International article features Tasmanian devil researcher, Professor Greg Woods
Professor Greg Woods, Principal Research Fellow at the Menzies Research Institute, which is part of the University of Tasmania, heads up a small dedicated team of researchers working to save the Tasmanian devil from extinction in the wild. Professor Woods and the work of his team recently featured in an article in International Innovation, providing an expert summary of this often complex area of research, and is well worth a read.
The Menzies devil research group is collaborating with scientists all over the world to develop a comprehensive understanding of the devil's immune system and the mechanisms of Devil Facial Tumour Disease (DFTD). Professor Woods' team has made significant discoveries about devil immunology and the workings of DFTD, and is leading the charge towards the development of a vaccine by investigating ways to activate the devils' immune response that will protect against the cancer.
The article in International Innovation Issue 143: Regional Research, entitled ‘Tasmanian treatment' introduces Prof Woods and showcases the work of his team to save the Tasmanian devil from extinction due to DFTD. He maps out his own academic career, which placed him firmly in the cancer research hub, and elaborates on what guided him in the pursuit of the disease - a communicable cancer affecting Tasmanian devils.
Not only does this article on Prof Woods explain the complex science in simple terms but it also provides insight into the funding issues faced by researchers and the importance of international collaboration. The Save the Tasmanian Devil Appeal, which is the official fundraising arm of the Save the Tasmanian Devil Program, is a major supporter of the devil research at Menzies, along with the Australian Research Council - the government source of funding for scientific research in Australia.
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You can download a pdf copy of the article, Tasmanian treatment or visit the publication on line at http://www.research-europe.com/magazine/ISSUE/143/
Photo: Professor Greg Woods, Menzies Research Institute of Tasmania