustainable pest management practices. It promotes greater emphasis on pest monitoring and
targeted pesticide applications than is the current rule.


Integrated Weed Management



Extensive research into weed mana
gement resulted in the
development of a complete weed management system covering the duration of a crop cycle,
beginning at the last ratoon.


New farming system



Experts identified and documented new farming systems for controlled
-
traffic,
reduced
-
tilla
ge and fallow legume break crops to break disease cycles and reduce compaction.
Machinery modification
s

are carried out in this process to achieve ‗best fit‘ outcomes.


New Near Infra
-
Red screening tool



Researcher developed tool to predict the resistanc
e of
sugarcane varieties to smut and Fiji leaf gall.


ELISA laboratory diagnostic technique



A technique to detect RSD and help reduce the incidence
of the disease significantly.


Biosecurity response planning


BSES has developed comprehensive Pest Incur
sion Management
Plans that provide guidelines for the management of incursions of new pests and diseases. These
draw on extensive off
-
shore experience of our entomologists and plant pathologists
.




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Cancer
Council Queensland supports long
-
term cancer
research of the highest quality, contributing substantially to
national and global efforts to reduce the impact of cancer on
the community.


The Viertel Centre for Research in Cancer

Control

is a
collaborative r
esearch centre that is fully integra
ted with cancer
services, trans
l
a
ting researc
h

outcomes into effective, population
-
wide cancer con
t
rol programs.
Since its establishment in 2004, the Viertel Centre has pioneered research pathways in cancer
epidemiology

and psycho
-
oncology.


The research conducted by the Viertel Cen
t
re aims to improve current understanding of the causes of
cancer, to investigate strategies for preventing cancer and diagnosing it earlier, and to improve
support for cancer survivors

and t
heir families. An important focus of

the Centre‘s work is the
trans
l
a
tio
n

of research into practice.


Research Strengths



Descriptive
e
pidemiology

-

the VCRCC
is

the leading source of cancer
-
related statistics in
Queensland. The key data resource of this research program is data collected and
maintained by the Queensland Cancer Registry. These data are supplemented by specifically
designed research studies initiat
ed by the VCRCC. A specific interest is the description of the
geographical variations in cancer outcomes across Queensland, and investigating the
possible

reas
ons why these differences exist
.



Skin
c
ancer



research is designed to answer important question
s into issues such as the
early detection of melanoma, sun protection attitudes and behaviours, and skin cancer
management attitudes and behaviours, and skin cancer management
.



Prostate c
ancer



wellbeing and outcomes of men diagnosed with this disease and ways
that men and their families
can best be supported
through diagn
osis, treatment and future
care
.



Commun
ity and applied psycho
-
oncology



how to
deliver appropriate levels of support
that will ensure positive outcomes for patients and their carers
.



Cancer in children



t
he VCRCC holds one of the few childhood cancer registries in the
world, the Australian Paediatric Cancer Registry. The Registry re
cords clinical and treatment
information on the more than 600 children each year diagnosed with cancer in Australia
.



Colorectal cancer



the most common invasive cancer in Australia for men and women,
although

little is known about the long
-
term outcomes,
needs and concerns of the 60% of
patients who

survive colorectal cancer
.


Cancer Council Queensland
-

Viertel Centre for Researc
h
in Cancer Control

(VCRCC)

Ms Anne Savage

Chief Communications Officer

annesavage@cacerqld.org.au

+61 (0)7 3
634 5241


http://www.cancerqld.org.au



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Research Strengths

The CAST Cooperative Research Centre (CAST CRC) conducts
industry
-
driven
research in metals technology. M
ajor research foci
are:



l
ight a
nd ferrous metals



casting

and solidification technology



cont
rol systems and machine sensors



metal prop
erties (physical and chemical)



alloy development



lightweighting



corrosion protection



powder processing



tooling



machining



sustainable manufactu
ring



heat transfer



fluid flow


CAST CRC has f
our research programs
covering the production and application of metals using
sustainable manufacturing processes:

Automotive Applications


the development and application of new light metal alloys to make
metal components, assemblies and systems for automotive applications. Re
search involves
component and system design, alloy development, casting, forming or powder processing,
corrosion protection and joining.

Process Technology

-

development of new process technologies to improve the operation of
cast houses, foundries and d
ie casters including: prevention of melt loss, reduction of scrap,
removal of impurities from molten metal, solutions to the monitoring and improvement to
product quality and development of new technologies to improve the processes of alloying
and casting.


Aerospace and Extreme Applications

-

development of enabling technologies for the
manufacture of components for challenging applications in the mining, aerospace and
medical industries with primary focus on:
advanced manufacturing of high value added
com
ponents

from titanium, the development of coatings/protection methods for suppliers and
end
-
users of metal components; and improved materials for alumina refining and mining
applications.

Industry Sustainability



aims to improve the skills and innovativ
e capacity of the Australian
metals industry, while also reducing its environmental footprint. Research, education and
training activities cover critical topics for industry including environmental life cycle analysis,
CAST Cooperative Research Centre (CAST CRC)

Ms Sue Keay

Communication Manager

cast@cast.org.au

+61 (0)7 3365 3574


https://www.cast.org.au



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molten metal safety, recycling, energ
y reduction, technology transfer, best practice, global
competitivenes
s, and manufacturing and business strategies for the future.




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Central Queensland University maintains three Institutes / Centres
which are focussed in major re
search areas. These Institutes and
Centres are:


Institute for Resource Industries and Sustainability

Centre for Environmental Management

Research Strengths

The Centre undertakes independent research, contract research,
consulting and post graduate studies

in its six areas of expertise:



m
arine and
coastal e
cology



terrestrial e
cology



f
reshwater
e
cology



e
cotoxicology and i
ndustrial

w
aters



e
nvironmental
e
conomics



s
ustainable
r
egional
d
evelopment


Centre for Plant and Water Science

Research Strengths

The Centre

undertook research t
o develop the commercial use of NIRS for non
-
invasive fruit quality
assessment, of simple filters for waste and saline water treatment and for research that led to the
approval by FSANZ of

the use of steviol glycosides (
from Stevia reb
audiana, a plant with natural
sweeteners
)

as intense sweeteners in foodstuffs. Ongoing projects with commercial potential include
amongst others the use of the beauty leaf tree as a biodiesel resource, of aeration of irrigation water
for drip irrigation sy
stems, of organic hydroponics using vermiculture and the definition of biochar
properties for defined uses as filters and soil amendments.


Centre for Railway Engineering (CRE)

Research Strengths

CRE employs highly qualified full
-
time research and technica
l staff with significant experience in the
railway industry. We are well known for our research expertise in train dynamics, wagon and bogie
dynamics, wagon/track system dynamics, erosion control of railway corridors, simulation,
instrumentation and field
-
testing. Our physical resources include a unique laboratory purpose
designed for full scale testing of bogies, wagons, locomotives and civil infrastructure. The CRE also
maintains high powered computing facilities for simulation and finite element analysis
.





Central Queensland University

Prof Chad Hewitt

Pro Vice
-
Chancellor
(Research) and Head of
Campus, Gladstone

c.hewitt@cqu.edu.au

+61 (0)7 4970 7203

+61 (0)458 306 418


https://www.cqu.edu.au



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Centre for Intelligent and Networked Systems (CINS)

Research Strengths

CINS focuses on research in the area of intelligent and networked systems. It has four key research
themes:



autonomous s
ystems



p
attern
r
ecognition



d
ata
m
ining



n
etworked
s
ystems


Process Engineering and Light Metals Centre (PELM)

Research Strengths

PELM experts provide:



a

deep understanding of the mechanisms of failure of plant and equipment in industries
relevant

t
o the Central Queensland region



a
ccess to and generation of the lat
est knowledge and technologies in maintenance and asset

management strategies and ways in which this knowledge can be incorporated into
management

of modern plants



a
n expertise base for selected aspects of process engineering, such as fluids processing and

bulk

materials handling



a
n environment for the training of postgraduate students (coursework and research) in areas
of

expertise



a

facility for providing testing and consulting services in our areas of expertise
.


Education Research

International Educatio
n Research Centre

Research Strengths

Our agenda embraces
four broad themes,
reflecting a wide range of potential topics. In this sense,
the

focus is both multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary, involving contributors in education, sociology,
law,

economics, accounting, marketing, management, public policy, critical theory, cultural studies,
media

studies, information technology and information systems.


Learning and Teaching Education Research Centre (LTERC)

Research Strengths

LTERC is strategically positioned within the field of education research at
CQUniversity
. It provides

multidisciplinary research capabilities and expertise in ethically responsible, socially and culturally

inclusive investigations into learning and teachin
g. LTERC‘s unique advantage and challenge is its
diverse

constituencies, internal and external to the University





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Institute for Health and Social Science Research

Centre for Mental Health
and

Wellbeing

Research Strengths

Research
efforts of this Centre
focus on:



evaluation of clinica
l and behavioural health issues



understanding relationships between clinical, social, and mental health is
sues to promote
positive change



understanding the psychosocial, cultural and geographical contexts of health and health
-
related

behaviours



improving understanding of the implications of clinical and mental health services in

relation to
mental and psychosocial health needs.


Centre for Physical Activities Studies (CPAS)

Research Strengths

CPAS primarily aims to advance the

science of physical activity research. Specifically, research within

CPAS focuses on increasing the knowledge of individual, social and environmental correlates of
physical

activity. More broadly, CPAS also engages in research related to physical activity

and health,
such as

health promotion, nutritional and obesity research, and exercise and biomedical research.


Centre for Longitudinal
and

Preventative Health Research

Research Strengths

The Centre for Longitudinal and Preventative Health Research focuses

o
n two major streams of
research:
Longitudinal Programs, and Prevention, Intervention and Evaluation Programs. The Centre
aims to

provide an evidence
-
based platform for long term health intervention research through the
development

of prospective studies
that monitor health needs and outcomes at the individual, group
and community

level. The Centre is focused on the identification of risk and protective factors that
promote health,

resilience, and positive adjustment in regional, state and national context
s
.


Qld Centre for Domestic & Family Violence Research

Research Strengths

The Queensland Centre for Domestic and Family Violence Research, in consultation with its 16
-
member

advisory group, members of the domestic violence sector, Legal Aid Qld and
Brisbane
Women's Legal

Service, has developed a Fact Sheet for Women.


Capricornia Centre for Mucosal Immunology

Research Strengths

This centre investigates the causes of respiratory and middle ear infections and understanding
bacterial

interactions to see
k solutions in order to identify mechanisms for disease prevention. The
research is

predominantly funded by National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) grants
and works

closely with health researchers and the medical research industries.
Centre st
aff

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collaborate with

researchers in Australia, Europe and the USA and work with major pharmaceutical
companies on the

research and development of patents to the clinical trials stage for a range of new
therapies.


Population Research Laboratory

Research St
rengths

The Population Research Laboratory (PRL) is the central hub of the research infrastructure of the

Institute for Health and Social Science Research (IHSSR) a
t CQUniversity. The Population Research

Laboratory also acts as a conduit through which the
Institute can attract and undertake research. The
PRL

aims to conduct research which contributes to understanding and improving the wellbeing of
individuals,

communities and environments.


10,000 Steps

Research Strengths

CPAS currently hosts several
ongoing and developing projects one of which is the nationally and

internationally recognised
10,000 Steps.
Funded by Queensland Health, the ongoing
10,000 Steps
project

was Australia's first ‗whole of community' health promotion physical activity project.





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Research Strengths

CSIRO is Australia‘s national science agency and we are one of
the largest and most diverse research organisations in the world.
We undertake world
-
class scientific research into
virtually

all
aspects of human activity and its interaction with natural and

built
environments.


We address major challenges, and opportunities, largely through
our National Research Flagships


one of the largest holistic
scientific research programs ever undertaken in Australia that has
become a well regarded model for deliver
ing mission directed scientific research of national scale. We
also understand the importance and value of partnering with the community, industry and other
research agencies to collaborate with the best of the best around the world in order to deliver the

impact required.


Queensland and CSIRO

CSIRO has 1100 staff in Queensland. We are currently located on 1
3
sites from Cairns and
Townsville in the far north to Brisbane and Toowoomba in the south east. Our work covers water,
agriculture, mining and
minerals, energy, environmental, and terrestrial and marine domains in a
climate change context.





Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research
Organisation
(
CSIRO
)

Dr Anthony van Herwaarden

CSIRO State Manager
-

Queensland

Anthony.van.herwaarden@csi
ro.au

+61 (0)
438 983 227


http://www.csiro.au/



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Atherton

Maunds Road Atherton QLD 4883

CSIRO‘s research in Atherton is aimed at understanding the complex natural relationships within
tropical rainfor
ests and landscapes to provide communities and land managers with the information
they need to make sound decisions and preserve the regions outstanding natural diversity.

The Atherton laboratory provides a research base for scientists engaged in projects

studying various
aspects of the tropical environment including: ecosystems goods and services; biodiversity; climate
change; rainforest dynamics; sustainable futures; and conservation planning.


Cairns


Australian Tropical Forest Institute

James Cook Uni
versity


Smithfield Campus

Co
-
located on James Cook University‘s Smithfield campus,
CSIRO‘s research in Cairns is in
sustainable agriculture, the sustainability of the Great Barrier Reef and biodiversity management.

Our Tropical Landscapes Joint Ventur
e with James Cook University (JCU) is a collaboration that
brings together CSIRO‘s strength in ecology and management at a landscapes scale with JCU‘s more
fundamental research on specific aspects of ecosystem function and includes research in ecosystem
fu
nction and prediction; evaluating and valuing ecosystem goods and services and biodiversity;
melioration of environment pests, weeds and threats such as climate change; innovative regional
planning and management at ecosystem and landscape scales; tropical

production systems; and
Aboriginal collaboration and capacity building in research.

The Australian Tropical Herbarium (ATH) combines specimens from CSIRO‘s Australian National
Herbarium, the Queensland Herbarium and the JCU Herbarium collections, allowing

scientists
studying different aspects of north Queensland‘s native flora to work closely together. The ATH
includes a state of the art molecular bioscience laboratory essential for modern plant research.


Coopers Plains
-

Food and Health Sciences Precinct

39 Kessels Road, Coopers Plains

At Coopers Plains the CSIRO is part of the Food and Health Sciences Precinct (FHSP), a
collaborative project with the Queensland Government. The FHSP is a
r
esearch
facility that includes
laboratories built to high physical
containment and quarantine standards.

The new facilities include a
food processing pilot plant providing state of
the art research infrastructure


T
he Precinct provides a collaborative environment for researchers to advance biosecurity
, healthcare,
medicine, food and nutrition knowledge. Key features of the precinct facilities include:



food science, animal nutrition and biochemical
analysis and research



a pilot plant for handling seafood, meat and
horticulture products



food processing
including product development and focus group testing.




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Dutton Park, Boggo Road Urban Village


Ecos
ciences

Precinct

41 Boggo Road, Dutton Park, QLD

The Ecosciences Precinct (ESP) is a partnership between the Queensland Government and CSIRO.
The facility
houses more than 1000 scientists and researchers, working together to address the long
term social, environmental and economic sustainability of Queensland‘s subtropical and tropical
resources in a global context.


We are dedicated to tackling major enviro
nmental issues, with a major section of our ecosystems
research on tropical landscapes, invasive pests, weed management, marine biology and climate
change based at the ESP. CSIRO‘s Marine research in the
ESP

focuses on aquaculture including:
tropical and
subtropical fisheries and ecology; sustainable aquaculture; and multiple use management
of mari
ne resources and ecosystems in n
orthern Australia.


Our researchers are working to support the sustainability of the Northern Pr
awn Fishery; the Torres
Strait f
i
sheries and resources; the Great Barrier Reef; the sustainable use of coastal zone resources

in South
-

East Queensland and n
orthern Australia; and the development of marine
-
based aquaculture
industries.


CSIRO scientists have collaborated with the Australi
an prawn industry to breed a new prawn that is
producing record yields and can be sustainably farmed. The Black Tiger prawn will boost Australia‘s
prawn farming industry by improving the production efficiency and profitability of locally produced
seafood.


Our water science focus is catchment biogeochemistry and aquatic ecology, urban water and water
reuse research. Major collaboration is with the Queensland State Government, The University of
Queensland and Griffith University through the Urban Water Secur
ity Research Alliance.


We have developed the application of spatio
-
temporal modelling, geospatial science, and monitoring /
survey design methods that are relevant to fresh water
and

aquatic ecosystem health. This is
primarily delivered through the Water for a Healthy Country Flagship, and includes significant
collaboration with South East Queensland Water Corporation and the Qld State Government


CSIRO has significant agricultural re
search capability investigating approaches to enhance food
security and reducing greenhouse gas intensity of agricultural systems in Australia, Asia and Africa.
An exciting initiative which has recently commenced is ―Carbon Queensland‖. This is a partnersh
ip
primarily between Queensland Government agencies and CSIRO based at the Ecosciences Precinct
to develop a rich knowledge base to support the role that natural systems can play in a carbon
constrained future. The scope of Carbon Queensland ranges from pr
oviding information and advice to
assist rural producers to understand and minimise their carbon footprint, to manage vegetation and

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soils to optimise their capacity to capture carbon, and to
quantify

how much alternative management
and production methods
differ in their capacity to

capture carbon using differing climate scenarios.


The ESP is also home to CSIRO‘s Science Education Centre
-

the hub for CSIRO‘s science
education programs in southern Queensland, and the Lab
-
on
-
Legs program that takes exciting

science shows and workshops to schools around southern Queensland.


Gatton

Warrego Highway, Via Gatton College, Gatton QLD 4343

The Cooper Lab
oratory

at Gatton
is co
-
located with the University of Queensland Gatton campus and
is used for germplasm

enhancement and breeding of cultivated
grain
crops and computer simulation
models of crop production. The site is used by CSIRO scientists from Gatton and the QBP, St Lucia to
investigate drought tolerance and disease resistance in wheat for the northern
Australian grain belt.

The site provides an important field resource for testing crops in the real environment that supports
the molecular aspects of CSIRO‘s research undertaken in the Queensland Bioscience Precinct.


Herston
-

RBWH

Level 7, U
niversity o
f
Q
ueensland

CCR Building 71/918 Royal Brisbane
and

Women’s Hospital
Herston QLD 4028

The Australian eHealth Research Centre (AeHRC) is based at the Royal Brisbane and Women‘s
Hospital, Herston and is a leading national research facility for ICT for health
care innovations. It is an
unincorporated joint venture between CSIRO and the State of Queensland.


Ae
HRC draws on CSIRO‘s expertise across a wide range of capabilities in information and
communication technology (ICT) and health, as well as the extensive

health research and
development and clinical experience in Queensland. The multi
-
disciplinary team of 50 people
includes world
-
renowned researchers, software engineers and doctoral students, dedicated to
excellence in research and health services.


CSIR
O research at AeHRC includes: the health information environment (the integration of data from
multiple sources); cancer stage interpretation system (improves ways to access and analyse medical
data for the staging of lung cancer patients); care assessment

platform

(manages chronic disease);
and biomedical imaging.


Health Data Integration (HDI) provides a data linking and transfer tool designed for the health
environment and enables effective data exchange for
nationwide

screening programs such as the
National Bowel C
ancer

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Advanced medical imaging technologies are
b
eing developed that provide algorithms for the
processing of medical images that extract the maximum amount of information from captured images,
and to automate standard i
mage segmentation tasks and is directed at diagnosis of brain, breast,
prostate and cartilage diseases. The brain imaging supports the Australian Imaging, Biomarkers and
Lifestyle (AIBL) study of ageing which compromise
s

200 subjects over a 3
-
year period
and has
developed an atlas of the brain that will allow earlier diagnosis of Alzheimer‘s disease.


The Centre is also developing new models for clinical and health care interventions; and
videoconferencing technologies with telepresence enabling remote dia
gnosis and care
.


Pullenvale
-

Queensland Centre for Advanced Technologies, QCAT

1 Technology Court, Pullenvale QLD 4069

The Queensland Centre for Advanced Technologies is a collaboration between the Commonwealth
Scientific and Industrial Research Organisa
tion (CSIRO) and the State Government of Queensland.

We use the latest scientific advances in energy, minerals, and bioscience technologies to address
issues of national importance for mining industries and the environment.

Our research focuses on
energy
and minerals technologies including low emission coal technology, and smart and safe mining
(including automation).


We deliver innovative, industry directed research and technology to the Australian exploration,
mining, minerals processing and manufactur
ing industries. The Centre underpins Australia‘s
leadership in the global resources sector and demonstrates the commitment of the Queensland
Government to maintaining that leadership.


Our research in autonomous systems uses unique, low capital cost, lase
r based navigation solution
to

provide and maintain the precision your clients desire as they migrate through areas of denied or poor
GPS coverage. In area
s

where GPS is denied, the CSIRO unique laser navigation technology will
provide trajectory solution
s

independent of other sensors. By nature of the low capital cost, the
CSIRO unique laser navigation technology enables access to new markets not addressable because
of the high cost of capital equipment of current solutions that are
dependent

on high cost
GPS and
IMU
for their trajectory solutions.


The Australian Research Centre for Aerospace Automation

(ARCAA) is a joint venture between
Queensland University of Technology and CSIRO. CSIRO‘s capability in ARCAA is

focusing on flying
close to infrastructure and/or beyond the line of sight of the remote operator/supervisor

and un
-
manned aircraft systems
.

Our work in sensors and sensor networks holds the world record for the
longest running outdoor Sensor Network
-

at

our QCAT lab in Brisbane.

Our technology allows
processing complex data within a wireless sensor network where there are severe resource
constraints in terms of processing power, bandwidth, and available energy resources.



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St. Lucia


Queensland
Bioscience Precinct

University of Queensland


St Lucia campus

The Queensland Bioscience Precinct (QBP) is a world
-
class environment for biological research,
development and commercialisation. The QBP is Australia‘s largest research facility dedicated to
h
uman, animal and plant biotechnological research. As a purpose
-
built collaborative research facility,
the QBP brings together scientists from CSIRO and the Institute for Molecular Bioscience (IMB). The
QBP is located on The University of Queensland's St L
ucia campus in Brisbane, Queensland.

We conduct a range of agricultural research activities including environmental modelling; livestock
and microbial genomics; advanced animal reproduction; and
physiology and genetic improvement of
crop species
.

Research
at the QBP includes:



genome mapping



the genetic and biochemical basis of growth, health and production of plants and animals



proteins and their interactions



bioinformatics



crops for northern Australia including wheat, sugar, soybean and
forest plantati
on trees
.




Toowoomba

203 Tor Street, Toowoomba QLD 4350

The Agricultural Production Systems Research Unit (APSRU) was established in 1990 and is a
collaborative organisation with researchers from CSIRO, the University of Queensland and the
Queensland St
ate Government. The formation of APSRU brought together expertise in the computer
simulation of farming systems to facilitate research that would impact on how agricultural production
systems are managed.


APSRU has created a centre of excellence in the f
ield of agricultural production systems research
with the capability of pursuing related
research s
trengths

and training. Our primary focus at this facility
is to provide benefit to rural industries and the environment through innovative agricultural produ
ction
systems simulation, research and development and developing options for adaptation to climate
change.


Our research compares current and potential farming systems to explore issues of diversification, risk
management, resource management, climate var
iability and economic performance. Our innovative
approaches help improve the profitability of agricultural systems, while maintaining the integrity of the
soil resource base and the surrounding environment.






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Townsville


Australian Tropical Sciences an
d Innovation Precinct

James Cook University
-

Douglas Campus, James Cook Drive, Townsville QLD 4811

The multidisciplinary scientific team in the Australian Tropical Sciences and Innovation Precinct on the
JCU campus undertakes research aimed at sustainable

management of the tropical and sub
-
tropical
environment of northern Australia, focusing on environmental,

social and agricultural sustainability.


Our research activities include: understanding tropical biodiversity; monitoring responses to climate
chan
ge; improving natural resource management; developing sustainable practices for indigenous
communities in the tropical north; improving agricultural practices around the Great Barrier Reef
Lagoon; developing sustainable grazing systems for Northern Austral
ia; investigating methods of
wetland rehabilitation; and studying urban mosquito ecology.


The new Australian Tropical Science and Innovation Precinct is a joint facility between CSIRO and
James Cook University that will be a world
-
class tropical research
hub and position Australia as the
pre
-
eminent research provider to the world‘s tropical communities and industries.


Woodstock
-

Lansdown Experiment Farm

Burdekin Highway Woodstock QLD 4816

CSIRO has occupied the Lansdown

farm and field station since the 1960s. The farm provides an
ideal environment for research into livestock production in the tropics and sub
-
tropics of northern
Australia. C
SIRO has built a greenhouse gas
(GHG)
research capability and wireless sensor ne
twork
to enable the Lansdown Research Station to deliver state of the art research solutions for the northern
cattle industry. The site houses new respiration chambers for cattle to support rumen methane
emissions research and is being developed as one of
four national GHG demonstration sites, with the
aim of explaining the complex nature of GHGs to the northern cattle industry and showcase available
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CRCMining
1

was established in 1991 by the Australian
Government under the Cooperative Research Centres (CRC)
program. The Centre is supported by four Australian universities
2

and 11 mining industry partners made up of
six major mining
compan
ies
3
, three global OEMs
4
, a major global IT company
5
,
and a Tier 2
mining technology provider
6
. The Centre is
headquartered at the University of Queensland, in Brisbane, Australia.


Over the past 20 years CRCMining has built a worldwide reputation as the pre
-
eminent centre for
mining research and can lay claim to deliver
ing many significant innovations to the industry. The
pervading theme in the Centre‘s research efforts throughout its existence has been improving the
efficiency of mining processes, focusing on mining equipment.


In 2009 the Centre was refunded until 2014

with a mandate to continue its efforts towards reducing
the industry‘s CO
2
-
e emissions through energy efficient mining. This current
research mission has
been shaped largely by Australia‘s commitment to reduce carbon pollution by 60% of 2000 levels by
2050 with the interim target of a 5% reduc
tion in CO
2
-
e emis
sions by 2020.
Mining is Australia‘s most
significant industry generating 7% of the nation‘s GDP
7

and 49% of total goods and services exports
8
.
Mining is also a significant consumer of energy, a
ccounting for 4.7% of Australia‘s primary energy,
and 13.8% of CO
2
-
e emissions
9
.


The Centre is pursuing the problem of emission reduction from the perspective of increasing energy
efficiency. Three of the Centre‘s four programs aim towards delivering ene
rgy
-
savings leading to
emissions reductions through enhanced energy efficiency. The fourth program addresses drainage
and capture of fugitive emissions


a major source (48%) of mining‘s CO
2
-
e emissions.


Research Strengths

Program 1:
Automation

enhances energy efficiency by reducing variability in the operation of mining
equipment. For surface mines, key activities will focus on excavation and loading, producing five
outputs that incrementally deliver autonomous rock loading for truck
-
shovel ope
rations. For



1

Previously known as the Centre for Mining Technology and Equipment (CMTE)

2

University of Queensland, University of Western Australia, Curtin University and University of Newcastle.

3

Anglo American, AngloGold
Ashanti Australia, BHP Billiton, Newcrest Mining, Peabody Energy, Xstrata Coal

4

Caterpillar, Herrenknecht Australia, and P&H.

5

Computer Sciences Corporation

6

Wellard Technologies

7

Australian System of National Accounts, 2006

07, cat. No. 5204.0, ABS, C
anberra

8

Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. About Australia Fact Sheet Series. Resources.
http://www.dfat.gov.au/facts/resources_sector.html

9

The Garnaut Climate Change Review, Ross Garnaut. Cambridge University Press, 2008, pp 159 and 166

Cooperative Research Centre Mining (CRC Mining)

Prof Michael Hood

CEO, CMTE Development Ltd

m.hood@crcmining.com.au


+61 (0)7 3365 5635


www.crcmining.com.au


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underground applications the key activity is enhancing situational awareness; the output will be an
operator decision support tool that improves energy efficiency and mine vehicle safety. RD
&
D is being
undertaken in partnerships between mining

equipment manufacturers, currently Caterpillar and P
&
H,
and mining company members to deliver these in a form ready for industry to use. The need for
workforce competency development in automation and the emergence of low carbon mining is being
addressed
by working with the industry to articulate training needs.


Program 2: Rock Fragmentation and Handling

is working
to
deliver technologies that improve rock
-
breakage and reduce dilution to lower energy consumption in digging, handling and comminution
.
System inefficiencies


over
-
break, ore dilution, secondary breakage, and low
-
throughput for energy
-
intensive milling


are caused by lack of knowledge of the rock mass. Key activities involve drill
sensing to measure rock mass properties in real
-
time, t
echnologies to monitor and control caving
processes, and a pulsed water
-
jet system to break boulders. The outputs include improved
fragmentation, loading and transportation systems.


Program 3: Equipment and Power Management.

Key activities include develo
pment of monitoring,
analysis and optimization methods that increase the availability and utilization of equipment and the
overall energy efficiency and reliability of mining systems. The planned outputs are an online energy
and reliability database, life
cycle cost and emission models, longwall monitoring and diagnostic
systems, duty
-
meters for large electric motors, power controllers for unstable and distributed
generation systems, and an equipment
-
management short
-
course.


Program 4: Drilling Processes
for Fugitive Emissions.

The major impediment to capturing fugitive
emissions from coal mining is the high cost of drilling holes to release gases trapped in coal seams.
Key activities will develop drilling technologies, appropriate geophysical tools and an

understanding of
pressurization to stabilize holes in soft coal. The output will be a coiled
-
tube, low cost underground
drilling system. It will be developed in conjunction with an existing drill manufacturer.


Across all of these programs the Centre has
been engaged in the development of energy
consumption models to enable the quantification the potential benefits of the research outputs from
these research programs. The purpose of these models is to allow prediction of how technology and
process interven
tions can alter the energy profile of a mining operation and in turn reduce its CO
2
-
e
emissions. Our position is that a well
-
founded
modelling

process linked to the value chain is critical to
the identification of where technology effort is best invested
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The CRC for Optimising Resource Extraction (CRC ORE) is addressing key challenges facing the
mining industry‘s approach to evaluation and extraction of m
ineral deposits. The Centre‘s goal is
development of ore body characterization, extraction and evaluation capabilities that increase useable
mineral resources while decreasing environmental impact.



Research Strengths

Utilising its cross disciplinary
expertise, CRC ORE is currently undertaking a three program portfolio
which will augment knowledge of ore body characterization, extraction and evaluation, and develop
new analysis methods for mine wide process optimization.


Program 1: Resource Characteri
sation

Program one investigates the nature of complex rock materials in order to better predict and optimise
their utilisation in mining and waste management. The program aims to develop small scale, fast and
efficient lab tests that predict levels of dust

and deleterious elements present in the ore body, and
derive information for blasting, comminution and flotation that will power the other programs within the
research portfolio.


Program 2: Resource Extraction

Program 2 will connect geology, mining and
processing on a level long desired by industry by
extending the traditional mine
-
to
-
mill model into a mine
-
wide analysis of energy consumption and
environmental footprint. The program integrates data from across multi
-
stream and multi
-
grade
circuits to sim
ulate their performance and assist in the selection of the most efficient circuit design.



In addition to the integrated simulator research, program two will investigate selected processes
which consume a disproportionately high level of energy. Rock brea
kage accounts for approximately
60% of total energy consumed on a mine site. CRC ORE and its partners will be pushing the
boundaries of blast engineering to selectively target higher quality ore by utilizing ore body profiling
software developed within pro
grams one and three.


Program 3: Resource Evaluation

Program three will connect the technical outcomes of CRC ORE into sophisticated financial models.
These alternative methods for risk based financial analysis will provide mining companies with more
accur
ate information on which to base their economic decisions. This will change the definition of
viable ore and could considerably enlarge Australia‘s viable economic deposits.


CRC ORE is partnering with industry participants to validate research results th
rough major mine
-
site
case studies. Studies are being conducted in Australia, South Africa and Chile, and to date have
shown a significant positive impact on process efficiency and productivity. The Centre looks forward
Cooperative Research Centre Optimising Resource
Extraction (CRC ORE)


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to building on these achievements an
d continuing to unite innovative ideas with resource industry
challenges.





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The Crawford Fund is a non
-
profit, non
-
government

organisation
,
dedicated to raising awareness of the benefits to developing
countries and to Australia of International A
gricultural Research. The
Fund depends
on
grants and donations from governments, private
companies, corporations, charitable trusts and individual Australians.
It also welcomes partnerships with agencies and

organisations

in
Australia and overseas.


Major
activities are public a
wareness, training courses and individual
training awards. The Crawford Fund also sponsors an annual
Parliamentary Conference in Canberra
, and in 2011 a State Parliamentary Conference in Brisbane,
Queensland
.


State and Territory Programs are managed by largely voluntary Committees
with wide

and varied
experience in the international agricultural research and development field.


Research Strengths



Tropical and sub
-
tropical agriculture



Raising awareness of benef
its of agricultural research for developing

countries and Australia



Training for agricultural research and extension specialists from developing countries



The Crawford Fund

D
r
Kep Coughlan

Coordinator, Queensland
Program

kep.coughlan@crawfordfund.
org

+61(0)7 3848 6421

+61
(0)409270115


http://www.crawfordfund.org/


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Griffith aspires to be a leading research
-
intensive university in
Australia and in the Asia
-
Pacific region with several

outstanding
areas of research excellence. The University has a core foundation
of academic groups, schools and departments fostering a
comprehensive range of research. Thirty
-
eight research centres
and institutes provide a robust framework for focussed re
search,
while the University‘s commitment to its Areas of Strategic
Investment (ASIs) underpins its aspiration for world
-
leading
research.


Research Strengths

Griffith has an international reputation and world
-
leading expertise
in eight
Areas of Strategic Investment
:

Water science

Drug discovery and infectious diseases

Asian politics, security and development

Climate change adaptation

Criminology and crime prevention

Music, the Arts and the
Asia Pacific

Sustainable tourism

Health and chronic diseases


Research Strengths

c
entres and
i
nstitutes


Eskitis Institute for Cell and Molecular Therapies


Natural Product Drug
Discovery


Natural products have been a source of new medicines and novel
chemical compounds for generations. Led by Professor Ronald J
Quinn, the Eskitis Institute has developed Nature Bank as an
integrated drug discovery platform based on 45,000 samples
of
plants and marine invertebrates from Queensland, Tasmania,
Papua New Guinea and China. These samples have been
processed into a collection of over 200,000 drug
-
like fractions
purpose
-
designed for high throughput screening against drug
targets. This reso
urce, owned entirely by Griffith University, was
developed during a $A100m collaboration with Pharma giant AstraZeneca.

It captures all plants in
Queensland and a large diversity of Queensland marine invertebrates and is now being shared
Prof Ned Pankhurst

Deputy
Vice Chancellor
(
Research
)

n.pankhurst@griffith.edu.au

+61 (0)7 5552 7211


http://www.griffith.edu.au
/rese
arch/


Griffith University

http://www.griffith.edu.au/rese
arch/research
-
excellence

Prof Ronald J Quinn

Director

r.quinn@griffith.edu.au

+61 (0)7 3735 6006


http://www.griffith.edu.au/scie
nce
-
aviation/eskitis
-
institute
-
cell
-
molecular
-
therapies


Dr Vicki Pattemore

Director, Office for Research

v.pattemore@griffith.edu.au

+61 (0)7 3735 5234


http://www.griffith.edu.au
/rese
arch/



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around the world
to facilitate exposure to more drug targets than can be handled by the Eskitis
Institute alone.

With major Pharmaceutical companies moving to collaborations for early discovery
this ready
-
to
-
screen resource optimised to contain drug like natural products
is available for global
drug discovery programmes.



Adult Stem Cell Biology

W
e are researching adult stem cells from the organ of the sense of smell in the nose and developing
them as novel cell models of neurological disease. For this we have established Neurobank, a unique
collection
of adult

stem cell lines from healthy controls

and patients with brain diseases. These cells
are available for academic and commercial collaborations in the area of disease biology research,
drug testing and development of diagnostics for neurological conditions. Neurobank includes adult
stem cells fr
om patients with Schizophrenia, Parkinson's disease, motor neuron disease,
mitochondrial mutation diseases, hereditary spastic paraplegia and several others. Neurobank is the
only bioresource of its kind in the world. Professor Mackay
-
Sim's research also i
ncludes cell therapies
for spinal cord repair. He led the world
-
first clinical trial of olfactory cell transplantation in humans with
paraplegia.


Institute for Glycomics

The Institute for Glycomics
is the only one of its kind in Australia
and only one of six in the wor
ld that is focused exclusively on
researching and exploiting the role of carbohydrates as they
relate to human diseases. It was this approach that led to the
discovery of the world‘s first drug against the flu (Relenza®) and
the award of the Australia Priz
e to Professor Mark von Itzstein,
who is Director of the Institute.

All cells in nature are covered with carbohydrates and they are involved in almost every aspect of
human biology, from recognising bacteria, to blood clotting, to enabling sperm to penetra
te an egg. It
is now clear that carbohydrates are critical not just for the healthy functioning of a cell but also plays a
role in abnormal or diseased cells. The Institute has a specialty in this area of research and has
successfully attracted internation
al scientific talent to be

part of its research programs.


The Institute‘s vision is to ultimately bring novel drugs and vaccines to the community to fight
diseases that continue to plague mankind. These diseases include:



e
merging and re
-
e
merging viral dis
eases of importance such
as
influenza and dengue fever,
which
have huge socioeconomic impact



s
erious bacterial infections in the hospital and community, especially those caused by drug
-
resistant bacteria that are increasingly life
-
threatening in the elderl
y, very

sick and indigenous
population



c
hildhood
-
related diseases such as croup, rotavirus, ear in
fections and childhood leukaemia

Prof
Mark von Itzstein

Director

m.vonitzstein@griffith.edu.au

+61 (0)7 5552 7016


www.griffith.edu.au/glycomics



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n
ovel

anticancer drugs



Diseases of importance to third
-
world countries such as malaria.


Research c
entres and
i
nstitutes

Thirty
-
eight Research Centres and Institutes

provide the comprehe
nsive framework for focussed
research, complementing the University's commitment to its
Areas of Strategic Investment
.


Externally Supported Centres and Facilities



ARC Centre of Excellence in Policing and Security



National Climate Change Adaptation Researc
h Facility



NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence in Nursing



Smart Water Research Centre


University Research Institutes



Griffith Institute for Educational Research



Institute for Ethics, Governance and Law



Griffith Asia Institute



Australian Institute for Suic
ide Research and Prevention



Australian Rivers Institute



Institute for Glycomics



Institute for Integrated and Intelligent Systems


University Research Centres


Arts, Education and Law



Australian Centre for Intellectual Property in Agriculture



Griffith
Centre for Cultural Research



Griffith Social and Behavioural Research College



Key Centre for Ethics, Law, Justice and Governance



Queensland Conservatorium Research Centre



Socio
-
Legal Research Centre


Business



Centre for Governance and Public Policy



Centre
for Tourism, Sport and Service Innovation



Centre for Work, Organisation and Wellbeing



www.griffith.edu.au/research/
about
-
griffith
-
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-
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Health



Griffith Health Institute

-

Behavioural Basis of Health

-

Heart Foundation Research Centre

-

Molecular Basis of Disease

-

Population Health

-

Research Centre for Clinical
and Community Practice Innovation

-

Musculoskeletal Research Program


Science, Environment, Engineering and Technology



Atmospheric Environment Research Centre



Centre for Infrastructure Engineering and Management



Centre for Quantum Dynamics



Centre for Wireles
s Monitoring and Applications



Environmental Futures Centre



Griffith Centre for Coastal Management



Griffith University DNA Sequencing Facility



International Centre for Ecotourism Research



Queensland Micro
-

and Nanotechnology Centre



Urban Research Program






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International Hearing Education and Research Innovation (Hear
and Say Research
and

Innovation) is a non
-
profit medical
research organisation specialising in innovative hearing research
with a neuroscience, paediatric and
biotechnology focus
.


Research Strengths



Innovation in hearing devices



Neurodevelopmental basis o
f listening and spoken
language



Treatm
ent of hearing loss in newborns



Prevention of hear
ing loss in children and adults



New techniques fast
-
tracking auditory b
rain developmen
t in children with hearing loss



Creative solutions to better u
nderstanding of spoken language



Telemedicine for hearing health management for children and adu
lts in rural and regional
areas



e
-
Learning strategies for training hearing health
professionals and research collaborations




Hear and Say


Research and Innovation

Dr Dimity Dornan

Managing Director and
Founde
r

dimity@hearandsaycentre.co
m.au

+61 (0)7 3870 2221


http://www.ihear.org.au/



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Since our establishment in 1959, the Heart Foundation has
contributed over $227

million into all areas of cardiovascular
health research including Biomedical, Clinical

and P
ublic Health
(including Health Service) research. This research commitment,

the largest in this area after the Australian Government, has
resulted in
an estimated
$1.8 billion

of
savings in the
socioeconomic burden of cardiovascular diseases in Australia.


The Heart Foundation currently supports 197 active research
projects and people

across Australia, through a nationally competitive research program based on

scientific merit. Many of our funded projects are nationally and internationally

collaborative pro
jects
which combine expertise from various disciplines of medicine.

The Heart Foundation strongly
supports a multidisciplinary approach to solving the

heart health challenges as
a multidisciplinary
approach

often results in greater research outcome as well

as

faster translation of research findings
into clinical practice.


Some of the achievements of Heart Foundation funded researchers include:



t
he artificial pacemaker



d
emonstration that passive smoking contributes to risk of heart disease



t
he introduction
of intensive coronary care units in hospitals



t
he development of cardiac imaging techniques



e
stablishment of the emergency Triple Zero (000) service



e
stablishment of Australia

s first mobile intensive care ambulances



d
evelopment of improved treatments for
high blood pressure, heart failure,

kidney damage
and blood vessel diseases.

The Heart Foundation will continue to support
research that leads to
major advances in knowledge
that will

lead to improved cardiovascular health and better prevention and managem
ent of

cardiovascular disease. We will also continue to be the leading advocate, supporter

and champion of
high quality cardiovascular research in Australia.


In Queensland the Heart Foundation

fund
s

cardiovascular

research
:



p
opulation
h
ealth and
h
ealth
p
romotion
(physical activity, health education and promotion,
population health)



a
etiology and management of disease
(
c
ardiovascular biology and disease, diabetes)



c
ellular and
m
olecular science
(immunology)



s
ocial and economic
disadvantage (
Indigenous health)



n
euroscience
(brain research)

Heart Foundation

Mr Cameron Prout

Chief Executive Officer

cameron.prout@heartfoundati
on.org.au

+61 (0)7
3872 2519


http://www.heartfoundation.or
g.au



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m
yocardiology



v
ascular tissue
and

smooth muscle



e
xercise
p
hysiology



c
ellular stress and defence



n
eurobiology and vascular biology



i
ndigenous
h
ealth
(rheumatic fever and rheumatic heart disease)




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James Cook University (JCU) is a
global leader in research
addressing the critical challenges facing the tropics, world
-
wide.
Based in Townsville and Cairns, a defining feature of JCU is its
tropical location in close proximity to the Great Barrier Reef
World Heritage Area and the Wet Tro
pics World Heritage Area.


Australia is unique amongst developed countries in having a
significant footprint in the tropics. More than 50% of the world‘s
population lives in the tropics and a very high proportion of the world‘s biodiversity is located the
re,
including up to 80% of animal and plant species and 92% of world‘s coral reefs.



Research Focus

As Australia‘s leading tropical research institution, JCU‘s research mission is to find solutions to the
challenges facing the World‘s tropics through
research.


JCU‘s research profile is focused on four major themes:



Tropical Ecosystems, Co
nservation and Climate Change



Industries

and Economies in the Tropics



Peoples

and Societies in the Tropics



Tropical He
alth, Medicine and Biosecurity


Research Strengths

JCU is internationally renowned in the fields of;



Coral reef science and management



Climate change



Tropical rainforest science and management



Fisheries and aquaculture



Plant and animal science



Geology and environmental
geoscience



Macro and micro algal biofuels and co
-
products



Tropical health and medicine



Tourism, and



Indigenous languages of Australia, PNG and the Amazon.



ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies

The
ARC Centre of Excellence

for Coral Reef Studies undertakes world
-
best integrated research for
sustainable use and management of coral reefs
.
Funded by the Australian Research Council, this
prestigious research centre is headquartered at JCU and is a partnership of JCU, the Austra
lian
Prof Chris Cocklin

Deputy Vice Chancellor
(Research and Innovation)

kaye.griffiths@jcu.edu.au

+61 (0)7 4781 6884


www.jcu.edu.au


James Cook Un
iversity


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Institute of Marine Science (AIMS), The Australian National University (ANU), the Great Barrier Reef
Marine Park Authority (GBRMPA), The University of Queensland (UQ) and the University of Western
Australia (UWA).


The Centre of Excellence undertakes

comprehensive research in Evolutionary and environmental
change; Understanding and managing coral reef biodiversity; Marine reserves and reef connectivity;
Genetic, molecular and physiological processes; Resilience of linked social
-
ecological systems;
Con
servation planning for a sustainable future; Policy development, institutions and governance of
coral reefs and Genomics and metagenomics of coral reefs.


Collectively, the Centre represents the world's largest concentration of coral reef scientists with s
trong
collaborative links globally. Of the 224 articles published in 2009 by the Centre, 161 were co
-
authored
by international collaborators (see map below) from 53 countries.



JCU’s Coral reef science collaborators


Biological Carbon Capture and
Sequestration using micro algal strains

In 2004, James Cook University established the North Queensland Algal Identification/ Culturing
Facility (NQAIF), the world‘s first tropical microalgal research facility.



Research into more than 300 strains of micr
o
-
algae at JCU has demonstrated that algae can be very
effective in capturing carbon emissions, e.g., from coal fired power stations, and the captured carbon
can generate many useful co
-
products including biofuels, pharmaceuticals, biochar and animal
feeds
tocks.


The Bio
-
CCS technology was
successfully trialled
at JCU‘s joint research facility with Australian firm,
MBD Energy,
and in 2010 work commenced on a
1 hectare ‗proof
-
of
-
concept‘ display plant at Tarong
Power Station (QLD) with MOUs for MDB Energy to

roll out the technology at two of Australia‘s
largest coal fired power stations
-

Loy Yang (VIC) and Eraring (NSW).


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Our research in micro
-
algal biofuels has resulted in JCU being recognised as the foundation member
of the Australian Biofuels Research Ins
titute (ABRI).


Centre for Tropical Biodiversity and Climate Change (CTBCC)

Climate change is now considered the most significant threat to global biodiversity and human well
-
being. The CTBCC plays a significant role in the national adaptation of terrestri
al biodiversity to global
climate change. It hosts the

Australian

National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility

hub for
Terrestrial Biodiversity and has established an inclusive, multi
-
disciplinary and powerful network of
over 800 researchers and st
akeholders from 110 institutions across Australia, and internationally, that
have experience in all major ecosystems, taxonomic groups and fields of expertise necessary to
collate knowledge, co
-
ordinate expertise and synthesise inputs into practical policy

recommendations
and frameworks.


Queensland Tropical Health Alliance (QTHA)

QTHA is a Queensland State Government initiative bringing together the tropical health and medical
research expertise of James Cook University, Queensland Institute of Medical Re
search (QIMR),
Griffith University, the University of Queensland and the Queensland University of Technology (QUT).


The tropics face a range of current and emerging disease threats and the alliance brings together
world class researchers focused on reduc
ing the burden of tropical diseases and biosecurity threats in
Queensland and other tropical regions.

QTHA aims to:



Improve detection, diagnosis, treatment and prevention of existing and emerging tropical
diseases through research, commercialization and
program support



Reduce health risks associated with biosecurity and biohealth threats



Improve health outcomes for tropical Australia, our regional neighbour the Asia
-
Pacific, and
other tropical regions



Enhance education and training of national and inte
rnational health professionals and
researchers



Provide advice and advocacy for national and international health policy development.


QTHA opened sta
t
e

of the art laboratories in Townsville in 2010 and Cairns in July 2011.


The Cairns Institute

James Cook University has established an institute for advanced studies in the social sciences and
humanities. It adds a vital human, social and cultural dimension to other internationally renowned JCU
research initiatives.



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The Cairns Institute brings to
gether the expertise and intellectual resources of more than 20 academic
disciplines, creating a research, consulting, training and teaching hub for Northern Australia, South
and South
-
East Asia and the Pacific. The Institute has expertise in regional econ
omic development;
Indigenous and minority futures; sustainability and tropical environments and social justice and
community well
-
being. As a repository of regional knowledge and research capacity, it is perfectly
positioned to make a significant contribut
ion to the development of a sustainable quality of life for
tropical communities.


Cyclone Testing Station

The CTS is a world class, independent authority on the effects of high wind and related damage to
low
-
rise building systems in Australia, South East
Asia and the Pacific. The station:



Assists in the development of effective building practices and codes that lead to practical,
durable and sustainable low
-
rise building outcomes;



Improves safety in relation to, and minimise
s

loss and suffering as a resul
t of
,
severe wind
events; and



Reduces and mitigates risk and costs to communities resulting from wind damage.

The savings through reduced damage to property in cyclones after implementation of new building
codes based on the CTS‘s testing and advice is est
imated to be worth many billions of dollars.



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Queensland Clinical

Trials Network Inc. (QCTN) is the primary point
of contact for domestic and international organisations seeking to
undertake preclinical and clinical research in Australia.


QCTN helps identify and connect organisations (sponsors) with
appropriate research institutions, hospitals, CROs and other life
sciences service providers
-

QCTN has more than 100 of these
organisations as members.


QCTN‘s aim is to promote and raise the v
isibility of the Australian biopharmaceutical industry and life
sciences service providers at a national and international level and to support them in building their
capabilities and marketing activities.



Based in Queensland, Australia QCTN was establis
hed in 2005 with support from the Queensland
Government as part of its Smart State Initiative.


Research Strengths

Members conduct
r
esearch
in all areas of clinical and preclinical services
.


Queensland Clinical Trials Network Inc

Mario Pennisi

Chief Executive Officer

Mario.pennisi@qctn.com.au

+61 (0)7
3331 3999


http://www.qctn.com.au



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Department of
Community

Safety
(D
CS
)

Queensland Ambulance Service (QAS)


Australian Centre for
Prehospital Research

QAS‘s research

strengths and foci are within the field of
prehospital emergency medical systems, i
ncluding:



prehospital policy and program evaluation;



emergency prehospital coronary care;



emergency prehospital trauma management.



Queensland Fire and Rescue Service (QFRS)


Scientific
Branch

QFRS

is involved in research programs that an are an element
of the
Memorandum of Understanding for Combating Terrorism
Research and Development

(MOU) between the Department of
the Prime Minister and Cabinet (PM
&
C) and the United States
(US) Technical Supp
ort Working Group (TSWG). The program of
specific interest is the CBRN Risk Based Decision Support Tool
(CBRN refers to chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear).
The software is being written by Georgia Technical Research
Institute.


Department of Education and Training (DET)