Health Research Seminars

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Held regularly at City West campus, the Health Research Seminars provide a stimulating forum for UniSA scholars and visiting scholars to discuss the latest developments in medical and health-related research and policy.

Featuring a fascinating array of topics ranging from the molecular to the global, the seminar series offers research scholars within the area of health an opportunity to invigorate research and research training by sharing their skills, ideas and experiences through the seminar forum.

2018 Seminar Schedule

5 Sept 2018



AdelaidePHN, is providing an informative session on the Government’s new My Health Record

Mr Daniel DiFiore

"My Health Record Information Session"

29 Aug 2018


HB8-18, City West Campus

Foundation Director of the Rosemary Bryant AO Research Centre established as a partnership with the ANMF (SA Branch) and the SONM, University of South Australia

Professor Marion Eckert

"The Rosemary Bryant AO Research Centre 2 years in"

18 July 2018


City West Campus

An NHMRC Peter Doherty Research Fellow at the School of Pharmacy and Medical Sciences, University of South Australia

Dr Nicky Thomas

"Novel approaches to fight nasty infections- lessons learnt at The Adelaide Biofilm Test Facility"

11 July  2018


City West Campus

Lead for Cancer Research at Trinity College Dublin, Director of Pathology at The Coombe Women and Infants University Hospital, Consultant Pathologist at St. James’s Hospital Dublin, Ireland

Professor John O'Leary

"New perspectives on cancer metastasis"

18 Apr 2018



An internationally recognised exercise scientist, Marquette University USA

Professor Sandra Hunter

"Aging of the Neuromuscular System and Fatigability"

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29 Mar 2018



Principal Podiatrist in Singapore General Hospital

Marabelle Heng

"Research collaborations - Making your best, even better"

Watch seminar here (141mb)

19 Feb 2018



Jungian Analyst, Director Elizabeth Bryan Foundation Trust, Director Darwin Centre Trust, Director Darwin International Institute for the Study of Compassion

Professor Patrick Pietroni

"Imaging the Future:  Compassion in to Action"

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9 Feb 2018




A world-leader in the physiology and pathophysiology of human movement, University College London, UK

Professor John Rothwell

"Brain stimulation and beyond"




Current list of 2018 Seminars (PDF, 128KB - download Adobe Acrobat)

For information on the Health Research Seminar Series, contact the Cancer Research Institute:

2017 Seminar Schedule


12 Dec 2017



Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Psychiatry at Stanford University USA

Dr Gavin Tempest

"Shining (near infrared) light on brain function during exercise"

5 Dec 2017




Professor in Medical Radiation at the University Of South Australia

Professor Eva Bezak

"Quo Vadis in Women in STEMM?  Medical Physics Status"

Watch seminar here (114mb MP4 video)

17 Nov 2017



Manager Academic Library Services, City East Campus, University of South Australia, and IT Coordinator for the City East Campus, University of South Australia

Anthony Stevens & Tristan Bibbo

"Research Data Management"

Watch seminar here (86mb MP4 video) 

Sharing Data Ethically - ANDS -

Research Data Management guide - UniSA Library -

31 Oct 2017



Senior Research Physician, Clinical Epidemiology at Karolinska Institutet, and a Professor of Clinical Cancer Epidemiology at University of Gothenburg in Stockholm, Sweden.

Professor Gunnar Steineck

"Curing cancer with restored health in the cancer survivor – a new nosology for treatment-induced cancer survivorship diseases that decrease sexual and bowel health to be used for prevention and alleviation."

Watch Seminar here (140mb MP4 video)

22 Sept 2017



Senior Research Fellow with the BodyinMind Research group at the University of South Australia & Neuroscience Research Australia, Sydney. Her research interests include cortical body representation (how the body is represented in the brain), perception, multimodal illusions, mediated reality, and pain.

Dr Tasha Stanton

"Let's talk about the brain:  Modulating pain and stiffness using novel advances in neuroscience."

Watch Seminar here (133mb MP4 video)

8 Sept 2017



Co-Director of the a Wearable Computer Lab and a Senior Lecturer at the School of Information Technology and Mathematical Sciences, and Professor of Human Computer Interaction at the University of South Australia

Dr Ross Smith & Professor Mark Billinghurst

"Embracing Augmented and Virtual Reality Technologies"

Watch Seminar here (188mb MP4 video) 

1 Sept 2017



Specialist practitioner in Special Needs Dentistry, St Vincent's Hospital Melbourne

Associate Professor Ian Hewson

"Reconstruction of head and neck cancer patients at St Vincent's Hospital Melbourne" 

 Watch Seminar here (135mb MP4 Video)

18 August 2017



Professor and Showalter Faculty Scholar, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana, USA.

Professor Catherine Hill

"Designing small molecule technologies to control arthropod vectors of diseases."

Watch Seminar here (74mb MP4 Viedo)

8 August 2017



** Please be advised this seminar has been cancelled due to international travel delays**
Professor of Translational Medicine in the Nuffield Department of Clinical Medicine and Associate Member of the Department of Pharmacology at the University of Oxford

Professor Chas Bountra

"How can we work together to transform the discovery of new medicines?"

28 July 2017



Angelica Healey, Manager: Research & Data Management Support (ISTS) and Ann Morgan, Manager, Academic Library Services, University Library (ITEE)

"The Concepts and Principles of Good Data Management for successful research projects"

Watch Seminar here  (66mb MP4 video)

16 June 2017



Senior Research Fellow (Pharmacoepidemiologist) in the School of Pharmacy and Medical Sciences, University of South Australia and School of Medicine, Discipline of Pharmacology, University of Adelaide

Gillian Caughey

"Multimorbidity:  Improving Health Outcomes for Australia's Older Population"

Watch Seminar here (92mb MP4 video)

9 June 2017



Professor of Health Economics within the Institute for Choice, Business School, University of SA

Professor Julie Ratcliffe

"Nothing about us without us:  Building consumer involvement and inclusivity into the methods and application of health economics and economic evaluation"

Watch Seminar here (87mb MP4 video)

7 June 2017



STIMSON Centre, Washington DC, U.S.A.

Dr Cindy Vestergaard

"The Front to Back of Nuclear Safeguards"

2 June 2017



Manager Academic Library Services, City East Campus, University of South Australia.

Anthony Stevens

"Alternative Metrics: what is all the tweet about?"

Watch Seminar here  (87mb MP4 video)

Almetrics (5Mb)
Tips & Tricks
Your Online Presence
UniSA Requirements/Recommendations

31 May 2017



Director of Energy at the Breakthrough Institute, Oakland California

Jessica Lovering

"Between the Rock and the Hard Place - Is there a place for nuclear power: a climate pragmatism project"

26 May 2017



Deputy Vice Chancellor: Research and Innovation and an ARC Georgina Sweet Laureate Fellow, University of South Australia.

Professor Tanya Monro

"New possibilities for sensing and measurement using Photonics"

Watch Seminar here  (79mb MP4 video)

12 May 2017



Associate Professor:  Head of the Vascular Biology and Cell Trafficking Laboratory at the Centre for Cancer Biology in Adelaide, South Australia.

Associate Professor Caludine Bonder

"Vasculogenic mimicry, a bloody new way for cancer growth and metastasis"

5 May 2017



Associate Professor leading Positive Futures within the Sansom Institute in the Division of Health Sciences at the Univeristy of South Australia

Associate Professor Alwin Chong

"Positive Futures"

28 Apr 2017



Active Healthy Kids Australia (AHKA) Co-Chair and Research Fellow from The University of South Australia

Dr Natasha Schranz

Do our kids have all the tools?

11 Apr 2017



NHMRC-ARC Dementia Research Development Fellow, School of Public Health and Preventative Medine, Monash University

Dr Julia Gilmartin-Thomas

Medication Management in Older People: A pharmacist researcher’s exploration of medication dispensing and administration in aged care facilities (PhD Research), and analgesic use in older people with and without dementia (Postdoctoral Research)

24 Mar 2017 



Director MOD. (Museum of Discovery) UniSA

Dr Kristen Alford

Introducing MOD: showcasing the edge of knowledge

10 Mar 2017 



Senior Lecturer, Deputy Head, Department of Chemistry and Physics, School of Molecular Sciences, La Trobe University

Dr Jason Dutton 

Using iodine to unlock new transition metal and main group chemistry

3 Mar 2017 



Program Director: Journalism and Professional Writing, School of Communication, International Studies and Languages, UniSA

Dr Patrizia Furlan

Lost in translation? Important things to know about how the news media report on medical research

21 Feb 2017



Department of Neural and Pain Sciences, School of Dentistry, University of Maryland, Baltimore, USA

Assocociate Professor David Seminowicz

Discovering Emotional and Cognitive Brain Network Dysfunction in Chronic Pain with Neuroimaging


Current list of 2017 Seminars (PDF, 133KB - download Adobe Acrobat)

For information on the Sansom Institute Seminar Series, contact the Sansom Institute or

Please visit our seminar archives to see what seminars were on in 20162015, 20142013 and 2012.

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