Research and Teaching

Research and Teaching

Research and Teaching

JCU is a leader in research addressing the critical challenges facing the tropics, world-wide. 

A defining feature of JCU is its tropical location and its research excellence in disciplines of particular relevance to the tropics. 

As a comprehensive university in the tropics, JCU is well placed to foster cross-disciplinary collaborations to meet these challenges.


JCU Research News


    When the river runs high
    Wed, 13 Jun 2018
    A massive world-wide study of dry riverbeds has found they’re contributing more carbon emissions than previously thought, and this could help scientists better understand how to fight climate change.

    New drug offers hope for patients in pain
    Fri, 8 Jun 2018
    James Cook University and Townsville Hospital are conducting a revolutionary drug trial that promises to relieve the suffering of patients with painful, non-healing wounds – which are three times more likely to afflict residents in the tropics than the national average.

    Seven percent of river users legally drunk say researchers
    Thu, 7 Jun 2018
    New research reveals about as many as one-in-six people who swim in rivers is under the influence of alcohol, and nearly half of those swimmers are above the legal alcohol limit for driving.

    Help to plan the city you need
    Wed, 6 Jun 2018
    Workshops in Cairns this Friday (8 June) and Townsville (Friday, 15 June) aim to help us all become urban planners, sharing our visions of the city we want to live in.

    Essential oils to fight bacterial infections
    Wed, 6 Jun 2018
    James Cook University scientists have discovered a technique to apply natural plant extracts such as Tea Tree Oil as a coating for medical devices, a process which could prevent millions of infections every year.

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