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Charles Perkins Centre project nodes

Project node lead: Dr Josephine Gwynn

Understanding the substantial changes to dietary intake and participation in physical activity of Australia’s first peoples since colonization, and informing education programs for local communities.

Project node lead: Professor Lindy Clemson

Developing solutions to improve the physical, social, and mental wellbeing of older people living at home. From aged care treatment to policies, education for health professionals, and rehabilitation programs in the community.

Project node lead: Dr Adrienne Gordon

Identifying and dealing with interactions before and during pregnancy that can contribute to the development of health disorders that impact future generations.

Project node lead: Professor Lisa Bero

Good research has always been about evidence. Reliable evidence. This node aims to ensure that research, and related policy decisions, rest on strong and unbiased pillars of evidence.

Project node lead: Professor David Le Couteur

Increasing the understanding of ageing and interventions that delay ageing in order to increase human lifespan and health span.

Project node lead: Dr Greg Sutherland

Exploring the connection between body disorders like obesity and diabetes, and brain diseases like Alzheimer's.

Project node leads: Professor Jean Yang, Dr Rima Chaudhuri, Professor David James

Promoting strong collaboration between clinicians, biologists, mathematicians, engineers and computational scientists.

Project node lead: Associate Professor Teresa Davis

Understanding the interconnected roles of business, social context and consumer behaviour in improving health.

Project node lead: Professor Stuart Grieve

Guiding effective decision-making in cardiac health by using emerging technologies that provide better detection of early stages of disease.

Project node lead: Professor Zdenka Kuncic

Exploring the transformative effect that the Charles Perkins Centre has on the University’s academic population and its external collaborators.

Project node lead: Professor David Lyle

Engaging rural, remote and Indigenous experts in the development, delivery and evaluation of youth mental health services.

Project node lead: Professor Yun-Hee Jeon

Citizen science enhances diversity of thought and can accelerate transformative outcomes for health and quality of life. Through this node, we will establish a framework and platform for the enhancement of citizen science.

Project node lead: Dr Ollie Jay

Our climate is constantly changing. As increasingly high temperatures accelerate mortality and morbidity rates, this node explores the heightened health risks created by these climate issues.

Project node lead: Professor David Lyle

Assessing collaborations between universities from the community’s point of view?

Project node lead: Professor Ralph Nanan

A study on pregnant women in Western Sydney to determine whether disease begins developing in the womb through fetal immune programming.

Project node lead: Associate Professor Emmanuel Stamatakis

Examining the influence of dog ownership on human physical and mental health and social wellbeing.

Project node lead: Professor Louise Baur

Making a direct impact on the community through research into lifestyle changes made in the early years and their effect on obesity-related diseases.

Project node lead: Associate Professor Stefanie Schurer

Why are some people more likely to succeed than others? This node addresses the question of longterm effects of socioeconomic disadvantage on the evolution of human potential. 

Project node lead: Professor Stephen Twigg

An artificial intelligence-based clinical intervention for patients with Type-2 diabetes that aims to help them achieve health and wellness goals.

Project node lead: Professor Lisa Bero

Working towards synthesizing all kinds of evidence around obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease, and uniting key researchers to collaborate on solutions.

Project node lead: Dr Kathryn Williams

Family obesity Finding solutions to prevent and manage obesity within individuals, families and communities, in Greater Western Sydney and beyond.

Project node lead: Professor Stephen Twigg

Bringing together researchers from a diverse range of disciplines to prevent, treat and reverse fibrosis across a diversity of diseases.

Project node leads: Ms Alexandra Jones, Dr Belinda Reeve

Exploring how governments can use legal strategies to create conditions for people to live healthier lives.

Project node lead: Associate Professor Andrew Holmes

Discovering the influence of our gut microorganisms over our metabolism, immune and nervous systems, our food choices and other behaviours.

Project node lead: Dr Caitilin de Bérigny

Challenging staff and students to create a new vibrancy to explore new approaches to society’s complex and chronic health problems.

Project node lead: Professor Deborah Schofield 

Using health research and applied economics to influence government decision-making so we can improve cross portfolio policy, and in turn, the health and wellbeing of Australians.

Project node lead: Professor Stephen Simpson

Working with Qantas to provide integrated health and wellbeing advice, education and research to improve the experience of long-haul flying.

Project node lead: Dr Olaf Werder

A holistic exploration on how the arts and humanities can promote human health and wellbeing in hospitals, households, and communities.

Project node lead: Professor Jonathan Morris

Demonstrating how the integration of data in the public and private sector can be used to map individual health journeys, and make our health system more efficient

Project node lead: Associate Professor Kirsten McCaffery

A multidisciplinary, international research network improving the management of chronic disease for adults with lower literacy.

Project node leads: Dr Josephine Chau, Dr Lina Engelen

Examining the behaviour of sedentary workers and research the health benefits of monitoring technology and physical activity in the workplace.

Project node lead: Dr Sinead Boylan

We look at ways that communities can access nutritional food while ensuring the natural systems their food comes from remain ecologically sustainable.

Project node leads: Professor David Raubenheimer, Dr Gabriel Machovsky-Capuska

Studying the wide-ranging ways humans live with other species, and the significance of these humananimal interactions to improve our understanding of human health and disease.

Project node leads: Professor David RaubenheimerDr Gabriel Machovsky-Capuska

Exploring the nutrition of production animals and how they’re farmed to understand their impact on our health.

Project node leads: Professor Barbara Fazekas de St GrothProfessor Derek Hart

Developing new partnerships in clinical medicine, biomedical research, computing and systems biology to apply new immune therapies and diagnostic tools for monitoring patient response.

Project node lead: Professor Tim Shaw

Biomedical and health service research often stays in the laboratory longer than it should. This node addresses the urgent need for this new evidence to be put into practice.

Project node lead: Associate Professor Emmanuel Stamatakis

Understanding the cultural, economic and individual circumstances leading to habit-formation to help people adopt healthy habits.

Project node lead: Professor Steven Chadban

Identifying and understanding the incidence, prevalence and history of kidney disease at a population level to find solutions and treatments for this disease.

Project node lead: Associate Professor Scott Byrne

Finding novel strategies to block the harmful effects of sunlight and UV, while retaining the beneficial effects so we can all absorb a healthy amount of sunlight.

Project node lead: Professor David Le Couteur

Investigating the effects of macronutrients and gut flora on age-related changes in the brain, inflammation and susceptibility to a number of diseases.

Project node lead: Dr Michael Skilton

Exploring which types of healthy diets can lower the risk of developing heart disease, and how these differ from person to person. 

Project node lead: Professor David Raubenheimer

Tackling two of the greatest interrelated challenges of our time: supplying enough food to meet the needs of a growing global population, and looking after our planet for future generations.

Project node lead: Dr Laurence Macia

Exploring whether poor diets lead to disease and how a change in diet can help treat or prevent disease.

Project node lead: Professor Michael Peek

A multidisciplinary service model for obesity that involves the community with preventative interventions and state-of-the-art treatments in the the Western Sydney area.

Project node lead: Professor Paul McGreevy

Improving and better understanding the clinical application of animal welfare and ethics throughout Australasia.

Project node lead: Professor Joerg Eberhard

Understanding the complex interplay between oral health and general health including its links with cardiovascular disease, diabetes, dementia, arthritis, and pregnancy outcomes.

Project node leads: Professor Lisa Bero, Dr Barbara Mintzes

We improve the lives of people with chronic conditions by improving pharmaceutical policies to optimise medical treatments, facilitate equal access to medications, and foster transparency.

Project node leads: Associate Professor Ben Colagiuri

We aim to understand the placebo effect so that we can evaluate new and existing health interventions to improve health outcomes.

Project node lead: Professor Paul Griffiths

Navigating the line between the government’s responsibility to protect public health and fears of a ‘nanny state’ by developing and targeting arguments for/against policies in Australia.

Project node lead: Professor David Raubenheimer

Investigating how geographic, temporal, social and ethnic variations influence nutrient intake, health and disease.

Project node lead: Associate Professor Rafael Calvo

Psychology experts and technology designers collaborating to investigate how technology can promote motivation, autonomy and self-empowerment to support physical wellbeing.

Project node leads: Professor Peter Cistulli, Associate Professor Kristina Kairaitis

Looking at insomnia, obstructive sleep apnoea, and shift work disorder, and their links to chronic diseases such as obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and cancer.

Project node lead: Professor Robyn Gallagher

Addressing the prevalent issues in the prevention of cardiovascular disease through collaborative, interdisciplinary research.

Project node lead: Professor David Lyle

Establishing regional governance and leadership models to engage marginalised populations and address health inequalities experienced by rural, remote and Indigenous populations. 

Project node lead: Professor David Lyle

Leading responses to innovation, disparities in education and health in remote, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

Project node lead: Professor Tim Lambert

Identifying and addressing high-risk schizophrenia patients for whom intensive interventions will be of great value.

Project node leads: Professor Philip Poronnik, Professor Peter Goodyear

Improving the learning experience for students by focusing on the emerging challenges and opportunities for multidisciplinary education in a research-intense environment.

Project node lead: Professor Salah Sukkarieh

Developing new ideas and technologies to optimise food production systems, with a focus on nutrition, and the effects of economical, social and environmental constraints.

Project node lead: Professor Paul Griffiths

Advancing science by removing conceptual and methodological roadblocks. A high-level biological theory that promotes an integrative approach to research in non-communicable diseases.

Project node lead: Professor Tony Weiss

Developing a set of interfaced, artificial solutions that repair and replace malfunctioning body parts and damaged tissue.

Project node lead: Ms Susan Carrick

Encouraging the growth and development of twin research to dissolve research obstacles in the wider research community.

Project node lead: Professor Peter Thorn

Our multidisciplinary team is working towards improvement management and, ultimately, preventing & curing type 1 diabetes

Project node lead: Professor Rafael Calvo

Designing strategies for virtual reality environments that enable researchers to adapt this technology in their research for better research outcomes.

Project node lead: Professor Philip de Chazal

Investigating the accuracy and potential of smart watches, fitness trackers, smart jewellery in tracking daily activities, sleep patterns and potentially improve our health.

Project node lead: Professor Margaret Allman-Farinelli

A research into mobile phone apps, wireless sensing and communications to empower people to improve their quality of life while preventing obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

Project node lead: Professor John Buchanan

Understanding the ways in which work and health interact to assist or harm our wellbeing.

The program invites Australian creative writers to apply for a generous University of Sydney fellowship, including a $100,000 grant, to begin a project exploring issues around health.