Flinders University


Flinders University is a globally connected, locally engaged institution that exemplifies teaching, learning and research excellence.

As co-occupants of the Flinders Medical Centre and a founding member of the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI), Flinders maintains its impressive tradition of fundamental discoveries and translation of our research across a range of Medical, Health, Clinical and Mental Health research areas. Leading Biomedical Engineering, Assistive Technologies and Digital Health researchers are also a vital component of our significant contribution to the health and wellbeing of people in our community and across the world.

Our research in Molecular Science and Technology, Biomedical Engineering, Digital Health, Water and the Environment is translated into benefits for the community through our robust network of partnerships with organisations and industries, together delivering real-world solutions.

We contribute to our understanding of the world around us by diving deep into the past through our outstanding History, Archaeology and Palaeontology research, and we tackle today’s pressing social issues such as crime, the future of work and the social determinants of health equity.

90 per cent of our research has been ranked at or above world class by Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA).

Flinders University’s main campus at Bedford Park in Adelaide’s inner south is spread across 165 hectares of beautiful natural bushland featuring thousands of trees and an array of wildlife. Our natural assets are complemented by an impressive new hub and plaza development at the very heart of the campus. A leading university for student experience, Flinders is rated number 1 in Australia across 9 International Student Barometer categories.

Our award-winning Computer, Science, Engineering and Mathematics facilities at the nearby Tonsley campus are located within South Australia’s premier Innovation District, facilitating our engagement with companies committed to the development and application of advanced technologies.

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1 February 2017 - 31 January 2018

Region: Global
Subject/journal group: All

The table to the right includes counts of all research outputs for Flinders University published between 1 February 2017 - 31 January 2018 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.

11 1.94 1.94

Outputs by subject (WFC)

Subject AC FC WFC
Chemistry 3 1.22 1.22
Life Sciences 8 0.72 0.72

Highlight of the month

Gut feelings, explained

© Michael Heim/EyeEm/Getty

© Michael Heim/EyeEm/Getty

 Specialized cells in the gut act as chemical sensors that can rapidly alert the nervous system to signs of trouble in the intestines.

The finding, from a team that included Flinders University researchers, could lead to new therapies that correct gut overreaction to certain substances in gastrointestinal disorders such as irritable bowel syndrome.

The researchers coaxed mouse stem cells into intestine-mimicking ‘organoids’ or ‘mini-guts’ and then profiled how enterochromaffin cells in the intestinal lining responded to a range of different molecules. They showed that the cells express specific receptors that are activated by three broad types of molecules: bacterial by-products; hormones involved in stress signals; and known triggers found in food.

Activation led to release of the hormone serotonin, which prompted the creation of synaptic junctions with nearby neurons and the relay of signals up to the brain.

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  1. Cell 170, 185–198 (2017). doi: 10.1016/j.cell.2017.05.034

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In situ modeling of multimodal floral cues attracting wild pollinators across environments

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America


Multiple functional self-association interfaces in plant TIR domains

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America


1 February 2017 - 31 January 2018

International vs. domestic collaboration by WFC

  • 32.78% Domestic
  • 67.22% 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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