Flinders Foundation Health Seed Grant Round 2018

Thanks to you we can fund world leading research at Flinders

Thanks to you, 35 exciting health and medical research projects across the Flinders medical precinct have received a boost after winning funding in the 2018 Flinders Foundation Health Seed Grant Round.

Flinders Foundation’s partnership with Flinders University, and generous support from individual supporters, fundraisers and corporate partners provided the research seed grants to help researchers kick-start discoveries across a variety of illnesses, diseases and social issues.

Read below about some of the exciting, ground-breaking projects which have been made possible thanks to your generous donations.

Aged care for the 'forgotten Australians'

Flinders University researchers are turning their attention to the ‘Forgotten Australians’ and developing models of aged care for survivors of psychological trauma. Read More

Analysing Australian early childhood education policies

Flinders researchers will take a close look at the early childhood policies of Australian governments to help give kids the best possible start through effective early education policies that support their wellbeing and development. Read More

Biomarkers for detection of oesophageal adenocarcinoma

Flinders researchers are aiming to find methods of early detection for one of the deadliest forms of cancer - oesophageal adenocarcinoma. Read More

Brain fear circuitry in mind and brain disorders

Further understanding of how mood & physical response bring forth behavioural and physiological changes could help us deal with mind and brain disorders. Read More

Cancer immunotherapies and the gut

The combination of microbiota (the microorganisms) in our gut may have a profound impact on determining our risk of developing cancer, and our likelihood of responding well to exciting new cancer treatments Read More

Cardiotoxicity – a cancer side effect

Flinders researchers aim to develop an evidence-based, patient-centred clinical cardiotoxicity assessment tool for patients going through cancer treatment Read More

Defining how serotonin regulates the gut

Flinders researchers will use new technology to take a closer look at the role serotonin plays in gut health. Read More

Detecting human norovirus

Flinders researchers have their sights set on developing new methods to detect a common and highly infectious form of gastro. Read More

Digital health services among the socioeconomically disadvantaged

To what extent are health care users living in socioeconomically disadvantaged areas able to access, use and benefit from digital health services? That’s the question Flinders researchers will ask. Read More

End-of-life care for people with physical disability

Flinders researchers will explore the specific needs of people with physical disabilities who are at end-of-life, as well as the needs of their families and the support staff who help care for them. Read More

Healthy eating app for working families

Could a new phone-based app play a role in helping to improve the diets of young children? Flinders researchers want to find out. Read More

Ibrutinib in chronic lymphocytic leukaemia

Researchers at the Flinders Centre for Innovation in Cancer will seek to uncover why some patients develop resistance to ibrutinib – a common and effective therapy used to treat chronic lymphocytic leukaemia (CLL). Read More

Improving management of childhood glaucoma

Researchers at Flinders are on a quest to improve treatments and learn more about the genetic risks of childhood glaucoma – a rare disease which can result in significant blindness. Read More

Improving neurological outcomes after CPR

Could raising a patient’s legs during CPR be the key to improving neurological outcomes?  That’s the question Flinders researchers will explore thanks to a Flinders Foundation Health Seed Grant.   Read More

Integration and social inclusion in public spaces

A study by Flinders researchers will help explore better ways to make public spaces inclusive, healthy spaces for people of refugee-backgrounds. Read More

Maternal health for refugees

Cultural differences and access to interpreters are just two of the challenges faced by pregnant and post-natal refugee women in Australia. Flinders researchers will head a project to study the maternity health issues facing refugee women. Read More

Metastatic cancer and risk of bone fractures

Flinders researchers hope to improve treatment methods and reduce unnecessary treatments for bone cancer patients by developing computational models to better predict the risk of bone fracture. Read More

New brain cancer model

Flinders University, UniSA and SAHMRI researchers are collaborating on bold and exciting new research to develop a human ‘mini brain’ model in vitro to study the mechanisms of brain cancer. Read More

Optimising treatments for cancer and diabetes

Flinders researchers hope to uncover better treatments for a range of prevalent diseases including cancer, Type 2 Diabetes and insulin resistance, thanks to new research targeting the cell’s main energy sensor. Read More

Oropharyngeal surgery for obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA)

Flinders University Associate Professor Taher Omari will use a Flinders Foundation Health Seed Grant to conduct investigations in patients undergoing surgical treatment for obstructive sleep apnoea. Read More

Protein homeostasis in pregnancy and beyond

New research at Flinders could have huge implications for our understanding of preeclampsia -as well as more than 40 other human disorders including Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, macular degeneration and arthritis. Read More

Searching for biomarkers in Glioblastoma

A biomarker for the earliest detection of brain cancer risk factors is in sight with Flinders researchers working on a new project targeting Glioblastoma – the most common form of brain cancer. Read More

Sleep apnoea and falls risk

Flinders researchers will utilise high tech equipment and advanced techniques to help identify falls risk in patients with Obstructive Sleep Apnoea. Read More

Sweet talk: Analysing perspectives on a ‘sugar tax’ as a response to obesity in Australia.

Flinders researchers are aiming to help policy makers and the public better understand contemporary debates on measures to reduce obesity in Australia. Read More

Taking aim at drug resistant tumours

Researchers at Flinders are taking aim at the most aberrant and drug resistant tumours by identifying novel targets for metabolic therapy to kill cancer cells with chromosomal instability. Read More

The health implications of distrust in the food system

The average Australian’s food habits are being affected by an online influx of alternative food bloggers, untrained celebrity health ‘experts’ and conspiracy theorists, which has led to a distrust of government food guidelines and legitimate scientific information. Flinders researchers will study the health implications of this 'distrust'. Read More

The role of health professionals in (re) building trust with consumers about food.

Flinders researchers will assess the roles that health professionals play in rebuilding consumers’ trust in the food system after they have been involved in a food incident. Read More

Treatments for dengue retinopathy

Flinders researchers will take a big step towards developing effective treatments for dengue retinopathy – a serious eye impairment experienced by up to 10 per cent of people hospitalised with dengue virus. Read More

UGT enzymes in prostate and breast cancers

Researchers at Flinders are hoping to advance their understanding of, and treatment responses for, prostate and breast cancer by unlocking the mysteries of UDP-glucuronosyltransferase enzymes – more commonly called UGTs.   Read More

Unravelling the mystery of healthy kidney growth

Flinders researchers are delving deeper to better understand how one kidney grows when its ‘mate’ is removed. Read More

Upper airway surgery for obstructive sleep apnoea

Could multi-level upper airway surgery be a first-line treatment for patients with obstructive sleep apnoea? Flinders researchers want to find out. Read More

Virtual reality arena for motion vision research

A common insect is playing a key role in Flinders University researchers’ long-term goal to help develop a bionic eye. Read More

Wireless optogenetics and the gut

Flinders researchers will investigate the potential of using optogenetics to improve our understanding of how the gut works. Read More

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