Identical twins can have very different lives and health despite their shared genes, according to UK expert Professor Tim Spector from London’s King College, who will speak at a public forum at the University of Melbourne.
A new white paper to be launched by the Victorian Parliamentary Secretary for Health today states current practices in end-of-life medical care require major change to ensure more Australians experience ‘better’ deaths, according to a panel of medical, ethical and legal experts.
Improving the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders is the focus of the ‘Closing the Credibility Gap’ Aboriginal Health Symposium to be held at the University of Melbourne 21-22 November 2013.
GlaxoSmithKline has awarded Professor Ingrid Scheffer from the University of Melbourne, the Florey Institute, Austin Health and the Royal Children's Hospital, the 2013 Award for Research Excellence (ARE) for helping to transform the diagnosis of epilepsy.
The Melbourne Awards honour Melburnians who have made a significant contribution to Melbourne life in the areas of sustainability, community and profile. The Melbourne Awards are our city’s highest accolade.
A team of researchers from The University of Melbourne, The University of Queensland (UQ), Prince Henry’s Institute and the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute has established a website to overcome misconceptions about sexual development.
Around the globe babies are dying due to their mothers having been infected with malaria during pregnancy. Simona John von Freyend learns of a new research discovery that sheds light on the condition and could prevent the deaths.
There has been a huge increase in participation rates for mass sporting events, and a group of clinicians and researchers from St Vincent’s Melbourne is looking at cardiac function in elite-level athletes. Annie Rahilly reports on what physical activity teaches us about the heart.
Cancer researcher Andrew Roberts has been appointed the inaugural Metcalf Chair of Leukaemia Research. Liz Williams and Andi Horvath profile the research careers of both appointee and the Chair’s namesake.
The 2013 Prime Minister’s Prize for Science has been awarded to Professor Terry Speed, head of Bioinformatics at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research and Professorial Fellow (Associate) in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics.
University of Melbourne researcher Dr Simon French has undertaken the first study of its kind into the chiropractic profession. The study, published in the Medical Journal of Australia today, looked at the health reasons people visit chiropractors and the care chiropractors provide.
The University of Melbourne has received $51.4 million to advance research and new ideas in projects ranging from indigenous language to understanding retinal disorders and to using bio-fuel resources to reduce carbon dioxide emissions.
October saw 34 teams in the spotlight at the University of Melbourne’s Vice-Chancellor’s Engagement Awards as student and staff projects were recognised for their connectedness and strong partnership activity.
Mrs Pamela Galli, wife of the late Lorenzo Galli, has donated two significant gifts to the University of Melbourne to establish the Lorenzo Galli Chair in Melanoma and Skin Cancers and the Lorenzo and Pamela Galli Chair in Developmental Medicine.
Sociologists have spent decades looking at work-family conflict and the stress associated with combining work and family roles. They expected that parents in more gender-equal societies would report less conflict between work and family, but they were wrong. Leah Ruppanner investigates.
Weather provides a vivid language for describing our emotional atmosphere, but does it also influence it? Do grey days bring grey moods? When the mercury rises, does our blood boil? Nick Haslam investigates.
Refugees and asylum seekers living in Australia are particularly vulnerable to self-harm and suicidal behaviours, but aren’t getting the specialised mental health care they need, according to a Spotlight Report published today by the National Mental Health Commission. Harry Minas reports.
The brain and the mind are two sides of the same coin. Enormous strides have been made in understanding the chemical and electrical processes that drive the function of the brain, but much remains to be discovered. Fred Mendelsohn shares his experiences.
When medical students from the Western Clinical School carried out health screenings in the local community in 2012, they discovered a high percentage of residents in the west demonstrated poor health. In response to these figures, a new program aiming to improve the health and wellbeing of African families has been established at Sunshine Harvester Primary School in Melbourne’s west.
Research from the University of Melbourne that could revolutionise the design of modern vaccines, improve outcomes for people suffering inflammatory bowel disease and infection and deliver new drugs to patients more safely, have been recognised at the 2013 Eureka Science awards.
Professor Patrick Kwan, who has joint appointments at the Royal Melbourne Hospital (RMH) and the University, has been appointed the new Chair of the Medical Therapies Commission of the International League Against Epilepsy (ILAE).
University of Melbourne Professor Peter Colman, Director of Diabetes and Endocrinology at the Royal Melbourne Hospital and Professorial Fellow at the University, has been announced as the winner of the 2013 Australian Diabetes Society (ADS) Kellion Award.
Results from a landmark international study using state of the art technology has revealed new genetic mutations that cause epilepsy. The findings could help to advance treatments for the most severe forms of epilepsy.
University of Melbourne medical students have been involved in improving the health of people living in Melbourne's northern suburbs, by providing free, confidential health screening to thousands of Centrelink clients.
I sat down with Professor Goldfeld to ask her a few questions about the topic of her upcoming lecture and to ask why we are seeing growing inequalities amongst children and young people in the supposed ‘lucky country’.
It has been just over 30 years since the first case of HIV in Australia was diagnosed in Sydney in 1982. Since that time, medical research and new treatments have improved lifespans and transformed HIV into a manageable condition. But many challenges remain.
A Senior Fellow at the University of Melbourne’s Dental School from 1993 to 2000, Stanley Jacob’s contribution to orthodontics was immense. He will be remembered through the Stanley Jacobs Trust for Orthodontic Research – a trust established by his widow Helen to promote orthodontic research at the University.
Leading executives from Australia’s financial community have affirmed their support for clinical research and leadership in the critical field of child mental health, with the Financial Markets For Children Foundation announcing a partnership with the University of Melbourne to fund a Chair of Developmental Mental Health.