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ECU announces world-class research collaboration

Friday, 13 April 2012


  • Senator Chris Evans at the CRN launch

    Senator Chris Evans at the CRN launch

Exercise as medicine, bullying behaviour and preserving coastal ecosystems are just some of the important research areas being addressed as part of ECU’s Collaborative Research Network (CRN) project.

ECU was the only WA University to receive funding from the Federal Governments’ CRN initiative. The $5.6million grant will enable ECU researchers to collaborate with some of Australia’s leading scientists to develop world-class research outcomes.

Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills, Science and Research Senator The Hon. Chris Evans launched the CRN at ECU’s Joondalup Campus today.

ECU is working in collaboration with nine university partners: Deakin University, Flinders University, Queensland University of Technology, University of Adelaide, University of Melbourne, University of Queensland, University of South Australia, University of Sydney and University of Western Australia.

The CRN addresses six areas of research, ranging from reducing mental health harm caused by bullying and aggression to using exercise for the prevention and management of diseases such as cancer and diabetes. Results are expected to be released over the duration of the three year project and will have tangible outcomes for both the organisations involved and the wider community.

Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research& Advancement) Professor John Finlay-Jones believes the CRN project will generate world-class research for all partners.

“The CRN provides ECU with the opportunity to significantly grow its research capacity and make a real impact in the identified project areas,” Professor Finlay-Jones said.

“Our staff and students are already benefitting from this innovative collaborative approach. New scholarships and research fellowships have been created and the sharing of expertise has already led to a significant number of national competitive research applications being submitted.”

“Working with our University partners enhances our research capacity and we look forward to achieving beneficial outcomes for all organisations involved, as well as the wider community,” Professor Finlay-Jones said.

Exercise Medicine for the Prevention and Management of Chronic Diseases is one of the six CRN projects.

ECU’s CRN lead and Foundation Professor in Exercise and Health Science, Professor Rob Newton, believes exercise has the greatest potential to reduce the burden of all chronic diseases simultaneously.

“This CRN funding allows us to bring together the brightest minds from Australia and internationally to expedite the development and translation of this important medicine for the reduction of personal suffering, social and financial cost of diseases such as diabetes, cancer, cardiovascular and Alzheimer's disease.” Professor Newton said.

For further information on the CRN and associated projects visit the ORI webpages.

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