ANSTO and the University of Sydney renew vows

ANSTO CEO Dr Adi Paterson and University of Sydney Vice Chancellor Dr Michael Spence signing the MOU

ANSTO CEO Dr Adi Paterson and University of Sydney Vice Chancellor Dr Michael Spence signing the MOU

8 September 2011

One of Australia's longest running and most successful scientific collaborations is set to continue with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the University of Sydney and the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO).

Links between ANSTO and the University of Sydney go back to the earliest days of the ANSTO's predecessor, the Australian Atomic Energy Commission, which utilised the best and brightest minds from Sydney's oldest university, a partnership that continues to the present day.

The renewed MOU will enable researchers from the two institutions to collaborate across research fields, and enter into an exciting new age of research into atomic structures using ANSTO's state-of-the-art research reactor, OPAL and accelerator facilities. ANSTO scientists will likewise continue to have access to facilities and scientists from a university that ranks amongst the best in the world for research across a number of disciplines, including many areas of shared interest, such as medicine and engineering.

Researchers at the University’s Brain and Mind Research Institute (BMRI) have partnered with ANSTO LifeSciences researchers to create a unique imaging facility located at the BMRI. The imaging facility supports molecular imaging research in to diseases of the brain and mind, as well as cancer, cardiovascular, and immune disease. Up to ten ANSTO researchers will be based at the BMRI under this arrangement.

ANSTO CEO Dr Adi Paterson said that the proof of the University of Sydney's importance to ANSTO is still very much evident in current research.

"The University of Sydney have provided lead authors in 20 per cent of all studies using data from our new research reactor. This is more than any other university, and we are determined to take our relationship from strength to strength," Dr Paterson said.

The University of Sydney's Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) Professor Jill Trewhella, said signing MOUs reinforces a strong link between the University's endeavours and that of ANSTO.

"We still have a lot to learn from working with each other. The agreement provides continued opportunities for both our researchers to work on programs and collaborative research that will ultimately bring benefit to the wider community.

"We look forward to continued success in this partnership."