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Visiting fellow talks virtual reality

The School of Occupational Therapy and Social Work recently hosted Professor Ros Boyd, the Hayden Williams Visiting Fellow, as part of the Participation and Rehabilitation Research Focus Group.

The School of Occupational Therapy and Social Work hosted Professor Ros Boyd.
The School of Occupational Therapy and Social Work hosted Professor Ros Boyd.

Dr Haydn Williams masterminded the establishment of the Western Australian Institute of Technology (WAIT), along with George Hayman, and was the institute’s inaugural director from 1967 to 1979.

Professor Boyd is the Scientific Director of the Queensland Cerebral Palsy and Rehabilitation Research Centre (QCPRRC), an internationally recognised research group at the University of Queensland in the School of Medicine.

In collaboration with the Faulty of Science and Engineering, Professor Boyd gave a fascinating presentation on how virtual reality is being used with children with neurological impairment. The presentation, ‘The use of virtual reality in children with acquired brain injury’, highlighted the latest evidence in the field.

Professor Boyd also presented her team’s findings on a recent research project, ‘Randomised controlled trial of web-based multimodal therapy for children with acquired brain injury to improve gross motor capacity and performance’.

In a second seminar, ‘Improving your grant success’, Professor Boyd shared her experience in applying for grants with a focus on NHMRC funding. Professor Boyd has achieved over $29 million in research funding, and in 2016 was an invited NHMRC reviewer.

Professor Boyd also took time out of her busy schedule to mentor and support individual researchers and research teams. The school is looking forward to welcoming Professor Boyd back to Curtin in 2017.