Walter and Eliza Hall Institute

The Walter and Eliza Hall Institute is Australia’s oldest medical research institute and will celebrate its centenary in 2015. It is home to more than 650 researchers who are working to understand, treat and prevent diseases such as blood, breast, ovarian and lung cancers, type 1 diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, coeliac disease, malaria and HIV. More than 65 clinical trials based on discoveries made at the institute are underway.

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DNA Nation raises questions of genetics, identity and race. DNA Nation/SBS

DNA Nation raises tough questions for Indigenous Australians

The SBS documentary DNA Nation tracks three people on their 'individual genetic journey'. But for Indigenous Australians in particular, genetic testing is a can of worms - politically, ethically and technically.
Mefloquine’s chemical structure is based on one of the first malaria drugs, quinine, that comes from the bark of South America’s Cinchona tree. Cinchona seedlings being packaged for shipment to make quinine, 1943/NLM

Weekly Dose: mefloquine, an antimalarial drug made to win wars

Mefloquine was one of around 250,000 chemical compounds tested for malaria-killing activity in the 1960s by the United States military who needed to protect troops from malaria in the tropics.
Relapsing infections are critical for sustained malaria transmission in the Asia-Pacific. Mayeta Clark/Walter and Eliza Hall Institute

To eliminate malaria in the Asia-Pacific we need to target recurrent infections

A large number of children with malaria in the Asia-Pacific have relapses of the disease, not new infections. Malaria-programs must target these latent infections to completely eliminate the disease.
Alan Finkel is a well respected member of the Australian scientific community. AAP Image/Alan Porritt

Reaction: Alan Finkel to be Australia’s next Chief Scientist

The scientific community reacts to the news that Dr Alan Finkel has been appointed Australia's New Chief Scientist as of 2016.
There are still barriers to overcome to keep more women in science. CIAT/Flickr

What it’s like to be a woman working in science, and how to make it better

What is it like to be a woman working in the sciences? While there are hurdles to overcome, there are joys as well. The new SAGE initiative hopes to make STEM even more amenable to women.
Postdocs do the lion’s share of research, so maybe it’s time we started listening to them. ∞ katherynemily./Flickr

Voices of a generation: young scientists must be seen and heard

Postdoctoral scientists – postdocs – are the engines of biomedical research. As early career researchers, they conduct the most experiments and are responsible for sculpting how we treat disease in decades…
Blood is categorised by the naturally occurring proteins and sugars on the surface of red blood cells. Jon Åslund/Flickr

Health Check: what does my blood group mean?

Few discoveries have revolutionised the practice of medicine as much as the discovery of human red blood cell groups. Unlike modern vampire and Time Lord mythologies, blood groups don’t have a particular…
Delicious and nutritious … and safe. Sarah Gilbert/Flickr

Safety first – assessing the health risks of GM foods

In this third instalment of GM in Australia – a series looking at the facts, ethics, regulations and research into genetically modified crops – Ashley Ng explains how GM foods are determined safe to eat…
A controversial retracted study has now been republished but there’s little difference between the two papers. Brian Talbot/Flickr

Séralini study is given new life, but where’s the new data?

A controversial 2012 paper on the effects of genetically modified (GM) maize and the herbicide glyphosate on tumour growth in rats – a paper later retracted by the journal – has been republished, with…
The stories behind Australia’s medical successes have often gone unreported. Flickr: jpalinsad360

Five Australian medical stories everyone should know

The history of Australian medical research is an unabashed good news story: it’s led to many astounding yet common medical treatments and to better understanding of disease. In fact, as a society we benefit…
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (red helmet) is briefed about tanks containing radioactive water by Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant chief Akira Ono. EPA/Sankei Shimbun Pool

The case for Mark Willacy’s Fukushima

Many readers will know the name Mark Willacy, an Australian journalist who was the ABC’s North Asian correspondent for five years. On March 11, 2011, he would witness events that would redefine Japan as…
Prime Minister Tony Abbott on the day his government handed down its first Budget. AAP/Lukas Coch

Judgement day for Abbott on science and research funding

When the freshly-minted Prime Minister Tony Abbott declined for the first time since 1931 to appoint a science minister as part of his Cabinet in September last year, he did so having made an election…
Joe Hockey is congratulated after delivering his first budget, which outlined plans for a medical research future fund. aap

No matter how you fund it, medical research is a good investment

The federal government has announced a $20 billion medical research future fund, which is expected to distribute $1 billion to research by 2022-23, doubling its direct medical research funding. The announcement…
There’s no quick fix for the research industry in Australia, it needs a considered approach. Flickr/US Army RDECOM

Research and innovation in Australia need a long-term strategy

Most researchers would agree with the Commission of Audit’s finding that “given overall budget constraints, it is important to take a strategic, whole-of-government approach to where Australia’s research…
Genome sequencing has the potential to improve the diagnosis of conditions caused by changes in the DNA. Image from shutterstock.com

Treating illness and preventing disease with genetic testing

Rapid technological advances mean it’s faster and cheaper than ever to read a person’s entire genetic code, known as the genome. Genomic sequencing has two potential applications in health: the care of…
Before the technology can used more widely, we need to ensure its use will bring improvements in health, quality and duration of life. Image from shutterstock.com

Cheap genome tests to predict future illness? Don’t hold your breath

Sydney’s Garvan Institute is this week promoting its acquisition of an Illumina machine which it says can sequence the whole human genome for $1,000. The institute hopes genomic sequencing will become…

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