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Monday 11 July 03:00pm

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Early diagnosis of autism - a breakthrough

Monday 05 September 12:00pm

La Trobe’s Olga Tennison Autism Research Centre (OTARC) is Australia’s first centre dedicated to researching Autism Spectrum Disorders. Professor Cheryl Dissanayake who will share her insights into the often misunderstood world of autism.

Research facility tour - Centre for Materials and Surface Science

Monday 05 September 01:15pm

Surfaces play a key role in the manufacture and processing of many products. Surface analysis can be used to examine materials including metals, polymers, biomaterials, textiles, semiconductors, ceramics and glass. The Centre for Materials and Surface Science hosts Australia's most comprehensive surface science capability, featuring a range of X-ray analysis instruments, electron microscopes and scanning probe microscopes.

The good side of bacteria?

Monday 05 September 12:30pm

When most people think of bacteria, they think of dirt and disease. But not Dr Ashley Franks and the researchers in the microbiology department. Their research shows us that there’s much more to bacteria than grime. If you are keen to understand the good side of bacteria, come along for this interesting talk.

Research facility tour - GAIT Lab

Tuesday 06 September 02:15pm

The GAIT Laboratory is a state-of-the-art research facility within La Trobe's Sport and Exercise Medicine Research Centre. It is used to understand the structure and function of the musculoskeletal system, and causes, prevention and treatment of musculoskeletal injuries and disease. This is the largest lab of its type in the southern hemisphere, and features a motion analysis system comprised of ten high-speed cameras which collect information about how people walk.

Invisible Islanders: precarious work and Pacific Islander settlers in rural Victoria

Tuesday 06 September 01:00pm

What if we could find a cure for Cachexia – one of the leading causes of cancer death? Dr Amelia Johnston will share and explain to us how the discovery of the receptor that causes cancer cachexia can save lives. Ground breaking research that could literally save lives.

Keeping knees healthy and active post ACL injury

Tuesday 06 September 01:30pm

Did you know that in the under-20 age group, one in three people who’ve had ACL reconstruction surgery will suffer a second injury within five years? If you have been unlucky enough to have ruptured your anterior cruciate ligament, you would want to hear from Dr Kate Webster as to how her research can reduce ACL injuries.

Research facility tour - VisLab2

Wednesday 07 September 03:15pm

The La Trobe Paleoscience lab is part of La Trobe University’s research focus on the past record of human origins, migrations and interactions with changing climate and environment. The laboratory’s main focus is on the origins and spread of humans and their technology (e.g. heat treatment) throughout the globe by dating archaeological and fossil sites to understand early human biogeography. Explore La Trobe's cutting edge archaeology research through an immersive visualisation experience in Vis Lab 2.

A cancer free world

Thursday 08 September 01:00pm

What if we could find a cure for Cachexia – one of the leading causes of cancer death? Dr Amelia Johnston will share and explain to us how the discovery of the receptor that causes cancer cachexia can save lives. Ground breaking research that could literally save lives.

What has the gold rush to do with water management?

Thursday 08 September 01:30pm

What has the Victorian gold fields in the 19th century taught us about water management? Come and discover the learnings from early pioneers in regards to water and its transportation. Professor Susan Lawrence will share how the past shapes our future when it comes to managing one of our most precious resource, water.

Research facility tour - Wildlife Sanctuary

Thursday 08 September 02:10pm

La Trobe is the custodian of over 30 hectares of woodlands and grasslands throughout its Melbourne campus. The Wildlife Sanctuary's primary aim is to provide learning experiences for all ages.La Trobe University has shown a strong commitment to the conservation and protection of indigenous animals and plants through their continued management of the La Trobe Wildlife Sanctuary. Over the 40 years of management a considerable amount of research has been conducted, including work on bats, possums, insects and the effects of fungal species on plant growth. Join our Sanctuary staff on a walk through the site to learn about the research, our past, present and future.

Research facilities tours - Maritime Simulation Lab

Friday 09 September 01:15pm

Pivot Maritime have partnered with La Trobe University to promote research and development in maritime simulation and maritime practices. La Trobe University is operating and managing the Maritime Simulation Laboratory, featuring a range of Pivot Maritime simulators that can be utilised by academics, students, and other industry bodies. The Maritime Simulation Laboratory focuses on user immersion though improved visualisations, exploring the full potential of the recent international standards, improving decision support, automation, usability, and training with respect to navigation and ship handling. See how these cutting edge simulators are helping La Trobe and Pivot Maritime develop and test solutions to real maritime industry problems.

Can a reduction in phosphate use in farming alleviate world hunger?

Friday 09 September 12:00pm

Come and hear from Professor Jim Whelan and his team discuss the social and environmental impact of reducing our reliance on phosphate as a fertiliser. This is a revolutionary approach to thinking like a plant and how the team attempts to teach plants to be less reliant on phosphates.

Healthcare meets emotional intelligence

Friday 09 September 12:30pm

We all know that we need emotional intelligence in our everyday lives. But how important is emotional intelligence in the aged care sector. Do you understand emotional labour? Dr Leila Karimi explains her research and the importance of emotional intelligence for a better health outcome for aged care patients.