WA test set to benefit mesothelioma patients

Tuesday, 4 December 2007

West Australian researchers have developed a new type of test that could predict very early on in treatment if mesothelioma patients will benefit from chemotherapy.

Up to 60 patients with the asbestos-related cancer will participate in a study of the test, which is being conducted at the National Research Centre for Asbestos Related Diseases based at the Western Australian Institute for Medical Research (WAIMR).

Native grains could rescue farmers, says UWA team

Wednesday, 28 November 2007

Climate change, salinity, poor soil, pests and disease and increased costs of fertiliser and fuel – these are some of the problems facing Australian farmers.

A new pilot study by researchers at The University of Western Australia, co-funded by the Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation (RIRDC), George Weston Technologies and Ballard Seeds, could provide growers with alternative crops that are hardy and require little fertiliser.

High success rate for UWA Indigenous medical students

Wednesday, 28 November 2007

Four Indigenous medical students have graduated from The University of Western Australia (UWA) – the highest number in one year.

Dr Donna Bacon, Dr Kim Isaacs, Dr Marium Rind and Dr Jason King will work at Sir Charles Gairdner and Royal Perth Hospitals before engaging in rural and urban practices or taking up specialty studies.

UWA Vice-Chancellor Professor Alan Robson said the University was committed to Indigenous education.

Former Deputy Prime Minister joins UWA

Monday, 26 November 2007

Former Deputy Prime Minister and ALP Leader Kim Beazley has returned to scholarship at The University of Western Australia as a Professorial Fellow.

UWA Vice-Chancellor, Professor Alan Robson, said Professor Beazley would add tremendous intellectual value to the University particularly in areas of politics, public policy and international relations.

“The UWA community is delighted to welcome Kim Beazley back to the University from which he graduated and from where he achieved a high level of scholarship including becoming a Rhodes Scholar,” he said.

Liver disease linked to increased diabetes risk

Sunday, 25 November 2007

An Australian study has found that a liver disease, caused by overweight and obesity rather than alcohol, increases the risk of diabetes and metabolic syndrome. An 11 year follow-up study of patients from the renowned Busselton Health Survey found people with non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) were three times more likely to develop diabetes than people without NAFLD.

New course offers boost for science teaching

Wednesday, 21 November 2007

The University of Western Australia will offer a new Masters in Science Communication and Education for the first time next year in a bid to ease the State’s shortage of high-quality science teachers.

At the launch of the new course today by WA’s Chief Scientist, Professor Lyn Beazley, UWA’s Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research and Research Training) Robyn Owens said the course would provide a much-needed boost to the education sector in Australia.

New Australia - First Centre at UWA to study link between city living and health

Wednesday, 21 November 2007

With more of us living in cities than ever before, a new Australia-first, multi-disciplinary centre at The University of Western Australia will study the ways in which the urban environment affects our health.

Directed by 2007 Fulbright Senior Scholar, Professor Billie Giles-Corti, the Centre for the Built Environment and Health will be opened by the Minister for Planning and Infrastructure, the Hon. Alannah MacTiernan, at 5.30pm, on Thursday, November 22, at UWA’s Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery.

The case for and against HRT: free lecture at UWA

Monday, 12 November 2007
There is little benefit and high health risk with hormone replacement therapy (HRT), according to an American longitudinal study of the controversial treatment.

Dr Karen Ritchie, research director with the French National Institute of Medical Research, will examine the case for and against the prescribing of HRT in a free public lecture titled, HRT – Should We or Shouldn’t We?, in UWA’s Social Science Lecture Theatre at 6pm on Monday, November 19.

Law expert to probe Japanese 'scientific whaling' program

Monday, 12 November 2007
International law expert Donald Rothwell will explore the international legal options open to Australia to challenge Japan’s conduct of its scientific whaling project in a free public lecture at The University of Western Australia on Thursday, November 22, 2007, at 6pm, in UWA’s Social Sciences Lecture Theatre.

Professor Rothwell’s lecture is sponsored by UWA’s Faculty of Law and the Institute of Advanced Studies.

Quantum computing explained at UWA public lecture

Friday, 9 November 2007
Many of us started learning by counting on our fingers – and sometimes on our toes too. Today’s computers are very good at doing this simple counting very quickly.

But, as you can discover at The University of Western Australia next week, future computers are likely to use the strange properties of quantum mechanics – such as objects being in two places at once – to solve problems that are impossible with conventional computers.