Profile: Helen Tower, manufacturing vaccines

Tower’s background in pharmacology and immunology landed her a place in the CSL Graduate Program, based at Seqirus, CSL’s vaccine-manufacturing business.

Preparing for the next pandemic

Scientists in universities across Australia, energised by the pitched battle against COVID-19, are developing a suite of home-made solutions to future scourges.

Fighting fungal infections: Giant leaps for smart nanotech

Newly engineered nanoparticles developed by scientists at the University of South Australia to treat drug-resistant fungal infections.

New ‘warm vaccine’ effective against all key virus variants.

A ‘warm’ COVID-19 vaccine suitable for remote and resource-limited locations lacking access to cold storage supply chains is one step closer following an international collaboration between scientists from India and Australia.

Collaboration to accelerate microbiome research

Microba Life Sciences and Illumina partner to advance understanding of the human gut microbiome in human health and disease.

Artificial intelligence to predict heart disease risk

A new project using artificial intelligence technology could spell a medical breakthrough for people suffering from, or at risk of, coronary artery disease, the single leading cause of death in Australia.

Needle-free COVID-19 vaccine shows promise

A needle-free COVID-19 vaccination could be possible, with University of Queensland scientists successfully protecting mice from the virus by administering a US-developed vaccine candidate with a ‘patch’.

Profile: Dr Sean Parsons. Rapid Testing for COVID-19

Ellume’s Cinderella story of business success had its beginnings in university science.

Drones for life-saving medical supplies for remote communities

Medical drones with a flying range of up to 250km will be developed and trialled for delivery of potentially life-saving medicines.

COVID-19, cameras and AI: the story of a pandemic drone

World-first technology combines engineering, drones, cameras, and artificial intelligence to monitor people’s vital health signs remotely.

How AI in health apps can make you fitter

PhD researcher Huong Ly Tong is adding AI to apps to see how fitness tracking can be personalised.

Machine learning to help prevent seizures and monitor patients

Researchers from Australia’s national science agency, CSIRO, have developed new implantable devices equipped with machine learning to help prevent seizures and monitor patients after brain surgery.

First-of-its-kind chatbot developed to support genetic counselling

Scientists at CSIRO, Australia’s national science agency, in partnership with Melbourne Genomics Health Alliance, have developed an Australian-first digital conversation agent (a ‘chatbot’) that could support patients in making informed decisions about genomic testing for future health risks.

A Reverse Engineering Journey

Dr Maryam Parviz will join Dr Debbie Saunders and Professor Tony Weiss in a Spark Festival discussion at 12 noon on 15 October from 12 pm. Crazy Works – Startups have more impact than papers will consider how academic researchers can be better prepared to create startups.

Medtech entrepreneur finds success in commercialisation

Professor Tony Weiss will join Dr Maryam Parviz and Dr Debbie Saunders in a Spark Festival discussion at 12 noon on 15 October from 12 pm. Crazy Works – Startups have more impact than papers will consider how academic researchers can be better prepared to create startups.

New electronic skin can react to pain like human skin

Researchers have developed electronic artificial skin that reacts to pain just like real skin, opening the way to better prosthetics, smarter robotics and non-invasive alternatives to skin grafts.

Microsoft’s AI for Health supports COVID-19 vaccine development

Given the global urgency of the COVID-19 pandemic, Microsoft’s AI for Health program has stepped in to support the development and potential deployment of Vaxine’s COVAX-19™ vaccine with a philanthropic grant.

Deep insights into virus proteins

As a beamline scientist at the Australian Synchrotron, Dr Eleanor Campbell is helping researchers unlock the structure of SARS-CoV-2.

CSIRO launches Australia’s first accredited face mask testing facility

CSIRO, Australia’s national science agency, has launched the nation’s first accredited surgical face mask testing facility in Melbourne today, to help frontline health workers in the fight against COVID-19, while supporting Australian business.

Australian universities COVID-19 response – Issue 3

From making masks to modelling spread and measuring mental health, Australian universities COVID-19 response goes far beyond vaccines.

Science innovation around COVID-19 beyond the virus

From masks to face shields, online learning to mental health evaluation, Australian university science is stepping up to the broad range of challenges COVID-19 has presented.

From sewage tracing to the DNA Zoo: Research responses to COVID-19

The rapid response to COVID-19 by the Australia’s university science sector helped avert an early disaster.

The vaccine vanguard

The expertise embedded in Australian university science ranges from complex modelling to trailblazing in genomic mapping, protein chemistry, bioinformatics and epidemiology.

University science mobilises in a pandemic: Opinion

Professor John Shine AC FRS PresAA on the proud history of university science helping us to understand, protect against, and prevent many infectious diseases, from influenza to the viruses that cause some cancers.