Dr Justin Chalker New Frontiers in Sulfur Polymers
Justin’s project will explore the use of waste sulfur to develop non-polluting polymers that could acts as replacements for plastics, create a new generation of Infrared films, and aid the recycling of precious metals from electronic devices.
Dr Daniel Fassnacht A pilot study of a novel Podcast to improve knowledge and help-seeking for people with eating disorder symptoms
Dan’s study seeks to understand why the vast majority of those with eating disorders don’t seek professional intervention, and aims to harness the power of broadcast to heighten awareness and break down barriers to potentially life-saving help.
Dr Emily Fobert Artificial Light at Night in Marine Systems
Just as people have trouble sleeping with the light on, Emily’s work is examining how artificial light affects animals, such as stopping fish from breeding. She aims to form an extended network of experts to address light pollution so all creatures can get a good night’s sleep.
Dr Luke Grundy Maladaptive Response to Urinary Tract Infection in Chronic Pelvic Pain
Why does some pelvic pain linger long after the infection that caused it has resolved? Luke is seeking to understand why some nerves between the bladder and spine become hypersensitive, in a quest for a solution to a currently untreatable chronic pain problem that affects some 10% of the population.
Dr Julie-Ann Hulin UGT8: a new factor linking environment and genetics in colon cancer?
Colorectal cancer, the third most commonly diagnosed cancer in Australia, is attributed to both genetic and environmental factors, but ultimately is the result of over-growth of the intestinal stem cell population. This research aims to identify enzyme signalling pathways which may result in novel drug target development.
Dr Alyce Martin The role of mechanically-induced serotonin release in regulating gastrointestinal motility
Serotonin has an important role in the body, from affecting moods to contributing to digestive processes. Alyce’s research will examine ways of activating serotonin to aid smooth bowel function and address issues such as Irritable Bowel Syndrome and Inflammatory Bowel Disease.
Dr Ian Moffat Reconstructing Rock Art Landscapes Using Digital Technologies: A Case Study from Red Lilly Lagoon
Using innovative drone imagery and geophysical survey Ian aims to reconstruct the palaeogeography of the Red Lilly region of Arnhem Land to understanding how rock art was influenced by factors such as elevation, distance to the ocean and local vegetation.
Harnessing techniques never before applied to rock art research, it promises to inform rock art studies world-wide.
Dr Joshua Newman Using Research to Make Better Public Policy
Using interviews with a range of public servants across multiple departments within a single government, this project aims to uncover the barriers and enablers of evidence-based policy-making. Previous international studies have demonstrated that major decisions, including what infrastructure to build, what health care services to offer, and how to educate children are often based on non-scientific principles such as intuition, ideology and conventional wisdom.
Dr Fiona Rillotta ‘Further Up the Hill’ – 20 years of inclusion of people with intellectual disability at university: Where to Next?
Fiona was inspired by the experience of Matthew who yearned to attend university, but his parents feared it was an impossible dream – until discovering Flinders offered Australia’s first and only program to support him to achieve his ambitions. This research will look beyond the program to understand how it is received by the wider University community and how that might translate to life beyond Flinders and into the workforce.
Dr Shelda Sanjeev Accurate and reliable risk prediction for cardiovascular disease using machine learning
Development of an automated tool using machine learning could enable more accurate clinical prediction, timely intervention and earlier treatment to prevent cardiovascular disease-related illness and death. If the accuracy of the CVD risk prediction could be improved by 5% using the new tool, it could benefit 200,000 Australians.