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Our research success fact sheets give an overview of research at the University. An archive of research success fact sheets is also available for 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, and 2005.
|Improving English Language skills (PDF, 228.76 KB) (opens in a new window)|
Dr Jacqueline D'warte of the School of Educational is investigating how teachers can create opportunities for students to reveal the language and literacy skills they possess and how to harness these for classroom learning. This project is funded by the Department of Education and Communities (DEC), New South Wales through its Multicultural Programs Unit.
|A narrative of self-determination (PDF, 74.95 KB) (opens in a new window)|
Ms Alexis Wright, of the Writing and Society Research Centre, has been awarded a prestigious Discovery Indigenous Award to investigate the changing fortunes of Aboriginal storytelling in shaping Australia's indigenous policy landscape. The project is funded by the Australian Research Council. It will be conducted in collaboration with Aboriginal leader and thinker Tracker Tilmouth, from the Northern Territory, and Professor Ivor Indyk of the Writing and Society Research Centre, and aims to reassert the indigenous voice.
|The best measure of health care (PDF, 78.5 KB) (opens in a new window)|
Professor Louisa Jorm, from the Centre for Health Research in the School of Medicine, is leading a team investigating the best way to measure quality and affordability of primary health care in Australia. The complex collaboration, examining potentially preventable hospitalisations (PPH) and involving international research units and three partner agencies, is funded by the National Health and Medical Research Council.
|Help in bringing up baby (PDF, 86.51 KB) (opens in a new window)|
Professor Hannah Dahlen and Professor Virginia Schmied of the Family & Community Health Research Group and Professor Cathrine Fowler at the University of Technology are investigating the links between complications and interventions in pregnancy and birth and the growing number of mothers seeking residential parenting services. The project, supported by the Australian Research Council in partnership with Karitane and Tresillian Family Care Centres, aims to undertake the first in-depth study of the women who use such care in the first year of their baby's life.
|Resilience of Australian forests and woodlands to drought (PDF, 212.48 KB) (Opens in a new window)|
Dr Brendan Choat of the Hawkesbury Institute for the Environment has been awarded a prestigious Australian Research Council Future Fellowship. This project will examine the resilience of Australian forests and woodlands to drought and aims to develop new technology to improve remote measurement of plant water status for both natural and agriculture systems.
When fire and water mix (opens in a new window)
|Protecting the nest egg (opens in a new window) |
Dr Phoebe Bailey, of the School of Social Sciences and Psychology, is leading a team investigating whether some older adults are more likely to be financially exploited because of changes in the way social and emotional cues are interpreted. The Australian Research Council project will test a novel strategy for gauging trust and detecting deception during financial negotiations.
|Helping hand in cancer treatment (opens in a new window) |
Professor Kelvin Chan and Dr Valentina Naumovski from the National Institute of Complementary Medicine along with Dr Srinivas Nammi from the School of Science and Health are investigating how a traditional Chinese medicine, extracted from a mushroom, interacts with two common cancer drugs. The project, which is supported by UWS and PuraPharm Pty., Ltd., Australia, is part of a wider study to determine if the mushroom extract could be used as an adjunct therapy for cancer.
|Keeping information on track (opens in a new window) |
Professor Athula Ginige, from the School of Computing, Engineering and Mathematics, has been awarded funding by Transport for NSW to investigate new ways of creating, managing and accessing the huge bank of content needed to keep the state on the move. With co-researcher Dr Yogesh Deshpande, Professor Ginige will devise a system that will serve customers, contractors and employees.
|Waltz on, stay strong (opens in a new window) |
Associate Professor Dafna Merom, of the School of Science and Health, is leading a team that has been awarded funding to investigate whether dancing can prevent falls in older people. The project, supported by the National Health and Medical Research Council, will test the effectiveness of a 12-month program of folk and ballroom dancing in reducing the risk of falling and the physiological risks of falls.
|Speaking of babes and songbirds (PDF, 79.57 KB) (opens in a new window) |
Dr Paola Escudero, of The MARCS Institute, is leading a multinational research team to investigate how human infants, human adults and songbirds crack the variability in the speech signal. The project, which is supported by the Australian Research Council, aims to unlock the secrets of speech comprehension, an important component of human thought.
|A queer take on disaster response (PDF, 96.93 KB) (opens in a new window) |
Dr Andrew Gorman-Murray, from the School of Social Sciences and Psychology, is leading an investigation into how sexual minorities fared during recent natural disasters in Australia and New Zealand. The project, which is supported by the Australian Research Council, will examine the vulnerability and resilience of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender/transsexual and intersex (LGBTI) communities.
|Clinical Assessment underpins good healthcare (PDF, 92.4 KB) (opens in a new window) |
Professor Wendy Hu from the School of Medicine is leading a team that is examining the healthcare settings of medicine, nursing, occupational therapy, physiotherapy and podiatry to assess workloads in clinical assessment of students. The project is supported by Health Workforce Australia, an Australian Government Initiative.
|Private dollars for a public good (PDF, 94.05 KB) (opens in a new window) |
Professor Phillip O'Neill, of the Urban Research Centre, is leading an international team investigating how private financing of public infrastructure projects is reshaping our cities. This Australian Research Council funded project, involving partner investigators from the Open University UK, aims to ascertain what influences are at work in reconciling society's desire for efficient and affordable roads, utilities and other public goods with the private sector's need to make a profit.
|Making barley more tolerant to salt (PDF, 126.67 KB) (opens in a new window) |
Dr Zhong-Hua Chen, of the School of Health and Science, has been awarded funding to investigate the genetic factors that would promote the successful farming of barley in saline soils. The project, which is supported by the 2013 Science and Innovation Awards, the Grains Research and Development Corporation and the Minster for Agriculture's Award, has implications for Australia's domestic and export barley crops, as well as for countries that struggle to grow barley in salt-affected soils.
|In pursuit of fungus-farming beetles (PDF, 378.54 KB) (opens in a new window) |
Dr Markus Riegler and Dr Shannon Smith of the Hawkesbury Institute for the Environment will lead a team of researchers investigating the scale of the threat posed by ambrosia beetles to commercial and native forests and orchards. The project is an international collaboration supported through funding from the Australian Government's Australian Biological Resources Study National Taxonomy Research Grant Program and will explore ambrosia beetle and associated microbial diversity to identify critical pests and pathogenic fungi and bacteria.
|A sporting chance for water supply (PDF, 113.27 KB) (opens in a new window) |
Professor Basant Maheshwari, from the School of Science and Health, is investigating the harvesting of stormwater to replace potable water supply for irrigation of local sports grounds. The project, which is a partnership with Liverpool City Council, is also examining how to improve the water quality in Wattle Grove Lake where aquatic life is dying.
|Respect and violence prevention with men and boys (PDF, 290.24 KB) (opens in a new window) |
Professor Moira Carmody, Dr Michael Salter and Dr Geir Henning Presterudstuen of the School of Social Sciences and Psychology, have been awarded funding to investigate the best ways of engaging men and boys in measures to prevent domestic, family and sexual violence. The year-long project, supported by the NSW Department of Family and Community Services, will evaluate world's best practice in violence prevention.
|Medical Educators: The Missing Pipeline (PDF, 290.7 KB) (opens in a new window) |
Professor Wendy Hu from the School of Medicine, Dr Gisselle Gallego from the Centre for Health Research, Professor Jill Thistlethwaite (University of Queensland), Associate Professor Jennifer Weller (University of Auckland) and Professor Geoff McColl (University of Melbourne) are investigating gaps in the medical educator workforce for educating tomorrow's doctors. The project is supported by Medical Deans Australia and New Zealand Inc.
|Policing for all the community (PDF, 102.81 KB) (opens in a new window) |
Dr Michael Kennedy, of the School of Social Sciences and Psychology, is investigating the strength of partnerships forged between police and Sydney's Muslim community. With funding from the NSW Police force, Dr Kennedy will particularly look at how such relationships are tested by controversial events, such as in September 2012 when there were protests over a video that ridiculed the Prophet Mohammed.
|Swell idea for marine construction (PDF, 80.74 KB) (opens in a new window) |
Dr Chunwei Zhang, from the Institute for Infrastructure Engineering, is leading an investigation into ways of limiting the effects of a heaving motion on the work of offshore crane ships. The project, which is supported by a UWS Research Partnership Grant and Tianjin Haixu Technology Development Co, aims at improving the safety and reliability involved in a crucial aspect of gas and oil exploration. Dr Zhang's research team includes Professor Brian Uy from UNSW and Dr Won Hee Kang from UWS.
|Riegler_co-evolutionary addiction (PDF, 179.24 KB) (opens in a new window) |
Dr Markus Riegler, of the Hawkesbury Institute for the Environment, is leading a research team to investigate what happens when insects and bacteria get together for their mutual benefit. This research is supported by funds from the Hermon Slade Foundation.
|Digging the dirt on carbon storage (PDF, 278.9 KB) (opens in a new window) |
Associate Professor Brajesh Singh and Professor Ian Anderson of the Hawkesbury Institute for the Environment, have been awarded funding to investigate the farming practices and soil conditions that will improve carbon storage in arable land. The project, which is supported by the Grains Research and Development Corporation, anticipates environmental, economic and social benefits in this important sector of Australian agriculture.
|Fibres to weather a hotter, drier future (PDF, 84.26 KB) (opens in a new window) |
Dr Robert Sharwood, a postdoctoral fellow at the Hawkesbury Institute for the Environment, has received funding to investigate how cotton, one of Australia's most significant agricultural exports, can better cope with hotter and drier growing conditions. The project is supported by the federal Department of Agriculture and the Cotton Research and Development Corporation in collaboration with the CSIRO in Narrabri. It seeks to understand the underlying physiology of cotton to assist in developing more resilient varieties and crop management systems.
|Justice without prejudice (PDF, 89.31 KB) (opens in a new window) |
Professor David Tait and Dr Meredith Rossner of the Justice Research Group, together with Professor Rick Sarre of the University of South Australia, Dr Blake McKimmie of the University of Queensland, Dr Emma Rowden of the University of Technology Sydney and Associate Professor Mary Rose of the University of Texas as well as Industry Partners* are investigating how courtroom design influences the chances of getting a fair trial. This project is funded by the industry partners and the Australian Research Council through its Linkage Projects grant scheme.
|Young People and technology (PDF, 242.1 KB) (opens in a new window) |
Dr Amanda Third of the Institute for Culture and Society is examining issues regarding young people and their wellbeing through technology use. This project is funded by the Australian Research Council through its Linkage grant scheme in collaboration with seven industry partners
|Insurance Spending (PDF, 74.91 KB) (opens in a new window) |
Dr Kathy Tannous of the School of Business is examining general insurance expenditure in Australia. This project is funded by the Insurance Council of Australia.
|When algebra meets biology (PDF, 90.09 KB) (opens in a new window) |
Professor Andrew Francis, from the Centre for Research in Mathematics within the School of Computing, Engineering and Mathematics, is leading an investigation into how algebra might be used to better explain the progress of evolution in bacteria. The project, which is supported by the Australian Research Council Discovery Project, aims to develop new algorithms for the modelling of evolutionary processes. His fellow chief investigator is Associate Professor Volker Gebhardt.
I say bears, you say beers (PDF, 831.89 KB) (opens in a new window)
|Young and Healthy (PDF, 464.85 KB) (opens in a new window) |
Dr Ann Dadich, Dr Daniela Spanjaard, Dr Francine Garlin and Dr Nicole Stegemann of the School of Business along with Ms Vanessa Rock, Ms Sofia Potente and Ms Emma Fitzgerald of Cancer Council NSW (CCNSW) are implementing a feasibility study of research methods to examine healthy lifestyle choices among young people. This project is funded by the UWS Research Partnerships Program and CCNSW.
|Into the mouths of babes (PDF, 744.24 KB) (opens in a new window) |
Dr Ajesh George from the School of Nursing and Midwifery is leading a team that has been awarded funding to conduct a Sydney-wide trial of dental services initiated by midwives. This National Health and Medical Research Council project will assess an innovative program to improve the oral health of women and babies.
|What pain does to the body (PDF, 412.14 KB) (opens in a new window) |
Professor Vaughan Macefield from the School of Medicine is leading research with Dr Ingvars Birznieks to investigate the physiological changes caused by long-term pain. This project is being supported by a grant from the National Health and Medical Research Council.
|It's a thin line between envy and pride (PDF, 1854.91 KB) (opens in a new window) |
Dr Rebecca Pinkus, of the School of Social Sciences and Psychology, will lead a team of researchers to investigate how relationships weather the comparisons partners make with each other and with other couples. The project, which is funded by the Australian Research Council, will identify factors that promote healthy relationships - a cornerstone of wellbeing.
The ABC of golf, in an ecofriendly way (PDF, 2482.92 KB) (opens in a new window)
|A frog's place makes an ideal classroom (PDF, 354.55 KB) (opens in a new window) |
Professor Margaret Somerville, from the Centre for Educational Research (CER), has been awarded funding to investigate how a hands-on wetlands project, studying frogs, birds, weeds and water quality, might foster school children's interest in caring for their local environment. The study, funded by AGL Upstream Investments, will also help to prepare teachers for the introduction of sustainability as a classroom focus.
|A historical role for grammar (PDF, 2602.39 KB) (opens in a new window) |
Dr Robert Mailhammer, of the School of Humanities and Communication Arts, has been awarded funding to investigate how Indigenous languages have shaped Aboriginal English. The project, which is supported by the Australian Research Council's Discovery Projects Scheme, has a particular sense of urgency because only a small number of older speakers who exhibit Indigenous language influences are still alive and healthy enough for the stresses of linguistic work.
|Gauging a good night's sleep (PDF, 1868.01 KB) (opens in a new window) |
Professor Philip de Chazal, from the MARCS Institute, has been awarded funding to investigate more accurate, less invasive ways of monitoring sleep. By advancing the important field of sleep monitoring, this Australian Research Council project will contribute to better care for people living with sleep issues.
|Eye research part of a bigger picture (PDF, 1748.18 KB) (opens in a new window) |
Dr Morven Cameron, from the School of Medicine, has been awarded funding to investigate how the connections between neurons in the retina are altered in response to changes in light levels over the course of the day. The project, funded by the Australian Research Council (ARC), will extend the existing understanding of retinal physiology, providing an invaluable resource for strategies aimed at restoring vision to those with retinal degeneration.
|A vicious cycle of push and pull (PDF, 233.24 KB) (opens in a new window) |
Dr Elizabeth Conroy, of the Centre for Health Research, will be investigating if a program to arrest the drift of homeless people from Sydney's greater west to the inner city has been successful. This study has been awarded funding by Mission Australia.
|Translating Policy to Practice (PDF, 183.34 KB) (opens in a new window) |
Dr Ann Dadich of the School of Business and Associate Professor Brian Stout of the School of Social Sciences and Psychology are developing an evaluation framework to determine the effectiveness of the Detainee Behaviour Intervention Framework (DBIF), developed by Juvenile Justice NSW. This project is funded by the NSW Department of Attorney General and Justice, Juvenile Justice.
|Why walk when you can dance? (PDF, 196.77 KB) (opens in a new window) |
Associate Professor Dafna Merom, of the School of Science and Health will be investigating social dancing as a weapon against dementia and cognitive decline. The research, which is supported by the IRT Research Foundation, will explore the notion that the multi-dimensional nature of dancing makes it a better activity than walking for keeping the ageing brain healthy.
|Stubbing out a mother's health risk (PDF, 1763.55 KB) (opens in a new window) |
Dr Alys Havard, Professor Louisa Jorm and Ms Deborah Randall from the Centre for Health Research along with Associate Professor David Preen, Dr Anna Kemp and Dr Kristjana Einarsdottir from the University of Western Australia and Professor Michael Daube from Curtin University are investigating the safety of medications for quitting smoking during pregnancy. This National Health and Medical Research Council project also explores inequities in the use and effectiveness of such medicines, both before and during pregnancy, among disadvantaged communities, notably Aboriginal women, and any role played by changes in public policy.
|Listen carefully, one syllable at a time (PDF, 206.06 KB) (opens in a new window) |
Dr Jason Shaw, of the MARCS Institute, has been awarded funding to investigate the cognitive mechanisms that underpin the human ability to recognise both words and talkers in speech. The project, which is supported by an Australian Research Council Discovery Early Career Researcher Award, will produce a blueprint for technologies that integrate speech recognition with talker recognition.
|The heat is on the red bloodwood (PDF, 156.47 KB) (opens in a new window) |
Dr Paul Rymer, of the Hawkesbury Institute for the Environment, has been awarded funding to explore how plants might respond to the heat of climate change. The project, which is supported by the University of Western Sydney in partnership with Western Australia's Department of Parks and Wildlife (DPaW), will test the physiological and genetic mechanisms enabling plants to withstand global warming and heat waves.
|Early warning of preeclampsia (PDF, 485.75 KB) (opens in a new window) |
Professor Annemarie Hennessy and Dr Angela Makris, from the School of Medicine along with Professor William Price from the School of Science and Health, are investigating blood pressure control in preeclampsia. This National Health and Medical Research Council project explores links between an expectant mother's immune responses and the health of her placenta, and her high blood pressure.
|Mummy, that lady talks funny (PDF, 208.39 KB) (opens in a new window) |
Professor Catherine Best of the MARCS Institute and Dr Christine Kitamura from the School of Social Science and Psychology are investigating the role of accents in word learning among young children. The study, funded by the Australian Research Council Discovery Project, may shed light on the particular problems faced by children with developmental language difficulties.
|Chinese herbs and vascular dementia (PDF, 2841.35 KB) (opens in a new window) |
Associate Professor Dennis Chang and Professor Alan Bensoussan from the National Institute of Complementary Medicine are investigating the use of a standardised Chinese herbal medicine formula to treat vascular dementia. The project, which is funded by Australia Shineway Technology Pty. Ltd., comes after a series of preclinical and clinical investigations which showed encouraging results.
|One stop for cancer care (PDF, 1807.26 KB) (opens in a new window) |
Dr Joanne Curry, with Dr Ante Prodan and Professor Anneke Fitzgerald, is researching ways to ensure patients at a new integrated cancer centre move smoothly from one specialist service to the next. Funding for the project comes from Hunter New England Local Health District, which is establishing the North West Cancer Centre in Tamworth.
|Sex after cancer: the hidden population (PDF, 2619.15 KB) (opens in a new window) |
Professor Jane Ussher and Associate Professor Janette Perz from the Centre for HealthResearch, along with Professor Suzanne Chambers from Griffith University and Associate Professor Ian Latini from Baylor College of Medicine have been awarded Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia funding to investigate sexual wellbeing and quality of life among gay and bisexual men who have had prostate cancer. The project will address the imbalance that has seen previous research in this field concentrated on heterosexual men.
|Infertility after cancer doubles the pain (PDF, 505 KB) (opens in a new window) |
Professor Jane Ussher and Associate Professor Janette Perz from the Centre for Health Research and Dr Emilee Gilbert, from the School of Social Sciences & Psychology are leading a team of researchers to study fertility after treatment for cancer from the perspective of patients, their partners and health professionals. This Australian Research Council Linkage project will be conducted with partners CanTeen, Cancer Council NSW, Family Planning NSW, National Breast Cancer Foundation, Nepean Hospital and Westmead Hospital with the aim of increasing knowledge of this important health issue and helping to develop programs to reduce distress.
|Horsing around? Not with Hendra virus risk management (PDF, 2719.02 KB) (opens in a new window) |
Dr Melanie Taylor from the Centre for Health Research, Drs Navneet Dhand and Jenny-Ann Toribio from the University of Sydney, Drs Nina Kung and Hume Field from Queensland Centre for Emerging Infectious Diseases and Dr Barbara Moloney and Dr Therese Wright from the NSW Department of Primary Industries are undertaking a three-year research project to investigate the knowledge, attitudes and biosecurity practices of horse owners in relation to Hendra virus. This multidisciplinary project is part of the National Hendra Virus Research Program which is funded by the Commonwealth of Australia and the States of New South Wales and Queensland. The project is contracted by the Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation.
|Unravelling changes in soil function (PDF, 2729.92 KB) (opens in a new window) |
Associate Professor Brajesh Singh and Professor Peter Reich of the Hawkesbury Institute for the Environment at the University of Western Sydney have been awarded an ARC Discovery Project grant to examine the microbial regulation of soil functions.
|Bugs that ate a fragile woodland (PDF, 157.36 KB) (opens in a new window) |
Dr Markus Riegler, of the Hawkesbury Institute for the Environment, will lead a team of researchers investigating what is killing Grey Box eucalypts on the Cumberland Plain in Western Sydney. The project, which has been assisted by the New South Wales Government through its Environmental Trust and in partnership with the Royal Botanic Gardens and Domain Trust, aims to develop measures to try to conserve this once dominant tree species.
|Grassland pests the root of the problem (PDF, 2647.94 KB) (opens in a new window) |
Associate Professor Sally Power and Dr Scott Johnson, of the Hawkesbury Institute for the Environment, have been awarded funding to investigate the effect of erratic rainfall on Australia's important but dwindling grasslands. The project, which is supported by the Hermon Slade Foundation, will particularly look at the role of below-ground insect pests under differing rainfall regimes.
|Fast, efficient goods shipment (PDF, 429.78 KB) (opens in a new window) |
Dr Henry Lau and Dr Dilupa Nakandala of the School of Business with Professor Sven Axsater of Lund University Sweden are developing a mathematical decision-making model to assist best-practice in supply chain operations for
businesses. This project is funded by the Australian Research Council through its Discovery Projects grant scheme.
|Sound selection above the din (PDF, 2515.56 KB) (opens in a new window) |
Associate Professor Jeesun Kim and Professor Christopher Davis from the MARCS Institute along with Professor Martin Cooke from Basque Foundation for Science are undertaking an investigation into speech recognition in noisy situations. The interdisciplinary project, which is supported by the Australian Research Council
Discovery Project, will involve collaboration between human and machine speech
recognition researchers, combining signal processing and cognition.
|Young women and cigarettes (PDF, 2507.97 KB) (opens in a new window)|
Dr Emilee Gilbert, from the School of Social Sciences and Psychology and the Centre for Health Research, is leading an investigation into why young women smoke despite knowing the serious health risks. The project, which is supported by the Australian Research Council Discovery Project, aims to increase understanding of why young women are resistant to the anti-smoking message. The other investigators are Professor Jane Ussher and Associate Professor Janette Perz.