Seminars Conferences and WorkshopsResearch Professional online training sessions

Research Professional

Research Professional (RP) is a powerful funding opportunities search engine and database, which allows users to create and save their own custom searches for national and worldwide funding opportunities. Flinders holds a site licence for RP and all staff and students are able to access RP via Okta.

The calendar for 2018 for online broadcast training sessions for RP is now available. These one hour sessions are great for new and existing users to keep up to date with the latest developments, and also get a refresher on the best ways to use RP and how to find funding efficiently. Information on the sessions and links to the registration are available on the Searching for Funding page.

Alternatively, Nikki Johnson and Mary Lyons from Research Development and Support are able to provide assistance on queries about RP and one-on-one and/or group training for Flinders researchers. Contact Nikki at in the first instance.

New OpportunitiesCollaboration opportunities between Flinders and Technische Universität Dresden

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Do you want financial support for short or long-term stays in Dresden for scientific, professional and cultural exchange with Technische Universität Dresden (TU Dresden)? Are you an academic working in diabetes or depression research projects? Or are you a professional staff member who will provide support to promote collaborative partnerships and/or joint projects between TU Dresden and Flinders? If you are any of these, support is now available through the Scientific and Administrative Staff Mobility 2018 program.

Over the past five years, Flinders and TU Dresden have conducted leading-edge international health and medical research, promoted staff and student mobility exchanges, and health professional education opportunities. This, and other collaborative engagement partnerships with TU Dresden, has now led to the creation of the Scientific and Administrative Staff Mobility 2018 program. Applications for the program close 16 February 2018.

Funding is available for €89 per day for up to 22 days, or €2,000 per month to cover living expenses plus €1,200 once for travel costs. Applications are sought for:

  • The development of new or continuation of ongoing projects in the field of diabetes or depression
  • Preparation of applications for third-­‐party funds for joint projects
  • Initiation of joint projects within the partnership, e.g. in research support, fundraising, student & staff exchange, etc.
  • Professional and cultural exchange on administrative level, e.g.via job shadowing

Applications are to be submitted, with the following documents, via email to Mr Felix Klee, Department for Development and International Affairs, Carl Gustav Carus School of Medicine at TU Dresden, felix.klee@tu-­

  • Letter of motivation/project outline (short description of your current position, proposed outcomes, expected benefit from the stay, proposed schedule for the planned stay, previous connections to TU Dresden);
  • Declaration of consent signed by your manager; and, if possible,
  • Letter of invitation of the corresponding partner at TU Dresden

Support Documentation

Staff Mobility 2018 program overview

Professional Staff project suggestions for Staff Mobility 2018 program

TU Dresden contacts overview

Queries or assistance with the application submission for the program can be sought at Flinders from Dr Stephanie Agius, Research Development Coordinator, Research Development and Support. Stephanie can be contacted by email:, phone: extn 2505 or mobile: 0432 973 853.

New OpportunitiesTry, Test and Learn Fund

Try, Test and Learn Fund

The second tranche of the Department of Social Services Try, Test and Learn Fund is now open for grant applications. Using insights from the Australian Priority Investment Approach to Welfare, the $96.1 million Try, Test and Learn Fund is delivering trials of new or innovative approaches to assist some of the most vulnerable in society into stable, sustainable employment. This second tranche will have a continuously open grant application period until 28 September 2018, which will allow individuals and organisations to submit proposals at any time.

Tranche two of the Try, Test and Learn Fund will support groups at risk of long-term welfare dependence, including the four priority groups identified below, to improve their workforce participation or capacity to work. Information on tranche one and the Fund are available at the Department of Social Services website. For more information on tranche two and the priority groups, or to submit a grant application, visit the Community Grants Hub or GrantConnect.

The four priority groups are:

Seminars Conferences and WorkshopsACSPRI Intensive Short Courses

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If you're keen to give your brain a bit of a jump start, there are still places left, and time to enrol in one of the Australian Consortium for Social and Political Research Inc's (ACSPRI) intensive short courses at the University of Melbourne this Summer. Running across 5 days, these ACSPRI courses are practical, small group (maximum of 20 people), hands on and run from fundamentals to advanced levels. Flinders University is a member organisation of ACSPRI, so all Flinders staff and students can access the member prices for these courses.

Coursesare aimed at improving researchers knowledge and skills around qualitative data, analysis, statistical procedures, data collection, and social network research, and include. Courses available for the week of 29 January 2018 include: Foundations of Qualitative Methodologies, Data Collection and Analysis; Fundamentals of Statistics; and Introduction to Social Network Research. The courses available from 5 February 2018 include: Applied Statistical Procedures; Qualitative Research: Design, Analysis and Representation; and courses on Nvivo and AMOS.

The full list of courses, information on the synopsis, presenters, and prerequistes are available at the ACSPRI website. You can also contact ACSPRI at or 03 8376 6496, if you have any further questions.

New OpportunitiesQuantum Technologies Research Network

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The Department of Defence DST Group are seeking proposals from industry, academia and government research agencies to contribute to the potential development of Defence relevant quantum technologies in their new $6 million research network. Proposals of up to $1 million over three years are being sought, and first stage applications are due by 4:30 PM AEDT 13 February 2018.

Two categories of proposal will be considered. Smaller proposals which deliver studies to inform Defence on the applications, feasibility, and practical limitations of quantum technologies; and Larger proposals which address the development of concepts, algorithms, and/or technology demonstrators and which contribute to the development of Defence relevant capabilities.

Proposals should address one or more of the following priority areas:

  • Quantum Sensing, Navigation and Timing
  • Quantum Communications
  • Quantum Computing and Information

Full details, including the FAQs, the priority areas and the online application form are available at the DST Group website. For advice and assistance in applying, please contact Tony Kyriacou, Research Development and Support.

New OpportunitiesAINSE 2018 Specialist Committees

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The Australian Institute of Nuclear Science and Engineering (AINSE) is calling for nominations for membership of their specialist committees. Specialist committees assist AINSE by reviewing proposals and providing guidance on facilitation of programs, student support, outreach and nominations for gold medals and honorary fellowships. To be eligible, committee members will have completed a PhD and have extensive experience in an area related to a committee area.

Expressions of interest are to be sent to Paul Graydon. Please attach a short CV of no more than a page. The Expressions of Interest close on close of business, Friday 23 February 2018.

The four AINSE committees are:

  • Archaeology and Geosciences Committee
  • Biotechnology and Biomedical Science
  • Environmental Sciences Committee
  • Materials Science and Engineering Committee

New OpportunitiesEarly Career Scholars Exchange

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The Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) and Future Earth Australia (FEA) have launched a fellowship program to support early career researchers and practitioners from Australia and the Oceania region to gain hands on experience on green growth initiatives in developing countries. Graduate students, early career researchers and practitioners will be able to do a research placement, and help promote the knowledge on sustainability science, for 3-6 months at one of GGGI offices around the world. Nationals of Oceania region and FEA affiliated organisations will receive priority.

The Australian Academy of Science will be accepting applications for the Early Career Scholars Exchange on a rolling basis throughout the year. Applications should plan for a minimum of three months between the submission and the start of the placement. The first cohort (of up to 10 early career professionals) will start in 2018 subject to availability of funding. A maximum amount of AU$1,000 (or US$ equivalent) for travel support will be provided by FEA, subject to availability of funding. Travel support only is available to fellows i.e. students or employees, of FEA member organisations.

Further information, including the eligibility and application details, are available at the Australian Academy of Science website or via contacting the Engagement Officer Future Earth Australia

Hosted by the Australian Academy of Science, FEA is a national peak initiative that enables Australian scientists, governments, industry and NGOs to collaborate both with each other and with international networks and programs. Future Earth Australia provides essential services as an international platform to Australian scientists for deep engagement with leaders in research, policy, business, industry, civil society and community to generate solutions and have an impact. With Head Quarters in Seoul, Korea, and offices in 25 developing and emerging economies, GGGI is a treaty-based international, inter-governmental organisation founded to support and promote green growth. The organisation partners with countries to help them build economies that grow strongly, are more efficient and sustainable in the use of natural resources, less carbon intensive, and more resilient to climate change. GGGI works with countries around the world, building their capacity and working collaboratively on green growth policies that can impact the lives of millions. To learn more about GGGI, see

Flinders Research NewsHappy Holidays for 2017

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2017 has been a year of change for Flinders, but through the change there have been some excellent research achievements. One of the major changes has been from the Research Services Office to Research Development and Support and the appointment of Ms Jodieann Dawe as Director. We thank Tom Symonds for his leadership during the transition as Acting Director in 2017.

“I would like to thank everyone for their kind welcome to Flinders. I look forward to working with researchers and staff to keep building on the research profile at Flinders and drive improvement in the quality and impact of our research within Flinders and the community,” said Jodieann.

The Colvera team from CSIRO, Clinical Genomics and Flinders (Professor Graham Young) was awarded the prestigious 2017 Johnson & Johnson Eureka Prize for Innovation in Medical Research for the development of the Colvera Test for Bowel cancer. The Australian Museum Eureka Prizes are awarded annually to reward excellence in the fields of research, innovation, leadership, science communication and school science.

It was also an excellent year for science writing at Flinders with Dr Alice Gorman being awarded the Bragg UNSW Press Prize for Science Writing. This follows on from her selection as a finalist in the award in 2016. The Forensic Science researchers and students (past and present) at Flinders became ‘best in show’ at the National Institute of Forensic Science (Australia and New Zealand) Best Paper Awards. Out of the five awarded categories, Flinders won four, and received a high commendation in Best Paper in a Refereed Journal. 

Earlier in the year, Professor Adrian Linacre and Professor Paul Kirkbride were awarded $205,193 in funding from the Defence Science and Technology Group (DST) – Defence Science Partnership program, for their projectInformative genetic data from trace material collected from a range of forensically informative substrates. Recently Professor Karl Sammut and his team became the first recipient of the Fincantieri – Flinders – CETENA Maritime Innovation Challenge.

Flinders researchers were awarded nine Discovery Projects, two Discovery Early Career Researcher Awards, and a Linkage Infrastructure, Equipment and Facilities (LIEF) grant in the November Australian Research Council (ARC) awards round. Flinders researchers won a total of $1.2m in funding in the Australian Research Council (ARC) Linkage Projects grant round. In the two recent NHMRC round announcements Flinders researchers were awarded $24,795,927.80 for a Centre of Research Excellence, a Targeted Call for Research - Implementation of Dementia Research into Clinical Practice and Care, twelve Project Grants, one Program Grant, one Medical Research Future Fund TRIP Fellowship and two Postgraduate Scholarships.

For our part in the National Specialist Palliative Care and Advance Care Planning Advisory Services project, Flinders has secured over $4 million - $3.6 million for CareSearch, and a further $743,061 for End of Life Essentials for Acute Hospital Clinicians project. Professor Jennifer Tieman and Ms Kim Devery and their teams’ success showcase the leadership in Palliative Care research at Flinders. We also lead the way in Drug and Alcohol research with $1.7m secured via the Australian Government Drug and Alcohol Program for NCETA. Professor Ann Roche and her team will be looking into how to reduce the prevalence and severity of drug and alcohol use in Australian communities?

Inspiring Research included a new section to spotlight the Early Career Researchers at Flinders. So far seven ECRs have been highlighted – Giselle Rampersad, Harriet Whiley, Margaret Shanafield, George Karpetis, Sam Schutlz, Ashokkumar Manoharan, and Vishnu KK Nair. Two other up and coming researchers were announced as 2017 Fresh Scientists, Laura Gell and Katherine Morel.

Professor Justine Smith was named as one of Australia’s first ‘Superstars of STEM’. The Superstars of STEM project aims to inspire girls towards a career in science by raising the profile of current world class female researchers and clinicians across Australia.

2017 was also a breakthrough year for Indigenous researchers in Archaeology at Flinders. Dr Christopher Wilson became the first Indigenous Australian to graduate with a PhD in Archaeology, and Flinders Master in Archaeology and Heritage Management student Jacinta Koolmatrie was selected as a presenter for the TEDxAdelaide 2017 showcase.

We wish all staff a happy and safe holiday break and look forward to seeing what 2018 will bring for research breakthroughs and community engagement with Flinders.

Research Engagement and ImpactA Flinders first - automated launch and recovery for autonomous underwater vessels

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Flinders’ close links with Italy moved a step closer with the announcement of the winning project for the Inaugural Fincantieri – Flinders – CETENA Maritime Innovation Challenge. Associate Professor Karl Sammut at the Centre for Maritime Engineering, Control and Imaging (CMECI) won for his project on Launch and Recovery Systems for Ship deployed Autonomous Underwater Vessels.

They will receive $310,000 towards the project, which also involves the research team collaborating with the University of Genoa, one of Fincantieri’s key academic partners in Italy.

The scope of the project is to develop an automated system for launching and recovering autonomous underwater vehicles (AUV) from a ship. Existing launch and recovery methods require the use of manned boats to assist the process, making it a very hazardous process for both the crew and the vehicle. This project will involve the development of automated guidance systems that direct the vehicle back towards its mothership as well as the development of the towed docking station that is used to release and capture the vehicle. The result of the study will eventually lead to safer AUV deployment and recovery systems that can operate even under inclement sea state conditions, thus increasing the weather operating window within which such vehicles can be employed.

Each proposal was assessed on not just the immediate ability for the project to deliver on the research methodologies but also for commercial application in a 3-5 year timeframe. The Challenge received excellent proposals, and further opportunities are being explored for the proposals submitted to the challenge. A key selection criteria was for the research groups to consider the ability of their research to work with their Industry partner’s goals – taking the research to the market.

Launched at the Pacific International Maritime Exposition in October, by Vice-Chancellor Professor Colin Stirling, along with Mr Dario Deste, Chairman of Fincantieri Australia, and Mr Sandro Scarrone, President of CETENA, the Maritime Innovation Challenge was aimed at creating a 12 month project addressing Fincantieri’s competitive identified drivers. Proposals were developed within a 3 week time frame and included collaboration with the University of Genoa in the development of the technical activities.

A Memorandum of Understanding was signed between Flinders and the University of Genoa in January 2017 to cooperate in research and development and training with focus on maritime, naval architecture and shipbuilding. This Challenge provides a tangible focus for further collaboration.

Additionally, two Flinders University Business School students undertook internships in Italy with Fincantieri during the year.

Flinders Research NewsGrantConnect now open

Grant Connect

A change has started in how many Commonwealth Government funding opportunities’ documentation are made available. For example, previously documentation was available on each Commonwealth Government websites. Now they will only be made available through a single website – GrantConnect. 

GrantConnect is 'live' now at To access documentation you will need to create a log-in, which is done directly at

If you urgently need a specific grant application document only available at GrantConnect, but do not have a log-in, Research Development and Support can download the documentation for you. Please email your request to

GrantConnect provides a centralised publication of forecast and current Australian Government grant opportunities and grants awarded.

New OpportunitiesPitch it Clever

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Universities Australia has opened its annual Pitch it Clever competition, challenging early-and mid-career researchers to talk up their research in a 1-2 minute video. The video should aim to persuade leaders from across the country to become champions for your research.

Submissions close 12 February 2018 at 8:00 PM. Flinders is offering support for the development of Flinders' applicant entries. Contact Dr Marina Delpin. Videos will be shortlisted by a panel of Vice-Chancellors and then shown at Universities Australia’s annual Higher Education Conference for conference delegates to vote on. 

Pitch it Clever is being run through thinkable. To apply through thinkable, a researcher has to have been verified by thinkable. Verification entails registering as a researcher, and then authenticating your current organisation email, select your field/s of study, and provide details of at least one recently published peer-reviewed article.

New OpportunitiesAccelerate your research with ON, powered by CSIRO

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Applications are now open for ON Prime, Australia’s sci-tech accelerator, designed to help researchers translate their big ideas into real-life impact. ON Prime is a part-time pre-accelerator that brings together Australia’s brightest researchers—that’s where you come in—with leading entrepreneurs, business and commercialisation specialists and inspiring mentors.

Together, you will test paths for your IP and/or technology through a process of customer discovery and market validation, and unlock your entrepreneurial nous required to take your work to the next level. The best bit? There is no cost to you for participating and there’s no strings attached – you get to keep your IP. Applications close 2 February 2018.

Flinders has had two teams recently work their way through the ON Prime stream. The SeaNU team (from Flinders and the CSIRO) were highlighted back in April for their participation in ON: Accelerate 3, and recently the Interplay Wellbeing Framework participated in ON: Accelerate 4

For more information and to apply, visit

Research Engagement and Impact2017 Vice-Chancellor's Award for Early Career Researchers

2017 Vice-Chancellor's Award for Early Career Researchers
From left to right: Professor Robert Saint, Dr Pramod Nair, Dr Shailesh Bihari, Dr Monique Mulholland, Dr Alice Clement, Dr Ian Moffat, Dr Mihir Dilip Wechalekar, and Vice-Chancellor Professor Colin Stirling

The 2017 Vice-Chancellor's Awards for Early Career Researchers have been announced. Eight Flinders researchers have been recognised for their outstanding contribution to the University. Each recipient will receive $2,500 to fund opportunities to broaden their networks and enhance their standing and recognition as a staff member of Flinders University.

Research into early rheumatoid arthritis, on the sociology of gender and sexuality and science and technology policy studies are just three of the areas of research on which the 2017 awardees have focussed their careers. “I’m honoured to receive a Vice Chancellor’s Award for Early Career Researchers and very thankful to Flinders University for recognising and supporting my research in this way.  It was a pleasure to meet my fellow awardees at the award cemeteries and find out more about the inspiring research that ECR’s are undertaking at Flinders,” said Dr Ian Moffat. Ian is also a mentee in the 2017 Flinders University Researcher Mentoring Scheme.

The Awardees, listed with their field of research and College affiliation, are:

Dr Shailesh Bihari, lung injury, College of Medicine and Public Health

Dr Alice Clement, evolutionary biology, College of Science and Engineering

Dr Ian Moffat, archaeological science, College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Dr Monique Mulholland, sociology of gender and sexuality, College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Dr Pramod Nair, pharmacology, College of Medicine and Public Health

Dr Owen Siggs, genetics, College of Medicine and Public Health

Dr Peter Tangney, science and technology policy studies, College of Science and Engineering

Dr Mihir Dilip Wechalekar, early rheumatoid arthritis, College of Medicine and Public Health

These awards recognise, reward and encourage excellence in research across the University.

New OpportunitiesFameLab - helping STEM researchers communicate their research

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Are you a Higher Degree Research Student or Early Career Researcher (up to 5 years post PHD)? Do you want to improve your communication and presentation skills and win $1,000 cash prize and an expenses paid trip to the UK? The British Council is looking for passionate STEM researchers with a flair for public engagement to compete in the 2018 round of its international science communication competition, FameLab.

Some of Australia’s most impressive early-career researchers have presented their work on stage in their quest to become FameLab champion and to claim their place in the FameLab International Final in the UK. Flinders is offering support for the development of Flinders' applicant entries. Contact Dr Marina Delpin for more information, and refer to the British Council website for the eligibility criteria. Applications close 16 February 2018.

Research Engagement and ImpactECR Spotlight - Vishnu KK Nair

Bilingual benefits beyond social & literacy

Imagine you are driving on a busy road and trying to pull over to a safe place whilst avoiding multiple road distractions. If you speak multiple languages, you are more likely to stay focused, ignore the distractions and succeed.

The advantages of speaking a language in addition to your native tongue have been known for some time. Recent research has revealed that the benefits of bilingualism may extend even further. Individuals have been observed to possess heightened cognitive abilities, including focused attention and inhibiting distracting information – skills that are critical for our everyday, increasingly complex lives. These studies to date, however, have failed to control for Socio Economic Status (SES) and literacy - factors that can drive superior cognitive abilities.

Our study addressed this knowledge gap by testing a group of illiterate bilinguals from low SES. Through comparing their performance on cognitive tasks to illiterate monolinguals from low SES, we found that bilingualism has a positive effect on cognitive abilities, with that group demonstrating significantly higher cognitive performance.

As bilingualism bestows positive effects over and above the effects of SES and literacy, we recommend that there is a need for maintaining bilingualism for individuals living in low SES circumstances. Bilingualism may be the only single life factor that can provide cognitive benefits for these individuals compared to higher SES bilinguals, who can be exposed to a number of positive life experiences for cognition, such as playing video games and learning music.

More information about this finding can be found in my article, co-authored with Dr Britta Biedermann and Professor Lyndsey Nickels, Effect of socio-economic status on cognitive control in non-literate bilingual speakers published by Bilingualism, Language and Cognition.


Dr Vishnu KK Nair

Dr Vishnu KK Nair

Dr Vishnu KK Nair is a Cognitive Scientist with a background training in Speech Pathology. He is currently a Lecturer in Speech Pathology. Vishnu is interested in examining the effects of bilingualism on cognitive and linguistic processing in bi/multilingual healthy individuals and individuals with aphasia. This research area is highly interdisciplinary and combines related fields such as cognitive neuropsycholgy, experimental psychology, psycholinguistics and speech pathology. He is also an Associate Investigator at the ARC Centre of Excellence in Cognition and its Disorders, Macquarie University.

Role: Lecturer in Speech Pathology
College: Nursing and Health Sciences
Campus: Bedford Park
T: +61 8 7221 8837

This is a new feature for Inspiring Research where we profile Flinders’ Early Career Researchers (ECRs) in our ECR Spotlight. This initiative will appear regularly and aims to connect our research community and strengthen research communications within the University. You will get insight into who our ECRs are and how their research and achievements are making a difference.

The featured ECRs welcome dialogue, debate, and conversation and we hope that it may shape future intra-, inter- and/or trans-disciplinary collaboration with Flinders’ colleagues. Please feel free to comment on their spotlight, and/or contact them directly. Also, you can contact the ECR Spotlight coordinator, Dr Marina Delpin, with your queries and comments.

Research Engagement and ImpactNHMRC success for Flinders

Flinders researchers have been awarded a Centre of Research Excellence, a Targeted Call for Research - Implementation of Dementia Research into Clinical Practice and Care, twelve Project Grants, one Program Grant, one Medical Research Future Fund TRIP Fellowship and two Postgraduate Scholarships, with the total awarded amount to Flinders in the two recent NHMRC round announcements being $24,795,927.80.

Ophthalmology at Flinders had a good showing with Dr Ebony Liu and Dr Genevieve Oliver being awarded Postgraduate Scholarships, Associate Professor Jamie Craig and Professor Justine Smith were both awarded a project grant and Jamie was also awarded a Program Grant. Other project grants include treating type 2 diabetes and obesity through gene targeting, improving drug resistance in chemotherapy, and exploring the role of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Workers and Liaison Officers in hospitals.

Congratulations to all the researchers, research teams and support staff involved in the submissions. Over the coming months, we will have articles highlighting individual successes from this round.

There are also named Chief Investigators on NHMRC Grants led by other universities.

2018 Successful NHMRC Project Grants – led by Flinders University researchers

Decolonising practice in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander primary health care
Professor Fran Baum, Dr Toby Freeman, Dr Tamara Mackean, Professor Juanita Sherwood (University of Sydney), Associate Professor Anna Ziersch, Associate Professor Deborah Askew (Queensland Health), Dr Annette Browne (University of British Columbia, Canada), Professor Judith Dwyer, and Professor Michael Kidd.
Amount Awarded: $1,451,490.50 (5 year project)

Silencing visceral nociceptors by targeting NaV1.1: A novel therapeutic approach for treating Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Associate Professor Stuart Brierley, Professor Richard Lewis (The University of Queensland), Dr Irina Vetter (The University of Queensland), and Associate Professor Grigori Rychkov (The University of Adelaide)
Amount Awarded: $696,808.50 (3 year project)

First-in-Field Study of Mechanisms Operating in Post-Ebola Eye Disease
Professor Justine Smith, Dr Glenn Marsh (Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation), Dr Jillian Carr, and Associate Professor Steven Yeh (Emory University)
Amount Awarded: $748,985.20 (3 year project)

Is overactive bladder a 'Bladder itch'? Identification of itch specific pathways within the bladder
Associate Professor Stuart Brierley, Professor David Grundy (Sheffield University, UK), and Professor Nicholas Spencer.
Amount Awarded: $720,585.00 (3 year project)

Targeting RCAN1 to treat type 2 diabetes and obesity
Professor Damien Keating, Professor Leif Groop (Lund University, Sweden),and Associate Professor Beverly Rothermel (University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center)
Amount Awarded: $814,468.20 (3 year project)

A new clinical tool to assess fitness-to-drive in obstructive sleep apnea
Doctor Andrew Vakulin, Professor Ronald Grunstein (University of Sydney),  Professor R. Douglas McEvoy, Associate Professor Peter Catcheside, Associate Professor Keith Wong (Woolcock Institute of Medical Research Limited), and Dr Angela D'Rozario (University of Sydney)
Amount Awarded: $727,962.80 (3 year project)

UGT enzymes in chemotherapeutic drug metabolism: new avenues to improve drug response and overcome resistance
Dr Robyn Meech, Professor Ross McKinnon, Emeritus Professor Peter Mackenzie, Dr Dong Gui Hu, and Professor Christos Karapetis.
Amount Awarded: $610,005.00 (3 year project)

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Workers’ and Liaison Officers’ role in quality acute health care services
Dr Tamara Mackean, Professor Fran Baum, Dr Annabelle Wilson, Professor Eileen Willis, Dr Janet Kelly (The University of Adelaide), Associate Professor Kerry Taylor, Dr Odette Gibson (South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute Limited), Dr Catherine Hunter (The George Institute for Global Health), and Dr Kim O'Donnell.
Amount Awarded: $1,571,334.20 (4 year project)

How stimulant laxatives work
Professor Simon Brookes, Associate Professor Philip Dinning (Flinders Medical Centre), and Professor Marcello Costa.
Amount Awarded: $529,428.00 (3 year project)

Validating novel biomarkers relevant to major depression
Professor Ma-Li Wong (South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute Limited), and Professor Julio Licinio (South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute Limited)
Amount Awarded: $515,549.50 (3 year project)

A Randomised Evaluation of the Appropriateness of Anatomic Coronary Investigation in Cardiac Injury/MI Type 2
Professor Derek Chew, Professor John French (University of New South Wales), Professor Harvey White (Auckland Hospital, NZ), Professor Michael Farkouh (University of Toronto, Canada), Dr Stephen Quinn (Swinburne University of Technology), Associate Professor Billingsley Kaambwa.
Amount Awarded: $2,481,816.00 (5 year project)

Translation of glaucoma blindness genes to improve clinical practice
Professor Jamie Craig, Associate Professor Alex Hewitt (University of Tasmania), Associate Professor Stuart Macgregor (The Council of the Queensland Institute of Medical Research), Professor David Mackey (University of Western Australia), Associate Professor Kathryn Burdon (University of Tasmania), Professor Lyle Palmer (The University of Adelaide), Associate Professor John Landers, Dr Puya Gharahkhani (The Council of the Queensland Institute of Medical Research), Professor Robert Casson (The University of Adelaide).
Amount Awarded: $844,965.60 (5 year project)


2019 Program Grant

Translating genetic determinants of glaucoma into better diagnosis and treatment
Professor Jamie Craig, Professor David Mackey (University of Western Australia), Associate Professor Stuart Macgregor (The Council of the Queensland Institute of Medical Research), and Associate Professor Alex Hewitt (University of Tasmania).
Amount Awarded: $9,466,000.00 (5 year project)


2017 Medical Research Future Fund TRIP Fellowship

Enhancing the capacity of mental health services to review, personalise and intervene early through implementation of real-time outcome monitoring
Associate Professor Niranjan Bidargaddi
Amount Awarded: $179,118.00 (2 years)


2017 Postgraduate Scholarships

Emerging and Re-emerging Retinal Infections
Dr Genevieve Oliver
Amount Awarded: $94,952.75 (3 years)

Risk factors for diabetic retinopathy and its treatment
Dr Ebony Liu
Amount Awarded: $73,963.25 (2 years)


2017 CRE Application

National Centre for Sleep Health Services Research - Positioning Primary Care at the Centre of Sleep Health Management
Professor Doug McEvoy, Professor Nigel Stocks (University of Adelaide), Professor Nicholas Zwar (University of New South Wales), Professor Ronald Grunstein (University of Sydney), Dr Ching Li Chai-Coetzer, Professor Leon Lack, Professor Robert Adams (University of Adelaide), Professor Sally Redman (The Sax Institute), Dr Andrew Vakulin, and Professor Steven Wesselingh (South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute Limited).
Amount Awarded: $ 2,497,977.50


2017 Targeted Call for Research - Implementation of Dementia Research into Clinical Practice and Care

‘Agents of Change’: Improving post diagnosis care for people with dementia and their carers through the establishment of a National Quality Collaborative to implement guideline recommendations
Dr Kate Laver, Professor Janna Fitzgerald (Griffith University), Professor Maria Crotty, Professor Susan Kurrle (University of Sydney), Professor Ian Cameron (University of Sydney), Associate Professor Craig Whitehead, Dr Jane Thompson, and Associate Professor Billingsley Kaambwa.
Amount Awarded: $770,517.80

New OpportunitiesCall for Peer Reviewers in Cancer Research

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The National Breast Cancer Foundation (NBCF) are inviting applications to researchers involved in cancer research to become a member of their Peer Review Committees. They are looking for scientists with a wide-range of expertise in cancer research. This rigorous reviewing process ensures transparency, fairness and the ability to support the best breast cancer research in Australia.

This is an opportunity for researchers to stay up to date in their field and to gain insights from other fields that can be applicable to their own work. Please forward this request to any researchers who might be interested in participating in the NBCF peer review process. Interested researchers are requested to email For information on the review process at NBCF, see their website.

New OpportunitiesBioMedTech Horizons Program - MTP Connect Program

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Expressions of Interest (EOIs) are open for the Australian Government’s $5 million BioMedTech Horizons program, an initiative to support innovative collaborative health technologies that address key health challenges. This program is part of the $20 million Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF), which aims to provide a pathway to innovation, stimulating those discoveries along the research pipeline that have merit, and to provide financial support to progress the proof of concept stage. Expressions of Interest close on 10 December 2017. These are one-off grants from the MRFF.

MTPConnect welcomes ideas that are set to customise and revolutionise healthcare, stimulate inter-disciplinary collaboration between research, industry and technology sectors, and foster strong entrepreneurship potential. Investments from the program will be focused on supporting cutting-edge ideas in precision medicine and 3D anatomical printing towards proof-of-concept and commercialisation. Innovative technologies in these areas can play a key role in significantly transforming the national healthcare system and promote Australia's international ranking as a leader in biotechnology and medical technology.

Guidelines and Expression of Interest forms are available at the MTP Connect BioMedTech Horizons Program webpage.

MTP Connect is a not-for-profit& organisation which aims to accelerate the rate of growth of the medical technologies, biotechnologies and pharmaceuticals sector to achieve greater commercialisation and establish Australia as an Asia-Pacific hub for MTP companies. It was formed in November 2015 as part of the Federal Government’s $250 million Industry Growth Centres Initiative. 

Research Engagement and ImpactAiming to improve the health, education and wellbeing of children

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The Channel 7 Children's Research Foundation (CRF) have announced the awarded projects for 2018. Five projects were awarded funding for Flinders researchers, including an Early Career Researcher. The CRF aims to build capability in South Australia by attracting and retaining local research talent; specifically, by fostering early career researchers, advancing 'proof of concept' research, supporting specific research programs and providing seed funding for early stage research and researchers where other grant funding is unavailable.

The Flinders projects will provide crucial information of eating disorder risk during adolescence, aim to minimise lung injury during resuscitation of preterm infants, find a non-invasive test for paediatric celiac disease, see if a small protein can help minimise the damage to developing lungs, and help create effective mindfulness programs for schools aimed at specifically for youths.

Can school based mindfulness programs prevent mental health problems in adolescents? by Professor Tracey Wade has been funded for $75,000.
Given one in four Australians aged 16-24 have a mental health condition, schools are investing millions of dollars in programs that may enhance mental health (The Australian, 9.1.17, Schools invest in ‘wellness’ centres). However, current program developers of mindfulness are “flying blind” in trying to modify the robustly successful adult curricula to youth. This research will make a world-first contribution in identifying key ingredients needed for effective youth versions of mindfulness. This will assist schools in choosing evidence based programs matched to appropriate ages.

An investigation into eating and anxiety disorder risk factors and genetic architecture in adolescent twin girls by Dr Kate Fairweather-Schmidt has been funded for $74,906.
This project will provide crucial information of eating disorder risk during its greatest incidence period of adolescence, both at a diagnostic and symptom level, of pertinence to clinical and public health applications. Findings will (1) generate knowledge pertaining to observed co-occurrence of eating disorders and anxiety, including overlap between genetic and environmental risk factors; and, (2) identify strategic and specific targets that can maximise the success of interventions for prevention and treatment of eating and anxiety disorders.

A New Breath Test for Paediatric Celiac Disease by Dr Roger Yazbek has been funded for $74,406.
Almost 1% of Australian children suffer with celiac disease, with a large number still going undiagnosed. Current methods for the detection of celiac disease are costly and invasive, leading to delays in diagnosis. New tests are needed that are non-invasive, rapid, and more suitable for a paediatric setting. We have developed a new, stable-isotope breath test that may detect the intestines ability to break down gluten. We will conduct a pilot study of this breath test in children with and without celiac disease to provide proof-of-concept data for future, large scale clinical studies.

A therapeutic for infant acute lung injury: minimising immune-mediated damage to developing lungs during respiratory infection by Miss Elena Cavallaro (a Flinders Early Career Researcher) has been funded for $34,874.
Bronchiolitis and pneumonia are leading causes of infant hospitalisation in Australia. The exaggerated immunological insult stemming from these infections on developing lungs is associated with early-childhood asthma development. We have used a small protein, feG, to reduce the consequences of acute lung injury in various adult animal models, by dampening the immune response. We aim to assess feG efficacy in reducing the short and long-term effects of bronchiolitis and pneumonia during infancy, where feG may be an ideal candidate for returning the balance of the immune response in the airways.

Warming and humidifying inspiratory gases to minimise lung injury during resuscitation of extremely preterm infants by Dr Scott Morris has been funded for $31,350.
Extremely preterm babies have a high risk of lung damage leading to chronic lung disease. The cold and dry medical gases routinely used when resuscitating very small babies may damage the airway lining and contribute to chronic lung disease. Using warm and humid gases for resuscitation could be a very simple way to reduce damage to the lung. In this study we will compare cold dry gas with warm humid gas when resuscitating extremely preterm babies. If warm humid gas is less damaging, then an immediate benefit in health outcomes could be achieved with a change in clinical practice.

Seminars Conferences and WorkshopsTaking the lab to the field - insights gained from in situ measurements of isotopes

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The College of Science and Engineering Ecology and Evolution Research Group are hosting a seminar on Wednesday 22 November 2017 in South Lecture Theatre 1 from 12 PM to 1 PM. Dr Damien Maher from Southern Cross University will be presenting a seminar on Taking the lab to the field: insights gained from in situ measurements of isotopes. After the presentation, pizza will be available in the Biology Tea Room (Room 143).

Traditional measurement of stable and radioisotopes has required discrete samples to be collected and returned to the laboratory for analysis on specialised instrumentation such as Isotope Ratio Mass Spectrometry, or liquid scintillation counters. These laborious requirements have led to experimental designs that often limit sampling resolution. Recent advances in technology have allowed for in situ measurement of some stable and radioisotopes. Here I will present some of our recent work using cavity ring down spectroscopy for the measurement of nitrous oxide, carbon dioxide and methane concentrations and stable carbon isotopes. I will also present work on coupling these analysis with alpha decay detectors for radon, which is an excellent groundwater/porewater tracer. We have applied these techniques to a range of research questions including estuarine, mangrove and coral reef biogeochemistry, and fugitive emissions from coal seam gas fields. By taking the lab to the field we are able to sample at extremely high resolution, and the availability of real-time data allows for "on-the-fly" decision making, optimising valuable time spent in the field.

Dr Maher works on various aspects of the global carbon, nutrient and hydrological cycles. He incorporates stable- and natural radio-isotopes into his work to characterize greenhouse gas emissions, and carbon and nutrient cycling pathways in aquatic and terrestrial environment. Dr Maher also works on groundwater-surface water interactions, and the role of groundwater as a vector for solute transport.

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