2018 Program

Antibiotic resistant infections are becoming a global risk to human health.  This year, we are getting students to look at the big picture with the common theme of “Antibiotic resistance: how can we monitor it and what can we do about it?”  Students will be placed into smaller working groups to study different aspects of the common theme.  At the end of the week, students will come together to present their work and show how the different approaches feed in to address the common theme.  The focus of the projects will primarily involve microbiology, so will favour students interested in the field of medicine, nursing, medical laboratory science and diagnostics. (2018 schedule link).

2017 Programs



Concepts Covered


Antimicrobial resistance

Supervisor: A/Prof Jeffrey Warner

Participants will use varying concentration of different metal compounds to assess new treatment options for antimicrobial resistance.

Chemical dilutions, bacteriology, antimicrobial resistance, minimum inhibitory concentration (MIC),  assay, eukaryotic cells

1 week

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Veterinary Diagnostics

Supervisor: Dr Jackie Picard

Students will investigate the bacteria that cause cystitic (urinary bladder infections) in dogs.

Diagnostics, pathology, Medical laboratory sciences, clinical practice, antimicrobial resistance

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Emerging Diseases

Supervisor: A/Prof Brenda Govan

Students will investigate the role of aquaculture in the global increase of superbugs through the overuse of antibiotics in animals.

Microbiology, antimicrobial resistance, animal sampling; microbial isolation and identification

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Animal Physiology

Supervisor: Dr Lisa Chilton and Dr Robert Kinobe

Students will participate in the validation of the effects of light anesthesia and restraint in conscious laboratory animals, on hemodynamic parameters as evaluated by the indirect volume-pressure recording (VPR) method.

Animal physiology, scientific animal models, cardiovascular disease, oxytocin receptors, rats, scientific validation, health monitoring techniques for rodents

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Animal Behaviour

Supervisor: A/Prof Ellen Ariel

Students have the opportunity to aid in a pilot study focusing on long-term memory potential in green sea turtle hatchlings, Chelonia mydas.

Animal husbandry, green sea turtles, animal lifecycle implications – post hatchling phase, memory, enrichment devices, experimental design

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(NB this schedule is different to other projects)

Neuroscience & Behaviour

Supervisor: Prof Zoltan Sarnyai

Students will investigate the potential benefits of a high fat-low carbohydrate diet (ketogenic diet) on schizophrenia using a mouse model

Animal physiology, animal husbandry, behavioural test (animal behaviour), brain and behaviour; Analysis of behavioural data

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