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Ebola outbreak: $5.7m pledged for blood plasma trials

BBC News

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has pledged $5.7m towards a programme to increase production of experimental Ebola treatments in Guinea and other affected countries.
The programme will focus on treatments derived from the blood of survivors.
The foundation also said the grant would be used to evaluate new experimental drugs.

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New CSIRO software opens Windows to science

CSIRO Media 27 October 2014

New software which offers scientists and researchers an easy way to analyse, model and visualise scientific datasets has been released by CSIRO.
The free software, known as Workspace, is purpose-built for scientific applications and allows researchers to present their findings through stunning visualisations.

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Translational research institute Award Symposium

Location: TRI Auditorium, Level 2, 37 Kent St Woolloongabba
Event Category: Symposium
Date & Time: 21 Nov 2014 9:00am to 5:00pm
Want to find out who’s collaborating with who; the latest breakthroughs and innovations; and whether anyone has managed to translate these into treatments?  If you do, register now for the TRI Awards Symposium.  The winner of the TRI National Prize for translational research will join the winners of the four TRI Awards to present the outcomes of their winning projects.  The day will include presentations from researchers and clinicians that demonstrate other leading examples of collaboration, innovation, breakthroughs and translation.

The Symposium provides an excellent opportunity for those interested in the outcomes of bringing together nearly 700 researchers and clinicians from four partner institutes into one facility, collocated with a biopharmaceutical manufacturer, on the grounds of a major teaching hospital.

‘Sad day’ as EU chief scientist axed

BBC News Matt McGrath 13 November 2014

Researchers across Europe have expressed dismay at the scrapping of the role of EU Chief Scientific Adviser (CSA)

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Queensland scientists work with WHO to remove live virus from polio vaccine

ABC News Stephanie Smail 12 November 2014

The World Health Organisation (WHO) is using Australian technology in the battle against polio, which it says is still rampant in some countries.
A polio vaccine was developed decades ago but scientists said “wild polio” strains were still a major threat in Afghanistan, Nigeria and Pakistan.
New technology that removes the live virus from the vaccine production process could be the key to wiping out the disease for good, according to scientists.
Dr Natalie Connors from the University of Queensland has been working with the WHO on the issue.

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Greater Use of Social Media Gets Science, Scientists Noticed, Study Says

Lab manager 11 November 2014

Academic researchers are turning to social media more and more, according to Dominique Brossard, and not just to post family photos or crack wise via hashtag.

“I’ve been in science communication for a while now, and I am really seeing a change — especially among the younger scientists — in their willingness to share their work,” says Brossard, a University of Wisconsin–Madison professor of life sciences communication.

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Body parts factory for Coast

Gold Coast Bulletin Stephanie Bedo 8 November 2014

GOLD Coast scientists will soon be setting up a “body parts factory” making bones and tissue to implant in patients.

Griffith University’s Regenerative Medicine Centre has bought a $500,000 3D printer from Switzerland – only the second of its kind in Australia – to bring its groundbreaking research to life.  The printer, due to arrive later this year, will allow them to build real bone components – not foreign prosthesis material – to replace parts of missing jaws, teeth or rebuild facial structures.

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