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NHMRC CKD.CRE Seminar: Dr Agnes Fogo

Wed, 28 Feb 2018 03:00:00 +0000

Dr Fogo is currently the John L. Shapiro Professor of Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology, and Professor of Medicine and Pediatrics, and Director, Renal Pathology/EM Laboratory at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, TN. It is with much pleasure that we invite you to this NHMRC CKD.CRE free seminar event. Please see the CRE website for further details, including Registration to attend in-person or via videoconferencing . All are welcome; please share with your networks. 

QBI Neuroscience Seminar: `The p75 neurotrophin receptor is a necessary mediator of synaptic ...

Wed, 28 Feb 2018 01:00:00 +0000

A/Professor Sajikumar Sreedharan - Department of Physiology, Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, National University of Singapore, Singapore 117597 Title: `The p75 neurotrophin receptor is a necessary mediator of synaptic and behavioral changes induced by sleep deprivation` Abstract: Sleep deprivation (SD) interferes with cognitive functions, specifically hippocampal synaptic plasticity, including the long-lasting form of synaptic plasticity such as late long-term potentiation (late-LTP) and memory consolidation. However, the molecular mechanisms underlying these effects are not completely understood. I will present data on how SD impairs the cellular associative mechanism such as synaptic tagging and capture (STC), a major mechanism of associative learning and memory. The mutant mice lacking the p75 neurotrophin receptor (p75NTR) are resistant to the effects of SD on late-LTP and STC, both at cellular and behavioral levels. Mechanistically, deletion of p75NTR prevents the upregulation of phosphodiesterase PDE4A5 and decrease in BDNF, ERK1/2 and CREB activation that normally accompany SD. Our results identify p75NTR as an important mediator of the synaptic changes associated with SD, and suggest that targeting p75NTR could be a promising strategy to limit the cognitive deficits that accompany sleep loss.

HMNS Seminar Series 2018: `Is HIIT hot or hated? High-intensity interval training from an ...

Fri, 02 Mar 2018 02:00:00 +0000

Is HIIT hot or hated? High-intensity interval training from an exercise psychology perspective: In this talk, Dr Mary Jung will present research from her lab examining the affective response, enjoyment, preference, tolerance, and intentions to HIIT in inactive and overweight adults. Results examining adherence to HIIT versus traditional continuous exercise in people with prediabetes will also be discussed. Go hard or just avoid the carbs? High-intensity interval training and low-carbohydrate diets as approaches for treating type 2 diabetes: Dr Jonathan Little has conducted several HIIT studies in patients with type 2 diabetes and will present some of these findings, including the results of a recent randomized controlled trial. Dr Little’s current work is examining how low-carbohydrate diets impact glucose control, cardiovascular health, and inflammation in type 2 diabetes and recent findings, along with unanswered questions, will be presented.

HMNS Seminar Series 2018: `What are the physiological factors that determine blood flow to the ...

Tue, 06 Mar 2018 03:30:00 +0000

In this talk, Professor Shigehiko Ogoh from Toyo University, Saitama, Japan, will summarise current insights from his laboratory on the different physiological factors that control changes in cerebral blood flow (CBF), cerebral regulation. He will also discuss novel data regarding the interaction between the regulation of CBF, cerebral metabolism, and brain and cognitive function.

Energy Express Seminar: Emeritus Professor Will Steffen

Wed, 07 Mar 2018 08:00:00 +0000

The UQ Energy Initiative is delighted to welcome visiting Emeritus Professor Will Steffen (Australian National University) to present at our next Energy Express Seminar. Will is an Earth System scientist, councillor on the publicly-funded Climate Council of Australia, Senior Fellow at the Stockholm Resilience Centre, Sweden, a Fellow at the Beijer Institute of Ecological Economics, Stockholm, works with the Canberra Urban and Regional Futures (CURF) program, and is a member of the ACT Climate Change Council. He is chair of the jury for the Volvo Environment Prize, a member of the International Advisory Board for the Centre for Collective Action Research (Gothenburg University, Sweden), and a member of the Anthropocene Working Group of the Sub-committee on Quaternary Stratigraphy. From 1998 to mid-2004, Will served as Executive Director of the Swedish-based International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme. His research interests span a broad range within the fields of climate and Earth System science, with an emphasis on incorporation of human processes in Earth System modelling and analysis, and on sustainability and climate change.

International Women`s Day- Panel Discussion and Inaugural QBI Networking Lunch

Thu, 08 Mar 2018 02:00:00 +0000

Please join us on International Women’s Day for a lively discussion on “Whose responsibility is it to effect change?” Hear about challenges, accomplishments and what role organisations versus individuals play in effecting change. The Panel Discussion (free) will be followed by Inaugural Networking Lunch (optional) ($65 per person or $650 per table)

Global Strategic Trends

Thu, 08 Mar 2018 06:00:00 +0000

The UK Ministry of Defence’s Global Strategic Trends is a long-term horizon scan, which provides a context for policy-makers to make long-term decisions. Work on the sixth edition of Global Strategic Trends is maturing and key trends are emerging from the research that will have a major impact in the decades ahead. For example, the global population will continue to grow from around 7.6 billion today to around 9.8 billion by 2050. Artificial intelligence is coming of age and the inexorable growth in computing power, connectivity and available data will mean that many mid-skilled jobs are being automated. Machines will become more capable, more efficient and cheaper. Last year China became the world’s leading purchaser of industrial robots underlining the shift of economic power away from Europe and America towards Asia. By 2050 the effects of climate change are likely to be keenly felt, with virtually ice-free summers in the Arctic, rising sea levels and catastrophic droughts in many parts of the world. Renewable energy offers the prospect of abundant, cheap, clean energy but, despite its rapid adoption, it alone will not halt climate change in the coming decades. ABOUT THE PRESENTER Simon Cole joined the Civil Service in December 2000 in the Office of Government Commerce (an office of HM Treasury). In 2001 he joined the “Fast Stream” and transferred to the Ministry of Defence (MOD) in October. In 2006 he was promoted to Assistant Head and his first assignment was a 6-month tour as a POLAD (Political and Policy Advisor) based in Basra, Iraq. Upon his return he spent 2 years as the business manager for the battlefield and tactical communication and information systems project team, followed by a 2-year tour in the Falkland Islands as the Command Secretary (Commander British Force’s chief advisor on all civil matters). He took up his current post as Assistant Head (Futures) in the Development, Concept and Doctrine Centre in September 2011. Prior to joining the Civil Service, Simon spent 5 years as an officer in the Royal Marines and 2 years working for Bloomberg in the City of London. In between jobs he spent time as a volunteer (as a deck-hand with the International Fund for Animal Welfare and with the United Nations World Food Programme in northern Kenya). Prior to starting work he studied Ecology at the University of Leeds.

Public Lecture: `The Role of Ideology in Public Discourse`

Tue, 13 Mar 2018 08:00:00 +0000

Join the School of Languages and Cultures at our next public lecture titled `The Role of Ideology in Public Discourse`, presented by Professor Jef Verschueren. Registration: All are welcome to attend our free event. Please register your attendance by Tuesday 6 March 2018. Abstract: Perhaps the most flattering thing one can say about human beings of the sapiens type is that they are meaning-making machines. This lecture will first dwell on the processes involved in turning a relatively under-differentiated blur of meaning-making potential into cognitively and perceptually differentiated categories and relations between categories about which, thanks to theory of mind, we can then communicate with the help of utterances in a human language which necessarily leave more implicit than what can be said explicitly. It will be argued that, once it has passed through the filter of language (an inevitable filter in all domains of social life) all human ‘reality’ is in fact ‘augmented reality’, and that, in the public sphere, augmented reality is not such a bad characterisation of ideology in its most general sense of the way in which, in a given community, the world is interpreted or of what is, in a given community, regarded as normal. Implications of this claim will be spelled out, and illustrations will be given of how the processes involved can be analysed. Presenter: Jef Verschueren received a Ph.D. in Linguistics from the University of California at Berkeley. After a long career as a researcher for the Flemish Fund for Scientific Research, and as Professor of Linguistics at the University of Antwerp, Belgium, where he served as Dean of the Faculty of Arts from 2001 to 2009, he is now Professor Emeritus. He is the founder and Secretary General of the International Pragmatics Association (IPrA). Verschueren’s main interests are theory formation in linguistic pragmatics (conceived broadly as a cognitive, social, and cultural perspective on language and language use), intercultural and international communication, and language and ideology. Some recent publications include the annually updated Handbook of Pragmatics (Amsterdam/Philadelphia: John Benjamins; first published in 1995, co-edited with Jan-Ola Östman, now also available online), Debating Diversity: Analysing the Discourse of Tolerance (London: Routledge, 1998; co-authored with Jan Blommaert), Understanding Pragmatics (London: Edward Arnold / New York: Oxford University Press, 1999), Ideology in Language Use: Pragmatic Guidelines for Empirical Research (Cambridge University Press, 2012). Program and Timings: Date: Tuesday 13 March 2018 Registration: 6:00pm for a 6:15pm start Public Lecture: 6:15pm - 7:15pm Light Refreshments: 7:15pm - 8:15pm Location: ViewPoint Room, Building 33, The University of Queensland Enquiries:

Hall Lecture 2018: The Contemporary Past: Archaeological Adventures in the Anthropocene

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 07:00:00 +0000

In this lecture Professor John Schofield will offer critical reflections on the present through his work as an archaeologist and heritage practitioner. With examples from Berlin, Malta, and the UK he promotes the idea of archaeology having a distinctive and significant role in understanding our supposedly familiar world, and the ways we think about and sometimes seek to manage our own legacies. Additional to these diverse examples, he will start and conclude his talk with `garbology`, one of archaeology`s first forays into the contemporary world in the 1970s and the subject of John`s latest project where he is part of a multi-disciplinary team hoping to resolve the challenge of marine plastics in the Galapagos Marine Park, Ecuador, South America.

Global Leadership Series: The New Psychology of Health

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 08:00:00 +0000

If you are over 50 and you join one social group today you will cut your risk of being diagnosed with depression in the next two years by 24%. With every group membership that you lose after retirement, your quality of life declines by 10%, and your life expectancy reduces by about 3%. Such statistics point to the fact that group life is an important determinant of well-being and health. People who are more socially connected generally live longer and are healthier than those who are socially isolated. This presentation will address the impact of social life on health and how the UQ developed program, Groups 4 Health is delivering the social cure to a range of vulnerable groups including new mothers, retirees, and people recovering from addiction.

Global Leadership Series: How UQ is Saving the Reef Through Science

Tue, 29 May 2018 08:00:00 +0000

In recent years, the Great Barrier Reef has made headlines not as a tourist destination but as one of Australia’s largest conservation battles. UQ researchers are diving into projects which will hopefully enable the reef to be better managed and protected. Sandie and Bernie Degnan are UQ campaign ambassadors for their research into the Crown of Thorns Starfish, which due to its overpopulation, has caused major damage to the reef. This panel discussion will explore the research that is using the powers of attraction to restore the Crown of Thorns to their natural numbers, allowing the reef to regenerate. Saving the reef is hard work especially when there is no map to show the coral habitat. Dr Chris Roelfsema will join the panel to discuss the urgent need of a habitat map of the 2,300km reef. Describing what can be found on the reef is essentially what we need to understand and manage the health of the reef today and in the future

Global Leadership Series: Venomous Mystery - Turning Venoms into Medicine

Tue, 17 Jul 2018 08:00:00 +0000

When you think of animals such as spiders and cone snails, you imagine the pain and harm they can cause to people. But what if some of our deadliest creatures held the key to the next generation of painkillers and treatments for other diseases? Professor Glenn King and Dr Irina Vetter are exploring the chemical cocktails present in the venom of animals such as spiders and cone snails to uncover new treatments for pain, stroke and epilepsy. They will take us through how they came to search in the most unlikely of places for treatments, how you develop medicines from venoms that could otherwise kill us, and what the next steps are for progressing these treatments into the clinic.

UQ St Lucia Open Day

Sat, 04 Aug 2018 23:00:00 +0000

Learning how to plan a successful QTAC application, hearing about scholarships and exchange opportunities and getting tips from current university students are all options for anyone attending the UQ St Lucia Open Day. Visitors to Open Day can explore the St Lucia campus, check out the world-class facilities, learn more about the unique courses and career options at the UQ Centre information hub, meet inspiring teachers and staff and experience the vibrant campus lifestyle.

UQ Sustainability Week

Sun, 19 Aug 2018 23:00:00 +0000

Sustainability Week is an opportunity for the UQ community to promote and celebrate sustainability across UQ`s campuses and sites. Throughout the week a range of activities and events are hosted across all areas of the University. The program typically includes: - specialist presentations and workshops - tree plantings, bird watching and garden tours - PV solar talks and site tours - forums and panel discussions - film screenings - competitions and challenges to inspire sustainable behaviours

Global Leadership Series: Biobanking and the Growth in Personalised Medicine

Tue, 04 Sep 2018 08:00:00 +0000

Biobanking is the process of collecting samples of bodily fluid or tissue. It enables extensive, collaborative research and very importantly a more personalised approach to medicine, but there is little public awareness of what biobanking is, why we do it and the better health outcomes it enables. Two of UQ’s leading researchers will discuss these questions and more.

Global Leadership Series: Investigative Journalism in the Era of Fake News

Tue, 20 Nov 2018 08:00:00 +0000

Faith in journalistic institutions has been shaken by the scourge of “fake news”, the undermining of online sources, and funding cuts that hit investigative journalism the hardest. The University of Queensland has taken major strides in training the next generation of investigative journalists through their Work Integrated Learning program ( that sends students to India, Indonesia, and Vietnam to cut their teeth in high-pressure reporting environments. Mr Bruce Woolley, with 35 years’ experience as an investigative journalist, has built this program from the ground up and helped forge the careers of dozens of new young journalism professionals. He has also hosted aspiring journalists from Mongolia for training at UQ, who have gone on to “speak truth to power” by tackling pollution and corruption in their home country. Joining him will be Vice-Chancellor’s Alumni Excellence Award recipient Marian Wilkinson, who will share her own experiences as an investigative journalist dating back to the Bjelke-Petersen Era. The future of democracy depends on the free and fair flow of information, of transparency in our institutions of all kinds. Investigative journalism shines a light on the systems that form the basis of our society and government. This Global Leadership Series event will both challenge and inspire anyone interested in the pressing issues facing our society.