Impact Stories

Stories of impact by NCRIS projects

Developing personalised treatment for kids with cancer

Childhood cancer kills more children than any other disease in Australia and tragically, every week three children and adolescents in Australia currently die because of cancer.

Every child is different, every cancer is unique, and so treatment has to be tailored for each individual. To personalise medicine, doctors and researchers need to use the latest innovations and technologies that can provide a unique insight into an individual child’s cancer to enable identification of the drugs likely to target their cancer most effectively.

Car Exhausts and Childcare Centre Research Highlights Policy Gap

Researchers have used AURIN to access and visualise childcare centre data and traffic flow data in Melbourne.  They found that many inner Melbourne childcare centres are built close to busy roads, putting children near dangerous vehicle exhaust fumes and highlighting the need to further examine the proximity of childcare centres to roads and consider new policies to protect children from unnecessary exposure to pollution.

Generating a globally unique resource

The Biomes of Australian Soil Environments (BASE) initiative has generated a national framework dataset of microbial diversity across the Australian continent. 

Soil microbes are paramount to ecosystem health. The project has directly addressed the challenge of measuring and modelling the biological and functional diversity of

Australia's soil microbiome at scale.

Data Access

Many NCRIS capabilities provide access to unique research data to those who need it - either through online portals or directly to researchers in their domain. Sometimes that data is used for further research, other times it can directly support a new discovery. The four stories here represent just a snapshot of the impact that NCRIS projects have through the provision of data access, looked at from four different angles.

Facilitating real research impact

NCRIS infrastructure and data products are being used by some of Australia’s most successful scientists, spread across many universities and institutions. 33 out of the 34 Australian Research Council (ARC) Centres of Excellence (CoE) funded between 2011 and 2017 rely on components of the collaborative research infrastructure delivered through NCRIS.

Beating Diabetes

NCRIS characterisations infrastructure (AMMRF, ANSTO/Synchrotron and NIF) is enabling studies that address the basic biology, development and delivery of new drugs, modulation of the immune system and whole body effects of glucose control.

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