UWA receives $25 million in medical research funding

Monday, 17 October 2011

The University of Western Australia has confirmed its reputation as a national leader in research after being awarded more than $25 million in funding for 53 grants through the National Health and Medical Research Council.

Professor Filgueira, Dr Foteini Hassiotou, Winthrop Professor Hartmann

Breastmilk a natural stem cell therapy

Monday, 17 October 2011

Human breastmilk has the potential to help people suffering from diseases including Parkinson's disease and diabetes, according to a researcher at The University of Western Australia.

Race to save last 400 of world's most endangered wolf

Monday, 17 October 2011

With only 400 still alive, Ethiopian wolves are one of the world's most endangered species and an international group of animal biologists - including from The University of Western Australia - is working to save them from the brink of extinction.

Vice-Dean Winthrop Professor Brendan Waddell

Integrated science office paves the way for New Courses 2012

Monday, 17 October 2011

During 2011, staff in the Faculty of Life and Physical Sciences have worked closely with their counterparts in the Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences to develop an integrated science presence at UWA. Under the guidance of the Dean of Sciences, Winthrop Professor Tony O’Donnell, staff from the two Faculties have come together to form a combined Science Student Office located close to the new Science Library.

Focus on family life…like humans, gibbons usually live as long-term, mated pairs

What gibbons can teach us about family life

Monday, 17 October 2011

While the great apes such as chimpanzees, gorillas and orang-utans are familiar to many people, it just might be that humans can learn much from the smaller, less well-known apes of the gibbon family.

Peter Metaxas

Peter's research takes him to the US

Monday, 17 October 2011

Congratulations to Peter Metaxas, who has been awarded a prestigious American Australian Association Fellowship.

A fast bowler in action

Helen's bumper research effort is a win for young fast bowlers

Monday, 17 October 2011

Teenage cricketers who are prone to back injuries may one day thank Helen Crewe for their preventive training techniques.

Helen, who is part way through her PhD in biomechanics at the School of Sport Science, Exercise and Health, has just won the field’s wealthiest and most prestigious Young Investigators Award for her work in the area of back injuries among young fast bowlers.

PhD student Michael Gandy (left) and Associate Professor Matthew Piggott

From party pill to anti-cancer drug

Monday, 17 October 2011

A team of researchers from UWA and the University of Birmingham in England is exploring the possibility of redesigning the illicit recreational drug ‘ecstasy’ to help treat blood cancers.

PhD student Rachel Shingaki-Wells at work in the lab

The power of three: the amino acids that help wheat cope with floods

Monday, 17 October 2011

What do liver cells have in common with wheat seedlings? PhD student Rachel Shingaki-Wells has found that both cope with oxygen starvation better when fed three amino acids: glycine, serine and alanine.

David Day with Harvey Millar and Nicolas Taylor

David's influence on plant researchers takes root

Monday, 17 October 2011

When Professor David Day flew in from Adelaide earlier this year for a retreat involving scientists from The University of Western Australia, it was almost like a family reunion, with him as the ‘great-grandfather’.

David is a Chief Investigator with the ARC Centre of Excellence in Plant Energy Biology (PEB) and, in effect, is responsible for cultivating a crop of eminent plant researchers who now all work with PEB.