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Young scientist awarded crowd funding for inflammatory disease research

25 August
One of our own Charles Perkins Centre researchers has been awarded crowd funding for his research into Inflammatory Bowel Disease through a competition for young scientists.

Dr Belal Chami entered a short video into the competition that encouraged early to mid career researchers to share work that would have a positive impact on society. The public were then encouraged to watch the videos, contribute funds to a prize pool and vote for their favourite project.

Postdoctoral Research Associate, Dr Chami’s video submission was voted in the top 10 projects nationally and will receive $1,200 of the $14,000 prize pool. His video, filmed at the Charles Perkins Centre, has been viewed more than 4000 times since 15 July. Read more

Scientists should take a leaf out of wellness bloggers' books

14 August
How can we distinguish credible wellness information from unfounded pseudoscience? And why is it that wellness gurus are often taken more seriously than scientists? Jackie Randles writes.

With so much conflicting health information available today, it's hard for those without scientific training to make decisions based on hard evidence.

If you're seeking information about losing weight, detoxing, managing illness or becoming fitter, finding credible voices amidst the proliferation of chat from the attractive commentators who dominate popular wellness channels is daunting. Read more

First published on ABC's The Drum

How mobile phones could save us from obesity

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13 August
A world-first intervention designed by Charles Perkins Centre researchers specifically for young people found mobile phones could improve health and halt weight gain.

Researchers designed a world-first mobile phone intervention for young people at risk of obesity which used text messages, a mobile phone app, emails, diet resources and personalised coaching calls. Participants in the program lost weight, increased physical activity, ate more vegetables and drank fewer sugary drinks. Read more

Resetting the table to halt expanding waistlines

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13 August
Can farmers, producers and regulators work together at all points of the food supply chain to help curb Australia’s growing obesity problem?

That’s the challenge up for discussion at a University of Sydney symposium next week, which will bring together representatives from industry, government and academia to seek new solutions to issues of under- and over-nutrition. Read more

Starchy carbs, not a Paleo diet, advanced the human race

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10 August
Starchy carbohydrates were a major factor in the evolution of the human brain, according to a new study co-authored by researchers from the University of Sydney’s Charles Perkins Centre and Faculty of Agriculture and Environment.

Published in the Quarterly Review of Biology, the hypothesis challenges the long-standing belief that the increase in size of the human brain around 800,000 years ago was the result of increased meat consumption. Read more

Eggs given all clear for type 2 diabetes

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3 August
Eggs could be beneficial for people with type 2 diabetes, according to new Charles Perkins Centre research.

Led by Dr Nick Fuller from the University’s Charles Perkins Centre and Boden Institute of Obesity, Nutrition, Exercise and Eating Disorders, the research found no difference in cardiovascular risk factors in people on a high-egg diet compared with those on a low-egg diet.

“With the rising prevalence of type 2 diabetes, there is an urgent need to provide clear messages for both its treatment and prevention,” Dr Fuller said.

“Previous research has produced conflicting results, which has led authorities to recommend people with type 2 diabetes to limit their consumption of eggs. Read more