Flinders Research NewsHappy Holidays for 2017
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.