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Thursday, 8 October 2015

Research hub to add billions to Australia's copper industry

The University of Adelaide has today launched a major new research hub that will add significant value to Australia’s $6 billion-a-year copper industry.

The Australian Research Council (ARC) Research Hub for Australian Copper-Uranium, based at the University of Adelaide, involves key industry, university and government partners in South Australia and nationally.

Among the aims of the hub are to: find new ways of removing other metals from copper deposits, which can reduce the quality of the copper; and ensure these new methods are suitable for industry-level operations.

“Much of South Australia's copper deposits are actually very fine intergrowths of a range of different metals and minerals. This introduces additional technical challenges for industry, which needs to achieve high-purity copper concentrates ready for market,” says Professor Stephen Grano, Director of the new ARC Research Hub for Australian Copper-Uranium.

“Being able to find cost-effective ways of removing other metals from copper concentrates will provide a boost to the industry's economic prosperity, as well as its environmental sustainability. This work will help to ensure Australia is a world leader in copper production and associated technology,” Professor Grano says.

The ARC awarded $2.52 million to the University of Adelaide to establish the research hub. In addition, industry partners are contributing a further $5.55 million in cash and in-kind support over five years.

The University’s Vice-Chancellor and President, Professor Warren Bebbington, says: “This new research hub will translate our mining research into real economic outcomes for the State.

"The strong support from the resource sector and government illustrates its importance for the future of industry,” Professor Bebbington says.

Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Tom Koutsantonis has welcomed the new ARC Research Hub for Australian Copper-Uranium, which he said would provide a boost for one of South Australia’s most significant commodities.

“One of our key economic priorities is to unlock the full potential of our mineral resources, which is why the State Government is contributing $500,000 over four years towards the testing and commercialisation of safe and cost-effective ways of separating uranium from copper concentrates,” Mr Koutsantonis says.

“As one of the world’s largest copper producers, maximising the value of copper ore is of enormous benefit to the State’s economy.”

The ARC Research Hub for Australian Copper-Uranium is led by the University of Adelaide’s Institute for Mineral and Energy Resources. It is funded by the Australian Government through the ARC’s Industrial Transformation Research Hubs scheme.

Partners include mining companies BHP Billiton and OZ Minerals, the Department of State Development, Defence Science and Technology Group, Environment Protection Authority South Australia, Flinders University, Monash University, University College London (UCL) Australia, and the University of Queensland. [Full Story]

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Wednesday, 7 October 2015

Uni of Adelaide researchers inducted into national health academy

Eight outstanding University of Adelaide researchers were inducted into the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences at the inaugural Scientific Meeting, held in Canberra last night.

The eight new Fellows from the University were among 77 inducted at the meeting, adding to the existing Fellowship of 131.

New Fellows were drawn from all states and territories of Australia and from all aspect of health and medical science across clinical practice and allied health care, with representation from basic translational and clinical research, health education, public health and industry.

Induction into the Academy is only awarded to those who have made a highly significant contribution to health and medical research in Australia.

The new University of Adelaide Fellows are:

• Professor Alastair Burt, Executive Dean, Faculty of Health Sciences
• Professor Alison Kitson, Dean and Head of School, School of Nursing
• Professor Gary Wittert, School of Medicine
• Professor Guy Maddern, School of Medicine
• Professor Hamish Scott, School of Biological Sciences
• Professor John Lynch, School of Public Health
• Professor Jozef Gecz, Robinson Research Institute
• Professor Sarah Robertson, Director, Robinson Research Institute

Professor Burt says: “It is an absolute honour to be inducted into the Academy, along with many of my esteemed colleagues.”

“This state and the University of Adelaide are well represented in the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences, which is a reflection of the high quality of health and medical sciences research undertaken in South Australia.

“It’s an exciting time for medical research and education in Adelaide. Particularly with the new University of Adelaide Health and Medical Sciences building well underway, which will support medicine, nursing and dentistry students and our research from 2017,” he says.

The Academy was established in 2013 to provide an impartial and authoritative voice for healthcare, informed by the best available evidence and expert advice from the best and brightest in health and medical research.

More information about the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences: [Full Story]

Wednesday, 7 October 2015

Don't worry. Be happy. Lose weight

Many people believe that if they lose weight they will be happier about themselves, but new research by the University of Adelaide is suggesting people take the opposite approach. [Full Story]

Tuesday, 6 October 2015

Tequila plant shows promise for biofuel

A desert plant, best known for producing tequila in Mexico, shows promise as a source of biofuel and other biochemical products, according to University of Adelaide research. [Full Story]

Friday, 2 October 2015

Cold case: Malaysian tribe schizophrenia research revived

A 20-year research project into schizophrenia among Malaysian tribal Iban people has been resurrected thanks to a University of Adelaide visiting researcher. [Full Story]

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