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Tobacco plant holds key to fighting cancer

April 9, 2014

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  La Trobe University research has revealed a tobacco plant’s natural defence mechanisms could be harnessed to kill cancer cells in the human body. Scientists at the La Trobe Institute for Molecular Science have identified that a molecule in the flower of the plant that fights fungi and bacteria also has the ability to identify […]

New insight into cell death could help fight heart disease

March 18, 2014

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La Trobe University research has shed new light on how dead and dying cells are removed from the human body.  The research could also lead to new ways to boost the body’s defence mechanisms and better treat a range of inflammatory diseases such as heart disease. Cell biologist Dr Ivan Poon has been studying a […]

National fight against cancer and Alzheimer’s disease

February 21, 2014

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Key role for La Trobe in new Government Research Centres of Excellence The Federal Government has awarded $8m to three La Trobe University scientists for leading-edge research into next-generation immunological and plant-based therapies for cancer and other diseases. Research groups led by physicists Dr Brian Abbey and Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) Professor Keith Nugent, and by […]

Survey adds 30 new species to Antarctic marine life

February 19, 2014

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More than thirty new species of Antarctic marine life have been been discovered by a seven-nation scientific team that included La Trobe University Geneticist Dr Jan Strugnell.  The species, so far still unclassified, were found in the Amundsen Sea off Pine Island Bay, one of the least explored areas of the Southern Ocean. Dr Strugnell […]

Study reveals potent new anti-cancer protein

December 5, 2013

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Cornering the market for Southeast Asian gac fruit in the Melbourne suburb of Footscray helped a La Trobe University doctoral student come up with one of the most promising proteins yet in the global quest for new drugs to halt the spread of breast, colon, ovarian and prostate cancer. Pedro Quimbar, working with colleagues at […]

Award for key role in crop science industry collaboration

November 27, 2013

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Dr Yolanda Gaspar, from the La Trobe Institute for Molecular Science (LIMS), has won the prestigious 2013 CropLife President’s award for her contribution to Australia’s $1.5 billion plant science industry. The award was presented at the 2013 CropLife National Members’ Forum at the Press Club in Canberra on Thursday 21 November. CropLife is an industry body […]

Unique role in $17 million US global health program

August 29, 2013

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La Trobe University has been selected to take part in a new $17 million science program launched  by the peak United States’ medical science funding body, the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The program comprises a consortium of more than 30 universities involved in 24 research projects and will probe the next frontier in the […]