In these pages you’ll find inspiration, enlightenment, discovery, and hope, where research expanding our understanding of our world and addressing problems we all face is brought to life, with important and even amazing consequences.
We’ll take you on a journey into the stomach of sharks and how fatty acids could be a key to the survival of these apex predators so crucial to ocean health.
Still with the sea, we’ll give you a glimpse into an extraordinary suite of research into marine bioproducts that have the ability to transform our thinking and actions on sustainability.
Or perhaps you’d prefer to journey to space, where our researchers are looking at the “rules of engagement”, the management of space debris, and what happens if there’s a space dispute – all critical to the escalating race into this last frontier.
Back on earth to some very human concerns, our researchers are examining how veterans who are making the difficult transition back to civilian life can be offered a pathway that not only values their past contributions but also their future potential.
We examine a crisis of confidence among parents amidst the epidemic of childhood obesity and the cultural divide that needs to be bridged if we’re to give children a healthier start to life and a healthier outlook for the future, whatever their circumstances.
Fighting glaucoma to give the gift of sight, tracking ancient superhighways to inform how species including humans may be able to adapt to our fast-changing climate, deep diving into the durability – or otherwise – of democracy, or how wriggly critters barely a millimetre long are helping us unravel secrets of the human nervous system to address chronic pain; all expand our understanding and contribute to better lives.
And the all-pervading challenge of COVID-19 – which featured so prominently in our last Brave Minds – is central to a success story of international relevance, with Flinders front and centre in developing a test which diagnoses COVID-19 in rural and remote areas within an hour, rather than days, with remarkable flow-on benefits.
I invite you to immerse yourself in these and the other amazing stories that make Brave Minds a fascinating read.
President and Vice-Chancellor
Professor Colin J Stirling