Chronic pain in the spotlight

A neuroscientist from South Australia researching chronic pain has been announced as one of the ABC’s new scientists in residence for 2016.

An initiative of an initiative of ABC RN and UNSW Top 5 under 40 aims to give a voice to a new generation of science thinkers.

This year the panel of selectors was so impressed by the calibre of applicants they selected six of the top young scientists with a flair and passion for communicating science.

The musculoskeletal world should be especially excited as Tasha Stanton from the University of South Australia is one of the chosen six to undertake a 10-day media program as ‘Scientists in Residence’.

Ideas from their research will be broadcast and published on ABC programs and platforms during their time as scientists in residence.

The “Top 6” for 2016 are:

Gail Alvares, University of Western Australia: Psychologist investigating novel and affordable ways to improve the quality of lives of children with autistic spectrum disorder.
Adam Bumpus, University of Melbourne: Geographer working at the intersection of technological innovation studies and economic geography on the role of technology in climate change solutions.
Niraj Lal, Monash University: Physicist using nanophotonics to increase the efficiency of next-generation solar cells, aiming for double the efficiency that’s currently on roof tops.
Jodie Rummer, James Cook University: Marine biologist tracking the athletic capacity in fish to determine how climate change will affect the future of ecosystems and biodiversity.
Kirsty Short, University of Queensland: Immunologist researching the mechanisms that drive increased susceptibility to the influenza virus in certain subsets of the population (pregnant women and asthmatics).
Tasha Stanton, University of South Australia: Neuroscientist investigating what influences levels of pain, and using visual illusions to help create new treatments for sufferers of chronic pain.





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