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Cause of ageing that can be reversed

Thursday, 19 December 2013

Medical researchers have found a cause of ageing in animals that can be reversed, possibly paving the way for new treatments for age-related diseases including cancer, type 2 diabetes, muscle wasting and inflammatory diseases.

The researchers hope to start human trials late next year.

The study, published today in the journal Cell, relates to mitochondria - our cells’ battery packs - which provide energy to carry out key biological functions.

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World-first eLearning model

Thursday, 17 October 2013

Leading Australian medical faculties will unveil a world-first model for health care education utilising next-generation educational technology to improve access and outcomes for students, healthcare professionals and patients.

The $4.5 million Biomedical Education Skills and Training Network, the BEST Network, will be officially launched at the University of Melbourne on Friday, October 18 at The Future of Medical Education symposium.

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Medical schools' hi-tech future

Wednesday, 16 October 2013

OPINION: A year ago we put up a modest web page outlining our project to build a new, technology-enabled model for medical education. Those few paragraphs elicited inquiries from the American Medical Association, Harvard University and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, among many others.

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Arts - I heart music

Friday, 4 October 2013

It’s not often that a musical performance can be called life changing. But when medical student Michael Chan allowed himself to be hooked up to an ultrasound as part of a unique concert at UNSW two years ago, it may have literally saved his life.

The jazz improvisation used the sound and images of Chan’s beating heart. To him the music was soothing, but for a pair of health professionals in the audience, alarm bells rang.

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Nine Eureka moments

Friday, 2 August 2013

UNSW has finalists in nine categories of the Australian Museum Eureka Prizes – prestigious national awards that celebrate excellence in fields including scientific research, leadership, commercialisation and communication.

Outstanding researchers in evolution, quantum computing, chemistry, material science, medicine and the environment are among the individuals and teams vying for the prizes dubbed the “Oscars of Science”.

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Caveman cravings? Rating the paleo diet

Wednesday, 14 August 2013

OPINION: Over the years, hundreds of diet books have claimed to have the perfect recipe for decreasing the national girth. They manipulate quantities of protein, fats or carbohydrates and most work in the short term because their inevitable restrictions cut energy intake.

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Chemotherapy hope for hard-to-treat childhood cancers

Thursday, 15 August 2013

Children with a particularly lethal cancer could benefit from potentially life-saving treatment, following breakthrough work led by researchers at the University of New South Wales (UNSW).

A whole new class of drugs has been developed that, for the first time, targets the structure of the cancer cell.

UNSW researchers have provided proof that the therapy is effective in two types of cancers in the animal model. They are neuroblastoma, a cancer that affects children, and melanoma. The resulting paper has been published in Cancer Research.

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A fast way to slow dementia

Tuesday, 10 September 2013

Sharon Savage, who has proven that it is possible to improve the vocabulary of people with dementia in a short time-frame, is the winner of UNSW’s 3 Minute Thesis (3MT) competition.

With nothing more than a stopwatch, a stage and a simple slide, Sharon Savage was able to clearly communicate her thesis and impress the judges in 180 seconds, winning $3000 prize money and the opportunity to represent UNSW at the Australia & NZ final of the 3MT.

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Music from the heart

Friday, 2 August 2013

Some Sydney jazz musicians are giving fresh meaning to improvisation, by using the sound and images of the human heart as part of their musical performance. The event is part of festivities for National Science Week (August 10 – 18).

The novel event, i Heart Music, is being hosted by the Museum of Human Disease at UNSW.

It’s part of a series of live performances that will be seen around the country, including Southbank in Melbourne, the CSIRO Discovery Centre in Canberra and regional centres.

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Kidney disease as performance art

Monday, 22 July 2013

John Douglas, artist-in-residence at the UNSW Museum of Human Disease, appeared on ABC television’s 7.30 program discussing his performance piece about his terminal kidney disease.

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