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Baker Institute introduces gender equity fellowship to support women scientists to stay in workforce
January 17, 2019

As she was considering the merits of returning to full-time work as a scientist, Stephanie Yiallourou found herself wondering about school drop-off. Although holding a meeting before 9:30am would not ruffle feathers among her male colleagues, the prospect of cradling a phone with her shoulder while getting her boys ready for the day was unappealing. And so was giving up her profession like the many female scientists … Continue reading Baker Institute introduces gender equity fellowship to support women scientists to stay in workforce »

Motor neurone disease breakthrough: Patient trial shows impressive clinical results
January 16, 2019

A new drug delays motor neurone disease progression and improves cognitive and clinical symptoms according to recently announced trial results. Research at a glance:  The copper-delivery drug CuATSM improved symptoms in MND patients over six months Improvements were seen in lung function and cognition Decline in motor disability was reduced in treated patients compared to standard-of-care patients The researchers will begin a larger Phase 2 … Continue reading Motor neurone disease breakthrough: Patient trial shows impressive clinical results »

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Join the next TRaMx bootcamp – 11-12 Feb 2019
January 15, 2019

TRaM are taking applications for TRaMx 2019 If you’ve been thinking about how you can have greater impact with your research, you’ve come to the right place. TRaM is now accepting applications for our first two TRaMx bootcamps of the year. Designed to grow your understanding of research translation, TRaMx will accelerate your entrepreneurial thinking and research commercialisation, using practical frameworks and methodologies. During the … Continue reading Join the next TRaMx bootcamp – 11-12 Feb 2019 »

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$25 million to bridge a vital gap in Australian drug discovery
January 14, 2019

Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt has today announced $25 million in funding to enhance Australia’s drug discovery capabilities at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute’s new Drug Discovery Centre.  This significant investment is helping to overcome a challenge in Australian drug discovery by enabling the translation of world-class Australian biomedical research into lifesaving medicines for patients. The funding builds upon the Institute’s own $32.1 million … Continue reading $25 million to bridge a vital gap in Australian drug discovery »

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Five promising MedTech companies to watch earn $10,000 pre-seed funding in the 2018 National MedTech’s Got Talent Gala Finals
December 14, 2018

Australia’s brightest MedTech entrepreneurs battled it out at last night’s National MedTech’s Got Talent National Finals in Melbourne. The top five teams secured $10,000 non-dilutive, stage-gated funding to kickstart their MedTech startup towards product-market fit and investor readiness. These teams will participate in an intensive 6-week accelerator program, with the most investible team taking out the competition, and receiving an additional $30,000. Melbourne, Australia. Friday … Continue reading Five promising MedTech companies to watch earn $10,000 pre-seed funding in the 2018 National MedTech’s Got Talent Gala Finals »

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Artificial Intelligence (US) Mission to the US – 13-15 Feb 2019
December 13, 2018

The AUTM Conference, an assembly of international academic technology transfer professionals, is taking place in Austin, Texas from 10-13 February 2019. Austin has become one of the fastest growing tech hubs in the US with competitive strengths in Artificial Intelligence (AI), machine learning, and big data. Following the AUTM Conference, Austrade Americas will be hosting a strategic 2-day program for Australian researchers and technology transfer … Continue reading Artificial Intelligence (US) Mission to the US – 13-15 Feb 2019 »

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Access to cancer clinical trials for all Victorians
December 12, 2018

Patients with cancer living in regional and rural Victoria will soon have access to clinical trials, on their doorstep. The first patients participating in a cancer clinical trial implemented through a new Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre (VCCC) Teletrials Program has begun in Albury Wodonga and Bendigo. The program provides opportunities for regional patients to participate in clinical trials without the need to travel to metropolitan centres. Dr … Continue reading Access to cancer clinical trials for all Victorians »

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“We’re excited about it.” – CSL talks up new flu vaccine
December 6, 2018

Melbourne Biomedical Precinct Partners, CSL Limited presented new real-world data showing that its cell-based quadrivalent influenza vaccine (QIVc) was 36.2 percent more effective than standard* egg-based quadrivalent vaccines (QIVe) in preventing influenza-like illnesses during the 2017/18 influenza season in the United States. This is likely due to the predominance of the H3N2 virus and its propensity for mutation when it is adapted for influenza vaccine … Continue reading “We’re excited about it.” – CSL talks up new flu vaccine »

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Stentrode™ developed for brain treatments without major surgery
December 5, 2018

Australian researchers have developed a tiny device that electrically stimulates the brain and could one day be used to treat conditions such as epilepsy and Parkinson’s disease without invasive surgery. They have shown for the first time that electrical stimulation can be delivered into the brain from a 4 mm diameter Stentrode™ permanently implanted inside a blood vessel. This technology opens the door for a … Continue reading Stentrode™ developed for brain treatments without major surgery »

Forecasting the cycle of epileptic seizures
December 4, 2018

New research throws light on the predictability of seizure cycles for people with epilepsy   Cycles govern most aspects of our day-to-day life and our biology. There are environmental cycles, like the 8-hour working day, 5-day working week, monthly mortgage repayments and seasonal weather patterns. Epilepsy is particularly sensitive to metabolic cycles. Picture: Shutterstock There are also cycles in our body governed by hormonal and … Continue reading Forecasting the cycle of epileptic seizures »

$100 million investment in new PBS listings to fight cancer
November 30, 2018

Peter Mac was delighted to host The Hon. Greg Hunt MP, Minister for Health, to announce important changes to the PBS which will provide or improve subsidised access to life-changing cancer drugs. Minister Hunt toured Peter Mac’s labs prior to the announcement on Friday,  speaking with Professor Keiran Harvey (pictured left in the above photo) about his research which is focused on Drosophilia flies. The flies have genes … Continue reading $100 million investment in new PBS listings to fight cancer »

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New ACRF cancer research facility will harness structural biology to discover innovative cancer drugs in Melbourne
November 29, 2018

The Australian Cancer Research Foundation (ACRF) will provide $2 million to fund the creation of the ACRF Facility for Innovative Cancer Drug Discovery at the Bio21 Institute, University of Melbourne. The chief investigators, Professor Michael Parker and Dr David Ascher of Bio21, Professor Rick Pearson of the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre and Professor John Silke of the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute, represent some of … Continue reading New ACRF cancer research facility will harness structural biology to discover innovative cancer drugs in Melbourne »

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Study Master of Cancer Science in 2019
November 29, 2018

Explore an unprecedented breadth of integrated, advanced cancer knowledge In 2019 the Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre with the University of Melbourne is offering a Master of Cancer Sciences program for the first time. The two-year, part-time course will be Australia’s first cancer-specific, wholly online program, delivered by world-class experts from the Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre (VCCC) and Australia’s leading university. It will equip students with … Continue reading Study Master of Cancer Science in 2019 »

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Professor Bernhard Baune appointed as Co-Head of the Florey’s Mental Health Theme
November 28, 2018

Professor Baune has accepted an honorary appointment at the Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health and will co-head our mental health theme with Professor Andrew Lawrence Prof. Bernhard Baune (PhD, MD, MPH, FRANZCP) is Cato Chair and Head of the Department of Psychiatry at The University of Melbourne, Australia. Prof. Baune is a Fellow of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrist … Continue reading Professor Bernhard Baune appointed as Co-Head of the Florey’s Mental Health Theme »

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Thinking of studying Biomedicine? – 12 Dec
November 27, 2018

Thinking about studying Biomed with the University of Melbourne in 2019? Join us on Facebook Live as we talk to a panel of Biomed students and academics about everything you need to know for 2019. This is your opportunity to chat with students and recent graduates about what it’s really like to study Biomed, careers, scholarships, internships, exchange and much, much more!   Hear from … Continue reading Thinking of studying Biomedicine? – 12 Dec »

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A smarter way to deliver drugs
November 26, 2018

Dr Georgina Such works with nanoparticles to deliver vaccines and drugs, but a breakthrough in the field could be life-changing for people with cancer We want to make a nanoparticle that works better. To find a smarter way to deliver drugs. To achieve this, we are interested in unpacking how nanoparticle properties affect the ability to deliver drugs – this means understanding how nanoparticles can … Continue reading A smarter way to deliver drugs »

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Surgeries of the future?
November 23, 2018

CSN Event Report Written by Beth Davey | Science Communications Officer | Convergence Science Network   How Claudia Di Bella uses computers, robots and 3D printing in the operating room Only a few years ago, the ideas of 3D printing and regular use of robotics were something from a futuristic movie or television show. In 2018 Dr. Claudia Di Bella is using these techniques everyday … Continue reading Surgeries of the future? »

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Could lab-grown human minibrains help treat Alzheimer’s and epilepsy?
November 21, 2018

This year, as the worlds of science, technology and literature marked the bicentenary of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, in some laboratories human cells were being coaxed into a tiny version of the organ that most defines us. Depending on where you sit, these “minibrains” – formally known as cerebral organoids – could rival Shelley’s creation on the monstrosity scale, raising deep moral questions about consciousness and the nature of humanity. But … Continue reading Could lab-grown human minibrains help treat Alzheimer’s and epilepsy? »

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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 »

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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 »

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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 »

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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 »

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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 »

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Cancer Therapeutics CRC signs agreement to enable Pfizer to develop novel cancer drugs
October 26, 2018

Melbourne-headquartered Cancer Therapeutics CRC (CTx) today announced a two-year research collaboration and a license agreement with Pfizer Inc. (NYSE: PFE). Under the terms of the agreement, Pfizer will gain the rights to two novel pre-clinical cancer programs and CTx will receive US$14.2 million [AUD$20M] upfront payment, up to a potential US$460 million [AUD$648M] in development and sales milestones, as well as royalties on product sales … Continue reading Cancer Therapeutics CRC signs agreement to enable Pfizer to develop novel cancer drugs »

Medical research needs your blood!
October 24, 2018

Healthy volunteers are needed to sign up to the Volunteer Blood Donor Registry. The registry provides blood samples to ethically approved medical research for diseases such as cancer and inflammatory diseases. The Volunteer Blood Donor Registry is a not-for-profit service established by the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute and Melbourne Health to support research in the Melbourne Biomedical Precinct that requires the use of human blood. Registered healthy volunteers … Continue reading Medical research needs your blood! »