The Queensland government continues to drive innovation in conjunction with local businesses through innovation funds aimed at regional areas. With the help of a commercial Cairns-based lawyer, your business could receive a grant for the next big idea.
Lawyers in Cairns can help you plan for new legislation based of local research.
To show the innovative vein that runs through Far North Queensland, here are two pieces of research from Cairns’ very own James Cook University.
1. Worms against Asthma
The University’s Australian Institute of Tropical Health and Medicine has found a protein, secreted by hook worms, that suppresses asthma in mice. The tests indicate that the protein could be used in treatments for humans with allergies, such as asthma.
“To survive and remain undetected in the human gut, parasitic worms regulate their human host’s immune response. We aim to use that to control the inappropriate inflammation that characterises autoimmune diseases and allergy,” CU immunologist Dr Severine Navarro said.
The commercial potential for this research is huge, with health companies looking for pill-based treatment into clinical trials. A patentable method for isolating the protein could lead to large royalties that flow back into the Cairns university.
2. Modern roofs could lack durability
As construction is a major industry in the Far North employing large numbers of local workers, it is no surprise that research has focused on the sector. New research, for example, has shown that unusual roof shapes increased the likelihood of roof cladding falling off, in situations where houses are poorly maintained or have construction errors.
JCU’s Korah Parackal said that the current wind load standards are not good enough for the contemporary roof shapes we find today.
“Houses used to be square boxes, with standard shape roofs, but in recent times custom shapes have become common. With the new shapes we see wind force acting in new ways on roofs and we wanted to see if the wind loading standards still applied,” he said.
The researchers found that current standards underestimate pressures on roof edges. The potential for houses to lose roof cladding increased with unique roof shapes, consequently increasing the chances of water and greater wind damage.
For builders, the ongoing roof research could change the way they build if it is picked up by federal and state construction regulators.
As research can have a major effect on a number of industry regulations, it is important to ensure that you are compliant with current and future legislation. Talk to a lawyer at Williams Graham Carmen if you are worried about legislation, and make sure you click on the building compliance eBook below.