Professor Maria Makrides (SAHMRI theme leader for Healthy Mothers, Babies and Children and Director WCHRI) and colleagues have recently published a major paper in the May 7 2014 issue of JAMA indicating that Omega-3 fatty acid supplementation during pregnancy does not appear to improve cognitive outcomes for children. The team conducted a longer-term follow-up study [...]

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A University of Adelaide PhD student in the School of Chemistry and Physics, Mr Michael Douglass, has developed a computer model for simulating cancer tumour growth and treatment which is attracting interest from around the world as a first-line assessment of potential treatments. The first of its kind in the world, the model simulates the [...]

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University researchers have shed new light onto the possible causes of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) which chould help to prevent future loss of children’s lives. In a world-first study, researchers in the School of Medical Sciences, led by Professor Roger Byard, have found that tell-tale signs in the brains of babies who have died [...]

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Professor Eric Gowans, from the University’s Discipline of Surgery, has submitted a patant application for a relatively simple but effective technique to stimulate the body’s immune system response, helping to deliver a new type of DNA vaccine to protect against the deadly HIV and Hepititis C viruses. The technique involves including a protein that causes [...]

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Through the identification of two genes in soybeans, a research team led by Associate Professor Brent Kaiser in the School of Agriculture, Food and Wine, has uncovered a unique process by which legumes regulate the transport of nitrogen. Legumes are highly valued crops for their source of human and animal dietary protein, and there are [...]

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Dr Jason Eglinton’s Barley Breeding group from the School of Agriculture, Food and Wine has developed a new variety of barley named ‘Charger,’ in partnership with brewing companies Carlsberg and Heineken. The variety slows down how quickly the beer deteriorates adn develops a stale papery flavour, with expectations of at least 50% longer period of [...]

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The University’s Australian Centre for Evolutionary Biology and Biodiversity has won a US$518,833 grant from the International Tropical Timber Organisation for a 2-year project in Indonesia. The project will develop DNA markers for important Indonesian timber species, allowing trees to be tracked from forest through to final product. Using DNA-fingerprints, a tree-by-tree approach will control [...]

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Stomach or gastric cancer is the fourth most common cancer in the world and the second leading cause of death due to caner. University researchers working in the Adelaide Proteomics Centre have identified four new biomarkers in the blood of human cancer patients. These markers can provide a non-invasive, inexpensive screening technique through a simple [...]

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Nanotechnology research led by Professor Dusan Losic, in the School of Chemical Engineering, recently received an $800,00 investment from Valence Industries, the owner and operator of the country’s only graphite mine, for research, development and commercialisation of all new graphene research, including a graphene research centre at the University.
This follows a $200,000 investment by Archer [...]

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cancer

Few medical conditions evoke such fear and dread as cancer.
Its many forms continue to account for a frightening number of deaths around the world, and treatment typically remains an arduous test for sufferers and their families.
We are constantly seeking new hope in the battle against this fierce disease, and in 2011, the University of Adelaide [...]

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