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23 August 2018

Grant win for cell and gene therapies

Four University of Sydney researchers have received grants worth $5 million from the NSW government to support trials for cell and gene therapies to treat rare genetic conditions and cancer.
15 August 2018

Over $16m funding for new health and medical research

Sydney researchers were successful in securing over $16 million in NHMRC funding for 28 projects, including the most Early Career Fellowships awarded to any institution in NSW.
17 August 2018

The Young Tall Poppy trifecta

University of Sydney has scooped the Australian Institute of Policy & Science's Young Tall Poppy Awards, with public health researcher Dr Melody Ding named as the 2018 overall winner.
01 August 2018

World-leading diet and ageing researcher joins Sydney

Professor Luigi Fontana - a biogerontologist in the field of diet and its role in healthy longevity in humans - has joined the University of Sydney as the Leonard P Ullmann Chair of Translational Metabolic Health.
03 August 2018

Festival of science, medicine and health fortnight begins

From neuroscience and music to sport and the environment, researchers, students and celebrity scientists are involved in a range of events as part of this year's Sydney Science Festival from 7 to 19 August.
31 July 2018

The Obesity Collective: new joint initiative to tackle the crisis

University of Sydney partners with a coalition of researchers, health professionals, government and private sector representatives, campaigners, non-profits and consumers to transform the way we think and act on obesity.
30 July 2018

Are you walking your dog enough?

How much exercise does your dog need? How do you overcome some of the barriers to regular walks? Professors Paul McGreevy and Adrian Bauman from the University of Sydney explain in this opinion piece.
25 July 2018

University of Sydney finalists announced in Eureka Prizes

From maths to medical technology to chemistry for the future - the University celebrates five finalists in the Eureka Prizes, each displaying innovation and leadership in their efforts leading critical advances in science.
23 July 2018

Many health consumer groups fail to disclose industry sponsorship

University of Sydney experts call for greater transparency and independence by Australian health consumer groups, as new research reveals clouded disclosures about financial support and corporate sponsorship arrangements.
10 July 2018

Could mental health apps lead to overdiagnosis?

Mental health app marketing commonly presents mental health problems as ubiquitous and individuals as responsible for mental wellbeing; overdiagnosis and denial of the social factors related to mental health could result.
09 July 2018

The time for a sugar tax is now

As a federal election looms, now is the time for coordinated, strategic and innovative action to improve Australia's health according to the authors of a Perspective article published in the Medical Journal of Australia today.
05 July 2018

Sleep disorder linked to brain changes seen in dementia

Obstructive sleep apnoea has been linked to brain changes seen in the early stages of dementia, University of Sydney research reveals.
27 June 2018

Decoded stretchy molecule gives living tissues flexibility

Researchers have decoded the molecular structure of tropoelastin, a protein that gives living tissues the ability to stretch and retract, and detailed how its structure is altered in various genetically-driven diseases.
26 June 2018

How to spot industry influence in science

Keen to know if vested interests have influenced research methods or policies? Professor Lisa Bero outlines the signs to help scientists, journalists and the public assess scientific communications for industry involvement.
18 June 2018

Grants success for University of Sydney humanities researchers

Humanities academics from the University of Sydney have secured the largest number of 2018 grants awarded by the Australian Academy of the Humanities.
08 June 2018

Monkeys eat fats and carbs to keep warm

Crave comfort foods in cooler months? You're in good company. Golden snub-nosed monkeys prefer to eat more fats and carbohydrates in winter to help generate heat, research suggests.
08 June 2018

Nutritional quality of fish and squid reduced by warm water events

The nutritional quality of fish and squid deteriorates under warm water events, research reveals - with implications for the marine environment, marine predators and fisheries capturing food for human consumption.
01 June 2018

Walking faster could make you live longer: research

Researchers call for walking pace to be emphasised in public health messages, as analysis of over 50,000 walkers finds a faster pace is associated with lower risk of cardiovascular disease and all-cause mortality.
31 May 2018

Bacterial biofilms target of new manufacturing research partnership

Novel solutions for biofilm infections are the focus of a collaborative research agreement between the University of Sydney, Whiteley Corporation and the Innovative Manufacturing Cooperative Research Centre.
30 May 2018

Weight loss trial for teens at Children's Hospital, Westmead

Researchers at the University of Sydney and the Children's Hospital at Westmead are looking for young people aged 13 to 17 years to join a 12-month weight-loss trial.
23 May 2018

Food as medicine: fixing health with a fork

The idea that food has medicinal properties dates to Antiquity but has seen a revival in recent times with an abundance of research, journals, books and conferences devoted to the topic.
18 May 2018

New cat virus could shed light on hepatitis B

The discovery of the companion cat hepadnavirus in the same family as hep B in humans could provide clues about the evolution of potentially deadly hepatitis viruses in all species.
17 May 2018

The dark side of our genes: challenges to ageing in modern times

Genes that were helpful in our evolutionary past may now predispose us to chronic diseases, such as cancer and cardiovascular diseases, writes Associate Professor Stephen Corbett.
08 May 2018

Can switching from sugar to diet drinks reduce health risks?

A University of Sydney study that models a sugar to diet beverage switch in rats suggests swapping to artificially sweetened beverages may help improve metabolic and cognitive impairments that result from too much sugar.
07 May 2018

Eggs not linked to cardiovascular risk, despite conflicting advice

Eating up to 12 eggs a week does not increase cardiovascular risk factors in people with pre-diabetes or type 2 diabetes, new research finds – despite conflicting dietary advice continuing around the world.
07 May 2018

Emily Maguire named Charles Perkins Centre Writer in Residence

Emily Maguire has been awarded the 2018 Charles Perkins Centre Writer in Residence Fellowship, receiving $100,000 and other benefits to support her work on a novel addressing the complex relationship between social identity and health.
02 May 2018

Analysing data to understand type 2 diabetes: new study

Sydney researchers believe untapped medical records could be used to predict when a person is at risk of developing type 2 diabetes (T2D).
30 April 2018

Nation’s first institute for eating disorders research launched

Australia's first institute for research and clinical excellence in eating disorders was launched today by Federal Minister for Health Greg Hunt and NSW Minister for Mental Health Tanya Davies.
27 April 2018

Kids exposed to general anaesthetic do poorer on numeracy, literacy tests

Exposure to general anaesthetic up to age 4 raises the risk of poor child development and reduced literacy and numeracy as measured by school tests, new research led by the University of Sydney reveals.
13 April 2018

University of Sydney at forefront of digital health research

The University of Sydney is a lead partner in the new Digital Health Cooperative Research Centre (DHCRC) announced today by Senator the Hon. Zed Seselja, Assistant Minister for Science, Jobs and Innovation.

06 April 2018

Next-gen medical imaging facility to advance future of healthcare

The latest medical imaging technology is available to our researchers, students and collaborators with the launch of Sydney Imaging, designed to lead discoveries and education in patient diagnosis and treatment.
05 April 2018

Ancient origins of viruses discovered

A new study published in Nature transforms our understanding of the origins and evolution of viruses.
28 March 2018

Kids' eating impacted by mums' diet and socio economic factors

New research shows toddler diets mirror their mums, and children of low income, younger and migrant mothers are developing poor dietary habits.
26 March 2018

Qantas flight heralds second stage of research partnership

Researchers at the Charles Perkins Centre have collaborated with Qantas to transform air travel health and wellbeing, ahead of the airline’s first Perth to London flight that departed Australia on Saturday.
22 March 2018

How artists can help doctors conquer dangerous lifestyle diseases

In the fight against obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease, art can reach the public with messages health professionals find hard to convey, writes Alana Valentine, writer-in-residence at the Charles Perkins Centre.
22 March 2018

Country Women's Association backs scholarship in food security

Thanks to a major donation from the Country Women's Association of NSW, a new PhD scholarship will support a student working to develop a sustainable approach to nutrition.
12 March 2018

Yes, too much sugar is bad for our health

Too much sugar makes us gain weight but there are also other ways it can increase our risk of diseases, writes Dr Kieron Rooney.
14 February 2018

How big pharma could be influencing your healthcare

Call to rid professional education of commercial sponsorship, as analysis of industry-funded events suggests a link between pharmaceutical marketing and the overdiagnosis and overtreatment of certain conditions.
09 February 2018

Allergan to acquire University of Sydney spinoff Elastagen

University spinoff Elastagen Pty Ltd has entered into a definitive agreement under which Allergan plc, a leading global biopharmaceutical company, has agreed to acquire the company.
08 February 2018

Celebrating women and girls in science

University of Sydney scientists are today hosting a conversation in Westmead on the achievements and challenges facing women in science.
02 February 2018

Meet the power couple of back pain research

The drugs don't work, but video games might, say experts Paulo and Manuela Ferreira. The couple are former physiotherapists and now University of Sydney back pain researchers.
18 January 2018

Explainer: extreme heat in sport

Record-breaking temperatures during the Ashes cricket test match in Sydney led many to wonder: how hot is too hot to continue playing sport safely?