Trailblazing UQ researchers have each been awarded $8000.
They won the UniQuest Trailblazer Challenge, which provided funding to advance research outcomes with commercial potential. The winners were:
> PhD student Judy Peng, who is developing a cancer immunotherapy suitability diagnostic test invented by herself and Associate Professor Ranjeny Thomas from the Centre for Immunology and Cancer Research. Ms Peng also won the $5000 prize for best overall project.
> Dr Claudia Popa from UQ's Centre for Immunology and Cancer Research, who has identifi ed a protein linked with hair growth.
> Associate Professor Arne Dahle and Dr Kazuhiro Nogita from the Division of Materials Engineering who are developing new alloy materials for storage of hydrogen in fuel-cell powered vehicles.
> Dr Joanne Blanchfield and Professor Istvan Toth, who aim to develop drugs with the pain-relieving effects of opioids, such as morphine, without the side-effects.
> Associate Professor Maree Smith from the Faculty of Health Sciences and Dr Craig Williams from the Faculty of Biological and Chemical Sciences, who are developing new treatments for the pain caused by sciatica and other forms of nerve damage.