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Raine Study

Origins of adult obesity found in early childhood

Friday, 6 September 2019

Western Australia’s Raine Study provided important data for a major international study that has found body mass index (BMI) in babies, children and adults is influenced by different genetic factors that change as we age.

Kaluta

Tiny marsupial not here for a long time, but here for a good time

Friday, 6 September 2019

Research from The University of Western Australia’s School of Biological Sciences, led by PhD graduate Dr Genevieve Hayes, has confirmed the extreme and unusual mating behaviour of the kaluta, Dasykaluta rosamondae.

Field pea

First pea genome to help improve crops of the future

Tuesday, 3 September 2019

A global team including scientists from The University of Western Australia has assembled the first genome of the field pea, which provides insight into how the legume evolved and will help aid future improvements of the crop.

Ben Lisle

Perth Festival appoints new board members

Tuesday, 3 September 2019

Perth Festival is delighted to announce the appointment of three new Directors to its Board.

Sam Dulyba and Lucy Burns

Awards and achievements - September 2019

Tuesday, 3 September 2019

The University of Western Australia has a continual roll call of awards, scholarships and prizes presented to staff and students.

Amazon forest

Forest loss in Brazil contributing to rising temperatures

Monday, 2 September 2019

A global team of scientists including researchers from The University of Western Australia and the United States has found deforestation in the Brazilian Amazaon-Cerrado region is causing temperatures to rise in areas as far as 50km away from deforestation sites.

Aspire UWA camp

High school students get a taste of university life

Friday, 30 August 2019

More than 200 Year 11 students from 19 schools across Perth and the Peel area recently attended camps at The University of Western Australia to get a taste of university life and learn about the opportunities available to them through a tertiary education.

Eureka Prize winning team

Leading eye research team wins Eureka Prize

Thursday, 29 August 2019

Researchers at the Lions Eye Institute have won a prestigious Australian Museum Eureka Prize for developing a highly effective strategy to improve the management of one of the most common viral infections caused by cytomegalovirus, following transplantation.

Funding boost for mental health support in schools

Thursday, 29 August 2019

Researchers at The University of Western Australia have been awarded more than $17 million in federal funding for 11 research projects, including $236,437 to design a suite of tools, resources and guidelines to support principals, school counsellors and teachers respond to students’ social and emotional wellbeing and mental health needs.

Image of space

UWA experts seeking to unlock mysteries of universe

Thursday, 29 August 2019

Two physicists from The University of Western Australia are among a big team of Australian and international researchers to tackle one of the greatest scientific questions: what is the nature of dark matter.

Patient and doctor

Self-reported allergies are leading to an increase in super bugs

Thursday, 29 August 2019

Ninety per cent of people who self-report an allergy are avoiding taking certain antibiotics which is restricting prescription choices for doctors to treat infections and leading to the emergence of super bugs in Australia.

Mine-site rehabilitation

Report aims to improve best practice in mine rehabilitation

Thursday, 29 August 2019

A first-of-its-kind report led by The Western Australian Biodiversity Science Institute aims to improve mining industry practice of how to define and measure successful mine-site rehabilitation criteria.

Forrest Fellows

Medical researcher and physicist awarded Forrest Fellowships

Wednesday, 28 August 2019

A medical researcher developing ways to improve the treatment of brain tumours in children and a physicist who hopes to create the world’s first laser link in WA for use in space missions are recipients of prestigious 2020 Forrest Fellowships.

Dr Nicholas

Pole dancing popularity on the rise

Wednesday, 28 August 2019

Research from The University of Western Australia has found that although there is still a stigma associated with pole dancing, the activity is quickly growing in popularity in Australia with many women finding great benefits for their mental and physical health.

Dr Sarah Collins

UWA music scholar wins national award

Wednesday, 28 August 2019

The University of Western Australia’s Chair of Musicology Dr Sarah Collins has won Australia’s most prestigious award for the study of music – the McCredie Musicological Award.

Circa's Leviathan

Fantastic five head to 2020 Perth Festival

Tuesday, 27 August 2019

Perth Festival announces five glorious shows as a taste of the summer cultural feast to come next February under new Festival Artistic Director Iain Grandage.

Clinical support

Rural areas desperate for more local mental health services

Monday, 26 August 2019

A study led by the Royal Flying Doctor Service of Australia and involving The University of Western Australia has revealed many people living in remote and rural areas have unmet mental health needs and often only seek help when they reach crisis point.

Family

Supporting families affected by brain injury or early onset dementia

Monday, 26 August 2019

A new program being developed by The University of Western Australia and Brightwater Care Group will support children and adolescents who have a parent or family member diagnosed with an acquired brain injury or early onset dementia.

Black hole about to swallow a neutron star

Scientists marvel at collision between black hole and possible neutron star

Wednesday, 21 August 2019

More than 30 scientists from The University of Western Australia’s node of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Gravitational Wave Discovery (OzGrav) are part of an international team that for the first time may have witnessed the end of a neutron star as it was engulfed by a black hole.

Akshay Venkatesh

UWA awards honorary doctorate to youngest student

Wednesday, 21 August 2019

Professor Akshay Venkatesh, the youngest-ever student to enrol at The University of Western Australia and last year’s recipient of the prestigious Fields Medal for mathematics, will be awarded an honorary doctorate at a special ceremony to be held at UWA’s Winthrop Hall tomorrow.