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 April 2017 - 31 March 2018

Region: Global
Subject/journal group: All

The table to the right includes counts of all research outputs for Flinders University published between 1 April 2017 - 31 March 2018 which are tracked by the Nature Index.

Hover over the donut graph to view the FC 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.

16 3.79

Outputs by subject (FC)

Subject AC FC
Chemistry 5 2
Life Sciences 8 0.90
Physical Sciences 2 0.84
Earth & Environmental Sciences 1 0.05

Highlight of the month

A crystal-clear view of an insulin-related receptor

© LAGUNA DESIGN/Science Photo Library/Getty

© LAGUNA DESIGN/Science Photo Library/Getty

The crystallization of a receptor involved in the growth and differentiation of cells could lead to new insights that will help to develop anti-cancer drugs.

Malfunctioning ‘human type 1 insulin-like growth factor receptor’ (IGF-1R) has been implicated in the growth and spread of cancer. By crystalizing the normally functioning receptor, researchers are closer to understanding its atomic structure and how the receptor interacts with growth factor hormones. When these hormones bind with complementary sites on IGF-1R, which are present on the surface of human cells, IGF-1R sends signals to direct pathways responsible for cell growth and differentiation.

Scientists at Flinders University, South Australia, and colleagues crystalized the interacting part of the receptor both separately and in a complex with a hormone called insulin-like growth factor. This allowed them to examine the receptor’s atomic structure and see how the hormone binds to it.

Further research is needed to understand how this interaction changes the receptor’s structure such that it sends signals. Such knowledge could help the development of anti-cancer drugs targeting the receptor.

Supported content

  1. Nature Communications 9, 821 (2018). doi: 10.1038/s41467-018-03219-7

View the article on the Nature Index

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1 April 2017 - 31 March 2018

International vs. domestic collaboration by FC

  • 51.41% Domestic
  • 48.59% International

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

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

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