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News • 26 Apr 2021

Precision medicine could be all in the genes

A breakthrough in precision medicine has revealed existing medications and supplements could be repurposed to solve gaps in the treatment of chronic respiratory disorders such as asthma.

Featured story • 8 Apr 2021

AstraZeneca’s blood clot risk is incredibly small. Australia shouldn’t follow the UK’s lead of offering under 30s another vaccine

Authorities in the United Kingdom overnight recommended people under 30 be offered an alternative COVID vaccine to the AstraZeneca/Oxford shot. The recommendation came after the European Medicines Agency (EMA) found a “possible link” between the vaccine and blood clots.

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.


NFH Water Security

Event • 15 Oct 2021 from 5:30pm - 16 Oct 2021 until 8:00pm

New Futures Hackathon for Water Security

Meet new people, be exposed to fresh ideas, learn new skills and build creative, original work.

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