ARC Centres of Excellence

ARC Centres of Excellence

Cognition and Its Disorders (CCD)

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Macquarie is the lead institution of the ARC Centre of Excellence in Cognition and its Disorders (CCD), which offers opportunities for interdisciplinary and international collaborative research in the study of cognition, its disorders and their treatment.

Led by Distinguished Professor Stephen Crain, the Centre is undertaking research to help improve the diagnosis and treatment of a range of cognitive disorders including autism, dementia, dyslexia, specific language impairment and schizophrenia.

Interdisciplinary teams conduct research in five areas of cognition: belief formation, language, memory, person perception and reading. They implement intervention programs based on their findings to inform educational policy and clinical practice, with considerable potential impact for the health and social wellbeing of Australia.

The Centre is administered by Macquarie, but collaborates with a host of leading national and international research universities including the Universities of New South Wales, Western Australia, New England, Sydney, Cambridge, Oxford, London, Auckland and Hong Kong.

Core to Crust Fluid Systems (CCFS)

Macquarie is the lead institution of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Core to Crust Fluid Systems (CCFS), which is driving interdisciplinary research toward a new understanding of Earth’s evolution, fluid budgets and origins.

Water is essential for human existence. The exchange of water and other fluids between the surface and the deep interior plays a crucial role in most Earth systems, including the evolution of the surface and the hydrosphere/atmosphere/biosphere.

The Centre, led by Distinguished Professor Sue O’Reilly, integrates previously disparate fields – geochemistry, geophysics, petrophysics, and numerical and thermodynamical modelling – to reach a new level of understanding of Earth’s dynamics and the fluid cycle(s) through time.

Curtin University and the University of Western Australia, along with five overseas nodes in Canada, China, France, Germany and the USA, contribute resources and provide access to a variety of expertise and instrumental capabilities.

Engineered Quantum Systems (EQUS)

Macquarie hosts a major node of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Engineered Quantum Systems (EQuS), a multi-institution collaboration that seeks to engineer complex, multi-component quantum systems for science and new applications.

Other nodes are hosted at the Universities of Queensland, Sydney, Western Australia and New South Wales. This extensive team possesses experimental capabilities in all major quantum technologies including opto- and nano-mechanics, quantum photonics, spins in semiconductors, superconducting circuits and trapped atoms.

Research projects will see the Centre deliver new scientific insights and technical capabilities across a range of disciplines.

Outcomes of the Centre’s work will improve the lives of Australians and people all over the world by producing breakthroughs in biology, chemistry, engineering, medicine and physics.

Ultrahigh Bandwidth Devices for Optical SystemS (CUDOS)

Macquarie hosts a major node of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Ultrahigh bandwidth Devices for Optical Systems (CUDOS).

With additional nodes at the University of Sydney; University of Technology, Sydney and Swinburne; and RMIT, Monash and Australian National Universities; it is the premier photonics research group in Australia and provides substantial opportunities for research collaboration, networking and future employment.

The Centre’s mission is to demonstrate all-optical processing applications and devices for ultrahigh bandwidth optical telecommunications. It has a major research program in fundamental and applied photonics, developing next-generation devices for astrophotonics, biophotonic systems, optical communications and quantum optics.

Research interests in the Macquarie node are focused on micro-fabricating and characterising photonic devices. In particular, the group draws on over 10 years of expertise developed within the Centre for Lasers and Applications in miniaturisation engineering and laser physics.

Nanoscale Biophotonics (CNBP)

Macquarie University is one of the three nodes of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Nanoscale BioPhotonics (CNBP).

In collaboration with nodes at the University of Adelaide and RMIT University, and with partner institutions across the globe, Macquarie and its team of over 40 researchers and students are working to develop new light-based sensing tools that will unlock our understanding of the human body at a cellular and molecular level.

In bringing together research across disciplines that include photonics, biochemistry, medicine, engineering, material science and more, CNBP aims to extend the boundaries of knowledge in nanoscale photonics and in the science of surfaces.

Research themes led by Macquarie researchers include integrating optical and chemical sensing technologies for biological measurements (Professor Ewa Goldys) and utilising modern analytical technologies to detect and measure molecular changes (Professor Nicki Packer).

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Distinguished Professors

Macquarie University’s Distinguished Professors are eminent scholars of exceptional distinction who have made an outstanding contribution to their field or discipline, and to Macquarie University.

Professor Anne Castles

Castles is internationally recognised for her outstanding contribution to research, teaching and service in the field of reading in cognitive science.

Professor David Christian

Christian is recognised for his development of the Big History discipline and its practical applications in changing the school curriculum.

Professor Stephen Crain

Crain is a world leader in the study of human language and cognition, in particular the application of new magnetic imaging technologies.

Professor Katherine Demuth

Demuth is internationally recognised for her ground-breaking research in the area of child language acquisition.

Professor William Griffin

Griffin pioneered a world-leading interdisciplinary approach to mapping the inaccessible deep Earth.

Professor James Guthrie

Guthrie is internationally recognised for his contributions to public sector management and accounting.

Professor Lesley Hughes

Hughes has established a national and international reputation as a pioneer in the study of climate change impacts on biodiversity.

Professor Naguib Kanawati Am

Kanawati is one of the most distinguished Egyptologists of his generation and his work in archaeology and art history is internationally recognised.

Professor Sue O’Reilly Am

O’Reilly is a pioneer in mapping deep Earth, with results delivering widely adopted new tools to the mineral exploration industry.

Professor Ian Paulsen

Paulsen is a world-leading scientist renowned for his work in microbial genomics, multidrug efflux pumps, lateral gene transfer, systems biology, bioinformatics and environmental microbiology.

Professor Ron Rapee Am

Rapee is internationally recognised for his contribution to research and practice in clinical psychology, in particular in the areas of anxiety and depression.

Professor David Throsby Ao

Throsby enjoys an outstanding international reputation as an economist with specialist interests in the economics of the arts and culture.

Professor Simon Turner

Turner is a world-renowned earth scientist with major contributions to igneous petrology and geochemistry, sediment provenance, crustal growth, continental flood basalts and potassic lavas.

Professor Mark Westoby

Westoby’s contributions to the field of evolutionary ecology have defined key dimensions of ecological strategy variation across plant species.

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