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World Class Research
Research makes the University of Tasmania relevant, progressive and central to Tasmania's social and economic wellbeing. Work in the laboratory is just the beginning – the real impact of research is in changing the world!
The University of Tasmania conducts high impact research across a broad range of disciplines including Arts, Business, Education, Health, Law, Science Engineering & Technology. There are also nine world class Institutes and Centres:
Please visit the University's Research site for more information.
Keeping the Tasmanian devil alive in the wild
Real successes, both in the research lab and in the wild, are making a difference for this endangered animal. According to Professor Greg Woods, "recent breakthroughs have rekindled hopes of saving this species. "
Professor Woods leads a team of researchers at the Menzies Institute for Medical Research, University of Tasmania. He is developing a vaccine to protect the Tasmanian devil against the Devil Facial Tumour Disease (DFTD) which threatens it with extinction.
In the wild, a fauna monitoring program across 11,000 hectares in the Central Highlands of Tasmania has recorded Tasmanian devils at 35 of the 46 monitoring sites. Despite the deadly facial tumour disease being detected in animals at several sites, most of the devils recorded were robust and healthy.
With a vaccine within reach and a robust insurance population, gifts to support the last stages of research are essential.
Wombat disease and genome consortium
Wombats are one of Australia's most iconic marsupials, even the subject of treasured children's books. However, wombats are threatened. Sarcoptic mange is the most important disease to wombats in Australia. This disease is caused by a mite that burrows into the skin of wombats causing hair loss and an obvious slow decline in health till eventual death.
At Narawntapu National Park in Tasmania, mange has swept from the east to the west of the park, killing more than 50% of the wombats in the last five years. Narawntapu National Park is known for its abundant wombat populations, but this disease threatens to wipe-out this population in the near future.
Though research led by the University of Tasmania we aim to restore the wombats at Narawntapu National Park, by controlling sarcoptic mange in this population. More broadly, sarcoptic mange is one of the biggest conservation threats to wombats across Australia. Through our research we also aim to develop improved approaches to managing this disease in wombat populations. This includes sequencing the wombat genome to develop new and innovative techniques.
Our research will also enable us gain important new insights on wombats and mange, including: the genetics of wombats, how mange impacts the wombat immune system, and how the mange mite was introduced to Australia.