Fellows in the news

From left: Ove Hoegh-Guldberg, Helene Marsh, Tim Flannery, Matthew Brown and Martin Green.

Professor Martin Green has been part of a team setting a new world record for solar cell efficiency, a result that was almost 44% better than the previous record.

An expedition to Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands in search of rare animals for the Australian Museum will be led by Dr Tim Flannery.

Professor Ove Hoegh-Guldberg co-authored an analysis of the coral bleaching along the Great Barrier Reef, warning much of the reef will be lost over the next few decades. Terry Hughes says this summer’s bleaching of the reef has been the worst on record.

Professor Ian Frazer was appointed chair of the Federal government’s Medical Research Future Fund. He will lead an eight member board, one of whom is Doug Hilton, to allocate the investment of the Fund in medical research.

Professor Colin Masters will lead the Australian leg of a US clinical trial of an Alzheimer’s disease medication, which will be the largest of its kind in the world. It’s hoped the medication will slow or halt the onset of Alzheimer’s disease.

Professor Helene Marsh co-authored a report for the Australian Council of Learned Academies on improving Australia’s research training system.

Professor Hugh Durrant-Whyte joins an advisory board for the NSW Data Analytics Centre.

Professor Matthew Brown is a senior co-author of a study which found five common inflammatory diseases occur together mostly because they share similar genetic backgrounds. In other genetics news, Professor Nick Martin co-authored a study which pinpointed two genes that increase the chance of mothers having non-identical twins.

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