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Smart handwashing station finds the dirty work

One of the most effective public health measures against COVID-19 and all other infectious diseases is frequent and effective handwashing. The part of our hands we are least likely to wash is the area between the thumb and first finger – the bit that goes first onto handrails and door handles. A smart handwashing station developed by Dr…

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UV wristbands helping adolescents to stay safe in the sun

Sun safety is being promoted with free UV indicating wristbands and sunscreen at South Bank Parklands these school holidays in an effort to get children and young people to make sunscreen and other sun protection part of daily routine. The initiative by Queensland Health and Surf Life Saving Queensland puts into action QUT research on…

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Is your handwashing up to scratch?

Dr Elke Hacker has developed a way to check if you are washing your hands properly to avoid picking up the coronavirus infection. The ‘smart’ handwashing station she has developed integrates a UV light and camera technology to provide a visual representation of how clean your hands are after washing. “The method is simple,” Dr Hacker…

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Is there enough sunscreen in your cosmetic products?

Dr Elke Hacker from the Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation (IHBI) partnered with the Wellness Matters program, Department of Health Safety and Environment at QUT, to undertake a research study assessing the coverage of cosmetics with SPF by using UV cameras. A UV camera is designed to image ultraviolet light, the same UV light…

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Could a UV wristband help prevent sunburn?

As 18,000 school leavers hit the Gold Coast to celebrate the end of school and exams we have come up with a clever way to reach these school leavers – a silicon UV-reactive slider that is included on the official Safer Schoolies wristband that indicates when their skin has had enough sun. Just a couple of sunburns can leave the skin…

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UV sticker raises cricket fans’ sunscreen use

UV detection stickers trialled by QUT researchers at the November 2017 Ashes Test at the Gabba have scored with cricket fans. The stickers, some of which were tagged with Cricket Australia’s official 2017 campaign hashtag #BeatEngland, contained UV-sensitive ink which changes colour to warn people when the effect of their sunscreen is…

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Make Your Mark! Women in Technology

Congratulations to Dr Elke Hacker who has been nominated for a 2019 Women in Technology Award – Making My Mark. The award winner will be announced at the 22nd Annual Women in Technology Awards Gala Dinner for 2019. The gala celebrates the achievements of women working in technology and life sciences.