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Research is the key to advancement

Christopher Weir, a PhD student, describes that intensive, collaborative multi-disciplinary research is important to him as it is the key to advancement for the world. He explains that you could help far more people by developing an efficacious vaccine rather than only treating the disease.

Understanding the molecular mechanisms leading to malaria eradication: the importance of research

Charisse Flerida A. Pasaje, a PhD student, argues that innovative research is important for the development of new drugs to eradicate malaria.

Research for life's simple pleasures

Jason Kiat Hsu, a Doctor of Medicine student, explains that research has shaped his passion and humility for a continued pursuit of medical and health sciences knowledge to advocate for those who cannot and encourage engagement of those who will not.

From parasites to publications

Samuel Hawthorne, a Doctor of Medicine student, explains that whilst the medical problems we face change over time, it is as important as ever to continue probing further to fully understand medicine.

Deaths from viral hepatitis surpasses HIV/AIDS as a preventable cause of death in Australia

Deaths from viral Hepatitis B and C have surpassed HIV/AIDS in many countries, including Australia, according to an analysis of the 2010 Global Burden of Disease study.

Research insights into lung diseases focus of new centre

Researchers at the University of Melbourne have discovered a new insight into the unexplained link between lung infections, emphysema and lung cancer.

Forging iron women

A new University of Melbourne study has found that women who take iron supplements experience a marked improvement in their exercise performance.

Renowned Australian doctor to head International eye organisation

Eye health expert Professor Hugh Taylor AC, Melbourne Laureate Professor and the Harold Mitchell Chair of Indigenous Eye Health at the University of Melbourne has been named President of the International Council of Ophthalmology.

Immune cell defenders protect us from bacteria invasion

An international team of researchers including University of Melbourne staff has identified the exact biochemical key that awakes the body's immune cells and sends them into fight against bacteria and fungi.

Why is research important to you?

The University of Melbourne’s Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences is running an essay competition, open to all MDHS students and researchers.

Launch of intercalated Doctor of Medicine/Master of Public Health

As the challenges of providing healthcare in resource-poor settings continue to mount, there is a growing need for medical doctors to be trained in the basics of public health and to play a role in developing effective policy solutions to public health programs.

Pause paunch and halt hair loss

A new discovery showing how hair growth activated fat tissue growth in the skin below the hair follicle could lead to the development of a cream to dissolve fat.

New joint China-Australia mental health centre launched

Collaborative research on mental health issues, from schizophrenia to disaster mental health, will be the focus of the new University of Melbourne-Peking University Centre for Psychiatric Research and Training, being launched in Beijing today.

How much sun is enough? New study to find the answers

Clinicians and medical researchers from The Royal Melbourne Hospital and the University of Melbourne have launched the Southern Hemisphere's largest vitamin D study for young women, Safe-D.

Applications are now open for 2014 veski innovation fellowships

veski is calling for applications for the 2014 round of innovation fellowships.

Childhood virus may increase type 1 diabetes risk

The most common cause of severe diarrhoea in children, the rotavirus infection, has been shown to accelerate the development of type 1 diabetes in mice, according to new University of Melbourne research.

Melbourne researchers recognised for excellence and leadership in science

Three University of Melbourne academics have been elected as fellows of the Australian Academy of Science in recognition of their role in advancing the sum of scientific knowledge.

University of Melbourne named Australian leader in Nature rankings

The University of Melbourne has held top spot in Australia for the third consecutive year in the world-leading science journal Nature’s latest rankings.

Last drinks: brain’s mechanism knows when to stop

Our brains are hardwired to stop us drinking more water than is healthy, according to a new brain imaging study led by the University of Melbourne and the Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health.

Professor Patrick McGorry AO voted President-elect of the Schizophrenia International Research Society

Professor McGorry's research has covered all aspects of schizophrenia and has evolved to play an integral role in the growth of early psychosis and the development of safe, effective treatments for young people with emerging mental disorders.

The minimisation of restrictive practices in health and social care settings: an international agenda for transforming care

Professor Joy Duxbury, a leading mental health expert, will be delivering the Marian Barrett lecture on March 19.

NDIS mastermind awarded Honorary Doctorate at University of Melbourne

Disability campaigner Mr Bruce Bonyhady AM awarded an honorary doctorate, the highest honour from the University of Melbourne.

New findings show link between diabetes and pancreatic cancer

Researchers from the University of Melbourne have shown that there is an association between pancreatic cancer and diabetes.

Stroke survivors may lose month of healthy life for 15 minute delay in treatment

Every 15 minute delay in delivering a clot-busting drug after stroke robs survivors of about a month of disability-free life, according to a new study.

Young skin cancer survivors at risk of other cancers later

Young people who have been diagnosed with non-melanoma skin cancer related to sun exposure, under the age of 25, face a higher risk of developing melanoma and other cancers later in life, a UK study has shown.

Inherited Alzheimer's damage greater decades before symptoms appear

The progression of Alzheimer's may slow once symptoms appear and do significant damage, according to a new study.

People more willing to disclose experience of mental health problems, survey finds

A new survey, led by Orygen Youth Health Research Centre in collaboration with the University of Melbourne, has found that people are more willing to disclose their experience of having a mental health problem and receiving treatment.

Brain development provides insights into adolescent depression

A new study led by the University of Melbourne and Orygen Youth Health Research Centre is the first to discover that the brain develops differently in adolescents who experience depression.

Multiple sclerosis under the spotlight

Three researchers working at the University of Melbourne and the Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health are receiving vital funding for research into multiple sclerosis, thanks to MS Research Australia.

Improving our understanding of Borderline Personality Disorder in young people

Sarah-Ann Tay, PhD candidate at the Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences, hopes her research will improve understanding of the obstacles faced by young people with Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD). Earlier this year she presented her findings at the XIII International Society for the Study of Personality Disorders Congress in Copenhagen.

University of Melbourne researchers show innovation in health and research grants

University of Melbourne researchers have been awarded more than $15 million to improve the lives of people suffering from neurological conditions, cardiac illnesses, cancer and to advance our understanding of life-threatening influenza.

Genetic discovery may explain cancer risk mystery

Researchers have identified some common genetic cancer mutations could indicate the presence of much more influential rare “hidden” mutations that could lead to earlier detection of prostate cancer.

Household mould a trigger for increased asthma risk

Reducing the presence of mould in the home may reduce asthma in middle-aged adults according to new research led by the University of Melbourne in collaboration with the University of Tasmania, and Monash University.

Study finds high rates of chlamydia among men in rural and regional areas

The largest Australian chlamydia study to date, led by the University of Melbourne, has found more men contract chlamydia than previously thought and most cases of infection are being missed.

New Director of Nossal Institute for Global Health

Internationally renowned health economist Professor Barbara McPake has been appointed Director of the Nossal Institute for Global Health at the University of Melbourne School of Population and Global Health.

New Leader appointed to the Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity

Leading infectious disease expert Professor Sharon Lewin has been appointed the inaugural Director of the Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity at the University of Melbourne.

Chewing the fat: Australia slips on number one cause of ill health - poor diet

An evaluation of the Federal Government's Food and Health Dialogue, co-authored by Professor Rob Moodie, Professor of Public Health at the University of Melbourne, has found national efforts to make foods healthier are inadequate, finding poor diet is now an even bigger cause of ill health for Australia than smoking.

Professor Rob Moodie recognised in Australia Day Honours

Professor Rob Moodie recognised in Australia Day Honours for his service to medicine through HIV/AIDS research and leadership in population health

Healthy lifestyles linked to extra schooling

A University of Melbourne study has determined that staying in school for longer increases a person's chance of leading a healthy life.

University of Melbourne staff named in Australia Day Honours

Professor Sam Berkovic, Laureate Professor in the Department of Medicine in the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences and Director of the Epilepsy Research Centre at Austin Health has been recognised with a Companion of the Order of Australia.

University of Melbourne signs strategic alliance to develop human vaccines for the future

Sanofi Pasteur and the University of Melbourne have signed an agreement to co-fund proof-of-concept studies in relation to technologies developed by the University that can be used by the company to develop novel immune-boosting substances and vaccines against infectious diseases.

Recall of stressful events caught in pictures

University of Melbourne researchers along with international collaborators have used Functional Magnetic resonance imaging to examine brain function to help better understand the affects of repressed stressful memories.

Debunking the sixth sense

New research led by the University of Melbourne has helped debunk the common belief that a sixth sense exists. The study found that people could reliably sense when a change had occurred, even when they could not see exactly what had changed.

Indigenous groups more vulnerable in the fight against flu

Researchers at the University of Melbourne have discovered that some Indigenous groups will be more susceptible to the effects of the new strain of influenza (H7N9) currently found in China.

Number of smokers and cigarettes rises despite decline in smoking rates

Globally, smoking prevalence has decreased, but the number of cigarette smokers worldwide has increased due to population growth, according to new research from the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) at the University of Washington.

Genetic clue to fighting new strains of flu

Researchers at the University of Melbourne have discovered a genetic marker that can accurately predict which patients will experience more severe disease in a new strain of influenza (H7N9) currently found in China.

The role of Boards in quality care: Victorian hospitals under the microscope

Research conducted by the University of Melbourne reveals that some Victorian public hospital board members are constrained by financial challenges that leave little time for priorities such as quality of care.

Melbourne Neuroscience Institute Fellowships foster interdisciplinary collaboration

The University’s Melbourne Neuroscience Institute has awarded Fellowships to Dr Michael Hildebrand, a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Medicine, Austin Health, and Dr Christine Nguyen, a Research Fellow in the Department of Optometry and Vision Sciences, to promote the University’s interdisciplinary research projects in the neurosciences.

MDHS student wins GSA Student of the Year Award

Students from the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Science have shone at this year's Graduate Students Association (GSA) Awards, presented last month, first and foremost Doctor of Medicine and Master of Public Health student Ms Visopiano Sanyü.

Managing stress and mental illness in the workplace

Common mental health disorders are the second leading cause of disability in Australia, affecting around 20 per cent of the working age population at any one time.

New partnerships support Indigenous health

Fellowships and scholarships from Bellberry Limited and GlaxoSmithKline are helping to increase the opportunities of Indigenous medical researchers at the University of Melbourne.

The disastrous health profile of young offenders

Young people serving time in youth detention or serving community-based orders have extremely high rates of substance dependence, poor mental health and engage in risky sexual behaviour, a new study has found.

US concessions don’t give Trans Pacific partners access to drugs

In the next few days, 12 Pacific Rim countries will make critical decisions about what is potentially the most damaging trade agreement for public health ever signed. The Trans Pacific Partnership agreement encompasses trade in goods and services and a range of other issues, such as intellectual property rights, and investment and financial services. Brigitte Tenni investigates.

A sweet way to make a point

According to pain management specialist Professor Denise Harrison, an Honorary Senior Fellow at the University of Melbourne, breastfeeding and the use of sweet water can help to calm babies during immunisation.

New insights into gendered brain wiring, or a perfect case study in neurosexism?

The results of a new study into the neurological differences between men and women need to be interpreted carefully, writes Cordelia Fine.

Identically different: you are not your twin

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.

Electronic health records review set to ignore consumer interests

The rollout of the Australia’s Personally Controlled Electronic Health Record (PCEHR) has encountered various problems since its inception. But it all got worse when the new health minister, Peter Dutton, recently ordered a review of the project. Unfortunately, it seems consumer interests may be neglected in the inquiry, Merle Spriggs writes.

Calls for change to end of life care

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.

'Closing the credibility gap' the focus at Aboriginal Health Symposium

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.

GSK award shines light on seismic change to epilepsy diagnosis

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.

2013 Melbourne Awards - Congratulations to Professor Hugh Taylor and Melbourne Children's

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.

Website launched for disorders of sex development

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.

Research to reduce malaria baby deaths

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.

The heart of the matter

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.

Singing praises for leading leukaemia researcher

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.

Indigenous Eye checks a priority

Aboriginal people with diabetes are advised to have an annual eye check according to Professor Hugh R Taylor AC, Harold Mitchell Chair of Indigenous Eye Health, University of Melbourne.

Malaria researcher wins prestigious Malaysian Science Award

Alan Cowman, an Honorary Melbourne professor and researcher at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute has won the Mahathir Science Award in Tropical Research.

Professor Ruth Bishop honoured for vaccine discovery

Professor Ruth Bishop has been announced winner of the 2013 CSL Florey Medal by the Australian Association of Medical Research Institute.

Fighting cancer by the numbers wins PMs Prize

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.

Chiropractic treatments under review

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.

University of Melbourne researchers shine in ARC awards

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.

MDHS staff and students well-represented in 2013 Vice-Chancellor's Engagement Awards

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.

Building a Legacy

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.

Having it all: in pursuit of gender equality and work-life balance

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.