Deakin University


At Deakin University our researchers are making a positive impact on the lives and well-being of communities — not just in Australia, but around the world — through exceptional innovation and research.

Using our industry, government and institutional networks, we are building our global research footprint across four key themes, supported by four world-class Research Institutes and 13 Strategic Research Centres.

Improving health and wellbeing

Covering the broad spectrum of health, our research is helping to improve the lives and wellbeing of people and communities on a global scale. From medicine, ageing, chronic illness and disability, to nutrition, physical activity and child health, we're continually striving to uncover new frontiers through persistent curiosity and ground-breaking research.

Designing smarter technologies

Deakin is a world leader in carbon and short fibre, metals and steel research, electromaterials, corrosion, nanotechnology, composite materials and energy storage systems. Our open access carbon fibre/composite research facility, Carbon Nexus, is supporting the transition to advanced manufacturing, while engineering and IT researchers are providing robotics, simulation modelling and haptics solutions to clients across many sectors.

Enabling a sustainable world

Deakin leads one of the world’s most prestigious environmental and marine science research programs. Our scientists are helping to protect Australia’s vulnerable flora and fauna from disease, from rapid development and from climate change. In the agricultural sphere, teams of experts are providing water management advice and designing smart solutions to global challenges such as food security, sustainable agriculture and environmental sustainability.

Advancing society and culture

Our research is helping to advance understanding of intercultural relations, politics, migration, racism and governance. In education, researchers are cultivating society and culture by informing policy across all educational sectors, with an emphasis on developing partnerships and working toward achieving equity and social justice. Our creative arts researchers are also breaking new ground, often at the intersection between research, art and technology.

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1 March 2016 - 28 February 2017

Region: Global
Subject/journal group: All

The table to the right includes counts of all research outputs for Deakin University published between 1 March 2016 - 28 February 2017 which are tracked by the Nature Index.

Hover over the donut graph to view the WFC output for each subject. Below, the same research outputs are grouped by subject. Click on the subject to drill-down into a list of articles organized by journal, and then by title.

Note: Articles may be assigned to more than one subject area.

39 13.67 13.67

Outputs by subject (WFC)

Subject AC FC WFC
Chemistry 16 7.88 7.88
Physical Sciences 7 1.20 1.20
Life Sciences 19 5.05 5.05
Earth & Environmental Sciences 4 0.68 0.68

Highlight of the month: Deakin University

Gene helps immune cells get a move on

© Sciepro/Science Photo Library/Getty

© Sciepro/Science Photo Library/Getty

A gene targeted for arthritis treatment also plays an important role in facilitating the immune response to influenza, potentially increasing the risk of side effects from the treatment.

The ADAMTS5 gene is involved in breaking down specific molecules in the matrix surrounding cells, making it an attractive target for arthritis treatment. However, the gene’s role in immunity is unknown. So, to find out more, a team led by researchers at Australia’s Deakin University tracked how mice lacking ADAMTS5 responded to influenza. The mice lost more weight and had higher concentrations of the virus in their lungs than normal mice. The denser matrix also blocked cell movement, so fewer influenza-specific immune cells migrated to the infection site.

While these findings offer an avenue to increase the immune response to influenza, they also raise concerns that new arthritis treatments based on inhibiting ADAMTS5, one of which has already gone through clinical trials, could increase the risk of influenza infection.

Supported content

  1. PLoS Biology 14, 1002580 (2016). doi: 10.1371/journal.pbio.1002580

View the article on the Nature Index

1 March 2016 - 28 February 2017

International vs. domestic collaboration by WFC

  • 47.06% Domestic
  • 52.94% International

Note: Hover over the graph to view the percentage of collaboration.

Note: Collaboration is determined by the weighted fractional count (WFC), which is listed in parentheses.

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