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15 August 2018

Lower radiation doses could have big impact on cancer treatment

A collaboration between the School of Physics and Chris O'Brien Lifehouse has applied a striped model of radiation therapy for cancer treatment that should mean lower doses for patients.
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.
14 August 2018

Can Skippy disrupt the sports injury repair market?

The University of Sydney and three industry partners plan to disrupt the billion-dollar ligament-replacement market with new and uniquely Australian materials.
14 August 2018

Illicit cannabis used for pain, mental health, sleep conditions

Australians who used illicit cannabis for medical reasons did so mainly to treat chronic pain, mental health, sleep and neurological conditions like epilepsy or seizure disorders, according to University of Sydney research.
13 August 2018

$1.1 million funding for magic pen that corrects eye injuries

A BioPen that uses special ink to 'colour in' and treat eye wounds has taken a giant leap towards being commercially available, after the NSW Medical Devices Fund awarded its creators $1.1 million.
13 August 2018

Drop the C-word to reduce anxiety and over-treatment, say experts

Medical researchers are calling for the word 'cancer' to be dropped from some doctor-patient conversations in a bid to reduce patient anxiety and harm from over-treatment.
10 August 2018

New centre uses apps to raise health in Sydney's west

Text messaging to control blood pressure in diabetics and mobile phone apps to support medication use are among the digital health programs led by a new University of Sydney research centre launched today in Westmead.
09 August 2018

Polypharmacy in the elderly: new project investigates

Inappropriate polypharmacy is a common problem where patients are taking more medication than medically necessary. Professor Sarah Hilmer is on a mission to promote the 'deprescribing' of unnecessary drugs.
08 August 2018

Faster, cheaper way to make gene-therapies wins grant

The NSW government has awarded $500,000 to Indee Labs to partner with the University of Sydney to eliminate the need for viruses to make gene-modified cells capable of curing some forms of blood cancer.
08 August 2018

Dementia coaching program offers chance to live well

A new University of Sydney trial offers coaching and peer support to help people newly diagnosed with dementia cope with their prognosis and stay active and involved in their lives and community.