The School of Medical and Applied Sciences has a broad range of research activities spanning agriculture, the environment and medical sciences. The applied nature of the research across the school is an important unifying theme for all research activities. Research impact is driven by a focus on research quality but also through a push for industry and community outcomes that arise from a strong focus on ‘making a difference’. Wherever possible we use our research to support our undergraduate teaching to further enhance the research impact.
CQUniversity Medical and Applied Sciences research aligns under four primary research strengths:
- Agricultural Systems
- Environmental Systems
- Exercise and Sports Sciences
- Applied Medical Health
Research and research higher degree student supervision is focussed on the following areas:
Research in Agricultural Management Systems spans:
- Precision Livestock Management which has a strong focus on utilising emerging wireless sensor network (WSN) technologies to derive information that can be used to better understand livestock production systems.
- Precision Horticulture which undertakes research on crop management technologies and approaches in tropical and subtropical horticultural crops. The group places strong emphasis on research that can deliver improvements in industry profitability and productivity, and where possible involves close collaboration with industry partners.
- Non-invasive Sensor Systems which endeavours to develop and deliver ‘sensing solutions’ relevant to value chains in agriculture. The research has involved work across disciplines, from spectroscopy and chemometrics to the agronomy of the application.
Key researchers in Agricultural Management Systems include:
- Professor Philip Brown (Precision Horticulture Research area coordinator)
- Professor Dave Swain (Precision Livestock Management Research area coordinator)
- Professor Kerry Walsh (Non-invasive Sensor Systems Research area coordinator)
Research in Environmental Monitoring and Management spans
- Aquatic Ecology and Ecotoxicology which conducts research into aquatic ecosystem monitoring, assessment, management and reporting to help to minimise anthropogenic impacts on aquatic environments.
- Coastal Environment and Restoration which focuses on coastal and marine ecological research, marine environmental monitoring, impact assessment, and coastal habitat restoration. We work primarily in the Port of Gladstone, one of Australia’s largest multi-commodity ports.
- Conservation Biology which focuses on how to protect and restore biodiversity. Conservation Biology research at CQUniversity addresses the conservation and management of species, their habits and their interaction with humans. Research in this area draws on the traditional biological disciplines (zoology, botany, ecology and behaviour) in combinations with social science, geography and economics to provide system wide solutions which allow for continued human prosperity and ecosystem health.
Active researchers in Environmental Monitoring and Management include:
- Dr Nicole Flint (Aquatic Ecology and Ecotoxicology Research area coordinator)
- Dr Andrew Irving (Coastal Environment and Restoration Research area coordinator)
- Prof Owen Nevin (Conservation Biology Research area coordinator)
Research in Medical and Applied Physiology spans:
- Muscular and Skeletal Health which considers how physical activity results in improved health and performance outcomes. There is a focus on evaluating training, performance, recovery and injury prevention for improved health and for improved performance for professional and Masters athletes.
- Metabolic and Physiological Health which focuses on interactions between physiology and metabolism. The applied outcomes are developed in the context of therapies and pharmacology.
Active researchers in Medical and Applied Physiology include:
CQUniversity’s Advanced Clinical Practice research strength area is based around an emerging focus on paramedic science, oral health, medical sonography, chiropractic and medical imaging. The School has a large teaching program in clinical practices, which involves clinical practitioners. The Advanced Clinical Practice area aims to conduct research that is specialized in both innovative clinical practice and clinical teaching.
Active researchers in Advanced Clinical Practice include: