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Evidence review of the clinical consequences of low density malaria infections

The objective of the project is to extensively review published literature to compile evidence related to the clinical consequences of asymptomatic (low density) malaria infections.This project is based at our Kelvin Grove campus.

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Vacation research experience scheme
Faculty
Faculty of Health
School
School of Public Health and Social Work
Research centre(s)

Centre for Immunology and Infection Control

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
Faculty
Faculty of Health
School
School of Psychology and Counselling

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
School
School of Public Health and Social Work

Statistical methods for detecting Antarctic ecosystems from space

Satellite images are a frequent and free source of global data which can be used to effectively monitor the environment. We can see how the land is being used, how it’s being changed, what’s there – even where animals are in the landscape. Using these images is essential, particularly for regions where data is expensive to collect or difficult to physically access, like Antarctica. In Antarctica and the sub-Antarctic islands, satellite images can be an easy and quick way to …

Study level
PhD, Master of Philosophy, Honours
Faculty
Faculty of Science
School
School of Mathematical Sciences
Research centre(s)
Centre for Data Science
Centre for the Environment

Chimeric Antigen Receptor (CAR) T cells for the treatment of cancer

Chimeric Antigen Receptor (CAR) T cells are genetically modified immune cells that can recognise and kill cancer cells. They are a type of cancer immunotherapy that can be very effective against certain types of blood cancers and are now approved for use in patients. However, CAR T cells can only benefit a very small proportion of cancer patients at present.The aim of this project is to develop new types of CAR T cells that are more effective and can target …

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Vacation research experience scheme
Faculty
Faculty of Health
School
School of Biomedical Sciences

Legal avenues to the tobacco endgame goal

Professor Matthew Rimmer has been working on tobacco control and policy. His research was influential in developing the pioneering plain packaging of tobacco products in Australia. Professor Rimmer is part of a NHMRC Centre for Research Excellence for Achieving the Tobacco Endgame. He is focusing on the legal dimensions of the tobacco endgame.There are 7 dimensions to the tobacco endgame project:human rights, sustainable development, and international laweconomic and non-economic strategies to reduce tobacco production and consumptionintellectual property, investment law, and …

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

Australian Centre for Health Law Research

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

Deploying student voice to improve engagement and learning

Reform to address barriers to learning for students with disability, at all levels of education, is required by international human rights law and national anti-discrimination legislation. Such reform can be achieved through the application of universal design principles to pedagogy, curriculum and assessment; a process with the potential to improve the comprehension, engagement and learning of all students, as well as reduce academic workload by generating fewer requests for clarification.This collaborative project between academics in the School of Accountancy, Faculty …

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

Centre for Inclusive Education

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

Protein biomarkers to predict immunotherapy response in lung cancers

Immunotherapy has revolutionised cancer treatment in the recent years. It has been successfully used to treat several melanoma and lung cancer patients. However, not all patients respond to immunotherapy. There is a clinical need for biomarkers that can identify lung cancer patients that are most likely to benefit from immunotherapy.In this project, we will employ mass spectrometry-based proteomics approaches to carry out proteomic profiling of mononuclear cells and plasma samples from lung cancer patients treated with immunotherapy. Proteome profiles of …

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Vacation research experience scheme
Faculty
Faculty of Health
School
School of Biomedical Sciences

Improving therapeutic responses to chemotherapy through combination common drugs

Colorectal cancer is responsible for over 5,000 deaths each year, with most deaths resulting from the spread of cancer to distant sites. When this occurs, cancer is said to be metastatic. When colorectal cancer is metastatic, chemotherapy becomes the mainstay of treatment. Responses to chemotherapy are mixed, and resistance and progression occur in more than 95% of patients.There is a need to enhance responses to common chemotherapeutics to improve patient outcomes. This project will investigate combining common and safe compounds …

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Vacation research experience scheme
Faculty
Faculty of Health
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School of Biomedical Sciences

Feasibility of mapping individual electroencephalography to neuroanatomical sources across children and adolescents

Aims and MethodologyBackgroundSource reconstruction of electroencephalography (EEG) in adults has become a widely used technique to derive estimated electrophysiological signal representations occurring at specific anatomical locations. Yet there remains a dearth of source-based EEG techniques in paediatric populations which feasibly and accurately capture the same representations. The availability of a streamlined source based EEG framework would provide an essential platform for neuroscientists in the paediatric research space to analyse their EEG data with respect to neuroanatomy.AimTo assess the feasibility of …

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Vacation research experience scheme
Faculty
Faculty of Health
School
School of Biomedical Sciences

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