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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The International Cerebral Palsy Genomics Consortium

                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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The Conversation: What will my child’s life be like? Newly identified genes may help diagnose autism and disability

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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The Conversation: Before pregnancy even starts, healthy weight in mums and dads lowers obesity risk in children

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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The Conversation: Why the media need to tread carefully when reporting research findings

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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Media Release: Lap band surgery benefits very obese adolescents

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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The Conversation: What’s the point of sex? It’s communication at a biological level

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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2016 RRI Funding Programs

This year the RRI supported it’s members through 15 different funding schemes – providing resources for conference attendance, seed funding new programs, mentoring, building stakeholder relationships, grant development, fellowships, scholarships amongst other schemes. Below is a list of the 2016 funded programs. Research Programs Engaging Opportunities Program: Supporting the development of innovative and collaborative projects, that address […]

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Media Release: South Australia leads nation with Australian-first Meningococcal B Study

Sixty thousand eligible teenagers and young adults from across South Australia who are enrolled in Years 10, 11 and 12 in 2017 will be offered free of charge vaccinations against Meningococcal B as part of a state wide study into the impact of immunising large community groups against the disease. The study – B Part of It […]

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SA Vaccinology Update – videos now available

The 2016 SA Vaccinology Update was held on Wednesday 16th December at the National Wine Centre. This event was co-hosted by the Robinson Research Institute, SAHMRI, SA Health and the Women’s and Children’s Hospital Network. The videos are now available for each of the three sessions – follow the links below to watch these videos […]

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