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Gut instinct: Stomach bacteria linked to overall wellbeing

Screenshot of ABC Catalyst interview

2 July
Professor Stephen Simpson speaks to ABC's Lateline about the rise in the popularity of faecal transplants and special diets as scientists look to the stomach to find out more about a wide range of ailments.

Watch the segment.

Research and education hub on the shortlist for World Building of the Year

Photo of stairs in hub

26 June
46,700sqm of gorgeous! Our amazing Charles Perkins Centre is on the shortlist for World Building of the Year in the higher education and research category.

One of 17 shortlisted entries in the category, the hub is up against eight other Australian buildings from University of Technology Sydney and University of Western Sydney.

After the category winners are announced at the festival in November, they will need to represent to the super-jury for the World Building of the Year title.

Sleep disorder expert appointed new ResMed Chair

23 June

Sleep disorder expert Professor Peter Cistulli has been appointed the ResMed Chair in Sleep Medicine at the University of Sydney.

Professor Cistulli will lead the University's research, clinical, and educational activities in advancing the field of sleep-disordered breathing and its impact on chronic disease management.

The new Chair is funded by ResMed and will work across the University's Faculty of Medicine and Charles Perkins Centre.

Chronic diseases, such as chronic lung disease, heart disease, stroke and diabetes, are the leading causes of mortality in the world. There is growing evidence that sleep-disordered breathing and other disruptors of sleep play an exacerbating role in many of these chronic disorders, and that intervention improves outcomes. Read more

Semi-starvation diets offer new hope for obesity with binge eating

12 June
Severe diets don't necessarily lead to binge eating and could be used to treat obesity without risking the disorder, according to new research from the University of Sydney's Charles Perkins Centre and the University of Western Sydney.

The surprising discovery suggests that severe diets, such as those involving meal-replacement shakes, don't necessarily exacerbate binge-eating behaviour.

The findings could provide additional treatment options for health professionals, who have generally hesitated to prescribe such extreme diets for obese patients due to concerns about potential adverse effects on eating behaviour.

"Intuitively, one would expect that such extreme diets would result in compensatory binge eating," said lead author of the study Associate Professor Amanda Salis from the University of Sydney's Charles Perkins Centre and Boden Institute of Obesity, Nutrition, Exercise & Eating Disorders. Read more

Professor Stephen Simpson AC acknowledged in Queen's Birthday 2015 Honours List

8 June
Charles Perkins Centre Academic Director Professor Stephen Simpson (AC) was named a Companion of the Order of Australia for eminent service to biological and biomedical science as an educator, researcher and author, particularly in the areas of human nutrition, obesity and metabolic disease, to higher education, and through roles with a range of professional scientific organisations.

“I offer particular congratulations to Professor Stephen Simpson AC, who has received Australia’s highest non-military honour for his contribution to biological and biomedical science. Professor Simpson’s work at the Charles Perkins Centre has transformed not only the field in which he works, but also the University itself. His leadership of the Charles Perkins Centre has been invaluable in shaping the collaborative, creative and world-leading research and education environment that is core to the University’s future," said Dr Michael Spence, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Sydney. Read more

'Diets and drugs are not enough to tackle obesity'

Read the ABC Online's article on Professor Stephen Simpson's Queen's Birthday honour.