Linkage-Infrastructure and Equipment Facilities Program Grants 2004


Faculty of Health and Behavioural Science

School of Health Sciences

Faculty of Science and Technology

School of Engineering and Technology


 

Faculty of Health and Behavioural Science

School of Health Sciences

Title: Muscle Vascular Research and Gene Therapy Using Ultrasound

Prof MG Clark, Dr S Rattigan, Dr SM Richards, Prof M Hargreaves, A/Prof MA Febbraio, Dr GK McConell, Prof EW

2004: $102,900

Category: 2708 - BIOTECHNOLOGY

Partner Organisation(s)
University of Tasmania
Deakin University
RMIT University
The University of Melbourne
Garvan Institute

Administering Institution: University of Tasmania

Summary: We seek funds to set up a national facility for ultrasound in muscle vascular research and gene therapy. Ultrasound with microbubbles will be used for the imaging of muscle microvascular blood flow and as a delivery modality for gene constructs to endothelial cells that control blood flow. The technology has application to (i) the assessment and therapeutic treatment of impaired microvascular function as in diabetics; (ii) the assessment of adaptation to physical training and (iii) the development of therapeutic agents used to treat diabetes. We anticipate improved technology that is fully characterized and novel therapeutics that improve microvascular blood flow .


Title: Peripheral quantitative computed tomography facility for analysing bone material and structural

A/Prof K Bennel,l Prof J Wark, Dr S Bass, Dr NL Fazzalari, Dr MR Forwood, Prof CH Turner, Prof JG Clement, Dr RM Daly, A/Prof H McKay

2004: $164,640

Category: 2915 - BIOMEDICAL ENGINEERING

Partner Organisation(s)
The University of Melbourne
Deakin University
The University of Queensland
Institute of Medical and Veterinary Science
Indiana University
University of British Columbia

Administering Institution: The University of Melbourne

Summary: We aim to establish a facility that allows non-invasive measurement of apparent material and structural properties of small animal and human bone using leading-edge technology, peripheral quantitative computed tomography (pQCT). pQCT measurements, incorporated into our fundamental bone research will improve our understanding of the role of mechanical, environmental and local factors in regulating bone and mineral metabolism and altering bone properties. This has implications for maximising bone strength and promoting optimal health throughout life. The facility will be used for a diverse range of multidisciplinary basic bone research and is vital in order to maintain international competitiveness in the field.


Title: Asia/Pacific HIV/AIDS Database: Support for Regional Policy Research

Prof D Altman, Prof V Lin, Prof M Pitts, Prof DA Cooper, Prof J Kaldor, Prof SC Kippax, Prof A Zwi, Prof MA Jolly, Prof SM Gifford, A/Prof M Toole, Dr M Morrow

2004: $102,900

Category: 3212 - PUBLIC HEALTH AND HEALTH SERVICES

Partner Organisation(s)
La Trobe University
The University of New South Wales
The Australian National University
Deakin University
Burnet Institute
Australian International Health Institute,
Australasian Society for HIV Medicine
Australian Federation of Aids

Administering Institution: La Trobe University

Summary: HIV/AIDS is one of the greatest contemporary threats to global human security, and its rapid growth in parts of the Asia/Pacific region makes it a major concern for Australia. Appropriate responses to the threat require accurate and regularly updated policy information. The construction of an interactive HIV policy data bank will support considerable research in a number of disciplines directly relevant to HIV control. This project draws on multiple sources to construct a research and policy tool which will be drawn on by the partner organizations in a variety of HIV-related research projects.

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Faculty of Science and Technology

School of Engineering and Technology

Title: Nanoscale Materials Characterization Facility

Dr J Etheridge, Prof BC Muddle, Prof DE Jesson, A/Prof DG McCulloch, Prof DE Mainwaring, Dr PJ Pigram, Prof KA Nugent, Dr CJ Rossouw, Prof PD Hodgson, Dr E Pereloma

2004: $1,305,029

Category: 2402 - THEORETICAL AND CONDENSED MATTER PHYSICS

Partner Organisation(s)
Monash University
RMIT University
La Trobe University
The University of Melbourne
Nanotechnology Victoria Limited
Victorian Centre for Advanced Materials
CRC for Microtechnology
CSIRO - Manufacturing and Infrastructure
Deakin University

Administering Institution: Monash University

Summary: We request a transmission and a scanning electron microscope, each with specialist electron probes smaller than a nanometre, which can selectively analyse the atomic structure and chemistry of sub-nanometre regions of material.These capabilities are essential to advance a large range of research projects at the cutting-edge of materials science and engineering, undertaken by Victoria's leading research institutions: five Victorian universities, the CSIRO, Nanotechnology Victoria Ltd, the Victorian Centre for Advanced Materials Manufacturing and the CRC for Microtechnology. Together they have contributed $2.58 million to this project. This state-of-the-art facility will include the highest spatial resolution microscope in Australia.

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1st December 2009