Health Research Seminars

Our seminar series provides a stimulating forum for attendees to engage, and discuss the latest developments in health research and policy. Profiling an array of topics ranging from the molecular to the global, the seminars offer researchers and industry the opportunity to collaborate and share their knowledge, ideas and experiences.

To find out more about our seminars, email

Seminar schedule


3 October 2018


HB8-18 (UniSA CRI), City West campus

Associate Professor Maria Inacio from SAHMRI presents The Registry or Older South Australians’ Framework and Current Research.


Assoc. Professor Inacio is Director of the Registry of Older South Australians (ROSA) at SAHMRI, and Adjunct Professor at UniSA.


Dr Gavin Tempest
Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Psychiatry at Stanford University USA

Shining (near infrared) light on brain function during exercise  

Professor Eva Bezak

Professor in Medical Radiation, University Of South Australia

Quo Vadis in Women in STEMM? Medical Physics Status

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Anthony Stevens & Tristan Bibbo
Manager Academic Library Services, City East Campus, University of South Australia, and IT Coordinator for the City East Campus, University of South Australia


Research Data Management

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Sharing data ethically - ANDS

Research Data Management guide - UniSA Library

Professor Gunnar Steineck

Senior Research Physician, Clinical Epidemiology at Karolinska Institutet, and a Professor of Clinical Cancer Epidemiology at University of Gothenburg in Stockholm, Sweden

Curing cancer with restored health in the cancer survivor – a new nosology for treatment-induced cancer survivorship diseases that decrease sexual and bowel health to be used for prevention and alleviation

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Dr Tasha Stanton
Senior Research Fellow with the Body in Mind Research group at the University of South Australia & Neuroscience Research Australia, Sydney. Her research interests include cortical body representation (how the body is represented in the brain), perception, multimodal illusions, mediated reality, and pain.

Let's talk about the brain: Modulating pain and stiffness using novel advances in neuroscience

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Dr Ross Smith & Professor Mark Billinghurst
Co-Director of the a Wearable Computer Lab and a Senior Lecturer at the School of Information Technology and Mathematical Sciences, and Professor of Human Computer Interaction at the University of South Australia

Embracing Augmented and Virtual Reality Technologies

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Associate Professor Ian Hewson

Specialist practitioner in Special Needs Dentistry, St Vincent's Hospital Melbourne

Reconstruction of head and neck cancer patients at St Vincent's Hospital Melbourne

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Professor Catherine Hill

Professor and Showalter Faculty Scholar, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana, USA

Designing small molecule technologies to control arthropod vectors of diseases

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Professor Chas Bountra
Professor of Translational Medicine in the Nuffield Department of Clinical Medicine and Associate Member of the Department of Pharmacology at the University of Oxford

How can we work together to transform the discovery of new medicines?

** Please be advised this seminar was cancelled due to international travel delays**


Angelica Healey & Ann Morgan

Manager: Research & Data Management Support (ISTS) and Manager, Academic Library Services, University Library (ITEE)

The Concepts and Principles of Good Data Management for successful research projects

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Gillian Caughey

Senior Research Fellow (Pharmacoepidemiologist) in the School of Pharmacy and Medical Sciences, University of South Australia and School of Medicine, Discipline of Pharmacology, University of Adelaide

Multimorbidity:  Improving Health Outcomes for Australia's Older Population

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Professor Julie Ratcliffe

Professor of Health Economics within the Institute for Choice, Business School, University of South Australia

Nothing about us without us:  Building consumer involvement and inclusivity into the methods and application of health economics and economic evaluation

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Dr Cindy Vestergaard

STIMSON Centre, Washington DC, U.S.A.

The Front to Back of Nuclear Safeguards  

Anthony Stevens

Manager Academic Library Services, City East Campus, University of South Australia

Alternative Metrics: what is all the tweet about?

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Almetrics (5Mb)
Tips & Tricks
Your Online Presence
UniSA Requirements/

Jessica Lovering

Director of Energy at the Breakthrough Institute, Oakland California

Between the Rock and the Hard Place - Is there a place for nuclear power: a climate pragmatism project  

Professor Tanya Monro

Deputy Vice Chancellor: Research and Innovation and an ARC Georgina Sweet Laureate Fellow, University of South Australia

New possibilities for sensing and measurement using Photonics

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Associate Professor Claudine Bonder

Associate Professor:  Head of the Vascular Biology and Cell Trafficking Laboratory at the Centre for Cancer Biology in Adelaide, South Australia.

Vasculogenic mimicry, a bloody new way for cancer growth and metastasis


Associate Professor Alwin Chong

Associate Professor in the Division of Health Sciences at the Univeristy of South Australia

Positive Futures


Dr Natasha Schranz

Active Healthy Kids Australia (AHKA) Co-Chair and Research Fellow from The University of South Australia

Do our kids have all the tools?


Dr Julia Gilmartin-Thomas
NHMRC-ARC Dementia Research Development Fellow, School of Public Health and Preventative Medine, Monash University

Medication Management in Older People: A pharmacist researcher’s exploration of medication dispensing and administration in aged care facilities (PhD Research), and analgesic use in older people with and without dementia (Postdoctoral Research)


Dr Kristen Alford

Director MOD. (Museum of Discovery) UniSA

Introducing MOD: showcasing the edge of knowledge


Dr Jason Dutton
Senior Lecturer, Deputy Head, Department of Chemistry and Physics, School of Molecular Sciences, La Trobe University

Using iodine to unlock new transition metal and main group chemistry


Dr Patrizia Furlan

Program Director: Journalism and Professional Writing, School of Communication, International Studies and Languages, UniSA

Lost in translation? Important things to know about how the news media report on medical research


Associate Professor David Seminowicz

Department of Neural and Pain Sciences, School of Dentistry, University of Maryland, Baltimore, USA

Discovering Emotional and Cognitive Brain Network Dysfunction in Chronic Pain with Neuroimaging



Professor Peter Hoffmann
Strand Leader and Lloyd Sansom Chair Biomaterials Engineering and Nanomedicine at UniSA’s Future Industries Institute

Mass Spectrometry Imaging as Tool in Cancer Diagnostics and Cancer Drug Testing Platform  

Daniel DiFiore
My Health Record Regional Social Media Coordinator at phn Adelaide

My Health Record Information Session  

Professor Marion Eckert
Foundation Director of the Rosemary Bryant AO Research Centre established as a partnership with the ANMF (SA Branch) and UniSA

The Rosemary Bryant AO Research Centre 2 years in  

Dr Nicky Thomas
An NHMRC Peter Doherty Research Fellow at the School of Pharmacy and Medical Sciences, University of South Australia

Novel approaches to fight nasty infections- lessons learnt at The Adelaide Biofilm Test Facility  

Professor John O'Leary
Lead for Cancer Research at Trinity College Dublin, Director of Pathology at The Coombe Women and Infants University Hospital, Consultant Pathologist at St. James’s Hospital Dublin, Ireland

New perspectives on cancer metastasis  

Professor Sandra Hunter
An internationally recognised exercise scientist, Marquette University USA

Aging of the Neuromuscular System and Fatigability

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Marabelle Heng
Principal Podiatrist in Singapore General Hospital

Research collaborations - Making your best, even better

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Professor Patrick Pietroni
Jungian Analyst, Director Elizabeth Bryan Foundation Trust, Director Darwin Centre Trust, Director Darwin International Institute for the Study of Compassion

Imaging the Future: Compassion in to Action

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Professor John Rothwell
A world-leader in the physiology and pathophysiology of human movement, University College London, UK

Brain stimulation and beyond  

Research events

Connect, Collaborate & Commercialise - ATN Research Translation Workshop    17-19 March, 2019

The ATN workshop will be held in Sydney next month and particularly ECR’s and MCR’s would benefit from these in terms of their research career.
The workshop will be run as a two-day intensive ‘bootcamp’ on research translation and commercialisation. Researchers will gain a better understanding of how to turn discoveries into commercial ventures, a collection of new connections, and possibly some ideas for new projects.
The workshop will have a Medtech and Oncology focus but researchers from all disciplines are encouraged to attend to build their multidisciplinary networks.

For more details, click here about it or you can go direct to the event page: no later than Friday 1 March 2019.

Any other queries, please contact Kerstin Holata:

The Developmental Origins of Health and Disease (DOHaD) Society of Australia and New Zealand

Invite you to attend a free (catered) regional symposium on Monday the 26th of November from 1-5pm in the SAHMRI building on North Terrace

Please register for this free event using the link below (please note - places are limited so please register as soon as you can):

It's a fantastic opportunity to network with other researchers investigating a wide range of exposures during "critical windows of development" (largely from preconception-weaning) on later life health. For more information on developmental programming and the DOHaD society, visit the following website:

In 2019, the international DOHaD Congress will be held in Melbourne between the 20-23rd of October. There is a lot of fantastic ongoing developmental programming research within South Australia, and the 2019 congress is our opportunity to show strong South Australian representation and establish international collaborations. Note that there will be many ECR travel awards available only to those within the ANZ region, providing a great way to send the ECRs in your lab to the meeting (flights are already very cheap, anyway!). This regional symposium represents a good opportunity to network within the DOHaD community prior to the international congress next year.

Research benchmarking metrics to enhance ARC, NHMRC and funding applications

using Web of Science and InCites                                                                                     

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The Library and Clarivate Analytics will be running workshops on using metrics from Web of Science and InCites to provide evidence of your research performance to enhance your grant applications.  
The trainer from Clarivate Analytics has extensive experience with optimising metrics, and will provide a range of tips on how to find, interpret and use metrics wisely, including:

  • Discovering the increased coverage of journals in Web of Science and InCites through the Emerging Sources Citation Index
  • Reviewing your own individual metrics and identifying highlights
  • Looking at the Category Normalized Citation Impact (known as FWCI in Scopus)
  • Understanding the difference between indicators that are used to benchmark people, journals, and articles
  • Top tips for showcasing your research performance by FoR, national and international comparisons and collaborations.                                                                                                                                                            

Workshops and registration details:





Wed 7 November


Mawson Lakes, MM1-04  

Wed 7 November

2pm – 4pm

City West, JS6-17  

Thurs 8 November

9.30am – 11.30am

City East, C4-08  

If you have questions or topics you would like answered, please send them through to so we can ensure they are covered.

Please note you will need to login to access InCites, so bring your password details for Web of Science/InCites/ResearcherID/EndNote (the same password works for all products) with you, or if you don’t have an account or have forgotten your password please access Web of Science then go to the signin prompt top right of screen and follow the prompts.


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Calvary & UniSA Grand Rounds - UniSA Research

Chairs:   Professor Matt McDonald, Clinical Professor of Neurosurgery
               Professor Ian Olver AM, Director, University of South Australia Cancer Research Institute

Thursday 1 November,  6:30pm - 8:00pm
Calvary Wakefield Auditorium
Level 3 270 Wakefield Street, Adelaide

Full details:  click here (.pdf 37kb)

RSVP:  Tanya Vale: by Monday 29 October 2018

South Australian Breast Cancer Study Group (SABCSG) 2018 Scientific Meeting
New Frontiers in Breast Cancer Treatment

Saturday 27 October 2018      9:00am - 4:00pm
University of Adelaide
AHMS Building, North Terrace

Guest Speaker:   Assoc. Professor Elgene Lim, NBCF Endowed Chair, Facilty of Medicine UNSW, Senior Staff Specialist, St Vincent's Hospital

FREE Registration:

- a free seminar by University of South Australia’s Cancer Research Institute - Professor Ian Olver AM and Churchill Fellow Dr Kate Fennell

Friday 21 September      2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Barbara Hanrahan Building, Level 2 (BH2-09)  City West Campus
As part of our Successful Ageing Seminar series, we invite you to attend this FREE seminar to hear from two distinguished presenters on the topic of improving outcomes for cancer patients and survivors in rural Australia.

Professor Ian Olver AM
Director, University of South Australia Cancer Research Institute and Professor of Translational Cancer Research, University of South Australia

A renowned oncologist, cancer researcher and bioethicist his research interests are in anticancer drug studies, symptom control, bio-ethics and psycho-oncology, Ian is author of over 290 journal articles and is a regular commentator on cancer issues in Australia and internationally.

Dr Kate Fennell
Research Fellow, University of South Australia Cancer Research Institute

Kate carries out both qualitative and quantitative research in psycho-oncology, rural health and rural mental health and brings to this role experience from working as a Clinical Psychologist, as well as from growing up on a farm in an isolated rural community. Kate has recently returned from a Churchill Fellowship which allowed her to gather information on this topic from leaders in India, the UK, the Netherlands, Canada and the USA.

Register now…

BHI 'Talking Heads' Research Seminars

Tuesday 18 September 2018

The final BHI ‘Talking Heads’ research seminars for 2018 will be held from 12pm, with lunch to follow at 1pm.

Speaker: Professor Mike Roberts, Research Leader, Therapeutics Research Centre, University of South Australia and Basil Hetzel Institute, TQEH
Title: "Consumer safety and therapeutics: from the outside looking in"

Speaker: Professor John Horowitz, Head, TQEH Cardiology Unit and Cardiovascular Pathophysiology and Therapeutics Group, University of Adelaide and Basil Hetzel Institute, TQEH
Title: "Coronary spasm: the Gordian Knot approach"

Chair: Dr Yuliy Chirkov, Principal Research Scientist, Cardiovascular Pathophysiology and Therapeutics Group, University of Adelaide and Basil Hetzel Institute, TQEH

View full details or visit for more information.