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Research collaboration with Kobe University

Friday, 27 January 2012

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The School of Exercise and Health Sciences have been working on establishing a collaborative research partnership with Kobe University, Japan. Last year marked the 30th Anniversary of the sister-state relationship between Western Australia Government and the Hyogo Prefecture, where Kobe University is located. This relationship has been developed to promote exchange between the two states in the areas of education, culture and business. Dr Abbiss and Dr Nimphius both received a grant to assist with collaborative efforts at Kobe University through the Hyogo Earthquake Memorial 21st Century Research Institute Invitation Fellowship Program set up to assist Kobe in commemoration of Great Hanshin Earthquake that struck 17 years ago.

Over the past month Dr Chris Abbiss, Dr Sophia Nimphius and Professor Ken Nosaka have visited Kobe University to present seminars and conduct collaborative research with leading researchers at Kobe University. Dr Abbiss has been working with Professor Kondo and his postgraduate students researching factors that influence body temperature regulation and the sweating response during exercise. Later this year they also plan to commence a collaborative research project with the University of Tsukuba, examining the influence of elevated body temperatures on breathing response during exercise.  Dr Nimphius has been collaborating with Professor Hirakawa and Professor Takada on an international comparison of physical fitness and performance characteristics of elite softball players. Dr Nimphius will also present and discuss collaborations on softball and baseball performance research at Waseda University in Tokyo next month.

For more information on the partnership between Western Australia and the Hyogo Prefecture see www.hyogo.com.au.

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