Professor Visvanathan Presents Inaugural Lecture

Date: Tuesday 20 May 2014
Time: 5:30pm (with refreshments and networking to follow)
Location: Napier Lecture Theatre G04, North Terrace Campus

Director of G-TRAC Centre, Professor Renuka Visvanathan will be giving her inaugural lecture this year on ‘Achieving Healthy Ageing by better addressing Nutritional Frailty’,  reviewing the important research being undertaken at the University of Adelaide on this vital national research priority.

Poor nutrition is a major threat to healthy ageing in Australia and worldwide. Weight loss as a result of poor nutrition is about more than losing fat, it leads to muscle loss which in turn leads to frailty, reduced mobility, and falls. On the other hand, good nutrition and exercise together with other strategies may prevent loss of muscle and strength. Employed early, these strategies will help older Australians achieve the goal of ‘Healthy Ageing’.

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Free Lecture

For more information, contact G-TRAC on 8313 2144 or email

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School of Medicine End of Year Function

The School of Medicine End of Year Function was held on the 13th December 2013 and was a great opportunity for titleholders, staff and PhD students to get together and celebrate the year that was.

The AUMO Jazz Band played into the night at the Adelaide Uni Boat Shed, with the sun setting over the new Adelaide Oval development.  $250 was raised to go to the
AUMO Foundation and the School matched this figure to donate $500 in total.

A big thank you goes out to everyone who donated, the band and everyone who made the night possible.

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Fulbright announces world-changing University of Adelaide scholar

Congratulations to Dr Harris Eyre, PhD candidate in Psychiatry, who will receive a prestigious Fulbright Scholarship to study in the United States of America.

See the University Media Release for more details.

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Congratulations Tongzhi Wu | 2013 University Research Medal

The School of Medicine would like to congratulate Tongzhi Wu, who has been chosen as a University Doctoral Research Medal recipient for 2013.

Tongzhi will be presented with his award at the April 2014 Graduation Ceremony.

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Learning and Teaching Facility Opens at the Lyell McEwin Hospital

University of Adelaide staff from the Schools of Medicine and Nursing recently joined staff from the Northern Adelaide Local Health Network (NAHLN) in celebrating the opening of a state of the art learning space for our undergraduates at the Lyell McEwin Hospital.

The Facility is housed within a new Women’s and Children’s block and is adjacent to the new administrative headquarters of the hospital. This will provide outstanding opportunities for small group learning, clinical skills training and simulation. There is high caliber IT infrastructure and office space to accommodate future academic expansion at that base. The opening was presided over by the Deans of Medicine and Nursing together with the Executive Dean and the CEO of NALHN, Margot Mains.

Learning & Teaching at the Lyell McEwin Opening

Opening of Learning & Teaching at the Lyell McEwin

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G-TRAC Celebrates

This week, Adelaide G-TRAC Centre celebrates 1 year since the official opening of the centre in 2013.

Director Professor Renuka Visvanathan congratulated the centre for a successful year. Professor Visvanathan also thanked the Friends of G-TRAC, our partners and community for supporting the centre’s programs and initiatives.

The ‘G-TRAC Turns 1′ celebration was held on the inaugural Change Day. Staff, students, visitors and consumers have each made a pledge today to support healthy ageing and continue to challenge the stereotypes of ageing in our community.


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G-TRAC Newsletter: Spring 2013

It’s been a fantastic year for the Adelaide G-TRAC Centre which officially opened in February 2013.

Our Teaching and Training program has received incredibly positive feedback from students, consumers and age care workers. Our Seminar Series ‘Challenges of Care in an Ageing Population’ has been praised by attendees. Our community engagement events have been a hit with students and consumers alike, too!

Find out more about all this and our commitment to aged care training and research in our Spring 2013 Newsletter.

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Congratulations to Professor Guy Ludbrook and Cliff Grant

Best Paper Award

Congratulations to Professor Guy Ludbrook and Cliff Grant (Discipline of Acute Care Medicine) who, with colleagues at Royal Perth Hospital and the University of Western Australia, have been awarded the best scientific paper for 2012 by the Australian journal Anaesthesia and Intensive Care.

The award, presented in Canberra last week, was for their paper entitled
An analysis of computer-assisted pre-screening prior to elective surgery

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2013 Postgraduate Research Conference

The 7th Annual FHS Postgraduate Research Conference took place on Thursday, 29 August at the National Wine Centre of Australia.

The School of Medicine congratulates the prize recipients at this competitive and well-attended event.

2013 Postgraduate Conference Winners

2013 Postgraduate Conference Winners

During the morning sessions over 100 postgraduate research students presented posters of their research to reviewers, other postgraduates and staff members. After lunch, workshops on “Developing Your Culture of Leadership”, “Science, Research and the Media”, “Taking Culture into Account” and “What Health Professionals Need to Know about Social Media” were very well attended . Afterwards, the Faculty 3 Minute Thesis Competition finalists Alex Cameron and Kaitlin Harkess (subsequent University of Adelaide 3MT Winner) gave their presentations to a receptive and engaged audience.

Prizes were awarded to the following students within the School:

3 Minute Thesis Prize $500

  • Alexander Cameron (Surgery)

School Prizes

  • School of Medicine ($500 for research or travel purposes): Lauren Giorgio
  • School of Medicine ($500 for research or travel purposes): Eiman Saleh
  • School of Medicine ($500 for research or travel purposes): Joshua Winderlich

ARI prize for Research with the Greatest Commercialisation Potential $500 (split)

  • Darius Chapman (Medicine) $250

Florey Medical Research Foundation

  • Lisa Schafranek (Medicine) $300

Northern Communities Health Foundation

  • Aneta Zysk (Surgery) $700
  • Stuart Callary (Orthopaedics and Trauma) $500
  • Lauren Giorgio $300 (Surgery)


  • Dale Watkins (Medicine) $700

Faculty Prizes

  • Rachel Lumb (Medicine) $700]
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PhD Scholarship Opportunity: Australian Rotary Health

Australian Rotary Health have 1 PhD Scholarship available in South Australia within the following health area:

Alzheimer’s Disease

This PhD Scholarship is offered under our Funding Partner Program which is a three way financial commitment between a Rotary Club or District ($11,000pa), Australian Rotary Health (7,000pa), and the administering university or research institute ($11,000pa). The annual value of this scholarship is therefore $29,000pa for a maximum of 3.5 years.
Guidelines and applications can be downloaded from the Australian Rotary Health website

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