News & Opinion

May 28, 2017

Has cancer finally met its match?

Jamie Morton goes inside the immunotherapy revolution. Let’s not mince words: it’s a barn-storming, breathless revolution.” Professor Graham Le Gros doesn’t mean to come off sounding over the top. It’s just he’s palpably excited about the promise of an area of medical research we hear too little about. Read More

May 26, 2017

Superhero Saturday to help fight Superbugs

Customers visiting Briscoes or Rebel Sport stores this weekend could find themselves served at the checkout by Superman, Wonder Woman or possibly even Captain America with staff donning superhero outfits all in aid of fighting superbugs. The dress-up day is part of Briscoe Group’s charity partner Cure Kids’ appeal “Fight… Read More

May 26, 2017

Anti-TB drug resistance threatens to unwind the progress

There is no doubt that groundbreaking progress has been made in fight against tuberculosis (TB) in the past two decades, but it might be prudent to review if we are winning the fight in order to #endTB by 2030. Do we slip backwards when we fail to prevent every single… Read More

May 26, 2017

CRISPR gene editing puts the brakes on cancer cells

Cancer cells are known for their fast and rapacious growth, but a new technique to slow them down may one day offer new treatment options. Scientists from the US have discovered a protein called Tudor-SN linked to the “preparatory” phase of cell life – when cells prepare to divide and… Read More

May 25, 2017

New Gait Test Could Predict Early Dementia

In a new study, researchers at Lawson Health Research Institute and Western University are demonstrating that gait, or motion testing, while simultaneously performing a cognitively demanding task can predict dementia and eventually help with earlier diagnosis. To date, there is no definitive way for health care professionals to forecast the… Read More

May 25, 2017

Cloud giants form alliance to accelerate genome research

BGI Online is a cloud platform for genomics data analysis. At the Bio-IT World Conference and Expo in Boston this week, BGI announced that they will work alongside Broad Institute, Intel and Alibaba Cloud in an effort to bring cloud-based and free access to the to the latest version of… Read More

May 22, 2017

Supercomputer study unlocks secrets of brain and safer anaesthetics

Researchers have used a supercomputer to show how proteins in the brain control electrical signals, in a breakthrough that could lead to safer and more effective drugs and anaesthetics. In the seven-year study just released, RMIT University researchers – led by Professor Toby Allen and including Dr Bogdan Lev and… Read More

May 22, 2017

Health researcher awarded HRC grant

Dr Kathryn Beck from Massey University’s School of Food and Nutrition has been awarded nearly $250,000 from the Health Research Council of New Zealand to find out how diet and lifestyle patterns affect older people. Dr Beck is one of 13 researchers to receive emerging researcher first grants valued… Read More

May 22, 2017

Up-and-coming Otago scientists gain Health Research Council funding

Two University of Otago staff have received emerging researcher first grants in the Health Research Council’s 2017 funding round announced today: Dr Moritz Lassé (Department of Medicine, University of Otago, Christchurch) Improving risk assessment for worsening kidney function in heart failure $170,877, 36 months Dr… Read More

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