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Less privileged kids shine at uni: study

Friday, 19 December 2014

Australia's higher education system appeared to level the playing field in terms of academic achievement for students, regardless of their socio-economic status (SES) background, according to a new study.

Dr Laura Boykin

TED Fellowship for Australian computational biologist

Thursday, 18 December 2014

Passionate and engaging Australian researcher Laura Boykin has been named as the only Australia-based TED Fellow for 2015.

Christmas a risky time for vulnerable: Indigenous expert

Thursday, 18 December 2014

Christmas is a risky time for many people, young and old, who may be prone to depression and self-harm, according to an expert in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander wellbeing.

Brain stimulation may hold key to treating anxiety

Monday, 15 December 2014

Researchers at The University of Western Australia have found that that brain stimulation may help retrain unhelpful cognitive habits associated with anxiety and depression.  The paper was published today in the international journal Biological Psychiatry.

Jarrah forest resists changes in climate

Monday, 15 December 2014

A long-term study into jarrah forest (Eucalyptus marginata) establishment at restored mine sites has found that they are in fact resistant to climate variability.

Ramon Wenzel

Not-for-profit sector must invest more in professional development

Thursday, 11 December 2014

The not-for-profit (NFP) sector's lack of investment in employee professional development is limiting staff capacity and calling the sector's long-term viability into question, according to researchers at The University of Western Australia Business School's Centre for Social Impact.

PhD student Michael Wheeler, Prof Danny Green and Prof Professor Phil Ainslie.

International expert joins healthy brain study

Wednesday, 10 December 2014

One of the world's leading experts on brain blood flow and function is in Perth working with researchers from The University of Western Australia and the University of Melbourne to recruit more volunteers for their study investigating the effects of exercise on brain health.

First Western Pygmy Possum documented in Albany in years

Tiny possum discovered in national park near Albany

Wednesday, 10 December 2014

One of Australia's most endearing marsupials, the tiny western pygmy possum, has been discovered for the first time in Albany's Torndirrup National Park by a research team from The University of Western Australia examining the pollination of native plants by mammals.

Renal specialist takes up blood pressure fight

Friday, 5 December 2014

A specialist from The University of Western Australia who is at the forefront of research into high blood pressure (hypertension) will spearhead efforts to develop preventive strategies to reduce death and disability from cardiovascular disease.

Dr Jennifer Stone

Dr Jennifer Stone to trial new safe and easy tool to measure breast density in young women

Wednesday, 3 December 2014

Assistant Professor Jennifer Stone has been awarded $200,000 by the National Breast Cancer Foundation (NBCF) to investigate the effectiveness of a new tool to measure breast density in young women.