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From world-first COVID-19 breakthroughs to student led PPE prototyping, read our top research and news stories of 2020.


17 November 2020

National supplies of protein, carbs and fats may predict your lifespan

New study shows national food supplies with equal fat and carbohydrate are associated with higher survival early in life. However, countries with lower fat and higher carbohydrates are associated with the lowest rates of mortality in mid to later life.
02 November 2020

How pain changes your brain

Good pain arrives, raises the alarm, then quickly leaves. Bad pain stays. No-one is sure why. People with chronic pain often hear it's all in the mind. The truth is, it's in the brain and the spine, and Professors Greg Neely and Paul Glare are working to fix it.
27 October 2020

Professor Edward Holmes named as NSW Scientist of the Year

One of the world's top authorities on viruses has been busy this year studying the emergence of SARS-CoV-2. His work has been recognised with the state's top honour for scientists.
08 October 2020

Sydney leads in medical centres of excellence

The University of Sydney will lead three new national medical research centres in coronary artery disease, prevention of fall-related injuries and multiple morbidities.
01 October 2020

Living with diabetes? Get your eyes checked

A new University of Sydney study has found only half of people living with diabetes get the recommended diabetes eye checks, putting them at risk of significant vision loss and blindness.
29 September 2020

Covert tobacco industry marketing tactics exposed by former employees

Changes to the current tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship laws are urgently needed in Australia, says University of Sydney researchers.
29 September 2020

Eleven Eureka Prize finalists

Eleven University of Sydney individuals and groups have been named as Eureka Prize finalists in recognition of their excellent scientific research, leadership and engagement.
22 September 2020

Who is the weakest link? Understanding global supply chains

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused kinks in the movement of goods and services around the globe, but how important a role do multinational companies play in local economies and supply chains?
01 September 2020

Social network for youth mental health receives $1m grant

The University of Sydney is partnering with the yourtown (Kids Helpline) to develop a custom-built social media network for youth mental health, funded by a $1 million grant from the BUPA Health Foundation.

26 August 2020

Sydney innovators win prestigious Sir Zelman Cowen Universities Fund Awards

Since 1978, the Sir Zelman Cowen Universities Fund has provided millions of dollars of support to medical research at the University of Sydney and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, with a long-term goal to improve the human condition.