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[ 9 Jul 2009 ]
Comprehensive Cancer Centres reduce cancer deaths, says US expert

World renowned oncologist Professor Richard Pestell, Director of the Kimmel Cancer Center in Philadelphia USA will deliver a special Dean’s lecture at the University of Melbourne at 6pm tonight.

[ 7 Jul 2009 ]
Local government violence prevention plans need more Government support

With growing concern about violence and insecurity in homes and public spaces, improved local government based violence prevention plans are more in need than ever before, according to the final results from a new University of Melbourne study.

[ 7 Jul 2009 ]
Stem cell lawyer says let women be paid for egg donations

Last week, New York became the first state in America to allow scientists to pay women for donating their eggs for use in stem cell research, triggering further ethical debate.

[ 6 Jul 2009 ]
Fostering a fascination for science at ANZAAS Youth Conference

More than 50 of the brightest young minds in science will spend six days in Melbourne this week at the Youth ANZAAS 2009 conference. Students in Years 10, 11 and 12 from Australia and New Zealand will experience the workings of leading scientific establishments.

[ 6 Jul 2009 ]
Galileo’s notebooks may reveal secrets of new planet

Galileo knew he had discovered a new planet in 1613, 234 years before its official discovery date, according to a new theory by a University of Melbourne physicist.

[ 1 Jul 2009 ]
Furosemide stops race horses bleeding into lungs

A drug banned in Australian horse racing significantly reduces the risk of bleeding in to the lungs in thoroughbreds during racing, a groundbreaking study has found.

[ 29 Jun 2009 ]
Australian first study to reduce Alzheimer’s symptoms through exercise

An Australian first study will test whether physical activity can improve the memory and wellbeing of sufferers of Alzheimer’s Disease (AD).

[ 22 Jun 2009 ]
Grid, corridor and field: proposals for a sustainable Melbourne

The roles existing cities and buildings have to play in a carbon free future are the central debate in a new Masters of Architecture Design Studio exhibition, to officially open tomorrow night.

[ 19 Jun 2009 ]
China’s integration into world economy has led to a safer world

The rise of China in the new global economic order has made for a more prosperous and stable world, according to Associate Professor Mark Crosby from the Melbourne Business School.

[ 18 Jun 2009 ]
Australian first tests home-based rehab for spinal cord injury patients

An Australian first study will test live online rehabilitation with video gaming to give spinal cord injury patients the hope of regaining the movement of their hands.

[ 17 Jun 2009 ]
The end of the quarter acre dream: time to re-imagine suburb design

Melbourne suburb design is in need of a rethink according to Professor Philip Goad from the Melbourne School of Design.

[ 16 Jun 2009 ]
Australia needs to stem population growth to address climate change - expert warns

World leading reproduction expert Professor Roger Short, of the University of Melbourne, says Australia’s population growth is out of control increasing the rate of global warming.

[ 15 Jun 2009 ]
Aussie and Kiwi researchers make double MS genetic discovery

Australian and New Zealand researchers have accelerated research into Multiple Sclerosis by discovering two new locations of genes which will help to unravel the causes of MS and other autoimmune disease. Their findings will be published today in the prestigious journal Nature Genetics.

[ 4 Jun 2009 ]
Hubble constant wins Professor prestigious prize

Measuring the size and age of the universe has won University of Melbourne Professor Jeremy Mould and his international colleagues the prestigious 2009 Gruber Prize for Cosmology, announced by the Peter and Patricia Gruber Foundation overnight in the United States.

[ 2 Jun 2009 ]
Animal Welfare Science Centre joins world-wide animal welfare research collaboration

The Animal Welfare Science Centre (AWSC), jointly based at the University of Melbourne, has been internationally recognised for its leading research and education programs.

[ 1 Jun 2009 ]
The Costs of Climate Change

A free public lecture ‘The Costs of Climate Change’ will examine the implications of climate change for business, government and the community, and engage the audience with the complex and dynamic problem of adaptation as a challenge for society at large.

[ 21 May 2009 ]
World leading facility opened for Australian hearing research

A $115m HEARing Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) and the University of Melbourne’s new state-of-the-art Audiology, Hearing and Speech Sciences facility will be co-launched by Senator Kim Carr today at 4.30pm at 550 Swanston Street, Melbourne.

[ 19 May 2009 ]
A combined tooth-venom arsenal revealed as key to Komodo Dragon's hunting strategy.

A new study has shown that the effectiveness of the Komodo Dragon bite is a combination of highly specialized serrated teeth and venom. The authors also dismiss the widely accepted theory that prey die from septicemia caused by toxic bacteria living in the dragon’s mouth.

[ 15 May 2009 ]
Logistics not an excuse for cholera deaths in Africa, say health experts

A group of global health experts have united to pressure the World Health Organisation into including a process of mass vaccination into its management strategy for cholera outbreaks in Africa as the deadly disease spreads.

[ 12 May 2009 ]
Mothers give interloper’s offspring a head start in life

A new study has revealed that mother birds can provide an early advantage to the chicks that they have sired with their non-social partner (known as extra-pair offspring).

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