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PVC message, May 2016

We have a number of excellent stories in this issue that aptly demonstrate how accomplished our professional and academic staff, and our students, are.

The faculty was very ably represented at the recent Science on the Swan conference, where a number of our postgraduate students presented their research and two of our talented research students took out poster prizes. The conference, which had the theme of ‘Cutting Edge’ made for an engaging three days, with international speakers and many of Australia’s top researchers in attendance.

The impact of technology on research is a rapidly evolving and fascinating area. Technology is key to two of our exciting research stories this month, a potentially less toxic anti-cancer drug and an app that can detect and rate pain in dementia patients in less than ten seconds. Both research projects have attracted external funding.

Other research projects of interest include the intersection between mindfulness and neuroscience, and how meditation might positively impact on people with aphasia.

Our faculty has been well represented overseas with our Dean of Medicine delivering a keynote address in Italy, and one of our Professors from the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Paramedicine attending the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women.

Our students, past and present, continue to demonstrate their passion and commitment to their areas of study, and this is very adroitly demonstrated by OT alumnus, Nick Maisey. Nick has been nominated for a Western Australian of the Year award for a thriving not-for-profit enterprise, which he first conceived of as a student at Curtin.

A number of our staff have been awarded for their work, or have successfully secured research grants or funding. My congratulations to all staff.

Finally, I am delighted to acknowledge Dr Susan Slatyer, Research Fellow, School of Nursing, Midwifery and Paramedicine, who has been awarded the 2016 Nurse/Midwife of the Year, the highest nursing accolade in Western Australia. Congratulations Dr Slatyer.