Melbourne engineering professor's small-scale thinking wins big results
Professor Frank Caruso from Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, University of Melbourne has won the 2014 Victoria Prizes for Science and Innovation (Physical Sciences).
Professor Caruso leads a team of researchers examining the use of nano-materials for drug delivery, as well as better bio-imaging.
His ground-breaking work heralds a new era of research into nano-scale engineered particles that will improve healthcare and medical outcomes for patients suffering from a number of medical conditions.
He leads the Nanostructured Interfaces and Materials Science Group in the Melbourne School of Engineering.
“My work is varied and complex but it is research that will make a difference to the way we deliver therapies in the future,” Professor Caruso said.
“I am proud and honoured to be given this award and it is a credit to my research team and the support I receive from the University of Melbourne.”
Professor Ashley Bush from the Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health and a University of Melbourne alumnus, has won the 2014 Victoria Prize for Science and Innovation (Life Sciences).
Professor Bush was recognised for his work exploring how key proteins and metals interact to contribute to degenerative brain diseases such as Alzheimer’s.
The award ceremony was hosted by the Victorian State Government, through the Veski program.
The Victoria Prize, worth $50,000 was first awarded in 1998 and celebrates leadership, determination, endeavour and creativity as well as highlighting the many ways in which research and development of international significance are conducted in Victoria.
Melbourne School of Engineering
The Melbourne School of Engineering offers an internationally recognised curriculum with dual accreditation that is unique in Australia. The Master of Engineering suite of programs are the only engineering courses to be accredited by Engineers Australia, as well having received EUR-ACE® label European accreditation, allowing graduates to register and work as professional chartered engineers in many countries around the world.
Melbourne’s graduate model of engineering education provides depth, breadth and flexibility to a world-class curriculum that is informed by real world, problem-based learning, industry experience and a generous program of scholarships for both local and international students.
The school conducts cutting-edge interdisciplinary research and works with a range of partners from academia, government and industry to address some of society’s critical problems, such as water resource management, infrastructure protection, sustainable energy and targeted drug delivery for cancer treatment, to name a few. Other key projects include the bionic eye, the sustainable city, artificial skin, and the green internet.