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Poor mental health linked to rising rates of chronic disease

Tuesday, 26 February 2019

New research led by researchers from The University of Western Australia suggests that poor mental health may be behind an increase in chronic disease in Australia.

Dr Livia Carvalho

Scientists tackle rare retinal disease in unique research project

Monday, 25 February 2019

Researchers at the Lions Eye Institute (LEI) and The University of Western Australia have pioneered a study of the world’s first and only laboratory model of a rare type of retinal disease, paving the way for new treatment pathways.

Law changes urged in property issues involving family violence

Law changes urged in property issues involving family violence

Monday, 25 February 2019

We need government support to improve legal aid services to help people resolve property matters where family violence is involved, according to research led by The University of Western Australia in collaboration with researchers from Murdoch University and the University of Notre Dame.

Engraving by American whalers on Dampier archipelago

American whalers left rock engravings in Pilbara in 1840s

Tuesday, 19 February 2019

A team of archaeologists from The University of Western Australia working with Murujuga Aboriginal Corporation and mining company Rio Tinto have discovered that Indigenous people were not the only ones to leave their mark in the Dampier Archipelago.

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Morning exercise improves brain health in older, overweight adults

Friday, 15 February 2019

An international research team led by The University of Western Australia and The Baker Institute in Melbourne has found a morning bout of exercise reduces the detrimental impact on the pattern of brain blood flow of prolonged sitting in older adults who are overweight or obese.

Brain

Can being born blind protect people from schizophrenia?

Friday, 15 February 2019

A study carried out by The University of Western Australia has provided compelling evidence that congenital/early cortical blindness – that is when people are blind from birth or shortly after - is protective against schizophrenia.

Africa research showcase

Showcase to highlight Africa research

Tuesday, 12 February 2019

The University of Western Australia’s Africa Research & Engagement Centre (AfREC) will hold its inaugural Africa Research Showcase this Friday 15 February 2019.

Professor Shamit Saggar

Public Policy Institute appoints inaugural director

Tuesday, 12 February 2019

A leading British academic with expertise in government and industry leadership has been appointed inaugural director of The University of Western Australia’s Public Policy Institute.

Project that can predict risk of fatal illnesses selected for development

Monday, 11 February 2019

A team from The University of Western Australia that has developed a new way of analysing genetic data to determine the risk of diseases such as cancer and heart attack has been selected to develop their technology through the prestigious CSIRO ON Accelerate program.

Professor Tim Inglis

Researchers speed up detection of blood infection

Monday, 11 February 2019

Researchers from The University of Western Australia have developed a new method of detecting blood infection that they hope will dramatically speed up diagnosis and treatment of severe infection.

Boorna Waanginy

Perth Festival opens with epic Kings Park adventure

Friday, 8 February 2019

Perth Festival opens in spectacular style this weekend by transforming Perth’s beloved Kings Park into a nocturnal wonderland for the entire family to enjoy over four magnificent nights.

Vice-Chancellor Professor Dawn Freshwater

Unlikely proof that from small beginnings great careers grow

Wednesday, 6 February 2019

This article is reprinted with the permission of The Australian newspaper. It was published on Wednesday 6 February 2019.

Asad Prodhan

Awards and Achievements – January 2019

Tuesday, 5 February 2019

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

UWA Vice-Chancellor

Women rise to the top

Thursday, 31 January 2019

This article is reprinted with permission of The Australian newspaper. It was published on Wednesday 30 January 2019

The Group of Eight universities has appointed its first female chair. The University of Western Australia Vice-Chancellor Professor Dawn Freshwater will lead the organisation, which represents the eight ­research-heavy universities, for the next 12 months, taking over from UNSW Vice-Chancellor Ian Jacobs.

Testosterone study

Could higher levels of testosterone hold the key to slower ageing?

Wednesday, 30 January 2019

A new study of older men carried out by The University of Western Australia has found there is a link between men who have higher levels of the sex hormone estradiol, produced from testosterone, and slower ageing.

UWA staff and graduates recognised in Australia Day honours list

Tuesday, 29 January 2019

The University of Western Australia congratulates 21 of its graduates and five staff members who were recognised in this year’s Australia Day Honours List.

Termites

Termites help reduce the impact of drought on tropical rainforests

Friday, 11 January 2019

Researchers from The University of Western Australia in collaboration with the University of Liverpool, the Natural History Museum, London, and the University of Malaysia, Sabah, have discovered termites play a critical role in helping tropical rainforest plants survive drought.

Esi Edugyan

Perth Festival Writers Week to start on 18 February

Friday, 11 January 2019

International headliners prize-winning Nigerian author and poet Ben Okri (below) and Canadian author of Washington Black, Esi Edugyan, will be joined by more than 100 writers, poets and journalists at this year’s Perth Festival Writers Week which runs between 18 - 24 February 2019.

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Women who start periods early are at greater risk of cardiovascular problems

Wednesday, 9 January 2019

Researchers from The University of Western Australia have conducted a study that has found young women who start having periods early and often have a high body mass index are more prone to cardiovascular problems later in life such as heart disease, stroke and diabetes.

Microscope in a needle

New technology to make brain surgery safer

Thursday, 20 December 2018

A biopsy needle that can help surgeons identify and avoid blood vessels in the brain during surgery has undergone initial tests in humans by a research team from The University of Western Australia, The University of Adelaide and Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital.