In the news/media releases 2017
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Targeting the sweet spot to prevent bacterial infections, 6 December 2017
IHMRI Research Fellow and Theme Leader Dr Martina Sanderson-Smith has been awarded a prestigious National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) grant to continue research into bacterial sugar recognition to prevent infection. Read more...
Pregnancy study for women with obesity in the Illawarra, 1 December 2017
IHMRI researchers are taking a fresh look at how diet and exercise can reduce pregnancy complications and deliver healthy babies in the Illawarra. Read more...
New drug delivery system for pancreatic cancer developed by IHMRI researchers, 28 November 2017
A team of IHMRI scientists and clinicians are working together to test a new way of administering chemotherapeutic drugs. Read more...
Unlocking the key to living a longer, healthier life, 17 November 2017
Neurodegenerative diseases and ageing will be the focus of the third International Proteostasis and Disease Symposium to be held in Wollongong, from November 20-22. Read more...
It's being described as an industrial revolution for Australian biosciences, 15 November 2017
The Illawarra Health and Medical Research Institute is set to get a state-of-the-art robot that will enable researchers to do a year's worth of work in just one day. Read more...
IHMRI scientist wins motor neurone disease research prize, 10 November 2017
Molecular Biologist, Associate Professor Justin Yerbury, has been awarded the prestigious Betty Laidlaw MND Research Prize. Read more...
Giving preterm babies a better chance at survival, 3 November 2017
Professor Ian Wright has contributed to an important study into the benefits of delaying umbilical cord clamping by 60 seconds. Read more...
IHMRI hosts 11th annual Drug Delivery Australia Conference to showcase the latest in drug delivery research, 23 October 2017
The 2017 Drug Delivery Australia Conference brings together prominent scientists from pharmaceutical, medicinal, biological, engineering, and chemistry backgrounds to discuss emerging technologies in drug delivery science. Read more...
IHMRI researcher to co-lead new research centre to study medicinal cannabis, 11 October 2017
Professor Nadia Solowij will co-lead a team of Australian researchers and clinicians in establishing a world-first centre to coordinate research into medicinal cannabis use. Read more...
IHMRI researcher awarded NHMRC grant to study possible health risks of mobile phones and Wi-Fi, 11 October 2017
Professor Rodney Croft from the Australian Centre for Electromagnetic Bioeffects Research to investigate potential danger of exposure to radiofrequency electromagnetic energy. Read more...
Researchers identify molecule deficiency in patients with schizophrenia, 4 October 2017
IHMRI researcher Senior Professor Xu-Feng Huang may be one step closer to developing a new drug to treat the negative symptoms of schizophrenia after uncovering a molecule implicated in cognitive deficits. Read more...
Healthy gut = healthy mind? 4 October 2017
IHMRI researchers, Dr Katrina Green, Senior Professor Xu-Feng Huang and Professor Nagesh Pai, are investigating the potential benefits of probiotics for people living schizophrenia? Read more...
Could a newly designed work boot save underground coal miners in the Illawarra from injury? 22 August 2017
IHMRI researchers, Jess Dobson and Professor Julie Steel, have designed a number of prototypes they believe could one day revolutionise the industry. Read more...
Sea snails could hold the key to chronic pain relief, 1 August 2017
Poisonous sea snails found off Australia’s coastline could provide the next big breakthrough in pain relief. Research by IHMRI Executive Director Professor David Adams, is a step closer to a safe pain relief alternative to morphine. Read more...
Cannabis compound has potential to unlock new cognitive treatment for schizophrenia, 1 June 2017
PhD candidate Ashleigh Osborne and Dr Katrina Green have discovered that an active compound in cannabis plants may alleviate cognitive impairment, providing a vital opportunity in the treatment of schizophrenia. Read more...
Protein study reveals new insights into bowel cancer, 29 May 2017
IHMRI scientists and doctors uncover potential new way to assist in early detection and monitoring of bowel cancer. Read more...
Long-term impact of neonatal abstinence syndrome tracked with NAPLAN data , 11 May 2017
IHMRI researcher and Paediatrician Professor Ian Wright is the co-author of a new study which has revealed the poor long-term school results of children born with neonatal abstinence syndrome. Read more...
Protein deposits: the black holes of motor neurones, 10 May 2017
A five-year international research project led by Principal Research Fellow Dr Justin Yerbury is making progress into the causes of motor neurone disease (MND). Read more...
2017 IHMRI Grants Program, 26 April 2017
The 2017 IHMRI Grants Program is now open for applications from academic, clinicians and health professional researchers. Seven grants are available across two schemes, providing $130,000 in total. Read more...
Dame Bridget Ogilvie Career Advancement Scholarships, 6 April 2017
Following on from our highly successful inaugural event that celebrated women in health and medical research in the Illawarra, Lunch with Dame Bridget Ogilvie, IHMRI is very pleased to announce the Dame Bridget Ogilvie Career Advancement Scholarships. Read more...
IHMRI researchers discover link between Streptococcal infections and blood type, 5 April 2017
Senior Research Fellow Dr Martina Sanderson-Smith, and Post-Doctoral Researcher Dr David De Oliveira, have found that people with a common blood group could be more susceptible to Streptoccocal infections. Read more...
New research initiative to address high rates of coronary heart disease in Indigenous people, 30 March
IHMRI and Research Central at The Wollongong Hospital bring together health experts, public servants, doctors and members of the community to discuss solutions to this pressing health issue. Read more...
Dame Bridget Ogilvie awards and scholarships recognise female researchers, 10 March 2017.
In the week of International Women’s Day, IHMRI has funded two awards to celebrate outstanding work by female IHMRI researchers, with the inaugural recipients, Dr Rebecca Stanley and Kelly Lambert, receiving $3000 each. Read more...
Cyclists spin funds for cancer research, 6 March 2017
Cancer charity Tour de Cure donates $10,000 to Professor Marie Ranson and Oncologist Professor Philip Clingan to support Phase II clinical trials of new cancer drug, Deflexifol. Read more...
IHMRI tackles the science of gender equality, 6 March 2017
In the spirit of International Women’s Day celebrations, IHMRI hosted an event with our patron, Dame Bridget Ogilvie, to support and recognise female researchers in the Illawarra region. Read more...
Reversing the cause of schizophrenia, 2 March 2017
Researchers from IHMRI and the ARC Centre of Excellence for Electromaterials Sciences (ACES) have developed a potential new treatment for schizophrenia that targets its underlying cause. Read more...
IHMRI researchers awarded funding to develop world-first radiotherapy system, 2 March 2017
A Cancer Council NSW funded project led by Professor Peter Metcalfe from UOW's Centre for Medical Radiation Physics will make radiation therapy safer and more effective. Read more...
Motor neurone diseases: the search for new treatments, 2 February 2017
IHMRI researchers Associate Professor Ronald Sluyter and Dr Justin Yerbury to investigate potential drug to halt the progression of motor neurone diseases. Read more...
In the news/media releases 2016
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Helping scientists explain science: IHMRI launches Science Communication Competition, 15 December 2016
IHMRI researcher Dr Kara Perrow, from UOW's School of Biological Sciences, organised the Science Communication Competition to help PhD students, post-docs and researchers improve their presentation skills for a community audience. Read more...
New insights into the cause of multiple sclerosis, 7 December 2016
IHMRI researchers Professor Roger Truscott and Dr Michael Friedrich track the breakdown of myelin basic protein in the brain, paving the way for a new understanding of this autoimmune disease that affects over 23,000 Australians. Read more...
IHMRI researchers awarded more than $3.8M in NHMRC grants, 3 December 2016
Five IHMRI researchers at the University of Wollongong have been awarded highly-competitive and prestigious grants from the National Health and Medical Research Council for their vital research into major health challenges in Australia. Read more...
Illawarra-Shoalhven trial of Lifespan Integrate Suicide Prevention system, 1 December 2016
Representatives from the Black Dog Institute attended the December 2016 meeting of the Illawarra Shoalhaven Suicide Prevention Collaborative (ISSPC), held at Kiama Pavilion, to discuss the implementation of the trial in 2017. Read more...
IHMRI researchers develop National Meal Guidelines for Meals on Wheels, 30 November 2016
A team of IHMRI researchers led by Associate Professor Karen Walton, from UOW's Smart Food Centre, have developed the National Meal Guidelines for the Commonwealth Home Support Programme (CHSP). Read more...
Managing malnutrition in older people, 29 November 2016
A partnership between Grand Pacific Health and a team of IHMRI researchers led by Associate Professor Karen Charlton will develop malnutrition screening and nutrition care plans to allow older people to maintain independence. Read more...
Study examines impact of antipsychotic drugs on young minds, 18 November, The Illawarra Mercury
Early career researcher Dr Jiamei Lian has been awarded a prestigious National Health and Medical Research Council biomedical fellowship to further her work on the risks of growing use of drugs in childhood. Read The Illawarra Mercury story. Read UOW story.
Project Air Strategy for Schools breaking new ground, 4 November 2016
Project Air Strategy for Schools is a unique and collaborative program, co-developed by Dr Michelle Townsend from UOW's School of Psychology, that aims to address the alarming rates of youth suicide and self harm. Read more...
IHMRI researchers awarded more than $1.3 million in Australian Research Council grants, 1 November 2016
Distinguished Professor Anatoly Rozenfeld, Dr Susanna Guatelli, Professor Jun Chen and Dr Bridget Kelly have all received grants from the Australian Research Council. Read more...
Study shows knowledge gap in safe use of over-the-counter pain medications, 25 October
New research from Associate Professor Judy Mullan has exposed a knowledge gap between consumers and the safe use of over-the-counter (OTC) products containing ibuprofen. Read more.
Human trials saving lives, 15 October, The Illawarra Mercury
Wollongong cancer patients are putting their bodies on the line to increase survival rates and improve the quality of life, for themselves, and countless others. More here.
Spinning a clever yarn: artificial muscles no longer the realm of science fiction, 11 October 2016
Dr Javad Foroughi has created a new smart textile made from carbon nanotube and spandex fibres that is capable of sensing and moving in response to a stimulus from a muscle or joint. Read more...
IHMRI researchers improving patient outcomes, 4 October 2016
Three IHMRI researchers, Professor Alison Jones, Clinical Associate Professor Geoff Murray and Dr Susan Furber, have been granted Translational Research Grants for projects on deliberate self-harm, opioid dependence and diabetes type 2. Read more...
Psychologists collaborate on Australia’s largest suicide prevention trial, 9 August
Clinical psychologist Professor Brin Grenyer will help implement Australia’s largest integrated suicide prevention program in the Illawarra and Shoalhaven. Read more.
Researchers unlock market potential of gluten-free sorghum, 24 June, ABC TV
A study conducted in IHMRI's Clinical Research and Trials Unit by PhD candidate, Anita Needham, has revealed untapped potential for the Australian-grown grain, sorghum, in reducing obesity. More here.
Antipsychotic use in childhood could have significant long-term effects, 22 June, ABC TV
A study conducted by IHMRI-affiliated researchers has revealed potential life-long impacts of early antipsychotic use on depression, anxiety and hyperactivity. More here.
Profile: Dr Amy Wyatt, 30 May
Before Dr Wyatt even starts her research project in June 2016, she has already beaten the odds. She was one of only three UOW researchers to attract a National Health and Medical Research Project Grant in 2015 as lead investigator, and one of just 515 successful applications from a field of 3,758, which equates to a success rate of just 13.7 per cent. More here.
Health and medical students develop device to rapidly separate cells, 27 May
An innovation developed by PhD students from IHMRI and the University of Wollongong will help neuroscientists test the effects of drugs on isolated cells responsible for diseases like schizophrenia and improve the productivity and efficiency of a common laboratory task. More here.
New class of molecules proves promising in the fight against multi-drug resistant cancers, 17 May, ABC TV, ABC Online, ABC Local, WIN TV
IHMRI researchers have discovered a new class of molecules originally derived from sea snails that are showing promising results against multi-drug resistant cancers. The molecules, called N-alkylisatins, killed 100 per cent of drug resistant cancer cells in the lab in just 48 hours. More here.
New drug promising in the prevention of obesity, 27 March, WIN TV
A new drug derived from a chemical found in olive oil appears to prevent obesity in mice fed a high fat diet. The discovery could lead to new treatments that prevent diabetes in pre-diabetes patients and for those taking anti-psychotic medication, which is renowned for causing weight gain. More here.
New gene link provides hope to families with Motor Neurone Disease, 18 April, ABC News, WIN TV, Health Canal and ALS News (US)
IHMRI researchers have contributed to a breakthrough in our understanding of Motor Neurone Disease (MND) which will lead to the development of a new genetic test for the fatal disorder. As reported to Nature Communications, the 70-strong research team have linked a gene called CCNF to MND and Frontotemporal dementia (FTD) for the first time. More here.
Research raises questions on the cause of Alzheimer’s disease, 1 March
Conventional wisdom on the cause of Alzheimer’s disease, and current thinking on treatment strategies, may be called into question by the publication of a scientific paper suggesting that the real culprit may be slow changes to plaque in the brain that simply happen with time. Release here.
Illawarra scientists attract American funding to tackle MND, 18 January, ABC Online, WIN TV, ABC Local, ALS Today News
The American Department of Defense (DoD) has awarded two IHMRI researchers US$500,000 to develop a new treatment strategy for Motor Neurone Disease (MND), a devastating illness with no known cure and only one drug available to alleviate symptoms. ABC Illawarra story here. Release here.
In the news/media releases 2015
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IHMRI researchers to tackle Motor Neurone Disease with cancer expertise, 26 November, WIN TV, i98FM
The worldwide quest to develop an effective treatment for the devastating Motor Neurone Disease (MND) will be pursued by IHMRI researchers after they won a substantial grant from the MND Research Institute of Australia (MNDRIA) today. Neuroscientist, Dr Justin Yerbury will work with cancer biologist, Dr Kara Perrow, to develop a new drug delivery system. Release here.
As part of today's National Health and Medical Research Council funding announcement, IHMRI researchers were awarded more than $3.2 million to develop new breast cancer drugs, reduce obesity and fight dementia.
IHMRI attracts new talent to the region, 7 October
Following an extensive recruitment effort, IHMRI today announced the appointment of Professor David Adams as its Executive Director. The former Director of the Health Innovations Research Institute at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) University will take up the new role in December. Release here.
Suicide targeted by Illawarra health experts, 7 September, Illawarra Mercury and South Coast Register
IHMRI researchers, regional healthcare experts and educators have come together to tackle the suicide epidemic through the Illawarra Shoalhaven Suicide Prevention Collaborative - a new working group that will develop a comprehensive plan to provide services where and when people need them. Story here.
IHMRI theme leader, Professor Nick Dixon, is the lead author of a Nature paper explaining how particular proteins bound to DNA can be a barrier to DNA replication, which has implications for understanding how these blocks may form and be overcome in human cells.
Are mobile phones having an impact on kids while they sleep? The Conversation, Huff Post, ABC Radio (and worldwide exposure), 12 August
A world-first study investigating the effects of mobile phone emissions on the sleeping patterns, brain activity and cognitive performance in children and adolescents has commenced at IHMRI after a state-of-the-art sleep laboratory was integrated into IHMRI's Clinical Research and Trials Unit. The Conversation piece here.
Major funding boost for dementia research in the Illawarra, Illawarra Mercury, 10 August
As part of its $200 million Boosting Dementia Research budget measure, the Australian Government has awarded a $6.7M grant to a Macquarie University team to take up the fight against dementia and related neurodegenerative diseases. The team includes IHMRI researchers, Dr Justin Yerbury and Dr Lezanne Ooi, who will investigate frontotemporal dementia. Mercury story here.
Is wireless technology making us sick? WIN TV, 20 July
IHMRI researchers want to hear from local residents who experience headaches, nausea and other negative health symptoms after being exposed to electromagnetic energy (EMF) from mobile phones, base stations, Wi-Fi and smart meters as part of an investigation into the phenomenon known as Electromagnetic Hypersensitivity. Story here.
IHMRI sets a new benchmark for regional health research Health Professional Radio, 26 June
As part of its Health Academy Series, Health Professional Radio conducts an in-depth interview with IHMRI Chair, Professor Alan Pettigrew, about the role that IHMRI plays in bringing academic and clinician researchers together in a world-class facility to solve local health problems. Listen to the interview or read the transcript here.
Search for depression biomarkers could lead to simpler more personalised treatments, 25 June, ABC Illawarra, The Australian, WIN TV
IHMRI-affiliated researchers have embarked on a study to identify biomarkers for depression, which could lead to simpler diagnosis and more personalised treatments. The study, led by Cognitive Neuroscientist Dr David Camfield with Professor Rodney Croft aims to develop an objective diagnostic test that can be easily administered by a GP. More here.
Translating science is not all nuts, 2 June, WIN TV
A report on nuts and heart health conducted by IHMRI-affiliated researchers confirms that regular nut consumption can play a significant role in lowering the risk of death from heart disease. Release here.
Shingles vaccine study published in top medical journal, 1 June
IHMRI's decision to establish a dedicated Clinical Research and Trials Unit on the University of Wollongong campus in 2010 has paid dividends, with the results of its first-ever pharmaceutical trial on a shingles vaccine published in the world’s top clinical journal. Story here.
Anti-cancer formulation begins clinical trail, 21 April, The Australian, Illawarra Mercury
A new drug developed by IHMRI-affiliated researchers or the treatment of metastatic colorectal cancer (mCRC), has begun a phase 1 trial in humans in the Illawarra. UOW story here. The Australian story here. Mercury story here.
Study finds increase in healthy Omega-3s in the brain as we age, 8 April
IHMRI researchers have found surprising evidence that the amount of health-giving omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids in the human brain don’t decrease with age. They increase. The finding, published in the Neurobiology of Aging, is the first to emerge from a research program looking at the role that phospholipids play in ageing and Alzheimer’s disease. Release here.
Explainer: What are personality disorders and how are they treated? 24 March, The Conversation
The scientific leader of the IHMRI's Mental Health and the Ageing Brain, Professor Brin Grenyer, adds to the knowledge base of current thinking on personality disorders and how to treat them in The Conversation in an effort to further break down stigma and misinformation.
Rapping doctor's beef with cancer, 14 March, UOW Media, YouTube, ABC Radio National, ABC Illawarra, Triple J, Mirror UK and more
When Nat Harris started his PhD at IHMRI three years ago, he had no idea he would be able to combine his passion for rapping with his research into innovative cancer treatments. His rap for the worldwide Thinkable Open Innovation Award has been viewed hundreds of thousands of times.
Major funding boost for the treatment of personality disorders, 20 January, Sydney Morning Herald, Illawarra Mercury
In December 2014, the NSW Minister for Mental Health, the Hon. Jai Rowell announced a $115 million funding boost to mental health services in NSW. Today at Sutherland Hospital he announced that the package would include $1.8 million over the next two years to extend the Project Air Strategy for Personality Disorders. SMH story here.
Researchers build case against diet high in saturated fatty acids, 19 January, Health Canal
If the world needed further evidence on the link between a diet high in saturated fats and obesity, IHMRI researchers have demonstrated that the consumption of palmitic acid – a major source of saturated fatty acids in our diet – induces brain inflammation and impairs the leptin signalling pathways that regulate appetite. Release here.
In the news/media releases 2014
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Serving of cherries a day 'boosts memory', 27 December, Illawarra Mercury
If you needed any more reasons to eat your fill cherries this festive season, IHMRI researchers have found promising results on how the chemicals found in cherries affect brain function in older adults, particularly those with dementia.
New script prescribed for medical research, 21 December, Illawarra Mercury
IHMRI Chairman, Professor Alan Pettigrew talks to Illawarra Mercury health writer, Lisa Wachsmuth, about the opportunities ahead for the institute, how he plans to tackle some of the funding challenges and the contribution that IHMRI is making to the Illawarra community by attracting the best researchers.
Cognitive function and dysfunction, 18 December, International Innovation
Dr Francesca Fernandez-Enright is a senior research scientist with a background in genetics and neurosciences. In the journal, International Innovation, she discusses her work on the complex mechanisms surrounding cognitive function and dysfunction, with specific application to schizophrenia. Story here.
Minister's visit shines a light on Illawarra Born study, 5 November, Illawarra Mercury
The Illawarra Born cross-generation health study captured the imagination of NSW Health Minister and Minister for Medical Research, Jillian Skinner MP, during her visit on Thursday 4 December. The study has already recruited a several local women, including Brinie, whose son Benji will have his health tracked over the next 20 to 30 years.
Health Minister meets Illawarra's women in science, 4 November, Illawarra Mercury, ABC Illawarra, i98FM, WIN TV
NSW Health Minister and Minister for Medical Research, Jillian Skinner MP, visited IHMRI today (Thursday 4 December) to meet with four young female researchers at the cutting edge of their fields. More here.
A study to determine how and why the main gene responsible for late-onset Alzheimer’s Disease regulates neuron survival is underway at IHMRI. The study, led by neuroscientist Professor Brett Garner, will investigate the disease affecting 10 per cent of people over the age of 65, and 30 per cent of people over the age of 85 in Australia.
Researchers say beautiful protein may be nasty to bacteria, 18 November, Health Canal
In the journal Nature Communications today, researchers in UK, Sydney and Wollongong present, for the first time, detailed structural information on a protein that plays a crucial role in cell division in pathogenic bacteria such as Staphylococcus aureus (‘golden staph’), representing an important new drug target in the battle against antibiotic-resistant bacteria. Release here.
Social media opens door to narcissism, 7 November, Illawarra Mercury
Social media is making us more narcissistic according to Professor Brin Grenyer, Director of the IHMRI-based Project Air Strategy, which hosted a conference to improve understanding of narcissistic and borderline personality disorders. More than 300 health professionals attended the event, opened by NSW Mental Health Commissioner John Feneley. Release here.
Forum to explore link between mobile phone usage and brain tumours, 5 November, Illawarra Mercury
Some of the world’s leading experts in electromagnetic energy will address the public's health concerns at a forum on 11 November hosted by the Australian Centre for Electromagnetic Bioeffects Research and IHMRI.
Scientists reprogram skin cells to help find a cure for Alzheimer’s disease, 14/15 October, Illawarra Mercury, WIN TV, SBS
IHMRI researcher, Dr Lezanne Ooi, is at the forefront of an exciting new branch of neuroscience that converts donated human cells back to their original pluripotent stem cell state so that they can be used in disease modelling and drug discovery.
IHMRI takes the Ice Bucket Challenge, 21 August, WIN TV
Neuroscientists Dr Yinghua Yu and Professor Xu-Feng Huang attracted worldwide attention earlier this year by publishing a paper on the anti-inflammatory effects of a compound found in ginseng, which has been used for thousands of years in Chinese medicine. Story here.
Starvation in the midst of plenty... Illawarra leading the way in addressing malnutrition in the elderly, 29 July, Illawarra Mercury
IHMRI and Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District researchers have teamed up to develop novel ways to address malnutrition in senior citizens, with figures showing that a third of patients aged 65 and older who are admitted to hospital in the Illawarra are overtly malnourished. Illawarra Mercury story here.
Professor Alan Pettigrew says IHMRI will attract top scientists, Illawarra Mercury, 8 July
Having a world-class health and medical research facility in the Illawarra will result in "brain gain" for the region, according to one of the nation's leading innovation and research advisers, Professor Alan Pettigrew. Illawarra Mercury story here.
Illawarra residents worried and overweight, 3 July, ABC Illawarra, Illawarra Mercury, WIN TV
A study of more than 150,000 Illawarra residents has shown the region has higher than national average rates of chronic diseases such as obesity, hypertension and anxiety disorders. Public health researcher and co-author of the study, Associate Professor Karen Charlton, says the figures are concerning. UOW story here. Illawarra Mercury story here.
Illawarra researchers take the stage in cancer CONCERT, 6 June, ABC Illawarra, Illawarra Mercury
This week the New South Wales Health Minister and Medical Research Minister, Jillian Skinner, announced $19.3 million in funding for three new cancer research hubs across NSW. $6.5 million will go towards the establishment of a new Centre for Oncology Education and Research Translation (CONCERT) involving IHMRI. Illawarra Mercury story here.
Study to measure the health and wellbeing of Illawarra families, 2 June, ABC Illawarra, Illawarra Mercury
A unique study to track the health and wellbeing of Illawarra families over time has commenced with a feasibility study at the Wollongong Hospital with pregnant women. ABC Illawarra story here. Illawarra Mercury story here. Study website here.
IHMRI researchers have received $74,000 to trial a healthy lifestyle intervention for Indigenous Australians attending residential alcohol and other substance abuse programs in Mount Isa and Alice Springs. UOW story here.
Illawarra researchers help local residents fight battle of the bulge, 6 May, WIN TV, ABC Illawarra, Illawarra Mercury, i98 FM
University of Wollongong and Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District researchers are inviting Illawarra residents who are concerned about their weight and lifestyle to get involved in an innovative new trial of a personalised health program that will help them lose weight and develop a healthier lifestyle. Illawarra Mercury story here.
Significant step in targeting chronic inflammation, 5 May, The Australian
IHMRI researchers have made another major discovery in their search for ways to prevent diseases involving chronic inflammation such as Alzheimer’s disease, vascular disease and rheumatoid arthritis. They provide exhaustive evidence that hypochlorite, a type of ‘oxidant’ produced by immune cells, can be used to activate a helpful ‘chaperone’ protein which targets damaged proteins for disposal.
Motor Neurone Disease Week highlights IHMRI research, 1 May, ABC Illawarra, WIN TV
To coincide with the launch of Motor Neurone Disease (MND) Week, IHMRI is hosting a research open day on 5 May with representatives from MND Australia and its research arm, the MND Research Institute of Australia (MNDRIA). Also in attendance will be people with MND, clinicians and others eager to address this devastating illness. ABC Illawarra story here.
Prominent research and innovation advisor brings insights to the Illawarra, 11 April, 2014, ABC Illawarra
On 10 April 2014, IHMRI announced that one of Australia’s most respected research and innovation advisors, Professor Alan Pettigrew, had joined the IHMRI Board as Chair. Story here.
Discovery could lead to new drug targets to fight Alzheimer's Disease, 8 April, 2014, ABC Illawarra, Illawarra Mercury, ABC South Coast
A study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA reports how IHMRI researcher, Associate Professor Heath Ecroyd, and researchers from the University of Oxford harnessed the activity of naturally-occurring 'chaperone' proteins to inhibit protein aggregation, a process thought to underpin Alzheimer's Disease and other 'diseases of ageing'. Story here.
Anti-inflammatories could be used to fight superbugs, 13 March, 2014,The Australian, Illawarra Mercury, ABC Illawarra, Fox News and ABC Science online, Al Jazeera, Huffington Post, Herald Scotland, Nature World News
IHMRI researchers have discovered that some common anti-inflammatory drugs have an antibiotic effect, suggesting they may have a role to play in treating the ‘superbugs’ that pose a major risk to human health. Story here.
From little things big things grow - how a few small donations added up to big $$ for research, 5 March, Illawarra Mercury
University of Wollongong students and staff have raised $8,000 for health and medical research, simply by buying a piece of fruit from the popular campus cafe Panizzi. 5 March. Story here.
Researchers seek participants for innovative Down Syndrome trial, 26 February, WIN TV
IHMRI is seeking participants for a clinical study which is looking at the effects of a specific compound on memory and cognition in people with Down Syndrome. The COMPOSE Study (Cognition and Memory in People with Down Syndrome), will look at the potential of a compound called BTD-001 to improve memory, language and learning. UOW story here.
New target identified in fight against Motor Neurone Disease, 18/19 February news.com.au, Illawarra Mercury, WIN TV
A three-way collaboration between researchers in Wollongong, Melbourne and Canada has resulted in the publication of an important paper on the cause and spread of Motor Neurone Disease. Story here. Release here. news.com.au story here. Illawarra Mercury story here.
In the news 2013
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Eyes on the prize – cataract researcher wins US award, 19 December
Professor Roger Truscott has been awarded a prestigious $15,000 Kinoshita Lectureship by the National Foundation for Eye Research (NFER) in the US in recognition of his team’s work in showing that age-related cataract is due to the deterioration of proteins that make up the human lens. Release here.
From Batteries to Bio-Systems: $25million funding for next generation 3D devices, 18 December
The ARC Centre of Excellence for Electromaterials Science (ACES) has received $25million as a new ARC Centre of Excellence to further develop their work on smart nano-materials, to now create 3D devices with advanced capabilities over their 2D counterparts. Read the ACES release here.
NHMRC grant for nano-device grabs media attention, 13 November. Herald Sun, ABC Illawarra
IHMRI researchers are developing a brain implant they hope will provide a breakthrough in the treatment of symptoms of mental illness. Story published in Melbourne's Herald Sun and The Telegraph online.
Project Air Strategy for Personality Disorders wins mental health award, 11 October, ABC Illawarra
An innovative strategy to improve the identification, treatment and management of Personality Disorders has been presented with a major mental health award by the NSW Minister for Mental Health, the Hon Kevin Humphries MP. Release here.
Study links diabetes and schizophrenia, 7 October, WIN TV
IHMRI researchers have found that the prevention and treatment of diabetes might prove beneficial for people with schizophrenia and may yield better cognitive functioning, especially in immediate memory and attention. Story featured by WIN TV and in Science Alert, UOW website and more.
Aspirin Study launch, 3 October, Illawarra Mercury
ASPREE (ASPirin in Reducing Events in the Elderly) is a landmark study investigating whether a daily low dose of aspirin can delay or prevent the onset of common age-related diseases such as cardiovascular disease (heart attack and stroke), dementia and some cancers. The trial is being hosted locally by IHMRI. Release here. Illawarra Mercury story here.
Illawarra researcher attracts $5 million to study the health effects of mobile phone use, 22 August
Wollongong researchers are now firmly placed to lead the world in understanding the long-term health effects of mobile phone use and radio frequency emissions, with a second major NHMRC Centre for Research Excellence grant awarded to IHMRI psychologist, Professor Rodney Croft. Release here.
Worrying report on the health of Illawarra Shoalhaven residents, 20 August, WIN TV
Chief Investigator (Scientific) of IHMRI's HealthTrack Study, Professor Linda Tapsell, comments on a new report published by the Illawarra Shoalhaven Medicare Local about the health of regional residents and the rising incidence of preventable diseases, particularly obesity.
Prestigious international award for Wollongong toxicologist, 15 August, UOW News
Distinguished researcher and Dean of the University of Wollongong’s Graduate School of Medicine, Professor Alison Jones, has been awarded a rare and prestigious fellowship by the American Academy of Clinical Toxicology (AACT), cementing her reputation as one of the world’s leading clinical toxicologists. Release here. UOW story here.
New technology for safer and more effective cancer therapy, 13 August, WIN TV and Illawarra Mercury
A novel device, known as ‘MOSkin’, which can detect how much radiation patients are exposed to during radiotherapy has been developed by IHMRI researchers based at the Centre for Medical Radiation Physics. UOW story link. Illawarra Mercury link.
Australia’s best brains map the future of brain research, 16 July, 2013, UOW News
IHMRI neuroscientist, Dr Justin Yerbury, will be “inspiring smarter brain research in Australia" when he travels to Melbourne in late July to participate in the 2013 Theo Murphy High Flyers Think Tank. He will be joining 60 early and mid-career researchers who will discuss novel applications of science and technology and identify some of the knowledge gaps that Australia needs to address in order to remain competitive in the 21st Century. Release here.
Leading paediatrician appointed to the inaugural chair of Paediatrics and Child Health Research, 20 June, 2013, Illawarra Mercury
The University of Wollongong’s Graduate School of Medicine (GSM) has appointed academic paediatrician, Professor Ian Wright, to the inaugural chair of Paediatrics and Child Health Research; a new role created with the help of community funds. Illawarra Mercury/Financial Review story here.
Extraordinary funding boost for Alzheimer’s research in the Illawarra ,11 June, 2013, The Australian, Sydney Morning Herald, WIN TV
Today the Hon Mark Butler MP announced that, with an additional $3 million in funding from the Department of Health and Ageing, six dementia-related project grants submitted to the NHMRC in 2012 will now receive extraordinary funding. Almost $430,000 will go towards an IHMRI project led by Professor Brett Garner examining the role that vitamin-B12 plays in protecting the brain against neuron death; said to underlie several dementia-related diseases. Story in The Australian. Story in the Sydney Morning Herald. Release here.
The Dementia Care Competency Framework resource, 31 May 2013
An innovative resource that enables multi-disciplinary health practitioners, including psychologists, occupational therapists, dieticians, physiotherapists and social workers to assess their level of competency in caring for people with a dementia has been developed by Associate Professor Victoria Traynor and Nicole Britten. Release here.
Driving and dementia – call for community feedback on decision aid booklet, Illawarra Mercury and ABC Illawarra, 13 May
After being reviewed by local, national and international clinical and research experts and piloted by individuals living with dementia, an innovative Driving and Dementia Decision Aid is now ready for wider community testing before being made publicly available. Release here. Illawarra Mercury story here.
To defeat bacteria, researchers think like bacteria, Illawarra Mercury, ABC Illawarra, UOW web feature, Australian LifeScientist, 7, 10 and 14 May
A new approach to treating antibiotic-resistant infections has been developed by University of Wollongong and University of New South Wales researchers who have patented the new technology and entered into commercialisation discussions with two French pharmaceutical companies.
Whole lot of goodness, Illawarra Mercury, 23 March
Professor Stephen Lillioja's paper on the benefits of consuming whole foods is featured as a full-page story in the Illawarra Mercury's Good Life section. Story here.
Protein may assist the brain's ‘garbage collector cells’ in reducing the risk of Alzheimer’s disease, 6 March
A team of researchers led by dual National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) and Australian Research Council (ARC) fellow, Professor Brett Garner, have identified a protein that may assist the brain's ‘garbage collector cells’ in reducing the risk of Alzheimer’s disease.
In the battle of the bulge, men and women respond differently to low fat dairy advice, 27 February
Low fat dairy products are often recommended for people trying to lose weight as they provide less energy and saturated fat than their full fat counterparts. A recent study completed at the Smart Foods Centre has found, however, that participants of a weight loss trial did not always benefit from this advice. Published in The Illawarra Mercury and The Australian. Release here.
Healthy cereal is alive - whole grains are anti-oxidant foods, 25 February
Australians should be consuming at least 40 grams and ideally 50 grams of whole grains daily according to University of Wollongong (UOW) researcher, Professor Stephen Lillioja, who has published a scientific report suggesting that whole grains are just as important as fruit and vegetables in protecting the body against chronic disease. Release here, feature on ABC Science and Illawarra Mercury.