Researchers at the University of Melbourne along with international collaborators are using a novel way to block the dengue virus in Aedes aegypti mosquitoes using the insect bacterium, Wolbachia and have for the first time provided projections of its public health benefit.
The Melbourne Healthcare Partners Advanced Health Research and Translation Centre, coordinated by Melbourne Health, has been recognised as one of the world’s best for using medical research to improve patient care by the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC).
Patients suffering from cancer, neurological conditions and infectious diseases will benefit significantly from the most recent round of research funding from the Federal Government’s National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC).
An awareness of how easily educational opportunities can be closed down by circumstances has led nurse Julie Sheldrake to establish education and nursing scholarships at the University of Melbourne. By Chris Weaver.
This year’s summer school for Indigenous research students, run by the Melbourne Poche Centre for Indigenous Health, and the Melbourne Centre for the Study of Higher Education, saw one of the highest levels of participation in its 13 year history.
Research shows palliative care earlier rather than later in a severe illness is beneficial to all involved. Palliative care is, often, a taboo topic. With its connotations of death and dying, it is a subject many people shy away from. But research shows palliative care is also about life – for both patients and their carers.
Maternal depression and anxiety is a global societal concern that has also been found to impact a woman’s children. It can affect learning capacity and emotional wellbeing, and researchers now understand that treating depression starts with baby still in the womb.
In recent years, events at sea, on Nauru and Manus Island have seen Australian asylum-seeker policy come under sharp public scrutiny. And although the boats may have stopped, over 50 million refugees remain scattered around the world. University of Melbourne researchers believe it’s time to change the face of the debate.
Research published this week in the Australasian Journal of Dermatology confirms that Australia has the highest incidence of skin cancers in the world but lacks in national reporting of the statistics.
For every woman who speaks out about her experiences or reports the abuse, many more remain silent through fear, shame, or simply because they don’t know who to turn to. Many don’t even tell their closest friends, family members, or general practitioner, let alone pick up the phone to call a domestic violence hotline or counselling service.
The University of Melbourne Honorary Professorial Fellows Professor Jane Visvader and Professor Geoffrey Lindeman from the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute have discovered a particular protein in breast milk that is important for cell immunity and survival and could be instrumental in developing targeted cancer treatment or prevention.
Would you want your family members to be told about your genetic tests after your death if it meant saving their lives through early medical intervention? The authors of a paper just published in Trends in Molecular Medicine argue doctors may only have a duty to disclose such information if asked by a living relative.
Female participants aged between 16 and 50 are being asked to try I-DECIDE, the first Australian online interactive tool designed to provide practical and confidential support to victims of domestic violence.
The first large-scale, direct evidence on smoking and mortality in Australia shows up to 1.8 million of our 2.7 million smokers are likely to die from their habit if they continue to smoke, losing on average ten years of life expectancy.
A medical coaching program developed at the University of Melbourne for patients with cardiovascular disease and/or type 2 diabetes successfully reduced risk factors in both Indigenous and non-Indigenous populations.
Apart from proposing a co-payment for visiting doctors, the last federal budget also contained a proposal to increase the level of co-payments for medications. The government seems to have given little attention to the effect this policy would have on the long-term health of the nation.
National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) has announced the appointment of prominent University of Melbourne alumnus, Honorary Professor and microbiologist Anne Kelso AO as their new Chief Executive Officer to commence in April 2015.
Prof Peter Rogers of the Royal Women's Hospital says the lack of female representation in both preclinical studies and clinical trials has put women at greater risk of adverse events from medical interventions.
A major donation to the University of Melbourne’s Centre for Neural Engineering (CfNE) will provide critical funds to advance links between life sciences, engineering and physical sciences and drive the next wave of medical breakthroughs in Australia.
Over the last decade, an ever-growing number of brain-training programs claiming to enhance learning, memory and general well-being have been developed and marketed for use in the classroom. Unfortunately, despite many years of laboratory research and classroom scrutiny, the effect of these programs on real-world learning and health remains uncertain.
A team of international scientists has discovered a new mechanism by which immune cells in the skin function act as the body’s ‘border control’, revealing how these cells sense whether lipid or fat-like molecules might indicate the presence of foreign invaders.
Precision medicine, the new approach to the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of diseases, helps deliver treatment based on the particular variant of a disease by taking the genetic make-up of the ill person into account, and offers the hope of tailor made cures.
Evidence is rapidly growing showing vital relationships between both diet quality and potential nutritional deficiencies and mental health, a new international collaboration led by the University of Melbourne and Deakin University has revealed.
Researchers from the University of Melbourne and the University of Pennsylvania have shown that social media can serve as a dashboard indicator of a community’s psychological well being and can predict rates of heart disease.
University of Melbourne researchers collaborating with scientists from the UK, USA Canada and Belgium have unravelled the process healthy gut bacteria use to degrade complex carbohydrates in the wall of yeast cells contained in fermented foods.
Professor Graeme Clark AC from the University of Melbourne is the first Australian to receive the US Russ Prize for an outstanding achievement in bioengineering innovation that is in widespread use to improve health and well-being: the cochlear implant.
World cancer leaders from UN agencies, ministries of health and finance, research institutes, international cancer organisations and private sector organisations gathered in Melbourne in December to make an economic case for investment in cancer prevention.
Australians are living longer than they did in 1990 but some conditions, particularly chronic kidney disease and Alzheimer's disease are on the rise, according to a new analysis of trend data from 188 countries.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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