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Your research in a nutshell

Friday, 28 September 2012

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Congratulations to ECU researcher Dr Chris Abbiss, winner of the inaugural ECU Your Research in a Nutshell competition.

Held during Research Week, the event saw early-career researchers take to the stage to compete against one another in the competition.

Dr Abbiss won for his research which looks at using a  novel exercise intervention strategy to improve health outcomes.

Using cycling as a model, his investigated whether or not short –one to four minutes bursts of high-intensity exercise on an isolated muscle group can have similar health benefits as 30 to 60 minutes of whole body exercise.

He hopes that this investigation will change the way exercise is prescribed to at risk members of the population, allowing them to benefit from performing high-intensity exercise, with minimal cardiovascular stress and perceived exertion.

Runner-up was Dr John Ryan from the School of Communications and Arts, whose presentation was entitled Botanical Memory – Mapping recollections of South-West Australian Plants.  

Dr Clint McCullough from the School of Natural Sciences received a special mention for his presentation which looked at fisheries in pit lakes.

As the winner Dr Abbiss received $2,000 with runner-up Dr Ryan receiving $1,000.

Both Dr Abbiss and Dr Ryan have been invited to compete in against winners from across Australia at the national Australian Competitive Research Symposium on 29 November at Sydney’s Australian Catholic University.

The presentation was run by the Office of Research and Innovation as part of ECU’s Research Week.

For more information on research activities at ECU visit the University’s Research webpage.

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