A new era in Australian research into chronic diseases like cancer started today at the Australian Synchrotron, with construction beginning on a new $10 million facility for advanced medical research. 

Australia's national synchrotron facility is set to expand, with construction beginning today on a new facility for advanced biomedical and imaging research.

Acting Premier of Victoria, Rob Hulls today joined leading Australian researchers to turn the first soil in the construction the Imaging and Medical Therapy centre, which will open in late 2008. 

Specialist synchrotron techniques have been used to reveal the mystery of Phar Lap's untimely demise. Research results released today at Melbourne Museum, the home of Phar Lap, confirm preliminary findings that Phar Lap died from arsenic poisoning. 

Soon Perth scientists needing synchrotron light will be able to access the $200 million Australian Synchrotron without leaving home.

Remote access to the synchrotron came a step closer recently when Perth scientist Roland De Marco drove the synchrotron research beam in Melbourne as his colleagues and students watched in Perth. 

Peter Colman, winner of this year's Victoria Prize, says having a synchrotron in Melbourne gives him and his colleagues a home town advantage.

It would have saved him weeks of travel and years of work if it had been available when he and his colleagues developed the anti-flu drug Relenza. 

What a week at the Australian Synchrotron with 3 new beamlines achieving first light. The 3 new beamlines will join the existing 5 beamlines to provide a suite of 8 different diffraction and spectroscopy techniques for use by Australian and New Zealand researchers and international collaborators. 

The Victorian Government announced today that they will contribute $1.45 million towards a $2.9 million high performance computer facility at the Australian Synchrotron. 

The Brumby Government is investing $1.45 million toward a $3 million High Performance Computing Facility at the Australian Synchrotron in Clayton.

Innovation Minister Gavin Jennings told today's eResearch Australasia 2008 Conference that the funding will take medical imaging in Victoria to the next level. 

Australian protein chemists and drug developers will be able to access synchrotron light within weeks and without leaving home thanks to a new service at the Australian Synchrotron in Melbourne. 

University of Queensland researcher Prof. Ian Gentle has today been appointed the Australian Synchrotron's Head of Science. His own research includes plans to use the facility to study and improve the effectiveness of drugs treating acne and other skin diseases.