A University of Adelaide PhD student who is working on a new treatment for babies and toddlers who are severely burned has won the 2011 Young Investigator of the Year for South Australia.

Nadira Ruzehaji from the Discipline of Paediatrics was awarded the $10,000 first prize for her research into the development of a new antibody cream which promotes faster healing and less scarring among young burns victims.

The new cream, which could be available in five years, is expected to give major relief to up to 1200 Australian children a year who are admitted to hospital for serious burns and suffer extensive scarring as a result of their wounds.

Victoria's newest cancer research and treatment node, the Monash Comprehensive Cancer Consortium (MCCC), which services the estimated 30 per cent of the state's cancer patients living in Melbourne's south-east corridor, has launched a website providing information on its programs, including clinical trials.

RMIT University has signed a $2 million international research deal that will see collaborative research into Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) conducted with Chinese partners.

Marine scientist John Gunn has been announced as the new CEO of the Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS).

The University of Sydney’s research into sustainable agriculture has been ‘given a huge boost’ following the announcement of a major bequest to the university.

Collaborative research projects between the University of Queensland and the University of Western Australia have received a total of more than $425,000 in the second round of UQ-UWA Bilateratl Research Collaboration Awards funding.

Professor Margaret Sheil, CEO of the Australian Research Council (ARC), has announced the appointment of the Research Evaluation Committee Chairs for the Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) initative for 2012.

The Western Australian Node of the Monash University-led Cities as Water Supply Catchments Research Program has been launched in Perth as a co-operative initiative between the University of Western Australia and Monash University.

Victoria's first structural cryo-electron microscopy centre is to be built at Monash University to support drug discovery and development led by researchers at Monash University and the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute.

The Clive and Vera Ramaciotti Centre for Structural Cryo-Electron Microscopy
will be established with the $1 million Ramaciotti Biomedical Research Award, presented to the research team at a recent awards dinner.

The Victorian Government has announced a $10 million spending plan to assist Victorian industry to improve productivity through the use of small technology.

University of Technology Sydney's (UTS) research body ithree has become the latest member of the Medical Research Commercialisation Fund (MRCF).

The National Measurement Institute Prize for Excellence in Measurement Techniques has been awarded to ARC Engineered Quantum Systems (EQus) Chief Investigator Dr Michael Biercuk, for outstanding research into sensitive measurements in force.

This year's round of research funding through the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) has been announced, totalling $673.3 million in Commonwealth funds allocated through 1,140 grants to support researchers, research projects and research institutions around the country.

Melbourne University has announced the opening of its new Melbourne Brain Centre at its Parkville campus.

The Victorian Government has announced a new $55 million plan to support the state’s biotechnology sector through its next stage of development.

The Federal Government has announced the formation of a new expert committee comprised of small business and industry specialists to oversee the new R&D tax Incentive.

The University of Melbourne has become the first Australian University to join the research news website Futurity.

Dr Nicholas Gruen, Richard Shaddick and Innes WIllox have been announced as the newest board members for Innovation Australia.

A collaboration between Creative Antibiotics Sweden AB and Griffith University is expected to result in the development of a new treatment against antibiotic-resistant infections.

A new IBM Global Research and Development laboratory has been has been officially opened in Melbourne.

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