Michael Gandy (left) and Associate Professor Matthew Piggott

From party pills to cancer drug?

Monday, 29 August 2011

The possibility of redesigning the illicit recreational drug ‘ecstasy' to treat blood cancers is being explored by a team of researchers from The University of Western Australia and the University of Birmingham in England.

Professor Lister Staveley-Smith and Dr Bi-Qing For

UWA researcher awarded SKA science boost

Thursday, 25 August 2011

Astrophysicist Dr Bi-Qing For of the International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research (ICRAR) at The University of Western Australia has been appointed as a John Stocker Postdoctoral Fellow to further her research in support of Australia's bid for the Square Kilometre Array (SKA).

Dr Aleksandra Filipovska, Ms Anne-Marie Shearwood and Dr Oliver Rackham

Breakthrough insights into mitochondrial diseases

Thursday, 25 August 2011

A fundamental new understanding of programs that control energy production in the human body provides new clues to help the development of therapeutics for a broad range of mitochondrial diseases.

Prof Alan Robson, former PM Bob Hawke and former WA Premier Geoff Gallop

Geoff Gallop and Bob Hawke celebrate UWA

Wednesday, 24 August 2011

Former Prime Minister Bob Hawke and former Western Australian Premier Geoff Gallop joined The University of Western Australia's Vice-Chancellor Professor Alan Robson at a function in Sydney to celebrate their alma mater.

Senator Jan McLucas

Improving the lives of people with disabilities

Tuesday, 23 August 2011

Senator Jan McLucas, Parliamentary Secretary for Disabilities and Carers, will on September 1 deliver the Disability Collective Lecture 2011 at The University of Western Australia.

Sulfur-loving fossils could point the way to life on Mars

Tuesday, 23 August 2011

Remarkably preserved microfossils from a remote region of Western Australia that are at least 3.4 billion years old are providing insights into what type of life first existed on Earth and when it existed.  They also highlight a potential target in the search for life on Mars.

Dr Martin Parkinson

Secretary to the Treasury to give 2011 Shann Memorial Lecture

Monday, 22 August 2011

Dr Martin Parkinson, Secretary to the Treasury, will address the economic future of Australia in the 2011 Shann Memorial Lecture at The University of Western Australia.

Hazardous weather expert at UWA

Monday, 22 August 2011

A world expert on high-impact weather, John McBride, will deliver the 2011 Joseph Gentilli Memorial Lecture at The University of Western Australia outlining the ways in which the frequency of events such as the Queensland floods relate to the changing climate.

Photo by Gary Kendrick

Shark Bay seagrass 'potentially an $8 billion carbon sink'

Monday, 22 August 2011

Shark Bay's extensive seagrass meadows act as a massive carbon sink which stores more than eight billion dollars' worth of carbon dioxide if valued according to the Federal Government's proposed carbon price.

9/11 Ten Years On: UWA conference

Friday, 19 August 2011

An Afghani woman parliamentarian who has survived assassination attempts and is on Time Magazine's 100 most influential people list will speak at a conference marking the 10th anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks on the United States.