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December 2016

ARC and NHMRC success for Sansom Institute and Centre for Cancer Biology researchers

Sansom Institute researchers have been awarded Fellowships in the NHMRC Early Career Fellowship scheme:

  • Dr John Arnold: CJ Martin Biomedical ECF “Defining treatment targets to optimise the management of early midfoot osteoarthritis”
  • Dr Kerri Beckmann: Sidney Sax Public Health ECF “Who to treat, when to treat and how to treat prostate cancer: Generating evidence to guide prostate cancer treatment decisions”

Centre for Cancer Biology researchers have been awarded funding in recently-announced ARC schemes:

  • Dr Simon Conn: ARC Future Fellowship “The Molecular Interactome and Functions of Circular RNAs”
  • Professor Sharad Kumar: ARC Discovery Project “Cell death by self-eating: understanding autophagy-dependent tissue removal”
  • Associate Professor Susan Branford: NHMRC Research Fellowship “Defining genomic mechanisms associated with treatment response, drug resistance and early blast crisis in chronic myeloid leukaemia”
  • Professor Gregory Goodall: NHMRC Research Fellowship Discovering how microRNAs and circRNAs control cancer metastasis”

ARC LIEF (Linkage: Infrastructure, Equipment and Facilities) success:

  • Professor Sanjay Garg and Dr Rietie Venter are members of a successful team receiving a grant through the University of Adelaide for ‘High-throughput technology targeting antimicrobial resistance’
  • Associate Professor John Hayball is part of the successful “Adelaide flow cytometry facility team”
  • Professor Shudong Wang was an investigator on a successful Griffith University “Acoustic liquid handling robotics for bioactive compound discovery” grant

And Professor David Roder received funding through the NHMRC Partnerships Translational Research Projects for Improved Health Care scheme “Eradicating preventable deaths from colorectal cancer - the Beat Bowel Cancer Project”, with SAHMRI.

Read more about the ARC announcements here.

Recognition in the National Disability Awards

Associate Professor Susan Hiller, Dean: Research (Operations) and colleagues from Flinders University and the Women’s and Children’s Health Network were recently named as finalists in the 10th National Disability Awards for development of a gaming system that enhances and improves the lives of children with limited hand function. Read more on the finalists here.

Jessica Wojciechowski awarded prestigious Endeavour Fellowship

PhD candidate Jessica Wojciechowski from the Australian Centre for Pharmacometrics in the School of Pharmacy and Medical Sciences, was recently awarded an Endeavour Research Fellowship to travel to the USA to conduct postdoctoral research with Pfizer.  Jessica’s PhD has focussed on developing mathematical models to explain why some patients respond to medicines whilst others do not, and providing health professionals with tools to help inform their treatment decisions.  Jessica aims to improve the clinical success rate of curative drugs coming through Pfizer’s pipeline for neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease, thus increasing the number of effective medicines available on the market that treat and cure Australian patients. View the entire list of 2017 recipients here.

National Wastewater Analysis project

Professor Jason White and Dr Cobus Gerber, in conjunction with their collaborators at The University of Queensland, have been successful in securing a contract with the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission for a National Wastewater Analysis Capability Project. The project is valued at $3.6 million, will run from 2016-2019 and provide leading-edge, coordinated national research and intelligence on illicit drugs, with a specific focus on ice, see further information here.

Channel Seven Children’s Research Foundation funding

Sansom researchers have been awarded funding through the Channel Seven Children’s Research Foundation for 2016-17:

  • Associate Professor John Hayball and collaborators “Investigations into sepsis-induced high-mobility group box 1 (HMGB1) and effects on neurodevelopment in survivors of neonatal sepsis”
  • Dr Qian Tang “Preventing childhood glucocorticoid therapy-induced bone growth defects by blocking the aggravated chemokine SDF-1 signalling”

Muscular Dystrophy research

Associate Professor Leanne Dibbens from the Sansom’s Epilepsy research group has been awarded funding from the Muscular Dystrophy Association for a project Identifying New Genetic Causes of Neuromuscular disorders. Read the UniSA news story here.

2016 Active Healthy Kids Australia progress report card

Dr Natasha Schranz from Sansom’s ARENA and the AHKA Research Fellow and Project Manager is lead author of the second Full Active Healthy Kids Australia Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and Young People “Physical Literacy: Do our kids have all the tools?”. The Report Card assesses 12 physical activity indicators (physical activity behaviours, traits, and the settings and sources of influence, and strategies and investments, which have the potential to impact these behaviours and traits). See the UniSA news story here.

3D bioprinting grant support

Dr Anton Blencowe has been successful with a 2016 Universities Australia – Germany Joint Research Co-operation Scheme application for the project “3D bioprinting of bio functional hydrogels and tissue constructs”. Each project team receives travel and living expenses to support their research work in Germany, see the full details on the scheme and successful projects here.

PhD candidate Jessica Day is awarded RAH scholarship

Jessica Day from the Experimental Therapeutics Laboratory has been awarded the RAH Research Committee Dawes Top Up Scholarship for her research that is focussing on characterising the subtypes of the idiopathic inflammatory myopathies (IIMs) in terms of immunopathogenesis, neuroimaging and response to immunotherapy.

The Conversation articles

November 2016

Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences Fellow

Sansom Institute Director Professor Ian Olver has been inducted as a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences. Fellows of the Academy are recognised for distinguished professional achievement in a field related to health and/or medicine and outstanding leadership in the science of health and medicine.

STEM+ Business Fellowship

Associate Professor John Hayball, leader of the Sansom’s Experimental Therapeutics Laboratory, has been awarded a Science and Industry Endowment Fund STEM+ Business Fellowship. 'Development of a prototype immunomodulatory vaccine for cat allergy' with Sementis Ltd as industry partner.

Conversation Articles

ARENA Adjunct Senior Lecturer, Associate Professor Grant Tomkinson has contributed 'Beyond Olympic gold: US kids getting lapped in aerobic fitness,' which can be read here and 

Quality Use of Medicines and Pharmacy Research Centre PhD candidate Ms Jodie Hillen has contributed 'Weekly Dose: multiple sclerosis drug fingolimod comes from fungus Chinese medicine calls ‘eternal youth’, you can read the article here.

Oncology Group award

Dr Hayley Whitford from the Sansom’s Psychosocial oncology research group was awarded the best poster prize at the recent Medical Oncology Group Australia Annual Scientific Meeting held on the Gold Coast. The cash prize is to be used to attend the American Society of Clinical Oncology Annual Scientific Meeting in 2017 which will be held in Chicago, USA.

Winnovation 2016

Associate Professor Claudine Bonder of the Centre for Cancer Biology, has been awarded the Winnovation Emerging Innovator Award; with Professor Allison Cowin of the Future Industries Institute being awarded the Winnovation Award for Science. You can read the UniSA News story about their research and achievements here.

October 2016

Nature Publication

Professor Elina Hypponen Director of the Sansom’s Centre for Population Health Research co-authored a Nature paper with international collaborators titled 'Genome-wide associations for birth weight and correlations with adult disease.' Read the Nature article here and the UniSA news story here

The Sansom Institute’s Chair in Aboriginal Health, Professor Alex Brown is quoted in an article published by titled 'Geneticists attempt to heal rifts with Aboriginal communities’ discussing ethical research with Aboriginal communities,' read the Nature article here.

The Conversation

Centre for Population Health Research Senior Research Fellow, Dr Neil Coffee has contributed 'Density, sprawl, growth: how Australian cities have changed in the last 30 years' to The Conversation, view the story here.

Fittest kids in the world

A UniSA study led by ARENA's Professor Tim Olds and Dr Grant Tomkinson has found that Aussie kids are not as fit as their international counterparts. In a study of children from 50 countries, Australia only ranked 35th for aerobic fitness. Professor Tim Olds has discussed the results of studies on the fitness of kids which was published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine titled ‘International variability in 20m shuttle run performance in children and youth: who are the fittest from a 50-country comparison? A systematic literature review with pooling of aggregate results.’ This saw Tanzania having the fitness kids in the world. View the ABC News story here and the UniSA news story here. Dr Tomkinson has also discussed this research on 3AW Radio. 

Discretionary Foods

Research led by the School of Health Sciences’ Dr Tom Wycherley outlining the effect of replacing discretionary foods such as confectionary with healthier, core foods has been presented at this year’s European Association for the study of Diabetes meeting in Munich. The study results were reported in and also discussed on the Dr Tom Wycherley has shown that by replacing 25 per cent of ‘discretionary’ foods, such as those high in sugar, with healthier alternatives will only save around 74 calories per day. Read the SBS news story here, and Science Daily story here.

Synthetic Antibiotics

UniSA researchers have collaborated with colleagues from the University of Melbourne to develop tiny, star-shaped molecules with the potential to kill superbugs, reports School of Pharmacy and Medical Sciences’ Dr Anton Blencowe is quoted in the article discussing the findings from his Nature Microbiology article. You can read article here

September 2016

Rosemary Bryant Research Centre

The Sansom’s Professor Marion Eckert from the Cancer Care research group has secured funding from the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (SA Branch) to establish the Rosemary Bryant Research Centre. The Centre will develop research that fosters critical inquiry and evidence to inform strategic planning for the state and potentially inform national initiatives aligned to nursing and midwifery workforce, health system planning and resourcing, clinical care outcomes and translation of evidence into practice. Read the UniSA story here.

Peanuts are good for our brains

Associate Professor Alison Coates and Dr Evangeline Mantzioris from Sansom’s ARENA were interviewed on Channel 9 News yesterday regarding UniSA research which has found that eating peanuts can improve memory (link here), view the UniSA story here.

The Conversation

  • ARENA's Professor Tim Olds has contributed Survival of the fittest: the changing shapes and sizes of Olympic athletes to The Conversation, view the story here.
  • Director of the Sansom Institute, Professor Ian Olver contributed to an article titled: ‘The longer a woman has been overweight or obese, the higher her cancer risk: study’ view the story here.

3MT University Final

The Division of Health Sciences had three representatives in the University Final, with School of Health Sciences PhD student, Joel Fuller, winning the competition

1st Place: Joel Fuller, School of Health Sciences, A guide to selecting running shoes based on body mass

2nd Place: Amanda Richardson, School of Health Sciences, Success needs more than a good ATAR...

People’s Choice Award: Lih Yin Tan, School of Pharmacy and Medical Sciences, Mission Immune Possible

Joel will now go on to compete in the Asia Pacific 3MT final on 30 September at the University of Queensland.
View Joel and Lih Yin’s presentation in this ABC story.

August 2016

NAB foundation grant success

Dr Kate Fennell from Sansom’s Psychosocial Oncology research group has been successful with an application to NAB’s Stronger Minds grant scheme for a project titled ‘Preparing Australian farmers for future challenges via an online, interactive Acceptance and Commitment Therapy-based intervention’. Partnering organisations include the National Centre for Farmer Health, Livestock SA, the Freemasons Foundation Centre for Men’s Health, and the University of Adelaide. UniSA reported on the story, see here.

MOU signed with Chinese drug development and pharmaceutical manufacturer

A partnership between Sansom researchers and D&R Pharmaceuticals, a Nanjing based group of companies and one of China’s leading drug development and pharmaceutical manufacturers, has been established with the signing of an MOU. D&R Pharmaceuticals have licenced the LipoceramicTM drug reformulation technology developed by Professor Clive Prestidge and team, and the partnership will support further drug development and treatments in stem cell biology. Read the UniSA news story here.

New findings in pain management

Dr Tory Madden and Professor Lorimer Moseley from the Sansom’s Body in Mind research group have published research in the Journal of Pain showing that pain thresholds can be modulated via classical conditioning, even when the stimulus used to test the threshold cannot be anticipated. This new finding was reported widely in the media and Lorimer was a guest on ABC Radio discussing our perception of pain. See the UniSA news story here.

Public consultation for NHMRC

Professor Ian Olver, Sansom Director, Chair of the NHMRC Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) Working Committee and Chair of the Australian Health Ethics Committee (AHEC), responded to the media on progress with review of The NHMRC Ethical Guidelines on the use of assisted reproductive technology in clinical practice and research (2007) (ART guidelines) which deal with the ethical aspects of research and clinical practice of assisted reproductive technology. Widespread media coverage included Channels 10, 9 and 7, front page of the Advertiser, radio interviews and online news (see here and here).

Research in the media

  • research supervised by Sansom Director Professor Ian Olver was reported in the Advertiser. The research found that people with religious beliefs who are diagnosed with an illness or disease need the health care system to support them with spiritual care if they are not regular church goers
  • a study led by Dr Lisa Kalisch Ellett from the Sansom’s Quality Use of Medicines and Pharmacy Research Centre that found the risk of hospital admission for heat-related illness was significantly increased following the initiation of anticoagulants, cardiovascular medicines, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, antipsychotics, antidepressants, and anticholinergic agents has received media attention
  • Professor Karen Grimmer, leader of the Sansom’s International Centre for Allied Health Evidence, featured in an article in The Australian discussing her teams’ research into the healthcare for newly diagnosed diabetic foot conditions
  • a study led by Dr Neil Coffee from the Spatial Epidemiology and Evaluation group which found that fast-food outlets are 10 times more likely to be built near disadvantaged schools was the subject of a story featured on Channel 9 News, Daily Mail Australia, and the Advertiser
  • a study co-authored by Professor Tim Olds from ARENA which found that the enjoyment of everyday activities increases after retirement was discussed in online news articles
  • research led by Professor Jason White from the Drugs of Dependence research group analysing wastewater in connection to monitoring illicit drug use was discussed on ABC News 24 and ABC1 Adelaide (link here). Professor White has also been a guest on ABC Radio discussing increases in illicit drug use and what his research has uncovered.

Researcher 'One Team' award

The Researcher 'One Team' award has been established by the Division in 2016 in recognition of outstanding research expertise coupled with excellence in team building and support, to ensure staff and students work as ‘one team’ across research activities. For more information please visit our events page.

Thesis of the Year

The Division’s annual Thesis of the Year prize was awarded at the Here’s Health. Research HDR information evening held on Wednesday 3 August.

This year, the selection panel had an extremely strong field from which to make their final choice, with six students eligible for consideration on the basis of examination results of ‘1 – Pass forthwith’ results from both examiners.

Find out the winner here.

HDR Research Poster Prize

The Division’s annual HDR Research Poster Prize was awarded at the Here’s Health. Research HDR information evening held on Wednesday 3 August.

Judges shortlisted 4 finalists from a total field of 20 entries from current HDR students across the Division. They then asked each finalist to make a short presentation on the topic of their poster, before making a final decision.

Find out the winners here.

SA Tall Poppy Awards announced

Dr John Arnold, School of Health Sciences, has been announced as one of nine 2016 SA Tall Poppies, at a ceremony hosted by the Governor, Mr Hieu Van Le AC, at Government House on 1 August.

Further information can be found here.

July 2016

Top 5 Under 40 Award

Congratulations to Body in Mind’s Dr Tasha Stanton who has just been named one of Australia’s Top 5 Under 40 science communicators. The Top 5 Under 40 is a national search for early-career researchers who have a flair and passion for communicating their work with the winners to be ‘Scientists in Residence’ across ABC Radio National, see the story here

Puratap collaboration

A unique collaboration to develop a novel chemical detection device with Puratap Ltd is the focus of an Innovation Connections collaborative grant led by Associate Professor John Hayball, leader of the Sansom’s Experimental Therapeutics Laboratory, and Dr Sally Plush. 

NHMRC Centre’s of Research Excellence success

Sansom researchers have been successful in NHMRC CREs:

  • Associate Professor Michael Wiese: Translational Venom and Antivenom Research (led by the University of Newcastle)
  • Dr Rebecca Golley: Early Prevention of Obesity in Childhood (led by the University of Sydney)

New collaboration with Sanitarium

Professor Peter Clifton has initiated a collaboration with Sanitarium and will undertake a research study investigating whether the addition of plant sterols to breakfast cereal lowers LDL cholesterol.

Anti-cancer therapeutics funding

Professor Shudong Wang from the Sansom’s Centre for Drug Discovery and Development has received significant funding from Le Sun Pharmaceuticals, China, to develop new anti-cancer therapeutics.

Suicide prevention

Professor Nicholas Procter and Dr Monika Ferguson from the Sansom’s Mental Health and Substance Use group have been awarded funding by MATES in Construction, a charity established in 2008 to reduce the high level of suicide among Australian construction workers. The project is titled Unexpected but Important: A mixed methods inquiry into the positive workplace effects of suicide prevention education and training. 

In the media

  • Professor Libby Roughead and Dr Nicole Pratt from the Sansom’s Quality Use of Medicines and Pharmacy Research Centre published a study with international collaborators in BMJ titled: Cardiovascular safety of methylphenidate among children and young people with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD): nationwide self controlled case series study. The findings received wide-spread media coverage, read the article here and the related UniSA story here.
  • Dr Grant Tomkinson from the Sansom’s ARENA published a systematic review article in the British Journal of Sports Medicine which examined the cardiorespiratory fitness of children from 50 countries. The results were reported nationally, read the UniSA story here.
  • Professor Lorimer Moseley from Sansom’s Body in Mind group co-authored an article in The Conversation: Does your vulva hurt? You could have vulvodynia
  • Dr Carol Maher from Sansom’s ARENA contributed a story to The Conversation: How to pick the good from the bad smartphone health apps, which was also reported by UniSA, see here. 
  • Dr Maria Inacio from the Sansom’s Quality Use of Medicines and Pharmacy Research Centre received media attention for a study which found that older patients who were still taking opioids three months after a hip replacement were more likely to require additional surgery, read the article here.

June 2016

Nature Publication

Professor Elina Hypponen Director of the Sansom’s Centre for Population Health Research co-authored a Nature paper with international collaborators titled New genetic clues to educational attainment. Read the Nature article here and the UniSA news story here

ARC Linkage Grant

Associate Professor John Hayball, leader of the Sansom’s Experimental Therapeutics Laboratory, will be awarded $362,000 for an ARC Linkage project with Sementis Pty Ltd which aims to develop a multicomponent vaccine system to deliver equal effectiveness against several disease targets in a single administration. Read about this project and other University of South Australia researcher’s success in the UniSA news story here.

UniSA News Articles

The Division’s researchers have been featured in UniSA News articles

The Conversation

Sansom Director Professor Ian Olver, has contributed an article this month entitled: Unfair if rare: should the PBS change the way it lists cancer drugs? You can read the article here.

May 2016

Wound Management projects

Sansom researchers have been awarded funding through the Wound Management Innovation CRC: 

  • Professor Mary Steen: Perineal wound management
  • Associate Professor Kay Price: Wound management in the aged care environment
  • Dr Anthony Blencowe: Oxygen releasing zeolite wound dressings.

Exercise to improve cognitive and functional capacity

Associate Professor Gaynor Parfitt from Sansom’s ARENA has been awarded a project with Helping Hand Aged Care: Improving cognitive and functional capacity of older people with dementia in residential aged care through an exercise prescription approach.

FameLab win

Centre for Cancer Biology PhD student, Mahmoud Bassal won the audience choice award and top place in the FameLab final for his presentation of ‘The Cancer Conundrum’.

You can read about Mahmoud’s win here.

Nature Genetics publication

Professor Elina Hypponen Director of the Sansom’s Centre for Population Health Research co-authored a Nature Genetics paper with international collaborators which showed there is a shared genetic component for subjective measures reflective of an individual’s wellbeing. The study was reported in the media to have found that happiness may be genetic. Read the Nature Genetics article here.

Mental Health Risk Factors for kids

Ms Sophie Guy, Research Associate in the Centre for Population Health Research has had research her into angry parents and their effect on their children’s mental health reported on in The Australian, the objective of the research was to estimate the prevalence of children in the Australian population with risk factors for adult mental illness. Read the article here.

Australian Bioactive Compounds Centre

Sansom researchers have partnered with the University of Adelaide to establish the Australian Bioactive Compounds Centre which will be used to develop medicinal compounds from native Australian plants found in the outback. The Centre launch was reported in the Advertiser, The Lead (see story here) and in an interview on Radio Adelaide (listen here).

The Medical Journal of Australia articles

Sansom researchers have published in MJA this month, including:

April 2016

A room with a patient view

The Sansom Institute for Health Research and the Institute for Choice collaborated to present a national forum to look at the role of patient voices in planning health care and treatment. The forum, A room with a patient view, held in Sydney brought together representatives from pharmaceuticals manufacturers, patient advocates and researchers to discuss the issues. Read the UniSA News article here.

The Conversation

Sansom researchers have been contributing stories to The Conversation this month, including Professor Tim Olds from ARENA; Sansom Director, Professor Ian Olver; and Body in Mind’s PhD student, Jane Chalmers & Artist-in-Residence, Cat Jones. You can read the articles here:

In the media

  • Professor Lorimer Moseley from Body in Mind was interviewed on ABC’s The Catalyst discussing back-pain, and UniSA research which is aimed at helping those people (see the story here) and was a guest on ABC Radio discussing the release of his book: ‘Explain Pain Handbook’
  • a UniSA study led by Professor Kevin Norton from ARENA providing some insight into the perception of AFL game styles, has appeared in The Courier Mail  and The Advertiser
  • Professor Peter Clifton was a guest on 5AA Radio discussing new treatments for dealing with high cholesterol
  • Professor Tim Olds from ARENA was interviewed by ABC Radio discussing research into the issues faced by short men in 2016

2016 Mary Overton Early Career Fellowship

Centre for Cancer Biology researcher, Dr Sophie Wiszniak, has won the 2016 Mary Overton Early Career Fellowship, which will allow her to pursue her research into congenital heart defects, a common problem that affects one in 100 babies; read the UniSA News article here.

Setting girls up for success in physical activity

Dr Margarita Tsiros from ARENA, is seeking to better understand why there is such a gender divide between boys and girls when it comes to movement skill. Dr Tsiros will be researching this in the ‘Balance in Girls’ study, you can read further about this research in the UniSA News article here.

March 2016

Zika Virus vaccine

The Sansom’s Experimental Therapeutics Laboratory is working with Melbourne-based biotech company Sementis Ltd to develop a vaccine to combat the mosquito-borne Zika virus. Associate Professor John Hayball discussed the importance about starting preclinical laboratory based experiments immediately to find a vaccine; which appeared in The Australian and UniSA News here.

Channel Seven Children’s Research Foundation funding

Sansom Institute and UniSA researchers have been successful in obtaining funding as part of the Channel Seven Children’s Research Foundation. The Sansom’s Professor Shudong Wang, Professor Cory Xian, Associate Professor Leanne Dibbens and Dr Sarah Heron along with the Centre for Cancer Biology’s Associate Professor Michele Grimbaldeston and Dr Sophie Wiszniak were all recipients. The full list of recipients can be seen here and the UniSA News article is here.

Tour de Cure research grant success

Professor Shudong Wang from the Sansom’s Centre for Drug Discovery and Development has recently been successful in a project funded by the Tour de Cure, titled ‘Development of a new and effective therapeutic agent to treat childhood leukaemia’ (see the announcement here).

The cognitive benefits of eating chocolate

Dr Georgie Crichton from the Sansom’s ARENA, in collaboration with the University of Maine and the Luxembourg Institute of Health examined whether habitual chocolate intake was associated with cognitive function in nearly 1,000 participants as part of the Maine-Syracuse Longitudinal Study; this research was covered by the Daily Mail (see article here), the UniSA News story can be viewed here.

The Conversation

Sansom researcher, Professor Tim Olds from ARENA has contributed a story to The Conversation this month, you can read the article here, Your ‘ideal’ body, and why you want it

Dr Natalie Parletta and Professor Leonie Segal have also featured in The Conversation with a story on how poor nutrition can put children at higher risk of mental illness. Read the story here.

February 2016

The Conversation articles

Sansom researchers have been contributing stories to The Conversation this month, including Professor Tim Olds with Dr Nathan Daniell, and with Dr Carol Maher from ARENA. You can read the articles here:

Health Benefits of Retirement

Research led by Professor Timothy Olds from ARENA which found that retirement can present a number of benefits, including an increase in the enjoyment of life, appeared in the Advertiser (see the story here), and Tim spoke with 4BC Radio about the study (listen here).

Accelerated Wound Healing

The Centre for Cancer Biology’s Dr Michael Samuel and his team have discovered a way to speed up the process of healing a chronic wound, by inhibiting a protein called 14-3-3ζ. Read the UniSA news article here.

Nasal Spray Painkiller

Dr Julie Fleet from the School of Nursing and Midwifery was recently featured in the ABC news for her development of a nasal spray which contains the painkiller drug fentanyl. The spray is being trialled in women during childbirth and has been found to be as effective as pethidine injections, which are commonly used during labour. See the full story here.

January 2016

2015 Winnovation Award

Dr Nicole Pratt from the Sansom’s Quality Use of Medicines and Pharmacy Research Centre was the winner of the Science category. Nicole has helped develop a detection tool for the field of medicine testing. The rapid signal detection tool can be used across multiple data sets in multiple countries, potentially helping millions of people in avoiding the serious side effects of some medicines. See the story on all UniSA Winnovation Award winners here.

ERA success

Of the 8 core areas submitted for assessment from the Division Health Sciences, we scored a 5 (well above world standard) in seven Fields of Research: Biochemistry and Cell Biology; Clinical Sciences; Human Movement and Sports Science; Nursing; Nutrition and Dietetics; Pharmacology and Pharmaceutical Sciences; Medical Physiology. See the UniSA stories on the cancer and nursing research results.

Centre for Cancer Biology

The Centre for Cancer Biology (CCB) has been awarded $2 million funding from the Australian Cancer Research Foundation (ACRF) to establish the world-class ACRF Cancer Discovery Accelerator facility in Adelaide. Read the UniSA news article here.

Interview with Professor David Roder

Professor David Roder from the Sansom’s Cancer Epidemiology Group was interviewed by about the recent study which found that New Zealand’s organised breast screening programme, BreastScreen Aotearoa is reducing deaths from breast cancer.

Australian child abuse study

Professor Leonie Segal was on ABC West Coast Radio to talk about her recent study of child abuse in Australia which is considered to be the largest of its kind in the world. The study is looking at obtaining enough information about child maltreatment within Australia in order to influence the Government to offer more support for struggling families.

The positive effects of pets on physical health

6PR Radio interviewed Dr Janette Young about an article she wrote for the Conversation on the influences pets have on people, including the positive effects they have on physical health. Read the article here.

Areas of study and research

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