The Conversation: Pregnant women shouldn’t start taking vitamin B3 just yet: reports it prevents miscarriage and birth defects are overblown

Author: Claire Roberts Reports on a new study claim supplementation with vitamin B3 during pregnancy could prevent miscarriages and birth defects. So should all pregnant women start taking B3 supplements? Not so fast. While this is an interesting and well-done study, the researchers didn’t actually give vitamin B3 to any humans, so we need a lot […]

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Just released: 2016 Annual Report

  Our 2016 Annual Report showcases the world-leading science and clinical research being undertaken across the Institute by our 380+ members, who strive to improve the health and well-being of children and families around the globe.           Significant achievements in 2016 include: Establishing the B Part of It study in partnership with Glaxo […]

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The Conversation: What happens in the womb affects our health as adults, but girls and boys respond differently

A baby’s sex determines how they will respond to exposures during pregnancy. from shutterstock.com Authors: Tina Bianco-Miotto and Claire Roberts Men and women respond differently to diseases and treatments for biological, social and psychological reasons. In this series on Gender Medicine, experts explore these differences and the importance of approaching treatment and diagnosis through a gender lens. […]

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The Conversation: Human embryo CRISPR advances science but let’s focus on ethics, not world first

Just because we can edit genes in human embryos, should we? Author: Hannah Brown Following early reports last week that scientists had edited the DNA of human embryos, American researchers have now published their much anticipated paper in the journal Nature. The human embryos used in the research were created using eggs collected from healthy women […]

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Research Seminar: Why do they want me to put numbers in my research application? (27 July)

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Free Public Forum: Good Sleep Matters (26 July)

We feel better after a good nights sleep, feeling more alert, rested and functional. Sleep plays a vital restorative function which is important for many facets of the human body, and is extremely important in children and adolescents for achieving life-long health. However, not all of us sleep well and extended periods of disrupted sleep […]

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The Conversation: What is ‘cognitive reserve’? How can we protect our brains from memory loss and dementia

Author: Michael Ridding As we get older we have a greater risk of developing impairments in areas of cognitive function – such as memory, reasoning and verbal ability. We also have a greater risk of dementia, which is what we call cognitive decline that interferes with daily life. The trajectory of this cognitive decline can vary […]

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Free public forum: Good sleep matters

Wednesday 26 July; 5:30pm – 7:30pm; AHMS Building – registrations essential We feel better after a good nights sleep, feeling more alert, rested and functional. Sleep plays a vital restorative function which is important for many facets of the human body, and is extremely important in children and adolescents for achieving life-long health. However, not […]

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Recording – Pregnancy complications: Prevention is better than cure

Professor Claire Roberts presented today’s RRI co-hosted Grand Rounds at the Women’s and Children’s Hospital on the topic Pregnancy complications: Prevention is better than cure. Watch the recording of her presentation below.

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Media Release: 100-year-old fertility technique reduces need for IVF

Infertile couples have a major opportunity to achieve a successful pregnancy without the need for IVF, thanks to new research into a 100-year-old medical technique. The now lesser known technique – which involves flushing the woman’s fallopian tubes with an iodised poppy seed oil – has been proven to have significant benefits for fertility, according […]

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