International Science Linkages success

18 September 2008

Sydney University scientists have been successful in securing two grants worth more than $940 000 in the recent round of International Science Linkages Competitive Grants scheme, run by the federal government.

Scoring two of only 21 national grants, with one being the largest single grant given in this round of the scheme, Sydney University scientists have obtained a significant proportion of the federal funding for new international science research projects.

The research projects, which build on collaborations with international partners in Brazil, Germany and the United States, were announced as part of $5.3 million worth of federal funding by the Minister for Innovation, Industry and Research, Senator Kim Carr. The two University of Sydney projects are outlined below.

Grating and Porphyrin Technologies for Sensing in the Energy and Mining Industries, worth $610 873, was the single largest grant announced in this round and will be led by Professor John Canning from the School of Chemistry.

This project, which is in collaboration with international partners in Brazil and Germany, aims to develop the next generation of extreme gratings and chemical sensors, both passive and active, primarily for applications in sensing within the petroleum and gas industries (but applicable across the mining industry).

Insulin-like growth factor binding protein-3 as a potential therapy in maximising repair functions of hematopoietic stem cells in stemming vision loss will be led by Associate Professor Tailoi Chan-Ling, from the School of Medical Sciences.

With a grant worth $333 929, and in partnership with a team in the Unites States, this project will develop a novel therapy utilising insulin-like growth factor binding protein-3, and optimise its route of administration for the enhanced treatment of blinding eye diseases, including retinopathy of prematurity, diabetic retinopathy and age-related macular degeneration. These three diseases constitute the leading cause of blindness in childhood, young adults and aged Australians respectively.

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