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Just the facts

Our brightest academics share their research
Dealing with vast amounts of information is just another day at the office for many of the University's researchers. Here, some of our best researchers explain just one idea that is at the centre of their current work.


Gambling has been present across cultures throughout history, and traditional gambling activities have remained relatively unchanged for hundreds of years. Emerging technology is transforming how we gamble, including virtual and augmented reality and mobile devices enabling gambling in any location at any time. Simultaneously, gambling is converging with gaming, incorporating leaderboards, competition, social interaction, skill, and gaming themes. Online games now incorporate gambling themes and mechanics with no age restrictions or consumer protections. My research on problematic risk-taking involving emerging technologies strives to understand how technology is impacting gambling and gaming addiction, who is at greatest risk, and what evidence-based practices can be used to minimise harms.

Dr Sally Gainsbury (BPsych ’05 BPsych(Hons) ’05 DClinP ’10 PhD ’10)

Dr Gainsbury’s research looks at the psychology of gambling for the development of responsible gambling strategies and harm minimisation policies. She also leads multidisciplinary research into risk-taking with emerging technologies, such as the problematic use of online games.

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Understanding Proteins

‘Precision medicine’ means designing treatments tailored to individuals, rather than using a ‘one size fits all’ approach. It promises to revolutionise health care, and I’m particularly interested in how we achieve this vision. I believe the answer lies in technology. A revolution is happening in our ability to study proteins – the tiny molecular machines that power life. Using mass spectrometry, we can already measure tens of thousands of different proteins and their modifications in a single sample, giving us a window into how these machines are functioning. A key question for me is: how can we harness this powerful technology to better understand what goes wrong during disease, and how can we correct this using drugs?

Dr Sean Humphrey

Always driven to understand how things work, Dr Humphrey now studies proteins with the same goal. Using mass spectrometry, he is developing techniques to understand core biological processes, including stem cell differentiation and the pathways involved in opioid addiction in the brain.


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