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New gene therapy developed with UNSW researchers targets brain disorders

Thursday, 9 November 2017

A group of researchers led by UNSW Sydney has developed a new gene therapy that may reverse the devastating symptoms of brain disorders such as Canavan disease.

Canavan disease is a rare, fatal genetic disorder in which an enzyme called aspartoacylase is not active. This enzyme breaks down the amino acid NAA in the body.

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UNSW researchers investigate a potential drug to reverse the negative effects of maternal obesity

Thursday, 9 November 2017

A drug that increases energy metabolism may lead to a new approach to prevent obesity in children born to overweight mothers, UNSW Sydney researchers have found.

“There is much excitement about improving metabolism pharmacologically in ways that might be helpful for people with obesity,” said Head of Pharmacology in the School of Medical Sciences at UNSW, Professor Margaret Morris.

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UNSW to play role in medical internships program funded by MTPConnect

Thursday, 26 October 2017

UNSW Sydney will play a role in a new national consortium that gives students formal internships in clinical research, funded by MTPConnect.

MTPConnect – the Medical Technologies and Pharmaceuticals Industry Growth Centre – today announced it would provide a proposed $250,000 provisional funding to the program called "ACCELERATE: building the talent pool" over two years, with proposed matched funding of $250,000 from the sector.

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Five claims about coconut oil debunked

Friday, 27 October 2017

OPINION: Coconuts have been a valued food in tropical areas for thousands of years, traditionally enjoyed as coconut water from the centre of the coconut, coconut flesh, or coconut “milk” (made by steeping the flesh in hot water).

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Call for abstracts – UNSW Medicine Learning & Teaching forum 15 November 2017

Friday, 3 November 2017

Call for abstracts – UNSW Medicine Learning & Teaching forum

Medicine’s 2017 Learning & Teaching forum will be held on Friday 1 December from 9am to 2 pm in WW G02 Wallace Wurth Bldg (Kensington).
Proposals for presentations (maximum 200-word abstract) should be emailed for review to Gary Velan g.velan@unsw.edu.au by 5pm, 15 November 2017. Note: presentations on the day are 10 mins + 5 mins Q&A.

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NeuRA launches online talk series for Mental Health Week

Thursday, 5 October 2017

A new online seminar series launching this week is the next step in NeuRA’s endeavour to share knowledge, and provide hope around treatment and cures that are being researched at NeuRA.

 

“In recent years our understanding and awareness of mental health disorders has grown, however online information is often targeted to clinicians and mental health practitioners,” NeuRA Director and CEO Professor Peter Schofield said. 

 

 

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Ambassadors for Australian ingenuity awarded

Thursday, 21 September 2017

Professor David Sinclair of UNSW School of Medical Sciences has won an Advance Global Australian Award, for his achievements in genetics at Harvard Medical School, Boston.

Now in their sixth year, the awards honour Australians who have achieved remarkable feats in their industry while living overseas.

Professor Sinclair won in the Life Sciences category for his work to understand genes that fight disease and aging, with a focus on treating the major causes of death and disability.

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Professor Rakesh Kumar retires from UNSW after 40 years

Monday, 18 September 2017

After 40 years as one of UNSW Medicine’s most memorable educators, Professor Rakesh Kumar is retiring to the NSW Southern Highlands.

However, he hopes to keep firing the imaginations of students, as he plans to spend part of his weeks there assisting in high school biology classrooms.

He was a 22-year-old graduate of the All India IMS when he joined UNSW in 1977, accepting an unexpected job offer as a senior tutor.

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Study offers a new mindset in the search for stroke therapies

Thursday, 7 September 2017

UNSW researchers have identified a promising new avenue to explore in the search for stroke treatments, after translating findings from Alzheimer’s disease.

 

The study published in Nature Communications finds that mice deficient in tau, a protein within brain cells (neurons), are significantly protected from excitotoxic brain damage after experimental stroke.

 

 

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Medical schools are shaking off a dark past by honouring people who donate their bodies to science

Thursday, 7 September 2017

OPINION: Donating your body to science could give you two send-offs, not one. Not only do family and friends say goodbye at your funeral, you could have a second ceremony when medical students say “thank you” for your generous gift.

 

This second ceremony takes place at universities across the world in a commemoration of donors – an act of honouring the people who have donated their bodies for the study of human anatomy.

 

 

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