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Allergen transcriptome of Bahia grass pollen and interaction with SARS-CoV2

Pollen allergy is a common seasonal respiratory disease triggered by hypersensitivity to pollen affecting 10-30% of adults and 40% of children, and is a predisposing factor for asthma. The sources of grass pollens differ between climate zones with subtropical grass pollens such as Bahia grass (Paspalum notatum), Johnson grass (Sorghum halepense) and Bermuda grass (Cynodon dactylon) being abundant in Queensland.Pollens interact with airway epithelium to stimulate both adaptive and innate immunity. Proteolytic activity is one route that stimulates release of …

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Vacation research experience scheme
Faculty
Faculty of Health
School
School of Biomedical Sciences
Research centre(s)

Centre for Immunology and Infection Control

Workforce development in palliative care

Get involved with research projects conducted under the Cancer and Palliative Care Outcomes Centre (CPC) focusing on workforce development in palliative care.This project is located at QUT Kelvin Grove campus.

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Vacation research experience scheme
Faculty
Faculty of Health
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School of Nursing
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Centre for Healthcare Transformation

How do households dispose of medication?

It is likely that every household would have some surplus medicines that are no longer required by the person who originally took them. Some countries have schemes for return of medicines for appropriate disposal while others do not. Inappropriate disposal of medicines can lead to environmental pollution or if stored, may lead to incorrect dispensing to other family members or friends.This project aims to review the available literature on disposal of medicines from households. This includes searching for literature on …

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Vacation research experience scheme
Faculty
Faculty of Health
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School of Public Health and Social Work

Exercise in extreme environments

A number of projects are currently being undertaken by the E3 Lab.These projects investigate the influence of extreme environmental conditions on exercise and work performance.The E3 research laboratory is well equipped to answer how the environment affects human thermoregulatory performance.This project is based at QUT Kelvin Grove campus.

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Vacation research experience scheme
Faculty
Faculty of Health
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School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences

Improving the salience and validity of aversive stimuli in fear conditioning paradigms

The fear conditioning paradigm is an internationally renowned test of associative learning and has high relevance to anxiety disorders and PTSD, such that the paradigm is recognised by the American NIMH as a Research Domain Criteria. However, the nature of the aversive stimuli typically used in the paradigm are acknowledged to not be entirely compatible with disorders that this paradigm is designed to mimic. Consequently, significant research investment into this paradigm has yielded relatively few treatment improvements in the clinic.The …

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Vacation research experience scheme
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Faculty of Health
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School of Psychology and Counselling

Online dating and the constraints of economic access

Economic access and dependency impact men and women in different ways. These impacts can be more or less pronounced at different life stages, and different for both sexes.The internet is now the number one way people find their partners, and theoretically provides participants quasi-infinite choice and unconstrained access to all potential suitors. But for many, searching for a mate, and finding that one true love is in many ways still constrained by pure economic constraints. Utilising a novel data set …

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Vacation research experience scheme
Faculty
Faculty of Business and Law
School
School of Economics and Finance
Research centre(s)

Centre for Behavioural Economics, Society and Technology

Regulating the future of food: Analysis of Submissions to the Senate Inquiry on 'Definitions of meat and other animal products'

Meat and dairy alternatives are positioned as the solution to issues with intensive animal agriculture. These alternatives have gained significant popularity and investment in Australia and globally. As new meat and dairy alternatives and processes enter the markets, stakeholders are calling on regulators to respond. This project will investigate how Australia plans to regulate the future of protein production and consumption. With support and guidance and no expectation of prior experience, you will perform a qualitative documentary analysis on submissions …

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Vacation research experience scheme
Faculty
Faculty of Business and Law
School
School of Law

Online dating for sexual minorities: exploring determinants of choice and behaviour

Online dating is now the number one way people find their marriage partner in developed economies (Australia, USA, UK, France, Germany, to name a few). Pioneers of mate choice behavioural Science such as in economics (Becker in the 1970’s and 1980’s), in evolutionary biology (Trivers in the 1970’s), and in social psychology (Kenrick & Buss in the 1980’s) propose that marriage markets find equilibrium in heterosexual complementary production based on men and women’s reproductive investment and cost. Such theories have …

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Vacation research experience scheme
Faculty
Faculty of Business and Law
School
School of Economics and Finance
Research centre(s)

Centre for Behavioural Economics, Society and Technology

Health professionals care of wounds in rural and regional areas of Queensland

Barriers to health care for regional/rural residents often relates to the limited availability of local health services and resources and the distance needed to seek suitable specialised services. Wounds experienced in rural and regional areas are often dependent upon the types of employment available, recreational pursuits and risk-taking behaviours.The prevalence of non-communicable lifestyle related risk factors (such as obesity and poor nutrition) and the propensity for an ageing population in rural and regional areas, positions this population group as one …

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Vacation research experience scheme
Faculty
Faculty of Health
School
School of Nursing
Research centre(s)
Centre for Healthcare Transformation

Ecological interactions in Antarctic ecosystems

Antarctic and sub-Antarctic terrestrial ecosystems are dominated by mosses, lichens, invertebrates and some vascular plants. Marine vertebrates (penguins, seals, seabirds) also play an important role in driving terrestrial processes. All these species are influenced by many environmental and biotic factors, including interactions between species. Determining the impacts of climatic and environmental change on Antarctic and sub-Antarctic biodiversity requires greater understanding of these interactions.Ecological data on species interactions and the drivers of these interactions are an essential part of Antarctic and …

Study level
PhD
Faculty
Faculty of Science
School
School of Biology and Environmental Science
Research centre(s)
Centre for Data Science
Centre for the Environment

Fit for purpose pedagogies in paramedic education

Compared with other health fields, paramedic studies is a relatively new field of scholarship that critically examines issues pertaining to the dynamic interplay between paramedic education, professional practice and diverse facets of culture and society. The emergence of paramedic studies as an academic discipline has been swift and extensive to a certain extent. As a salient, still evolving regulated profession, its focal concern is the deployment of accredited paramedicine educational programs and concomitant essential curriculum requirements, underpinned by professional standards …

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Vacation research experience scheme
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Faculty of Health
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School of Clinical Sciences

Using machine learning to understand the world's microbiomes

Shotgun metagenomic sequencing has become commonplace when studying microbial communities and their relationship ship with the health of our planet, and their direct effects on our own health. Currently, there is >180,000 shotgun metagenomes publicly available, but until recently trying to treat these data as a resource has been challenging due to its extreme size (>700 trillion base pairs).Recently we have developed a tool that can efficiently convert this base pair information into a straightforward assessment of which microorganisms are …

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Vacation research experience scheme
Faculty
Faculty of Health
School
School of Biomedical Sciences
Research centre(s)

Centre for Microbiome Research

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