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Mark Liveris Seminar and Research Week Seminar Report

Director of Graduate Studies, Jaya A R Dantas, reports on a successful Mark Liveris Seminar, which was attended by 82 students, and a Lunch Box Seminar in the City, on St George’s Terrace, at which two academics from Public Health presented.


Students attend the successful Mark Liveris Seminar.
Students attend the successful Mark Liveris Seminar.

The Mark Liveris Seminar was held on 1 September 2016. Approximately 82 students presented posters and papers, and it was a successful annual event. All participants were presented with a certificate of participation, and the top two presenters in each of the sessions were presented with a certificate and gift vouchers, which were sponsored by the Curtin University Postgraduate Student Association (CUPSA) and the Faculty of Health Sciences.

  • Eight Best Papers (awarded by the Faculty Health Sciences and CUPSA).
  • Six Best Poster Presenters (awarded by the Faculty of Health Sciences).
  • One Best Poster (awarded by CUPSA) and two Best Posters (awarded by the Faculty of Health Sciences).

The seminar also included a Keynote Address by Professor John Mamo, Director, Curtin Health Innovation Research Institute (CHIRI).  In his keynote presentation, Professor Mamo discussed his research and CHIRI, and invited students to consider collaborative research opportunities.

After lunch Diana Blackwood, Faculty Librarian, presented a session on:  ‘Are you a super searcher? Tools for improving and reviewing your search strategy for evidence syntheses’.

Post lunch there was also an Academic Panel Discussion: ‘Journeys after the PhD: Reflections from Faculty Academics’. Research Professor Nikos Ntoumanis, School of Psychology and Speech Pathology, Dr Nina Tirnitz-Parker, School of Biomedical Sciences, Professor Samar Aoun, School of Nursing, Midwifery and Paramedicine, and Dr Hendra Gunosewoyo, School of Pharmacy, shared their personal experiences as researchers.

Research Week

During University Research Week in September, Dr Gavin Pereira, School of Public Health, facilitated and chaired the Lunch Box Seminar in the City on St George’s Terrace. The presenters were Professor Chris Reid, School of Public Health, and Dr Terry Boyle, School of Public Health. There was a successful turnout of 40 attendees including students and the public.

Public Good Clinical Trials’ – Professor Christopher Reid

Professor Reid discussed his research and clinical trials. Whilst statins are one of the most widely used medications for the treatment and management of patients at risk of cardiovascular disease around the globe, they remain one of the most controversial class of drugs in regards to primary prevention where the balance of risks and benefits is critical.

‘Move More to Reduce your Cancer Risk’Dr Terry Boyle

Using examples from his research conducted in Australia and Canada, Dr Terry Boyle gave an overview of the latest evidence linking physical activity with a reduced risk of several cancers, and discussed emerging research on sedentary behaviour – too much sitting may increase the risk of some cancers.

Professor Jaya A R Dantas

Director of Graduate Studies