Research & development

Breakthrough understanding of mitochondrial disease

22 June, 2007

Scientists at La Trobe University have made a breakthrough by discovering signalling problems in cells may be responsible for mitochondrial diseases, a set of rare and incurable conditions affecting thousands of people worldwide.

Alzheimer’s biomarkers

21 June, 2007

Scientists collaborating at Cornell University and Weill Cornell Medical College have identified a panel of 23 protein biomarkers in cerebrospinal fluid that acts as a neurochemical ‘fingerprint’, which doctors might use someday to identify patients living with Alzheimer’s disease.

Students devise an oral rotavirus vaccine

19 June, 2007

A group of Johns Hopkins undergraduate biomedical engineering students have developed a rotavirus vaccine for infants that dissolves in the mouth like a popular breath freshener.

Hot sounds

19 June, 2007

Led by physicist Orest Symko, a University of Utah group has turned heat into electricity through sound.

TB research wins Victorian medical award

05 June, 2007

Melbourne epidemiologist Dr Helen Cox has won the 2007 Premier’s Award for Medical Research for her work on drug-resistant tuberculosis (TB).

Contract facility to speed medical research

30 May, 2007

Australia's first preclinical contract R&D facility, TetraQ, was officially launched today to help speed the movement of medicines out of the laboratory and into the marketplace.

Staphylococcus aureus vaccine on track

29 May, 2007

Austrian company Intercell has announced the completion of the phase I study of its Staphylococcus aureus vaccine.

World’s largest ice sheet still appears stable

25 May, 2007

Scientists from New Zealand and Australia have used mountains as giant ‘dipsticks’ to analyse the history of the world's largest ice sheet.

A summit to clean up industry

23 May, 2007

Leading international scientists will join top Australian industry executives in a national summit, for three days commencing on 24 June, to discuss how to clean up and prevent future contamination.

Regional biotech on the world map

17 May, 2007

The Australian-New Zealand Biotech Alliance (ANZBA), in partnership with Invest Australia, has launched a web-based directory to promote the fast-growing regional biotechnology industry to the global market.

Federal funding for a medical research powerhouse

09 May, 2007

The federal government announced yesterday that it will back the development of a Brisbane-based major research centre, designed to test and produce new drugs for the medical industry.

Scientists discover new virus

24 April, 2007

Scientists have discovered a new virus that was responsible for the deaths of three transplant recipients who received organs from a single donor in Victoria, Australia.

Research unravels the secrets of salt and taste

24 April, 2007

New research into the molecular basis of salty taste has been released by the Nestlé Research Center in Switzerland.

Minority groups not genetically prone to diabetes

19 April, 2007

A study by Australian and US researchers is helping dispel the 40-year-old ‘thrifty genotype theory’ – that certain minority groups are genetically prone to diabetes.

League greats tackle melanoma research

13 April, 2007

The University of Queensland (UQ) has received a $48,000 donation to its cancer research institute from cancer charity group, Mardi Jackson Foundation.

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