Celebrating success

Our sleep researchers were recognised at the recent Sleep DownUnder Conference, while the World Health Organization has shared Flinders research as part of a global suite of literature on COVID-19 and a Flinders Professor is featured in a 10-year anniversary special from The Conversation.

Up-and-coming sleep researchers succeed at national conference

Dr Amy Reynolds

Dr Amy Reynolds, from the Flinders Health and Medical Research Institute, has been awarded the prestigious Nick Antic Career Development Award for 2021. Presented at last week’s Sleep DownUnder conference, which is the Annual Scientific Meeting of the Australasian Sleep Association, the award is named for the late Professor Nick Antic, who was a Flinders University staff member and an inspirational leader, deeply committed to serving the Australasian Sleep Association and improving the lives of people with sleep disorders.

To honour Nick Antic’s outstanding contributions to sleep science and sleep medicine, the award involves a scholarship to assist an ASA Member develop as a leader in the field of sleep, helping them to gain valuable experience and knowledge.

The conference also showcased Flinders PhD students Tessa Liebich and Thomas Altree, who were selected as finalists in the Australasian Sleep Association’s New Investigator Award. They were chosen from a large pool of applicants to present their research at the conference.

WHO disseminates a Flinders University study as part of the global literature on COVID-19

A study led by Dr Maria Alejandra Pinero De Plaza from Flinders University’s Caring Futures Institute has been included in the World Health Organization’s evidence-based knowledge dissemination platform: WHO Global research on coronavirus disease (COVID-19). The database brings the world’s scientists and global health professionals together to fast-track the research and development process, and to build new norms and standards to constrain the spread of the coronavirus pandemic and help care for those impacted. The study “Not well enough to attend appointments: Telehealth versus health marginalisation” has been incorporated into the platform and categorised by WHO as part of the ethical aspects of the pandemic.

Predicting what’s to come in 2022

Associate Professor Alice Gorman, from the College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences, is featured among Flinders University contributors in a new book celebrating 10 years of The Conversation website – No, You’re Not Entitled To Your Opinion and 49 Other Essays That Got The World Talking. To launch the book, Associate Professor Gorman will feature in a live panel discussion with other Conversation authors, where they will discuss the highlights and lowlights of 2021 and take an expert punt at predicting what 2022 will hold. Click here for event details.

Empowering early career cross-disciplinary collaborations

Congratulations to Flinders University staff who won prizes in the 2021 BLiSS*Adelaide Networking for Collaboration event. The two-part program is aimed at empowering early- and mid-career researchers to generate new cross-disciplinary collaborations.

Part One: Elevate your pitch, included a presentation from Tracey Maxted (The Missing Think) and Binh An Nguyen (Market Ease), who provided practical strategies on networking, communicating, marketing research and personal branding. At this event, Flinders University’s Dr Annabelle Small won the Networking Engagement Prize and Dr Kelsi Dodds was awarded the Social Media Engagement Prize.

Part Two: Pitch Perfect, included a presentation by former SA Chief Scientist Dr Leanna Read and an expert panel Q&A on commercialisation and industry engagement, featuring Flinders’ Professor Karen Reynolds and Emeritus Professor Robert Rush. EMCAs also had the opportunity to present a 2-minute ‘elevator pitch’ – and Dr Dodds was again recognised by winning the People’s Choice award and runner-up in the Judge’s Choice Prize. Dr Marta Gabryelska won the Social Media Engagement Prize.

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