Foundation for Australia Japan Studies (FAJS) Grant Awardees 2019

The Foundation for Australia-Japan Studies is pleased to announce the award of four Rio Tinto Australia-Japan Collaboration Program Grants in 2019 to: 

Professor Wendy Erberand Associate Professor Kathy Fuller, Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, University of Western Australiawith Sysmex Corporation (Japan). Their project, Australia-Japan Collaboration to Improve the Identification of Blood Cancers with Immuno-flowFISH will conduct pre-clinical evaluation of a new diagnostic tool developed by Erber and Fuller for more precisely targeting blood and bone marrow cancers.  Fluorescencein situ hybridisation (FISH) is a method for the visualisation of chromosomal abnormalities in cells.  They will collaborate with Sysmex Corp Japan who are developing software to more accurately enumerate small FISH signals. The total FAJS funds awarded for this project are: AUD 140,000

Dr Robert Wilson and Dr Shirley Shen (CSIRO, Australia) and collaborators and Dr Ritsugun Gen (Former Professor) (Kumamoto University, Japan) and collaborators. Their project 3D Printing of Novel High Vapour Pressure Metals and Metal Matrix Composites as Bio-absorbable Implant Components aims to develop and fabricate new types of metal alloys and composites for use as bio-degradable implants in clinical procedures. The total FAJS funds awarded for this project are: AUD 150,000

 Associate Professor Dzung Dao, Mechanical Engineering, Griffith UniversityProf Toshihiro Itoh, Graduate School of Frontier Sciences (GSFS) University of Tokyo, Professor Takahiro Namazu, Mechanical Engineering, Aichi Institute of Technology, Dr Toan Dinh, Queensland Micro- and Nanotechnology Centre (QMNC), Griffith University, and collaborators. Their project, Superior Sensor Network (SSN) for Harsh Environments, aims to develop a low-cost, low power consumption, high-performance sensor network technology for a wide range of applicationsincluding preventing accidents and catastrophic failures in, for example, the energy, extractive, chemical and aeronautical industries. The total FAJS funds awarded for this project are: AUD144,573

 Dr Roberto Busi, Faculty of Science, University of Western Australiaand Dr Satoshi Iwakami, Graduate School of Agriculture, University of Kyotoand collaborators for their project, Understanding the role of glutathione S-transferase: an important enzyme to protect crops and fight weeds.  They aim to identify the role(s) for the enzyme glutathione S-transferase in crop protection by looking at the behaviour of crop and weed plants exposed to various stresses and protectants as a basis for new strategies to ameliorate cold damage in wheat and herbicide resistance in ryegrass, ultimately leading to better crop yields. The total FAJS funds awarded for this project are: AUD 93,196

 The 2020 Collaborative Grants Programme will open for applications in late 2019:

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