Dion Pretorius

Dion Pretorius is Communications and Policy Manager at Science & Technology Australia.

Dion Pretorius is Communications and Policy Manager at Science & Technology Australia.

  • Superstars of STEM: The hero of the half-shell

    Researcher dedicated to discover effects of pollutants on turtles.

    Home to the iconic green sea turtle (Chelonia mydas), the Great Barrier Reef stretches close to the cities of Austral...

    November 12, 2018
  • Superstars of STEM: taking the Antarctic’s temperature

    The Australian state of Tasmania is a hot-bed of chilly research. Dion Pretorius reports.

    Changes in the climate are apparent across the globe, but the impacts are acute in Antarctica. The Southern Ocean is ...

    November 5, 2018
  • Superstars of STEM: Exploring the mystery of back pain

    It’s a debilitating condition that affects millions. Australian researcher Siobhan Schabrun is tr...

    For a condition that is estimated to affect 540 million people at any given time, very little is known about persiste...

    October 29, 2018
  • Searching for marsupial pregnancy secrets

    Looking for horomonal changes to improve breeding programs.

    When an animal becomes pregnant, hormonal changes in its body help to prepare for the development, growth, and birth ...

    September 24, 2018
  • Superstars of STEM: Finding a better way to understand pain

    Sanam Mustafa is working on a blood test to shift pain estimation away from patient estimates. Di...

    “Pain” is the most searched health-related term on Google and is considered the “fifth vital sign” for monitoring med...

    September 17, 2018
  • Finding the trends in newborn lives

    Karen Lamb is a part of one of the largest health data exercise.

    The world is on the cusp of a digital health transformation, and integrated healthcare data is already enhancing the ...

    September 3, 2018
  • Superstars of STEM: Watching the light of understanding

    Lilach Avitan’s research may one day lead to better prosthetics and smarter AI. Dion Pretorius re...

    The medical and biological functions of the brain are fascinating, but often its most interesting property, computati...

    August 27, 2018
  • Trying to crack the cancer code

    Researcher looking to halt endometrial cancer in its tracks.

    Ovarian cancer is one of the deadliest types, and a major factor in its lethality is a lack of early detection and ta...

    August 20, 2018
  • Superstars of STEM: Looking inflammation in the eye

    Justine Smith is looking for new ways to treat a painful eye disease. Dion Pretorius reports.

    Uveitis, or inflammation inside the eye, can lead to pain, sensitivity to light, blurred or obscured vision, and in e...

    July 23, 2018
  • Superstars of STEM: Beating bacteria at its own game

    Queensland’s Róisín McMahon is looking to nature for clues to overcoming antibiotic resistance. D...

    Each year about 700,000 people across the globe die from drug resistant bacterial infections. Antibiotics are becomi...

    July 16, 2018
  • Superstars of STEM: making light work of heavy weather

    Sue Barrell uses satellites and supercomputers to improve weather forecasting. Dion Pretorius rep...

    The way we understand and apply meteorological information is ever-changing and Australian researchers are at the for...

    July 9, 2018
  • Superstars of STEM: Bringing sight to robots

    Sue Keay is testing a robot called pepper to see if it can work with hospital patients. Dion Pret...

    Artificial intelligence, machine learning, big data, robotics – these fields are already transforming the way we live...

    July 2, 2018

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