University News

University News

Dr Jason Waithman

Young doctor in war against melanoma epidemic

Wednesday, 2 April 2014

Despite all the warnings and the ‘Slip, Slop, Slap" campaign, there is a world-wide melanoma epidemic.  It's now the most common cancer affecting young people aged from 15 to 39, although children are being diagnosed with the usually fatal cancer at three times the usual rate.

Assistant Professor Jens Zinke

WA corals reveal changes to ocean currents and temperatures

Wednesday, 2 April 2014

A new study published in the international journal Nature Communications has revealed how Western Australia's coral reefs have been affected by changing ocean currents, rising sea surface temperatures and sea level variability.

EnviroFest promotes latest sustainable ideas and products

Monday, 31 March 2014

Visitors will be able to watch bees in their hive panel, hold an eagle or a python, pat a dingo or koala and make a terrarium among many other activities on offer at The University of Western Australia's annual environmental festival tomorrow (Tuesday 1 April) on the Oak Lawn.

New collaboration may lead to promising treatments for fatal brain cancer

Monday, 31 March 2014

Glioblastoma is the most common and the most lethal type of brain cancer - and at the moment, there is no cure for it.

Associate Professor Joshua Mylne

Ancient buried treasure found in daisy seeds

Monday, 31 March 2014

By tracing the evolutionary origin of a drug-like protein ring found in sunflowers, Australian and US scientists have discovered a diverse, 18-million-year-old group of buried proteins in daisy seeds.

Associate Professor Alex Gardner

Drying climate leads to push for water law reform

Friday, 28 March 2014

Despite the Water Corporation's heavy investment in desalination, groundwater replenishment and changes to groundwater management, important water law reforms are required to respond to pressure from climate change and population growth on the State's invaluable groundwater resources, according to researchers at The University of Western Australia.

Rio Tinto chief executive Sam Walsh and UWA Chancellor Michael Chaney

Rio Tinto chief awarded honorary doctorate

Friday, 28 March 2014

Rio Tinto chief executive Sam Walsh is one of several distinguished Western Australians whose contributions to the community has been recognised at The University of Western Australia during its autumn series of graduations for more than 3,800 students.

Dr Toby Burrows

Medieval manuscripts go digital via prestigious European fellowship

Wednesday, 26 March 2014

A huge collection of about 60,000 medieval and early modern manuscripts - and the people and events they record - will come alive digitally to scholars around the world thanks to a 21st century scholar winning a prestigious award.

Vaccine could offer protection against ear infections

Wednesday, 26 March 2014

A team of international researchers has moved a step closer to developing a vaccine to protect against middle ear infection, currently the most common infection in children under the age of five.  The vaccine could also be used for those with poor lung function, such as cystic fibrosis sufferers.

Assistant Professor Foteini Hassiotou

Breastmilk research may lead to medical breakthrough

Tuesday, 25 March 2014

A researcher at The University of Western Australia has been awarded two major international grants to carry out further investigations into human breast milk.