2017 section

Gene science closes in on endometriosis

26 May 2017 | In the world’s largest study into the genetic causes of endometriosis, Institute for Molecular Bioscience researchers have helped identify five new gene regions linked to the disease.

New answers for kids with inherited kidney disease

23 May 2017 | A new gene behind a rare form of inherited childhood kidney disease has been identified by a global research team.UQ IMB researchers were part of the team that made the discovery that will improve genetic testing and could provide clues for future treatments for autosomal recessive polycystic kidney disease (ARPKD).

Welcome to our biofuture

18 May 2017 | Learn how the IMB Centre for Solar Biotechnology is using algae to power a more sustainable future.

Aussie mums invited to join global postpartum depression study

12 May 2017 | Researchers from The University of Queensland are seeking the help of Australian mothers to identify the genetic factors involved in postpartum depression, which will help us understand and develop better ways to prevent, diagnose and treat the condition.

Unique focus of cardiovascular research centre

2 May 2017: Repairing damaged heart and vascular tissues will be the unique focus of a new University of Queensland research centre, established to combat cardiovascular disease. The UQ Centre for Cardiac and Vascular Biology (CCVB) brings together eight laboratories researching cardiovascular development, regeneration and disease. The centre will be officially launched in Brisbane today (6pm Tuesday 2 May) during Heart Week.

Scientists surprised to discover lymphatic 'scavenger' brain cells

2 May 2017 | The brain has its own inbuilt processes for mopping up damaging cellular waste – and these processes may provide protection from stroke and dementia. UQ scientists discovered a new type of lymphatic brain “scavenger” cell by studying tropical freshwater zebrafish – which share many of the same cell types and organs as humans.

Protein could prevent brain damage caused by stroke

21 March 2017 | A small protein that could protect the brain from stroke-induced injury has been discovered by researchers from UQ and Monash University. IMB researcher Professor Glenn King, who led the research, said the small protein showed great promise as a future stroke treatment.

New tool reveals how special immune cells fight bacteria

9 March 2017 | IMB researchers have made a big step towards improving the way we study immune responses to bacterial infections.

New method helps researchers piece together the puzzle of antibiotic resistance

22 February 2017 | Researchers from The University of Queensland’s Institute for Molecular Bioscience (IMB) have developed a faster and more accurate method for assembling genomes that could help clinicians rapidly identify antibiotic-resistant infections.

Unearthing immune responses to common drugs

7 February 2017 | Australian researchers are a step closer to understanding immune sensitivities to well-known, and commonly prescribed, medications. Many drugs are successfully used to treat diseases, but can also have harmful side effects. While it has been known that some drugs can unpredictably impact on the functioning of the immune system, our understanding of this process has been unclear.

New approach to drug design gives hope for better breast cancer treatments

3 February 2017 | IMB researchers have found a promising small molecule treatment that blocked cancer spread and improved survival rates in mice in a pre-clinical study of breast cancer.

IMB PhD student awarded Westpac Future Leaders Scholarship

30 January 2017 | IMB agricultural sciences PhD student Samantha Nixon (King Group) has been named as one of 22 exceptional young Australians to receive a Westpac Future Leaders Scholarship. Samantha is is researching the concept of spider venoms as next generation treatments to combat drug resistance in parasites in Australian livestock.

The role of genetic variation in common diseases

27 January 2017 | Dr Joseph Powell and his team are investigating how differences in your DNA sequence impact on how disease starts and develops in the body. This NHMRC-funded research is important because it could lead to new approaches to prevent or to treat disease. (via NHMRC website)

Saluting a great Australian: The bush fly

26 January 2017 | No summer barbecue would be complete without the great Aussie salute. It's a tradition that has been linked to one specific fly: the Australian bush fly. IMB researcher Dr Maggie Hardy explains why this little Australian has got a bad rap. (via ABC Science)

Event: EndoWhat? Unravelling the mystery behind endometriosis

1 in 10 women suffer from endometriosis – a common, yet poorly understood disease. What causes endometriosis? Is it inherited? Why does it take 7 to 10 years before most women are diagnosed? Experts will answer these questions and more at this upcoming community event. Come along and join in the conversation.  

Latest research offers hope for patients with inflammatory diseases

19 Jan 2016 | IMB researchers have discovered a molecular trigger for inflammation that could lead to new treatments for rheumatoid arthritis, inflammatory bowel disease and neurodegenerative diseases. Professor Jennifer Stow said targeting this trigger - a protein called SCIMP, could reduce or ‘switch off’ inflammation.

Event: Solutions for Drug-Resistant Infections conference

3-5 April 2017 | Register now for SDRI 2017, a multi-disciplinary scientific conference for the Asia Pacific region focused on Solutions for Drug-Resistant Infections.

Your choice of a life partner is no accident

10 Jan 2017 | Chances are, you’re going to marry someone a lot like you. Similar intelligence, similar height, similar body weight. A new study of tens of thousands of married couples suggests that this isn’t an accident. We don’t marry educated people because we happen to hang around with educated people, for example—we actively seek them out. And these preferences are shaping our genomes. Story via Science Magazine (external link).

Why sharing scientific data is the way of the future

9 January 2016 | Researchers from UQ's Institute for Molecular Bioscience and Queensland Brain Institute have revealed new insights into how genetic and environmental factors control gene expression in humans. The significance of this research lies not just in its immediate findings for medical research, but also in the team’s commitment to championing open science.

The long game to help our daughters

Inside one in ten women an invasive disease is ravaging reproductive and surrounding organs. With this disease tissue similar to the normal uterine lining grows and invades the areas around the pelvis. It creates rigid scar tissue that impedes the function of the organs by reducing their mobility. It causes serious pain and in some cases, infertility. If you know ten women, there is a good chance that one of them is suffering from this insidious disease and they may not even know it. It’s called endometriosis and we know very little about it.

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