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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 […]

Taking back control – 12 year study of path to better Aboriginal health

March 20, 2014

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Australia has tried for almost a decade to ‘close the gap’. Yet Aboriginal Australians still suffer more than double the disease burden of the total population – with most health problems caused by preventable chronic disease. A new book not only again brings this disturbing state of affairs into sharp focus – but also aims […]

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 […]

Does the age of human settlement in Victoria rival that of Lake Mungo?

February 21, 2014

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While many Australians were heading to the beach during the mid-January heatwave, La Trobe archaeologist Dr Jillian Garvey was undertaking an archaeological dig west of Mildura in outback Victoria. The dig is part of a six-year project led by Dr Garvey at Ned’s Corner Station and in the Murray-Sunset National Park close to the South […]

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 […]

New Hallmark Program and Indigenous Studies initiatives

February 21, 2014

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La Trobe University has launched its unique ‘Hallmark Program’ for high achieving students – with the foundation cohort of 23  arriving on campus in February – as well as a special on-line introductory Indigenous studies module aimed at all students. The Hallmark Program is designed to help students extend their thinking on key global issues […]

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 […]