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Restoring sight: Australia’s bionic eye
November 20, 2018

Four patients have had a sense of vision restored after having Australia’s bionic eye surgically implanted as part of a clinical trial in Melbourne, Victoria. The four patients have a degenerative genetic condition called Retinitis Pigmentosa which causes loss of vision. It affects about one in every 4,000 people, affecting 1.5 million people worldwide. It is the leading cause of inherited blindness; there is currently … Continue reading Restoring sight: Australia’s bionic eye »

Genomic sequencing offers new hope for rare cancers – Walter and Eliza Hall Institute
November 16, 2018

A cancer’s genetic sequence may be the key to matching people with rare cancers to the right anti-cancer treatments, according to a new clinical trial instigated by patients. The national trial indicated that genomic profiling of rare cancers – which collectively account for more than 20 per cent of cancer diagnoses in Australia – has the potential to improve a patient’s diagnosis and treatment. The trial, which will be … Continue reading Genomic sequencing offers new hope for rare cancers – Walter and Eliza Hall Institute »

Dr Laura Mackay awarded $1.25 million 2019 Viertel Fellowship
November 15, 2018

University of Melbourne Laboratory Head and Senior Lecturer at the Doherty Institute, Dr Laura Mackay, has been awarded a $1.25 million, five year Viertel Foundation Fellowship to further her research into co-opting the body’s existing immune cells to work against viruses and cancers. The development of optimal immunotherapies against viruses and cancer requires the generation of an effective cellular immune response. While some immune cells patrol … Continue reading Dr Laura Mackay awarded $1.25 million 2019 Viertel Fellowship »

Restoring hearing loss in veterans
November 9, 2018

Melbourne Biomedical Precinct researchers are working to repair hearing loss— a currently untreatable condition that affects military personnel, as well as workers in construction, transport, manufacturing and the live music and entertainment industries. Researchers at the Bionics Institute of Australia are developing technology to treat hearing loss by delivering drugs (neurotrophins) directly to the damaged cells in the inner ear. In collaboration with a research … Continue reading Restoring hearing loss in veterans »

Dr Sarah Hanieh wins Melbourne Medical School ECR Publication Prize
November 7, 2018

Research that found children born to mothers who took intermittent iron supplementation in pregnancy had poorer growth outcomes compared to those who took daily iron supplements in pregnancy has been recognised with the University of Melbourne’s Medical School 2018 Early Career Researcher Publication Prize. The Doherty Institute’s post-doctoral research fellow Dr Sarah Hanieh was the lead author on the paper that was the first that looked at … Continue reading Dr Sarah Hanieh wins Melbourne Medical School ECR Publication Prize »

BioCurate and Novartis announce first collaboration to accelerate early stage drug discovery
November 1, 2018

Novartis is the first global biopharma to enter into a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with BioCurate Pty Ltd to collaborate on early stage drug discovery projects with a view to provide expert industry-focused scientific advice and expertise to BioCurate The collaboration provides a valuable opportunity to identify and translate innovative research from two of the world’s top ranked1 universities for biological sciences – Monash University … Continue reading BioCurate and Novartis announce first collaboration to accelerate early stage drug discovery »

Patients with coeliac disease given new hope with start of trial
October 31, 2018

The world’s first vaccine for people with coeliac disease is one step closer as phase two clinical trials get underway across Australia, led by The Royal Melbourne Hospital. The trial holds the potential to protect coeliac patients from the harmful effects of gluten. Principal Investigator at The Royal Melbourne Hospital and Head of Coeliac Research at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research, … Continue reading Patients with coeliac disease given new hope with start of trial »

Imaging collaboration sheds new light on cancer growth – Walter & Eliza Hall Institute
October 30, 2018

Institute researchers have uncovered new insights into how the normal controls on cell growth are lost in cancer cells, leading to rapid tumour expansion. The findings could help researchers predict how cancer cells respond to chemotherapy and improve our understanding of how cancer evolves. Published in the journal Cell Cycle, the research was led by Dr Kim Pham and Professor Phil Hodgkin and performed in collaboration with Dr Kelly Rogers and Dr … Continue reading Imaging collaboration sheds new light on cancer growth – Walter & Eliza Hall Institute »

University of Melbourne’s Claire Gorrie wins prestigious Victoria Fellowship
October 30, 2018

Melbourne Biomedical Precinct researcher, Ms Claire Gorrie, a Doherty Institute (Dept. Microbiology & Immunology) postdoctoral research fellow and bioinformatician, was announced as a recipient of the prestigious Victoria Fellowship. Ms Gorrie works in the School of Biomedical Science’s Microbiological Diagnostic Unit combining the collected sequence data with patient’s epidemiological data in order to identify potential transmission of these ‘superbugs’. “We hope to establish the feasibility and potential use … Continue reading University of Melbourne’s Claire Gorrie wins prestigious Victoria Fellowship »

Victorian Government Trade Mission to Israel – December 2018
October 29, 2018

You are invited to join a Victorian Government delegation to the 2018 Bioforum Summit in Tel Aviv. The Victorian Government, through Trade Victoria, is coordinating a medtech-biotech-pharma delegation to Israel, centred around the Bioforum Summit in Tel Aviv, in December. This is a great opportunity to showcase our strengths and capabilities, whilst also learning more about Israel’s highly innovative and commercially-oriented ecosystem. Mission dates? 9 … Continue reading Victorian Government Trade Mission to Israel – December 2018 »