The University of Newcastle, Australia

June 2018

Associate Professor Darren Shafren

News • 29 Jun 2018

Historic buyout signals promising hope for global cancer therapy

Following the announcement in February of one of the biggest biotech transactions in Australian history, world-leading pharmaceutical company MSD (a subsidiary of Merck & Co., Inc., Kenilworth, NJ USA) has acquired virotherapy firm Viralytics, founded in Newcastle by Associate Professor Darren Shafren.

Carole Powell and Associate Professor Sally McFadden

News • 29 Jun 2018

Local Lions have a clear vision for funding research

When Associate Professor Sally McFadden spoke at Dungog Lions Club in 2016 about her long-term research working at solving the riddle of myopia, her words travelled to Mrs Carole Powell, Lions Australia 201N3 District Coordinator. Mrs Powell was looking to fund a local project with global impact to celebrate the Lions Centenary, and this project was the perfect fit.

Ma Morley Scholars with Mr Jack Ma

2018 Ma and Morley scholars visit China • 28 Jun 2018

Ma & Morley Scholars recreate friendship’s historic encounter in China

When the paths of Chinese entrepreneur Mr Jack Ma and respected Novocastrian, the late Mr Ken Morley, crossed almost four decades ago, the encounter formed a lifelong friendship and shaped the teenage Jack Ma’s life journey.

News • 27 Jun 2018

Hunter president for new Oceania chapter

The Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco (SRNT) has recently established an Oceania chapter (SRNT-O) – and HMRI’s Professor Billie Bonevski is its inaugural founding President.

Mr Andrea Rufo OAM and Dr Nikki Verrills

News • 26 Jun 2018

Pink Frangipani Ball blossoms hope for breast cancer patients

Current chemotherapy and radiation treatment options for breast cancer patients are grueling, and not all patients see positive results, however with funding raised from the 2018 Pink Frangipani Ball, Dr Nikki Verrills and her research team hope to develop revolutionary new therapies.

Person using phone

News • 25 Jun 2018

Innovating health care in regional Australia

An online support tool being developed by University of Newcastle PhD student, Brian Hill, has won the Regional Australia Institute’s 2018 Lightbulb Moments competition, which is designed to help get the best regional community projects off the ground.

Laureate Professor Roger Smith

News • 25 Jun 2018

Call for hormone replacement therapy re-think after hip fracture study

Newcastle endocrinologist, Laureate Professor Roger Smith, has urged a re-think on the use of hormone replacement therapy (HRT) after studying the risk of hip fracture in both elderly women and men.

The Conservatorium • 22 Jun 2018

The Castle Big Band

New ensemble for Hunter region high school students

Elizabeth Evans and Narelle Underwood

News • 22 Jun 2018

Using diversity to push the boundaries of surveying

With females representing less than three per cent of registered surveyors in New South Wales (NSW)*, Bachelor of Surveying student, Elizabeth Evans, is helping to inspire more women to consider a career in surveying.

News • 22 Jun 2018

Newcastle innovators awarded grants to go global

Two leading academics from the University of Newcastle are among the 38 beneficiaries in the latest round of the Australian Government’s Priming Grants, aimed at building international relationships to commercialise ground-breaking research.

Grass blowing in the wind

News • 20 Jun 2018

Mental illness going unrecognised in country communities

Researchers have found that one third of country people experiencing psychological distress don’t identify as having a mental health problem.

Dr Alex Zelinsky AO

News • 20 Jun 2018

New Vice-Chancellor announced

The Council of The University of Newcastle has today announced the appointment of Dr Alex Zelinsky AO as its next Vice-Chancellor and President, commencing in early November 2018.