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

A walk on the threatened side


Griffith’s resident botanist, Professor Catherine Pickering is offering two exclusive nature-filled mornings at our Gold Coast campus – and you’re invited to come along.

There’s no better way to spend a spring morning than walking through Griffith’s interactive rare and threatened plant walk.

Over the last few years, we have been upgrading the landscaping to showcase stunning local plants that call our city home. The campus now has over 250 species, including more than 20 plants that are threatened with extinction in the wild.

This includes the largest terrestrial orchid in Australia and the incredible rare native olive with only 17 plants left in the wild.

The walk will culminate in a morning tea at Griffith’s Red Zone where Professor Pickering will talk further about her work and her exciting new gardening app GroNATIVE. The app is a dream tool for all Aussie gardeners and was developed in partnership with Griffith’s School of Environment and Gold Coast-based environmental company Natura Pacific.

The free and easy-to-use app will help users create native gardens that include more water-wise plants, reduce the chances of spreading weeds and provide habitats for local birds and butterflies

So come along for a lovely walk to see what rare and threatened locals are growing at Griffith.

Register for free online.

Rare and threatened plant walks

10am 20 October 2016 OR 9.30am Tuesday 25 October 2016.

The Red Zone, 58 Parklands Drive, Griffith Health Centre (G40).

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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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Opera and music festivals: are they similar?

Lindy Hume,

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

Iain Henderson

Pianist Norma Marschke, Tenor Iain Henderson

Linda O'Brien, Pro Vice Chancellor Information Services

Linda O’Brien, Pro Vice Chancellor Information Services

Are you a Friends of the Library member?

Friends of the Library

For only $25 a year you can be!

Griffith Archive Launch (L-R) Chancellor Leneen Forde, Vice Chancellor Ian O'Connor, Professor Emeritus David Pegg, Pro Vice Chancellor Linda O'Brien.

Griffith Archive Launch (L-R) Chancellor Leneen Forde, Vice Chancellor Ian O’Connor, Professor Emeritus David Pegg, Pro Vice Chancellor Linda O’Brien.

The Friends of the Library provides professional and social opportunities for those interested in supporting the library and its evolution in our rapidly changing education environment.
As a Friend of the Library member you will enjoy a range of benefits including:

  • Invitations to events featuring national and international guest speakers
  • Friends only networking opportunities
  • Access to exhibitions and displays
  • Special pre-sale ticket offers to certain Griffith events
  • Regular Friends of the Library e-newsletter
  • Special Griffith REVIEW subscription – 20% off discount
  • Discount on borrowing membership to the University Library

If you’re interested in becoming a member or would like to learn more about our events, visit and register online.

Friends of the Library began in 2010.The Griffith University Friends of the Library network provides educational, cultural and social opportunities that deepen engagement between Griffith University and its broader communities for mutual benefit.

Open Data, Open Governance. Guest speaker Pia Waugh, Director of Gov2.0 for the Federal Dept. of Finance and Deregulation.

Open Data, Open Governance. Guest speaker Pia Waugh, Director of Gov2.0 for the Federal Dept. of Finance and Deregulation.

The Friends of the Library program seeks to:

  • Provide events which foster the sharing of knowledge and ideas, and opportunities for cultural and social engagement between Griffith researchers, scholars and students, business, government and the broader community
  • Promote Griffith as an exciting, innovative and inclusive place in which to study, research and work
  • Promote interest in, and support for, Griffith University and its libraries from alumni and the broader community, through a range of activities, initiatives and programs.

The Friends of the Library, creates great opportunities and benefits to the University. It builds Griffith’s reputation as a vibrant, community-engaged university, a university of world leading researchers and scholars ready to openly share their knowledge and expertise for community benefit. Friends also promotes Griffith as a great place in which to study, demonstrating its attractiveness for potential students.

The benefits to the regions Griffith serves, from South Bank, through to Nathan/Mt Gravatt, Logan and the Gold Coast, are many. The Friends events help build community knowledge on matters of topical interest and add to the intellectual and cultural life of these regions. The programs are nuanced to best meet regional priorities, such as development of the Gold Coast as a vibrant cultural and educational precinct, exploration of the cultural communities which make up Logan’s richness or partnering with the Friends of the Conservatorium to promote Griffith’s musicians and music scholars.


For information on all upcoming and previous events, visit


THETA 2015 Success


THETA 2015 was hosted by Griffith University from 11 to 13 May and we made an entrance!  THETA stands for The Higher Education Technology Agenda.

Over six hundred delegates, over two hundred exhibitors and sponsors, 1 exciting conference dinner, 1 intense golf game, and 1 cute little mascot. THETA 2015 helped us all to create, connect and consume over three days on the gorgeous Gold Coast.

Delegates enjoyed the warm rays of the mild South East Queensland autumn for every day that THETA presented at the Gold Coast Convention Centre.

Screen Shot 2015-06-02 at 4.18.56 pmInside the exhibition hall the Lego ‘minifig’ build table was so successful that we were running out of heads and bodies! Hundreds of delegates loved building their ideal self or representation in the little yellow figure that we all know so well.  We even had ‘free range’ lego that people could play with and build something to enter into the daily competition (prizes were awarded in the form of – you guessed it – lego merchandise).

Professor Jean-Marc Hero introduced the THETA 2015 mascot (who we named after our professor), Jean-Marc.  Make sure you check out the TEDx talk ‘Know More in Sixty seconds’ about how The Survival of the Earth Depends on Frogs.

Everyone was so active on social media that the hashtag ‘#THETA2015’ began trending. It was wonderful to see so many people engaged with the content and networking with each other.

New G11 video wall

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Watch this space! …. Griffith University Gold Coast campus will boast its first outdoor LED Video Wall following construction completion this month.

Information Services has recently begun the ‘build and install’ of a 6×4 metre, high resolution and weatherproof LED Digital Screen and audio system which has been mounted outside G11 Learning Commons,

Professor Ned Pankhurst recently commented, “This video wall is an exciting addition to our Gold Coast campus and will act as a dynamic platform to welcome visitors and VIPs, as well as engaging current students and staff”, see: Griffith Gold Coast Coast Gets Digital Wall for more details.