Sleep science goes wild

Animal sleep studies are about to leave the lab and enter the great outdoors. This follows the introduction to Australia by La Trobe University zoologists of the first miniaturised ‘sleep loggers’. Black swans and tammar wallabies will be among the first animals in Australia to have their sleep documented in unprecedented detail – all in…

Studying US basketballers’ knee pain

A research team led by La Trobe University has just received an AUD$200 000 grant to study troubling knee conditions that affect about 40 per cent of professional basketball players. Jill Cook is the lead researcher on the three-year project and is Professor of Musculoskeletal Health in La Trobe’s Sport and Exercise Medicine Research Centre. She said…

Sri Lankan student’s passion for computing

Charles De Silva Goonetilleke is a Sri Lankan student at La Trobe. A student in our Bachelor of Computer Science with Honours program, he arrived in Melbourne in 2012. While many students do not have a clue what they want to study at university until a year, a few months or even a few days…

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Peer Learning Advisers (PLAs) are experienced and successful students who are trained by Student Learning and Library teams to assist you in studies and use of the Library. PLAs assist with inquiries to the level of their experience and connect students to other resources and services if more assistance is required. They come from a…

La Trobe’s ground-breaking autism app

La Trobe University’s Olga Tennison Autism Research Centre (OTARC) has launched a free smartphone app, called ASDetect that empowers parents and caregivers to identify autism earlier and more accurately than ever before. An estimated 1 in 50 children have an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). OTARC’s research shows that the majority of these children are not diagnosed…

La Trobe ranked third in Victoria in ERA survey

La Trobe University has strongly improved its performance in the Government’s latest Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) report. We have achieved top rank – a classification described as ‘well above world standard’ – in three broad discipline groups: Agricultural, Biological and Physical Sciences. La Trobe is third in Victoria in terms of the number…

Saving Aussie honey bees – and farmers

In a bid to protect Australia’s farming industry, a La Trobe University student is tackling one of the most destructive diseases currently plaguing the nation’s honey bees. Bees play a vital role in fruit and vegetable production by cross-pollinating plants. While Australia’s bee population is currently one of the strongest in the world, it is…