[ASC-media] Media release: advance in leukaemia research

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Wed Nov 5 02:57:57 EST 2003


SIR MARK OLIPHANT CONFERENCE MEDIA RELEASE

November 5, 2003

PROTEOMICS ADVANCE IN LEUKAEMIA RESEARCH

Australian scientists have achieved an important advance in leukaemia research with the use of revolutionary proteomic technology. 

The new technology for rapid identification of leukaemias will be described today at an international scientific symposium, the Sir Mark Oliphant Conference on "Proteomics: Progress, Partnerships and Possibilities" which has been taking place at at the University of Sydney School of Veterinary Science Conference Centre (November 3-5).

Professor Richard Christopherson's team from the school of Molecular and Microbial Biosciences at Sydney University have developed a Leukaemia Diagnostic Array technology that dramatically improves the efficiency of identification of different leukaemias. 

The new technology costs much less than the established technique of flow cytometry, requires less training to perform and identifies many more CD antigens, increasing the certainty of the diagnosis.

Proteomics - first described in Australia in the mid-1990s - is the science of separating, identifying and characterising proteins, the main messenger molecules of life itself. This is a key step in understanding and treating many diseases hitherto regarded as difficult or impossible to treat.
The Sir Mark Oliphant Conferences - International Frontiers of Science and Technology - are sponsored by the Commonwealth Department of Education, Science and Training to commemorate the centenary of the birth of Sir Mark Oliphant, a Foundation Fellow of both the Australian Academy of Science (AAS) and the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (ATSE) who run the series. 

For further information:

Media seeking to interview speakers at the conference are asked to contact Dr Kevin Downard, on 02 9351 6270.

or Sydney University Media Office, 02 9351 2261.

Details of the Sir Mark Oliphant Conference on Proteomics:
http://www.mmb.usyd.edu.au/oliphant/about.html






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