TABLE 1: HOBART TEAMS
TEAM NAME LEAD INSTITUTE SCI-TECH PROPOSITION
Guei-Sheung Liu University of Tasmania
Excessive growth of blood vessels in the eye causes loss of vision and can only be treated with painful and frequent injections of medicine into the eye which in the long-term may cause permanent damage. We have developed a new approach of gene therapy that blocks disease-causing mediator Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor (VEGF) for a prolonged period using a single injection and the effect of intervention can be tailored via a nanocarrier-based eye drop. Such a novel approach in health practices could revolutionise ophthalmic care by making treatment by needles obsolete.
New Markets for Fine Wines University of Tasmania
Our goal is the consistent production of ultra-premium wines by growing and selecting grapes in a modified climate with a low environmental footprint. A pilot learning facility will help wine producers understand and evaluate a new way of growing vines while encouraging direct participation in on-going research and development to integrate practical know-how. The broader community will be engaged for learning opportunities and to attract a future workforce, High-tech facilities in convenient locations would promote visitation for food-wine tourism and scaling out to a global market, especially densely-populated regions where land for grape-growing is scarce, will create value for local Small Medium Enterprises (SME) and regional economies.
A novel tool to enhance Orai1 University of Tasmania
We have identified the first-known specific enhancer of the Orai1 protein, named “IA65”. Orai1 has critical roles in diverse physiological contexts such as lactation, male fertility, skin function, growth of skeletal muscle, prevention of fatigue and nerve formation. An activator of this crucial protein would be highly beneficial in several applications.
LEPH TILES University of Tasmania
The project aims to deliver new preventative and collaborative services, training and technologies to law enforcement and health professionals to improve support for individuals and families at risk of experiencing alcohol, drug addiction, mental illness and family violence. The program will improve local collaborations between service providers in the areas of primary health, early intervention and crime prevention. It will help develop a culturally appropriate practice model, based and led by evidence, location and trauma knowledge for better service delivery. The program essentially looks at the ways in which agencies can better collaborate to establish primary health as a contributor to community safety.
City Parking Assistance APP Using IoT - “GotIT” University of Tasmania
Lack of parking is one of the biggest challenges in modern cities and adding more parking spaces is not possible in certain areas. A promising approach is to use the available spaces more efficiently, with real-time information key to implementing such a solution. While certain products available locally provide such information, they do not show availability on navigation software apps such as Google Maps. This project aims to fill this gap using an Internet of Things (IoT)-based novel technique and will eliminate stress in motorists, improve traffic congestion, and promote efficient use of resources in friendly and healthier smart cities.
Dream Cheese University of Tasmania
Australian cheese makers are continually seeking novel ways to improve cheese quality and enhance the unique flavours. To achieve this, it is important to understand the microbial communities and metabolite profiles of raw milk with a view to enabling cheese makers to optimize the quality, safety and commercial value of their products. This will expand Australian cheese makers’ reputation for their products, improving sales and increase demand for both domestic and international markets.
Fortifyedge University of Tasmania
Internet of Things (IoT) devices are easy to hack and have poor security. Users are therefore unable to trust that their smart devices are secure. Fortifyedge is an on-device, behaviometric authentication platform that verifies the identity of a person regarding who they are, who they claim to be using their geolocation and gait to provide a seamless authentication experience.
HealthLit4Kids University of Tasmania
Health Literacy is an important asset required to manage one’s own health. Tasmanians self-report that they have the worst health literacy in Australia. Health Literacy influences health outcomes, educational attainment and social equity. Tasmanians suffer more from preventable conditions such as heart attack and stroke than other states in Australia. Comparatively, Tasmania’s educational attainment is behind the rest of the nation. HealthLit4Kids aims to bring members of the education and health sectors together with families and communities to improve health literacy in Tasmania. It supports positive health and educational outcomes for children and works towards reducing health inequities for families. 
Bait Expectations University of Tasmania
Tasmanian devil numbers have declined by 80% over the last 23 years due to the emergence of transmissible cancers called devil facial tumour (DFT) disease. To protect the Tasmanian devil, conservation strategies are required to rebuild devil populations in the wild. We propose developing an oral bait vaccine that will be eaten by wild devils to provide immunity to DFTs. Unlike traditional injected vaccines, bait vaccines are dropped into habitat using bait dispensers, thus eliminating the need to capture devils for vaccination. This will allow wide-spread vaccination of devils across Tasmania, thus protecting the entire population from DFTs.
RADDical University of Tasmania
Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a learning disability that effects 7.4% of Australian children and adolescents and yet there is no known cure. Some therapies, such as reflexology are used as alternatives to medication for children with ADHD. This project explores the impact of foot reflexology to reduce the symptoms of ADHD. Reflexology may benefit children by reducing stress and anxiety, thus allowing them to be more settled in class and to improve their school attendances and grades. The project also involves teaching parents to perform reflexology on their children to make the therapy available when needed and without costs.

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