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Call For Next Experiments At The Synchrotron

The Minister for Innovation, Gavin Jennings, today invited researchers from Australia and New Zealand to submit proposals for the second round of experiments at the Australian Synchrotron. Mr Jennings said scientists could apply to undertake research on five beamlines from January 2008. “The Australian Synchrotron aims to become a national hub for medical and scientific innovation that leading researchers from across Australia can use,” Mr Jennings said. “The first round of experiments are already underway and helping push the boundaries of scientific research. “These scientists are already getting results, advancing their knowledge and training up new synchrotron users.” Mr Jennings said the Australian Synchrotron had already helped scientists achieve several breakthroughs, including visualising the molecular ‘suicide switch’ for the first time which will help cancer researchers pioneer new treatments. “A team from Queensland University’s Institute for Molecular Bioscience have also used the synchrotron to investigate a protein from the bacterium that causes cholera,” he said. “And a team from Monash University have investigated proteins important in immune defence, influenza and tuberculosis. “All these researchers are delighted with the quality of the data they collected and the progress they have made using the Australian Synchrotron.” Beamtime is available on five beamlines in January: infrared; powder diffraction; protein crystallography; soft x-ray; x-ray absorbtion spectroscopy. Applications for the second round of research proposals are open till 29 October 2007. Successful projects will be announced in December.