Research Success

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Chain-die forming_Yang
Chain-die forming: Fast and effective (PDF File 905.1 KB) (opens in a new window)
Associate Professor Richard Yang and Professor Yang Xiang from the School of Computing, Engineering and Mathematics, in partnership with SNS UniCorp Pty Ltd, have received Research Partnerships Program funding to evaluate a new plastics production process. Findings from this research could result in a better process of producing complex and high performance structures made of fibre reinforced thermoplastics.


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A Healthy Pulse: The genetics of disease resistance in chickpeas (PDF File 1.0 MB) (opens in a new window)
Dr Jonathan Plett of the Hawkesbury Institute for the Environment has received funding from the Department of Agriculture to identify the genetic markers that promote disease resistance in chickpeas. This research will provide the tools for chickpea breeders to screen new varieties in a simple and straightforward way, leading to less dependence on fertilizer and pesticides, and increased crop yield.


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High-rises putting people to sleep (PDF File 1.4 MB) (opens in a new window)
Professor Kenny Kwok from the Institute for Infrastructure Engineering and Professor Vaughan Macefield from the School of Medicine, with Dr Darren Walton from the University of Canterbury in New Zealand, have teamed up to increase our understanding of the development of drowsiness of workers in tall buildings. This research is funded by the Australian Research Council though its Discovery Projects scheme.


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Fungi for pest control (PDF File 1.1 MB) (opens in a new window)
Dr Zhong-Hua Chen and Associate Professor Robert Spooner-Hart from the School of Science and Health have received funding from the NSW Department of Primary Industries to identify novel differentially-expressed genes of a newly discovered fungus strain for use as a bio-pesticide. This may result in improved control of agricultural insects, improved productivity and the reduction of crop losses, benefiting the agricultural and forestry industries.


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Saving Murray River turtles from extinction (PDF File 1.0 MB) (opens in a new window)
Dr Ricky Spencer from the School of Science and Health is leading a multidisciplinary team to identify the cause and manage the decline of turtles in the Murray River. The project will provide information on river health and biodiversity, as well as the mechanisms on how to improve it. This research is funded through the Australian Research Council’s Linkage Projects program.


Green Building_Tam
The cost of going GREEN (PDF File 1.6 MB) (opens in a new window)
Associate Professor Vivian Tam and Dr Khoa Le from the School of Computing, Engineering and Mathematics are working together with Professor Li-Yin Shen from the Chongqing University in China to explore the cost-effectiveness of green building implementation and evaluate its greenhouse-gas emission. This project is funded by the Australian Research Council through its Discovery Projects scheme.


Herbal Medicines_Li
A natural alternative to the pharmaceutical approach (PDF File 1.6 MB) (opens in a new window)
Associate Professor Chun Guang Li of the National Institute of Complementary Medicine, in partnership with Integria Healthcare, will lead a team to study the effectiveness of natural medicines for the treatment of pain and inflammation. This research aims to identify the key compounds responsible for pharmacological activity and their mechanism/s of action.


Transforming Biofuels_Kannangara
Transformation of biofuels’ by-product (PDF File 1.1 MB) (opens in a new window)
Associate Professors Kamali Kannangara and Gary Dennis of the School of Science and Health, in partnership with Ausbiodiesel Pty Ltd and the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, will lead a research team to investigate the conversion of glycerol into a more usable industrial chemical. This research aims to transform glycerol into a more valuable product with a variety of uses across a range of industries.


Supporting Primary Healthcare_Reath
Supporting primary healthcare in socioeconomically disadvantaged areas (PDF File 980.5 KB) (opens in a new window)
Professor Jennifer Reath and Dr Ronald Brooker of the School of Medicine have received funding from the Australian National University’s Australian Primary Health Care Research Institute to develop and implement a support model to assist General Practices deliver quality care with socially disadvantaged populations.


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The link between inflammation and cancer development (PDF File 834.1 KB) (opens in a new window)
Dr Tara Roberts from the School of Medicine has been awarded a grant from the Cancer Institute of NSW to research the link between chronic inflammation and the development of cancer. The project aims to examine the mechanism by which SMG1 deficiency increases the susceptibility to cancer development by understanding the pathways it regulates and how these roles relate to cancer development.


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Identification of anti-inflammatory compounds from mushrooms (PDF File 892.1 KB) (opens in a new window)
Professor Gerald Muench and Dr Ritesh Raju from the School of Medicine have received Research Partnerships Program funding to identify anti-inflammatory compounds in white button mushroom. This research is in partnership with the Australian Mushroom Growers Association.


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A new twist to an age-old partnership (PDF File 742.2 KB) (opens in a new window)
Dr Jonathan Plett of the Hawkesbury Institute for the Environment has received a prestigious ARC Discovery Early Career Researcher Award to investigate the relationship between fungi and plants. This research aims to better understand beneficial tree-fungi relationships in economically important forest trees and crops. Exploiting these interactions has the potential to substantially increase the profitability and sustainability of agro-forest and agricultural systems.


Integrated Healthcare_Reath
A new integrated healthcare model in Western Sydney (PDF File 288.2 KB) (opens in a new window)
Professor Jennifer Reath, Dr Penny Abbott, and Dr Ronald Brooker from the School of Medicine have received funding from the Western Sydney Local Health District to evaluate a new integrated healthcare program. This program aims to better integrate primary and secondary/ tertiary health care in Western Sydney, streamlining patients’ experience and reducing cost.


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Dance, cognition and creativity: What can the physical tell us about the mental? (PDF File 240.0 KB) (opens in a new window)
Choreographers and contemporary dancers create art collaboratively, a process that provides a wealth of information to neuroscientists and psychologists. Professor Catherine Stevens has received ARC and Australian Dance Theatre funding to conduct research that aims to highlight the role of memory and distributed cognition in improvising, and what this means for models of human cognition.


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Understanding family homelessness (PDF File 115.7 KB) (opens in a new window)
Dr Elizabeth Conroy from the Centre for Health Research has received funding from Mission Australia to investigate family homelessness in NSW. The research aims to determine the risk and protective factors of family homelessness across different family types. An assessment tool to reliably measure these factors will be created for Mission Australia to use as part of its work in preventing homelessness.


 

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