West Australian researchers have developed a new type of test that
could predict very early on in treatment if mesothelioma patients will
benefit from chemotherapy.
Up to 60 patients with the asbestos-related cancer will participate
in a study of the test, which is being conducted at the National
Research Centre for Asbestos Related Diseases based at the Western
Australian Institute for Medical Research (WAIMR).
An Australian study has found that a liver disease, caused by
overweight and obesity rather than alcohol, increases the risk of
diabetes and metabolic syndrome. An 11 year follow-up study of
patients from the renowned Busselton Health Survey found people with
non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) were three times more likely
to develop diabetes than people without NAFLD.
With more of us living in cities than ever before, a new
Australia-first, multi-disciplinary centre at The University of Western
Australia will study the ways in which the urban environment affects
Directed by 2007 Fulbright Senior Scholar, Professor Billie
Giles-Corti, the Centre for the Built Environment and Health will be
opened by the Minister for Planning and Infrastructure, the Hon.
Alannah MacTiernan, at 5.30pm, on Thursday, November 22, at UWA’s
Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery.
There is little benefit and high health risk with hormone
replacement therapy (HRT), according to an American longitudinal study
of the controversial treatment.
Dr Karen Ritchie, research director with the French National
Institute of Medical Research, will examine the case for and against
the prescribing of HRT in a free public lecture titled, HRT – Should We
or Shouldn’t We?, in UWA’s Social Science Lecture Theatre at 6pm on
Monday, November 19.
International law expert Donald Rothwell will
explore the international legal options open to Australia to challenge
Japan’s conduct of its scientific whaling project in a free public
lecture at The University of Western Australia on Thursday, November
22, 2007, at 6pm, in UWA’s Social Sciences Lecture Theatre.
Professor Rothwell’s lecture is sponsored by UWA’s Faculty of Law and the Institute of Advanced Studies.
Many of us started learning by counting on our fingers – and
sometimes on our toes too. Today’s computers are very good at doing
this simple counting very quickly.
But, as you can discover at The University of Western Australia next
week, future computers are likely to use the strange properties of
quantum mechanics – such as objects being in two places at once – to
solve problems that are impossible with conventional computers.
Like playing chess, outwitting annual ryegrass, a major weed in WA
which can develop resistance to more than one herbicide at a time,
requires constant vigilance and a strategic approach.
Farmers now have a greater understanding of the value of pasture
phases for controlling herbicide-resistant annual ryegrass in low to
medium rainfall areas, thanks to Graeme Doole from the School of
Agricultural and Resource Economics, Institute of Agriculture, at The
University of Western Australia (UWA).
Noongar people who are descendants of some of the earliest
inhabitants of south-western Australia are learning about the lives
their ancestors might have led, with help from a team of archaeologists
at The University of Western Australia.
Dr Joe Dortch from UWA is part of an Australian Research Council
linkage project to explore the ways Noongar people have changed the
landscape over the past 6000 years.
New cancer treatments that are much less toxic to the patient have
resulted from the latest research into the complexity of the disease.
In the last few years, scientists and doctors have found that tiny
chemical tags in our bodies, which researchers call ‘ghosts’,
accumulate over time and turn genes on or off.
Stanford University plays host to SymbioticA’s co-founder and
Artistic Director Oron Catts, and Academic Co-ordinator Ionat Zurr, for
four weeks, in an exciting, ground-breaking, and innovative exchange
between Stanford University and The University of Western Australia.