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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Much of the research into maternal depression has been focussed on the perinatal period, the first 12 months after giving birth. MCRI's Stephanie Brown explains that new research has found women may in fact be more vulnerable to depression as their children get older.
Neurogenetic diseases, an umbrella term to describe inherited diseases that affect the nervous system, cost Australia's economy billions of dollars every year. MCRI's Marguerite Evans-Galea, Martin Delatycki and Paul Lockhart explain what we know about these conditions and what we are still trying to find out.
One of the biggest surprises of this year's federal budget was the announcement of a $20 billion Medical Research Future Fund, partly funded through a controversial co-payment scheme. Professor Douglas Hilton, Director of Walter and Eliza Hall Institute, argues that the government's decision, although polarising, should not be judged prematurely.
New research from the University of Melbourne has found that postmenopausal women who took care of their grandchildren one day a week had better memory and faster cognitive speed than those who didn't.
An investigation led by the University of Melbourne shows that positive patient experience is as a key part of high quality healthcare and goes beyond responsibility of frontline medical and nursing staff.
Last week, Treasurer Joe Hockey made a "case for change" in the way government spends money, focusing largely on macro policy settings, such as pension entitlements, including access to schemes such as the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme. This article highlights the need for micro reforms and provides an overview of a paper published in the Medical Journal of Australia.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.