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News and commentary from our Centre in 2019

2019 stories

19 December 2019

10 health stories that got people talking this year

It's been a busy year for our health and medical researchers. From our own research into diet, climate and vaccination to expert commentary on sports doping, measles and bushfires.
10 December 2019

Sydney researchers receive $41 million in NHMRC funding

Researchers from the University of Sydney have received more than $41 million from the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) to improve the health of Australians.
20 November 2019

14 academics named in influential highly-cited scholars list

Academics recognised as world-leading experts in wide-ranging science disciplines, from renewable energies and soil science to chronic disease prevention and cancer research.
12 November 2019

Exercise is the best medicine for managing back pain

Associate Professor Paulo Ferreira spoke to ABC Life about the best evidence-based approaches for back pain in those who have demanding jobs.
07 November 2019

How healthy is your meal kit meal?

Popular commercial meal kit subscription services assessed for nutritional quality were found to provide adequate serves of core foods such as vegetables - but there was room to improve to meet dietary guidelines.
05 November 2019

Dog ownership could reduce loneliness: study

Sydney researchers find some evidence to suggest new dog owners experience a reduction in negative mood but further larger-scale trials are needed.
28 October 2019

Influential alumnus makes impact on medical community

The University of Sydney School of Medicine alumnus and philanthropist, Dr Barry Catchlove AM, led an extraordinary career in healthcare management. He has also made a significant contribution at the University, generously supporting young researchers.
22 October 2019

Charlotte Wood's The Weekend launched at Charles Perkins Centre

Acclaimed author Charlotte Wood, the first recipient of the Judy Harris Writer in Residence Fellowship at the University of Sydney's Charles Perkins Centre, launched her new book The Weekend last night.
18 October 2019

Top ways travellers try to beat jetlag

A study of passengers travelling on long haul Qantas flights provides an insight into the ways travellers are trying to minimise feelings of jetlag.
16 October 2019

Physical activity in lessons improves students' attainment

Students who take part in physical exercises like star jumps or running on the spot during school lessons do better in tests than peers who stick to sedentary learning, according to a University College London and University of Sydney study.
03 October 2019

When big companies fund academic research, the truth often comes last

Industry funders can go to great lengths to suppress the findings of academic research when it's not favourable to the company, Professor Lisa Bero writes.  

04 September 2019

Climate increasingly a mainstream health issue

Sydney has led a new Lancet comment on global warming and health; its publication came ahead of the latest declaration on climate as a health emergency, this time by the Australian Medical Association. Our experts explain why.
31 August 2019

Tracy Sorensen named 2019 Judy Harris Writer in Residence

The University of Sydney today announced Tracy Sorensen as the 2019 Judy Harris Writer in Residence at its Charles Perkins Centre.
29 August 2019

Sydney researchers secure $38 million in NHMRC funding

University of Sydney researchers have excelled in the latest National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) funding round, attracting more than $38 million for our projects extending from Sydney to rural NSW.
26 August 2019

An underrated way to live longer

Professor Luigi Fontana summarises the presentation that he delivered at the Australian Biology of Ageing Conference 2019.
22 August 2019

Sydney academics recognised for cardiovascular research excellence

Two University of Sydney researchers who are taking a unique and innovative approach to the study of cardiovascular health have each been awarded the Ministerial Award for Cardiovascular Research Excellence.
22 August 2019

When the patient is the planet

What should doctors do when the patient in the emergency room is the planet? History can help us understand and answer this pressing question.
09 August 2019

Funding boosts cardiovascular research at Sydney

University of Sydney researchers receive NSW Government funding to help combat Australia's number one killer - cardiovascular disease.
07 August 2019

Google awards $1m to University of Sydney to put AI into health

The Westmead Applied Research Centre has won Australia's inaugural $1 million Google.org AI Impact Challenge for a translational digital health program that will use digital tools to prevent heart attacks.
31 July 2019

Academics announced as finalists in 5 Eureka Prize categories

Academics with expertise spanning biomedical engineering, the internet-of-things, medicine and quantum physics have been selected as finalists for five categories in Australia's most comprehensive national science awards, the 2019 Australian Museum's Eureka Prizes.

30 July 2019

$1.5 million awarded for dementia prevention study

Researchers have secured funding from the National Health Medical Research Council for a first-ever trial of both screening and intervention for obstructive sleep apnoea in older people at risk for dementia.

18 July 2019

5 ways Sydney researchers are reducing the burden of diabetes

During National Diabetes Week, we take a look at 5 of our recent studies that aim to reduce the burden of diabetes, both in Australia and abroad.
12 July 2019

Eating a bit less reduces heart attack risk, study shows

The first international study of moderate calorie restriction in non-obese people with clinically normal risk factors, centred in the United States, has noted significantly reduced risk of heart attack, even in young adults.
14 June 2019

Program launches connecting the public to dementia research

This week the StepUp for Dementia Research program had its official go-live event, attended by a cross-section of the University community, including program ambassadors and university researchers.

13 June 2019

Professor Tony Weiss wins prestigious Clunies Ross Award

Sydney scientist development of synthetic skin treatment has been recognised with national award.
11 June 2019

Are pharma payments to nurses impacting your healthcare?

New analysis reveals pharmaceutical industry payments to Australian non-prescribing healthcare professionals such as nurses and pharmacists are substantial, raising questions around influence and a call for greater transparency.
06 June 2019

Dementia research finds its perfect match online

A new online matching service is set to revolutionise the way people with dementia and researchers connect, fast-tracking more effective and inclusive dementia research across Australia.
03 June 2019

A career in global health: Joel Negin

From community development in Eastern Mali to water managment addressing epidemics in Fiji, Professor Joel Negin has devoted his life to ensuring a healthier world for all.

06 May 2019

Dr Nick Fuller: 5 reasons diets don’t work, and what to do instead

At the heart of International No Diet Day is the celebration of a healthy lifestyle, body acceptance and self-love. Leading obesity researcher Dr Nick Fuller shares his advice on why you should ditch fad diets for good.
03 May 2019

For giant pandas, bamboo is vegetarian 'meat'

New research using an approach called nutritional geometry sheds light on giant panda evolution, and their unusual transition from carnivorous ancestry to extreme specialised herbivory.
01 May 2019

Put down the protein shake: variety of protein better for health

University of Sydney researchers have examined whether there are any ongoing ramifications or potential side-effects from long-term high protein intake or from consuming certain types of amino acids.
30 April 2019

Are Australians kept in the dark about new risks of medicines?

Research shows communication about emerging safety risks of medicines is not consistent between countries. Experts call for better resourcing and evaluation of safety notifications to doctors and other prescribers.
23 April 2019

Can physical activity offset the health risks of too much sitting?

In findings that could relieve desk-bound office workers, a weekly dose of at least 150 minutes of physical activity could substantially reduce or offset the mortality risks in 'high sitters', University of Sydney research finds.
09 April 2019

Open source drug research could open up medicine

Universal access to medicine could come via open source drug discovery, argues lecturer Dr Alice Motion. She works to make drug discovery less secretive, so that more people can help find the pharmaceuticals the world needs.
09 April 2019

Expert tips for healthy ageing

Ageing is inevitable, so why wouldn't you want to maximise your chances of ageing well? Four of our experts shared tips at our Sydney Science Forum that could help you live a long and healthy life.
02 April 2019

Stillbirth risk more than halved by side sleeping in late pregnancy

Going to sleep on either side in the last three months of pregnancy can more than halve the risk of stillbirth, an international study assessing risk factors for stillbirth has found.
02 April 2019

Research unlocks biomechanic mystery behind deadly blood clots

Researchers at the University of Sydney have used biomechanical engineering techniques to unlock the mystery surrounding the mechanical forces that influence blood clotting.
29 March 2019

Sydney excels in national research engagement and impact assessment

The University of Sydney has performed strongly in the Australian Research Council's first Engagement and Impact Assessment of research at Australian universities.
19 March 2019

Study links breastfeeding with lower risk of heart disease

Mothers who breastfeed their babies have a lower risk of developing or dying from heart disease than those who don't breastfeed, finds new research from the University of Sydney.
28 February 2019

Early signs of fatty liver disease detected in blood

Researchers have discovered biomarkers in the blood that can predict the accumulation of toxic fats in the liver - a sign of early fatty liver disease.
22 February 2019

Study links diabetes and back pain

People with diabetes have a 35 percent higher risk of experiencing low back pain and 24 percent higher risk of having neck pain than those without diabetes, a review by University of Sydney researchers has found.
21 February 2019

The new exercise trend that is made for everyone

From washing the car to climbing stairs or carrying groceries, each of these activities is an opportunity for short sharp bursts of 'High Intensity Incidental Physical Activity', HIIPA for short.
20 February 2019

Simple tips for weight loss that don't include fad diets

There's a biological reason most diets fail; or when they don't, why two-thirds of people regain the weight within 12 months. Obesity expert, Dr Nick Fuller, explains the science behind your weight loss woes and shares his tips for doing it right.
19 February 2019

Is oral health in pregnancy key to understanding allergies?

University of Sydney researchers have received over $300,000 in funding from the Bupa Health Foundation to evaluate how the oral health of pregnant women affects the allergy status and overall health of the newborn.
12 February 2019

The heat is on: keeping the vulnerable safe during heatwaves

Associate Professor Ollie Jay and an international team are recruiting people over 60 to take part in a study which will measure human physiological responses to over 1900 simulated heatwave exposures.
11 February 2019

Institute for Musculoskeletal Health launches in Sydney

The Institute brings together leading researchers and clinicians from University of Sydney and Sydney Local Health District to advance innovative solutions to the growing burden of musculoskeletal disease and physical inactivity.
07 February 2019

Transparency reporting by pharmaceutical industry in decline

Researchers warn Australian pharmaceutical companies are no longer required to publicly disclose many payments to the health sector, and advocate for US-style legislation to ensure full and long-lasting transparency.
06 February 2019

Weight gain in early childhood affects teenage heart health

Obesity and cardiovascular risk factors in childhood and adolescence are associated with increased risk of cardiovascular disease in adulthood, the leading cause of death in Australia.
05 February 2019

Scientific breakthroughs take time, research confirms

Dr Isobel Ronai, who completed her PhD at the University of Sydney's Charles Perkins Centre and School of Life and Environmental Sciences, makes the case for basic biological research.
14 January 2019

New AusOpen heat policy informed by University of Sydney research

A new extreme heat policy is being introduced at the Australian Open this year, the result of a research collaboration between Tennis Australia and the University of Sydney.