Health & Medicine

New app shows what bionic vision looks like

Volume 9 Number 12 December 9 2013 - January 12 2014

 

Matias Maturana is a student with a vision. Working towards his PhD on Electrical Engineering, he took several twists and turns in his studies before he came to understand he could combine two major loves – engineering and medicine. By Annie Rahilly.

Gap for Indigenous vision can be closed

Volume 9 Number 12 December 9 2013 - January 12 2014

 

Laureate Professor and Harold Mitchell Chair of Indigenous Eye Health at the University of Melbourne Professor Hugh Taylor explains that closing the gap in Indigenous vision health is achievable, now.

Research predicting epilepsy

Volume 9 Number 12 December 9 2013 - January 12 2014

 

The University and St Vincent’s Hospital are seeking to raise $3 million to endow the Sir John Eccles Chair in Medicine, ensuring the Nobel prize-winning neuroscientist’s legacy lives on through the epilepsy research of Professor Mark Cook.  By Chris Weaver.

Winning Melbourne research

Volume 9 Number 11 November 11 - December 9 2013

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Annie Rahilly, Andi Horvath and Camilla Orr-Thompson report on a range of science and technology awards and prizes won by Melbourne researchers recently.

Singing praises for leading leukaemia researcher

Volume 9 Number 11 November 11 - December 9 2013

 

Cancer researcher Andrew Roberts has been appointed the inaugural Metcalf Chair of Leukaemia Research.  Liz Williams and Andi Horvath profile the research careers of both appointee and the Chair’s namesake.

Living with hope, and Huntington’s risk

Volume 9 Number 11 November 11 - December 9 2013

 

Katherine Smith speaks with a University of Melbourne academic and Huntington’s Disease researcher Professor Martin Delatycki about living with risk and progress toward treatments.

Research to reduce malaria baby deaths

Volume 9 Number 11 November 11 - December 9 2013

 

Around the globe babies are dying due to their mothers having been infected with malaria during pregnancy. Simona John von Freyend learns of a new research discovery that sheds light on the condition and could prevent the deaths.

The heart of the matter

Volume 9 Number 11 November 11 - December 9 2013

 

There has been a huge increase in participation rates for mass sporting events, and a group of clinicians and researchers from St Vincent’s Melbourne is looking at cardiac function in elite-level athletes. Annie Rahilly reports on what physical activity teaches us about the heart.

AMA scholarship for Melbourne medical student

Volume 9 Number 10 October 14 - November 10 2013

 

Melbourne medical student Ngaree Blow has won the Australian Medical Association’s Indigenous People’s Scholarship. By Zoe Nikakis.

New national guidelines for PTSD treatment in young people

Volume 9 Number 10 October 14 - November 10 2013

 

For the first time, national guidelines for the treatment of PTSD include recommendations for children and adolescents as well as adults. By Elizabeth Brumby.

Variations on a gene

Volume 9 Number 10 October 14 - November 10 2013

 

This year is the 60th anniversary of the discovery of DNA’s structure, but DNA’s best years are yet to come, according to Andi Horvath, who explores progress to date in understanding our genetic core.

Bench to bedside: arthritic inflammation and pain

Volume 9 Number 9 September 9 - October 14 2013

 

Professor John Hamilton has dedicated much of his professional and adult life pursuing the elimination of arthritic pain. He spoke to Elizabeth Brumby about how high quality research, long-term commitment and effective collaboration over the past 30 years has resulted in successful clinical outcomes.