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  • Making mini-kidneys to understand kidney disease
    28 August 2017
    Dr Lorna Hale is a scientist at the Murdoch Children’s Institute in Melbourne. For over ten years she has worked in the field of renal medicine with a focus on the role of particular cells found in kidney called podocytes. She recently received a prize for her work at the Stem Cells Australia Retreat.
  • New research aids understanding of how genes are regulated
    22 August 2017
    A decrease in expression of certain genes within the cells of the body has been implicated in cancer, cardiovascular disease, autoimmune disease and neurological disorders. One way genes can be inhibited is through the action of microRNAs, small non-coding molecules of ribonucleic acid (RNA). To help researchers understand more about the role of microRNAs in disease, an international consortium of scientists has produced an interactive map that displays where these molecules are expressed and how they might work within the body.
  • CSIRO scientist receives prestigious Gilead award
    07 July 2017
    Dr Ben Cao, a Research Scientist in the CSIRO Niche Biology Team in Biomedical Manufacturing, was awarded the Gilead Sciences International Research Scholars Program in Hematology and Oncology in June 2017.
  • Australian study clears way to growing replacement body organs
    07 July 2017
    A discovery by Australian scientists promises to pave the way to producing replacement organs for damaged hearts, kidneys and bowels, using patients’ own stem cells. The research, pioneered by a team of scientists led by Professor Peter Currie, Director of the Australian Regenerative Medicine Institute at Monash University (Melbourne), could overcome the severe shortage of donor organs for transplants.
  • ARMI to lead research for international company
    14 June 2017
    The Australian branch of Cell Mogrify, a company that drastically reduces the time it takes to reprogram cells, is run by A/Prof Jose Polo, Associate Professor and group leader at ARMI.
  • Melissa Little and David Gardner elected as Fellows of Australian Academy of Science
    22 May 2017
    Twenty-one of Australia’s best scientists have been elected to the Australian Academy of Science, a rare and esteemed honour, for their outstanding contributions to science. Amongst the 2017 Fellows are Professor Melissa Little, Stem Cells Australia’s Program Leader and Theme Director of Cell Biology at the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute, and Professor David Gardner, reproductive biologist at the University of Melbourne and a Chief Investigator in our consortium.
  • ARMI Opens the Vault, opening up a conversation on regenerative medicine
    17 May 2017
    Scientists in regenerative medicine have two choices: to champion the technology to the public, ensure an acknowledgement and public understanding of the risks and benefits that exist, to ultimately negotiate approval through constant and sincere public engagement – or not.
  • New series puts Australian health under the microscope
    16 May 2017
    Dr Shalin Naik from the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute is co-hosting a new ABC health and medical science education series, Ask the Doctor, which premieres at 8pm on Tuesday 16 May.
  • Finding the back gate to schizophrenia
    15 May 2017
    Monash researcher Associate Professor Bourne has been awarded a prestigious grant to study how cognitive function is controlled in the brain and how these mechanisms may influence the development of schizophrenia.
  • Scientists discover new type of brain cell
    10 May 2017
    Australian and Japanese researchers have discovered a new type of brain cell by studying tropical freshwater zebrafish. These cells, which act as ‘scavengers’ in the brain mopping up potentially damaging cellular waste, are also found in humans and may provide protection against neurological diseases.
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