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Even if Australians with newly diagnosed bowel cancer were routinely tested for a genetic predisposition to further cancers, one in three people would still not take the necessary steps to use that information to prevent further disease.
Researchers from UNSW Medicine took the extra step of screening for the hereditary Lynch syndrome in the 2,100 people with colorectal cancer who presented at a number of NSW hospitals* over a three-year period.
Contrary to conventional wisdom, short-term hearing loss after sustained exposure to loud noise does not reflect damage to our hearing: instead, it is the body’s way to cope.
The landmark finding could lead to improved protection against noise-induced hearing loss in future.
The research, led by University of New South Wales Professor Gary Housley, has found that “reversible hearing loss” is a physiological adaptation mechanism, allowing the cochlea (the auditory portion of the inner ear) to perform normally when exposed to noise stress.
The first study of the effects of Sydney’s air pollution on the development of asthma has been carried out at UNSW.
Asthma affects one in six children, making it the most common chronic disease in young people. It most commonly develops in the first decade of life.
“Developing a proper model of childhood asthma involves long-term studies and controlled exposure to triggers in the environment, which requires a great deal of effort and has not been done before,” says UNSW Medicine’s Professor Rakesh Kumar, the team leader of the study.
SoMS Supervisors with a good PhD project idea in the area of cancer, are encouraged to submit that idea to the Translational Cancer Research Network (TCRN) for funding support in 2013. Likewise, prospective PhD students are encouraged to apply for the two APA scholarships available through this scheme.
Researchers in the School of Medical Sciences have again enjoyed great success in the latest funding round from the NH&MRC – Australia’s peak body supporting health and medical research. In garnering 11 project grants worth over $5.3M, and a further three fellowships attracting $1.1M, our staff clearly showed their ability to contribute to the performance of UNSW Medicine in terms of peer-reviewed research funding.
UNSW academics from Japanese Studies and Medicine have been named among Australia’s most inspiring teachers by the federal government. The prestigious Citation Awards recognise academic and professional staff who enrich student learning. Minister for Tertiary Education, Senator Chris Evans, announced the 152 award recipients this week.
SoMS is seeking expressions of interest from suitably qualified applicants to take up a role as a teaching and research academic within the School (Lecturer or Senior Lecturer) commencing 2013 or 2014. More details about this exciting opportunity are available at http://medicalsciences.med.unsw.edu.au/staff/human-resources/eoi-lecturersenior-lecturer.
The EOI closes soon – if you think the role is for you then let us know!
SoMS has been successful in two recently announced Commonwealth Government grants – the BEST Network project from the NBN-enabled Education and Skills Services Program, and the INCH project from the HWA Simulated Learning Environments program. Both of these projects will using leading-edge educational technology created by UNSW spinoff Smart Sparrow Ltd to develop online learning opportunities for our students. See and hear more about the technology and how it will be used in SoMS.
Setting a course for virtual medicine
Two UNSW projects to revolutionise biomedical training and boost the number of students studying science and engineering have been awarded $6.2 million in federal NBN funding.
The NBN-Enabled Education and Skills Services Program funding includes $3.3 million for the Biomedical Education Skills and Training Network (BEST) to deploy next generation virtual learning tools for medical and nursing training across Australia.