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Charles Perkins Centre features on ABC's Catalyst

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14 August
The Charles Perkins Centre and Academic Director Professor Stephen Simpson and Chair of Diabetes Professor Charles McKay feature on the ABC1’s special two-part edition of Catalyst, ‘GUT REACTION – What you eat could be making you ill.’

Could our food be making us sick – very sick? In the first of a two-part special, Dr Graham Phillips reveals new research about the interplay between food and the bacteria deep within our guts.


Bootcamp for X-ceptional lab skills

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28 July
A research skills boot camp for Bachelor of Medical Science students was piloted in July in the Charles Perkins Centre’s research and education hub.

Almost 50 second- and third-year students took the opportunity to hone their research skills using the state-of-the-art equipment in the Hub’s high tech X-lab.

The initiative was borne out of a request from students interested in developing their laboratory skills and learning commonly used medical science research techniques. Read more

Diet conscious: How much can a panda bear?

22 July
According to the research - led by academics at the Chinese Academy of Sciences and co-authored by Professor David Raubenheimer from the University of Sydney's Charles Perkins Centre, Faculty of Veterinary Science and School of Biological Sciences - pandas migrate long distances to switch between the shoots and leaves of two different bamboo varieties. The four distinctive diets provide different levels of key nutrients, with shifts between the diets enabling the pandas to balance their calcium, phosphorus and nitrogen needs to successfully reproduce.

The first step: we all need to own the obesity problem

13 July
Television personality, fitness and nutritional ambassador Michelle Bridges wrote about her rcent visit to the Charles Perkins Centre in her weekly Fairfax LifeStyle column.