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PVC message, May 2017

Associate Professor Deborah Kerr, School of Public Health, is harnessing the power of the ubiquitous smartphone in her research into how people can lose weight through diet and exercise. Her research offers a twist on generic weight loss advice by offering study participants personalised feedback, via a customised app, about their dietary choices.

In other research news, we have fantastic profiles on Dr Takeshi Hamamura, School of Psychology and Speech Pathology, and Professor Catherine Elliott, School of Occupational Therapy and Social Work, who conduct research into ways of thinking from a cross-cultural perspective, and neurological impairment, respectively.

It’s important to note that the NHMRC has made changes to its grant program and will move to funding medical research through four funding streams. More information can be found here.

Congratulations to Professor Ricardo Mancera, School of Biomedical Sciences, who has been awarded an ARC Linkage Grant of $600K over four years for his project ‘Advanced cryobanking for recalcitrant-seeded Australian rainforest plants’. Congratulations also to Benjamin Bartlett, School of Biomedical Sciences, who won a poster prize for his poster ‘Oligomeric Amyloid-b42 induced platelet aggregation’ at the recent Science on the Swan conference. Dr Fenella Gill, School of Nursing, Midwifery and Paramedicine, was awarded Nurse Researcher of the Year at the 2017 Nursing and Midwifery Excellence Awards. Congratulations on this wonderful achievement, Dr Gill.

Our staff have again been busy this month, with travels to a midwifery conference in China to present on low-cost simulation, having a presence at National Sorry Day at Wellington Square and welcoming the Ambassador to Brazil to tour the School of Biomedical Sciences.

When our students graduate, they typically go on to develop challenging and rewarding careers in Australia and internationally. One of our alumnus from the School of Physiotherapy and Exercise Science, Brett Stanford, has built a career based on physical stunts and the power of social media. He credits the work ethic he developed as a physiotherapist for his success. In other student news, our partnership with the Fremantle Dockers offers our students fantastic opportunities to develop their professional skills in ‘real life’ scenarios. You can learn all about what our students are doing on the field in the newsletter.