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                The Australian Collaborative Cerebral Palsy Research Group, based at the RRI under the leadership of Emeritus Professor Alastair MacLennan and Professor Jozef Gecz, recently established the International Cerebral Palsy Genomics Consortium (ICPGC), which held its first meeting this week in Adelaide. Alastair and Jozef’s group leads the field in demonstrating that cerebral […]

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Author: Jozef Gecz We have identified 38 new genes that are strongly associated with autism and intellectual disability. Some of the genes appear to be primarily associated with autism, and others primarily associated with intellectual disability. We also found evidence reinforcing the importance of 53 previously identified genes in autism and intellectual disability. Improved knowledge of […]

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Authors: Michelle Lane, Rebecca Robker, and Tod Fullston Children born to obese women have double the chance of being obese themselves by age two, compared to children born to women of a recommended body mass index (BMI). Childhood obesity is also strongly linked with obesity in fathers. But how can obesity in adults influence the weight […]

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Author: Dr Hannah Brown Last week, the Australian of the Year was awarded to biomedical scientist and stem cell researcher, Professor Alan Mackay-Sim. To have a scientist recognised for such a prestigious award was extraordinary, especially during such a challenging time for research in Australia and globally. But alas, there was barely time for the […]

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Lap band surgery has significant benefits for severely obese teenagers and, despite its controversial nature, should still be considered as a first option to manage obesity during adolescence, a new study has found. Led by University of Adelaide researchers, in collaboration with Flinders Medical Centre, and published in the journal Obesity Surgery, the study is […]

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Author: Sarah Robertson The act of penetrative sex has evolved over millions of years as a mechanism to deliver sperm to eggs and initiate pregnancy. But there’s more to sex than just the meeting of two sets of genes. The ‘What’s the point of sex?’ series examines biological, physical and social aspects of sex and gender. […]

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Ella Green from the Robinson Research Institute’s Reproductive Immunology Research Group attended the International Congress of Immunology in Melbourne and its satellite symposium Inflammation in Reproduction, Pregnancy and Development (IRPD) in Cairns in August 2016. Ella presented her research on Regulatory T cell abundance and phenotype in pregnancy – a novel role for progesterone potentially independent […]

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Dr Rebecca Thomson from the Robinson Research Institute’s Diabetes Research Group attended the Nutrition Society of Australia 2016 Annual Scientific Meeting in Melbourne in November 2016. Rebecca presented her research on Are pregnant women meeting the Australian Dietary guidelines? A comparison of maternal pregnancy diets in women with and without type 1 diabetes. This is what […]

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Dr Martin Donnelley from the Robinson Research Institute’s Cystic Fibrosis Research Group attended the North American Cystic Fibrosis Conference in Florida, USA in October 2016. Martin presented his research on Direct x-ray measurement of airway surface health in animal models: an update on the state-of-the-art. This is what Martin had to say about his experience: […]

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Kavita Panir from the Robinson Research Institute’s Endometriosis Research Group attended the Society for Reproductive Biology Annual Scientific Meeting in Gold Coast in August 2016. Kavita presented her research on An altered immune environment in microRNA-223 deficient mice may contribute to the development of endometriosis-like lesions. This is what Kavita had to say about her experience: What […]

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