- About Us
- Nano-Social Network
- Nano Consulting
- My Account
Malaria and dengue fever will be the early targets of new trans-Pacific research using minuscule "barcodes" to detect disease.
The University of Queensland (UQ) and the University of Washington (UW) are poised to launch the research after Queensland Premier Anna Bligh announced $650,000 from the National and International Research Alliances Program on June 18.
"Detection of the pathogens of two debilitating mosquito-borne diseases, malaria and dengue fever, is just the first target of this research," UQ Vice-Chancellor Professor Paul Greenfield said as he welcomed the funding.
"Down the track the results are likely to have widespread applications in medicine, biosecurity, pharmaceuticals and agriculture.
"The researchers are pioneers of 'nano-barcodes', from which they take electronic read-outs of information about targeted molecules.
"The read-outs are analogous to incredibly detailed inventories of molecules.
"The practical outcome is a diagnostic tool that is cheaper, more sensitive, more accurate and easier to use than established techniques."
The research team comprises Dr Krassen Dimitrov, a scientist-entrepreneur at UQ's Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology who was formerly at UW, Seattle, along with Dr Daniel T Schwartz and Dr Karl Boehringer, both of UW.
UQ Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) Professor David Siddle thanked UW, which is contributing $900,000 (from Washington State's Life Science Discovery Fund) to the two-year $1.8 million project.
"This project will demonstrate the potential of teamwork between UQ and UW. We signed an agreement for cultural, educational and scientific cooperation in 2006 and we launched the $450,000 Trans-Pacific Fellowships this month (June 2008)," Professor Siddle said.
"The governments of Queensland and Washington have significant ties and are supportive of collaborative research."
The prestigious journal Nature Biotechnology published a paper on Dr Dimitrov's barcode work in May 2008.
For more information, please click here
Copyright © Research AustraliaIf you have a comment, please Contact us.
Issuers of news releases, not 7th Wave, Inc. or Nanotechnology Now, are solely responsible for the accuracy of the content.
|Related News Press|
News and information
Explaining how 2-D materials break at the atomic level January 20th, 2017
Strength of hair inspires new materials for body armor January 18th, 2017
Self-assembling particles brighten future of LED lighting January 18th, 2017
New active filaments mimic biology to transport nano-cargo: A new design for a fully biocompatible motility engine transports colloidal particles faster than diffusion with active filaments January 11th, 2017
Recreating conditions inside stars with compact lasers: Scientists offer a new path to creating the extreme conditions found in stars, using ultra-short laser pulses irradiating nanowires January 12th, 2017
Zeroing in on the true nature of fluids within nanocapillaries: While exploring the behavior of fluids at the nanoscale, a group of researchers at the French National Center for Scientific Research discovered a peculiar state of fluid mixtures contained in microscopic channels January 11th, 2017