Uni research continues to change lives

A blood test for skin cancer, an early prevention program for people with Huntington’s disease and a web resource for people who, as children, were raised in out-of-home care.

These are some of the latest stories that feature in videos about how Australian university research is transforming the lives of Australians – and people around the world.

The videos are part of Universities Australia’s award-winning #UniResearchChangesLives video campaign – which won a prestigious Mumbrella CommsCon award in 2019.

Universities Australia Chief Executive Catriona Jackson said research has never been more important.

“University researchers are working around the clock to find a COVID-19 vaccine; to find better ways to treat patients; to trace and track outbreaks; and to better protect our front-line workers.”

“University research touches every area of our lives. Australian researchers produced vaccines for cervical cancer and influenza, soft contact lenses, shatter-proof car wing mirrors, the bionic ear and hundreds of other innovations.”

“All of these life-changing and life-saving inventions came from research conducted at Australian universities.”

Greg Baker, who spent his childhood in and out of orphanages, features in one of the latest videos.

“Many people like Greg have no records about themselves,” Ms Jackson said.

“Now, a website built by researchers at The University of Melbourne and Australian Catholic University is helping Greg, and others like him, piece together the story of their lives.”

“Ten million people have viewed the Find and Connect website since 2011. Through the website, the researchers have helped these people discover their identity,” Ms Jackson said.

You can view all of videos in the #UniResearchChangesLives campaign on the Universities Australia website, YouTube and our Keep It Clever Facebook page, Twitter profile, and Instagram page. More videos will be launched over the coming weeks.

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