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North America: quality collaborations

Competitive funding supports research and teaching excellence
Our partnerships with American and Canadian universities put us in touch with some of the world’s best researchers and educators.

In the past three years our academics have produced more than 7000 co-authored publications with North American partners – 1173 of them with Harvard, our leading international collaborator.

Since 2016 we have signed four new agreements with North American university partners – three in the US and one in Canada. Our partners are committed to building and investing in active, productive collaborations.

To date we have committed almost $400,000 in competitive funding awards to support our talented researchers and teachers to undertake joint research projects, early career mobility awards and collaborative workshops.

The funding has benefited 89 of our academics, including 28 early career researchers who received mobility funding to travel to Harvard.

Our partners in North America

The University of Sydney and Harvard University have entered into an agreement that enables University of Sydney PhD students and academic staff to visit and conduct research at Harvard. Funding is being provided to develop high-impact research and educational themes with staff and students at Harvard. 

The University of Sydney and the University of California, Davis have agreed on a high-level partnership agreement that promotes research collaborations and academic exchange. A joint seed funding program encourages further research collaborations in all disciplines. Five projects are funded biannually.

The two universities have active collaborations in veterinary science, agriculture, medicine and medical microbiology.

The University of Sydney has a university-wide agreement with the University of California, San Diego that initiates faculty and student exchange, joint research, the exchange of materials and short-term programs and visits. The two universities have also discussed collaborative opportunities in neuroscience, psychology, medicine and engineering.

The University of Toronto is one of our top four partners worldwide for joint publications, with shared interests in multidisciplinary research. The two universities are currently exploring exciting new research links in Indigenous health.

World-first technology tackles chronic conditions

Professor Steve Meikle

Researchers from the University of Sydney and the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO) are collaborating on a groundbreaking program that could have significant benefits for people with debilitating chronic conditions such as mental illness and diabetes.

With the help of a Partnership Collaboration Award, our researchers are working with partners at the University of California, Davis (UC Davis), to develop the world’s first total-body PET scanner. The scanner, EXPLORER, is being built by United Imaging Healthcare in collaboration with UC Davis.

Professor Steve Meikle, head of the Imaging Physics Laboratory at the Brain and Mind Centre, says: “EXPLORER will have unprecedented sensitivity and will enable all tissues and organs within the body to be imaged simultaneously using very low doses of ionising radiation.

“This is a hugely important step that takes us beyond single organ imaging. All the key questions we are currently asking about the development of chronic disease require a systems biology, whole-of-body approach.”

Professor Meikle says the University of Sydney’s expertise in PET image analysis, motion correction and kinetic modelling complements the internationally recognised strengths in molecular imaging technology at UC Davis, and gives rise to opportunities for multidisciplinary collaboration.

He says the collaboration also opens the way for the University to become one of the first sites in the world to gain access to the new imaging technology when it becomes commercially available, and develop its own EXPLORER program.

The University, in partnership with ANSTO, is a node of the National Imaging Facility, which has received $53 million in new National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy (NCRIS) funding from the Commonwealth Department of Education and Training.

The University of Sydney’s expertise in PET image analysis, motion correction and kinetic modelling complements the internationally recognised strengths in molecular imaging technology at UC Davis.
Professor Steve Meikle, head, Imaging Physics Laboratory, Brain and Mind Centre

Facts & figures

North America fast facts

  • $400,000 in funding committed
  • 89 academics have directly benefited
  • 1173 co-authored papers with Harvard alone
  • 4 new agreements since 2016

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