Hails from: Fremantle, Western Australia
Past life: Teacher, research assistant, tutor.
Favourite science: Health and medicine. Vicky studied arts and environmental science at university, where a course in pollutants and toxicology caught her attention; she remains interested in the links between pollutants and cancer. Other favourites are astronomy, agriculture, Aboriginal science and knowledge, and environment and conservation, especially in terms of the fragile ecosystems of Western Australia.
Loves: Her amazing children, laughing with her husband, cattle dogs, good friends, food and wine, foreign movies, a good story, travel and long treks in the natural environment. Vicky believes that the essence of good health is staying as close to nature as possible.
LIFE expectancy for Aboriginal people is approximately ten years lower than other Australians. The generational transference of past trauma and hardship continues to impact the mental and physical well-being of Aboriginal youth.
GENDER, BMI and smoking status influence stress response patterns in young adults, and these stress response patterns could indicate future adult diseases.
CEREBRAL Palsy (CP) is the world’s most common childhood disability and despite major advancements in medical science the survival rate of people with CP has not improved in the past forty years.
GETTING back behind the wheel after a mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI), such as concussion, should take longer than national medical guidelines currently advise.
FOOD scientists from Curtin University and CSIRO have developed a methodology to produce nutritious Australian sweet lupin/wheat bread, with the process being short-listed for the Curtin Commercial Innovation Awards.
THE manner in which a local carnivorous plant known as bladderworts (Utricularia volubilis) captures their meal does not influence the type of trapped algae and prey they consume, which is a method different to some other members of the Utricularia family, research has found.
CANCER patients who have had lymph nodes removed or damaged due to surgery or treatments have an increased risk of developing secondary lymphoedema—a debilitating swelling of the limbs.
A REVIEW by a UWA scientist into therapies for age-related muscle wasting (sarcopenia) has called into question the suggested use of stem cell therapy as a potential treatment.
PHYTOPLANKTON are the ocean’s most prolific primary producers, but new research shows environmental toxins are affecting cell division in the Prochlorococcus species.
AGRICULTURAL scientists are sowing winter grain crops such as wheat into established summer-growing perennial grasses to try and boost soil quality and improve water use while maintaining crop yields and summer grazing for stock.