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Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) spectrometer

AITHM Researchers Professor Norelle Daly and Dr David Wilson use their state-of-the-art, $1.2 million Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) spectrometer in Cairns  to investigate the structure of promising molecules, including those found in the venom of scorpions. In 2012 AITHM researchers at James Cook University and The University of Queensland won an Australian Research Council LIEF grant worth $630,000 to support the acquisition of a high-resolution and high-throughput Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) facility. The NMR facility uses nuclear magnetic resonance spectrometers with cryogenically cooled probes to investigate the structures of novel biomolecules from spiders, hookworms, plants and synthetic drugs.
Professor Norelle Daly is a program leader in the Centre for Biodiscovery and Molecular Development of Therapeutics (BMDT) based at James Cook University’s Cairns Campus. She is researching the venom from scorpions as a tumour-imaging agent and will use the NMR facility to study the structure of these molecules. "It has been very exciting to be involved in installing the spectrometer.  We’re already using it to analyse molecules that might lead to new drugs for cancer and pain, as well as inflammatory and tropical diseases,” said Professor Daly.

Installing the NMR facility in Cairns