The dirty lyes about soap – News

Isopropyl wipes vs standard liquid hand soap An investigation by Tim while on work experience at GTAC When working in a lab I had to wash my hands quite frequently, and it became something regular to do when I entered the lab and when I left. Being around some of the best equipment and scientists in the world (at least to me), made me wonder about the effectiveness of the liquid hand soap we were...Read More

GTAC sees more work experience students through its doors – News

GTAC welcomed another eight work experience students through its doors in Semester 2 to experience working life as a Scientist. They participated in our educational programs, designed and carried out experiments using research grade equipment, and photographed specimens using our array of microscopes. Check out their blogs to find out more about their experiences. Elisa's blog Isabelle's blog Lachlan's blog Maria's blog Seamus' blog Sharlene's blog Tim's blog Zoe's blog

Gene editing gets CRISPR – In the news

 4th September, 2015 Many techniques used in molecular biology and gene technology are based on naturally occurring processes using normal functioning enzymes. You may already be familiar with the way that restriction enzymes, made by bacteria to cut viral DNA, are employed in recombinant (cut and paste) DNA technology. Well, here is a hot new method, modelled on another bacterial protection mechanism, which is being applied as a gene editing method. This method relies on...Read More

Date set for GTAC professional learning on changes to the VCE Biology Unit 1+2 Study Design for 2016

GTAC will hold a teacher professional learning program in term 4 on Thursday 3rd and Friday 4th December, 2015 that will focus on the changes to the VCE Biology Unit 1 & 2 Study Design for 2016. Registrations of interest will open soon. An email alert will be sent to teachers registered on the GTAC website and a news alert will be posted when registrations for this event open. There will also be a laboratory technician professional learning program that runs concurrent with the...Read More

“Changing public health policy…what they don’t teach you at medical school!” – Free public lecture

  On Wednesday 19th August from 6.30pm – 8.30pm a public lecture is being given by renown virologist, Professor Ian Gust AO:  “Changing public health policy…what they don’t teach you at medical school!”. This presentation is followed by an award presentation by lead scientist, Dr Leonie Walsh, to Professor Jacques Miller (of thymus fame). This will be followed by refreshments. Teachers and students are invited to register their interest in attending. Book you place through...Read More

The GTAC team increases temporarily with the addition of three work experience students – News

In the last week of April, three year 10 students joined us to experience working life at GTAC. They had a taste of working in a science laboratory and helped set up resources for our educational programs. They were very fortunate to be here for one of our special programs on World Immunology Day, where they had the opportunity to meet some of Australia’s leading scientists. Read their blogs to connect with the experiences they...Read More

A big honour for GTAC Board member – News

Who would spend their days thinking about starving a parasite? That’s the type of thing Brendan Crabb might think about! Professor Brendan Crabb, who has contributed to GTAC programs as a member of the GTAC Board of Management since 2001, was awarded a Companion of the Order of Australia in the 2015 Australia Day Awards. This very big honour recognises his contributions to biomedical research and work to fight infectious diseases, especially malaria. Brendan is...Read More

Having a child with DNA from three people – In the news

Our DNA comes from two places, our biological mum and our biological dad. But that might change for some very special babies that could be born in the next year or so in the UK. On 3 February the UK parliament voted to allow a medical procedure using donor mitochondria. Women with mitochondrial disease worry about passing faulty mitochondria on to their children. This new method would prevent that and result in a baby with...Read More

Graeme Clark Oration

Graeme Clark Oration Towards an Electronic Prescription?  presented by Professor Timothy Denison Monday 22nd July - Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre   GTAC is very excited to announce opportunities for Victorian students in Year 9 and above and their teachers to participate in the 2019 Graeme Clark Oration Schools program. The Program offers schools four opportunities for engagement with the Graeme Clark Oration: 1. Special Presentation for school students and their teachers by Professor Timothy Denison, University of Oxford A special...Read More

GTAC visits primary schools in Central Victoria – News

  The GTAC Outreach team and their van packed full of stereo and compound microscopes have just returned from their visit to the Castlemaine area. We were warmly welcomed by the teachers and students we met on the rural outreach. We all had a fantastic time working with Year 5 and 6 students and their teachers at Castlemaine, Castlemaine North and Winter Flat Primary Schools. The students worked together as forensic scientists to solve the...Read More