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Bond University PhD researchers win Smart Futures Scholarships

Bond University PhD researchers have scooped the pool receiving four of the total 17 prestigious Smart Futures PhD Scholarships Queensland Treasurer the Hon. Andrew Fraser MP announced today. 

Announced at an official ceremony at Bond University the PhD researchers Elizabeth Scott, Christian Moro, Michael Kakanis and Brookes Folmli have received the prestigious scholarships each worth $24,000 over three years aiding their research into health and social issues that impact society as a whole.

Their research projects cover early identification and intervention of anxiety in the children, understanding more about bladder incontinence, immune responses of elite athlete in hot and cold temperatures, and neuroscience to understand more about the brain. 

This the first time Bond University has entered the Scholarship program with an impressive 100 per cent success rate. 

The impressive result prompted the Treasurer to visit Bond University to see first-hand the innovative and socially-important research being conducted.

As part of his visit he toured the Smart State Laboratory where Dr Sonya Marshall is making inroads into reducing the diagnosis time of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome – currently a 12 month period.  Her work is funded by a $600,000 Smart State investment.

The Treasurer along with Olympic gold medalist rower Duncan Free gave blood as healthy controls to contribute towards Dr Marshall’s research.

The tour concluded with Duncan Free conducting a Wingate power test – an all out 30 second power cycle test to measure peak and mean power output, which is translated into a performance indicator in elite athletes. 

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