Madeleine Venables

Young UWA medico champions rural health

Tuesday, 11 September 2012

A fourth-year medical student with a passion for country Australia has won a national award for her dedication and leadership in inspiring young people to consider a career in rural health.

'Ram' memory saves real memory in older men

Tuesday, 4 September 2012

Having access to a personal computer lowers or decreases the risk of cognitive decline and dementia in older men by up to 40 per cent, according to researchers at The University of Western Australia.

Photo courtesy of the Asbestos Diseases Society of Australia Inc.

Deadly asbestos takes toll years after kids exposed

Monday, 3 September 2012

"Wittenoom kids" who spent their childhoods exposed to asbestos in the north-west of Western Australia are now developing a range of cancers or dying at a rate well above the average population, according to a new study by researchers from The University of Western Australia for the UWA-affiliated Western Australian Institute for Medical Research (WAIMR).

A winning best practice aged care partnership

Friday, 31 August 2012

As part of its Masters of Nursing and Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery degree courses, The University of Western Australia has teamed with the Brightwater Care Group to provide valuable experience for students and quality care for aged care residents - so successfully that it was a finalist in UWA's recent Teaching and Learning awards.

Professor Britta Regli-von Ungern-Sternberg

Anaesthetic linked to learning problems in children

Tuesday, 28 August 2012

Children who are given anaesthetic before the age of three may have an increased risk of developing learning difficulties, according to a new study involving researchers at The University of Western Australia.

Pilbara doctors enhance surgical skills

Friday, 24 August 2012

Thirteen local doctors from Port Hedland and South Hedland have improved their essential surgical skills through a pilot project run by The University of Western Australia to deliver training to rural and remote regions.

Geraldine Shadforth, Dr Kate Smith and Winthrop Professor Leon Flicker

Improving dementia care for Indigenous Australians wins acclaim

Wednesday, 22 August 2012

Pioneering research into improving dementia care for Aboriginal Australians has been featured in Ten of the Best Research Projects 2012 - a publication that showcases the work of some of the nation's top medical researchers.

Dr Dimitar Azmanov

Gypsy study unravels a novel ataxia gene

Friday, 17 August 2012

A WA study of an isolated population of Eastern European Gypsies known as "Bowlmakers" has unlocked clues about a serious developmental disease - congenital cerebellar ataxia.

Professor Cate Taylor with twins Chloe and Erika

WA to lead world's biggest study of child language development

Thursday, 16 August 2012

Western Australia will lead the world's biggest, longest and most comprehensive study of language and literacy development after being awarded a prestigious international grant involving The University of Western Australia and two US universities.

Associate Professor Alison Reid

Skilled migrants risk depression in low-paid jobs

Tuesday, 7 August 2012

Skilled migrants who can't find jobs that use their education and qualifications are more likely to suffer mental health problems after three and a half years of arriving in Australia, according to a new study led by a researcher from The University of Western Australia.

Lauren Hollier with Dean of Graduate Research School Alan Dench

UWA psychology researcher to face national uni challenge

Friday, 3 August 2012

A PhD psychology student who is investigating why boys develop language at a slower rate than girls will represent The University of Western Australia in the 2012 Trans-Tasman Three Minute Thesis challenge.

Mr John Upton

Family hopes for cure for debilitating Parkinson's disease

Wednesday, 1 August 2012

A gift of $20,000 from a sufferer of Parkinson's disease who died recently will help researchers in their quest to find a cure, the patient's family hope.

Breast cancer, autism and natural gas research put scientists on Eureka shortlist

Friday, 27 July 2012

A microscope-in-a-needle to detect breast cancer and investigations into autism and the sustainable processing and use of natural gas are three projects at The University of Western Australia that have earned researchers a place on the shortlist of the Australian Museum's annual Eureka Prizes - the most prestigious prizes in Australian science.

Winthrop Professor Jonathan Carapetis

New Director's focus on translating research into action

Thursday, 26 July 2012

The new Director of Perth's Telethon Institute for Child Health Research says his focus will be to ensure that high quality research is effectively translated to health practice and policy so that it makes a real difference to the lives of children and families.

More testosterone increases prostate cancer risk in older men: study

Thursday, 26 July 2012

Older men - those in their 70s and 80s - with higher levels of testosterone, including those who undergo hormone replacement therapy, are at an increased risk of prostate cancer, according to new research. 

Emeritus Professor Michael Chandler

Culture and identity key to helping Indigenous mental health

Wednesday, 25 July 2012

Indigenous communities that take steps to preserve their cultural past and control their civic lives experience better health and fewer suicides, according to a Canadian expert in Indigenous social and emotional wellbeing and suicide prevention.

Large breasts a cancer risk: study

Wednesday, 25 July 2012

Women with large breasts have a higher incidence of breast cancer than those with average-sized breasts, according to a study by medical students and researchers at The University of Western Australia and BreastScreen WA.

Winthrop Professor Jon Emery

MoleMate cancer tester 'less accurate' than doctors' eyes

Tuesday, 24 July 2012

Differentiating melanomas from other pigmented skin lesions in primary care is challenging - but a device used by Australian and British doctors to determine whether a patient has a melanoma has been found to be less accurate than GPs using their eyes and judgment, according to a researcher at The University of Western Australia.

Volunteers sought for study into sleep-depression links

Thursday, 19 July 2012

Researchers at The University of Western Australia are examining the importance of a good night's sleep when it comes to memory and mood in older adults.

Professor Fiona Bull

Pre-Olympic call for global action on physical inactivity

Wednesday, 18 July 2012

The global issue of physical inactivity should be recognised as pandemic, according to a research paper published today in the prestigious Lancet medical journal and launched in a special pre-Olympics event in London.