Talking Papers

UniSA's Talking Papers series celebrates research achievements across the University.

These short and fascinating videos feature leading UniSA researchers, discussing their research and how it positively impacts communities and end-users. These featured papers have either been published in high impact journals, or received a high number of citations in a short period of time. Most importantly, the world-class research contained within them is translating into valuable outcomes for society.

Take a look at some of our exciting research which is providing societal and economic benefits both locally and globally.

  • Podcast: China's response to a national land-system sustainability emergency

    Professor Jeff Connor and a team of researchers reviewed 16 sustainability programmes, which invested US$378.5 billion (in 2015 US$), covered 623.9 million hectares of land and involved over 500 million people, mostly since 1998.
    Article: China’s response to a national landsystem sustainability emergency;
    Authors: Brett A. Bryan, Lei Gao, Yanqiong Ye, Xiufeng Sun, Jeffery D. Connor, Neville D. Crossman, Mark Stafford-Smith, Jianguo Wu, Chunyang He, Deyong Yu, Zhifeng Liu, Ang Li, Qingxu Huang, Hai Ren, Xiangzheng Deng, Hua Zheng, Jianming Niu, Guodong Han & Xiangyang Hou
    Published in: Nature July 2018

  • Dr. Cameron BrackenMore effective and safer cancer therapy

    Dr Cameron Bracken Dr Cameron Bracken and his team explored the process of Epithelial-Mesenchymal Transition (EMT) that can be turned on inappropriately in cancer to enhance the invasiveness and chemo-resistance of cancer cells.
    Article: Combinatorial Targeting by MicroRNAs Co-ordinates Post-transcriptional Control of EMT;
    Authors: Joseph Cursons, Katherine A. Pillman, Kaitlin G. Scheer, Philip A. Gregory, Momeneh Foroutan, Soroor Hediyeh-Zadeh, John Toubia, Edmund J. Crampin, Gregory J. Goodall, Cameron P. Bracken, Melissa J. Davis;
    Published in: Cell Systems, July 2018

  • Dr. Tasha StantonSounds could relieve back stiffness

    Dr Tasha Stanton's research found, how stiff your back feels does not necessarily relate at all to how stiff your back actually is, but relates to how protective we are of our backs.
    Article: Feeling stiffness in the back: a protective perceptual inference in chronic back pain;
    Authors: Tasha R. Stanton, G. Lorimer Moseley, Arnold Y. L. Wong & Gregory N. Kawchuk;
    Published in: Scientific Reports 2017

  • Professor Doug BrooksA novel approach to treating viruses

    Professor Doug Brooks and his team have identified a protein called NOX2 oxidase, which is responsible for making reactive oxygen species within cells and this is activated by viruses, including influenza and the rhinovirus, also known as the common cold.
    Article: Endosomal NOX2 oxidase exacerbates virus pathogenicity and is a target for antiviral therapy;
    Authors: Eunice E. To, Ross Vlahos, Raymond Luong, Michelle L. Halls, Patrick C. Reading, Paul T. King, Christopher Chan, Grant R. Drummond, Christopher G. Sobey, Brad R. S. Broughton, Malcolm R. Starkey, Renee van der Sluis, Sharon R. Lewin, Steven Bozinovski, Luke A. J. O’Neill, Tim Quach, Christopher J. H. Porter, Doug A. Brooks, John J. O’Leary and Stavros Selemidis;
    Published in: Nature Communications 2017

  • Dr. George ChenSuper fast humidity sensors using coated glass microfibers

    Dr George Chen explains how he and his team have combined the qualities of optical microfiber technology and polyelectrolyte multilayer coatings to achieve super fast sensors for humidity control in meteorology, agriculture, smart buildings that regulate its ambient conditions, food storage, medical diagnostics and manufacturing.
    Article: Ultra-fast hygrometer based on U-shaped optical microfiber with nanoporous polyelectrolyte coating;
    Authors: George Y. Chen, Xuan Wu, Yvonne Qiongyue Kang, Li Yu, Tanya M. Monro, David G. Lancaster, Xiaokong Liu & Haolan Xu;
    Published in: Scientific Reports 2017

  • Dr. Vijay SuppiahThe role of zinc in the treatment of hepatitis C

    Dr Vijay Suppiah explains the role of a patient's genetic makeup in determining treatment response in chronic hepatitis C infections.
    Article: Zinc is a potent and specific inhibitor of IFN-13 signalling;
    Authors: Scott A. Read, Kate S. O’Connor, Vijay Suppiah, Chantelle L. E. Ahlenstiel, Stephanie Obeid, Kristina M. Cook, Anthony Cunningham, Mark W. Douglas, Philip J.Hogg, David Booth, Jacob George & Golo Ahlenstiel;
    Published in: Nature Communications 2017

  • Professor Ajayan VinuPorous nanomaterials - a new generation of clean fuels

    Professor Ajayan Vinu explains how clean energy can be generated simply with the help of water and sun light.
    Published in
    : Angewandte Chemie International Edition, April 2017

  • Professor Ina Bornkessel-Schlesewsky How the brain processes language

    Professor Ina Bornkessel-Schlesewsky provides the first demonstration that, in natural stories, predictions concerning the probability of remention of a protagonist at a later point are processed in the dorsal auditory stream.
    Authors: Katerina Danae Kandylaki, Arne Nagels, Sarah Tune, Tilo Kircher, Richard Wiese, Matthias Schlesewsky, and Ina Bornkessel-Schlesewsky
    Published in: The Journal of Neuroscience, November 30, 2016

  • Dr Siobhan BanksBetter sleep for shift workers

    Dr Siobhan Banks investigates effectiveness of a ‘split sleep schedule’ for shift workers.
    Published in: Chronobiology International, 2014

  • Professor Adrian EstermanAtrial fibrillation patients kept out of hospital

    Prof Adrian Esterman explains a patient management system for atrial fibrillation which kept patients out of hospital and was cost effective for the health system.
    Published in: Lancet, 2014

  • Associate Professor Drew EvansSemi-metallic polymers

    Associate Professor Drew Evans discusses how important polymers are to everyday lives and how recent research shows how some polymers can conduct electricity.
    Published in: Nature, 2013

  • Professor Timothy OldsSleep duration or bedtime?

    Professor Timothy Olds examines how changes in children's sleep affect their overall health and wellbeing, in that it's not just lack of sleep that affects them but also what time they go to sleep.
    Published in: International Journal of Obesity, 2013

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