Medical research projects growing at USC

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Medical research projects growing at USC


17 June 2013

Scholarships worth about $24,000 a year are currently on offer at the University of the Sunshine Coast as part of its growing focus on medical research.

USC is seeking PhD or other postgraduate students to do research related to ailments ranging from aneurysms and scabies to arterial and inflammatory diseases, or related to treatments that use exercise, omega-3 fatty acids and wound-healing bee products.

The 12 cross-disciplinary student projects will be supervised by top academics from the University’s innovative Inflammation and Healing Research Cluster, and some have scholarships and other funding available.

Associate Professor Chris Askew, a Senior Research Fellow and exercise physiologist who aims to help people with chronic disease, has two scholarship projects available.

“Both have a focus on cardiovascular disease, which is the leading cause of death in the country, a national health priority and a focus area of USC’s Cluster,” he said.

“The first project aims to demonstrate that aerobic and resistance exercise can be safe and effective for patients with small abdominal aortic aneurysm.

“The second involves patients with peripheral arterial disease and it will be the first trial of its type to use exercise as rehabilitation following vascular surgery.”

USC Senior Lecturer in Exercise Physiology Dr Colin Solomon also has a scholarship project on offer.

“This PhD project will examine oxygen distribution and utilisation during exercise, incorporating specific topics of interest to the student,” he said.

For more information on the 12 projects visit the Inflammation and Healing Research Cluster.

Contact Dr Chris Askew or Dr Colin Solomon

— Julie Schomberg

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