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Twin research sheds new light on back pain

30 October
The Charles Perkins Centre has partnered with the Australian Twin Registry to launch NSW's first twin research node.

Twin research creates huge research advantages and can be applied across a range of disciplines.

Leading international back pain specialist and twins researcher, Professor Jan Hartvigsen, will be at the University of Sydney this Friday, 30 October to launch the twin research hub and to share the findings from his team at the Centre for Muscle and Joint Health, University of Southern Denmark.

In twin studies, his group found that back pain is already common among adolescents and its occurrence increases steeply during the teenage years. He also found this early occurrence of neck and back pain has a strong underlying heritable component.

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Protein on the menu for invasive myna bird

28 October
Common mynas prefer protein and will fight each other to get it, according to new research from the University of Sydney’s Charles Perkins Centre.

Published in Behavioral Ecology, the research gives unprecedented insight into the feeding behaviours of invasive species which could help develop new control methods for pests.

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Academic honoured for promotion of women

28 October
Professor Lisa Bero has been recognised for her mentorship and promotion of women with the Cochrane Collaboration’s prestigious Anne Anderson Award.

The award is given to a member of Cochrane – a global organisation that gathers and summarises the best evidence from research to help consumers, clinicians and policy makers to make informed choices about treatment – who has contributed meaningfully to the promotion of women as leaders and contributors.

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ABC's Catalyst program seeks answers from the Charles Perkins Centre to the question, "Why am I still fat?"

13 October
Associate Professor Amanda Salis from the Boden Institute and Professor Steve Simpson from the Charles Perkins Centre have featured on the ABC's Catalyst. The pair discussed 'the famine reaction' as a reason some dieters find it hard to lose weight or even put on additional weight while dieting.

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Exercise in a bottle could become a reality

2 October
Drugs that mimic the benefits of exercise could soon become a reality thanks to breakthrough research from the University of Sydney’s Charles Perkins Centre.

Published in Cell Metabolism, the research exposed a thousand molecular changes that occur in our muscles when we exercise, providing the world’s first comprehensive exercise blueprint. Read more