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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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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