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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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Travel Story: Dr Martin Donnelley

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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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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Media Release: $13.5 million research win for a healthier future

Research aimed at combating breast and prostate cancer, identifying the underlying causes of early onset Alzheimer’s disease, and improving the lifetime health of embryos used in IVF – these are just some of the new projects at the University of Adelaide that have won more than $13.5 million in federal funding today. Fifteen new Project […]

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