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Heart condition twice as common in Indigenous people

Research from the University of Adelaide shows Indigenous Australians suffer from a serious heart rhythm disorder twice as commonly as non-Indigenous people. A study in the University's Centre for Heart Rhythm Disorders is the first of its kind to detail the prevalence of atrial fibrillation among Indigenous Australians. Atrial ... 06-Jan-2015 more

Can we train ourselves to control our dreams?

A new national study at the University of Adelaide is investigating how people can mentally prepare themselves to influence their dreams. Australians are now being sought for the study, which aims to gain a deeper understanding of how people can learn to have "lucid dreams". "Lucid dreams are rare events in which people ... 13-Jan-2015 more

Call for better response to sexual assaults on Indigenous Australians

A James Cook University review of literature about responses to sexual assaults on Indigenous Australians has led to a call for more effective, practical work in the area. In an Australia-wide search, analysts could find no records of intervention studies – where theory had been scientifically applied to evaluate programs or services ... 13-Jan-2015 more

UC’s $2.6m project to make maths count in Indonesia

Making maths more engaging for disadvantaged high-school students in Indonesia, particularly girls, is the aim of a multi-million dollar project by the University of Canberra, in collaboration with Indonesian education leaders. The three-year project, led by University of Canberra Centenary Professor Thomas Lowrie is focused on promoting ... 13-Jan-2015 more

Out of the pouch: ancient DNA from extinct giant roos

Scientists have finally managed to extract DNA from Australia's extinct giant kangaroos - the mysterious marsupial megafauna that roamed Australia over 40,000 years ago. A team of scientists led by Dr Bastien Llamas and Professor Alan Cooper from the University of Adelaide's Australian Centre for Ancient DNA (ACAD) have extracted DNA ... 15-Jan-2015 more

Good leadership can positively change people’s brains

Do leaders of successful and adaptive organisations think differently? Yes, according to a University of Adelaide organisational and neural complexity specialist. Dr Fiona Kerr says while it’s common knowledge that a leader plays a critical role in the success of a company, the research she conducted as part of her PhD (based on ... 15-Jan-2015 more

Predicting coral reef futures under climate change

Researchers examining the impact of climate change on coral reefs have found a way to predict which reefs are likely to recover following bleaching episodes and which won’t. Coral bleaching is the most immediate threat to reefs from climate change. It’s caused when ocean temperatures become warmer than normal maximum summer ... 15-Jan-2015 more

Sterile gloves not essential for minor procedures

New research from James Cook University has found that clean, boxed gloves are just as effective in reducing the risk of wound infections for minor procedures as sterile gloves.  As the clean, boxed gloves cost significantly less, the findings may help reduce costs for procedures in developing countries with limited health resources, ... 19-Jan-2015 more

Phone helplines: Aussie men just want to talk

Australian men have a reputation for being macho and practical, but when it comes to using phone helplines most men just want to talk about their feelings, according to researchers at the University of Adelaide. "It's widely believed that men don't like to seek help, and that this behaviour typically stops them from visiting ... 19-Jan-2015 more

Young Asians at greater skin cancer risk in Australia

New research from the University of Adelaide shows that young Asian Australians could be placing themselves at greater risk of developing skin cancer by engaging in "dangerous" sun behaviour. Although cultural norms in Asia suggest that having lighter skin is preferable, research conducted in the University's School of ... 19-Jan-2015 more

Silk-weaving ant study sees new behaviour

A James Cook University Professor’s study of silk-weaving ants is promising to change our understanding of how all creatures work together. JCU’s Professor Simon Robson led a study on the behaviour of the ants that found the insects could evolve and abandon and then re-evolve the practice of building nests from silk, with ... 21-Jan-2015 more

Vibrant works by Aboriginal, TTI and Maori artists on display in Yeppoon this week

All are welcome to view vibrant works by Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander and Maori artists on display in Yeppoon this week. The works have been produced during 10 days of ‘cross-cultural’ workshops at Byfield and will be on display at Yeppoon Town Hall on Friday and Saturday (January 23-24), from 10am to 4pm ... 21-Jan-2015 more

Concern over skin whitener marketing

A study led by a James Cook University marketing expert has raised concerns over the ethics of the marketing of skin-whitening products, widely available in Australia.  Professor Lynne Eagle said demand for the product was growing, with more than 60 percent of Indian women reportedly using one of the more than 240 brands of skin ... 23-Jan-2015 more

Researchers one step closer to predicting cancer patients' drug toxicity

Being able to predict that a patient will adversely react to a drug that's meant to be treating them is a key aim of personalised medicine, and could help to improve the patient's overall treatment. Researchers at the University of Adelaide are now one step closer to accurately predicting which cancer patients will experience severe ... 23-Jan-2015 more

Coastal councils behind on climate change preparations

In the first study of its kind in Australia, a James Cook University researcher has discovered major holes in local government preparations for climate change.   Michael Bradley, from JCU’s School of Marine and Tropical Biology, in collaboration with CSIRO's Marine and Atmospheric Research Division, surveyed 67 coastal ... 23-Jan-2015 more

Ethics of school-based immunisation programs examined

University of Adelaide researchers and their government and industry partners have identified a range of ethical issues with high school-based immunisation programs in South Australia. School-based immunisation programs are commonly run in Australia and in other countries around the world, with vaccines given to large groups of students ... 27-Jan-2015 more

Chinese students at special risk of problem gambling

James Cook University researchers have found Chinese international students have unique risk factors that predispose them to problem gambling.  Dr Wendy Li led the study, which found the students were typically led into problem gambling by a combination of loneliness and inexperience in making decisions for themselves. She said ... 27-Jan-2015 more

Urban sprawl promotes worm exchange across species

New research has shed light on the complex exchange of parasitic worms between wildlife, rats and humans. The increasing emergence of new human diseases contracted from animals has encouraged researchers from the University of Adelaide to study the link between parasitic worms found in rats and the parasites they share with other wildlife ... 27-Jan-2015 more

Democratic failures of the asylum seeker policy

The secrecy of the Abbott Government’s asylum seeker policy has deprived Australians of the ability to watch the government’s actions, leading them to neglect their constitutional duty to ‘never look away’, according to a University of Adelaide constitutional law expert. Associate Professor Reilly says in 2014, the ... 29-Jan-2015 more

University of Adelaide embraces Mad March festivities

The University of Adelaide will again be embracing the festivities of Mad March in 2015, with both past and present students and staff showcasing their knowledge and talents to the wider community. Adelaide Fringe (13 February-15 March):  - The Adelaide Law School’s Images of Justice photographic competition ... 02-Feb-2015 more

Expert comment on Liberal leadership spill

Dr Binoy Kampmark is available to comment on the Liberal Party’s leadership spill. Dr Kampmark, from RMIT’ s School of Global, Urban and Social Studies, has research interests in diplomacy, international relations, the institution of war, 20th century history and law. He is a member of the Australian Institute of ... 09-Feb-2015 more

Scientists hunt cause of mystery turtle deaths

James Cook University researchers are trying to unravel the mystery of a 2012 mass stranding of green turtles in Upstart Bay, near Ayr in Queensland.  The number of green turtles stranding in the general area increased from five in 2009 to more than 100 animals in 2012. Scientists are now intensively monitoring in Upstart Bay, southeast ... 09-Feb-2015 more

Cocaine study raises questions about all addictions

International research involving the University of Adelaide has pointed to a potential new treatment for cocaine addiction, and could have implications for all types of drug addictions, according to the researchers. A team led by the University of Adelaide and University of Colorado has discovered a mechanism in the body's immune system ... 09-Feb-2015 more

Freckles and a shopaholic? It’s ok, spending and saving is all part of your genetics

Australian financial advisers are failing their customers by ignoring research that shows people's spending and saving habits are genetically hardwired.  Whether you are a savvy saver who puts funds away for retirement or someone to risk it all on red at the casino is largely dictated at birth. Vince Scully, a former investment ... 10-Feb-2015 more

Water vapour study boosts severe weather prediction

Research at RMIT University using four-dimensional GPS modelling to measure water vapour could improve predictions of severe weather, potentially reducing the impact of natural disasters. Although it is known that the dynamics of water vapour has a crucial effect on the formation and lifecycle of severe weather, the phenomenon is not well ... 13-Feb-2015 more

Impact of obesity on fertility can be reversed

In a breakthrough discovery, researchers at the University of Adelaide have revealed how damage from obesity is passed from a mother to her children, and also how that damage can be reversed. The findings, by a team led by the University's Robinson Research Institute, have major implications for the future of fertility research and have ... 13-Feb-2015 more

Cerebral palsy could be in your genes

An international research group led by a team at the University of Adelaide has made what they believe could be the biggest discovery into cerebral palsy in 20 years. It has long been the belief that cerebral palsy occurs when a child experiences a lack of oxygen during pregnancy or at birth; however, the Australian Collaborative Cerebral ... 13-Feb-2015 more

Half of childcare centres fail cot mattress safety test

Public health researchers at the University of Adelaide are hoping to raise awareness among childcare centres of the potentially deadly consequences of using cot mattresses that are too soft. Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) has been linked to a number of risk factors associated with sleep practices and environment, including the ... 23-Feb-2015 more

Expert comment on Cyclone Marcia

James Cook University’s Cyclone Testing Station team is inspecting the damage caused by Cyclone Marcia. The team’s currently in Yeppoon and was in Rockhampton yesterday. They can provide expert comment on the damage caused by Cyclone Marcia and are available for interview. Please contact: David Henderson Director, ... 23-Feb-2015 more

Clean thermal energy for clean fresh water

RMIT research into an alternative water desalination and irrigation system based on clean thermal energy will be boosted thanks to a $132,000 grant from the Australia-India Strategic Research Fund. Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Industry and Science, Karen Andrews, announced the successful recipients of round eight of the fund ... 23-Feb-2015 more

Nanny state: school surveillance on the rise

Invasive school surveillance practices are the norm in the UK and USA, and according to a University of Adelaide criminologist, such practices are becoming increasingly popular in Australian schools. Associate Professor Andrew Hope’s research into school-based surveillance in the UK, USA, Europe and Australia was published in the ... 25-Feb-2015 more

Great Barrier Reef corals eat plastic

Researchers have found that corals commonly found on the Great Barrier Reef will eat microplastic pollution. “Corals are non-selective feeders and our results show that they can consume microplastics when the plastics are present in seawater,” says Dr Mia Hoogenboom, a Chief Investigator with the ARC Centre of Excellence for ... 25-Feb-2015 more

Ensuring burns victims receive the best nutrition

University of Adelaide researchers are working to solve one of the biggest problems of caring for critically ill burns victims – how to provide them with the nutrition they need to survive. Getting the right level and type of nutrition to burns victims is a key to their recovery and survival. But these patients often face severe ... 25-Feb-2015 more

JCU and Mater join forces for better surgery outcomes

A new research partnership between James Cook University scientists and Mater Hospital Townsville orthopaedic surgeons could dramatically improve knee surgery results. The Orthopaedic Research Institute of Queensland (ORIQL) based at the Mater is hoping to promote rapid healing and improved mobility after knee surgery using a drug therapy ... 02-Mar-2015 more

Wonders of the Waite Arboretum revealed with new app

A new free mobile app promises to make the wonders of the University of Adelaide’s Waite Arboretum more accessible than ever before. The Waite Arboretum, at the University’s Waite campus at Urrbrae, is a living tree museum and repository for species now considered rare and endangered in the wild. “We are excited to ... 02-Mar-2015 more

Talking drone offers aviation safety boost

In a world first, RMIT University researchers have developed a talking drone that can converse with air traffic controllers just like a normal pilot. The development is a critical step towards the full integration of unmanned aircraft systems – or drones – into civil airspace. The project, part of a larger research ... 02-Mar-2015 more

Memorial service pays tribute to body donors

Family members, students and staff will gather at the University of Adelaide's Bonython Hall tomorrow (Wednesday 4 March) to pay their respects to those who have helped to advance medical research and training by generously donating their bodies to science.   The Annual Memorial and Dedication Service is held on behalf of all ... 04-Mar-2015 more

Research uncovers basis for cadmium toxicity

University of Adelaide research has uncovered how the metal cadmium, which is accumulating in the food chain, causes toxicity in living cells.   Published in the journal Nature Communications, this research has shown how cadmium disrupts the transport of the essential metals manganese and zinc into and out of ... 04-Mar-2015 more

What would a "self-learning" health system look like?

A free public lecture at the University of Adelaide will hear next week about how more science can be put into decision-making in health – and what the benefits would be for patients, communities and government. At a time when South Australia's health system and services are undergoing many changes, the University's next ... 06-Mar-2015 more

Surviving the ‘Most Explosive Era of Infrastructure Expansion’ in Nine Steps

An acclaimed James Cook University researcher has warned of an ‘explosive era’ of infrastructure expansion across the globe, calling for a new approach to protect vulnerable ecosystems. Distinguished Research Professor William Laurance is the lead author of the study, which has been published in the journal, Current ... 06-Mar-2015 more

Upcoming special days – experts available

The following University of Adelaide experts are available to comment on: Multiple Birth Awareness Week (9-16 March) Professor Ben Mol is a senior researcher in the Robinson Research Institute at the University of Adelaide. He can discuss the risks to mother and children associated with multiple pregnancies and births, as well as ... 06-Mar-2015 more

Why we couldn’t predict the GFC

It has been known for some time that monetary theory (an economic model) used prior to the global financial crisis (GFC) of 2007-2008 was seriously flawed; however, a University of Adelaide economist has recently explained just why it failed and what might be a better approach to prevent future financial crises. Associate Professor Colin ... 09-Mar-2015 more

Scientists target treatment for tropical food allergies

James Cook University immunologists are studying tropical foods in an effort to better target treatment for North Queensland kids with allergies.   About ten percent of Australian children are thought to have food allergies, with overseas studies suggesting the figure could be three times higher for children living in the ... 09-Mar-2015 more

$1.3 million grant to fight deadly condition

James Cook University scientists have been given more than $1.3 million to study a deadly condition that kills about 1000 Australians every year without warning.  The group of researchers at the Australian Institute of Tropical Health & Medicine (AITHM) aim to contribute to a drug treatment for people who suffer from abdominal ... 09-Mar-2015 more

End of life care alters medical student attitude

Earlier exposure to palliative care can enhance junior doctors' professionalism, focus on and communication with all patients, and other important aspects of care, according to a study from the University of Adelaide. Palliative care is the provision of support for patients with life-threatening illnesses who are approaching the end of ... 11-Mar-2015 more

‘Nano-earthquakes’ hold key to smarter electronics

The performance of mobile phone cameras and solar cells could be boosted by “nano-earthquakes”, researchers have found. RMIT University’s Dr Sumeet Walia and Dr Amgad Rezk have examined the use of sound waves to controllably change the electronic properties of 2D materials, in a study led by Dr Sharath Sriram. Their ... 13-Mar-2015 more

Young offenders' behaviour points to more complex needs

New research at the University of Adelaide is helping to shed light on the risks of young people engaging in criminal offences while in state care. It's hoped this information can be used to tailor services addressing the complex needs of young people in state care, and turn them away from a potential life of crime. School of ... 13-Mar-2015 more

All welcome to reflect on community resilience in wake of Cyclone Marcia

Business people, community representatives and other interested residents are encouraged to attend a Rockhampton event focused on community resilience and sustainability when faced with severe weather events and other natural disasters. Hosted in Rockhampton by CQUniversity Australia, the ‘Community Recovery and Resilience ... 13-Mar-2015 more

Scientists discover gecko secret

In a world first, a research team including James Cook University scientists has discovered how geckos manage to stay clean, even in dusty deserts.  The process, described in Interface, the prestigious journal of the Royal Society, may also turn out to have important human applications.  JCU’s Professor Lin Schwarzkopf ... 16-Mar-2015 more

Endurance sport causes strain in right side of the heart

Otherwise healthy people who exercise strenuously for more than 90 minutes suffer from a post-exercise drop in heart performance, but only in the right side of the heart, according to researchers at the University of Adelaide. The findings could have implications for long-term heart health of athletes and may help researchers to better ... 16-Mar-2015 more

10% weight loss provides long-term cardiac benefit

Obese patients suffering from atrial fibrillation who lose at least 10% of their body weight greatly increase their chances of achieving long-term freedom from this common heart rhythm disorder, according to new research from the University of Adelaide. The results of the study, from the University's Centre for Heart Rhythm Disorders, ... 18-Mar-2015 more

JCU expands into Townsville’s CBD

James Cook University is expanding its presence in Townsville, celebrating the opening of its innovative, multi-use campus in the heart of the city. The nearly 1000 square metre Townsville City Campus is a three storey, teaching, engagement and student services centre located in the City Arcade development. Speaking at today’s ... 18-Mar-2015 more

Design plans for UC Public Hospital unveiled

ACT Minister for Health Simon Corbell MLA and University of Canberra Vice-Chancellor Professor Stephen Parker have this week unveiled the reference design for the new University of Canberra Public Hospital. Public consultation will now begin on the proposed reference design for the state-of-the-art facility to be built in the northwest ... 18-Mar-2015 more

Migrant dentists contribute to brain drain

Dentists migrate to Australia seeking "better opportunities" and "adventure" but they also contribute towards brain drain for developing and poorer countries. These are just some of the findings of the biggest study of its kind into migrant dentists in Australia, conducted by the University of Adelaide's Australian ... 20-Mar-2015 more

Experts on Cyclone Nathan and aftermath

The following James Cook University experts are available to comment on Cyclone Nathan and its aftermath.  Dr David Henderson - Director, Cyclone Testing Station. Can speak on resilience of structures, what damage to expect.  0400 763 044 Dr Daniel Smith – Research Fellow, Cyclone Testing Station. 0402 846 827 Both Dr ... 20-Mar-2015 more

Tackling the 'intertwined' nature of diseases influenced by oxidative stress and inflammation

A combination of diet and high intensity exercise is shaping as the best intervention against the ‘intertwined’ nature of diseases influenced by oxidative stress and inflammation. That’s according to a trio of CQUniversity researchers who have just had their research published in the Journal of Oxidative Medicine and ... 23-Mar-2015 more

Healthy grain fibre helps barley resist pests

Research at the University of Adelaide’s Waite campus has shed light on the action of the serious agricultural pest, cereal cyst nematode, which will help progress improved resistant varieties. Published in the journal New Phytologist, the researchers showed how the composition of the cell wall that surrounds the feeding sites of ... 23-Mar-2015 more

World Heritage sites risk collapse without stronger local management

Without better local management, the world’s most iconic ecosystems are at risk of collapse under climate change, say researchers in a study published in the journal Science.  The international team of researchers say protecting places of global environmental importance, such as the Great Barrier Reef and the Amazon rainforest, ... 23-Mar-2015 more

Call for change of focus with cyclone planning

Scientists from James Cook University say disaster planners need to pay greater attention to people with ongoing health conditions when preparing for extreme events such as cyclones. The multi-national team of public health specialists, including JCU researchers, looked at the after-effects of large storm systems such as Severe Tropical ... 23-Mar-2015 more

How do we improve psychology services for all Australians?

Australians are being urged to take part in a new study that aims to better understand the community's attitudes towards psychological health services, and the needs of people living in both city and country areas. The new online survey, being run by the University of Adelaide's School of Psychology, has ... 23-Mar-2015 more

Scientists develop PNG fishing spots

A team from James Cook University is trying to kick-start a sports fishing industry on the PNG coast that will provide sustainable livelihoods for local people. JCU’s multi-disciplinary team is focused on the Black Bass, one of the world’s toughest fighting fish, found in coastal rivers and estuaries where it grows to more than ... 23-Mar-2015 more

Acid poses rapid risk to wine tasters' teeth

New research from the University of Adelaide shows the acid in wine can make teeth vulnerable to erosion within minutes, prompting renewed calls for professional wine tasters to protect their teeth. Laboratory studies conducted by researchers in the University's School of Dentistry have simulated the kind of short, multiple exposures to ... 25-Mar-2015 more

Former PM John Howard speaks on leadership at UC conference

Former Australian Prime Minister the Hon. John Howard OM AC, Indonesian Ambassador to Australia, His Excellency Mr Nadjib Riphat Kesoema and other high-profile speakers will discuss the topic of leadership at a University of Canberra conference starting tomorrow. The inaugural Future Leaders Congress, to be held at the Hyatt Hotel, brings ... 25-Mar-2015 more

Walking after meals could save older people from a fall

Research at the University of Adelaide’s Waite campus has shed light on the action of the serious agricultural pest, cereal cyst nematode, which will help progress improved resistant varieties. Published in the journal New Phytologist, the researchers showed how the composition of the cell wall that surrounds the feeding sites of these ... 25-Mar-2015 more

Cost of lifestyle advice during pregnancy is worth it

Research from the University of Adelaide shows that the additional cost of providing one-on-one lifestyle advice to overweight and obese women during pregnancy is offset by improved outcomes at birth. Researchers from the University's Robinson Research Institute ran an economic evaluation in parallel with the world's biggest study ... 27-Mar-2015 more

Habitat fragmentation having “terrifying effects” on world’s ecosystems

Two dozen of the world’s top ecologists say that Earth’s ecosystems are suffering “terrifying effects” from habitat fragmentation, in an article just published in Science Express. “The numbers are simply scary, in terms of the pace and extent that ecosystems are being fragmented today,” said Professor ... 27-Mar-2015 more

Physical activity has 'broader benefit' in reducing depression and anxiety

Researchers have previously focused strongly on the therapeutic benefits of physical activity for reducing depression and anxiety in ‘clinical populations’ – people with chronic physical conditions or diagnosed mental illnesses. Now current and former researchers at CQUniversity, led by Dr Amanda Rebar, have drawn together ... 27-Mar-2015 more

Barley research expected to help beer brew better

Carlton & United Breweries (CUB), a subsidiary of SABMiller, and the University of Adelaide has announced a joint research initiative to investigate the impact of barley quality on key attributes of the brewing process and beer quality. Researchers from the University of Adelaide’s Waite campus will use state-of-the art ... 30-Mar-2015 more

World’s leading health and medical education minds meet in Newcastle

Innovation in health and medical professional education and challenges in clinical training will be on the table when hundreds of the field’s global leaders converge in Newcastle this week for two global conferences. The Asian Medical Education Association Conference (AMEA) and the Australian and New Zealand Association for Health ... 30-Mar-2015 more

Can children with egg allergy tolerate pasteurised raw egg?

New research from the University of Adelaide shows pasteurised (heated) raw egg contains the same main allergens as non-pasteurised (fresh) raw egg, and is not likely to be tolerated in children with egg allergy. Researchers have compared the properties of pasteurised with non-pasteurised raw egg in order to better understand if pasteurised ... 30-Mar-2015 more

JCU develops new standard for life jackets

James Cook University researchers are developing standards for new low buoyancy lifejackets to be used by Australian surf lifesavers. Researchers led by Wade Sinclair from JCU’s department of Sport and Exercise Science were given a clear brief – the vests must return an unconscious swimmer to the surface and not inhibit lifesaver ... 01-Apr-2015 more

How do accents impact customer service?

Can the accent of a service employee have an impact on the customer’s experience? Yes, according to a University of Adelaide marketing researcher. Dr Sally Rao Hill, from the University’s Business School, conducted the first research of its kind into foreign accents and customer service, with the findings published in the ... 01-Apr-2015 more

UC applauds Chief Minister’s vision of a ‘knowledge capital’

The University of Canberra congratulates ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr on his vision for the future of Canberra and the “vital” role that higher education will play in making this city a true “knowledge capital”. During his Canberra Business Chamber 2015 ‘State of the Territory’ address today at the ... 01-Apr-2015 more

JCU’s revolutionary new course: prepare for the ‘Internet of Things’

In a first for Australia, James Cook University is preparing for the next revolution in internet technology, announcing a new course to teach engineering students the fascinating possibilities of the ‘Internet of Things’. The Dean of the College of Science, Technology and Engineering, Professor Paul Dirks said the ... 07-Apr-2015 more

Critical windows to turn away junk food craving

University of Adelaide researchers have shown there are two critical windows during the developmental pathway to adulthood when exposure to junk food is most harmful, particularly for female offspring. This work leads on from earlier findings which showed that mothers who eat junk food while pregnant are programming their babies to be ... 07-Apr-2015 more

We can fix the Great Barrier Reef

Leading coral reef scientists say Australia could restore the Great Barrier Reef to its former glory through better policies that focus on science, protection and conservation. In a paper published in the journal Nature Climate Change, the authors argue that all the stressors on the Reef need to be reduced for it to recover. An ... 07-Apr-2015 more

Gallipoli's impact explored in free public forum

The Centenary of the ANZAC landing at Gallipoli will be commemorated in a series of events at the University of Adelaide, including a free public forum that will explore some of the biggest impacts of the Gallipoli campaign. In Gallipoli Revisited, a special Research Tuesdays Forum to be held on Tuesday 14 April, three leading researchers ... 08-Apr-2015 more

Tattoo growth still strong

With nearly a third of women in their 20s now sporting a tattoo, a James Cook University researcher says the growth of the ‘ink’ industry shows no sign of slowing down. Dr Eduardo de la Fuente said a quarter of people aged 18 to 30 are now tattooed, with that figure approaching 33 percent for women in their 20s. He said what ... 08-Apr-2015 more

Vitamin D link with depression in overweight women

University of Adelaide researchers have discovered a previously unknown link between vitamin D and depression in overweight women with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). In a study led by Dr Lisa Moran, from the University of Adelaide’s Robinson Research Institute and Monash University’s Monash Centre for Health Research ... 08-Apr-2015 more

Better patient consultation needed on health tech funding

Research from the University of Adelaide has highlighted the need for improved consultation with patient advocacy groups about public health funding for new medical technologies. Such technologies can range from new drugs and vaccines, physical devices – a new surgical robot, or prosthetic limbs – and even new techniques and ... 13-Apr-2015 more

Mental health and substance services poor in the north

A University of Adelaide study found vital mental health and drug and alcohol services in Adelaide’s northern suburbs are sparse, seriously overloaded, fragmented and difficult to locate, leaving many vulnerable people struggling without help. The recent scoping study was phase 1 of a larger study led by Professor Charlotte de ... 13-Apr-2015 more

Equatorial fish babies in hot water

Scientists have discovered that rising ocean temperatures slow the development of baby fish around the equator, raising concerns about the impact of global warming on fish and fisheries in the tropics. In the largest study of its kind, researchers from the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies at James Cook University examined the ... 13-Apr-2015 more

The CQUni-CQ Rugby Academy is pleased to announce the 2015 Development Squad

The CQUni-CQ Rugby Academy is pleased to announce the 2015 Development Squad. The Development Squad has been selected from local talent between the ages of 14-17 years with the intent to support their positional development and rugby skill-set. CQ Director of Rugby Steve Anderson said “these young players will be presented with an ... 15-Apr-2015 more

Volunteer ‘duck watchers’ needed for bird flu research

Ducks and other waterbirds on the River Torrens will be under close scrutiny for the next 18 months as University of Adelaide researchers investigate what ‘bird flu’ or avian influenza viruses they may be carrying.   ‘Duckwatch’ starts along the River Torrens this month. The researchers will be monitoring and ... 15-Apr-2015 more

Why costumed fans are a creative force for good

Superheroes, videogame, TV and animation characters really exist in our community – in the form of costumed fans who bring their favourite characters to life. And new research from the University of Adelaide has shed light on why this cultural phenomenon, known as "cosplay", is a force for good. "Cosplay" (short ... 15-Apr-2015 more

UC researcher urges media to tell the Anzac story right

As Australian TV viewers learn about the work of war correspondents 100 years ago in a mini-series screening this weekend, there is an opportunity to reflect on the role of today’s journalists in shaping and defining the Anzac story, a University of Canberra academic said. The two-part pay television drama mini-series, Deadline ... 17-Apr-2015 more

JCU Singapore awarded the EduTrust Star

James Cook University’s Singapore campus has earned the distinction of being the first private education institution to attain an EduTrust Star quality mark from the Singapore Government. The EduTrust Star is the highest level of quality assurance that can be awarded to a private education institution (PEI) by the Council for Private ... 17-Apr-2015 more

Processed foods linked to harmful chemicals

University of Adelaide researchers have found another important reason to avoid some processed foods with the discovery of a link between an unhealthy diet and exposure to potentially harmful chemicals – phthalates – that are used in common plastic food wrappings. Academics from the Freemasons Foundation Centre for Men’s ... 17-Apr-2015 more

Fatty liver: the pathology of gluttony

University of Adelaide Executive Dean of Health Sciences Professor Alastair Burt specialises in liver diseases and says while most people only associate liver disease with alcoholism, people who are overweight, obese or with type 2 diabetes, are also prone to serious liver conditions. “Fatty liver diseases are a group of diseases that ... 20-Apr-2015 more

Testosterone fight highlights need for strong research

Tough new Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) guidelines for prescribing testosterone have stimulated strong debate within the health industry, demonstrating the critical need for research into the long-term effects of hormone supplements, according to a University of Adelaide men’s health expert. Introduced this month, the new PBS ... 20-Apr-2015 more

3D printing and gaming technology in paramedic pilot

CQUniversity and Bond University researchers have launched a cutting-edge pilot study using 3D printing and augmented reality gaming technology to assist paramedic students studying via distance education. The study will involve 30 CQUniversity paramedic science students, who will utilise the mixed-media visualisation techniques to receive ... 22-Apr-2015 more

Fishing impacts on the Great Barrier Reef

New research shows that fishing is having a significant impact on the make-up of fish populations of the Great Barrier Reef.  It’s long been known that environmental impacts such as climate change and pollution are amongst the drivers of change on the Great Barrier Reef. Now researchers from the ARC Centre of Excellence for ... 22-Apr-2015 more

Social media blurs lines between sport and alcohol culture

Alcohol companies are finding new and sophisticated ways to use the power of social media to pitch drinking as pivotal to the sporting experience, a new study shows. Social media is now a key player in promoting alcohol – giving the industry the ability to reach millions of consumers and aggressively target young drinkers. The ... 22-Apr-2015 more

Aged care consumers will benefit from major changes

Older Australians are expected to be better off under radical changes to the aged care system that take effect this year, according to a national survey of aged care service providers led by University of Adelaide researchers. From 1 July, Australia's aged care system will officially introduce a "consumer directed care" model ... 27-Apr-2015 more

JCU Doctors in World-first Epilepsy Treatment

James Cook University scientists are leading a drug trial which is attempting to find a better treatment for kids with a life threatening form of epilepsy. JCU’s Dr Jeremy Furyk is coordinating the work, funded by a grant of more than $140,000 from the Queensland Emergency Medicine Research Foundation, on top of other funding from the ... 27-Apr-2015 more

Potential new target to prevent breast cancer relapse

University of Adelaide researchers have discovered an important factor in the development of breast cancer and its spread, which may present a new target for treatment. Published in the journal Oncogene, the researchers have for the first time shown how a specific protein receptor on the surface of breast cells promotes the progression of ... 27-Apr-2015 more

Developing portable, highly sensitive gold detection

University of Adelaide researchers are developing a portable, highly sensitive method for gold detection that would allow mineral exploration companies to test for gold on-site at the drilling rig. Using light in two different processes (fluorescence and absorption), the researchers from the University’s Institute for Photonics and ... 29-Apr-2015 more

JCU maps effect of climate change on Australia

James Cook University scientists have mapped the entire Australian continent to find the areas that will best support wildlife 70 years from now, even under a relatively severe climate change scenario. The map was produced by a JCU team from the Centre for Tropical Biodiversity and Climate Change, led by Profs Stephen Williams, Jeremy ... 29-Apr-2015 more

Make your mark on national flu map

When you’re feeling under the weather it’s usually good manners to keep your germs to yourself, but a national surveillance system is encouraging the community to share their symptoms this flu season. Flutracking.net, the largest online influenza-like illness surveillance system of its kind in the world, is designed to alert ... 29-Apr-2015 more

Early signs of arthritis can be found in the mouth

A common gum disease may indicate a person’s risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis later in life, according to a University of Adelaide dental expert. Professor Mark Bartold, Director of the University’s Colgate Australian Clinical Dental Research Centre, says multiple processes that occur in the body when someone develops ... 04-May-2015 more

‘Performance enhancing’ drugs decrease performance

Doping is damaging the image of sport without benefitting athletes’ results, according to University of Adelaide research. Researchers from the University’s School of Medical Sciences collated sporting records (including Olympic and world records) of male and female athletes across 26 sports, between 1886 and 2012. Comparisons ... 04-May-2015 more

Rocky region dog owners called on to supply ticks and faecal samples

Simone Gillespie is undertaking her third-year Bachelor of Medical Science (Pathology) project on zoonotic parasites from domestic dogs in the greater Rockhampton region. The aim of this research,  under the supervision of Dr Richard Bradbury,  is to determine the prevalence and types of dog intestinal parasites in the ... 04-May-2015 more

How your sex life may influence endometriosis

Researchers are a step closer to understanding the risk factors associated with endometriosis thanks to a new University of Adelaide study. Dr Jonathan McGuane, from the University’s Robinson Research Institute, says they discovered, for the first time, an association between contact with seminal fluid and the development of ... 06-May-2015 more

First screening test for common pregnancy complications

University of Adelaide reproductive experts have developed the world’s first screening test which can predict a woman’s risk of developing one or more of the four common pregnancy complications.   Researchers at the University’s Robinson Research Institute have developed algorithms (or calculations) that combine subtle ... 06-May-2015 more

Five-year study unlocks global frog death mystery

James Cook University scientists have helped unlock the secret to immunity to the deadly chytrid fungus, which has devastated frog populations around the world. The research is being described as a major step forward in understanding the pathogen and helping to save more frogs. While the fungus has run riot among frogs, some fortunate ... 11-May-2015 more

UON Laureate Professor elected to fellowship of The Royal Society

The University of Newcastle is delighted to announce geotechnical engineer Laureate Professor Scott Sloan has been elected to The Royal Society, a fellowship of the world's most eminent scientific minds. This scientific academy is the oldest in continuous existence and includes luminaries such as Sir Isaac Newton, Stephen Hawking, Charles ... 11-May-2015 more

Why quality childcare is important for low-income children

High-quality childcare can help close developmental gaps in children from low socio-economic backgrounds, according to new research from the University of Adelaide. University of Adelaide Public Health PhD student Angela Gialamas measured the cognitive and socio-emotional development of children who attended childcare from 2-3 years of age. ... 11-May-2015 more

New report: first compilation of global addictions

The world’s first comprehensive report on global addictions has revealed Australians smoke less tobacco and drink less alcohol than the British, but Aussies take more illicit drugs. The Global Statistics on Addictive Behaviours: 2014 Status Report, led by researchers at the University of Adelaide, is the first time that global data on ... 13-May-2015 more

Tropical research institute welcomes funding for health and medicine in northern Australia

The Australian Institute of Tropical Health and Medicine (AITHM) at James Cook University welcomes the Federal Government’s announcement of $15.4 million funding for tropical health research. The announcement is an endorsement of the work led by JCU and confirms its national significance. The Director of AITHM, Professor Louis ... 13-May-2015 more

Breeding program takes pressure off coral reefs

Scientists from James Cook University have made a breakthrough in the breeding and raising of saltwater aquarium fish and crustaceans that will take the pressure off hard-pressed coral reef populations.  JCU’s Associate Professor Chaoshu Zeng said the trade in marine aquarium fish is a fast expanding, multi-billion dollar ... 13-May-2015 more

Call to abolish "gay panic" defence for murder trials

A University of Adelaide law expert says South Australia should abolish the partial defence of "provocation", which reduces murder to manslaughter if a victim is alleged to have "provoked" the defendant into losing control and killing. The provocation defence has become known as the "gay panic" defence because ... 18-May-2015 more

Research shows sampling has artistic merit

Research by RMIT University PhD graduate, Nathanael Bates, investigates the notion of originality in remix culture. Sampling and the 'Sound Object' in contemporary sonic art explores the limits of artistic practice based upon sampling music from other artists. Bates, of Windsor, said the project develops understanding of what can ... 18-May-2015 more

Baby flatback turtles fight currents to stay in the Great Barrier Reef

New research from James Cook University has provided fascinating insights into the lives of baby turtles on the Great Barrier Reef. The researchers have discovered one of the reasons no flatback turtle from Eastern Australia has been found outside the confines of Australia’s continental shelf for at least 50 years. Using computer ... 18-May-2015 more

New centre to help industry make the best wines

A new centre being launched at the University of Adelaide’s Waite campus today will help the wine industry address key challenges while producing the wines that consumers want and the market demands. Supported by the Australian Research Council (ARC) and 12 partner organisations, the ARC Training Centre for Innovative Wine Production ... 20-May-2015 more

Central Queenslanders invited to find their food passion with MasterChef star

Her love of food has already seen MasterChef star Laura Cassai take to the small screen, and even pen her own cookbook – and now the enthusiastic teen is bringing her passion to Central Queensland. The 2014 MasterChef contestant will be a guest of CQUniversity when she visits Rockhampton and Mackay in June, and Laura is hoping the trip ... 20-May-2015 more

JCU takes out second national FameLab title with allergies talk

James Cook University’s Dr Sandip Kamath has been named the Australian national winner of FameLab 2015. Famelab is run by the British Council in Australia and involves academics presenting their work on stage in an engaging and entertaining manner. Dr Kamath is part of a team at the Molecular Immunology Group, in the Centre ... 20-May-2015 more

Food for thought: diet linked to asthma severity in pregnancy

A University of Adelaide study has found asthmatic women who eat a high-fat, high-sugar diet are more likely to have uncontrolled asthma while pregnant. Dr Jessica Grieger from the University’s Robinson Research Institute says diet is important for all women planning to start a family but it’s even more essential for women with ... 25-May-2015 more

UC Council welcomes new member

The University of Canberra welcomes ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr’s appointment of influential business executive Joanne Metcalfe to the University Council and the reappointment of disability advocate Sue Salthouse and education champion Tom Karmel for a second three-year term. Ms Metcalfe, who has vast experience in professional ... 25-May-2015 more

Soil scientist recognised with high science honour

The University of Adelaide’s Professor Mike McLaughlin has been elected a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science, one of Australia’s highest honours for achievement in the sciences. Professor McLaughlin’s outstanding research is widely recognised both nationally and internationally. It combines fundamental science and ... 25-May-2015 more

Croakey! Frog spotting app released

With more than 200 frog species in Australia, compiling an electronic field guide – in the form of an app – would be a daunting task. But that is exactly what JCU researcher Dr Conrad Hoskin and PhD student Stewart MacDonald have achieved, along with Professor Gordon Grigg (UQ) and David Stewart. After three long years of hard ... 27-May-2015 more

Uni of Adelaide to play a key role in new manufacturing CRC

The University of Adelaide will lead the South Australian arm of the new national Innovative Manufacturing Cooperative Research Centre (IMCRC), announced today by the Minister for Industry and Science Ian Macfarlane. The IMCRC will receive $40 million over seven years to assist Australian manufacturers to transition to high-value ... 27-May-2015 more

JCU researchers launch collaborative mineral exploration project in north-east Qld

This week researchers at the Economic Geology Research Centre (EGRU) at JCU will launch a three-year $1.8m collaborative project applying the latest research to enhancing the mineral exploration prospectivity of north-east Queensland.  The EGRU researchers, working in collaboration with the Geological Survey of Queensland and the local ... 27-May-2015 more

Flu surveillance: we’re in for an early and severe season

Today is the first day of winter, and for many Australians with winter comes influenza. According to the director of the national influenza surveillance network, the University of Adelaide’s Professor Nigel Stocks, this flu season is underway early and it’s expected to be particularly relentless, so people should get vaccinated ... 01-Jun-2015 more

Why long-term housing affordability is a slippery issue

New research led by the University of Adelaide has highlighted two distinct groups of people affected by housing affordability issues over time – those who slip in and out of poor housing affordability, and those who are perpetually stuck in a situation of not being able to afford their own rents or mortgages. The insight of these ... 05-Jun-2015 more

Great Barrier Reef marine reserves combat coral disease

A new and significant role for marine reserves on the Great Barrier Reef has been revealed, with researchers finding the reserves reduce the prevalence of coral diseases. It’s been known for some time that marine reserves are important for maintaining and enhancing fish stocks, but this is the first time marine reserves have been shown ... 05-Jun-2015 more

RMIT students finalists for the Jacoby-Walkley scholarship

RMIT students Sam Cucchiara and Lucy Hinton have been selected as finalists for the prestigious Jacoby-Walkley Scholarship. Cucchiara and Hinton are both studying the Bachelor of Communication at RMIT. Cucchiara is specialising in Journalism and Hinton in Professional Communication. An aspiring investigative television journalist, ... 05-Jun-2015 more

Australian Crawl: Invasive Walking Fish Threat from PNG

A fish that can live out of water for up to six days and crawl across dry land is being closely watched by James Cook University scientists as it moves south from PNG towards Australia. The aggressive climbing perch has already overrun Australia’s two most northerly outposts – the Torres Strait islands of Boigu and Saibai – ... 09-Jun-2015 more

Overcoming bushfire smoke taint in wine: public lecture

The Sampson Flat bushfire in January saw some producers’ grapes and wine either downgraded or, in extreme cases, rejected because vineyards had been exposed to smoke. A free public lecture at the University of Adelaide tonight will hear how smoke taint leads to significant losses for producers, and how it can be overcome. The ... 09-Jun-2015 more

Genetic causes of cerebral palsy trump birth causes

University of Adelaide researchers have discovered cerebral palsy has an even stronger genetic cause than previously thought, leading them to call for an end to unnecessary caesareans and arbitrary litigation against obstetric staff. In an authoritative review published in the American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology, members of the ... 09-Jun-2015 more

Expert comment on calls for more women in the film industry

RMIT film expert Associate Professor Lisa French is available for media interviews after joining growing calls for more women in the Australian film industry. The Deputy Dean of RMIT University’s School of Media and Communication, French has backed demands by Australian screen legend Geoffrey Rush and industry heavyweights for females ... 10-Jun-2015 more

Tweeting Disaster

Most of us spend part of our days ‘Tweeting’ or ‘Facebooking’ – there’s no getting away from the pull of social networking sites. But new research shows that sites such as Twitter and Facebook could be crucial in sharing information during large-scale emergencies.  A newly developed disaster ... 10-Jun-2015 more

Barley study may produce longer lasting ‘super’ pita

Healthier and longer lasting pita bread may be the outcome of barley research underway at the University of Adelaide’s Waite campus. Researchers in the School of Agriculture, Food and Wine have been investigating different varieties of barley to find ones that have higher levels of Vitamin E and other antioxidants at harvest and after ... 10-Jun-2015 more

IVF invention bringing new hope to families

Women who have been struggling to start a family for years are finally getting pregnant thanks to a world first in vitro fertilisation (IVF) treatment, developed by researchers at the University of Adelaide. BlastGen is the next phase of the highly successful EmbryoGen trial, which is a novel treatment option for couples undergoing IVF. ... 15-Jun-2015 more

JCU algae researchers win top environment award

James Cook University’s innovative algae researchers have proven it is easy being green, winning one of Australia’s top environment awards. The Centre for Macroalgal Resources & Biotechnology (MACRO) at JCU, Townsville has won this year’s United Nations Association of Australia (UNAA) World Environment Day Award for its ... 15-Jun-2015 more

SA needs to look beyond wind for its clean energy

South Australia cannot complete its move to clean energy through a continued focus on wind energy. This is the conclusion of the most comprehensive review to date of renewable energy in the state, conducted by researchers in the University of Adelaide’s Environment Institute. The success of wind power (27% of the state’s energy ... 15-Jun-2015 more

Drought testing rural wellbeing

The 2014 Regional Wellbeing Survey produced by the University of Canberra has painted a concerning picture of the wellbeing of Australians in drought affected areas. According to the survey’s lead author Dr Jacki Schirmer, areas like drought-stricken Central Queensland and the Orana region in the central west of New South Wales are ... 17-Jun-2015 more

Improving the efficiency of solar energy cells

University of Adelaide chemistry researchers are studying energy loss at the molecular level of new ‘plastic’ materials as a step towards the development of highly efficient, low-cost and flexible solar energy cells. One aim is to be able to “tune” the molecules to make them more energy efficient, thereby reducing ... 17-Jun-2015 more

Audit of sex and gender identity discrimination in laws

The University of Adelaide's South Australian Law Reform Institute has launched an audit of potential discrimination in the State's laws on the grounds of sexual orientation, gender, gender identity or intersex status – and is now seeking submissions from the community. The audit, being conducted at the request of the South ... 17-Jun-2015 more

New wine industry software could “help feed the world”

A team of University of Adelaide students has won the inaugural Tech eChallenge award for a new software system aimed at saving the wine industry millions of dollars each year – and their work could also be applied to global food production. The team, called Seer Insights, has developed the GrapeBrain software system, which they hope ... 22-Jun-2015 more

RMIT advertising students up for international awards

Three groups of RMIT students have been nominated for Future Lion awards at the Cannes International Festival of Creativity – one of the most prestigious advertising award shows in the world. Nikki Matheos, Nikitia Chilkuri Rachel Gale, Fraser Nelson, Lauren Moran, Nadia Cozmescu, Julia Van Der Linden, Derya Yakup and Olivia Hearnden ... 22-Jun-2015 more

JCU welcomes boost for Northern Australia

James Cook University has most warmly welcomed the release of the White Paper on Developing Northern Australia. As Australia’s leading tropical research university, JCU strongly supports the paper’s emphasis on developing the tropical north, and the importance it places on research to drive innovation and growth. James Cook ... 22-Jun-2015 more

Public invited to get fit with active role in research

For those who find one-size-fits-all messages about physical activity uninspiring, a team of health promotion experts from across Australia has developed a new physical activity website which delivers individualised health and activity messages. TaylorActive is based on years of research into what motivates people to exercise. The ... 22-Jun-2015 more

Data bank launched for global access to ancient DNA

Medical and other researchers and science teachers around the world will be able to compare ancient DNA from humans from thousands of years ago with the genetics of modern day humans, thanks to a new world-first open access databank at the University of Adelaide’s Australian Centre for Ancient DNA (ACAD). The Online Ancient Genome ... 24-Jun-2015 more

Half a million downloads of free Uni of Adelaide books

A unique publishing strategy offering academic books online for free is proving a success for the University of Adelaide Press, which is now celebrating half a million downloads of its titles. University of Adelaide Press was established in 2009 to publish high-quality books, helping to raise awareness of the breadth and depth of research ... 24-Jun-2015 more

New study: panic attacks can lead to heart disease

People who suffer from panic disorder are 47% more likely to develop heart disease later in life, according to new University of Adelaide research. In research published this month in the journal Psychological Medicine, researchers reviewed 12 studies, involving more than 1 million people and approximately 58,000 coronary heart disease ... 24-Jun-2015 more

Foster care experiences need to be told

University of Adelaide researchers are urging more people to tell their stories of being involved in foster care in the hopes of better understanding the impact of foster care on children and families. The study, being conducted in South Australia and Western Australia, is part of a major research project looking at the history of foster ... 29-Jun-2015 more

Earthquake not to blame for Indonesian mud volcano

New research led by the University of Adelaide hopes to close the debate on whether a major mud volcano disaster in Indonesia was triggered by an earthquake or had man-made origins. A mud volcano suddenly opened up in the city of Sidoarjo in East Java, Indonesia, in May 2006. Nine years later the eruption continues – having buried ... 29-Jun-2015 more

Leading geologists and coal industry researchers head for Beef Capital

Leading geologists and coal mining industry researchers will soon be heading to the 2015 combined Bowen Basin Geologists' Group (BBGG) and Australian Coal Association Research Program (ACARP) Meeting to be hosted at CQUniversity Rockhampton North. BBGG is a professional development peak body and ACARP is an industry-funded organisation, ... 29-Jun-2015 more

Warts and all: how St John’s Wort can make you sick

St John’s Wort can produce the same adverse reactions as antidepressants, and serious side effects can occur when the two are taken together, according to new University of Adelaide research. In a study published this month in the journal, Clinical and Experimental Pharmacology and Physiology, researchers compared the pattern of ... 01-Jul-2015 more

Students focus on strength and conditioning of rugby players

A trio of CQUniversity Exercise and Sports Sciences students have the chance to help implement a real strength and conditioning program, thanks to the CQUni-CQ Rugby Academy. The Academy is developing as a  partnership between CQUniversity and the CQ Brahmans Rugby Union. Malachi McPhail; Josiah Drane and Katelyn Muller ... 01-Jul-2015 more

Techno Tropics: mobile phone use booms

New research shows people living in the Tropics are increasingly switching on to technology, with mobile phone and internet use booming in tropical regions. On the first anniversary of the release of the inaugural State of the Tropics* report, analysis of the latest data shows there’s been a dramatic increase in mobile phones ownership ... 01-Jul-2015 more

Research breakthrough to treat girls-only epilepsy

An international team, led by a University of Adelaide genetics expert, has made a breakthrough discovery which is expected to help thousands of young girls worldwide who are suffering from a rare yet debilitating form of epilepsy. Professor Jozef Gecz, from the University of Adelaide’s Robinson Research Institute, was a key player in ... 06-Jul-2015 more

Greater protection needed for Great Barrier Reef’s magnificent table corals

Scientists at the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies at James Cook University say more needs to be done to protect vulnerable table corals on the Great Barrier Reef.   Researchers studying the role of table corals have found that they provide vital sun protection for large fish in shallow reef areas.   They ... 06-Jul-2015 more

Supercharging stem cells to create new therapies

Researchers at the University of Adelaide have discovered a new method for culturing stem cells which sees the highly therapeutic cells grow faster and stronger. The research, which was published in the prestigious international journal, Stem Cells, is expected to eventually lead to new treatments for transplant patients. Kisha ... 06-Jul-2015 more

Criminology conference turns focus from cities to where most crime is

More than 300 criminologists from around the world and the presidents of four of the world's leading criminology organisations meet in Brisbane this week for the 'game-changing' International Crime, Justice and Social Democracy Conference at QUT, Brisbane (July 8-10). QUT Head of Justice Professor Kerry Carrington said ... 06-Jul-2015 more

UC-led project receives $17m to build rural clinical training facilities

A University of Canberra-led project, in collaboration with The Australian National University (ANU), will receive $17 million to build new clinical training facilities and student accommodation in rural southeast NSW. The funding, originally awarded through the Australian Government’s Health and Hospitals Fund Regional Priority round, ... 08-Jul-2015 more

Optical ‘dog’s nose’ may hold key to breath analysis

University of Adelaide researchers are developing a laser system for fast, non-invasive, onsite breath analysis for disease, potentially enabling screening for a range of diseases including diabetes, infections and various cancers in the future. The researchers have developed an instrument they equate to an “optical dog’s ... 08-Jul-2015 more

Research looks into kids, cars, school and the daily grind

With school starting back this morning, thousands of Canberrans are loading their kids into the car to get them to the school gate – now University of Canberra researchers are hoping to help make this daily grind a bit smoother. Assistant professor of urban and regional planning Hitomi Nakanishi is investigating the relationship ... 20-Jul-2015 more

JCU experts to speak at Northern Australia summit

The Developing Northern Australia Conference will be held in Townsville this week (20-22 July). JCU experts will be speaking at the event and are available for interview. Dr Allan Dale, Professor of Tropical Regional Development, Cairns Institute 0418 736 422 Alan Carpenter, Project Director, Discovery Rise 0408 156 956 Prof Ryan ... 20-Jul-2015 more

Better DNA hair analysis for catching criminals

A simple, lower-cost new method for DNA profiling of human hairs developed by the University of Adelaide should improve opportunities to link criminals to serious crimes. The researchers have modified existing laboratory methods and been able to produce accurate DNA profiles from trace amounts at a much higher success ... 20-Jul-2015 more

Why offspring cope better with climate change – it’s all in the genes!

In a world first study, researchers at the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies (Coral CoE) at James Cook University have unlocked the genetic mystery of why some species are able to adjust to warming oceans. In a collaborative project with scientists from the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) in Saudi ... 22-Jul-2015 more

Dental patients to win through 30-year agreement

The University of Adelaide and SA Health yesterday formalised a 30-year agreement on dental training, paving the way for improved community dental services for the South Australian community with new state of the art facilities for both staff and students. University of Adelaide Vice-Chancellor and President, Professor Warren Bebbington and ... 22-Jul-2015 more

Top infectious diseases expert joins JCU’s AITHM

One of Australia’s leading infectious disease experts has joined James Cook University’s Australian Institute of Tropical Health and Medicine (AITHM) to lead research into tuberculosis and hospital-acquired infections. Professor Emma McBryde joins AITHM from Melbourne where she was the Head of Epidemiology of Infectious Diseases ... 22-Jul-2015 more

Turtle nests at risk from rising sea levels

An experiment led by scientists from James Cook University has shown that rising sea levels are a threat to the survival of sea turtles.  Researchers studied eggs from a turtle hatchery on Queensland’s Raine Island exposed to saltwater for different periods of time.  Typically, female turtles lay their eggs in places that ... 24-Jul-2015 more

Little things make a big difference for small retailers

Research from the University of Adelaide is helping to show small retailers how they can compete against the huge retail chains – and it's the little things that can make all the difference. A study of more than 300 Adelaide shoppers has identified a range of factors that draw them to small retailers. Researchers hope this ... 24-Jul-2015 more

TODAY! CQUni partnership with Ag Colleges cultivates Australia's most practical Agriculture degree

CQUniversity is unveiling Australia’s most practical Agriculture degree – and it’s a partnership with Queensland Agricultural Training Colleges that’s the final ingredient for the innovative program. CQUniversity Vice-Chancellor Professor Scott Bowman will sign a Memorandum of Understanding with the QATC at a ... 24-Jul-2015 more

Diabetes – TB link found in Australia

A 20-year study by James Cook University scientists has found a strong link between diabetes and tuberculosis in tropical Australia.  Despite massive improvements in sanitation and antibiotic coverage over the last century, TB still remains the leading bacterial cause of death worldwide. Previous studies conducted in developing ... 27-Jul-2015 more

Chilled-out Newton a model worker as he freezes for fashion

Feeling the winter chill? Spare a thought for Newton, the $250,000 sophisticated test dummy helping RMIT University researchers come up with the latest fabrics and designs for warm clothing. Newton freezes in sub-zero temperatures and then sweats up a storm in climatic control chambers as researchers put him through his paces under layers of ... 27-Jul-2015 more

Federal Health Minister Sussan Ley MP opens new Health Clinic at CQUniversity Rockhampton North

Hope you can put the following in your news diaries for today. Date:  Monday July 27, 2015 Time: Arrive 2.45pm for tour of Health Clinic with Federal Health Minister, followed by ceremonies at 3.30pm then afternoon tea Location:  Health Clinic Stage 2, CQUniversity Rockhampton North, Bruce Hwy, Rockhampton Vision ... 27-Jul-2015 more

Improving oral health for the elderly presents challenges and opportunities

Improving oral health for the elderly presents challenges and opportunities. That's according to CQUniversity's Oral Health Discipline Lead, Associate Professor Leonie Short, who this week facilitated a workshop on this theme at the 4th Asia Pacific Congress and EXPO on Dental and Oral Health in Brisbane ... 29-Jul-2015 more

Genomics research to benefit wine and biodiversity

Two new research projects at the University of Adelaide will use leading genomic expertise and technologies to benefit the wine industry and biodiversity conservation. The two projects have won funding from the Australian Genome Research Facility (AGRF), enabling them to access AGRF’s genotyping and genome sequencing ... 29-Jul-2015 more

Carbs aren't so bad after all

Over the years, carbs have been given a bad name, no thanks to numerous fad diets and the emergence of dieting and fitness bloggers. However, new research into the chemistry and understanding of non-starch polysaccharides, found in cell-plant walls, cereals and grains, has found that these carbs can actually have enormous benefits when it ... 29-Jul-2015 more

Expert weighs in on war dancing in sport

RMIT University Aboriginal health expert Aunty Kerrie Doyle has called for Indigenous war dances to be incorporated into every football match and sporting event involving Australians competing onshore and overseas.  “Indigenous people around the Pacific all have their own ‘war dances’ in the form of the popular Haka ... 31-Jul-2015 more

45 years of work pays off for geneticists

At least half of those with an intellectual disability across the world do not have a formal diagnosis. However, thanks to new DNA sequencing technology, along with the expertise and perseverance of University of Adelaide researchers over 45 years, dozens of Australians with intellectual disability now have a name for their condition. The ... 31-Jul-2015 more

Seeking balance between road safety and driving independence of people with Alzheimer's

It is possible for some people in the early phases of Alzheimer's disease to continue to drive safely. That's according to CQUniversity Professor of Occupational Therapy Carolyn Unsworth who is conducting research on behalf of Alzheimer's Australia to determine the best approach to conducting on-road driving assessments in the ... 31-Jul-2015 more

High-altitude climate change to kill cloud forest plants

Australian scientists have discovered many tropical, mountaintop plants won’t survive global warming, even under the best-case climate scenario. James Cook University and Australian Tropical Herbarium researchers say their climate change modelling of mountaintop plants in the tropics has produced an “alarming” ... 03-Aug-2015 more

New study: How happy are Aussies to eat insects?

Would you fancy a crunchy cricket salad? Or perhaps a mealworm omelette? What about a cockroach sandwich? Investigating consumer perceptions and attitudes to eating insects is the subject of a new University of Adelaide research project starting at the University’s Waite campus in August with an online consumer ... 03-Aug-2015 more

Rocky scientist says major problem with Jack the Ripper DNA tests is lack of provenance

The major problem with Jack the Ripper DNA tests is a lack of provenance. That’s according to Professor Ian Findlay – a renowned tester of DNA linked to Jack the Ripper - who was commenting on breaking news from the UK that Jack the Ripper’s final victim is set to be exhumed, following a new theory on the killer’s ... 03-Aug-2015 more

‘The Science Place’: one step closer

JCU’s largest-ever construction project will be one step closer tomorrow (Friday 7th August) with the announcement of the construction company that will build the $85 million joint teaching and research facility.   The Science Place is funded by JCU and the Federal Government, and will transform the way tertiary education is ... 06-Aug-2015 more

Women traumatised by partner’s use of child pornography

Traumatised women are the innocent and forgotten victims of their partner’s illegal use of child abuse materials, world-first research involving RMIT University reveals. Interviews with  the partners of men caught with child pornography has found they suffer long-term trauma including stigma and isolation from ... 06-Aug-2015 more

Children not immunised due to socioeconomic barriers

Almost one in 10 Australian infants are at risk of severe infections because they are not up-to-date with their immunisations. According to new research at the University of Adelaide, infants from socially disadvantaged backgrounds are at greater risk of not being fully immunised. The study, conducted in conjunction with University College ... 06-Aug-2015 more

Art lovers welcome at Men's Shed exhibition

Art lovers are encouraged to attend the Rockhampton Men's Shed Art Exhibition scheduled for 9am-4pm on Saturday, September 12. The event at the Building 5 (Arthur Appleton Foyer) on CQUniversity Rockhampton North campus will showcase dozens of paintings by Men's Shed members, most of which will be for sale as a ... 10-Aug-2015 more

When is the price right for selling water?

Research from the University of Adelaide has provided new insights into how Australian farmers and irrigators may respond to certain market conditions, and when they are more likely to sell their water entitlements. The study has resulted in a world-first model that could be used to help develop water markets in areas that do not exist, as ... 10-Aug-2015 more

Fish go deep to beat the heat

A James Cook University study shows tasty fish retreating to deeper water to escape the heat, a finding that throws light on what to expect if predictions of ocean warming come to pass. JCU scientists tagged 60 redthroat emperor fish at Heron Island in the southern Great Barrier Reef. The fish were equipped with transmitters that identified ... 10-Aug-2015 more

Pregnant women not following nutrition guidelines

Researchers from the University of Adelaide have made a remarkable discovery: no pregnant women were found to be correctly following the Australian Dietary Guidelines on consumption of the “five food groups”, despite almost two-thirds of pregnant women believing they were eating the right diet. The study, now published in the ... 14-Aug-2015 more

Expert comment on drugs in the Australian community

Nobody is immune from Australia’s drug scourge and a politician’s personal family experiences of illegal substance abuse is the nation’s best hope of addressing the issue, according to RMIT University drugs expert, Dr James Rowe. “Personal experience among policy makers is Australia’s best hope of addressing the ... 14-Aug-2015 more

Survey to explore junk food ‘addiction’ in young adults

Craving chocolate? Hooked on hot chips? University of Newcastle researchers are calling for young men and women to join a study examining levels of food ‘addiction’ in Australia. Emerging research indicates that eating foods high in sugar, salt and fat can elicit reactions in the brain similar to those occurring in drug and ... 14-Aug-2015 more

Expert comment on the catastrophic explosions in China

RMIT University safety and risk management expert Associate Professor Jan Hayes hopes Chinese authorities investigating the catastrophic explosions in the northern port town of Tianjin this week learn from similar disasters of the past. “We can only hope that once the fires are out and investigations begin that the Chinese authorities ... 17-Aug-2015 more

New research centre: growth in Singapore’s next 50 years

At a time when Singapore is celebrating 50 years of independence as a nation, the University of Adelaide will launch a new Singapore-based research centre that asks “where to from here for Singapore’s economic prosperity and its links with Australia?” The new Asia Growth Research Centre will be based at the Ngee ... 17-Aug-2015 more

The right to know? We need to talk about genetic testing

In the past decade major developments have been made in cancer genetics with the identification of inherited mutations, along with advances in cancer screening, surveillance and prevention. However with these advances come significant cultural, ethical, social and psychological implications. University of Adelaide School of Psychology PhD ... 17-Aug-2015 more

The Cinderella effect: child injury in stepfamilies

Cuts, bruises and broken bones – kids are always hurting themselves. But does the structure of a family impact the likelihood of a child being injured?   University of Adelaide psychology PhD student Catia Malvaso examined the factors that increase the chance of a child being injured in biological families compared with ... 19-Aug-2015 more

Sounding out people involved in the live music scene in Mackay and Rocky

If you are involved in the live music scene as a musician, venue operator, music business or audience member, a CQUniversity researcher is keen to talk to you. Dr David Cashman aims to discover why and how musicians stay in the CQ region rather than succumbing to the draw of music in urban centres like Brisbane. He seeks to find how ... 19-Aug-2015 more

Expert comment on the Bangkok bomb blast

The bomb blasts that have rocked Bangkok this week were meant to intimidate and frighten foreign tourists for political and economic purposes, according to RMIT University Thai expert, Dr Natt Pimpa. “These tragic explosions have occurred in an area where international visitors and foreigners should feel safest, being almost next door ... 19-Aug-2015 more

Broadcasts behind bars are good for the community

Australia’s prisons and the broader community have much to gain by introducing a prison radio system that enables inmates to become broadcasters behind bars, according to new research from the University of Adelaide. For her PhD in Media, University of Adelaide student Dr Charlotte Bedford has conducted a world-first study examining ... 21-Aug-2015 more

Expert comment on AFL’s $2.5bn TV deal

The AFL has sealed a fantastic deal signing a $2.5 billion TV rights package but needs to invest its big financial win wisely, according to RMIT University branding and marketing expert, Associate Professor Con Stavros. “There are significant marketing challenges ahead to not only grow the game nationally but to bolster itself against ... 21-Aug-2015 more

Work on barren soil may bear fruit

Australian and Chinese scientists have made significant progress in determining what causes soil acidification – a discovery that could assist in turning back the clock on degraded croplands. James Cook University’s Associate Professor Paul Nelson said the Chinese Academy of Sciences sought out the Australian researchers because ... 21-Aug-2015 more

Twitter level playing field for adults with no speech

A group of Australian researchers who first met on Twitter, are now exploring how Twitter can help people who have experienced stroke, cerebral palsy, autism, motor neurone disease and traumatic brain injury to find a voice. Findings from an initial part of the study have indicated that people with communication difficulties have positive ... 24-Aug-2015 more

Stormy space weather puts equatorial regions’ power at risk

Stormy space weather sweeping across the equator is threatening vital power grids in regions long considered safe from such events, ground-breaking new research from RMIT reveals. Dr Brett Carter of the RMIT SPACE Research Centre and his team from RMIT, Boston College and Dartmouth College, found that these equatorial electrical disruptions ... 24-Aug-2015 more

Hot chilli may unlock a new treatment for obesity

University of Adelaide researchers have discovered a high-fat diet may impair important receptors located in the stomach that signal fullness. Published in the journal PLOS ONE, researchers from the University’s Centre for Nutrition and Gastrointestinal Diseases (based at the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute) ... 24-Aug-2015 more

How can we help people to feel safer in the city?

Greater business, community activity, connectivity and well-maintained spaces – not just increased lighting or security cameras – are some of the keys to helping people feel safer in a city environment, according to the findings of new research from the University of Adelaide. In a pilot study of Adelaide’s East End ... 26-Aug-2015 more

What is possible in less than 30 seconds?

RMIT University’s Design Hub is exhibiting Work With Me Here by Nathan Gray from Friday 4 September to Saturday 3 October. Work With Me Here is a new project that extends the Works<30s series – a body of short videos lasting less?than 30 seconds by artist-musician-performer Gray. The project presents the complete ... 26-Aug-2015 more

Grape waste could make competitive biofuel

The solid waste left over from wine-making could make a competitive biofuel, University of Adelaide researchers have found. Published in the journal Bioresource Technology, the researchers showed that up to 400 litres of bioethanol could be produced by fermentation of a tonne of grape marc (the leftover skins, stalks and seeds from ... 26-Aug-2015 more

Job hopping: how to retain vital executives

A University of Adelaide finance expert has shed light on the private world of executive recruitment and remuneration, discovering managerial salaries are strongly impacted by job hopping. In a paper published in the Journal of Accounting and Economics, Dr Juan Luo from the University of Adelaide’s Business School, found that after a ... 28-Aug-2015 more

Sustainable energy breakthrough for developing world

A breakthrough sustainable energy technology at the University of Newcastle (UON) could help solve the global challenge of rural electrification in developing countries. The $1.1 million project, led by Dr Kalpit Shah and Professor Behdad Moghtaderi, both based at UON’s Newcastle Institute for Energy and Resources (NIER), will ... 28-Aug-2015 more

Sporting mascots serve up free big brekky at UC Open Day

More than 50 kilos of bacon, 900 eggs, 720 croissants and 30 crates of fresh fruit will be served at the University of Canberra’s free big breakfast to kick-start this year’s Open Day on Saturday 29 August. Potential students and their families are invited to enjoy breakfast served by University of Canberra Capitals’ mascot ... 28-Aug-2015 more

Investigating disease risk from Parklands bats

New research at the University of Adelaide is studying the bat colony in Adelaide’s north-eastern parklands (Botanic Park, not Botanic Gardens) to investigate the diseases they may be carrying, their ecology and where they go at night. The researchers want to establish the prevalence of various bat viruses in the Adelaide population ... 31-Aug-2015 more

NCP funding sends students overseas

More than 400 James Cook University students will have the opportunity to learn more about the Asia-Pacific region with the university receiving nearly $1.5 million in New Colombo Plan (NCP) funding. The NCP is a Federal Government initiative designed to lift knowledge of our neighbouring countries by supporting Australian ... 31-Aug-2015 more

Jury’s still out on pub and club lockout laws

A University of Adelaide law expert says South Australia’s 3.00am pub and club lockout might not be the reason why alcohol-fuelled violence is down in the city, despite claims of the lockout’s success. In a paper now published in the Alternative Law Journal, University of Adelaide Law lecturer Dr Mark Giancaspro has considered ... 31-Aug-2015 more

TODAY: New era for rare treasures

James Cook University’s library is sharing North Queensland’s cultural riches with the world, with the launch of its new digital archive. The Online Special Collections Repository contains rare and fragile materials of cultural and historical significance to North Queensland have been digitised and made available on the ... 02-Sep-2015 more

Fire damage to soils sets back bushfire recovery

Soils in areas hit by bushfires like the Sampson Flat fire may take several years to recover, say University of Adelaide soil scientists starting a new study into the effects of bushfires on soils. “Bushfire not only burns the vegetation above ground, but also organic matter in the soil,” says Professor Petra Marschner, soil ... 02-Sep-2015 more

Fashion courses make global top 10

RMIT University is the only Australian institute to make the top 10 in the 2015 Business of Fashion’s (BoF) Global Fashion School Rankings.  The postgraduate programs were ranked 6th and the undergraduate programs were ranked 9th, helping RMIT cement its position as a global leader in the fashion industry.  Deputy ... 02-Sep-2015 more

Forest Decline Slows According to Global Survey

Forests worldwide are declining but the rate of decline is slowing due to improved forest management, according to the most comprehensive long-term forest survey ever completed.  The review of 25 years of forest management in 234 countries was conducted by Dr Sean Sloan and Dr Jeff Sayer of James Cook University, in conjunction with ... 08-Sep-2015 more

TODAY: R U OK Day Forum

As part of R U OK? Day awareness activities, the University of Newcastle’s Centre for Rural and Remote Mental Health (CRRMH) will run a free, online public forum on Friday, 11th September to facilitate discussions around mental health and suicide. Director of CRRMH Professor David Perkins says there is ongoing concern about mental ... 11-Sep-2015 more

Low income earners suffer housing affordability stress

One in five Australians experienced housing affordability stress and for half of them, the negative impact was recurrent or enduring during the decade from 2001-2011, new research from RMIT reveals. Families with dependent children are especially vulnerable, being either unable to escape housing affordability stress or rebounding back in to ... 11-Sep-2015 more

Migrants the untapped entrepreneurs in local business

New research from the University of Adelaide has identified South Australia’s migrant community as a potentially untapped source of innovation and entrepreneurship, which could benefit the State’s economy. The finding is one of many in a report of South Australia’s “Entrepreneurial Ecosystem”, based on the ... 11-Sep-2015 more

New research hub to boost $5 billion wheat crop

New wheat varieties, bred specifically for Australia’s harsh conditions, will be accelerated because of research within a new $11.4 million Research Hub being launched at the University of Adelaide’s Waite campus today. The Australian Research Council (ARC) Research Hub for Wheat in a Hot and Dry Climate marks a new era in wheat ... 14-Sep-2015 more

New species emerges from the ‘dark zone’

James Cook University scientists have played a role in a discovery that may alter the known history of humankind. JCU’s Professor Paul Dirks and Dr Eric Roberts were part of a team that explored the Rising Star Cave system in South Africa. A chamber deep in the caves was found to contain multiple specimens of what is being called ... 15-Sep-2015 more

New R&D and manufacturing hub at Adelaide

A research and development and manufacturing hub based on a new generation of specialty glass products for the global science and medical equipment market was announced at the University of Adelaide on Thrusday, 10 September. The hub is part of a new landmark collaboration agreement between Trajan Scientific and Medical (Trajan) and the ... 15-Sep-2015 more

STIs are not just a concern for the young

A new study, involving the University of Adelaide, has found men over 60 are less likely than younger men to get tested for HIV. This follows other studies from around the world showing rates of sexually transmissible infections (STIs), including HIV, are increasing in the older population. Dr Carole Khaw, from the University of ... 16-Sep-2015 more

Finding a treatment for Parkinson’s disease dementia

University of Adelaide neuroscientists are leading a world-first study into a form of dementia experienced by many Parkinson’s disease suffers, which is expected to ultimately lead to a new therapy for the condition. Speaking in Parkinson’s Awareness Week (1-7 September), Dr Lyndsey Collins-Praino, from the University of ... 16-Sep-2015 more

New bee species found with special head shape

South Australian bee specialists have uncovered four new native bee species – three of them with special narrow heads and unusual long mouth parts allowing them to feed on emu bush flowers. The four new native bees were found during the nature discovery project Bush Blitz expeditions at Cane River Conservation Park in the Pilbara ... 17-Sep-2015 more

Hey dad, your health matters in fertility too

A University of Adelaide review found that compared to men of a healthy weight, obese men were more likely to be infertile, unsuccessful with assisted reproduction and have poor quality DNA in their sperm. Dr Jared Campbell, from the University of Adelaide’s Joanna Briggs Institute, led a review involving 30 research papers about ... 18-Sep-2015 more

UC research to provide tactile technology to Australian Army

Australian Army pilots will be able to make better-informed decisions while flying helicopters with new assistive technology being created by the University of Canberra with research funding from the Australian Defence Force’s Capability and Technology Demonstrator (CTP) Program. The University has welcomed the announcement it will ... 18-Sep-2015 more

Students surprised by how smart chickens are

University of Adelaide research has shown that when students are taught to train chickens their attitude to chickens changes. Learning that chickens are smarter than most people think, and that they can be trained, promotes much more positive attitudes towards the birds. The research, published in the journal Animals, demonstrates a way of ... 21-Sep-2015 more

eChallenge to foster Adelaide’s entrepreneurial spirit

A mobile, noise-proof sleep venue; a portable mentor device for learner and p-plate drivers; and a meal-sharing app are just a few of the innovative business ideas competing in the University of Adelaide’s 2015 Australian eChallenge. The Australian eChallenge, the nation's premier student entrepreneurial competition, will start on ... 21-Sep-2015 more

Turnbull's clean sweep in reshuffle with hockey likely for Washington

Malcolm Turnbull has five women in his new cabinet, including the nation’s first female defence minister, in a reshuffle that cuts a swathe through the Abbott ministry to promote massive “renewal”. Cabinet ministers who are out are Senate leader Eric Abetz, Defence Minister Kevin Andrews, Industry Minister Ian Macfarlane, ... 21-Sep-2015 more

Hot under the collar: protecting workers in extreme heat

According to new research by the University of Adelaide, workplaces may not be well-prepared to protect their employees against heat-related illnesses and injuries, as the threat of climate change looms and Australian average temperatures are expected to increase 1-5°C by 2070. Professor Peng Bi led a team of researchers from the ... 23-Sep-2015 more

Role of cancer-suppressing gene uncovered

University of Adelaide researchers have uncovered the role played by a gene which suppresses the development of cancer. The findings, published in the journal PLOS One, open new opportunities for scientists to find treatments for cancer. The findings shed light on the activity of the gene WWOX. “We’ve known for some time ... 23-Sep-2015 more

Revolutionary 'metallic cushion' technology improves road safety

A ‘metallic cushion’ technology, typically limited to use in luxury cars due to its high production cost, will now be used to reduce the severity of vehicle collisions with roadside barriers. Research by Dr Thomas Fiedler from the University of Newcastle has uncovered a new low-cost material – called perlite-metal syntactic ... 23-Sep-2015 more

New weapon against the reef eaters

James Cook University scientists have made a breakthrough in the war against Crown of Thorns Starfish (CoTS). A new paper shows injecting the coral-eating pest with simple household vinegar kills it just as effectively as the current drug, which can be expensive and difficult to source. Lead author Lisa Boström-Einarsson said vinegar ... 28-Sep-2015 more

New research helps Australia respond to Netflix Effect

Innovative research at the University of Newcastle (UON) could help Australia respond to the ‘Netflix effect’ by prefetching data to improve internet speeds during peak periods. The research, led by Dr Lawrence Ong is aimed at increasing the ability of Australia’s existing internet infrastructure to cope with dramatic ... 28-Sep-2015 more

I’ve got your back – fish really do look after their mates!

When it comes to helping each other, it turns out that some fish are better at it than previously thought. New research from the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies at James Cook University has found that pairs of rabbitfishes will cooperate and support each other while feeding.  While such behaviour has been documented ... 28-Sep-2015 more

JCU welcomes push for International Day of the Tropics

The significance of the Tropics to the future of the globe will be highlighted with the Australian Government announcing it will lead an effort to create an International Day of the Tropics. Speaking in New York, Australia’s Ambassador to the United Nations, Gillian Bird has announced that the Australian Government would lead an effort ... 30-Sep-2015 more

Are fish the greatest athletes on the planet?

When you think of the world’s greatest athletes, names like Usain Bolt generally spring to mind, but scientists have discovered the best athletes could well be found in the water, covered in scales. It turns out that fish are far more effective at delivering oxygen throughout their body than almost any other animal, giving them the ... 06-Oct-2015 more

Self-regulating corals protect their skeletons against ocean acidification

Scientists from the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies (Coral CoE) have found a species of coral living in a dynamic reef system, which is able to protect itself from the impact of ocean acidification. Ocean acidification, caused by rising CO2, is one of the greatest long-term challenges facing reefs.  It reduces ... 12-Oct-2015 more

Don’t worry. Be happy. Lose weight

Many people believe that if they lose weight they will be happier about themselves, but new research by the University of Adelaide is suggesting people take the opposite approach. School of Psychology PhD candidate and clinical psychologist, Sharon Robertson, has found a direct correlation between obesity and a lack of mental well-being, ... 12-Oct-2015 more

Research hub to add billions to Australia’s copper industry

The University of Adelaide has launched a major new research hub that will add significant value to Australia’s $6 billion-a-year copper industry. The Australian Research Council (ARC) Research Hub for Australian Copper-Uranium, based at the University of Adelaide, involves key industry, university and government partners in South ... 14-Oct-2015 more

JCU to train the GPs of tomorrow

In a first for an Australian university, JCU has been selected to provide training for medical graduates seeking to become specialist general practitioners (GPs). The Commonwealth Government has advised that JCU will be contracted to provide postgraduate education and training for doctors specialising in general practice, under the ... 14-Oct-2015 more

Cold case: Malaysian tribe schizophrenia research revived

A 20-year research project into schizophrenia among Malaysian tribal Iban people has been resurrected thanks to a University of Adelaide visiting researcher. Professor Cecilia Essau, the only Iban-speaking academic psychologist, visiting from the University of Roehampton, was invited to complete the work of late Professor Robert Barrett, a ... 20-Oct-2015 more

JCU selected to train Australian GPs of tomorrow

In a first for an Australian university, JCU has been selected to provide training for medical graduates seeking to become specialist general practitioners (GPs). The Commonwealth Government has advised that JCU will be contracted to provide postgraduate education and training for doctors specialising in general practice, under the ... 20-Oct-2015 more

New study proves weather impacts quolls

In one of the first studies of its kind, James Cook University scientists have helped find a correlation between short-term weather fluctuations and a drop in the number of eastern quolls. Researchers combined weather maps and government surveys of the animals in Tasmania going back twenty years. They found sharp declines in populations ... 20-Oct-2015 more

Animal personality may aid survival

James Cook University scientists believe animal personality types may be a factor in their survival as tropical rainforests come under threat. Recently, researchers have begun to understand that animals have distinct personality types, even within the same species and family. A new JCU study is the one of the first to examine this in terms ... 22-Oct-2015 more

Potential blocks against cancer spread and MS

An international team of scientists including from the University of Adelaide have identified potential inhibitors of specific cell membrane proteins, which are involved in the spread of cancer to other parts of the body (metastasis) and in the progression of autoimmune disease such as multiple sclerosis. The newly identified molecules ... 22-Oct-2015 more

Six key interventions to aid infant health and survival

Skin-to-skin contact, early commencement of breastfeeding and hygienic umbilical cord care are among the six key interventions which give an infant the best start to life, according to new research by the University of Adelaide. PhD student from the University of Adelaide’s Robinson Research Institute, Zohra Lassi, led a review of ... 23-Oct-2015 more

Scientists find some thrive in acid seas

Researchers from James Cook University have found that ocean acidification may not be all bad news for one important sea-dwelling plant. A JCU team led by Dr Catherine Collier studied seagrass growing near underwater volcanic vents in PNG. Carbon dioxide from the vents increases the acidity of nearby water. The researchers found that the ... 23-Oct-2015 more

Cancer-causing parasite may accelerate wound healing

It’s short, ugly and deadly. But James Cook University scientists have found a cancer-causing, parasitic worm could help patients recover from their wounds. JCU scientists at the Australian Institute of Tropical Health and Medicine (AITHM) have discovered that the parasitic worm that kills tens of thousands of people every year may ... 26-Oct-2015 more

Uni of Adelaide to conduct National Oral Health Survey

The dental hygiene habits, oral health and overall wellbeing of Australians will be captured in the second decennial National Adult Oral Health Survey, and the University of Adelaide’s Australian Research Centre for Population Oral Health (ARCPOH) has again been appointed the facilitator of the study. The draft National Oral Health ... 26-Oct-2015 more

New tool to help manage grapevines

A new, free phone app developed by University of Adelaide researchers will help grapegrowers and viticulturists manage their vines by giving a quick measure of vine canopy size and density. The iPad and iPhone app uses the devices’ camera and GPS capability to calculate the size and density of the vine canopy and its location in the ... 26-Oct-2015 more

Breakthrough on Crown of Thorns causes

James Cook University researchers have made a crucial discovery on what drives outbreaks of the coral-eating Crown of Thorns Starfish (CoTS). The starfish is present on the Great Barrier Reef in epidemic numbers, and it’s one of the primary reasons for the decline in live coral. Jon Brodie, Chief Research Officer at JCU’s ... 28-Oct-2015 more

“None for me, thanks”: social impact of changing alcohol habits

Drinking alcohol is a large aspect of Australian culture but what happens when someone decides to stop drinking or cut back their alcohol consumption? University of Adelaide School of Public Health PhD student, Ashlea Bartram, is exploring the social experiences of people who have recently stopped or reduced their alcohol consumption, with ... 28-Oct-2015 more

Natural immunity may lead fight against liver disease

University of Adelaide researchers have uncovered the role played by a family of genes, which can suppress hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection within the liver. The findings, published in the Journal of Biological Chemistry, shed light on the activity of these genes and how they produce a natural immune response to the virus. HCV is a ... 28-Oct-2015 more

How not to raise a brat in today’s busy, complex world

  Raising a child in today’s complex world has never been more challenging, and a James Cook University researcher believes there are ways it can be done better to ensure children don’t turn into brats! JCU (Singapore) researcher and psychotherapist, Dr Foo Koong Hean has studied how parents with up to three children ... 04-Nov-2015 more

Playing the gender card: media portrayal of Julia Gillard’s speech

Despite the enthusiastic response to Julia Gillard’s sexism and misogyny speech in 2012 from women all over the world, according to a University of Adelaide study, the Australian newsprint media primarily condemned the speech, accusing the Prime Minister of playing the ‘gender card’ for political purposes. Masters student ... 04-Nov-2015 more

Distressed damsels cry for help

  Researchers at the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies (Coral CoE) at James Cook University have found that fish release a chemical ‘distress call’ when caught by predators, dramatically boosting their chances of survival. Fish harbour a chemical substance in their skin that’s released upon ... 05-Nov-2015 more

JCU scientists are mangrove CHAMPs

  James Cook University scientists are creating a comprehensive map of coastal areas that they plan to become a “Street View for coastlines.” A JCU team is mapping tidal wetlands via photography from air, sea, land and space. The results will feed into their Coastal Habitat Archive and Monitoring Program (CHAMP – ... 05-Nov-2015 more

Farmers twice as likely to suffer psychological distress

A new report by the University of Canberra shows that while Australian farmers are economically efficient producers, they also experience unique challenges to their wellbeing. The Farmers and agriculture report author Dr Jacki Schirmer drew on data from 3,700 Australian farmers who took part in the 2014 Regional Wellbeing Survey to produce a ... 05-Nov-2015 more

Venom centre supported as part of $18.5 million health research boost

Researchers from the University of Newcastle (UON) will establish Australia’s first Centre of Research Excellence (CRE) for venom and antivenom with $2.5 million funding from the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC), just announced. Attracting a total of $18.5 million in the latest NHMRC funding round, UON will ... 09-Nov-2015 more

UC’s cancer and immunity research receives boost

University of Canberra-led research is closer to stopping cancer recurrence in thousands of cancer sufferers and improving people’s immunity after receiving more than $1.52 million in research grant funding today. Professor in molecular and cellular biology Sudha Rao and her colleagues have been investigating two diverse problems to ... 09-Nov-2015 more

‘Ethical’ shoppers find food labelling inadequate

Researchers at the University of Adelaide have found that despite growing interest among shoppers to make ethical food choices, they feel that food labelling is not empowering them to do so. As part of a major research project, researchers in the University’s School of Humanities have conducted focus groups to better understand ... 11-Nov-2015 more

One in a trillion odds of having a real-life doppelgänger

While many people may think they have a doppelgänger (look-alike), new University of Adelaide research has proven the likelihood that two people share the exact same face is in excess of one in a trillion. University of Adelaide School of Medicine PhD student, Teghan Lucas, used a database containing anthropometric (face and body) ... 11-Nov-2015 more

Small steps can beat childhood obesity: UC research

Australia’s rates of childhood overweight and obesity could be turned around with changes equivalent to cutting one small chocolate bar and getting in 15 minutes of exercise according to research from the University of Canberra’s Health Research Institute (UC-HRI) published in the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public ... 17-Nov-2015 more

Better support needed for mums with gestational diabetes

Better support needed for mums with gestational diabetes Improvements are needed in gestational diabetes education and healthcare services to help prevent women with the condition from developing type 2 diabetes later in life, according to a new University of Adelaide study. Recent University of Adelaide Robinson Research Institute ... 17-Nov-2015 more

University of Canberra researchers hope a new app may help during pregnancy

Media release: Managing weight gain during pregnancy is important for expectant mums and University of Canberra researchers hope a new app may help them. Clinical chair and professor of midwifery Deborah Davis is leading a team of researchers developing and trialling a smartphone app, Eating4two, which provides nutritional information and ... 17-Nov-2015 more

Young, impulsive, IT savvy = greater cybersecurity risk

Researchers from the University of Adelaide say Australian businesses should start to think outside the square when it comes to preventing cybersecurity threats in the workplace – such as profiling their staff’s computer behaviour. The suggestion follows latest research that has detailed the range of human behaviours associated ... 17-Nov-2015 more

Reef set to benefit from new craft beer company

A crowd-fund campaign kicks off today to raise money for a new craft beer company that will brew beers in support of uniquely Australian causes. And, if the venture takes off like similar projects in the US and the UK, Aussie pub-goers could be drinking “Great Barrier Beers” within months. Founder of the social enterprise ... 01-Dec-2015 more