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04 December 2020

Should Australians be worried about waiting for a COVID vaccine?

The news that Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine has gained emergency approval in the United Kingdom and may be distributed to selected high-risk groups as early as next week is welcome.
03 December 2020

What people with disability told us about their experiences of disasters and emergencies

Australia has no nationally consistent standards to ensure access and inclusion of people with disability in disaster risk reduction - listening to their experiences will help ensure no one is left behind in the future, writes Associate Professor Michelle Villeneuve.
03 December 2020

Longevity gene could be key in reducing risk of death for men with chronic disease

An international team of researchers have found men with existing cardiometabolic diseases, and a version of a 'longevity gene' have found they lived just as long as men who did not have the disease.
02 December 2020

Cannabidiol (CBD) in cannabis does not impair driving, landmark study shows

Scientists from the Lambert Initiative have shown that a medically active component of cannabis does not impact driving ability and moderate THC intoxication lasts a few hours, with implications for drug-driving laws and managing medical cannabis.
01 December 2020

Discovery shines light on how cancer cells could protect themselves

Sydney researchers have found cancer cells can repair their DNA by using 'cables' in their nucelus. The findings open new possibilities for designing future cancer treatments.
26 November 2020

New global guidelines on physical activity and sedentary behaviour

University of Sydney academics are part of a select group of international experts who provided leadership and contributed to the development and dissemination of the new WHO Guidelines on physical activity and sedentary behaviour launched today.
26 November 2020

Unexpected discovery about stem cell immortality: study

Independent groups of scientists investigating telomeres and stem cells have reported what lies behind the immortality of stem cells - what a leading Australian researcher calls "the most unexpected result of my career''.
25 November 2020

When there is good vaccine news - efficacy is only the beginning of the story

Recent news from global COVID-19 vaccine clinical trials have been encouraging, however we are only at the beginning of the story and must continue to monitor whether any approved vaccine is safe and effective, writes Associate Professor Nicholas Wood.
25 November 2020

Electric 'aero-ambulance' developed at the University of Sydney

'Vertiia', designed to take off like a helicopter and fly like a plane, will improve patient transfer times and safety. It aims to be the most efficient and longest range eVTOL (electric vertical take-off and landing) aircraft globally.
25 November 2020

Sydney wins five Eureka Prizes for 2020

Five University of Sydney finalists have been named as Eureka Prize winners in recognition of their excellent scientific research, leadership and engagement.