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.

Assistant Professor Carolyn Harris Johnson

Family homicide expert dispels myths on ABC Radio

Wednesday, 18 July 2012

Keeping the community informed and dispelling myths around family homicide after separation - so that danger signs may be recognised and crimes prevented - is the aim of a social worker and researcher at The University of Western Australia.

Winthrop Professor Osvaldo Almeida

Empathetic GPs may reduce depression and suicidal thoughts

Tuesday, 17 July 2012

Between five and 10 per cent of people over 60 suffer from depression - a common and disabling disorder.  It is predicted that depression will be the second leading cause of disability worldwide within the next 10 years, making it a major public health problem.

Assistant Professor Dr Kimberley McAuley

Pregnant women wanted for birth outcomes survey

Thursday, 5 July 2012

Women in the first trimester (three months) of pregnancy are being invited to join a health survey to assess environmental impacts on birth outcomes.

Adjunct Professor Moira Clay

Taking on a mountain in crusade for a cure

Monday, 2 July 2012

It's goodbye high heels and handbag, hello hiking boots and backpack as the Telethon Institute for Child Health Research's Acting Director gets set to conquer a mountain in a personal crusade against childhood cancer.

More control, fewer sickies

Monday, 25 June 2012

Employees take fewer sickies if they have more control over their jobs, according to a new study.

Assistant Professor Karen Upton-Davis

Distance may make the heart grow fonder: Expert

Tuesday, 29 May 2012

More committed Australian couples are choosing to live in two houses instead of one - and a researcher at The University of Western Australia wants to know why Living Apart Together (LAT) relationships are particularly attractive to heterosexual women.

Professors Steve Wilton and Sue Fletcher

DMD trial finds treatment duration more important than dose

Tuesday, 29 May 2012

Extended phase 2 clinical trials for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, using a compound designed in The University of Western Australia and Australian Neuromuscular Research Institute laboratories of Professors Steve Wilton and Sue Fletcher, have found that the duration of treatment appears more important than the dose.

Associate Professor Alison Reid

Award for study of cancer link to home renovators

Monday, 28 May 2012

A landmark study that found a ‘third wave' of asbestos-related cancer had emerged among home renovators has won the Medical Journal of Australia/Medical Defence Australia National Research Award for the best research article published in the journal in 2011.

Enhanced data access to benefit cancer researchers and patients

Monday, 28 May 2012

A novel approach to the use of multiple databases containing information about individual patients and how they respond to different therapies is helping medical scientists to improve cancer treatments.

Dr Anna Johansson (left) and Laboratory Head Professor Ruth Ganss

Cancer treatment discovery opens tumours to immune cells

Friday, 25 May 2012

Scientists at the Western Australian Institute for Medical Research (WAIMR) have made exciting progress in their quest to help patients fight cancer using the body's own immune system.

New Pathology Laboratory

New step forward in cancer care

Thursday, 10 May 2012

The University of Western Australia has unveiled a major step forward in cancer care for Western Australians with the opening of the State's first laboratory to translate new scientific discoveries based on the latest research in cancer biology into new advanced pathology tests.

Professor Gunesh Rajan

"Smart" ear fix trial to begin at Fremantle Hospital

Tuesday, 8 May 2012

In an Australian first, surgeons at Fremantle Hospital and The University of Western Australia believe a new method of repairing perforated ear drums could be a major advance in ear health.

Dr Peter Richmond giving a Men B vaccine

New vaccine shows promise to protect against common cause of meningitis

Monday, 7 May 2012

Researchers are an important step closer to finding a vaccine that protects against a wide range of strains of meningococcal B - the most common cause of meningococcal disease in Western Australia.

Professor Nigel Laing

WA expert helps lead world diagnosis of rare disorder in new babies

Thursday, 26 April 2012

A Western Australian-based expert in neuromuscular diseases has helped revolutionise the way doctors around the world diagnose muscle dysfunction in newborn babies.

De-prescribing project researchers

Study to determine if 'less is more' in drugs for elderly

Monday, 23 April 2012

Over-prescribing drugs to frail elderly people is a serious problem but little is known about what happens if unnecessary drugs are reduced or withdrawn under strict medical supervision.

TV ads entice kids to drink alcohol - study

Monday, 23 April 2012

Efforts to reduce alcohol-related harm in Australia are being frustrated by high levels of alcohol advertising on television, particularly at times when children are likely to be watching, according to new research led by The University of Western Australia.

Research Associate Professor Markus Melloh

Unhappy work a pain in the back

Friday, 20 April 2012

An international researcher based in Perth has found that workers who resign themselves to work in unsatisfactory jobs are more likely to suffer from serious, persistent lower back pain than others with a positive attitude.

Genes discovery linked to osteoporosis and fracture risk

Wednesday, 18 April 2012

A large number of genetic variants have for the first time been linked to the risk of osteoporosis and bone fracture, according to a major new international study.

Presuming Dr Livingstone would be proud

Monday, 16 April 2012

The memory of medical missionary and anti-slavery campaigner Dr David Livingstone will be evoked when a field microscope to detect malaria, tuberculosis, infections caused by HIV/AIDS and other diseases is donated this month to a Malawi mining community.