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Gluten for punishment: challenging non-coeliac gluten sensitivity

Professor Peter Gibson and his team set out to determine whether gluten causes problems in people who do not suffer from coeliac disease. The team found that short-chain carbohydrates called FODMAPs, not gluten, might be triggering symptoms such as bloating and stomach pain. The results have put some scientifically valid findings in this controversial area.

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  • 24 January 2017

The role of genetic variation in common diseases

Dr Joseph Powell and his team are investigating how differences in your DNA sequence impact on how disease starts and develops in the body. This NHMRC-funded research is important because it could lead to new approaches to prevent or to treat disease.

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  • 24 January 2017

Mending a broken heart: repairing injured heart cells

Professor Graham and his team embarked on their research to understand how the heart develops after birth and why heart muscle cells lose their ability to divide and make new cells. Their research markedly shifted the goal posts and showed that heart muscle cells actually retain an ability to divide until adolescence. This discovery holds great promise for new approaches to managing a range of heart conditions.

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  • 24 January 2017

Sanguine advances In detecting colorectal cancer

Associate Professor Leah Cosgrove and her team have developed a simple blood test to diagnose colorectal cancer. A reliable, non-invasive blood test could augment the National Bowel Cancer Screening Program, either as an adjunct primary screen for those unable to do the stool test, or in triaging positive subjects to colonoscopy. This could help drive a significant reduction in colorectal cancer deaths in Australia.

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  • 24 January 2017
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Revolutionary breakthrough to ease discomfort and cost of fertility treatment

Led by UNSW’s School of Women’s and Children’s Health Associate Professor Robert Gilchrist, an international team of researchers have improved an existing treatment known as in-vitro maturation (IVM).

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  • 24 January 2017

Cancer research breakthrough reduces pancreatic tumour growth

Lead researcher Dr Phoebe Phillips, from UNSW’s Lowy Cancer Research Centre, said it was distressing for her colleagues when they had to inform patients that the best chemotherapy drug available could only extend their life for four months.

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  • 21 January 2017

RAO Seminar 2019

The 2019 Research Administrators’ Seminar was held at the Rex Hotel Canberra, on 29-30 October 2019.

Mitochondrial Donation Community Consultation: Public Forum - Sydney

Public forums in Sydney and Melbourne will allow interested people to engage in person with the consultation process. These forums will be informative and will provide opportunities for people to discuss the scientific, social and ethical issues of mitochondrial donation with experts.

2018 NHMRC Symposium on Research Translation

The 7th Annual NHMRC Symposium on Research Translation, co-hosted by the National Health and Medical Research Council and The REWARD Alliance, was held on 27-28 November, 2018.

Mitochondrial Donation Community Consultation: Public Forum - Melbourne

Public forums in Sydney and Melbourne will allow interested people to engage in person with the consultation process. These forums will be informative and will provide opportunities for people to discuss the scientific, social and ethical issues of mitochondrial donation with experts.

2019 NHMRC Symposium on Research Translation

Research Translation in the digital age: harnessing the power of data and analytical technologies.