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Bond unveils Research to Benefit the Community

Bond University is throwing open its doors for its annual Research Week, with a series of thought-provoking presentations across its Business, Society & Design, Health Sciences & Medicine and Law faculties under the overarching theme ‚ÄėBenefitting our Community‚Äô.

The presentations will be held from Tuesday, October 14, to Friday, October 17, and are open to the public to attend free-of-charge.

The diverse range of topics cover everything from strategies for weight loss and achieving better metabolic health, to how climate change impacts the recreation values of Gold Coast beaches, sustainable and stress free financial help, the link between Autism Spectrum Disorder and depression, problem personalities in the workplace, and patent law. 

In addition to the community presentations, a fund and awareness raising lunch with celebrity cook, author, restaurateur and food manufacturer, Maggie Beer will be held on Thursday, October 16, to shine a light on the nutrition and health of older Australians,

Earlier this year, Maggie Beer launched her foundation, Maggie Beer Foundation, to overhaul the nutrition and culinary culture of Australia’s aged care facilities and is also backing The Lantern Project, a three year research program into nutrition in aged care, which is being undertaken by dietician, columnist and Bond University PhD student Cherie Hugo. Ms Hugo’s research recently revealed that one in two aged care residents are undernourished.

Ms Beer and Ms Hugo will be joined by a panel of industry experts to provide an informative update on this topical issue and their latest research, while guests will be treated to a four course luncheon with paired wines.

The Lunch with Maggie Beer event is taking place in the Princeton Room at Bond University from 12.30pm to 2.30pm on Thursday, October 16. Tickets to the event are $150 per person (or $1,350 for a table of 10), with all profits going to the Maggie Beer Foundation. They can be purchased from the Bond website bond.edu.au/events or by emailing [email protected] or calling 07 5595 3574. Places are strictly limited.

In celebration of its 10th Anniversary, Bond University's Health Sciences & Medicine faculty will also open its new, state-of-the-art laboratories to the public on Thursday, October 16 at 4.30pm to give the community the chance to get a first hand look at where and how its research projects are conducted.

The research showcase and lab tours will be followed by a keynote address by the Director of Bond’s Collaborative Research Network (CRN) for Advancing Exercise and Sports Science, Professor Nuala M. Byrne, who will be discussing her latest research findings into metabolic health and behaviours for achieving effective weight loss, at 5.45pm in the Gregor Heiner Theatre.

Bond University’s Pro Vice-Chancellor of Research, Professor Roger Hughes said Research Week, now in its third year, was the perfect vehicle for showcasing the quality and depth of work being undertaken by both established and emerging researchers at Bond.

"Research is the foundation of establishing new and better ways to do things. It is how we, as a society, continue to innovate," Professor Hughes said.

"Bond has a real focus on practical research that benefits the wider community and this year's Research Week is about shining the spotlight on the issues and areas we are actively researching in, and how our outcomes are adding real value back to the community.

"The vast majority of presentations and events are free and open to the public, so we encourage the community to come visit us at Bond and show their support for the fantastic work that is being undertaken in their own backyard."

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