UniSA crowdfunding invites community engagement
A bold project to save native animals from the threat of feral cats, vital research to prevent refugee suicide and an innovative rehabilitation program for stroke recovery are the three projects that are leading UniSA’s new crowdfunding campaign.
These three projects have been launched as UniSA’s first foray into crowdfunding.
Professor Tanya Monro, Deputy Vice Chancellor: Research and Innovation at UniSA, says the initiative is an opportunity for the wider community to gain an insider’s view of the research world. She also sees it as a way donors can play an influential role in driving scientific discovery in the fields that are most important to them.
The projects chosen for the first round of UniSA crowdfunding include:
Dr Anton Blencowe, Senior Lecturer in Chemistry, is leading a team in the School of Pharmacy and Medical Sciences to develop a novel approach to protecting vulnerable native animals from feral predators.
“There is a critical need for improved population protection techniques to ensure the survival of our most vulnerable animals.” said Dr Blencowe.
In partnership with conservationists from the University of Adelaide and Biosecurity SA, Dr Blencowe is using a native Australian plant to protect native animals from introduced predators. With donations to the campaign, the research team will trial their technique to protect native animal repopulation efforts in South Australia.
To find out more and lend your support: www.chuffed.org/project/save-aussie-animals.
Professor Nicholas Procter, Chair: Mental Health Nursing, is leading a team of mental health specialists to develop a targeted suicide prevention training tool for caseworkers and volunteers working with asylum seekers.
“Few people realise that suicide is now the leading cause of premature death in the asylum seeker population in Australia,” said Professor Procter.
The training tool will teach those who work closely with asylum seekers how to identify and intervene when a client is suicidal. With further research this program will also identify key warning signs for this at risk population.
To find out more and lend your support: www.chuffed.org/project/preventing-asylum-seeker-suicide.
Associate Professor Susan Hillier, Dean of Research, is seeking to trial a promising new approach to stroke rehabilitation that was developed in collaboration with the Australian Dance Theatre (ADT).
“The technology creates real-time illusions that trick the brain to reform some of the lost neural connections caused by trauma,” said Associate Professor Hillier.
Initial trial patients have described their experience with the system as enlightening and fun and highlighted how it has greatly reduced pain.
Donations to this campaign will facilitate a wider clinical trial which could change the face of stroke rehabilitation therapy.
To find out more and lend your support: www.chuffed.org/project/dance-technology-for-stroke-rehabilitation
Crowdfunding@UniSA facilitates direct communication between researchers and the wider public, and gives donors the ability to engage with the work that they deem most important.
Donors can also choose a ‘perk’ associated with the funding level they wish to provide. Perks include becoming a ‘Quokka Defender’, a ‘Rock-Wallaby Superstar’, or having the opportunity to have their name acknowledged in a research publication, or to facilitate a seminar at their workplace with the project leader.
UniSA has also pledged a further 20% of funding to each project that meets its target. Please consider getting behind the campaign and donating and/or sharing your favourite projects with the tag #UniSAcrowdfunding to help each project reach their objective.