Health & Medicine

Designer rice brings nutrition to developing world

Volume 10 Number 6 June 9 - July 13 2014

 

Dr Alex Johnson is an academic in the School of Botany at the University of Melbourne and heads the Melbourne node of the Australian Centre for Plant Functional Genomics. He has developed genetically modified rice and wheat strains that might one day improve the lives of billions. By Daryl Holland.

Positive psychology at Melbourne strengthened by major gift

Volume 10 Number 6 June 9 - July 13 2014

 

A major gift of $2.3million from philanthropist John Higgins has strengthened the University of Melbourne's research and teaching in the field of positive psychology – which aims to build psychological health and resilience in individuals and organisations.

Online support for domestic violence to be trialled

Volume 10 Number 5 May 12 - June 8 2014

 

Improving rates of poor disclosure by victims of domestic violence is the focus of a new online web based project led by the University of Melbourne.

Anticipating technology’s next wave

Volume 10 Number 5 May 12 - June 8 2014

 

Professor Graeme Clark continues to work to create perfect hearing for hearing impaired people. As he starts a new stage in his already distinguished career, Professor Clark celebrates the next oration named in his honour. Annie Rahilly reports.

Research revelations about life after adolescence

Volume 10 Number 5 May 12 - June 8 2014

 

Liz Banks-Anderson and Katherine Smith find out how cohort studies – or studies of lives over often lengthy periods – can reveal risk factors for disease, and inform health planning.

Access to deaths data to benefit researchers and patients

Volume 10 Number 5 May 12 - June 8 2014

 

Annie Rahilly looks at a new scientific collaboration using data from thousands of patients to progress medical research.

Life lessons: a longitudinal study

Volume 10 Number 5 May 12 - June 8 2014

 

Lisa Zilberpriver talks to Melbourne Graduate School of Education’s Professor Johanna Wyn about her long-term research project, Life Patterns.

Immune cell defenders protect us from bacteria invasion

Volume 10 Number 4 April 14 - May 11 2014

 

Researchers have discovered the biological key that could ‘wake up’ t-cells and send them on the infection fighting path. By Annie Rahilly.

Celebrating collaboration for improved health in Mozambique

Volume 10 Number 4 April 14 - May 11 2014

 

Kate Dukes speaks to Associate Professor Jim Black from the Nossal Institute for Global Health about how a collaboration between Eduardo Mondlane University in Maputo and the University of Melbourne has contributed to the development of Mozambique.

High-level collaborations with China unis for Melbourne

Volume 10 Number 4 April 14 - May 11 2014

 

David Scott reports on partnerships the University of Melbourne has established with two of China’s most prestigious institutions, Tsinghua University and Peking University.

Elizabeth Blackburn School of Sciences launched

Volume 10 Number 4 April 14 - May 11 2014

 

A new partnership is enabling year 11 and 12 students with a passion for the sciences to grow their passions at the newly opened Elizabeth Blackburn School of Sciences. Rebecca Scott speaks to Professor Field Rickards, Dean of the Melbourne Graduate School of Education and Professor Tony Bacic, Director of the Bio21 Institute about the vision for the school. 

Training doctors for a better world

Volume 10 Number 4 April 14 - May 11 2014

 

As the challenges of providing healthcare in resource-poor settings continue to mount, there is a growing need for medical doctors to be trained in the basics of public health and to play a role in developing effective policy solutions to public health problems. By Elizabeth Brumby