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22 October 2021

Grants to treat alcohol-use disorder and transform cancer diagnosis

Sydney researchers have received two National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Synergy Grants worth $10 million.
22 October 2021

Sydney welcomes $96 million RNA pilot manufacturing facility for NSW

The University of Sydney is pleased to be part of the NSW Government's announcement of a first-of-its-kind Australian pilot facility to develop mRNA and RNA drugs and vaccines to combat disease and save lives.
18 October 2021

Australia needs a 'mental wealth' lens on post-COVID recovery

A multidisciplinary research initiative at the University of Sydney brings together academics, industry experts, policymakers, and community representatives to capitalise on the nation's cognitive and emotional resources to reimagine the economic and social future of Australia.
14 October 2021

Why Sydney's COVID numbers didn't get as bad as the modelling suggested

COVID-19 case numbers and hospitalisations in NSW are better than expected. Professor Jamie Triccas and Dr Megan Steain propose two key factors that could account for this: vaccine effectiveness and real-time protection.

11 October 2021

New program helps people find their way forward after dementia diagnosis

An innovative new program launched today aims to assist the estimated 60,000 Australians diagnosed with dementia each year to understand next steps and change outdated perceptions of living with dementia.
08 October 2021

Gene therapy saves the sight of Australians with eye disease

Two teenage siblings with a rare disease have had their vision loss halted and their eye sight improved, after surgery using the world's first approved gene replacement therapy for any inherited blinding eye condition.

07 October 2021

Lift in restrictions: Sydney experts on what we can expect

Experts in health, psychology and pandemic modelling comment on what Australians can expect as the nation emerges from pandemic restrictions.
07 October 2021

Review of COVID and mental health finds hope but growing inequalities

Australia's Mental Health Think Tank review of mental health impacts of the pandemic has found most people will recover. However, those hit particularly hard will find it difficult to bounce back, write Sydney experts.

05 October 2021

'Mother of all cannabinoids': anti-seizure compounds found in cannabis

The team at the Lambert Initiative for Cannabinoid Therapeutics is focused on developing a better cannabis-based treatment for Dravet syndrome, an intractable form of childhood epilepsy.
05 October 2021

Guidelines for treatment of alcohol problems notes risks, stigma

The University of Sydney has led the development of the updated federal Guidelines for the Treatment of Alcohol Problems, publicised in the MJA yesterday, which sits alongside the NHMRC alcohol consumption guidelines.