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Uni of Adelaide staff and graduates at forefront of Australia Day awards

The University of Adelaide congratulates eye surgeon and blindness prevention pioneer Dr James Muecke, AM, a Distinguished Alumnus of the University, for being named the Australian of the Year for 2020. Dr Muecke is among 40 members of the University of Adelaide community receiving recognition on Australia Day 2020 for their outstanding ... 28-Jan-2020 more


Nationwide diabetes study enters next stage

The Environmental Determinants of Islet Autoimmunity (ENDIA) Study into the causes of type 1 diabetes has entered its next phase. 1500 children who have a first-degree relative with type 1 diabetes will be followed for three years from the pregnancy. Led by Professor Jenny Couper from the University of ... 28-Jan-2020 more


Marine parks save sharks from overfishing threat

‘No-take’ marine reserves - where fishing is banned - can reverse the decline in the world’s coral reef shark populations caused by overfishing, according to an Australian study. But University of Queensland, James Cook University (JCU) and University of Tasmania researchers found that existing marine reserves need to be ... 28-Jan-2020 more


University of Adelaide to open new campus in Melbourne

Students interested in studying in Melbourne will now have the opportunity to receive a quality University of Adelaide education by studying at the University’s newest campus. The University of Adelaide will open a new Melbourne campus in time for Trimester 2, July 2020, with both undergraduate and postgraduate programs on ... 22-Jan-2020 more


‘Treasure trove’ of new discoveries highlights gaps in coral knowledge

Scientists have discovered dozens of new coral species on a recent voyage along the length of the Great Barrier Reef. A team of scientists completed a 21-day trip from the Capricorn Bunkers off Gladstone to Thursday Island in the Torres Strait late last year. “On almost every dive we were finding species that aren’t in the ... 22-Jan-2020 more


eDNA techniques to transform subterranean environmental assessment

A new project is set to transform understanding of the impact of mining on Australian subterranean species. The project, led by the University of Adelaide, with Rio Tinto, BHP Billiton, Chevron, and a number of government Departments, along with Curtin University, will monitor subterranean ecosystems by developing new environmental DNA ... 22-Jan-2020 more


An urgent call for ecosystem restoration action

In response to the ongoing drought, fires and catchment water quality issues, we call for national leadership to support large-scale ecosystem restoration across Australia. Ecosystem restoration and creation, when applied throughout the entire catchment (from the coastline to the top of the catchment), can repair damaged landscapes, mitigate ... 22-Jan-2020 more


Rethinking interactions with mental health patients

New research overturns the belief that people with severe mental illness are incapable of effective communication with their psychiatrist, and are able to work together with them to achieve better outcomes for themselves. “Interviews are a critical part of assessing people suffering from thought disorder (TD), and deciding what the ... 20-Jan-2020 more


Finding the right exercise balance for people with multiple sclerosis

A James Cook University researcher is looking for volunteers as she examines the beneficial effects of sport and exercise for people with Multiple Sclerosis (MS). JCU physiotherapy lecturer Moira Smith has developed a 12-week flexible exercise program for people with MS - a condition that interferes with nerve impulses of the brain, spinal ... 16-Jan-2020 more


Bad habits’ hidden impact

Unhealthy habits such as smoking, drinking or overeating not only cause their own physical damage but also spark changes that release harmful stress hormones. Researchers from James Cook University have found that using these coping mechanisms to deal with mental stress caused by life pressures is a Catch-22 situation – as it then ... 16-Jan-2020 more


Gorgeous geckos: three beautiful new Queensland geckos discovered

A James Cook University scientist has discovered three new velvet gecko species. The three species were discovered by Dr Conrad Hoskin, a biologist at JCU, and have this week been officially recognised in the international journal Zootaxa. He says the geckos are particularly beautiful. “All three are large, with spots or ... 16-Jan-2020 more


The sound of science

Scientists are set to use data gained from ‘eavesdropping’ on nature to build a picture of Australia’s animal life. James Cook University’s Professor Lin Schwarzkopf said scientists are developing new acoustic analysis techniques to recognise different species. Scientists will soon begin testing the accuracy of ... 16-Jan-2020 more