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UNSW staff honoured in national awards for teaching excellence

Wednesday, 14 September 2016

The passion and commitment of UNSW teaching staff to create unique and exciting ways to enhance student learning has been recognised in national awards for teaching excellence.

Three UNSW lecturers and a UNSW teaching team have received Citations for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning as part of the Australian Government’s 2016 Australian Awards for University Teaching program.

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Holding back the years

Monday, 19 September 2016

It was about 400 BC when Hippocrates astutely observed that gluttony and early death seemed to go hand in hand. Too much food appeared to ‘extinguish’ life in much the same way as putting too much wood on a fire smothers its flames. If obesity led to disease and death, he thought, then perhaps restraint was the secret to a longer life?

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Both statins and a Mediterranean-style diet can help ward off heart disease and stroke

Tuesday, 6 September 2016

OPINION: If you’ve ever have the misfortune of a heart attack or are considered at risk of heart disease or stroke, your doctor will probably prescribe a statin drug, such as atorvastatin (Lipitor), to lower your blood cholesterol levels.

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‘Animal Farm’ immunity receptors only work in a crowd, researchers find

Tuesday, 30 August 2016

In George Orwell’s classic dystopian novel Animal Farm, as the barnyard devolves into chaos the slogan “all animals are equal” quickly becomes “all animals are equal but some animals are more equal than others”.

The same might be true for the tiny immune receptors scattered across the surface of our T-cells. Before now, it was unclear how these complex molecular receptors recognised harmful invaders (or antigens) and sent warning signals into the cell. It was largely assumed that “all receptors were equal”.

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Impotence and optimism: the life of a cancer scientist

Friday, 26 August 2016

It is impossible to describe the deep frustration — impotence even — that comes with watching someone close die from a disease you have spent years researching.

It doesn't come close to the fear and turmoil of those facing their own mortality. But staring such a personal emblem of failure in the face is a special kind of torture few could know.

A simple, entirely reasonable question from my young daughter crystallised this uncomfortable insight for me.

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Pomegranate diet improves brain function in mice with Alzheimer's disease

Monday, 15 August 2016

A diet rich in pomegranates had significant positive impacts for the brain health of mice with Alzheimer’s disease, an international research team led by the Centre for Healthy Brain Ageing (CHeBA) at UNSW found.

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Latest Research – Pomegranates

Monday, 15 August 2016

Pomegranate diet improves brain function in mice with Alzheimer's disease

A diet rich in pomegranates had significant positive impacts for the brain health of mice with Alzheimer’s disease, an international research team led by the Centre for Healthy Brain Ageing (CHeBA) at UNSW found.

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Bad diet damages the immune system even before it turns to fat

Wednesday, 20 July 2016

A new study has shown that a junk food diet high in saturated fat begins to harm our immune system even before the weight gain begins to show.

Scientists from the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence in Advanced Molecular Imaging have found that the over-consumption of saturated fats may actually be a form of malnutrition that triggers the immune system to start attacking healthy parts of the body.

The new research, published in the Journal of Immunology, investigated the impact of a western-style high fat diet with surprising results.

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What is Zika virus?

Wednesday, 22 June 2016

Professor Bill Rawlinson from UNSW's School of Medical Sciences explains what the Zika virus is, and the particular concerns for pregnant women contracting Zika virus disease. 

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National Survey of Cancer Survivors

Wednesday, 8 June 2016

Researchers at UNSW Australia are seeking volunteers who have received neurotoxic chemotherapy (i.e. chemotherapy that can cause damage to the nerves) as a treatment for cancer to complete an online survey. Through this survey, we hope to better understand the impact of side effects of chemotherapy on the lives of Australian cancer survivors.

The survey is anonymous, and takes around 30 minutes to complete.

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