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Image - Head space workshop at UNSW is a no-brainer

Head space workshop at UNSW is a no-brainer

Tuesday, 7 March 2017

How reliable are your senses? What neurobiology can you perform with your office chair and a roll of masking tape? What do growing nerve cells look like? What can a comparison of human brains with apes and other animals teach us about how the brain works?

Find out on Wednesday 15 March 2017 at the Museum of Human Disease at the University of New South Wales (UNSW) when researchers help people to get hands on with their brains (well, almost).

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World Cancer Day: Uncovering pancreatic cancer’s genetic tricks

Friday, 3 February 2017

Understanding how tumours reprogram their metabolism to make the raw materials for building new cells is a burgeoning area in the search for new cancer therapies. Yet the underlying genetic changes that allow pancreatic cancer cells to reprogram their metabolism are not well understood.

Now, a UNSW-led research team have discovered that while individual pancreatic tumours share common metabolic pathways to meet the needs of rapid cell growth, each finds a unique genetic solution to drive this adaptation.

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Scans reveal brain secrets of the long lost Tasmanian tiger

Thursday, 19 January 2017

More than eighty years after the death of the last known Tasmanian tiger, scientists have used high tech imaging techniques to reconstruct the brain architecture of the apex predator for the first time, revealing new information about its intelligence and social life. 

The UNSW and Emory University study, published in PLOS ONE, used magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) to scan postmortem specimens of two thylacine brain specimens, both of which were about 100 years old.

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Pain from nerve damage can be silenced, research finds

Tuesday, 13 December 2016

One person in Australia develops diabetes every five minutes, with up to half suffering peripheral nerve damage, meaning the slightest touch on the skin can cause pain. Now an international research team, led by Australian and German scientists, has discovered how to reverse this pain.

The study has been published today in the journal Nature Neuroscience.

The scientists have identified and successfully tested a molecule that can inhibit the function of a protein that turns touch receptors into pain receptors under the skin.

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Image - Research Check: can eating aged cheese help you age well?

Research Check: can eating aged cheese help you age well?

Friday, 25 November 2016

Most people are interested in how to slow the ageing process, or at least they get more interested as the years tick by. So when new research promises to have discovered the secret, which happens to include eating more of a food that tastes great but often appears on “eat less” food lists, it is bound to make the headlines.

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Image - How the brain changes in Alzheimer's Disease: a new view

How the brain changes in Alzheimer's Disease: a new view

Friday, 18 November 2016

OPINION: Most people have heard of Alzheimer’s disease, the most common form of dementia. The disease has no cure and few, but inefficient, treatments. Despite their best efforts, doctors and researchers still don’t know the sequence of brain changes that causes this debilitating disorder.

Our new study challenges a commonly held view of how Alzheimer’s disease develops, and suggests a new clinical angle to reduce its impact.

So common, still no cure

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Discovery opens door to new Alzheimer's treatments

Friday, 18 November 2016

Australian researchers have shed new light on the nerve cell processes that lead to Alzheimer’s disease (AD), overturning previously held ideas of how the disease develops and opening the door to new treatment options that could halt or slow its progression.

The study is published today in the prestigious journal Science.

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Why virtual reality won’t replace cadavers in medical school

Tuesday, 15 November 2016

OPINION: Virtual reality has been described as a game changer for medical education. Some even predict it will see an end to using cadavers to teach anatomy.

It’s a big call but it doesn’t reflect the actual reality of medicine and medical training for a number of reasons.

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Is the red wine compound resveratrol a miracle drug for infertility and ageing?

Friday, 21 October 2016

OPINION: “A glass of red wine a day could keep polycystic ovaries at bay,” said a news headline this week.

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Image - Fat or thin: can the bacteria in our gut affect our eating habits and weight?

Fat or thin: can the bacteria in our gut affect our eating habits and weight?

Friday, 14 October 2016

OPINION: When we can’t lose weight, we tend to want to blame something outside our control. Could it be related to the microbiota – the bacteria and other organisms – that colonise your gut?

You are what you eat

Our gut harbours some trillion microorganisms. These are key in harvesting energy from our food, regulating our immune function, and keeping the lining of our gut healthy.

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