Latest news

New research could prevent unnecessary prostate cancer treatment

12 December
Radical treatments for prostate cancer could be avoided thanks to new research that links fat cells and obesity with the most common cancer among Australian men.

Led by the University of Adelaide, and including researchers from the University of Sydney's Charles Perkins Centre, the Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research in Melbourne and KU Leuven in Belgium, a new multi-centre Australian research team believes the makeup of lipids in the prostate gland could indicate whether and how prostate tumours will respond to treatment.

They have received a $3.25 million Revolutionary Team Award from the Movember Foundation and the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia over the next three years.

Read more

Surprising new leads uncovered in global obesity epidemic

8 December
Researchers have uncovered surprising new leads in the worldwide obesity epidemic by examining the combination of our rapidly changing environment with our overwhelming appetite for protein.

Published in the British Journal of Nutrition, the research from the University of Sydney's Charles Perkins Centre indicates that bottle-feeding, climate change and corporate bottom lines could be among the dark horses of global obesity.

The new leads were uncovered by comparing what is known as the Protein Leverage Hypothesis against our changing environment. The Protein Leverage Hypothesis, developed by Charles Perkins Centre researchers as part of a major breakthrough in nutrition research, identifies our overwhelming appetite for protein as the driving force behind appetite in humans and numerous other animals.

Read more


Urgent demand for better designed programs to halt Gen Y's growing waistlines

8 December
The most comprehensive worldwide review ever conducted of programs designed to prevent young people becoming overweight has identified serious flaws with their design and implementation.

The University of Sydney research, recently published in the highly respected Obesity Reviews highlighted that most existing studies do not record enough relevant data to enable them to be used by the community.

Previous research has shown that on average Australian adults aged 25-34 gained 6.7 kilograms over ten years, more than any other age group according to Professor Margaret Allman-Farinelli, an author on the study and from the University's School of Molecular Bioscience and Charles Perkins Centre.

Read more

Filling the gap in oral health care

Dentistry students

5 December
Dental disease is one of society’s most common chronic diseases and impacts the wellbeing of many Australians. One in seven Australians experience toothache, more than half of our children experience dental decay, resulting in many avoidable hospitalisations and Indigenous Australians suffer from more caries and tooth loss than our non-Indigenous population.

A recent gift to the University of Sydney’s Faculty of Dentistry and Charles Perkins Centre will allow the University to push the boundaries of our understanding of dental and systemic health and find new ways to prevent chronic disease. The generous gift worth $3.6 million, from an alumnus of the Faculty of Dentistry, will establish the Chair of Lifespan Oral Health which will improve oral health and related health outcomes through multidisciplinary research and education.

Read more