Flinders Foundation Health Seed Grant Round 2020

Thanks to your continued generosity, 32 new health and medical research projects across the Flinders medical precinct will share in $755,000 of seed grant funding.

Covering cancer, sleep disorders, neurological conditions, heart disease and pain management; through to indigenous, maternal and child health, as well as exploring the long-term impacts of COVID-19 - your support will help groundbreaking new research get up and running to make a real difference in people’s health and lives. Thank you!

Read below about some of the exciting projects which have been made possible thanks to your generous donations. For a full list of funded projects click here.

‘Bio-Chip’ device for chronic pain diagnosis

Researchers at Flinders University have been awarded a Flinders Foundation Health Seed Grant to develop a cutting-edge ‘neuron-on-chip’ biosensor device to help diagnose what type of pain a patient may be suffering. Read More

Deep learning algorithm’ in orthopaedic trauma

Flinders Foundation funding will help develop a ‘deep learning algorithm’ to detect and classify bone fractures in orthopaedic trauma. Read More

‘First-line’ strategy: Computer Tomography Coronary Angiogram vs Standard Invasive Coronary Angiography

Flinders researchers will carry out a trial on emergency department patients experiencing chest pains – by trialling a less invasive and risky diagnostic test as a ‘first-line’ strategy. Read More

Chemical toxicity in placenta

Inspired by the concerns of SA metropolitan firefighters, Professor Claire Roberts has received a Flinders Foundation Health Seed Grant to assess the toxicity of per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances (also known as “PFAS”) chemicals in human placenta. Read More

Colon cancer: Intestinal stem cells and bile acids

Cancer researchers at Flinders are looking to uncover mechanisms that control the risk and progression of colon cancer Read More

COVID-19: The long-term effects?

Will COVID-19 have long-lasting effects on the immune system and long-term health? And are these effects related to the severity of the disease? Read More

Cultural training in Indigenous health

Northern Territory-based Flinders researcher, Dr Chris Rissel, will use a Flinders Foundation Health Seed Grant to evaluate cultural awareness and safety training taking place in the NT’s rural health services. Read More

Dementia: Early Intervention

Associate Professor Kate Laver will carry out a pilot study on a group of patients diagnosed with Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI) – often a precursor condition to dementia - to see if they can delay the onset of dementia. Read More

Discovering new drug treatments for COVID-19

With no treatment currently available to combat COVID-19, Flinders University researchers are taking steps to change that by screening hundreds of drugs to find the most promising hope for a treatment. Read More

Ear health among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children

A Flinders Foundation Health Seed Grant will help researchers improve the early detection of ear disease and hearing loss among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children living in South Australia, Read More

Epigenetic education

Flinders researchers will investigate whether ‘epigenetic education’ will help motivate men to engage in healthy behaviours prior to conceiving a child. Read More

Examining regional health inequalities in Australia

A Flinders Foundation Health Seed Grant will help Flinders University researcher Dr Joanne Flavel examine health inequalities of Australians living in rural and regional areas compared with those living in metropolitan areas. Read More

Helping GPs manage insomnia

Flinders University researchers will develop a world-first pathway to help GPs treat insomnia, in the hope of reducing reliance on sleeping pills. Read More

Hepatocellular carcinoma screening in Indigenous Australians

A new study is seeking to improve liver cancer screening guidelines for Indigenous Australians. Read More

Increasing knowledge of cancer cell proliferation

Flinders University cancer researcher Professor Janni Petersen will use a Flinders Foundation Health Seed Grant to help increase our understanding of a critical aspect of tumour biology. Read More

Life expectancy: Countries who ‘punch above their weight’.

Flinders University researcher Dr Toby Freeman is taking a closer look at those countries in the Western Pacific region who ‘punch above their weight’ when it comes to life expectancy, to look at what drives these good population health outcomes Read More

Lung cancer: Impact of non-cancer medicines and antibiotics on anticancer treatments

Flinders University researcher Dr Ashley Hopkins will use ‘big data’ to investigate the impact non-cancer medicines and antibiotics may have on the efficacy of anticancer treatments. Read More

Mental health for refugees

Researchers will take a close look at how refugee families understand and view mental health, with the aim of improving access to mental health services and reducing the risk of mental illness and psychological distress. Read More

Mimicking healthy kidney growth

Flinders University Professor Jonathan Gleadle has been awarded a Flinders Foundation Health Seed Grant to build on previously funded work, to better understand this process of how one kidney grows when the other is removed in the hope of mimicking this process. Read More

Monitoring the effectiveness of oesophageal and gastric cancer treatment

More than 100 patients at Flinders with oesophageal and gastric cancers will be involved in a groundbreaking new study, which will investigate whether a simple blood test can monitor the effectiveness of their cancer treatment. Read More

New treatments for Ocular Toxoplasmosis

Generous support of health and medical research at Flinders is helping researchers tackle the ‘world’s most successful parasite’ – Toxoplasma – a cause of eye damage and vision loss. Read More

Placental development and pregnancy complications

New research will investigate the development and ageing of the placenta in the hope of detecting pregnancy complications earlier to help protect the lifelong health of mothers and babies. Read More

Predicting sepsis and preventing death in cancer patients

Sepsis and septic shock are major causes of preventable death in cancer patients. Now Professor Geraint Rogers has received a Flinders Foundation Health Seed Grant to predict these potentially fatal infections, so doctors can intervene earlier and prevent it from occurring. Read More

Preventing stroke and heart failure following heart surgery

Flinders Medical Centre doctors will investigate whether prescribing a medication to patients for the four weeks prior to major heart surgery could prevent stroke, heart failure and death post-surgery. Read More

Quick and accurate diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease

Doctors at Flinders Medical Centre are aiming to develop a reliable and readily available testing technique to diagnose Parkinson's disease earlier and more accurately than is currently possible. Read More

Safeguarding Australian children

A Flinders University research team made up of registered nurses with experience working with and researching children and families will take a close look at the safeguarding roles of these two professions in child-focused settings across Australia. Read More

Serotonin and gastrointestinal function

With a significant proportion of the Australian population suffering from functional gut disorders, Flinders University researchers are seeking answers to long-standing gastrointestinal questions in the hope of providing pathways for new treatments for sufferers. Read More

Suicide prevention in hospital emergency departments

Psychological therapy delivered via a mobile phone intervention program will be trialled on patients at Flinders Medical Centre and Noarlunga Hospital emergency departments in a bid to reduce suicide attempts, thanks to a Flinders Foundation Health Seed Grant. Read More

The impact of poor sleep in hospital

New research out of Flinders is seeking to understand the true impact of sleep disruption in hospital by focusing in on one of the noisiest places – the intensive care unit (ICU). Read More

The role of neuropeptides in gut motor activity

Flinders University researchers are studying the role of two ‘neuropeptides’ in initiating gut motor activity, in the hope it will lead to more specific drugs to control common disturbances of the gut such as irritable bowel syndrome Read More

Using artificial intelligence to predict outcomes of cancer treatment

Flinders University researchers are using Machine Learning – a form of artificial intelligence – to help predict who will benefit from specific anti-cancer drugs during treatment, while also predicting who is more likely to be harmed by the same drugs. Read More

What does organ donation mean to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples?

As a Flinders University researcher and intensive care specialist at Alice Springs Hospital, Dr Paul Secombe believes we can learn more about what Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples think about the idea and process of organ donation. Read More

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