Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: the biological basis

Researchers from the National Centre for Neuroimmunology and Emerging Diseases (NCNED) have discovered a cell receptor which could be a key contributing factor to Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS).

And we have the lead researchers presenting their findings at our upcoming Friends of the Library event on 10 August.

Come along to the Gold Coast campus to hear Professor Sonya Marshall-Gradisnik and Professor Don Staines discuss their groundbreaking research, as well as immunological, cell signalling and genetic features in CFS patients.

They will also talk about the challenges with CFS diagnosis, clinical presentation, and treatments.

CFS is a debilitating disorder characterised by extreme fatigue or tiredness that doesn’t go away with rest. It can also be referred to as Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME).

Around 400,000 Australians are believed to be affected by CFS, many of whom are house bound or bed bound.

Following the presentation, Friends of the Library members will be invited to join us for a cocktail reception and the opportunity to network with industry colleagues and our presenters.

It’s an event not to be missed! Register now.

Friends of the Library membership

You will have the option to become a Friends of the Library member when you register for this event. A Friends of the Library membership includes:

  • Invitations to a range of events featuring national and international guest speakers
  • Friends-only cocktail receptions
  • Access to exhibitions and displays in our libraries
  • Friends of the Library e-newsletter
  • Discount on University Library borrowing
  • 20% discount on Griffith Review subscription

Event details

  • What
    Presentation on Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
  • When
    10 August 2017
    5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
  • Where
    Leneen Forde Chancellery (G34)
    Gold Coast campus
    Griffith University

Our first Human Library was a success!

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Nathan campus library hosted our very first Human Library event on Wednesday 24 May 2017 and it was a huge success!

Human Library is a worldwide movement promoting equity and diversity. It is about providing a safe space and building a positive framework for conversations that can challenge stereotypes and prejudices through dialogue.

People get labelled, it is about taking those labels, tearing them apart and hearing the story behind the person. It is about having open and honest conversations that can lead to greater acceptance, tolerance and social cohesion in the community.

We provided 20 Human Books to borrow, all with different ‘labels’, from Activist and Adopted to Muslim and Refugee. Readers were able to borrow a book for a 15-minute slot. They asked questions, and listened, recognising that the Human Book is not just a label, but they had a story to tell. They are so much more.

We hoped to provide a space to enable social and cultural connection between people, while recognising our differences.

We recognise that no ‘book’ ever has a single story, and our identities are complex. We do not want to ‘interpret’ our books: we want our ‘human books’ to ‘speak for themselves’, and to tell their own stories.

Staff and students came to borrow a ‘human book’ and went away feeling empowered through conversation, with the desire to continue to confront stereotypes and discrimination.

One of our books said: ‘I got to meet interesting people who also had interesting stories. I got to dispel a few myths and provide a few insights. My favourite part was interacting with my Readers – their questions were genuine, honest and engaging’.

Our Human Library event is over for this trimester, but we want you to continue to share your stories with each other: we believe that conversations can help spark social change!

Check out some of our book’s stories on Instagram or watch the event on YouTube.

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Open data: Improving and empowering lives

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What does open data, social media, online privacy, opera and robots all have in common? Well believe it or not, they’re all topics explored at previous Friends of the Library events.

Since it’s inception in 2010 the Friends of the Library network has been offering diverse and engaging events that aim to inspire, educate, inform and entertain the audience while exploring topical issues across the Library and Information Technology sector.

You’re invited to our first event for 2016, Extracting strategic advantage from public data sources:

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Reading Lists are updated, ready for Semester 1

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The Reading List Service is celebrating it’s first anniversary and Semester 1, 2016 updates and new digitisation requests have been completed!

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Uber-Friendly: contemporary library design

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You’re invited to our next event.

While our public and institutional libraries differ in purpose and specialisation, common to all libraries is the endeavour to create user-friendly places.

Panellists will share their experiences in designing various Queensland libraries, where the spatial environment as well as cultural, social, pedagogical, organisational strategies are geared to facilitate socialisation and learning.

Following the presentation, Friends of the Library members will be invited to join us for a cocktail reception and the opportunity to network with industry colleagues and panellists.

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Amazing opportunity to learn about the benefits of open access

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Get involved in Open Access Week and register for the free Open for Collaboration seminar being held on 21 October 2015.

Open Access Week is an opportunity for you to learn about the potential benefits of open access, share what you’ve learned with colleagues, and to help to make open access a new norm in scholarship and research.

The Open for Collaboration seminar will feature leading Queensland academics who have embraced open access to achieve wide dissemination, impact for their research, and to develop collaborations.

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Opera and music festivals: are they similar?

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Lindy Hume (Artistic Director Opera Queensland), Linda O’Brien (Pro Vice Chancellor Information Services)

Music festivals are held in paddocks, parks, streets and even on beaches.  And nowadays so are opera’s!

Opera Queensland (OperaQ) is redefining opera, offering a diverse program for ‘opera enthusiasts, music fans, arts adventurers and people who just love big social occasions’.

With performances in unconventional settings, like a Brisbane nightclub and a Darling Downs paddock, OperaQ provides opportunities ‘for the audience to get up close and personal with artists, musicians and fellow adventurers. The company has even moved away from the traditional subscription model to embrace a more festival-like multi-ticket approach’ (OperaQ, 2015, ‘And the crowd goes wild‘)

OperaQ, Artistic Director, Linda Hume provided insight into contemporary opera during her engaging presentation at a Friends of the Library event last month. Griffith University Friends of the Library hosted ‘Welcome to the Gold Coast – the Democratic New Opera Capital of Australia’ on Thursday 6 August 2015.

Lindy encouraged the audience to re-imagine the 400-year-old art form, and discover what it now means to a contemporary community.

She discussed the idea of unconventional performances, specifically designed to directly connect with the local community, such as the G20 Community Chorus – The Changing Face of Brisbane.

Opera Queensland participated in the G20 cultural celebrations by creating a large-scale community choir event in the Brisbane CBD. The Changing Face of Brisbane was a spectacular sound and light show which incorporated choral singing, movement, large-scale projections and video to create a ‘living canvas’ on the façade of the Treasury Hotel, Brisbane.

She provided entertaining clips of the recent Opera at Jimbour, and the engaging Project Puccini.

Lindy Hume, Artistic Director Opera Queensland

Lindy Hume, Artistic Director Opera Queensland

Opera at Jimbour is one of Queensland’s truly iconic music events – where you can picnic with a magnificent sandstone mansion in the background and spend the afternoon listening to opera!

Project Puccini is a world-first initiative by OperaQ, giving 384 Queenslanders across 8 regional locations the opportunity to perform alongside internationally renowned artists in a brand new touring production of Puccini’s La Bohème

Lindy discussed the Gold Coast as the new opera capital of Australia. The Gold Coast is coming to life with opera in the theatre, on a beach, street or park, citing the huge success of Opera on the Beach with Bleach Festival 2015.

Guests enjoyed a performance by Tenor Iain Henderson accompanied by Norma Marschke, and then reflected on the new idea of Opera while enjoying drinks and canapés.

To become a Friend of the Library or for more information on our events, visit griffith.edu.au/library/friends.

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Pianist Norma Marschke, Tenor Iain Henderson

Linda O'Brien, Pro Vice Chancellor Information Services

Linda O’Brien, Pro Vice Chancellor Information Services