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An international agreement to develop and commercialise the world’s first vaccine to prevent and treat severe gum disease periodontitis, has been announced today.

A University of Melbourne academic has been awarded US$150,000 in funding to help researchers in Asia and Africa better understand how fungi cause disease. Despite being one of the most significant health problems in many emerging countries, not enough is known about medically important fungi.

University of Melbourne researchers have scooped the pool in the inaugural ARC Fellowships announced today.

More than 50 of the brightest young minds in science will spend six days in Melbourne this week at the Youth ANZAAS 2009 conference. Students in Years 10, 11 and 12 from Australia and New Zealand will experience the workings of leading scientific establishments.

The Animal Welfare Science Centre (AWSC), jointly based at the University of Melbourne, has been internationally recognised for its leading research and education programs.

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