Saima Firdous Rehman

News • 7 Jun 2021

Gut instincts lead new direction in COPD research

With the gut now regarded as the ‘second brain of the human body’, University of Newcastle researchers have discovered a new connection between gut health and one of the world’s deadliest diseases.

Health students go rural with the Department of Rural Health

News • 12 Aug 2020

Growing numbers of health students choose to “go rural” in 2021

The University of Newcastle’s Department of Rural Health has seen a significant jump in the number of allied health students choosing to go rural in 2021, showing the increasing popularity of rural locations among domestic undergraduate students.

Image of a researcher in front of a microscope smiling at the camera

News • 1 Apr 2019

Powering Breakthroughs in Research

Medical research teams across the University received a huge boost recently with the purchase of cutting-edge medical equipment.

Sarah Hiles

News • 14 Dec 2018

Yoga and mind study aiming to relieve severe asthma

Respiratory researchers at the University of Newcastle and Hunter Medical Research Institute are investigating how yoga and mindfulness classes can improve the quality of life for people with severe asthma.

Nathan Bartlett

News • 14 Jun 2018

Research highlights need for a new approach to COPD management

Researchers at the University of Newcastle and Imperial College London have provided evidence that a conventional treatment for common respiratory diseases such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) can actually lead to worse health outcomes when used to treat symptoms caused by respiratory virus infections.

News • 13 Jun 2018

Hunter asthma duo honoured with European respiratory awards

Hunter asthma researchers, Professor Peter Gibson and Professor Jodie Simpson, have scooped two of the European Respiratory Society’s (ERS) most prestigious awards.

Professor Jodie Simpson

News • 28 Mar 2018

Pioneering respiratory researcher awarded TSANZ Fellowship

University of Newcastle researcher Professor Jodie Simpson has been named a Fellow of the Thoracic Society of Australia and New Zealand (FThorSoc) in recognition of her pioneering expertise and experience in respiratory research.

News • 15 Nov 2017

UON Laureate Professor awarded a prestigious Visiting Professorship

Laureate Professor Paul Foster FAHMS, a global leader in respiratory research, has been appointed as the Visiting Professor at the National University of Singapore (NUS) for 2018.

News • 20 Oct 2017

Prestigious accolade for Hunter asthma leader

Hunter respiratory research leader Professor Peter Gibson has been elected as a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences (AAHMS) in Adelaide on October 19, 2017.

News • 18 Aug 2017

Nuclear imaging trial aiming to clear up airway diagnosis

Hunter respiratory researchers are turning to nuclear medicine for a more advanced approach to phenotyping chronic diseases like asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder (COPD), and identifying patients likely to respond to therapies.

News • 29 Mar 2017

Leading respiratory nursing researcher awarded TSANZ Fellowship

Professor Vanessa McDonald is the first and only nurse to have been awarded the title of Fellow of the Thoracic Society of Australia and New Zealand (FThorSoc) for her excellence in respiratory health research.

News • 29 Mar 2017

Respiratory leader awarded TSANZ Fellowship

Professor Phil Hansbro has been awarded the title of Fellow of Thoracic Society of Australia and New Zealand (FThorSoc) in recognition of his expertise and experience in respiratory research.


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