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.

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.