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OPINION: Many people eat badly because far too much of their energy is provided by nutritionally worthless junk foods and drinks. Part of the problem is the push by the food industry to get us to buy food that may be bad for us but good for its business.
In the 1960s, we had between 600 and 800 foods to choose from, many of them only available at the right season. But that was before supermarkets became widespread.
UNSW has won four of 20 prestigious awards given to the country’s top health and medical researchers. The haul includes a particularly strong performance by female researchers.
The National Health and Medical Research Council is acknowledging the recipients of its Research Excellence Awards at a ceremony in Canberra tonight, with the prizes being presented by Federal Minister for Health Peter Dutton.
We are about to be hit with a “tsunami” of changes caused by caused by “head spinning” developments in anti-ageing drugs and technologies, the Australian Society for Medical Research (ASMR) 2014 Medallist Professor David Sinclair says.
The UNSW anti-ageing researcher was named the 2014 recipient of the Medal in the lead up to the group’s Medical Research Week.
A few decades ago, medical students used to spend an inordinate amount of time inside UNSW’s Museum of Human Disease. Studying its formalin-preserved specimens was the primary way to learn how to identify the appearances of disease.
Children fighting a life-threatening form of cancer could be treated with a revolutionary anti-cancer therapy as early as next year, following the formation of a research alliance to fast-track development of a medicine pioneered by Australian researchers.
UNSW and Harvard geneticist David Sinclair has been named by Time as one of the 100 most influential people in the world.
The magazine cites the 2013 study in which he and colleagues identified a cause of ageing that is potentially reversible. Time notes that Sinclair’s work makes possible the idea of “living more years with a body that’s robust enough to make the most of them".
Researchers at UNSW have for the first time used electrical pulses delivered from a cochlear implant to deliver gene therapy, thereby successfully regrowing auditory nerves.
The research also heralds a possible new way of treating a range of neurological disorders, including Parkinson’s disease, and psychiatric conditions such as depression through this novel way of delivering gene therapy.
The research is published today in the prestigious journal Science Translational Medicine.
UNSW has performed strongly in the latest analysis by the federal government of the impact of its health and medical research funding.
A study conducted by the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) “Measuring Up 2013” found the research it supported significantly outperformed other comparable Australian research in the five-year period 2005-2009.
The analysis showed the NHMRC continued to outperform the world benchmark by 60% in citation rates. Australian research as a whole performed 17% above the world average.
OPINION: Natural products can be a source of useful new medicines when the active ingredient is isolated, identified, standardised and subjected to appropriate clinical studies. But in their “natural” form herbal medicines are so variable from batch to batch and across brands that gathering reliable evidence of effectiveness is unlikely ever to be possible.
Indeed, for almost all herbal therapies, it’s likely there will never be anywhere near the standard of evidence that’s required for prescription medicines.
Congratulations to Alan Truong who was awarded the UNSW Translational Cancer Research Network Prize of $200 for the best performance in PATH3208 Cancer Sciences in December. The certificate was awarded by the Translational Cancer Research Network, the University of NSW and the Prince of Wales Hospital, Randwick. The official prize giving ceremony is on Thursday 13th March 2014.