Health Horizons - Issue 9

Health Horizons: Research Strengths

The Sansom Institute for Health Research covers a broad sweep of researchers in six major areas. They are: Cancer, Population Health, Healthy Lifestyles, Pharmaceuticals, Neuroscience and Mental Health, and Aboriginal Health. There are over 30 different groups working across these areas of strength but what brings them together is to put people at the centre of the research effort and ensure that the research translates into direct benefits to their health.

This newsletter illustrates the point with stories around five of our researchers, together with a video illustrating the Aboriginal Health research strength.

When the world is threatened by viruses such as the Zika virus what is needed is a platform on which vaccines to protect us against Zika are built. That is the focus of John Hayball’s research. Moreover, the platform can be adapted to produce vaccines to alleviate allergy and even to help treat cancer.

Similarly, wouldn’t you prefer to swallow medication than have it by injections? Well, experts in particle and biomaterial science, like Clive Prestidge, can use his knowledge to change the delivery of drugs to enable them to be taken by mouth.

Nicholas Procter’s work is focussed on making life better for people with mental illness and those who care for them.

We all know that exercise is good for us and we spend too much time sitting at our computers but Carol Maher has used an App linked to Facebook friends to successfully increase the amount of exercise that people do.

The research of epidemiologists deals with whole populations of people rather than individuals but can be used to solve difficult problems Liz Buckley is studying population data to find whether treatments are equitably available to all or whether some groups are missing out.

Her work also illustrates the benefit of having researchers in different fields connected to each other by an Institute. Our Aboriginal Health researchers can look at problems facing their communities through both an individual and population lens.

We invite you to read the some of our stories of research directed at solving real world problems.

‘Paperless’ research ready to reap big dividends

‘Paperless’ research ready to reap big dividends

Given the old research maxim that you need to publish or perish, John Hayball should be on his last legs rather than on the cusp of something pretty exciting...

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Time for exercise? Like!

It may seem counter-intuitive, but using social media can actually help make you more active ...

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Time for exercise? Like!
Partnerships for Mental Health

Partners help build a mental health research capability

When the world’s oldest publishing house decided it wanted to produce the first mental health nursing title in its 500-year history, it rang UniSA. Quite literally...

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Improving drug delivery by asking the right questions

Clive Prestidge has made so many changes and travelled so many kilometres during his career that a simple move down North Terrace to UniSA’s new Health Innovation Building will be as easy as it is exciting...

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Drug Delivery
Population Health

Service delivery the key to population health

Since completing her PhD, Dr Liz Buckley has “moved to the other end of the cancer control spectrum”, where she finds life equally challenging but very satisfying...


Aboriginal Health Research at UniSA

Professor Alex Brown and Associate Professor Alwin Chong are partnering with Aboriginal stakeholders and community groups, to address issues such as high rates of chronic disease and their causes, and the over-representation of indigenous children in care....

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