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Monthly Archives: September 2014

Just released: Robinson Research Institute’s 2013 Annual Report

The Robinson Research Institute is pleased to release the 2013 Annual Report. Click here to read the report To showcase the brilliant science and clinical research being undertaken across the Robinson Research Institute, this year’s report features the Research Leaders and their groups – documenting the latest research discoveries and highlights of achievements in 2013. […]

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Science Stories: Is shift work harming your baby?

Approximately 16% of the working population in Australia are shift workers, with females accounting for almost half – 48%. Shift workers are at greater risk of developing a range of health problems including increased weight gain, diabetes, cardiovascular disease and even breast cancer. However, working shifts during pregnancy may also negatively affect the developing baby. […]

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Media Release: Halving the risk of preterm birth for twins

International research involving the University of Adelaide has found that the risk of preterm birth could be halved for a specific group of “super high-risk” twin pregnancies. The results could help to save babies’ lives throughout the world and prevent serious health complications after birth. The study, involving researchers from the University of Adelaide’s Robinson […]

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Pregnancy in women with kidney disease

Female patients in the advanced stages of kidney failure are warned about the risk that pregnancy poses to mother and baby. For these women, becoming pregnant is unlikely, and if pregnancy occurs it can be medically challenging and complicated. So when Dr Shilpa Jesudason, who is a principal researcher in the Transplantation Group, began to assess the […]

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The role of Hyaluronan in chemotherapy resistance of ovarian cancer

Hyaluronan (HA) – a sugar molecule that is a major component of the extracellular matrix – is widely understood to bolster tumour growth as well as drug resistance to cancer. When Dr Carmela Ricciardelli was investigating the effect of chemotherapy on HA production in ovarian cancer cells, her findings were almost paradoxical: the cancer treatment was triggering […]

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Essential actions for macrophages in pregnancy

As part of her PhD, Dr Alison Care published illuminating new research identifying the role that macrophages – a specialised subset of immune cells – play in establishing successful pregnancy. Together with Professor Sarah Robertson and the Reproductive Immunology Group, Alison used a mouse model to demonstrate that the depletion of macrophages in early stages of pregnancy […]

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Visualising the surface of the lung to treat cystic fibrosis

A decade ago, Associate Professor David Parsons saw images of beetle airway walls generated by X-rays from a synchrotron and was intrigued by their definition and clarity. David, who is Chief Medical Scientist in the Department of Respiratory and Sleep Medicine at the Women’s and Children’s Hospital, wondered whether the synchrotron could be used to closely examine […]

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The impact of the parent’s sex on gene expression and fetal growth

Frequently, medical research challenges the veracity of lingering and relatively unsubstantiated ideas. Recent research has put one such dogma in the firing line: the longstanding notion that a person’s genetic make up is essentially a flip-of-a-coin, a battle between mum’s and dad’s genomes with dominant genes wiping out recessive ones. This research hints at a far […]

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A new understanding of mastitis

Lactation Mastitis affects around 25% of breastfeeding women inflicting serious flu-like symptoms such as fever and muscle fatigue. Until recently it was widely accepted that a bacterial infection in the breast caused mastitis and thus doctors prescribed antibiotics to women with the disease. However, when mammary gland biologist, Associate Professor Wendy Ingman began to read the […]

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Understanding and interpreting the origins of early intraventricular hemorrhage

Early intraventricular hemorrhage (IVH) can have lifelong consequences including abnormal neurodevelopment, cognitive impairment, and learning disorders. Preterm babies are at greater risk of early IVH in the first hours of life, a risk that heightens with lower birth weight and gestational age. Historically, understanding of how to identify those preterm babies at highest risk has been […]

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