Lunch time talks

Person delivering talkJoin our researchers as they present some of the latest developments in their research in short, engaging presentations, followed by an opportunity to ask questions.

For regional campuses who would  like to view  the sessions held in the Melbourne campus, video conferencing facilities will be available at locations stated below:

Albury Wodonga - Room B4 - 4101 (28 and 29 August). Room B3 - 3116 (31 August and 1 September)

Bendigo - MLT (28 August), CLT (29, 31 August and 1 September)

DateSpeakerTopicTimeLocation
28 August

Professor Kay Crossley
La Trobe Sport and Exercise Medicine Research Centre

The importance of physical activity and sports participation is well known. However, injury is an unfortunate consequence of injury. While some injuries are minor, others result in persistent pain, poor quality of life and reduced participation.

Come listen to Kay as she shares her research on the impact of sports-related injury, and opportunities to reduce their burden.

Young people with old knees 1 pmResearch Commons, Library, Level 2
28 August

Dr Paul Watters
Engineering and Mathematical Science

Digital natives are driving a rapid pace of change online. Yet, while our technologies are experiencing rapid development and turnover, our community standards and legal system struggle to keep up.

Dr Paul Watters will share recent research on protecting children online - from a technical perspective - and suggest some future research directions using situational crime prevention theory

Technical challenges to protecting children online1.30 pmResearch Commons, Library, Level 2
29 AugustAssoc. Professor Stuart Morgan
Sports Analytics

Recent advances in Deep Learning are leading to significant developments in computer vision in sport.  Our research group is using state-of-the-art deep learning algorithms to teach computers to understand sport, and provide new kinds of assistance to coaches and sports analysts.  Examples of our work include a system to detect and count swimming strokes and is supported by industry, including the Australian Institute of Sport, and Swimming Australia.  We will present our recent work in swimming and diving, and discuss the future areas of research in providing sports coaches with decision support and novel insights.”
Teaching a Computer to Understand Sport: Advances in Deep Learning in Sports Action Recognition1 pm Research Commons, Library Level 2 
29 August

Sue Mayes Australian Ballet

The hip health of professional ballet dancers has been compared to non-dancing athletes. Sue Mayes will outline the key findings of her PhD project and ongoing research in the partnership between La Trobe University and The Australian Ballet.

Hip joints are healthy in ballet dancers!1.30 pmResearch Ciommons, Library Level 2
30 AugustNo talks have been scheduled for 30 August.. You are invited to attend the finals of the 3MT held at John Scott Meeting House from 12.45 pm   John Scott Meeting House
31 August

Dr Colleen Thomas
Life Sciences

Dr Colleen Thomas is head of the Cardiovascular Physiology Laboratory in the Department of Physiology, Anatomy and Microbiology. Her research interests include developing novel therapies (drugs and other strategies) for cardiovascular disease.

This presentation will share recent research findings regards the endogenous cardioprotective phenomenon of ischaemic conditioning as a treatment strategy for protecting the heart and improving clinical outcomes in patients undergoing cardiac surgery or experiencing heart attacks.

In particular, the recruitment and contribution of nerve signalling pathways following remote limb ischaemic conditioning will be discussed.

Understanding the biological phenomenon of remote limb conditioning for heart protection1 pmResearch Commons, Library, Level 2
31 AugustDr Miranda Rose
Allied Health

Dr Miranda Rose will share the genesis and the application of the Aphasia app to assist people with post-stroke communication disability
The Aphasia App: improving healthcare communication for people with post-stroke communication disability1.30 pmResearch Commons, Library, Level 2
1 September

Professor John Moses LIMS

Pop by and listen to Professor John Moses introduce the concept of click chemisty and describe recent developments, including the reengineering of a potent antibiotic.

The design and synthesis of new functional molecules is of central importance to ensure the continued development of new materials, drugs and useful reagents. It is therefore crucial to maintain the development of new reactions and train the next generation of synthetic chemists.

Click Chemistry and Drug Discovery1 pm Research Commons, Library, Level 2 
1 SeptemberDr Raelene Wilding Humanities and Social Sciences

Today's older people present a striking contrast to those of the past. They are ageing in a world in which, on the one hand, many people are living at a distance from family and friends, often in different countries. Yet, on the other hand, the internet and new media are providing unprecedented opportunities to bring distant places and people together in new ways. How are these contradictory processes transforming the ways in which older people provide and receive care and support? How does this vary depending on migration histories, cultural norms and social contexts? What are the obstacles to older people benefiting from the digital revolution?

This discussion of the experiences of older Australians from diverse cultural and linguistic background demonstrates that more attention needs to be paid to the increasingly global, transnational and virtual contexts within which ageing and aged care now routinely takes place.
Ageing, migration and new media: the significance of distance care1.30 pmResearch Commons, Library, Level 2