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Research and Innovation Week Lunchbox Lecture Series

Curtin University’s Faculty of Health Sciences invites you to attend the Lunchbox Lecture Series as part of Research and Innovation Week 2017, which will be held from 18 September to 22 September 2017.


Research and Innovation Week will be held from 18 September to 22 September 2017.
Research and Innovation Week will be held from 18 September to 22 September 2017.

On Monday 18 September 2017, join Professor Steve Allsop from the National Drug Research Institute at Curtin University as he presents his lecture, “Drugs and work – what’s going on?” on Monday 18 September.

There are few days without a headline about alcohol and other drugs impacting on individual consumers, first responders, family members and the broad community. But what do we know about impact in the workplace?

Should we be more concerned about potential and actual harm? What should employers and employees be doing to prevent problems arising in the workplace and to effectively respond?

Professor Steve Allsop will discuss the evidence about alcohol and other drug use, and related problems, in the Australian community and discuss how these might impact on work.

Professor Allsop will present evidence about the workplace impact of alcohol and other drug use, including methamphetamine use, and describe the range of options, and evidence, about responses.

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On Thursday 21 September, join Professor Fitzgerald as she presents her research on the brain’s neurological response to concussion injuries, how they are managed, and what is needed to improve patient outcomes.

About the lecture

Traumatic injury to the brain or spinal cord invariably has serious and long-term functional consequences.

Following trauma, cells in the lesion site die rapidly, with resultant immediate loss of function. In addition, neurons and supporting cells in the area beyond the initial lesion are vulnerable and can undergo delayed death leading to further progressive functional loss.

Professor Fitzgerald will talk about her research in this public lecture with a focus on milder injuries like concussion.

About the speaker

Melinda Fitzgerald is Professor of Neurotrauma at Curtin University and the Perron Institute, located at the recently-opened Sarich Neuroscience Research Institute. Her research is focused around understanding how damage spreads following neurotrauma, such as traumatic brain injury. She has used the findings from these fundamental studies to design and test treatment strategies, including nanotechnologies and combinations of pharmacotherapeutics.

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