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Monthly Archives: January 2017

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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Travel Story: Dr Matilda Jackson

Dr Matilda Jackson from the Robinson Research Institute’s Molecular Neurogenetics Research Group attended the Australasian Neuroscience Society Annual Scientific Meeting in Hobart in November 2016. Matilda presented her research on Arx PA2 mice seize the day: characterizing the phenotype of expanded polyalanine tract mutations. This is what Matilda had to say about her experience: What was […]

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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: Ella Green

Ella Green from the Robinson Research Institute’s Reproductive Immunology Research Group attended the International Congress of Immunology in Melbourne and its satellite symposium Inflammation in Reproduction, Pregnancy and Development (IRPD) in Cairns in August 2016. Ella presented her research on Regulatory T cell abundance and phenotype in pregnancy – a novel role for progesterone potentially independent […]

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Travel Story: Dr Rebecca Thomson

Dr Rebecca Thomson from the Robinson Research Institute’s Diabetes Research Group attended the Nutrition Society of Australia 2016 Annual Scientific Meeting in Melbourne in November 2016. Rebecca presented her research on Are pregnant women meeting the Australian Dietary guidelines? A comparison of maternal pregnancy diets in women with and without type 1 diabetes. This is what […]

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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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Travel Story: Kavita Panir

Kavita Panir from the Robinson Research Institute’s Endometriosis Research Group attended the Society for Reproductive Biology Annual Scientific Meeting in Gold Coast in August 2016. Kavita presented her research on An altered immune environment in microRNA-223 deficient mice may contribute to the development of endometriosis-like lesions. This is what Kavita had to say about her experience: What […]

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Travel Story: Renae Fernandez

Renae Fernandez from the Robinson Research Institute’s Life Course and Intergenerational Health Research Group attended the International Symposium of Reproductive Hazards in the Workplace (RHICOH) in Barcelona, Spain in September 2016. Renae presented her research on Application of a shift work job-exposure matrix to investigate occupational differences in women’s accessing of fertility treatment and infertility […]

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Travel Story: Dr Sonja Frolich

Dr Sonja Frolich from the Robinson Research Institute’s Ovarian and Reproductive Cancer Research Group attended the QMB Cancer Biology Meeting in New Zealand in August 2016. Sonja was invited to give a talk on Development of automated high-content microscopy-assisted assays for telomere biology. This is what Sonja had to say about her experience: What was […]

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