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.
Almost a quarter of Australian children and adolescents are now classed as either overweight or obese. That poses a serious public health concern, especially since childhood weight problems often continue into adulthood, increasing the risk of heart disease, Type II diabetes, asthma and orthopaedic problems. Research conducted at UWA estimates that up to 80 per cent of children with weight problems have mothers who are either overweight or obese. UWA researchers are now trying to tackle the obesity epidemic from a new angle – by targeting treatment at overweight mothers of overweight children.
Another academic year is now with us. 2007 is the Chinese Year of the Pig and I am reliably informed that pig people love to read and are generally thirsty for knowledge. Sounds exactly like the type of student that comes to study science at UWA so our 2007 intake should be an exceptionally good one. The 2006 students performed very well, fifty seven undergraduates and thirty four honours students had academic achievements high enough to warrant a Dean’s Letter of Congratulation. Some of our high flying students in the Advanced Science program are showing their abilities to overseas universities (Queen’s University, Canada; Oxford University, England; Sheffield University, England and Kobe University, Japan).
Western Australia is one of two sites short-listed to house the world's most advanced radio telescope, the Square Kilometre Array (SKA), which could answer some of the big questions fundamental to our understanding of the universe. UWA's School of Physics is at the forefront of the bid to win this international project.
Residencies, exhibitions, workshops and conferences are just some of the activities of SymbioticA – the collaborative research laboratory in art and science at the School of Anatomy and Human Biology in the Faculty of Life and Physical Sciences.
The Amanda Young Foundation is a non-profit community organisation dedicated to reducing deaths in WA from meningococcal disease. It was established in March 1998 by the parents of Amanda Young, an 18 year old UWA student, who died from meningococcal septicaemia in 1997.
A number of pharmaceutical companies are interested in a blood vessel growth inhibitor discovered by UWA Professor Arun Dharmarajan and collaborator Suvro Chatterjee. Their find has implications for the treatment of a range of diseases including cancer, arthritis and diabetic blindness.