Editorial December 9 2017

The opening of the University of Wollongong’s new development is indeed ground breaking for this region.

The world-leading life science research centre, the $80 million Molecular Horizons initiative, is still a few years away from being completed.

Yet the unveiling of the powerful new FEI ThermoFisher Talos Arctica microscope is a significant step indeed towards the realisation of the vision.

The high-resolution cryo-electron Talos Arctica microscope is the first of its kind in Australia. 

The technology will be sought and used by researchers from all over the world.

The microscope will not only hopefully unlock the clues to many a medical riddle but also further unlock the innovative and creative culture and reputation of the University Of Wollongong  and this region.

UOW Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Health and Communities) and Executive Dean of the Faculty of Science, Medicine and Health Professor Jones sees the University’s investment in Molecular Horizons as a key enabler for building partnerships.

“Through the Health and Wellbeing Strategy UOW will harness and build upon the collective talent across the University and our partners and communities to improve physical and mental wellbeing for our regional and state communities,” Professor Jones said.

“At the core of the strategy is our endeavour to develop health models that support open access, so everyone has the opportunity to improve their state of health. UOW aims to deliver world-class health and medical research, research translation, education and health outcomes and use them to lead and inform world’s best practice.

“UOW is a leader in health research and education and we are pursuing a partnership approach to deliver this package of initiatives because we know that it is by collaboration that we can make a difference.

“The Talos Arctica microscope will certainly make a difference by providing the technology to deliver personalised medicine.”

The significance of Friday’s opening for this region can not be overstated.

It will be undoubtedly remembered as a hugely significant day not only for the University of Wollongong, but for the Illawarra in general. 

It will only serve to magnify the huge potential we have as a city and as a region.