Health, biomedicine and psychology

Teenage moods brightened by spice

March 9th, 2018

In a world first, research has shown that the key to lifting teenage moods could be sitting in the kitchen pantry. Murdoch University researchers Dr Adrian Lopresti and Professor Peter Drummond have just completed an investigation into the potential for the spice saffron as a natural treatment for depressive and anxiety symptoms in adolescents.

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Caladenia Counselling Clinic re-opens to the public

February 18th, 2018

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The Caladenia Counselling Centre at Murdoch University is now open for 2018, offering affordable counselling services to members of the public and Murdoch students.

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Funding boost brings new hope for rare disease sufferers

November 28th, 2017

Researchers at Murdoch University have been awarded significant federal funding to help develop genetic therapies for rare diseases. Professor Steve Wilton will lead the project, which has received $800,000 from the Australian Government’s National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) over the next three years.

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New hope for preterm babies future health

November 16th, 2017

A new investigation into preterm baby health may have implications for future antimicrobial resistance. Dr Andrew Currie is leading a research team from Murdoch University in partnership with neonatal consultant Tobias Strunk from King Edward Memorial Hospital to test the reliability of a diagnostic marker for sepsis infection in very preterm infants.

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Tribute to inspirational student at Murdoch research showcase

November 14th, 2017

Emerging researcher: Tamara Hourani with her supervisor Dr Garth Maker (left) and Conor Murphy

A new award that honours the incredible life and achievements of late Murdoch University student Conor Murphy, has been presented to a high-achieving honours student.

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Smartphone study highlights a ‘digital divide’

November 9th, 2017

A research project into smartphone use across the life span has shone a light on some interesting insights into modern Australian life. Dr Lyn Vernon and PhD candidate Bep Uink from Murdoch University and Dr Kathy Modecki from Griffith University surveyed more than 14,000 Australians about their relationship with their smartphones.

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Major project funding heralds new frontiers in innovative health futures

October 26th, 2017

A major project is now underway at Murdoch University to transform the way new therapeutic drugs are tested, giving the community and patients a greater say in treatment. The project has received significant funding, including a grant from MTPConnect and a long list of medical sector partners, including Telethon Kids Institute as a key cash partner.

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Dangerous bug under the microscope

October 25th, 2017

Daniel Knight

A Murdoch University researcher has won more than $300,000 in Federal Government funding to study a bacterium that causes life-threatening diarrhoea in humans and animals.

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Health symposium to improve outcomes for WA families

October 10th, 2017

Health researchers from Murdoch University played a key role in a recent symposium on mental health during pregnancy. Murdoch University’s Professor Megan Galbally jointly organised the event with King Edward Memorial Hospital and Fiona Stanley Hospital.

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Musical festival makes steps towards emotional healing

October 4th, 2017

Dr Petra Skeffington, who is a Clinical Psychologist and trauma researcher, joined the Desert Feet Tour on its annual pilgrimage to Wangkatjungka remote community in the Kimberley.

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