Research that Transforms Lives

UQ: Research that Transforms Lives

When it comes to transformative research that changes people’s lives for the better, UQ’s notable reputation is second to none. Whether it be bioscience, nanotechnology, mining, engineering, clean energy, social science or the humanities, UQ has made significant contributions in both research discovery and translation. Through its eight globally recognized research institutes, UQ has achieved major research breakthroughs that have impacted lives across the globe.

UQ research achievements include the following:

  • Enabled the development of the world’s first cervical cancer vaccines, Gardasil® and Cervarix.
  • Built Australia’s largest flat-panel photovoltaic system, significantly improving the viability of solar power.
  • Developed the Nanopatch – a dissolvable needle-free, pain-free method of vaccine delivery that has the potential to revolutionize the process of administering vaccines in both the developing and the developed world.
  • Discovered that an ancient relative of rice contains genes that could potentially save food crops from the devastating effects of global warming.
  • Undertaking a groundbreaking expedition to enable views of the Great Barrier Reef through web applications Google Earth and Google Maps.

UQ has received funding from the Global Environment Fund and the World Bank to undertake a major global reef rescue effort combining rigorous research and a comprehensive education. UQ is managing the Coral Reef Targeted Research and Capacity Building for Management (CRTR) Project, a global program involving more than 70 scientists and four Centres of Excellence in Australasia, South-east Asia, the Western Caribbean and Eastern Africa.