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Charles Perkins Centre: The year in review 2022

22 December 2022
Multidisciplinary research with impact
A selection of some of the key stories and research from Charles Perkins Centre members, collaborators and partners making the news in 2022.

2022 Charles Perkins Centre Key News Stories

  • Fifth of global food-related emissions due to transport

    Food transport constitutes 19 percent of food emissions, equivalent to 6 percent of emissions from all sources, new University of Sydney research finds.
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  • Professor Jamie Triccas in lab

    Partnership to develop 'variant-proof' COVID-19 vaccine

    The University of Sydney is a lead partner in an international consortium awarded up to US$19.3 million by The Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations to support the development of a 'variant-proof' SARS-CoV-2 vaccine candidate.
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  • Youth outline top health concerns on scientific stage

    Young people feel like they are left behind to manage multiple health risks. If no action is taken, it could be a precursor to chronic health diseases, writes a group of high school students given access to voice their concerns on a stage usually reserved for academics.
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  • Reducing the risk of stroke and heart problems after surgery

    Researchers from the University of Sydney and Westmead Hospital have been awarded $1.8 million to advance research into reducing the risk of stroke and heart complications in patients undergoing major surgery.
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  • How our scientists are striving for a healthier tomorrow

    This year, World Health Day focuses global attention on urgent actions needed to keep humans and the planet healthy and foster a movement to create societies focused on well-being. Find out how our researchers are contributing.
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  • Can music slow the onset of neurodegenerative disease?

    A new collaboration between the University of Sydney's Brain and Mind Centre and the Sydney Conservatorium of Music will be launched on 25 March. Together, with support of a generous gift, they are designing a musical intervention to help those at risk of cognitive decline.
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  • A human ribcage

    Superhero substance used in new bone implants to combat infection

    Led by the University of Sydney, an international team has developed a new kind of bone implant that reduces the chance of infection, and therefore significantly decreases implant failure rates. In Australia, a fifth of conventional hip and knee replacements fail after 10 years.
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  • $13m for national eating disorder research centre

    The Australian Government Department of Health has awarded the University of Sydney a $13 million four-year grant, which will fund the establishment of the Australian Eating Disorders Research and Translation Centre.
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  • New world-first clinical trial on benefits of losing weight prior to pregnancy

    The University of Sydney is leading the world's largest clinical trial exploring how losing weight prior to pregnancy can improve the long-term health of mothers and babies.
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  • Older person gardening

    Partnership to transform dementia care in residential aged care

    A partnership project led by the University of Sydney has received funding from the Australian Government to improve the independence, health and wellbeing of people living with dementia in residential aged care.
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  • Australia could be first to adopt routine childhood screening for type 1 diabetes

    A new national screening research pilot for type 1 diabetes funded by JDRF and led by a team at the University of Sydney is launching in locations across the country this month.
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  • A magnified picture of colour gut mircobiome bacteria.

    Uncovering the links between diet, gut health and immunity

    A pre-clinical study from the University of Sydney has found a high-protein diet can change the microbiota of the gut, triggering an immune response. Researchers say the study takes us a step closer to understanding the way diet impacts gut health and immunity.
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  • An image of a shoe of someone walking in rain

    Pace as important as 10,000 steps

    10,000 steps a day is the 'sweet spot' for lowered risk of disease and death, but how fast you walk could be just as important according to new research.
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  • Healthy Salad with proteins

    Prioritising protein during perimenopause may ward off weight gain

    Minor adjustments to the balance of macronutrients in a woman's daily diet during the transition to menopause could lessen or even prevent weight gain and lean tissue loss, according to researchers from the University of Sydney's Charles Perkins Centre.
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  • Scientists manufacture 'living blood vessel'

    Research led by the University of Sydney has developed a material that mimics the complex structure of naturally occurring blood vessels.
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  • Study confirms that processed foods key to rising obesity 

    The modern palate's preference for highly processed and refined foods over a protein-rich diet is a key contributor to the high obesity rates in the Western world. 

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  • Jennie Mackenzie donates 20 million to Charles Perkins Centre

    Jennie Mackenzie's generous donation will offer critical support to early career researchers and encourage collaboration across disciplines at the Charles Perkins Centre. 

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  • One-minute bursts of activity during daily tasks could prolong your life, finds study

    In good news for those who don't like playing sport or going to the gym, new research finds just three to four one-minute bursts of huffing and puffing during daily tasks is associated with large reductions in the risk of premature death, particularly from cardiovascular disease.
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  • heat haze and traffic

    Pioneering heat stress scale to be trialed in Western Sydney

    Sydney researchers are developing a heat stress scale similar to a UV index, with an accompanying app to help the public handle the heat and avoid the risk of health problems from heatwaves.
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  • Image of old books stacked vertically and horizontally in varying colours

    Charles Perkins Centre Writers in Residence at the Sydney Writers' Festival

    Two of the Judy Harris Writer in Residence Fellows at the Charles Perkins Centre are appearing at this year’s Sydney Writers’ Festival at Carriageworks. Alumna Charlotte Wood and current fellow Sarah Holland-Batt are appearing at events across the week-long festival celebrating all forms of writing.
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