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Central Coast research boosted by UON grants

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Central Coast research boosted by UON grants

Six Central Coast research teams have been given a boost, thanks to a pilot round of Ourimbah-specific research grants by the University Of Newcastle.

The Ourimbah Strategic Pilot Scheme was announced on Tuesday.

Professor Kevin Hall, Senior Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research & Innovation) praised the breadth of research proposals originating from UON’s Central Coast campus.

“We have a number of research strengths at our Central Coast campus, and we’re aiming to increase the research impact with these new strategic grants,” he said.

“We have a unique range of research initiatives at our Central Coast campus which are really making an impact in the local community and beyond,” added Dean of the Ourimbah Campus, Dr Brok Glenn.

“These grants afford our researchers with the opportunity to foster new collaborations and grow the research focus on our Central Coast Campus.”

The half dozen researchers and their projects are:

Associate Professor Mike Bowyer, from the School of Environmental and Life Sciences in the Faculty of Science. This project will explore “Hydrogen Sulfide and Ethylene – understanding the links. Sensing a new opportunity for delaying senescence in postharvest fruits and vegetables.


Associate Professor Vivienne Chuter, School of Health Sciences, Faculty of Health and Medicine. This project is entitled, Rate my risks: Vascular risk profiling for diabetic foot complications.

Dr Julie Coffey, School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Education and Arts. This project entails: Exploring the ‘everyday embodiment’ of youth body image.

Dr Suzi Edwards, School of Environmental and Life Sciences, Faculty of Science. The work will explore: Three dimensional modelling of musculoskeletal injuries – a multi-disciplinary approach.

Dr Emma Beckett, School of Medicine and Public Health, Faculty of Health and Medicine. This project will research: Taste receptor genetics, the microbiota and metabolic disease risk – a pilot study.

Dr Troy Gaston, School of Environmental and Life Sciences, Faculty of Science. This study will examine: Is there enhancement, depletion or trophic subsidy of local rocky reefs by seacage aquaculture?