Brisbane Times Anna Patty April 29 2016
Darren Saunders was developing a cure for pancreatic cancer when he gave up his medical research job to find one that was more secure.
The constant stress of going from contract to contract each year and spending precious time applying for research grants finally took its toll.
Read more: http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/business/federal-budget/job-insecurity-is-driving-the-best-and-brightest-out-of-medical-research-20160427-gog9hh.html
MRPSA Report link: http://www.professionalsaustralia.org.au/mri/wp-content/uploads/sites/70/2016/04/Best-and-Brightest-Advancing-Medical-Research.pdf
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Brisbane Times Timothy McCallum April 28 2016
Australia spends more than $30 billion a year on projects which produce “grey literature” – documents which are produced by government departments, academic institutions, private companies and more. But despite all this effort, Australia lacks a standardised mechanism to curate and freely distribute grey literature.
Read more: http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/national/public-service/australia-produces-30-billion-worth-of-grey-literature-that-we-cant-read-20160428-gogx8o.html
ABC News Nathalie Fernbach with Paula Tapiolas 27 April 2016
A research project which aims to stop mosquito transmission of the dengue virus is reporting excellent results 18 months in to their first large scale trial in north Queensland.
The city-wide trial in Townsville is being conducted by the Eliminate Dengue group who had previously conducted smaller trials in Cairns, Vietnam, Indonesia and Brazil.
The program introduces the Wolbachia bacterium, which naturally occurs in many insect species, to the Aedes aegypti mosquito population.
Read more: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-04-27/dengue-mosquito-trial-success-in-townsville/7363798
The Australian 26 April 2016
Australia’s researchers are taking a leaf out of the playbook of tech-savvy start-ups in leveraging cloud computing services to crunch vast volumes of data and co-ordinate the efforts of scientists across the globe.
ABC News 27 April 2016
Senior scientists have warned that despite the creation of a new CSIRO climate research in Hobart, Australia is still facing a major reduction in its climate research efforts.