Two University of Melbourne researchers have been named Australian Laureate Fellowship Recipients for 2013 by the Australian Research Council.(ARC)

The funding is part of almost $47 million allocated by the Federal Government in grants to boost the nation’s research capabilities and to put Australia at the forefront of discovery.
Professor Lloyd Hollenberg from the University’s School of Physics is working to create and apply new technology, based on the quantum properties of diamond, to attack problems in biology; from how cells change at the beginning of life to understanding brain function.

Professor Peter Taylor from the Department of Mathematics and Statistics will be looking at stochastic, or random, phenomena that exist in society. His work combines science, economics, social science and engineering to help the public better understand random processes.
University of Melbourne Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) Professor James McCluskey said the Australian Laureate Fellowships scheme supports excellence in research by creating key positions and new opportunities for the application of their talents in Australia.

“By supporting innovation and excellence, we can attract and retain highly-talented people and build world-class teams to undertake research at the frontiers of multidisciplinary science,” he said  

“The University of Melbourne is committed to research that informs and assists the community and our new ARC Laureates are key leaders in their fields.”

Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research The Honourable Kim Carr, also announced that the ARC would continue to fund the research of Bionic Vision Australia (BVA) based at five centres around Australia including the University of Melbourne.

BVA’s research program for 2014 will build on current patient tests to further develop the wide-view and high-acuity devices, with engineers and surgeons working through design and testing processes. This work is essential preparation for the next set of patient tests with next generation devices.

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