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Bridge highlights strength of collaboration in the Parkville biomedical precinct

A new bridge connecting the Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre (VCCC) and The Royal Melbourne Hospital will facilitate more interdisciplinary, cross-institutional research in the Parkville Precinct - a critical driver of innovation in modern medicine.

Investing in Indigenous health leadership

Future Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health professionals will have the opportunity for leadership development in health policy and practice thanks to a $10 million gift from leading Australian philanthropist, Greg Poche AO.

Up in smoke: how fMRI is changing the way we think about nicotine addiction

At some point between the ages 14 and 18 years, most Australians will smoke their first cigarette. Why do some go on to become pack-a-day smokers, whilst others will only smoke casually or not at all? This question is at the heart of the research of Associate Professor Rob Hester, an ARC Future Fellow within the School of Psychological Sciences.

Health advice from online forums putting people at risk

A study from researchers at the University of Melbourne has found many people are supplementing or even completely substituting professional medical advice with online health forums.

How does breast density impact on cancer screening?

NHMRC Australia Fellow John Hopper says that directing all women with dense breasts to have follow-up imaging may be an unwarranted and costly public health strategy.

Controlled crying is helpful, not harmful

MCRI's Anna Price says that research has confirmed “controlled comforting” and “camping out” are safe sleeping strategies for babies older than six months.

In Conversation with Nigel Crisp: Ebola response and lessons from African health leaders

Professor Rob Moodie of the Melbourne School of Population and Global Health sits down with Lord Nigel Crisp to discuss the lessons that Africa health leaders have to offer to the world and his new book, African Health Leaders: Making Change and Claiming the Future.

Explainer: why do I sweat so much and how can I stop it?

Everybody sweats but some do more than others. Professor Rodney Sinclair explains why.

What price a life? Hepatitis C drug out of reach for millions

Hepatitis C kills more Australians than HIV, yet the Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee have declined to subsidise a new curative drug, which costs $84,000 per treatment in the US.

World health systems need to be better in preventing violence against women

New research shows how important global health systems are in responding to and preventing violence against women.

Indigenous Eye Health on track to close the gap

The Indigenous Eye Health Unit at the University of Melbourne has released 2014 update of The Roadmap to Close the Gap for Vision, which shows a 10 per cent reduction in Indigenous trachoma rates since 2009.

Fixing broken health systems in the aftermath of conflict

For the world's most vulnerable populations, conflict creates yet another barrier to accessing adequate health care.

Matters of the mind

An estimated two-thirds of mental health disorders will arise before 25 years of age. Vulnerable Brains seeks to trace the cause of these issues to their origin.

Sterilisation deaths: family planning isn’t just economics

The deaths of 13 women in the Indian state of Chhattisgarh have renewed concern about the safety, and the rationale behind, government sterilisation.

New laser therapy helps slow macular degeneration

Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is responsible for nearly half of all vision loss in Australia. Researchers from the University of Melbourne have discovered a new laser treatment that is showing promising results.

Baroness Susan Greenfield visits the University of Melbourne

Renowned British neuroscientist Baroness Susan Greenfield presents a number of public lectures during her time as a Visiting Professorial Fellow at the University of Melbourne.

New genetic cause for rare form of epilepsy identified

The University of Melbourne's Professor Sam Berkovic has been involved in an international research project, which has discovered a genetic cause for a rare form of epilepsy.

Director of the Doherty Institute is Melburnian of the Year

Professor Sharon Lewin, inaugural Director of the Doherty Institute, has been awarded the Melburnian of the Year.

Walk to Work Day a wake up call, say experts

Researchers from the University of Melbourne are calling on urban planners to take on a bigger role in fighting obesity. "Being physically active is like a silver bullet for public health," public health researcher Professor Billie Giles-Corti says.

Ebola’s ‘other’ victims: how the outbreak affects those left behind

Going beyond the apocalyptic headlines, how is the Ebola epidemic affecting the lives of those in west Africa?

Self-help call for wounds; not just a band-aid solution

A study from the University of Melbourne is seeking participants to help investigate how individuals can best manage chronic wounds, a health issue that is expected to grow as the population ages.

Typhoid gene unravelled

Researchers from the University of Melbourne have discovered some people have a genetic resistance to typhoid fever.

Global health leader wins major award

Director of the Global Burden of Disease Group, Laureate Professor Alan Lopez, has been recognised at the Research Australia Awards.

How would Papua New Guinea deal with Ebola?

The Burnet Institute's Professor Michael Toole AM explores Papua New Guinea's readiness to deal with the Ebola threat.

Health Check: what does my blood group mean?

Are you an A, a B or an O? Positive or negative? The Walter and Eliza Hall Institute's Ashley Ng explains the science behind blood types and what they could mean for your health.

Child protection

University of Melbourne Professor in Evidence-Informed Practice, Aron Shlonsky, and the Parenting Research Centre's Director Robyn Mildon outline strategies for keeping vulnerable children with their families

Social ties matter Beyond Bushfires

The University of Melbourne's Beyond Bushfires study has presented its first major release of findings on the impacts on the individual and community impacts on the 2009 Victorian bushfires.

Commitment to neuroscience wins Victorian Rhodes Scholarship for Melbourne graduate

University of Melbourne student Alexander Eastwood has been awarded a prestigious Rhodes Scholarship to pursue further study in neuroscience at Oxford University.

Launch of the Melbourne Poche Centre for Indigenous Health

The Melbourne Poche Centre for Indigenous Health was officially launched at the University of Melbourne on 27 October 2014.

Jack Brockhoff Chair of Child Public Health recognised for leadership

Professor Elizabeth Waters, Jack Brockhoff Chair of Child Public Health, has been recognised for her leadership and contribution to the Cochrane Collaboration.

Explainer: multiple sclerosis

Dr Tobias David Merson of The Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health explains multiple sclerosis a neurological disease affecting more than 2.4 million people globally.

Unlocking Epilepsy wins Prime Minister’s award

Laureate Professor Sam Berkovic AC and Professor Ingrid Scheffer AO from the University of Melbourne have been awarded the 2014 Prime Minister’s Prize for Science.

Teeth Tales tells a story

A community-based project from the School of Population and Global Health in conjunction with the Merri Community Health Services is championing oral health for children from migrant backgrounds.

Ebola outbreak, health security and Australian aid to be tackled at Global Health Forum

Internationally renowned health academics gathered at the University of Melbourne for the 10th Annual Nossal Institute Global Health Forum.

Slow and steady does not win the weight loss race

Research from the University of Melbourne has found that rapid weight loss may be more effective for the treatment of obesity.

Positive report for Jamie Oliver's Ministry of Food

Researchers from the University of Melbourne and Deakin University have released a positive evaluation of Jamie Oliver's first Australian Ministry of Food in Ipswich, Queensland.

Big junk vs people power: how we can fix our collective weight problem

A community protest movement against the opening of a McDonald's in the small Victorian town of Tecoma provides a people power model to fight Australia's obesity epidemic, writes Jane Martin.

New machine offers powerhouse to the brain

The Melbourne Brain Centre has become home to one of the world's most powerful MRI machines.

Similar but different: new discovery for degenerative disease

Researchers from the University of Melbourne have made a breakthrough in distinguishing Parkinson’s Disease from similar neurodegenerative diseases.

Mental health programs must take an integrated approach

A/Prof Darryl Wade spoke to Sky News Australia about his research into the mental health of those affected by the 2009 Victorian bushfires.

Hay fever misery prediction: some to get off lightly, others to suffer

Around 3 million Australians will suffer from hay fever this spring.

Youth Mental Health gains National Centre of Excellence

Australia's first youth mental health National Centre of Excellence to open at Orygen Youth Heath Research Centre at the University of Melbourne.

Design of mental health services to help recovery at the CORE of University study

A new study will seek to design better mental health services for both sufferers and their carers.

Topical antibiotics used to prevent pneumonia in intensive care “hazardous and unsafe”

A 10-year meta-analysis from the University of Melbourne contradicts common understanding of pneumonia prevention practices in ICU.t

Discrimination leaves lesbian and bisexual women facing depression, anxiety and alcohol problems

The ALICE project has found that discrimination is contributing to mental health and alcohol abuse issues for lesbian, bisexual and queer women.

Parkinson’s researcher wins Three Minute Thesis competition

Bevan Main from the Department of Pharmacology has won this year’s Three Minute Thesis Competition Grand Final.

Inspiring stories celebrated at the Vice-Chancellor’s Engagement Awards

Thirty-three staff and student projects from across the University have been recognised at the Vice-Chancellor’s Engagement Awards in the Grand Buffet Hall on 19 September.

What can we learn from the African Ebola outbreak about the global threat of infectious diseases?

In an ever-shrinking world, Australia has a lot to learn from the current Ebola outbreak.

Antibiotic resistance: the global public health threat of the 21st century

Rising resistance to antibiotics is rendering many crucial drugs ineffective in controlling life-threatening diseases, such as pneumonia, bloodstream infections and urinary tract infections.

Believing in an innovative future for immunology

In the wake of the opening of the Doherty Institute, Voice's Chris Weaver talks with Professor Peter Doherty about his Nobel Prize-winning career and the future of infection and immunology.

Judgment and decision-making: brain activity indicates there is more than meets the eye

A new study from University of Melbourne researchers has found it's possible to predict a person's reaction by studying their brainwaves, even before the person is aware they have made a judgement.

Melbourne first in Australia, 33 in the world

Maintaining its place as the top university in Australia, The University of Melbourne has also advanced globally in the 2013 Times Higher Education rankings.

Study finds acupuncture does not improve chronic knee pain

Researchers from the Centre for Health, Exercise and Sports Medicine have found that acupuncture doesn't provide relief for patients experiencing knee pain.

New genetic indicators could help solve malaria puzzle

A new study has identified key genes that make people more vulnerable to malaria.

Size at birth affects risk of adolescent mental health conditions

International research led by the University of Melbourne has found that weight at birth may affect affect a baby's mental health condition later in life.

Australians still trivialise and excuse violence against women

A national has survey has found that there has been little evolution in community attitudes towards violence against women in the past two decades.

New genetic identification techniques shed light on causes of developmental delay and autism

Professor Ingrid Scheffer has co-authored an international study describing how genetics could be used to develop targeted therapies for autism and developmental delay.

University of Melbourne students lead American-Australian Fellowships

The University of Melbourne leads the country in awards from the American Australian Association Education Fund Fellowships, with two MDHS students selected.

Three things you need to know about drug overdoses

In Australia, the rate of death from drug overdose is higher than the road toll. Increasingly, prescription opioids, not illicit drugs, are the problem.

Doherty Institute aiming to lead the global research effort against infectious diseases

The Doherty Institute launched today in Melbourne, boosting Australia´s capacity to play a lead role in the global response to known and emerging infectious diseases.

Thousand-year history of Australian climate, science leadership and immune system research bring home Eureka prizes

Professor Philip Hodgkin's B-cell team at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute has won the University of New South Wales Eureka Prize for Scientific Research

Working during depression can offer health benefits to employees

Cross-institutional research from the University of Melbourne and the University of Tasmania has found that staying involved in work may help employees better manage a depressive illness.

Bridging the gap in the control of infectious diseases

Professor Sharon Lewin, inaugural Director of the Doherty Institute, discusses the role that the Institute will play in establishing and maintaining global health.

Don’t panic, we need a clear head to respond to crystal meth

The Burnet Institute's Brendan Quinn argues that a targeted response to only 2% crystal meth usage may be more effective than population-wide social marketing campaigns.

Nutrient Combination Super Pill to treat depression

A new study is seeking adults in Victoria and South Eastern Queensland who are non-responsive to ongoing antidepressant treatment.

Spots that tell a tale

University of Melbourne researchers have found that the link between moles and deadly melanoma may be even stronger than previously thought.

Older Australians going online for better dental health

A new web-based oral health education program developed by University of Melbourne researchers is helping older Australians retain their natural teeth.

RMH breast cancer researcher recognised for clinical excellence

Professor Michael Green, of the Department of Haematology and Medical Oncology at the Royal Melbourne Hospital, has been awarded the Alan Coates award for excellence in breast cancer clinical trials research.

Governor of Victoria tours new buildings in Parkville Precinct

Governor of Victoria, the Honourable Alex Chernov AC QC, and his wife Elizabeth, toured the Parkville Precinct.

Brains, minds and bodies

The Florey's Dr Anthony Hannan unpacks the growing body of research linking dementia with cynicism.

NHMRC awards leading University of Melbourne researchers

University of Melbourne researchers in youth suicide prevention, cancer research, and disease prevention have received prestigious National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Grants.

A vision for preventing blindness in Indigenous communities

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander adults face blindness rates far higher than non-Indigenous Australians. Professor Hugh Taylor, director of the Indigenous Eye Health Unit, explains that with treatment, 94 per cent of cases could be resolved.

2014 Victoria Fellowship recipients

Researchers from the Florey and Burnet Institutes have been awarded Victoria Fellowships for 2014.

Florey researcher awarded prestigious Victoria Prize

Professor Ashley Bush, Director of the Oxidation Biology Unit at The Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health, has been awarded the 2014 Victoria Prize for Science and Innovation.

Abortions don’t cause cancer any more than parties do

Dr Louise Keogh deconstructs the purported link between abortion and breast cancer and finds serious flaws in the research's methodology.

Plain packs don’t drive smokers to buy cheap imports

Professor Rob Moodie, of the Melbourne School of Population and Global Health, interviewed on the effects of plain packaging on smokers.

Chiropractic care in pregnancy and childhood – a castle built on a swamp

Pain specialist Dr Michael Vagg discusses the Webster Technique, a controversial chiropractic technique used in pregnancy to help optimize the mother's pelvic function

Five things parents can do to help young people escape ice

Ice or crystal methamphetamine is becoming a problem in both rural and urban communities across Australia. There’s growing concern about the effects of ice addiction, crime, and violence, and people are at a loss for answers.

An unproductive story of reproductive success and PMS

Dr Cordelia Fine offers a critique on new research, which suggests premenstrual syndrome (PMS) developed in our primitive ancestors to drive away infertile male partners.

Donation to champion a new era for advances in melanoma and skin cancers

Research into melanoma and skin cancers will be further advanced through a generous $5 million gift from donor Pamela Galli in honour of her husband, Lorenzo, who died of melanoma.

The hype, hope and reality of medical tourism

This week Visions asks: Is medical tourism all that it appears? Many Australians are heading overseas seeking experimental treatments that are not yet approved here, including potentially risky stem cell treatments for diseases as varied as cancers, MS and Parkinsons.

Overweight mums a cause for concern

Improving patient care for obese pregnant women giving birth by caesarian and hospital resources for them, is the focus of a new University of Melbourne-led study.

America’s ‘Right to Try’ laws - the Pandora’s box of compassionate legislation

Barwon Health Pain Specialist, Michael Vagg, is concerned that by bypassing the Federal Drug Administration, America's new 'Right to Try' laws could be opening up a Pandora's Box for terminally ill patients.

Health Check: why do my gums bleed and should I be worried?

Bleeding gums are very common but the University of Melbourne Professor Mike Morgan and Associate Professor Stuart Dashper warn that ignoring them may only lead to more serious problems down the track.

Two ears are better than one

New research has found that hearing-impaired children fitted with a second cochlear implant early in life have significantly better outcomes in aspects of their communication and learning.

Rural placements improve students’ attitudes to country practice

A University of Melbourne study has found that short-term medical placements in the bush can transform metropolitan medical student attitudes towards rural medical careers.

Communication and health policy creation during the Australian HIV/AIDS crisis

The Australian response to the HIV/AIDS crisis in the 1980s was one of the most effective in the world, marked by cooperation between government, community groups, the health sector and academic institutions. The 2014 International AIDS Conference presents an opportunity to recall the lessons of this response, to reflect on their enduring legacy.

Scientists crack the code of a cancer-causing parasite

Scientists have sequenced the genome and characterised the genes of the Asian liver fluke, Opisthorchis viverrini - a parasite causing diseases affecting millions of people in Asia and is associated with a fatal bile duct cancer.

Investing in Indigenous health leadership

Future Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health professionals will have the opportunity for leadership development in health policy and practice thanks to a $10 million gift from leading Australian philanthropist, Greg Poche.

Enhancing health literacy in Melbourne's western suburbs

A program led by students at the University of Melbourne is increasing the health literacy of high school students in Melbourne's western suburbs with the goal of transforming the region's future health outcomes.

Bootcamp for health advocacy change makers

NCDFREE, a global social movement against non-communicable diseases, is bringing together young change-makers through global health advocacy 'bootcamps' around the world - starting in Melbourne.

Children of same-sex attracted parents doing well in the face of stigma - latest results

Children of same-sex attracted parents have above average health and wellbeing, according to groundbreaking University of Melbourne research published in the journal BMC Public Health.

Melbourne University and Demons join forces in the Northern Territory

The Melbourne Football Club is continuing its work with eye experts at the University of Melbourne, spreading the 'clean faces, strong eyes' anti-trachoma message in Indigenous communities.

New cancer facility set to speed up answers

Information generated by several new technologies will soon help researchers and clinicians match the right treatments with individual patients’ diseases.

Benefits of cultural diversity programs revealed

Researchers from the University of Melbourne have found that, on a daily basis, one in five primary and high school students are targets of racism at school.

Researchers honoured with NHMRC Research Excellence Awards

Three researchers from the University of Melbourne have received National Health and Medical Research Council prizes.

Professor Kate Leslie honoured by Australian Medical Association

University of Melbourne professor, Kate Leslie, Head of Research at the Royal Melbourne Hospital's Department of Anaesthesia and Pain Management, has been recognised with the prestigious Australian Medical Association (AMA) Woman in Medicine Award.

Healthy youth is key to a healthy life but Australia remains behind

With adolescence starting earlier than ever, being healthy in your youth is increasingly important, says the University of Melbourne's Susan M Sawyer and George Patton.

Poor health outcomes for ex-prisoners after release

In an analysis of more than a thousand former prisoners, University of Melbourne research Stuart Kinner has found that those with a history of mental disorders face a range of serious issues when transitioning back into the community.

Some broccoli each day could keep the asthma away

Research led by University of Melbourne honours student, Nadia Mazarakis, has found eating moderate amounts of broccoli could help asthmatics to breathe easy.

Australia’s Health 2014 report card

Professor Rob Moodie weighs in on the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare's Australia health 2014 report.

Profits, death and disease: big tobacco’s business model

Rob Moodie, a professor of public health at the Melbourne School of Population and Global Health, has serious concerns that if the tobacco industry is allowed to continue unchecked an estimated one billion people may die from smoking this century.

Australian researchers closing in on therapy for motor neurone disease

Researchers from the University of Melbourne have discovered a compound that may slow the progress of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, a fatal neurodegenerative disease widely known as Lou Gehrig's disease.

Australian researchers unlock key to triggering labour in pregnancy

A new collaborative study involving researchers from the University of Melbourne has found a possible cause for why overweight women often have difficulty giving birth.

Parasitic worms of pigs could provide new treatments of human diseases

A University of Melbourne-led study has successfully mapped the genes of a common parasite in pigs that may hold the key to treating a range of conditions from diabetes to autism.

Voices from Black Saturday

Five years on from the devastating Black Saturday bushfires, The Beyond Bushfires survey has found that many affected communities are still in need of help.

Brain of the beholder: The neuroscience of beauty

In this episode of the Up Close podcast neuroesthetics expert Professor Semir Zeki explains the neuronal behavior that underlies perceptions of ‘beauty’. Presented by Dr Dyani Lewis.

Five Australian medical stories everyone should know

Sir Gustav Nossal charts the unsung heroes of Australian medical research.

A different judgement

Phrenology, the study of the supposed link between skull shape and mental capacity, is now discredited as a pseudo-science. It was once on the cutting edge of brain science though, Dr James Bradley explains.

Racism in healthcare linked to poor mental health

A survey led by the University of Melbourne has found that one-third of Indigenous Australian patients experienced racism within the health system in the past year, which may be having detrimental flow on effects to mental health.

Irresponsible brains? The role of consciousness in guilt

In 1987, a Canadian man is accused of a terrible crime but claims he was sleepwalking at the time. Is he responsible for his actions? The Florey Institute's Neil Levy weighs in on guilt in the age of neuroscience.