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UOW receives $1.75M to explore next frontier of health and medical research

Researchers to investigate effects of long-term cannabis use, develop drugs to fight hospital superbugs and improve radiotherapy treatments.

Read more about the next frontier of health and medical research at UOW.

Adolescent males targeted in new mental health campaign

The Ahead of the Game program is using grassroots sport to prevent mental health issues in adolescent males.

Read more about the Ahead of the Game program.

World-first study investigates mobile phones and kid's sleep

Study investigates the effects of mobile phone emissions on the sleeping patterns of kids and teens.

Read more about this study into mobile phones and kid’s sleep.


Study probes effects of missing persons to help those left behind

Researchers at the University of Wollongong are seeking participants to help them explore the emotional processes people go through when a loved one goes missing.

Read more about the study of effects of missing persons on those left behind.

Congratulations to Rodney Croft

Congratulations to Rodney Croft who was recently appointed Chair of the High Frequency Guidelines Project Group, within the International Commission on Non-Ionising Radiation Protection (ICNIRP).

ICNIRP is the peak international non-ionising radiation body, with their guidelines, for example, adopted by national health and safety agencies such as the Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency (ARPANSA).

The Project Group is tasked with developing the new electromagnetic radiation guidelines for the 100 kHz to 300 GHz range, which includes that emitted from the ever-topical mobile communications devices such as Wi-Fi, mobile phones and base stations.

The last guidelines were published in 1998, which makes this a particularly important development for ICNIRP and a great indication of the contribution that our faculty’s science is making to the community.

Congratulations Professor Frank Deane and Dr Peter Kelly

Congratulations to Professor Deane and Dr Kelly who have been awarded an IHMRI Collaborative Project Grant. The project is titled “Addressing problematic drinking of people living with severe mental illness: Feasibility of a peer delivered telephone intervention for people engaged with non-gov or gov funded health service”.

A team led by Frank Deane and Peter Kelly have also been awarded the Excellence in Research and Evaluation Award at the NSW Non-Government Alcohol and Other Drug Awards.

ACEBR Research Group – Prizes and Work

The ACEBR research group, led by Professor Rodney Croft, recently attended the Joint Annual Meeting of the Bioelectromagnetics Society and the European BioElectromagnetics Association.

PhD candidate Adam Verrender received 3rd prize for his presentation on the first study from his PhD, entitled “Pulse modulated radiofrequency exposure influences cognitive performance”.

Anna Dalecki also gave a very well received poster presentation based on some recent post-doctoral pilot work, “Testing the replicability of the effect of 14 Hz pulse modulated RF-EMF on EEG power in healthy adults: A pilot study”.

Well done Adam and Anna.

Well-Earned Award for Psychology’s Sarah Loughran

It’s a great pleasure to announce that the School of Psychology’s Dr Sarah Loughran has received the 2016 European Bioelectromagnetics Association (EBEA) Chiabrera Award. This is one of only two international awards in the bioelectromagnetics research area (the other, the d’Arsonval Award, being for senior researchers), and recognises the strongest contribution to bioelectromagnetics from researchers up to the age of 35. This comes on the heels of receiving an Early Career Scientist award recently at the International Non-Ionising Radiation Workshop in Cape Town.

Sarah has a strong research program addressing issues relevant to human sleep, including effects of psychosocial and environmental factors on sleep, and effects of sleep on psychological function. Of particular relevance to the Chiabrera Award is her work addressing the potential link between radiofrequency emissions (such as those from mobile phones and base stations) and human health, where her work has established a consistent pattern of effects of mobile phone-like radiation on brain function during sleep. Her work in this area is now focused on determining the relative importance of this effect in children and adolescents (is it more/less pronounced in the young, and is it important to health), as well as uncovering the mechanism responsible for it.

Other research currently underway in her laboratory includes the effect of ‘screen-time’ on sleep function (including its radiofrequency and optical radiation, as well as its behavioural dimensions), and the effect of mild sleep deprivation on Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).

Sarah will be giving an acceptance presentation in Belgium in June at BioEM2016; we wish her the best for this and for her future research!

Body Movement Can Boost Children’s Learning

A recent UOW study found that children who enacted foreign language words through whole-body movements performed better at the end of the course.

Continue reading about how body movement can boost children’s learning.

Last reviewed: 18 April, 2017

Upcoming Colloquium

To be confirmed.


HDR student Virginia Williams has had her paper “Enhancing recovery orientation within mental health services: expanding the utility of values” published in The Journal of Mental Health Training, Education and Practice selected by the journal’s editorial board as the Outstanding Paper in the 2017 Emerald Literati Network Awards for Excellence.

There were 36 papers published in the journal during the year and Virginia’s was selected.

Well done Virginia.

More Congratulations

2017 Honours Research Proposal Best Poster Prize Winner: Laura Gunns (Supervisor: Mark Schira)

Thesis Working Title: An Investigation of Inverted Voxels Within the Human V1 Using High Resolution fMRI

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