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Media statements are public as soon as they appear unless marked as under embargo. If you require further information, please contact the UWA Public Affairs Media Team on (+61 8) 6488 7977 or (+61 4) 32 637 716.

UWA welcomes Perth boundary decision

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

The University of Western Australia has welcomed the announcement by the State Government on local government boundary changes, particularly its determination to create an expanded capital city local government area that includes the State's leading University.

Schematic representation of a graphene sheet

Research unlocks potential of super-compound

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Researchers at The University of Western Australia have discovered that nano-sized fragments of graphene - sheets of pure carbon - can speed up the rate of chemical reactions.

Professor Hans Nossent, Chair of Rheumatology and Musculoskeletal Medicine

$2.7M to target 'poor cousin' of chronic diseases

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Whether it's the 11-year-old who has to sit by while his schoolmates play soccer, the grandma who can't open a jar, or the 30-year-old who can't get out of bed and has to miss yet another week of work - everyone knows someone affected by arthritis or some equally painful bone and joint condition.

Man looking forlorn

B-vitamins can help beat depression: study

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Supplementing current anti-depressant medication with B vitamins improves response to treatment, according to a study by researchers at The University of Western Australia.

David Malcolm

UWA pays tribute to former Chief Justice David Malcolm

Monday, 20 October 2014

The University of Western Australia extends its deepest sympathies to the family of former WA Chief Justice and UWA law graduate David Malcolm, who has died aged 76.

Professor Peter Klinken

UWA showcases research strengths in Shanghai

Monday, 20 October 2014

The University of Western Australia's new EZONE engineering zone, the Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research and the 1600-hectare Farm Ridgefield are among the university's research facilities to be showcased at a special event in Shanghai this Friday.

Associate Professor Kevin Pfleger

UWA awarded $26.1M in national medical research funding

Friday, 17 October 2014

A trial that aims to improve the treatment of severe asthma in children, how microRNAs can be used to treat liver cancer and improving primary care for Aboriginal mothers and babies in the Kimberley are among 29 research projects at The University of Western Australia to benefit from new medical grants.

Professor Robyn Owens, Dr Phil Watson and Peter Burger.

Fugro to fund Chair in Geotechnics at UWA

Friday, 17 October 2014

Fugro, an international company that specialises in the design of offshore foundations is to fund the creation of a new chair at The University of Western Australia's Centre for Offshore Foundation Systems (COFS).

Memento Mori exhibition delves into inevitability of death

Thursday, 16 October 2014

A multi-arts examination of a topic still largely tabu in Western culture opens at The Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery at The University of Western Australia tomorrow.

Australian scientists prove link between viral infection and autoimmune disease

Thursday, 16 October 2014

Common viral infections can pave the way to autoimmune disease, Australian scientists have revealed in breakthrough research published internationally today.

How malaria is shaping the human genome

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

For millennia, malaria has been a major killer of children in Africa and other parts of the world.  In doing so, it has been a major force of evolutionary selection on the human genome.

The Western Australian Maritime Museum, Fremantle

Invitation to explore the deep ocean

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Join The University of Western Australia's Oceans Institute and the Institute of Advanced Studies in a celebration of our ocean community at the Western Australian Maritime Museum in Fremantle next weekend (Saturday 25 October 2014).

UWA graduates Jacob, Ryan, and Simon

Cambridge is dream come true for three UWA graduates

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Three graduates of The University of Western Australia - one with an interest in the law of the sea, another with a passion for the not-for-profit sector and a third who wants to implement the global use of sustainable energy - have won prestigious Cambridge Australia Scholarships to undertake studies at the University of Cambridge in England.

Ultraviolet light

Arctic marine organisms capture CO2: research

Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Arctic marine organisms act as a reservoir for CO2, according to research published in the international journal Geophysical Research Letters.

Supercomputer simulation of a galaxy with invisible dark matter halo

Dark matter half what we thought, say scientists

Friday, 10 October 2014

A new measurement of dark matter in the Milky Way has revealed there is half as much of the mysterious substance as previously thought.

Moot winners

UWA takes honours in Kirby Moot

Thursday, 9 October 2014

In only its second year of participating, The University of Western Australia's Kirby Moot team has won the national finals.

Professor Osvaldo Almeida

Psychiatrist wins Mental Health Good Outcomes award

Thursday, 9 October 2014

A renowned leader in psychiatry and ageing has been recognised for excellence in research with a prestigious Mental Health Good Outcomes Award.

Assistant Research Professor Hossein Saberi

Enhanced tolerance to ion toxicities improves wheat yield in WA

Wednesday, 8 October 2014

Researchers from The University of Western Australia have identified ways for farmers in medium-to-high rainfall areas of the WA grain belt to increase wheat yield.  Their breakthrough may have implications for other important grain crops in WA, such as barley and canola.

Coffee: if you're not shaking, you need another cup

Tuesday, 7 October 2014

A team of researchers, including one from The University of Western Australia, has found there may be some truth in the slogan: "Coffee: If you're not shaking, you need another cup."  They've identified the genes that determine just how much satisfaction you can get from caffeine.

Jessyca Hutchens - Fine Arts/Law Graduate

Indigenous graduates hold their own in the labour market

Tuesday, 7 October 2014

New research focusing on Indigenous Australian university graduates has found they now achieve comparable labour market outcomes to their non-Indigenous peers.