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Researchers shine spotlight on teen eating disorders

29 July 2015
Health experts from the University of Sydney will take to the Seymour Centre stage in a unique theatrical collaboration this August aimed at dispelling myths around eating disorders and fad dieting in teenagers.

High school students will have the chance to ask a team of leading researchers their pressing questions about negative body image, obesity and eating disorders at interactive workshops following the newest production of What is the Matter with Mary Jane?

The play is the autobiographical, one-woman account of creator Sancia Robinson's 15-year battle with anorexia and bulimia nervosa. Co-written by Wendy Harmer, the powerful and funny show has become a classroom staple since it debuted at the Sydney Theatre Company in 1995. Read more

Health check: the science of 'hangry', or why some people get grumpy when they're hungry

20 July
Associate Professor Amanda Salis enlightens us on the many reasons some people get very grumpy when they haven't eaten.

"Have you ever snapped angrily at someone when you were hungry? Or has someone snapped angrily at you when they were hungry? If so, you’ve experienced “hangry” (an amalgam of hungry and angry) – the phenomenon whereby some people get grumpy and short-tempered when they’re overdue for a feed.

But where does hanger come from? And why is it that only some people seem to get hangry? The answer lies in some of the processes that happen inside your body when it needs food." Read more

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.

3 July update
The Charles Perkins Centre has also recieved a commendation for interior architecture in the NSW Architecure Awards.

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