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‘Diamonds on the Inside’ for cancer care

A short film featuring La Trobe University Physics Lecturer Dr David Hoxley has been shortlisted in the international FOCUS FORWARD - Short Films, Big Ideas competition, beating entries from 69 countries.

hoxley-research250The three-minute film—Diamonds on the Inside—focuses on Dr Hoxley’s research into diamonds being used as a tool to help cancer patients.

‘Diamonds could be the perfect biomedical material for obtaining diagnostic information to help define the best dose of chemotherapy.

‘They are biocompatible and cheap enough to be considered for use as sensors inside the body. Some cancer treatments require monitoring of the blood, and diamonds can be used as a sensor for chemotherapy,’ said Dr Hoxley.

The film chronicles Dr Hoxley’s reasoning behind researching diamonds and the challenges he faces. It also highlights the personal aspects of why he has become so involved with this area of research, which combines both biology and physics.

‘This research has the potential to make life easier for people and I believe it is important for art to exhibit science and showcase its potential impact on society,’ said Dr Hoxley.

Late last year, Dr Hoxley presented his research at La Trobe’s Big FAT Ideas—a set of talks by academics challenging issues with new thought.

Directors Stephen Scoglio, who also works in La Trobe’s Faculty of Economics, Business and Law, and film-maker Jasmine Funnell came up with the concept for Diamonds on the Inside after hearing the talk and being taken by Dr Hoxley’s research.

‘I knew of FOCUS FORWARD and wanted to put something together; when I saw David speak I was really taken by the work he was doing and the personal motivation behind it.

‘I think that this is great way to illustrate research, especially research in its infancy. Broadcasting it to a bigger, informed audience will hopefully get this research into more final stages,’ said Mr Scoglio.

Documentary filmmaker, Morgan Spurlock, best known for his film Super Size Me, is hosting the $200,000 competition underwritten by GE, which aims to highlight world-changing ideas that have, or will, impact the course of human development.

After making it into the top 100 as a semi-finalist, those involved hope it reaches the finals where it would be judged by a seven-member panel of accomplished filmmakers.

‘I am doing what I can to research the possibilities diamonds have to improve quality of life, and am elated that this film has been made to further explore the ideas put forth by exposing it in this arena,’ said Dr Hoxley.

The semi-finalists can be viewed online as part of an ‘audience favourite’ voting component

To view the film visit:
http://vimeo.com/focusforwardfilms/semifinalists/51890017
To see more of Dr Hoxley’s Big FAT Ideas, visit:
http://www.latrobe.edu.au/big-fat-ideas/series-2

Media contacts:
Dr David Hoxley
T: 03 9479 5175; E: D.Hoxley@latrobe.edu.au
Stephen Scoglio  T: 03 9479 1604;  E: S.Scoglio@latrobe.edu.au
Ernest Raetz, Media and Communications, T: 0412 261 919

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