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News • 2 Feb 2021

Research shows nasal spray that protects against COVID-19 is also effective against the common cold

Research into a new drug which primes the immune system in the respiratory tract and is in development for COVID-19 shows it is also effective against rhinovirus.

Associate Professor Doan Ngo

News • 2 Feb 2021

Today’s cancer patients need not be tomorrow’s cardiovascular patients

Today’s cancer patient may be tomorrow’s cardiac patient, with almost a third of people who survive cancer developing cardiovascular disease (CVD).

Matt Dun in his lab

News • 12 Aug 2020

Newcastle cancer researcher recognised as Young Tall Poppy

Esteemed cancer researcher and charity advocate, Dr Matthew Dun, has been acknowledged for his dedication to improving cancer survival outcomes, with a 2020 ‘Young Tall Poppy’ science award.

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 Dr Matt Dun

News • 20 Jul 2020

Tests show potential for medicinal cannabis to kill cancer cells

Laboratory tests conducted at the University of Newcastle and Hunter Medical Research Institute have shown that a modified form of medicinal cannabis can kill or inhibit cancer cells without impacting normal cells, revealing its potential as a treatment rather than simply a relief medication.

News • 27 Mar 2020

High levels of iron in the lung linked to increased asthma severity

A new study, led by Jay Horvat, Associate Professor of Immunology and Microbiology at the University of Newcastle and HMRI Australia, is the first to show a relationship between iron build up in the lung cells and tissues and the severity of asthma.

Professor Rodney Scott and Associate Professor Saadallah Ramadan

News • 23 Jan 2019

Funding signals new hope for multiple sclerosis treatment

Hunter researchers will help advance vital prevention and treatment methods for thousands of people living with multiple sclerosis (MS) following a funding announcement today from MS Research Australia.

News • 16 Feb 2017

Biomedical Science offers new study pathways

UON’s Bachelor of Biomedical Science now offers three new majors, each uniquely tailored to students’ career aspirations.From 2017, our biomedical science students can choose to pursue a major in advanced medical research, industry, commerce, and education, or medicine and health practice.

Rohith Thota

News • 28 Oct 2016

Heart Health Study recruiting people with Type 2 Diabetes

Researchers from the University of Newcastle (UON) and John Hunter Hospital are looking for volunteers to take part in a clinical trial which will examine use of curcumin and/or omega-3 fats for lowering cardiovascular disease risk in people with type 2 diabetes.

Professor Phil Hansbro

News • 23 Jun 2016

Protein implicated as key and common cause in respiratory illness

Hunter researchers have discovered a protein that induces both stiffening and inflammation in the airways of the lung, causing severe and chronic respiratory illness.

News • 6 Apr 2016

UON awarded Lung Cancer Fellowship

Professor Phil Hansbro, School of Biomedical Sciences and Pharmacy, has been awarded a substantial grant for a co-funded Fellowship in Lung Cancer Research.

Cancer Council NSW research grant success

News • 12 Jan 2015

$1 million in Cancer Council NSW project grants

Two University of Newcastle (UON) cancer researchers from the School of Biomedical Sciences and Pharmacy in the Faculty of Health and Medicine have been awarded more than $1 million in Cancer Council NSW project grants for 2015.


Nutrition Communication for Health Professionals. Image of Professor Clare Collins

Event • 17 Feb 2021 - 10 Mar 2021

Nutrition Communication for Health Professionals: Key Concepts

If you are a doctor, nurse, or allied health professional looking to improve your knowledge of the role of nutrition communication in chronic disease prevention and management, this course is for you.

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Event • 4 Mar 2021 from 1:00pm - 2:00pm

What is Research Advantage?

Join the Research Advantage team to uncover the many initiatives aimed at empowering academics at all careers levels at our University.


Event • 11 Mar 2021 from 12:00pm - 2:00pm

Developing Grant Applications [Schemes MRFF and TRGS]

This health specific information session will focus on developing Grant applications for the Medical Research Future Fund and Translational Research Grants Scheme.

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Event • 30 Mar 2021 from 1:30pm - 3:00pm

Research Translation - where do I start?

This session will unpack research translation and provide a framework and practical advice and examples on knowledge translation.


Event • 22 Apr 2021 from 10:30am - 12:00pm

NHMRC Development Grants

This session on NHMRC Development Grants will be delivered by the Research Grants Office and provide practical advice, information and opportunity for Q&A.