Archive - 2015

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December 2015

Sansom Director in The Medical Journal of Australia

Sansom Director Professor Ian Olver featured in The Medical Journal of Australia discussing rare cancers, the work of the Sansom Institute and the update to his book, the Cancer Prevention Manual. View the podcast, the UniSA news story and the MJA Editorial.

Sansom and Centre for Cancer Biology success in NHMRC grants and fellowships

Five Sansom Institute researchers have been awarded NHMRC Project grants and fellowships totalling $3.3m:

  • Professor Leonie Segal: Health and social consequences of child abuse and neglect: an analysis using South Australian linked data
  • Associate Professor Leanne Dibbens: Identifying the Genetic Causes of Epilepsy
  • Professor Michael Roberts: Improving therapeutic and toxicological outcomes
  • Professor Libby Roughead: Using Big Data to improve medication use and safety
  • Dr Ashleigh Smith: Optimising exercise prescription for brain health in older adults at risk of dementia

Researchers from the CCB were also awarded a number of Project Grants and Fellowships:

  • Associate Professor Claudine Bonder: Desmoglein-2; a novel lifeline to treat diabetes
  • Professor Sharad Kumar: Nedd4-2: a new player in polycystic kidney disease, and Regulation of cell death, cell survival and ubiquitination in normal physiology and disease
  • Dr Michael Samuel: Defining the function of ROCK in establishing a tumour-promoting microenvironment, and Defining the mechanisms regulating tissue mechano-reciprocity in wound healing 

View the UniSA news stories on Project grants here and Fellowships here.

Endeavour Scholarship & Fellowship recipients for 2016

UniSA has been successful in receiving 15 Endeavour Scholarships and Fellowships; the two Division of Health Sciences recipients are:

  • Tahnee Denning, School of Pharmacy and Medical Sciences PhD student, awarded a 2016 Endeavour Postgraduate Scholarship
  • Stine Høj, School of Health Sciences PhD student, awarded a 2016 Endeavour Research Fellowship.

View the entire list of 2016 recipients here.

2015 Heart Foundation Awards

Senior Research Fellow, Dr Quenten Schwarz of the CCB has been awarded a Future Leader Fellowship entitled ‘Defining the mechanisms controlling cardiac outflow tract formation’. See the Heart Foundation’s news story here.

2015 Active Healthy Kids Australia progress report card

AHKA Research Fellow Dr Natasha Schranz is a lead investigator for the 2015 report card, titled ‘The Road Less Travelled’. See the UniSA news story here.

The Conversation articles

Sansom researchers have been contributing stories to The Conversation this month, including:


November 2015

Success in NHMRC-ARC Dementia Fellowships

Three Sansom Institute researchers have been awarded fellowships totalling $1.55m under the NHMRC-ARC Dementia Research Development Fellowship Scheme (see the full story here):

  • Dr Ashleigh Smith: Optimising exercise prescription for brain health in older adults at risk of dementia
  • Dr Lisa Kalisch Ellett: Medicine-associated dementia and cognitive impairment: identifying the problem, reducing the harm
  • Dr Tuan Nguyen: Development of a unified list of drugs associated with drug-induced cognitive impairment

Ashleigh’s research was highlighted in the NHMRC’s media release, see here. 

Researcher appointed to the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences

Division of Health Sciences Pro Vice Chancellor Professor Bob Vink was recently inducted as Fellow of the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences in recognition of the international standing of his contribution to health and medical science through research, leadership and service. Further information can be found here. 

Stepping into the future of high tech running shoes

Chris Bishop from UniSA’s new ARENA Gait and Performance Laboratory was interviewed in a feature story on Channel 9 about the lab’s work with ASICS in creating high tech running shoes of the future (watch the story, which ran nationally, here). The story was reported through UniSA here.

Preventing cancer – the simple truth

Professor Ian Olver, Director of the Sansom Institute for Health Research, has co-written a new book The Cancer Prevention Manual: Simple Rules to Reduce the Risks, see the full story here.

Three Articles in The Conversation

A number of researchers from the Sansom Institute have been contributing stories to The Conversation this month which have included Sansom Director Professor Ian Olver, Associate Professor Craig Williams from the Healthy Environments, Healthy People group and Dr Maarten Immink from ARENA. You can read the articles here:


October 2015

2015 Young Investigator Award Finalists

Dr Margarita Tsiros from the ARENA group is one of three finalists for the 2015 Young Investigator Award with an event being held on 20 of October to announce the winner. Congratulations should also go to Dr Dorota Zarnowiecki from the Centre for Population Health Research who made it through to the semi-finals. The award recognises and promotes the outstanding research undertaken by young investigators in the area of women's and children's health issues. It also enables young researchers to present their research in a way that is easily understood by the general public.

Poor medication-related care is costing millions

Dr Gillian Caughey from the Sansom’s Quality Use of Medicines and Pharmacy Research Centre has published research in the Medical Journal of Australia, see the article here. The research found a quarter of hospitalisations of older Australians could be caused by poor medication-related primary care before admission – costing the Australian health system $300 million a year. The research was reported in The Australian and through UniSA (see the full story here). 

Yabao Pharmaceuticals and UniSA announce new joint Drug Discovery Laboratory

Professor Shudong Wang from the Sansom’s Centre for Drug Discovery and Development has announced a significant collaboration to develop new treatments for cancer with one of China’s leading pharmaceutical companies, Yabao Pharmaceutical Co, Inc., see the full story here. The collaboration was reported widely in China and on-line.

The Conversation articles

Sansom researchers have been contributing stories to The Conversation this month, including Dr Lisa Kalisch Ellett, Research Fellow in the Quality Use of Medicines and Pharmacy Research Centre, and Dr John Arnold, from ARENA. You can read the articles here:

Stopwatch and spotlight on cancer research

Recent UniSA 3MT winner and People’s Choice Mahmoud Bassal from the School of Pharmacy and Medical Sciences recently featured in the UniSA news. The full story can be found here.


September 2015

Dr Tasha Stanton investigates perceptions of pain 

UniSA Tall Poppy of the Year, Dr Tasha Stanton, from the Body and Mind group has had her research using optical illusions and physical sensations to change osteoarthritis sufferers’ perceptions of pain featured in The Advertiser recently.

Here’s Health. Research

As part of ‘Here’s Health. Research’ hosted by A/Prof Susan Hillier a number of awards were presented to researchers and students, along with the Division final of the 3MT®.

The Supervisor of the Year Award was also announced with Professor Jon Buckley receiving the award. Jon was nominated numerous times by both past and current students and the judges noted his commitment to mentoring junior supervisors and highly favourable student comments as the main basis for him receiving this award.
The Thesis of the Year was awarded to Dr Janet Sluggett for not only an excellent PhD thesis, but numerous publications and conference presentations related to her PhD. The judges noted her success in obtaining numerous travel awards throughout her PhD and her recent success of being awarded an Endeavour Fellowship as deciding factors.

Prizes were also awarded to HDR students who submitted posters as part of the annual competition with Longjin Zhong placing 1st, Ankitkumar Parikh placing 2nd and Clint Bellinger placing 3rd.

The highlight of the evening was the 3MT® competition with Mahmoud Bassal winning first place and the People’s Choice Award, Lih Yin Tan placing 2nd, Melissa Hull placing 3rd and Nick Li placing 4th. Congratulations should go to all students for excellent presentations and fantastic performances.

Division of Health Sciences win 3MT ® UniSA Finals again!

PhD students Mahmoud Bassal  and Lih Yin Tan, both PhD students in the School of Pharmacy and Medical Sciences, represented the Division of Health Sciences in the UniSA finals of the 3MT® competition held on 20 August 2015. Mahmoud placed 1st in the competition and took out the People’s Choice Award for his talk entitled ‘The Cancer Conundrum’ and Lih presented for her talk titled ‘Melanoma: When Benign Moles Go BAD’ after placing 2nd in the Division Finals. Both Mahmoud and Lih gave fantastic presentations. Mahmoud is heading off to the University of Queensland to represent UniSA and compete at the Trans-Tasman Finals on 2 October 2015.

This is the second time in as many years that the Division had had success at the 3MT® UniSA Finals with Emily Johnson, also from the School of Pharmacy and Medical Sciences, winning the competition and People’s Choice Vote for her talk entitled ‘Mosquito research: Saving lives with pantyhose and paperclips’ in 2014.  

Three articles in 'The Conversation' from Division of Health Sciences researchers

Prof Ian Olver, Director of the Sansom Institute for Health Research was recently interviewed for an article in 'The Conversation' about the promising outlook for those diagnosed with cancer and Ian wrote a second article why we should consider whether it's time to allow sex selection in IVF: NHMRC.  Associate Professor Craig Williams, Group Leader of the Healthy Environments, Healthy People research concentration and PhD student Emily Johnston have penned an article about how a new test is revolutionising what we know about viruses in our midst. And, Dr Maarten Immink has also had an article included in 'The Conversation' about how yoga may be the missing link to stoke survivors’ rehabilitation.


August 2015

Tall Poppy Awards

Research Fellow in the Body in Mind group, Dr Tasha Stanton has been awarded Tall Poppy of the Year at the 2015 South Australian Science Excellence Awards, presented at the Adelaide Convention Centre on 13 August.
 
The chronic pain researcher is behind the ground-breaking discovery that if you change how a painful body part looks to an osteoarthritis sufferer using visual illusions, it can significantly reduce the pain they feel. Read the full story.

Research Theme Investment Scheme grants announced

Congratulations to researchers in the Division of Health Sciences who were recently awarded Research Theme Investment Scheme grants:

  • Gillian Caughey, PMB: Understanding patient preferences and treatment priorities in those with multiple chronic conditions: an opportunity to improve health outcomes
  • Janna Morrison, PMB: Detecting placental insufficiency in pregnant women: Can we watch the placenta give sugar to the fetus?
  • Natalie Parletta, HLS: An investigation of nutrition and peri-natal depression, health professional knowledge and translation into practice
  • Nicholas Procter, NRC: Closing a case: When should a patient/client's case be closed in a community  mental health setting?
  • David Roder, HLS: Enhancing and expanding a state-wide linked database to improve outcomes in colorectal cancer care
  • Michael Samuel, CCB: Harnessing the mechanical properties of tissues to reveal information about disease progression in cancer and wound healing
  • Ashleigh Smith, HLS: Development of a neurovascular marker of cognitive impairment
  • Rietie Venter, PMB: Understanding the role of disinfection technologies in controlling the spread of antibiotic resistant bacteria
  • Agnes Vitry, PMB: Patients’ and society preferences for access to expensive, new cancer medicines

Gluten-free trend not necessarily healthier

Professor Peter Clifton was interviewed on ABC Adelaide 891 radio in relation to the recent gluten-free trend. The full story can be found here.

Pain clinics in South Australia struggle to cope with high demand

Professor Lorimer Moseley, leader of the Body in Mind group featured on ABC Adelaide 891 radio about the lack of resources that are available to assist people with chronic pain. You can read the full story here.


July 2015

Movember Foundation success

Professor David Roder from the Sansom’s Cancer Epidemiology research group has secured a grant to further his collaboration with The Prostate Cancer Health Outcomes Research Unit, funded by the Movember Foundation. The Unit is a collaboration between researchers from UniSA, Monash University, SAHMRI and the South Australian Prostate Cancer Clinical Outcomes Collaborative (SA-PCCOC). The research is assessing treatment practices and outcomes in Australia, investigating topics such as risk factors, appropriateness of care, treatment outcomes, survivorship, quality of life and research into ways of improving outcomes of men diagnosed with prostate cancer.

Dr John Arnold nominated in the SA Science Excellence Awards

Dr John Arnold who recently completed his PhD in the School of Health Sciences has been announced as a finalist of the SA Science Awards PhD Research Excellence category. From Wednesday 15 July, South Australians will be able to visit the Science Awards website and vote for their preferred nominee for the People’s Choice Award. Finalists and winners will be announced on 13 of August. Congratulations John!

Financial Markets Foundation for Children grant secured

Professor Shudong Wang, group leader in the Sansom’s Centre for Drug Discovery and Development has recently been awarded a grant from the Financial Market Foundation for Children. The project will focus on Medulloblastoma, the most common malignant brain tumour affecting children, with poor survival and significant long-term side effects from current therapies. CDK6 is a highly activated enzyme in many patients with medulloblastoma and associated with poor prognosis. The groups search for a drug to cure medulloblastoma has identified a novel series of CDK6 inhibitors and they will develop drug candidates as new treatments for childhood medulloblastoma.

Art of deception needed to prove dry needling works

PhD Candidate Felicity Braithwaite recently appeared in the UniSA news in relation to her work which is focusing on developing a control to determine if dry needling is effective. You can read the full story here.


June 2015

Maurice de Rohan International Scholarship for Division of Health Sciences PhD student

The prestigious Maurice de Rohan International scholarship has been awarded this year to Ivana Stankov from the Spatial Epidemiology and Evaluation research group under the supervision of Associate Prof Margaret Cargo, Prof Mark Daniel, Dr Natasha Howard and Dr Ross Hammond (Brookings Institution, Washington, DC). Ivana will travel to the US in July to spend time with Dr Hammond at the Brookings Institution before undertaking a 10-week placement with Assoc Prof Pamela Matson at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. Ivana’s PhD project is an investigation of the influence of built environments on cardiometabolic disease.

Nutrition could be the key to preventing dementia

Professor Elina Hyppönen from the Sansom’s Nutritional and Genetic Epidemiology group has been awarded a Mason Foundation grant to investigate ‘Nutritional factors and cognitive function: examining evidence for a causal association’. The project will specifically address the relationships between obesity, low vitamin D status and coffee consumption and cognitive function with the aim to inform non-invasive ways to prevent dementia, see story here

Research collaboration with ASICS

The School of Health Sciences and ASICS have furthered their long-running research collaboration with a jointly funded project, including funding for a research fellow (Chris Bishop) and the creation of an ASICS-UniSA gait laboratory. The overall aim of this project is to develop and translate the results in the lab into product design to develop the next-generation of footwear, which will lead to improved performance whilst reducing injury rates. 

Researchers pen articles for The Conversation

A number of researchers from the Sansom Institute have been contributing stories to The Conversation this month which have included Professor Tim Olds from ARENA, Professor Lorimer Moseley from the Body and Mind group and Dr Janet Sluggett from the Quality Use of Medicines and Pharmacy Research Centre. You can read the articles here:

Scientists discover protective molecule against Alzheimer’s

Professor Xin-Fu Zhou from the Neuroscience group has had work recently published to demonstrate that p75ECD is a physiologically neuroprotective molecule against Aβ toxicity and would be a novel therapeutic target and biomarker for Alzheimer’s Disease. You can read the full article here


May 2015

Explainer: how does Keytruda treat melanoma and why is it so costly?

Professor Ian Olver, Director: Sansom Institute for Health Research, recently penned an article for The Conversation that can be read here about the latest drug in the treatment of melanoma.

UniSA secures $1m grant to transform prostate cancer diagnosis

Professor Doug Brooks, Head of the Mechanisms in Cell Biology and Diseases group has recently been awarded a grant from the NHMRC to examine prostate cancer cell biology to find more specific biomarkers. You can read the full story in the UniSA News here.

Anthropometry research to help build Navy of the future

Dr Grant Tomkinson from the ARENA group has secured funding to measure the body dimensions and proportions of Navy personnel to assist in customising the internal spaces in submarines and ships. Read the full story here.

Researcher appointed to the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences

Professor Michael Roberts was recently inducted as Fellow of the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences in recognition of his distinguished professional achievement to the field of health and medical sciences. Further information can be found here. Congratulations on this prestigious appointment.


April 2015

Neck pain can be changed through altered visual feedback

According to research headed by Professor Lorimer Moseley and published in Psychological Science how far the neck is turned can actually change pain experiences in individuals who suffer from chronic neck pain. The full article can be read here.

PhD Candidate Joel Fuller receives the prestigious Fulbright Scholarship

Joel Fuller, PhD candidate from the ARENA group has recently been awarded a Fulbright Scholarship, making him the Division of Health Sciences’ third Fulbright Scholar. Congratulations Joel! The full story can be read here.

Can Mediterranean food boost mental health?

Research led by Dr Natalie Parletta from the Public Health group, suggests it can and coverage of these research findings went global with media reports from countries including the US, UK,  Pakistan, New Zealand, Italy, Indonesia and China.


March 2015

Insight SBS

Ouch! How much pain can you handle?

Why can some people endure intense pain, while others can't? Professor Lorimer Moseley appears on SBS program ‘Insight’ to explain.

Health Check: how to get kids to eat healthy food

Dr Natalie Parletta from the Public Health research group recently penned an article for The Conversation that can be read here which addresses ways to influence eating behaviours.

Heavy Burden of Food Waste

Dr Evangeline Mantzioris appeared in The Adelaide Review in the lead up to participating in a WOMADelaide Planet Talks workshop (How Sustainable is Your Diet?).


February 2015

Dr Janet Sluggett awarded Endeavour Fellowship

Dr Janet Sluggett from the Quality Use of Medicines and Pharmacy Research Centre has recently received an Endeavour Fellowship to travel  to San Diego in May at Kaiser Permanente National Implant Registries. Janet plans to use electronic health records for patients enrolled in the cardiac device and joint replacement registries to examine use of cardiovascular medicines and health outcomes for patients with a cardiac device that later undergo further cardiac surgery or joint replacement surgery. Read the full story here.

Does my BMI look big in this? And does it really matter?

Professor Tim Olds from the ARENA group recently penned an article for The Conversation in relation to BMI and measuring fatness. You can read the full article here.

Division of Health Sciences PhD student receives NHMRC Scholarship

New PhD student, Ms Liping Wang has recently been awarded the prestigious NHMRC Dora Lush Postgraduate Scholarship to commence her PhD in February this year in Bone Growth and Repair Research Group led by Professor Cory Xian. Liping’s work will focus on both experimental and computational studies on the biomechanical behaviour of osteocytes. Congratulations Liping!

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