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WOMADelaide discounts

WOMADelaideUniSA is proud to be the first education partner for the WOMADelaide Planet Talks program in 2014.

In six thought-provoking panel discussions over three days, a range of ideas and topics relating to the environment and sustainability will be explored by local, national and international speakers.

UniSA is also pleased to announce that staff, students and alumni will receive up to 20 per cent discount on festival tickets. For staff and alumni to claim their discount, tickets must be purchased by February 10 by filling out the relevant form found on our WOMADelaide website, while students can purchase them online.

WOMADelaide is being held from March 7-10 at Botanic Park.

New door opens for manufacturing in SA

Researchers working in a clean room.A $59 million Australian Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) for Cell Therapy Manufacturing opened at UniSA’s Mawson Lakes campus in December, marking the start of something big for biotechnology in the state.

Under one roof, the CRC will bring together the spectrum of skills and facilities required to turn a promising cell into a viable cell therapy.

Managing Director for the CRC Dr Sherry Kothari says the Centre holds enormous promise for the state and the nation in leading research and development into new materials-based manufacturing to increase the affordability, accessibility and efficacy of the kinds of cell therapies vital to battling big health challenges such as diabetes.

“We are aiming to develop ways to deliver cell therapies for a range of previously incurable or intractable diseases and in the CRC we have top research and development partners,” Dr Kothari says.

She says the CRC partners include hospitals, manufacturers, other research providers, industry and charities from Australia and around the world.

To read more about the Centre, see the University’s media release about the opening.

Research Australia Board welcomes Professor Head

Professor Richard HeadResearch Australia has welcomed Professor Richard Head, Deputy Vice Chancellor: Research and Innovation as one of its new Directors.

Research Australia is the nation’s largest alliance of members and supporters working to make health and medical research a higher priority in Australia. Independent of government, Research Australia’s activities are funded by its partners, donors and supporters from leading research organisations, academic institutions, philanthropy, community special interest groups, peak industry bodies, biotechnology, medical technology and pharmaceutical companies, small businesses and corporate Australia.

Professor Head joins a diverse Board which is representative of the broad membership base of Research Australia. Representatives on the Board are from across the country, from both industry and academia, and come from a number of different areas across the health and medical research sector, as well consumer representation.