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December 2018

NHMRC Success: Funding announcement made

Researchers from the Division and from the Centre for Cancer Biology have been awarded NHMRC Project Grant funding totalling $11.95 million plus an NHMRC/NAFOSTED Joint Call for Collaborative Research project. Read the UniSA story here.

  • Prof Sharad Kumar: Deciphering the mechanisms of caspase 2 mediated suppression of aneuploidy and tumourigenesis
  • Prof Elina Hypponen: Identifying pathways to dementia: a large-scale genetic study
  • Assoc Prof Nicole Pratt: Large scale evidence generation for the utilisation and safety of biologic medicines
  • Prof Sharad Kumar: Ubiquitination-regulated sodium homeostasis in kidney disease
  • Assoc Prof Natasha Stanton: Targeting unhelpful pain beliefs to promote physical activity in people with knee osteoarthritis: a multicentre, randomised controlled trial with cost-effectiveness analysis
  • Prof Stuart Pitson: A new therapeutic target for proteasome inhibitor resistant multiple myeloma
  • Assoc Prof Carol Maher: Annual rhythms in weight gain, activity and diet compositions in parents – identifying opportunities to prevent cycles of weight gain
  • Dr Christopher Hahn: Germline mutations in familial haematopoietic malignancies identifies new pan-cancer predisposition genes and may alter clinical decision making, including for known cancer genes
  • Dr Philip Gregory: Characterising an RNA splicing pathway driving prostate cancer metastasis and therapy resistance
  • Professor Claudine Bonder: Desmoglein-2; an unsuspected regulator of melanoma
  • Assoc. Prof Paul Anderson: Therapeutic Targeting of Vitamin D Catabolism in Chronic Kidney Disease
  • Prof Alex Brown: Intervening on social and health services practice to address social determinants of Aboriginal social and emotional wellbeing: The Northern Pathways Project
  • Dr Tuan Nguyen: Strengthening responses to dementia: Building an evidence platform for the development of a Vietnam National Dementia Plan (NHMRC-NAFOSTED).

The national outcomes are now available from the NHMRC website here.

Appointment to the 2019 ARC College of Experts

Professor Eva Bezak has been offered an appointment to the 2019 ARC College of Experts (College).  The College is made up of experts of international standing, drawn from all corners of the Australian research community, including from higher education institutions, industry and public sector research organisations.
College of Experts members are engaged by the ARC for appointments of one to three years, during which time they play a key role in identifying research excellence, moderating external assessments, and make funding recommendations under the ARC’s National Competitive Grants Program.

Outcomes of the 2018 Research Theme Investment Scheme (RTIS)

Seed Funding is designed to support the formation or development of research that spans across traditional disciplinary boundaries, and that builds collaborative partnerships. This year 13 of the 29 successfully funded projects were from the Division of Health Sciences (in total 95 application across the University were made; 35 of these were from the Division of HSC).

The full listing of the successful Development Scheme and Seed Funding projects are available on the RIS website here.  

November 2018

Research Day Award Success

The University hosted an inaugural University-wide Research Day on Monday 22 October 2018. We achieved several successful outcomes for the Division as folllows:

  • Research Excellence category - Early Career Award joint winners: Dr Brenton Hordacre (HLS) and Dr Stephanie Reuter-Lange (PMB)
  • Pathway to Impact category - Commercialisation Award winner: Professor Stuart Pitson (PMB/CCB)
  • Best RTIS Application winner: Professor Clive Prestidge (PMB), Dr Nicky Thomas (PMB), Professor Allison Cowin (FII), Dr Zlatko Kopecki (FII) and Dr David Ogunniyi (FII) for 'Re-sensitising Resistant Bacteria Against Antibiotics: Giving New Power to Failing Medicines'.

Our HDR candidates were also successful:

  • Training and Support category - Best Transformed PhD Student of the Year winner: Tahnee Dening (PMB)
  • Ian Davey Research Thesis Prize winner: Dr Jessica Wojciechowski (PMB).

Research Australia Health and Medical Research Awards 2018 - Nominees announced

Congratulations goes to Professor Bill Runciman (HLS) who has been successful in making it to the final two nominees of the Health Services Research Award Category.   This Award is for an individual who has provided leadership and made an outstanding contribution to health services research, has driven research that has led to a significant improvement in healthcare and/or has championed the development of the health services research field. 

Bill’s nomination was successful due to his extensive work in developing patient safety and standards for the discipline of Anaesthesia; we wish Bill the best of luck in the November awards in Sydney!

SAHMRI Annual Scientific Meeting Research Showcase - Pitch Perfect Award

Associate Professor Kristin Carson-Chahhoud (HLS) was recently awarded the Pitch Perfect Award at the Annual Scientific Meeting which took place on 25-26 October. The Research showcase took place on day 2 of the meeting. Congratulations Kristin on winning the much anticipated'Pitch Perfect' award.

October 2018

CSL Florey Next Generation Nominees

Following a University-wide selection process, both CSL Florey Next Generation nominees were selected from our Division. The 2018 CSL Florey Next Generation Award will shortly be conferred to a PhD candidate who has demonstrated outstanding capability, creativity and potential in the biomedical sciences and/or health and medical research.
Our good wishes go to Alexandra Wade (PhD candidate in HLS) and Hayley Schultz (PhD candidate in PMB) who submitted applications and a short (90 second) video that answered the question “What research challenge do I intend to solve during the course of my career”.  Alex took a creative approach and her video can be viewed here, whilst Hayley chose a more conventional approach which can be viewed here, both are exceptional nominees!

Beat Cancer Travel Grant Success

Congratulations goes to Naranie Shanmuganathan, (PMB PhD candidate) for her success in the Beat Cancer Project Travel Grant. The Beat Cancer Project is a South Australian state-wide initiative intended to support and advance cancer research within the state. It is funded by Cancer Council SA and the SA Government (through SA Health) and administered by the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI).  Naranie received $2500 in the conference attendance and travel subcategory, which she will use towards attendance at the America Society of Haematology conference. 

Success at the Controlled Release Asia (CRA) Meeting

A large delegation from PMB attended the Controlled Release Asia (CRA) meeting in Singapore in September. Two PMB students Santhni Subramaniam (Honours) and Chelsea Thorne (PhD) were selected from a pool of 130 students and gave very impressive presentations; resulting in 1st and 3rd place respectively.  Congratulations on your terrific achievements; you can see Santhi’s particularly wide smile in receiving the 1st prize of registration for a future meeting in Valencia, Spain.


      Santhni Subramaniam                         Chelsea Thorne

UniSA Ranks as Australia's top university for income derived from Industry Partnerships

Congratulations to the enterprising spirit of UniSA’s dedicated and talented Health Science researchers and the team of people which support these partnerships to fruition. Their combined hard work has recently been reflected in the Times Higher Education 2018 rankings.
The University of South Australia is now Australia’s top university for income derived from industry partnerships, according to the 2018 -2019 University World Rankings, highlighting its commitment to solutions-focused research. Members of the Division of Health Sciences play a key role in this partnering capability with industry to do just that; we work with partners here in Australia and worldwide to support everything from the development of more reliable and affordable vaccines for critical diseases, or safer, more accurate cancer detection, to better military vehicle design for our partners in the Defence sector.

September 2018

International Pharmaceutical Federation Award

Emeritus Professor Lloyd Sansom was awarded the André Bédat Award at the FIP World Congress of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences 2018 in Glasgow. The Award is FIP’s highest pharmaceutical practice award and is awarded every two years.

NHMRC Early Career Fellowship success

Our Division received 4 Early Career Fellowships with a total value of $1.4 million; Dorothea Dumuid to work on Optimisation of compositional data to inform lifestyle behaviour interventions; Jaqueline Bowden for Investigating ways to reduce parental supply of alcohol to teenagers in Australia; Renly Lim to work for Misdiagnosed as ageing: medicine-induced deterioration in older people; and, Liping Wang for Development of an innovative 3D bio-printing platform for auricular reconstruction.

The UniSA success rate was 33.3% compared to the national success rate of 24.3%

NHMRC Research Fellowships outcomes

Professor Stuart Pitson (CCB) was successful, to work on Targeting sphingolipid metabolism in disease and Professor Lorimer Moseley received a 6th year fellowship extension to continue his work on Reducing the prevalence and impact of persistent pain.

Brain Foundation Prize

Many congratulations go to Dr Brenton Hordacre who recently won the 2018 Elizabeth Penfold Simpson Prize. The award was based on being the author of the best piece of original research in any of the neurosciences published in the last two years.

August 2018

Early Career Pharmacist Award

Congratulations to Dr Jacinta Johnson from the School of Pharmacy and Medical Sciences who was awarded the 2018 Pharmaceutical Society of Australia Early Career Pharmacist of the Year. The award nomination singled Dr Johnson out for her extensive support and mentoring of students, her volunteer work within the industry and her research. Read the UniSA story here

Sonography Fellowships

Dr Jessie Childs, Dr Nayana Parange and Sandy Marannawere awarded the inaugural Fellowships of the Australasian Sonographers Association recognising their outstanding individual contributions to the advancement of sonography profession in Australasia.

Workforce model to deliver community mental health care

Professor Leonie Segal from the Centre for Population Health Research and collaborators have published an article in The Lancet A needs-based workforce model to deliver tertiary-level community mental health care for distressed infants, children, and adolescents in South Australia: a mixed-methods study. Read the article here.

Sonographer of the Year

Congratulations to Kate Lamb who wasawarded the prestigious Australasian Sonographers Association Sonographer of the Year: South Australia.

Twelfth Year of Continuous Funding from SA Health

Professor Nicholas Procter, Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Research Group, School of Nursing and Midwifery has received an additional $459,000 funding from SA Health. The additional funding will be used to further develop trauma informed practice and suicide prevention research.

World-first study published

PhD candidate Sharayah Carter recently published in JAMA with a world-first study which found that diabetes sufferers can achieve weight loss and maintain blood glucose levels, by following the 5:2 diet.

3MT Division Final Results

Tahnee Dening  

PhD candidate Tahnee Dening (PMB) won the Division of Health Sciences 3MT final with a talk on Our great big “dirty” problem.

 Runner up was awarded to Nina Wilson (PMB) with a talk on Fishy Fats are Friends in Pregnancy.

Both Sarah Edney (HLS) & Ludivine Delon (PMB) received Highly Commended awards whilst People’s choice winner went to Tahnee with 47% of the vote.

Both Tahnee and Nina are representing the Division of Health Sciences at the University 3MT Finals on 23rd August, you can register here

  Nina Wilson

Best Poster Award in ECR/PhD Student Category

Emily Blackmann 2  

Second year PhD Candidate Emily Blackman recently won best poster (ECR/PhD Student Category) at the Suicide Prevention Australia National Conference. Emily is a member of the Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Research group located in the School of Nursing and Midwifery.

The Conversation

Professor Tim Olds from ARENA has published an article Weighing kids at school has more pros than cons but the reasons may surprise you.

July 2018

Department of Health Pharmacy trial Program

Professor Libby Roughead from the Quality Use of Medicines and Pharmacy Research Centre is leading the ReMInDAR (Reducing Medicine Induced Deterioration and Adverse Reactions Trial) program, a near $3m program from 2018-2020. The program was announced by The Hon Greg Hunt MP, Minister for Health at the recent Australian Pharmacy Professional Conference. The team at QUMPRC (Nicole Pratt, Lisa Kalisch and Renly Lim) are chief investigators on the trial, and will be collaborating with Professor Debra Rowett, Associate Professor Gaynor Parfitt, Professor Tim Olds, University of Tasmania and Helping Hand. Funded by the Department of Health Pharmacy trial Program Tranche 2, the study is for aged care residents who are at risk of deterioration from prolonged use of certain medicines.

NHMRC Research Excellence Award 

Professor Shudong Wang from the Centre for Drug Discovery and Development was recognised with the Top Ranked Development Grant award at the NHMRC Research Excellence Awards. Shudong’s Development Grant is titled Development of highly selective CDK4/6 inhibitors for treating cancer. See the full list of winners here.

Australian Government Innovation Manufacturing CRC

Associate Professor Paul Andersonfrom the Musculoskeletal Biology research laboratory is an investigator on a $6m Australian Government Innovation Manufacturing CRC grant, led by Prof. Krasimir Vasilev (School of Engineering, UniSA). The grant titled An antimicrobial nanosurface for orthopaedic implants is over 4 years. 

Cancer Council NSW Pathways to a Cancer-Free Future

Dr Stephanie Reuter Lange is an investigator on a grant titled Pathway of Research to Evaluation of Dose-Individualised Cancer Therapy: Development of a national individualised cancer dosing program to both generate evidence and implement existing evidence on algorithms for dosing targeted and non-targeted chemotherapy funded by the Cancer Council NSW Pathways to a Cancer-Free Future. The grant is led by Professor Jennifer Martin (University of Newcastle).

The Hospital Research Foundation fellowship success

Dr Nicky Thomas has been successful in The Hospital Research Foundation 2018 Grant Round Mid-Career Fellowships. His fellowship is titled A Trojan Horse strategy for antimicrobial biologicals.

Research Degree Excellence Grants

PhD candidates Hayley Schultz and Sharayah Carter have been awarded UniSA Research Degree Excellence Grants. Hayley is in the third year of her PhD, supervised by Professor Clive Prestidge, and her research focus is on developing innovative lipid-based formulations for improving the oral delivery of poorly water soluble drugs, including those for prostate cancer. Sharayah, also in her third year, is supervised by Associate Professor Jennifer Keogh, and her research is focused on the comparison of intermittent energy restriction versus continuous energy restriction in type 2 diabetes. 

The Conversation Articles

June 2018

Lifetime Achievement Award: Lung Foundation


Professor Alan Crockett from ARENA was recognised and honoured with a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Lung Foundation for his contribution to the management of chronic lung disease, through his leadership of the Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) co-ordinating committee, COPD-X guideline writing committee, COPD checklist development and the development of a General Practice (GP) Toolkit.

2018 Global Voices Scholar

Hayley Leake, first year PhD candidate in Body in Mind was recently awarded the Global Voices Scholarship which sends a UniSA student to Geneva, Switzerland to attend the World Health Assembly (WHA). The WHA acts as a formal decision-making body for the World Health Organisation and Scholars will deepen their knowledge of public health policy, disease and development.

BUPA Health Research Grants

Four PhD students from our Division have been selected to receive UniSA’s BUPA Health Research Grants which may be used to cover PhD research-related travel. Congratulations to Verity Booth (HLS), Sandra Lucas (HLS), Mitchell Lock (PMB) and Imogen Ramsay (NRC) on this achievement, which was awarded on the basis of academic achievement, a written statement and performance at a selection panel interview.

Article in The Conversation

In case you missed it in The Conversation; My cancer is in remission - does it mean I'm cured? Read Professor Ian Olver’s, UniSACRI Director, article here.

 Feeling Human exhibit in MOD.

Professor Lorimer Moseley and Dr Tasha Stanton from Body in Mind  have collaborated with the Museum of Discovery (MOD.) to develop the Feeling human exhibit, an immersive, multi-sensory exhibit that invites you to consider – and experience first hand – how the body and mind work together to make us feel pain. MOD. was launched this month on the ground floor of the UniSACRI building.

May 2018

Digital Health CRC 

Professor Libby Roughead from the Quality Use of Medicines and Pharmacy Research Centre is leading one of the themes of the Digital Health Cooperative Research Centre, a new $200 million cooperative research centre to improve the health of Australians using digital technology. The Digital Health CRC engages a unique, multi-disciplinary collaboration of research, clinical, industry, government and educational organisations to focus research and development on combining these expertise with data, information and telecommunication technologies. Sixteen Australian universities are involved in the seven-year project, along with 40 commercial and government organisations in the health, care and disability sectors and a range of technology start-up companies. You can read the full story here, and read more about the new CRC on its website.

Nature Publication

Professor John Hayball and his team in the Experimental Therapeutics laboratory have had their research on infectious diseases spread by mosquitoes published in Nature Communications, as highlighted in the UniSA News, plus the group also received coverage in The Advertiser at the end of March.

International Travel Grants

Congratulations to Sarah Edney from the School of Health Sciences and Tesfahun Eshetie from the School of Pharmacy and Medical Sciences for being awarded Research Degree International Travel Grants.

Channel 9 Young Achiever Awards

Congratulations to PhD Candidate Tahnee Dening from the School of Pharmacy and Medical Sciences who was a finalist in the Channel 9 Young Achievers Awards in the First National Real Estate Innovation Awards. The winners will be amended on the 11th of May and we wish Tahnee the best of luck!

Prestigious award for CCB professor’s genome research 

Congratulations to Professor Greg Goodall from the Centre for Cancer Biology on being awarded the Julian Wells Medal at the 2018 Lorne Genome Conference. The annual award is given to a scientist who has made an outstanding contribution to the understanding of the organisation and expression of the genome, has made a major contribution to the development of this field of research in Australia.

How does your fitness compare with an elite athlete?

The Exercise Science Toolkit developed by Professor Kevin Norton from the School of Health Sciences, Dr Lynda Norton from Flinders University and UniSA PhD students received coverage on Nine News Adelaide and also featured in the UniSA news. You can ready the story and watch the coverage here.

Recognition for volunteer work to improve health of mums-to-be

Associate Professor Nayana Parange has received a 2017 Governor’s Multicultural Award for volunteer work in developing ultrasound services, as well as upskilling health professionals in rural, remote and Indigenous communities. The annual awards celebrate South Australians who promote multiculturalism and increase understanding of the benefits of cultural diversity in the community. You can read the full story here.

The Repat Foundation – The Road Home Scholarship

PhD Candidate Holly Bowen from the International Centre for Allied Health Evidence has been awarded a PhD Scholarship by The Repat Foundation – The Road Home to investigate if art therapy could be an effective treatment for PTSD. You can read more about Holly’s project and the wider work UniSA is involved in with the Invictus Pathway Program here.

April 2018

International Nut & Dried Fruit Council research grant recipient

Professor Jon Buckley from ARENA has been awarded an INC grant, An almond, dried grape and dried cranberry (AGC) mix for improving endurance exercise performance in athletes (clinical study). This project was 1 of only 2 research projects funded worldwide. INC is the international organization of reference regarding health, nutrition, statistics, food safety, and international standards and regulations relating to nuts and dried fruit, bringing together nearly 700 nut and dried fruit companies from over 70 countries.

Australian vaccine innovation set to strike out Zika and Chikungunya in one go

Professor John Hayball and members of the Experimental Therapeutics group together with Sementis Limited and QIMR’s Berghofer Medical Research Institute have developed new technology set to deliver vaccines for many diseases and conditions, more cheaply and efficiently. This research was published today in Nature Communications and you can read the full press release here.

Silence around stillbirth a major issue for bereaved parents

PhD Candidate Danielle Pollock from the School of Nursing and Midwifery has had her doctoral research highlighted recently in relation to the silent treatment and stigma surrounding stillbirth. You can ready more about Danielle and her research here.

Sparking a revolution in pain care in regional NSW

Prof Lorimer Moseley and Dr Tasha Stanton from Body in Mind will be implementing a new strategy called ‘Pain Revolution’ that applies cutting edge educational approaches to help prevent the onset of chronic pain and help to treat it. Read the full story here.

UniSA lecturer receives early career pharmacist award

Congratulations to Dr Jacinta Johnson from the School of Pharmacy and Medical Sciences for being awarded the 2018 SA/NT Early Career Pharmacist Development Award. Jacinta’s recent award was highlighted in the UniSA News here.

Young and old join forces to beat dementia

Dr Ashleigh Smith from ARENA has had her dementia research program ‘Forget-me-not’ which is designed to improve the awareness and understanding of dementia in a South Australian community highlighted recently. You can read the full story here.

March 2018

Medical Research Future Fund success

Dr Rietie Venter

Dr Rietie Venter from the Sansom’s Microbiology research group has been awarded $1.1 million from the MRFF for a project to measure the spread of resistant bacteria, including in wastewater, from three residential aged care facilities. This research will inform antimicrobial resistance risk assessments and guide future policy controls to curb the spread of antimicrobial resistance to, within and from residential aged care facilities. The project was one of only 2 funded nationally and the Hon Key Wyatt AM, MP, Minister for Aged Care, Minister for Indigenous Health, made the announcement at UniSA’s Hetzel building on Friday 28 February, read the announcement here.

Cancer Council SA's Beat Cancer funding success

Sansom Institute and Centre for Cancer Biology researchers have secured a number of Beat Cancer grants and a Principal Cancer Research Fellowship:

Project Grants
·         Dr Timothy Hercus: Structure-based design of novel IL-3 variants with selective function in cancer therapy
·         Prof Richard D’Andrea: FANC gene mutations in Acute Myeloid Leukaemia biology and treatment
·         Dr Anna Brown: Biological characterisation and therapeutic options for high risk, DDX41 mutated,
          haematological malignancies

Translational Research Grant
·         Prof Ian Olver: Supporting primary care to increase participation in bowel cancer screening: a pilot study

Clinical Trial Enhancement Grant
·         Prof Ian Olver: Establishing the South Australian Cancer Trials Network

Travel Grants
·         Mr Alexander Lewis
·         Dr Dawei Liu

Principal Cancer Research Fellowship

·         Prof Hamish Scott: Germline And Somatic Genetic Variation In Cancer

This support is produced with the financial and other support of Cancer Council SA's Beat Cancer Project on behalf of its donors and the State Government of South Australia through the Department of Health, see the Cancer Council announcement here.

Thesis Prize


Dr Jessica Wojciechowski has been awarded the Ian Davey Research Thesis Prize for 2018. This prestigious prize is awarded annually to the most outstanding PhD research thesis at UniSA. Jess’ thesis was titled “Investigating Pharmacometric Approaches to Individualised Medicine in Autoimmune Diseases”. During her candidature Jess produced an outstanding body of work investigating how computer modelling could be used to track the progress of, and optimally treat, autoimmune diseases like rheumatoid arthritis and inflammatory bowel disease.  Importantly, she also developed methods using easy to use web applications for presenting modelling results to doctors so that they could be used in real time when and where they are needed.  This approach has had a huge impact and has set up Jess as leader in the field with considerable interest from pharmaceutical companies looking for smart ways of developing and using drugs."

Entrepreneurship Award

Emeritus Professor Richard Head was a member of the team behind the Colvera blood test for bowel cancer which has been awarded the CSIRO Entrepreneurship Award. Colvera can indicate early molecular changes associated with cancer development which could lead to a reduction in the number of deaths from the disease. Working with partners Clinical Genomics, Colvera has just been released in the US and will hopefully be available in Australia as early as next year.

Channel Seven Children’s Research Foundation funding

Sansom Institute and Centre for Cancer Biology researchers have been awarded funding through the Channel Seven Children’s Research Foundation for 2018:

  • Professor Richard D’Andrea: Implication of BRCA1/2 germline variants for childhood AML biology and treatment
  • Dr Shelley Wright: A pilot play-based intervention to improve the social play skills and pragmatic language skills of children who have experienced trauma
  • Professor Xin-Fu Zhou: Characterization of beta cell-like cells converted from human urine stem cells
  • Dr Liping Wang: Developing a 3D navigation model for improving precision and success rates for treating developmental dysplasia of the hip in children

ARC Linkage success

Professor Julie Ratcliffe, jointly appointed through the Sansom Institute and Institute for Choice, has been awarded an ARC Linkage grant, A new quality of life instrument with older people for economic evaluation. The partner organisations are ECH Inc, Uniting (NSW.ACT), Uniting Agewell Victoria; Helping Hand Aged Care Inc, and Presbyterian Aged Care.

February 2018

NHMRC success for Sansom Institute and Centre for Cancer Biology researchers

Read the UniSA story here:

  • Prof Stephen Graves: Enhancing joint replacement outcomes through national data linkage
  • Dr Rietie Venter: Reversing antibiotic resistance with efflux pump inhibitors
  • Prof Timothy Olds: Life on Holidays: Fitness lost, fatness regained?
  • Assoc Prof Natasha Harvey: Understanding how GATA2 controls lymphatic vessel valve development, Defining the role of a novel transcriptional enhancer element in regulation of Prox1 expression and endothelial cell identity and Understanding the role of the atypical cadherin Fat4 in lymphatic vascular development
  • Assoc Prof Yeesim Khew-Goodall: Trafficking mechanisms governing receptor availability for signalling
  • Prof Richard D'Andrea: FANC gene mutations in Acute Myeloid Leukaemia biology and treatment
  • Assoc Prof Michael Samuel: How does ROCK ‘education’ of fibroblasts drive neoplastic progression in the breast?
  • Prof Hamish Scott: Mab immunotherapies for myeloid leukemia patients with germline or somatic RUNX1 mutations
  • Prof Stuart Pitson: Targeting sphingosine kinase 1 to sensitise acute myeloid leukaemia to BH3 mimetic therapy
  • Dr Loretta Dorstyn: Using mouse models to decipher the function of caspase-2 in limiting aneuploidy tolerance and cancer
  • Assoc Prof Simon Conn: Circular RNAs: Trojan Horses of Oncogenesis
  • Dr Quenten Schwarz: Defining the role of IGF-1 as a novel angiocrine factor in the development and treament of common craniofacial disorders and Novel roles for neural crest cells in cardiac morphogenesis

Public Health Association of Australia President’s Awards

Congratulations to PhD student Summer Finlay who has been awarded a PHAA President’s Award. These Awards recognise significant contributions to achieving important public health outcomes.

Emerging Researcher Award

PhD student Sharayah Carter has won the Nestle Emerging Researcher Award at the 10th Asia Pacific Conference on Clinical Nutrition 2017.

PhD candidate success in Commonwealth Scholarships Program for South Australia

Three PhD candidates have been recently awarded scholarships from the Commonwealth Scholarships Program for South Australia program. This program provides funds to support both the students and their research activities.

Congratulations to:

  • Katherine McBride (HLS)
  • Paul Reid (HLS) and
  • Emily Rosenich (HLS)

BUPA Health Foundation Commendation Award

Dr Kate Fennell from the Sansom’s Psychosocial oncology research group been acknowledged with a Commendation Award as part of the Bupa Health Foundation Emerging Health Researcher Award for her work that is focused on improving outcomes for rural cancer patients and survivors. Congratulations Kate!

Higher risk of chronic diseases later in life for women with breast cancer

PhD candidate Huah Shin Ng’s research from the School of Pharmacy and Medical Sciences was recently published in the Medical Journal of Australia and featured in UniSA news. You can read the full story here.

Cancer stories a lifeline for rural cancer patients and survivors

A new online resource for people living in remote areas of Australia has been designed by Dr Kate Fennell and Prof Ian Olver from the Sansom’s Psychosocial oncology research group to support rural and remote cancer patients. Further information can be found here.

December 2017

Professor Libby Roughead wins Distinguished Investigator - Life time Achievement Award

Congratulations to Prof Libby Roughead who leads the Quality Use of Medicines and Pharmacy Research Centre who has recently won the Health Services Research Association (Australian and New Zealand) Distinguished Investigator - Life time Achievement Award. These awards recognise researchers who have made a significant contribution to the field of health services and health policy research through leadership, scholarship and teaching and advancement of science and methods. Congratulations Libby!

ARC success for Sansom Institute researchers

Professor Ian Olver has been awarded an ARC Linkage grant, Linked semantic platforms for social and physical infrastructure and wellbeing led by researchers at Swinburne.Professor John Hayball has been awarded an ARC Discovery grant, Immunisation to protect against transmissible cancers in Tasmanian devils led by researchers at the University of Tasmania.

PhD Candidates and researcher receive prestigious Endeavour Fellowships

Congratulations to the following recipients of Endeavour PhD Research Fellowships to support trips overseas as part of their PhD research:

  • Huah Shin Ng, School of Pharmacy and Medical Sciences
  • Katrina Li, School of Health Sciences
  • Ana Klisuric, School of Pharmacy and Medical Sciences
  • Hayley Lewthwaite, School of Health Sciences

Congratulations also to Dr Tasha Stanton from the Body in Mind group for receiving an Endeavour Postdoctoral Research Fellowship to support her research.

Ultrasound training to save lives in regional SA 

Dr Nayana Parange has won a Hospital Research Foundation grant for the project, Healthy Newborn Project: Saving lives of mothers and babies through antenatal ultrasound in rural and remote Australia. Her work will focus on training health care workers in rural and remote Australian antenatal ultrasound skills. You can read the full story here.

New cancer biomarkers report - Australian researchers zero in on molecular fingerprint for prostate cancer

A new report produced by the Sansom Institute for Health Research titled ‘Cancer Biomarkers in Australia’ which reviewed the body of evidence for the efficacy of biomarkers and examines overseas precedents for their regulation and the Australian context has received a lot of media attention recently. It also reports on the opinions of Australian oncologists and researchers in the biomarker field who are ultimately responsible for their measurement being translated into improved patient care and outcomes. You can read the media release here.

New UniSA partnership puts patient-centred care at the heart of the QEH

An MOU between UniSA and the State Government underpins plans to increase collaboration across research and practice between the hospital and the University. In a new partnership signed recently, the University of South Australia and SA Health Central Adelaide Local Health Network, will be working together to ensure the new-look Queen Elizabeth University Hospital is at the forefront of innovative practice. The full media release can be found here.

 Horticulture Innovation Australia funding

Dr Permal Deo from Food Science and Health and Dr Rietie Venter leader of Microbiology research group are investigators on a grant Improving safety of vegetable produce through on‐farm sanitation, using Electrolysed Oxidising Water from Horticulture Innovation Australia. The project is led by Professor Enzo Lombi from the Future Industries Institute.


November 2017

Winnovation 2017

Kate Fennell Winnovation

Kate Fennell from the Sansom’s Psychosocial oncology research group has been awarded the Winnovation Regional, Rural and Remote Award for 2017. The Winnovation Awards showcases and celebrates the successes of female innovators changing the game in South Australia. Kate’s award recognises her work investigating strategies to use technology to address the health needs of rural communities, including a website filled with relevant support to motivate and encourage cancer patients to travel for their treatment; a YouTube channel creating a face to face support network instilling hope in patients as they work through their treatment; self-help programs to improve mental health and wellbeing outcomes to farmers.
Winnovation finalists included Dr Sally Plush in the Emerging Innovator category and Dr Katia Ferrar in the Social impact category.


NHMRC success for Sansom Institute and Centre for Cancer Biology Researchers

Sansom Institute researchers have been awarded Fellowships and Development Grants funding totalling $3.2 million, read the UniSA new story here:

  • Dr Kristen Carson, Early Career Fellowship:  iSNAP (interactive Smoking, Nutrition, Alcohol and Physical activity) program for youth
  • Dr Natasha Stanton, Career Development Fellowship: Improving pain and movement outcomes in symptomatic knee osteoarthritis
  • Professor Alex Brown, Research Fellowship: Understanding and Overcoming Cardiovascular and Diabetes Inequalities in Indigenous Australians
  • Professor Janna Morrison, Research Fellowship: Promoting healthy heart development for a healthy heart in adult life
  • Professor Shudong Wang, Development Grant: Development of highly selective CDK4/6 inhibitors for treating cancer

Centre for Cancer Biology researcher Dr Stephanie Conos was awarded an Early Career Fellowship: Investigating the roles of non-coding RNAs in inflammatory signalling and cancer.

And Associate Professor Susan Hillier has been awarded a NHMRC Partnership grant A network of sites and ‘up-skilled’ therapists to deliver best practice stroke rehabilitation of the upper limb led by researchers at La Trobe University.

Dr Kate Fennell Awarded a Churchill Fellowship  

Dr Kate Fennell from the Sansom Institute’s Psychosocial Oncology Research Group has recently been awarded a prestigious Churchill Fellowship. Kate was awarded the Leslie (Les) J Fleming Churchill Fellowship to investigate sustainable methods of improving the health and well-being of rural cancer survivors and will travel the USA and the Netherlands as part of her research. Congratulation Kate!

SA Health Mental Health Excellence Award

Nicholas Proctor



Congratulations toProfessor Nicholas Procter, leader of the Sansom’s Mental Health and Substance Use research group, and his research team who are the recipients of two prestigious awards as part of the SA Health Mental Health Excellence Awards. Nicholas was awarded the ‘Dr Margaret Tobin Award’ which  recognises exceptional leadership and commitment to mental health and wellbeing for his outstanding leadership in mental health and suicide prevention reform in South Australia for over 20 years. The ‘Partnering with Lived Experience Award’ was won by the Mental Health and Substance Use Research Group (Prof Nicholas Procter; Dr Mark Loughhead; Dr Monkia Ferguson; Ms Heather Eaton; Dr Amy Baker and Ms Melissa Gibson). The award recognised excellence in creating partnerships with people with lived experience in the improvement of services, programs and organisations in South Australia.

Lorimer Moseley announced as Fellow of the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences

Physiotherapist and renown pain specialist, Professor Lorimer Moseley, leader of the Sansom’s Body in Mind research group has been announced 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. Lorimer is one of three South Australians to be inducted and the only recipient from UniSA. You can read the full story here.

Lethal brain tumours prompt $1m research pledge

A $1 million research pledge to develop new drugs in the fight against lethal brain tumours will help Professor Stuart Pitson, the inaugural NRF Brain Tumour Research Chair from the Centre of Cancer Biology further his research into glioblastoma, a highly malignant and the most commonly diagnosed brain tumour in adults which kills 95 per cent of patients within five years. You can read more about this story here.

Obesity may be a factor for fractures

PhD Candidate Deepti Sharma from the School of Pharmacy and Medical Sciences has had her research highlighted which focuses on investigating how a person’s body composition influences the effect of calcium to protect against bone loss as part of World Osteoporosis Day. The full story can be found here.

The Conversation

Dr Evangeline Mantzioris from the Sansom’s Community and Public Health Nutrition research group authored a paper which focused on the pros and cons of butter and margarine, and you can read the full story here.

October 2017

Eureka Prize team member

Emeritus Professor Richard Head was a member of the Colvera team (CSIRO, Clinical Genomics Pty. Ltd and Flinders University) the winner of the 2017 Johnson and Johnson Eureka Prize for Innovation in Medical Research.

Back stiffness research

Dr Tasha Stanton from the Sansom’s Body in Mind research group has published a paper in Scientific Reports, a Nature research journal, demonstrating for the first time that feeling of back stiffness could be a protective mechanisms to avoid further injury. The full story appeared in the recent UniSA News here, read the Scientific Reports paper here.

Type 1 Diabetes treatment

Professor Xin-Fu Zhou from the Sansom’s Neuroscience research grouping has been successful with a grant from D&R Pharma Pty Ltd for a project titled Development of induced beta cells for the treatment of type I diabetes.

STEM+ Business Fellowship

Professor John Hayball and Dr Liang Liu from the Sansom’s Experimental Therapeutics Laboratory have been successful with a Science and Industry Endowment Fund STEM+ Business Fellowship titled SCV vector vaccine manufacturing optimization for 2017-18 with Dr Paul Howley from Sementis Ltd as the industry partner.

Lorimer Moseley receives fellowship from college of anaesthetists 

Professor of Clinical Neurosciences and Chair in Physiotherapy Lorimer Moseley has been awarded an Honorary Fellowship of the Faculty of Pain Medicine. You can read the full story here.

Claudine Bonder’s research receives national media coverage

Associate Professor Claudine Bonder from the Centre for Cancer Biology received recent national research coverage through The Advertiser and for her research that focuses on beating cancer by starving cancer cells to death.  

Misuse of over-the-counter painkillers costing Australia millions

Dr Jacinta Johnson from the School of Pharmacy and Medical Sciences has featured in a video that focuses on the results of her Australian-first study into the overuse of over-the-counter painkillers which has revealed the high costs of the nation’s growing dependency on codeine.

September 2017

Alex Wade

Division of Health Sciences success at UniSA 3MT Finals

Congratulations to both PhD candidates Hannah Thomas (PMB) and Alex Wade (HLS) for their recent success in the UniSA 3MT Finals. Hannah received First Prize along with the People’s Choice Award for her research which focuses on key cells in the healing process of diabetic wounds. Alex also came second for her talk that focused on her research on the link between a Mediterranean diet and a lower risk of dementia.
This is the fourth year in a row that the Division has won the UniSA finals and we are very proud of all the PhD candidates that participated in the competition this year. Hannah will now be representing UniSA at the Asia Pacific 3MT Finals held at the University of Queensland on the 29th September. You can read the full story here.


Dr Joel Fuller

Science Excellence Award

Dr Joel Fuller from the Sansom’s ARENA took out the PhD Excellence Award at the 2017 South Australian Science Excellence Awards held at the Adelaide Convention Centre on Friday 11th August.

Joel completed his PhD from 2013-16 when he received an Australian Postgraduate Award to investigate the effect of different types of running shoes on running performance, injuries, and associated physiological and biomechanical mechanisms of effect.  Hear Joel’s research story here.

Here's Health Research 2017

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

Congratulations to the following winners:

The Researcher One Team Award was awarded to Professor Nicholas Procter leader of the Sansom’s Mental Health and Substance Use group from a very strong field of nominees across the Division. This Award recognises outstanding research expertise coupled with excellence in team building and support, to ensure staff and students work as ‘one team’ across research activities. 

The Thesis of the Year was awarded to Dr Emily Flies (PMB) for not only an excellent PhD thesis and numerous publications and conference presentations related to her PhD; but her demonstrated commitment to science communication through her participation in the 3MT®, co-founding Science in the Pub and interactions with the media.  Emily is now a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Tasmania.

 Prizes were also awarded to HDR students who submitted posters as part of the annual competition. Judges shortlisted 4 finalists from a total field of 26 entries from current HDR students across the Division. Each finalist made a short presentation on the topic of their poster, before making a final decision with Gink Yang (PMB-FII) placing 1st, Tahnee Dening (PMB) placing 2nd and Gizat Kassie (PMB) and Jake Treloar (PMB) both Highly Commended. Ankitkumar Parikh (PMB) won the poster People’s Choice award.


The highlight of the evening was the 3MT® competition with Hannah Thomas (PMB-FII) winning first place and the People’s Choice Award; with runner-up Alexandra Wade (HLS) placing 2nd, Danielle Pollock (NRC) placing 3rd and Michaela Johnson (PMB) and Nashwa Masnoon (PMB) both Highly Commended. Congratulations to all students for excellent presentations and fantastic performances. Both Hannah and Alexandra will progress to the University 3MT® Final on Thursday 24 August.

HDA Women's Excellence in Research Award  

Heathy Development Adelaide Women’s Excellence in Research Award 

Congratulations to Assoc Prof Carol Maher in the Sansom’s ARENA who has won the HDA Women’s Excellence in Research Award 2017. Carol gave a guest lecture “Children’s health, activities and lifestyles around the world” when she received the award.

Stillbirth Research Award

Assoc Prof Jane Warland from the Sansom’s Mothers Babies and Families Research group was presented the 2017 Stillbirth Research Award by the Star Legacy Foundation at the recent Stillbirth Summit in Minneapolis, see the UniSA news story here.

Australasian Sonographers Association Award 

Dr Jessie Childs won three awards at the ASA International conference: Researcher of the year; Best contribution to the Sonography journal; and, Best research presentation at the conference.

Journal of Spatial Science Best Paper Award 

Dr Deborah van Gaans from the Sansom’s Centre for Population Health Research and her co-authors (Professor Graeme Hugo and Andrew Tonkin) received the Best Professional Paper Award for 2017 by the Editorial Board of the Journal of Spatial Science for the paper “The development of a spatial model of accessibility to phase 2 cardiac rehabilitation programs”. This was a posthumous award to Professor Hugo, who was one of Australia’s most distinguished demographers.

Aliso Coates - ARENA  

Nutrition Society of Australia Award 

Assoc Prof Alison Coates from the Sansom’s ARENA has won the Mid-Career Award for demonstration of excellence in nutrition research and contribution to the activities of the Nutrition Society of Australia.

The Conversation article 

Assoc Prof Paul Anderson, PhD student Deepti Sharma and Prof Howard Morris from the Sansom’s Musculoskeletal Biology research laboratory have authored an article for The Conversation Both men and women need strong bones, but their skeletons grow differently across ages.

August 2017

Brightest young researchers recognised in the state’s 2017 Tall Poppy Awards


Dr Kate Fennell and Dr Ashleigh Smith are among eight researchers in South Australia to be named Tall Poppies for 2017. The awards, presented each year by the Australian Institute for Policy and Science, celebrate the best and brightest of Australia’s young scientists, helping to promote science to a new generation via public talks and school presentations. Full story.

Nature Paper

Professor Doug Brooks leader of the Sansom’s Mechanisms in Cell Biology and Diseases research grouping co-authored a Nature paper with national and international collaborators titled Endosomal NOX2 oxidase exacerbates virus pathogenicity and is a target for antiviral therapy. Read the Nature article here and the UniSA news story here.

PhD Successes

  • Dr Victoria Madden from the Sansom’s Body in Mind research group has been awarded the 2017 Ian Davey Thesis Prize. This prestigious prize is awarded annually to the most outstanding PhD research thesis at UniSA, as judged by the selection panel comprised of Emeritus Professor Ian Davey, Professor Tanya Monro (Deputy Vice Chancellor: Research & Innovation) and Professor Pat Buckley (Dean: Graduate Studies). In awarding Tory this prize, the panel took into consideration not only the comments of her examiners, but also the outputs of her project and scientific communication outreach through the Body in Mind blog. Read the UniSA news story here.
  • Hayley Schultz, PhD student supervised by Professor Clive Prestidge from the Sansom’s Centre for Pharmaceutical Innovation and Development, is the 2017 recipient of the highly prestigious and competitive Gould Experimental Science Grant for her project entitled, Supersaturated silica lipid hybrids for the improved delivery of oral chemotherapy. The grant, valued at $5,000, will support the costs of Hayley’s experimental research data collection and analysis. Read the UniSA news story here.
  • WC Chai, PhD candidate in the School of Pharmacy and Medical Sciences, won the People's Choice Award at the School’s research symposium for a presentation titled Cellular division as a target for the development of novel antimicrobial agent. Chai is supervised by Dr Rietie Venter, Dr Susan Semple and Dr Heather Rickard.

Boost to imaging capacity

Professor Doug Brooks leader of the Sansom’s Mechanisms in Cell Biology and Diseases research grouping has secured significant equipment funding from The Hospital Research Foundation to purchase a 3D Histech Pannoramic confocal scanner. The scanner will aid translational research programs aiming to develop new detection and visualization technologies for prostate cancer. Read the UniSA news story here.

Thyne Reid Foundation Grant

Professor Jason White and Dr Cobus Gerber have secured a Thyne Reid Foundation Grant to expand national wastewater drug screening program. Read the Alumni news story here.


July 2017

The Hospital Research Foundation funding success

Sansom Institute researchers are investigators on grants awarded by The Hospital Research Foundation:

  • Professor Clive Prestidge was awarded a Development Grant with collaborators at Adelaide University “A novel formulation to prevent epidural adhesions post-laminectomy
  • Dr Anton Blencowe is part of a successful Project Grant “Using our own cancer fighting T cells to treat incompletely resected or inoperable tumours

ARC Future Fellow

Professor Janna Morrison from the Sansom’s Early Origins of Adult Health Research Group has been awarded one of 91 new ARC Future Fellowships, titled Normal heart development before birth. This project aims to understand how the fetal heart can develop normally with much less oxygen than an adult heart uses and expects to generate new knowledge about mechanisms of fetal heart cell proliferation. The Future Fellowships scheme supports research in areas of critical national importance by giving outstanding researchers incentives to conduct their research in Australia. The aim of the Future Fellowships scheme is to attract and retain the best and brightest mid-career researchers. Janna’s research was highlighted in the ARC’s media release, see here.


 The Clever Guts Diet with Dr Michael Mosely

Associate Professor Susan Hillier, Dean: Research (Operations) and Research Education, led an ‘in conversation’ session with Dr Michael Mosely at The Bob Hawke Prime Ministerial Centre’s The Clever Guts Diet event at the Adelaide Convention Centre.


New UniSA/PAFC partnership in China

An MOU has been signed between Port Adelaide Football Club, UniSA and China’s Shandong Research Centre of Sports Science (SRCSS) and Shandong Sports University (SSU). The initiative provides opportunities to grow expertise in elite coaching and athlete training and the science that supports elite sports performance, from exercise physiology and dietetics, through to physiotherapy and sports psychology. Read the story here.

Study to improve SA regional health

Dr Matthew Leach, Department of Rural Health, is lead researcher on a project to conduct one of the largest health surveys ever to be carried out in regional South Australia, in a bid to improve the health services available in these areas. Read the story here.

Open Door Health Clinic

Dr Katia Ferrar, 2016 AMP Tomorrow Maker, has conceived a new pro bono, student-led Open Door Health Clinic providing physiotherapy and podiatry services to adults in crisis or experiencing homelessness in a new partnership with the Salvation Army and the SOS Health Foundation. Read the full story here.

Research profiled in UniSA news

The Conversation articles

Dr Lucinda Bell is co-author of an article titled Six ways to improve meal times with your children

June 2017

Outstanding Young Investigator Award

Bronwen Mayo has received the Outstanding Young Investigator Award for the MASCC/ISOO Annual Meeting on Supportive Care in Cancer taking place this month in Washington DC, USA. Bronwen’s presentation is titled Alterations of gut microbiome associated with tyrosine kinase inhibitor-induced diarrhoea and the effect of the GLP-2 agonist elsiglutide.

Beat Cancer grant

Sansom Institute Director Professor Ian Olver and Dr Hayley Whitford from the Sansom’s Psychosocial oncology research group have been awarded a Beat Cancer grant from the Cancer Council SA. The project is titled Improving the management of chemotherapy-induced nausea by assessing and treating nausea as a symptom cluster, see further details here.

Society of Hospital Pharmacists top award

Professor Debra Rowett has been awarded the Society of Hospital Pharmacists of Australia’s most prestigious award, which recognises individuals who make outstanding contributions to hospital pharmacy in Australia. Prof Rowett, who is Discipline Leader: Pharmacy External Relations, was presented with the Fred J Boyd Award in recognition of her achievements and leadership in the development of national practice standards, education and research excellence in Australian hospital pharmacy. You can read Prof Rowett’s oration in the Journal of Pharmacy Practice and Research.

Engaged PhD mentoring program launch

The Division has recently launched a new mentoring program initiative to support second year PhD students embedded within Engaged PhD program. Researchers within the Division have volunteered their time to act as mentors who have been specially trained to support and guide students through the Engaged PhD. The mentors act as an ‘interested supporter’ rather than a contributor to the students research and it is hoped that the relationship will be able to  assist students with developing their future careers after completing the PhD. The Division wishes to thank the following academics for volunteering to undertake this important role including:

  • A/Prof Paul Anderson (PMB)
  • Dr Katia Ferrar (HLS)
  • Dr Sheridan Gentili (PMB)
  • Dr Marianne Gillam (PMB)
  • A/Prof Jennifer Keogh (PMB)
  • Dr Saravana Kumar (HLS)
  • A/Prof Carol Maher (HLS)
  • Dr Michelle McDonnell (HLS)
  • Dr Craig Phillips (NRC)
  • Dr Sally Plush (PMB)
  • Dr Stephanie Reuter Lange (PMB) and,
  • Dr Gisela van Kessel (HLS)

You can find out more about the mentors on the Engaged PhD website. If you are interested in being involved get in touch with the Division Research Office.

 The Conversation

Prof Rachel Gibson and colleague Dr Hannah Wardill from SAHMRI had an article in The Conversation that examined how gut bacteria affect cancer risk and response to treatment. You can read the full article here

 Channel 9 Young Achiever Awards

Congratulations to our completed PhD candidates, Dr John Arnold (graduated October 2014) and Dr Joel Fuller (graduated December 2016)  who were recent finalists in the Channel 9 Young Achiever Awards under the Science and Technology Awards.

The Bridge Program

Professor Xin-Fu Zhou, Dr Nicky Thomas and Dr Lorraine Mackenzie have been selected as 3 of the 100 participants from across Australia to take part in The Bridge Program, part of the MTPConnect Project Fund Program. The Program aims to boost the commercial outputs of Australian pharmaceutical research through face-to-face and online training of participants in the scientific, legal, financial, clinical, regulatory and reimbursement disciplines that contribute to research translation and the commercialisation of medicines.

May 2017

Prof Lorimer Moseley earns a Doctor of Science

Congratulations to Professor Lorimer Moseley from the Sansom’s Body in Mind research groupwho has been awardedthe first ever UniSA Doctor of Science. The degree acknowledges Lorimer’s distinguished international contribution to physiotherapy and clinical neuroscience, see the UniSA story here.

Faye Fuller foundation success

Dr Gaby Todd from the Sansom’s Neuroscience research grouping has been successful with a Faye Fuller foundation grant. The project outcome will be a new evidence-based, ready-to-use health message that increases community knowledge of the long-lasting consequences of methamphetamine use, changes attitudes towards methamphetamine, and discourages use of the drug in young people. Read the UniSA news story here and the ABC news story here.

Stroke rehabilitation App

Dr Michelle McDonnell in collaboration with international partners has developed the ViaTherapy app. The result of a five-year project to make stroke rehabilitation guidelines more accessible to clinicians and funded by the Toronto Rehab Foundation and the Canadian Stroke Network, the App supports clinicians to develop best practice rehabilitation strategies for patients with arm impairments following stroke.

Dr Anton Blencowe featured in ABC The World Today

Dr Anton Blencowe was recently featured in an interview on the ABC’s The World Today that focused on his new approach for controlling feral cats as part of his crowdfunding campaign. You can read the article from the interview here.

April 2017

Young Investigator Award 

Dr Ian Johnson from the Sansom’s Mechanisms in Cell Biology and Diseases Research Group is the recipient of a 2017 John Mills Young Investigator Award, funded by the Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride and the Movember Foundation through Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia’s Research Program. The Award provides catalytic funding for early, post-doctoral researchers to help further their research and attract ongoing funding.

Sansom Institute scoops uni-wide crowdfunding opportunity

Three projects developed by Sansom researchers have been chosen by the University to launch the inaugural crowdfunding campaign. The projects are:

The full story can be read here.

Congratulations to Research Degree Student International Travel Grant recipients

Congratulations to those PhD students that have been recently awarded Research Degree Student International Travel Grants. The aims of these grants are to enable PhD students to gain an international perspective and improve their thesis by having the opportunity to undertake research, data collection or work with an institutional or industry partner. Of the 5 applications submitted by the Division, 4 applications were funded centrally with local contributions. The recipients were:

  • Alicia Byrne, School of Pharmacy and Medical Sciences: visiting the Centre for Mendelian Genomics, Broad institute of Harvard and MIT and attending and presenting at conferences in New York, Vermont and Orlando
  • Dorothea Dumuid, School of Health Sciences: visiting the University of Cambridge
  • Jim Hughes, School of Pharmacy and Medical Sciences: visiting Ohio State University
  • Mitchell Lock, School of Pharmacy and Medical Sciences: visiting the University of Florida and presenting at a conference also in Florida

Medical Journal of Australia article

Dr Gillian Caughey from the Sansom’s Quality Use of Medicines and Pharmacy Research Centre has led a study published in MJA titled Understanding 30-day re-admission after hospitalisation of older patients for diabetes: identifying those at greatest risk. The study which revealed almost a quarter of diabetes patients over the age of 65 are being re-admitted to hospital within a month of being discharged made headlines on ABC Radio around the country, read the article here and the related UniSA story here.

PhD students feature in UniSA News

The Division of Health Sciences PhD students featured in the March edition of UniSA News. Stories included details on our School of Health Sciences PhD exercise students, Max Nelson, Michael Hartland and Jason Bartram testing members of the Chinese cycling team and School of Pharmacy and Medical Sciences student Alicia Byrne using DNA sequencing to detect server are rare inherited disorders. It’s fantastic to see our PhD students demonstrating the impact of their research.

March 2017

Kylie Johnston awarded prestigious Churchill Fellowship

The Sansom Institute’s Dr Kylie Johnston, Senior Lecturer, was recently awarded a 2016 Churchill Fellowship: To learn new methods to manage chronic breathlessness using non-drug interventions - UK, Canada, US. A Churchill Fellowship provides a pathway for Fellows to access expertise from around the world, expanding their knowledge and experience for the benefit of Australian society. View the full list of Churchill Fellows here.

The scheme provides the opportunity to travel overseas to conduct research in a field that is not readily available in Australia and rewards Australians with further opportunity to pursue excellence for the Australian society. In Kylie’s case, this Fellowship will enable her to travel to centres of excellence in the UK and Canada that provide specialised breathlessness intervention services. She will also visit projects that use innovative approaches to understand and change the experience of people with chronic breathlessness in the UK and USA.

Chronic breathlessness is a common, distressing and often stigmatised symptom affecting daily life in Australians living with a variety of chronic conditions (lung, heart and cancer). The models of care and approaches used by the centres Kylie will visit have been shown to relieve breathlessness-related suffering and improve quality of life, but none of these approaches are part of existing health services in South Australia and there is currently minimal involvement of physiotherapists in this field in Australia. Kylie hopes to bring back new knowledge to share with Australian clinicians and consumers, feed into physiotherapy programs and promote clinically applicable research in chronic breathlessness management.

2016 AMP Tomorrow Makers

Dr Margarita Tsiros and Dr Katia Ferrar have been announced as AMP Tomorrow Makers 2016. They are two of the 53 AMP Tomorrow Makers 2016, made up of a diverse range of artists, athletes, social innovators, scientists, educators, entertainers, entrepreneurs, filmmakers, fashion folk, musicians and medical researchers, each sharing in $1 million in grants. Read their stories and see their videos here:

Canadian Institutes of Health Research grant success

Professor Janna Morrison from the Sansom’s Early Origins of Adult Health Research Group and collaborators from Sick Kids Hospital have been awarded funding from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research to study “The Heamodynamics of interuterine growth restriction”. Dr Mike Seed, a fetal cardiologist at Sick Kids Hospital will come to UniSA several times a year to participate in the project where we will use MRI to measure blood flow and oxygen saturation in the fetus.

New Biofilm Testing Facility

Sansom researchers Dr Nicky Thomas, Professor Clive Prestidge and Dr Rietie Venter have been successful in obtaining financial support from Adelaide Integrated Biosciences (AIB) Laboratories/TechInSA (formerly BioSA) to establish Adelaide’s first experimental Biofilm Testing Facility. The Facility will undertake characterisation and efficacy studies against bacterial biofilms of clinically relevant pathogens (e.g. S. aureus, P. aeruginosa, E. coli, S. epidermidis) and will provide researchers from academia, health care providers and industry customised solutions to evaluate biofilm inhibition and killing efficacies of antimicrobial compounds, formulations, wound dressings, and medical devices.

NHMRC Partnership Projects for Better Health

Sansom Institute researchers have been awarded NHMRC Partnership Projects for Better Health led by other researchers/administering institutions:

  • Professor Ian Olver is a part of a successful project led by The University of Adelaide “Investigating the inclusion of vulnerable populations in Advance Care Planning: Developing complex and sensitive public policy”
  • Professor Alex Brown with collaborators at Curtin University of Technology “Looking forward - moving forward project: transforming systems to improve mental health and drug and alcohol outcomes for Aboriginal peoples”

Top 25 influencers of exercise and sports science in Australia

Dr Kade Davison was recently announced in the December issue of the Exercise & Sports Science Australia’s (ESSA) journal – Activate – as one of CEO, Anita Hobson-Powell top 25 influencers of exercise and sports science in Australia. Kade was noted for being a long term member of the ESSA National Board Member and South Australian State Chapter and playing a significant role in the development of exercise science standards and helped to guide ESSA’s recognition internationally.

PhD Candidate Joyce Haddad PhD Top-Up scholarship

Joyce Haddad from the School of Pharmacy and Medical Sciences has recently been awarded a top-up scholarship from the Healthy Development Adelaide and Channel 7 Children’s Research Foundation for her research that aims to determine if the Dietary Guideline Index for children and adolescence be used as an effective monitoring and feedback intervention. Congratulations Joyce!

Excessive exercise - more harm than good?

Professor Jon Buckley from the Sansom’s Alliance for Research in Exercise, Nutrition and Activity (ARENA) commented on excessive exercise in a recent story on ABC News

February 2017

NHMRC success for Sansom Institute and Centre for Cancer Biology researchers

Sansom Institute researchers have been awarded Fellowships and Project grants funding totalling $3.6m:

  • Associate Professor Paul Anderson: NHMRC Project Grant “Does enhanced vitamin D activity in bone heal the skeleton in disorders of FGF23 excess?”
  • Associate Professor Leanne Dibbens: NHMRC Project Grant “The identification of new epilepsy genes by whole genome sequencing”
  • Professor Elina Hyppönen: NHMRC Project Grant “The dark side of vitamin D supplementation”
  • Associate Professor Carol Maher: NHMRC Career Development Fellowship “Using online social networks to improve health”
  • Professor Cory Xian: NHMRC Project Grant “NT-3 as an upstream and potentially master regulator promoting bone fracture healing”

Centre for Cancer Biology researchers have also had success in the recent NHMRC Project Grant and Fellowship rounds:

  • Professor Susan Branford “Somatic and germline genetic variation diminish leukaemic cell dependence on BCR-ABL1 oncogenic signalling”
  • Professor Gregory Goodall “Functions of circular RNAs”
  • Professor Gregory Goodall “Using miR-200 to find new therapeutic targets for neuroblastoma”Professor Sharad Kumar “Exploring the role of Arrcd4 in extracellular vesicle biogenesis and its implications in tissue homeostasis”
  • Professor Gregory Goodall “Discovering how microRNAs and circRNAs control cancer metastasis”
  • Dr Philip Gregory “Characterising novel alternative splicing networks that promote tumour cell plasticity”
  • Professor Yeesim Khew-Goodall “Identifying novel biomarkers and therapeutic targets for triple negative breast cancer”
  • Professor Sharad Kumar “Hormone-dependent autophagy and growth signalling in developmental cell death”
  • Professor Angel Lopez “Novel approaches to control mast cell function in allergic inflammation”
  • Professor Stuart Pitson “Modulating sphingolipid signalling to enhance wound healing”
  • Professor Hamish Scott “Genetic autopsy of perinatal death: diagnosis and discovery by Genome Sequencing”
  • Dr Alex Staudacher “Investigating novel antibody drug conjugates for treating lung cancer”

And the following NHMRC projects led by other researchers/administering institutions:

  • Professor Libby Roughead is part of the successful project “How best to protect public health: a comparative analysis of regulatory safety warnings on medicines in Australia, Canada the European Union and the United States” with international collaborators and through the University of Sydney
  • Professor Doug Brooks is an investigator on two successful Monash University projects “Targeting endosomal NOX2oxidase in viral disease’ and ‘Endosomal reactive oxygen species in tumour angiogenesis”
  • Professor John Hayball is part of the successful project led by A Prof Krasimir Vasilev “’Intelligent’ antibacterial coatings for improving outcomes with infections associated with dialysis catheters”
  • Professor Michael Roberts through The University of Queensland “Physiologically-based pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics of therapeutic stem cells for liver disease”
  • Professor Alex Brown through The University of Adelaide “Examining the impact of language reclamation on social and emotional well-being among the Barngarla”
  • Professor David Roder with collaborators at SAHMRI “Warning labels for sugar sweetened beverages”

Qianhong-LeSun Pharma Group’s new Sino-Australian joint laboratory

Professor Shudong Wang from the Sansom’s Centre for Drug Discovery and Development is leading a collaboration with China’s Qianhong-LeSun Pharma group to establish a multi-million dollar Sino-Australian Joint Laboratory in Innovative Drug Discovery to fast track the development of new treatments for cancer. Read the UniSA news story here.

The Conversation Articles

In the media

  • Professor Nicholas Procterfrom Sansom’s Mental Health and Substance Use group is quoted in The Age  in an article discussing Australia’s failure to process and integrate around 30,000 asylum seekers, see the story here 
  • School of Health Sciences PhD candidate Felicity Braithwaite’sresearch to develop a placebo dry-needling technique to help scientists understand if dry-needling actually works, is discussed by
  • Sansom Director Professor Ian Olver has an article published by titled ‘Work after cancer and its challenges: The other side of the financial toxicity.’

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