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Solid growth in student recruitment
is expected through a partnership
between La Trobe and PSB Academy
-- one of Singapore's largest education
providers -- to deliver bachelor 's degrees
in biomedical sciences, pharmaceutical
sciences, chemistry and molecular biology.
Game-changing research partnerships
also enhance the University's efforts
to raise its research capabilities to new
levels of national and international
signifcance. An important collaboration
between La Trobe University and the
Olivia Newton-John Cancer Research
Institute facilitates the sharing of
knowledge, skills, research training and
facilities as their respective scientists
work to deliver world-class translational
cancer research and treatment.
Solving global problems
LIMS is committed to solving global
problems and improving the welfare
of human societies. The Institute's
vision is achieved through excellence
in six areas of research strength: cancer,
infection and immunity, neurobiology,
molecular design, molecular imaging
and molecular sensing.
'Our researchers work on real-world
problems,' explains Pike. 'We use basic
research to connect the multidisciplinary
dots, especially at the interface of health
LIMS features an innovative and
broad-ranging scientifc portfolio that
spans biochemistry, chemistry, genetics,
physics and pharmacy.
'Our Institute contains a range of
disciplines, from the basic physical
sciences (chemistry and physics), to life
sciences (biochemistry and genetics), to
the commercial interface of pharmacy
and applied science,' says Pike.
The Institute's research agenda
is supported by a state-of-the-art
facility, where researchers in different
disciplines work together in well-
equipped, shared workspaces to achieve
research outcomes that would not be
possible in traditional academic settings.
LIMS is also a training centre, providing
students and early career researchers
with access to the latest equipment,
and exposure to high-impact research
projects. It develops its own researchers,
supports early career researchers, and is
recruiting leading scientists in its areas
'Our facility, our new structure and the
vibrant culture within our organisation
and the broader university make us an
attractive prospect to scientists looking for
a strong research environment,' adds Pike.
The right leadership
LIMS has a new leadership team.
Professor Robert Pike, an internationally
recognised biochemist and a specialist in
protein and enzyme chemistry, joined
La Trobe as Director of LIMS in January 2015.
In April, Professor Andrew Hill, a
distinguished Australian neurobiologist
who is researching Alzheimer 's,
Parkinson's and prion diseases, joined
LIMS from the University of Melbourne,
and is Director of La Trobe's Research
Focus Area on Understanding Disease.
LIMS's leadership team draws
on extensive senior management
experience. Before joining La Trobe, Pike
was a Deputy Dean in the Faculty of
Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
at Monash University.
The recent reappointment of La Trobe
Vice-Chancellor Professor John Dewar
for a second fve-year term provides
further management continuity, as
the institution builds on its ranking
as one of the world's top 100 modern
universities. Its 2015 ranking jumped
25 places to 75th in the Times Higher
Education 100 Under 50 Rankings.
Greater industry engagement is a
cornerstone of the Institute's strategic
agenda. La Trobe has outstanding links
with the Australian Synchrotron (several
of the Institute's physicists design and
build synchrotron components), and
teams within LIMS have longstanding
LIMS also has two embedded
companies: Hexima, which is engaged
in the development of plant-derived
proteins and peptides for application
as human therapeutics and the genetic
modifcation of crops; and AdAlta,
which is working to develop the next
generation antibody platform, the
i-body, to deliver high-affnity and
specifc biologics against a variety of
therapeutic and diagnostic targets.
'LIMS has established connections to
industry,' says Pike. 'We intend to build
upon these relationships to ensure that
our research has translatable outcomes.'
'LIMS has an innovative and creative
atmosphere,' adds Pike. 'Our researchers
have the best equipment and support to
allow them to make discoveries of real-
world importance, and inspire the next
generation of Australian scientists.'
To learn more about LIMS, visit
Professor Robert Pike, Director of LIMS
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