Annual Report 2007


In 2007, there were numerous examples of excellence across all areas of the University.

  • The National Centre for Biosecurity was launched, the first in Australia to bring together a large multidisciplinary team to address the potential threats to the nation and region posed by infectious diseases. The Centre pulls together microbiologists, epidemiologists, lawyers,ethicists, security analysts, infectious disease modellers, policy experts and integration and implementation scientists.
  • The discovery that the expansion of the universe is accelerating won an astronomer at ANU a prestigious and lucrative international prize, the Gruber Prize for Cosmology, alongside a fellow astronomer from the University of California, Berkeley.
  • A research team led by an ANU scientist solved the mystery behind the formationof the Andes by discovering how the jostling of tectonic plate boundaries affects geological formations.
  • Researchers at The John Curtin School of Medicine discovered how a particular gene in the human body suppresses autoimmune diseases like Type 1 diabetes and lupus, potentially opening the way for a completely new approach to treating such conditions.
  • The University committed to the formation of a climate change adaptation centre, continuing to work with its partners in the Universities Climate Consortium to build towards anintegrated national effort on climate change adaptation research.

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