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Platelet-red blood cell complex, in which a platelet (arrow) is attached to the surface of a red cell, viewed using scanning electron microscopy (bar length = 1 µm)

Scientists discover new function of platelets that remove old red blood cells

Researchers at the John Curtin School of Medical Research (JCSMR) have found a new function of platelets apart from their known role in preventing bleeding and helping us fight off infections.

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Platelet-red blood cell complex, in which a platelet (arrow) is attached to the surface of a red cell, viewed using scanning electron microscopy (bar length = 1 µm)

Researchers at the John Curtin School of Medical Research (JCSMR) have found a new function of platelets apart from their known role in preventing bleeding and helping us fight off infections.

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Charlotte and Jeanette Ryan

News, Student profile | 19 Feb 2024

Mother-daughter duo fulfilling long-held career dreams

Duo on a mission: Meet Jeanette and Charlotte Ryan, a mother-daughter team navigating their career paths at the ANU School of Medicine and Psychology.

A young woman smoking a cigarette and reading a book

News, Research story | 19 Feb 2024

Research leaves smoking stereotypes up in smoke

A first-of-its-kind national study from The Australian National University (ANU) has debunked common myths about who smokes in Australia and will help provide better support and potentially life-saving interventions for 2.5 million daily smokers.

ANU Swift Society President Mikayla Simpson.

News | 14 Feb 2024

You need to calm down: How to make lasting memories at a Taylor Swift concert

The idea that you will remember everything you experience is simply not the case. Here's how you can make strong memories from your favourite concerts.

Associate Professor Krisztina Valter in the anatomy lab at the ANU School of Medicine and Psychology

News, Our ANU | 13 Feb 2024

Healing the first-year jitters: a guide to success in the medical program

As the new academic year looms on the horizon, we sat down with seasoned lecturer Associate Professor Krisztina Valter from the Australian National University (ANU) College of Health and Medicine who shared her top tips for first-year students gearing up for the exciting journey ahead.

Professor Ian Cockburn (left) and Dr Xin Gao are studying how to harness the body’s natural defences to fight infectious diseases such as malaria, a life-threatening disease spread to humans by some types of mosquitos. Photo: Jack Fox/ANU

News, Research story | 9 Feb 2024

ANU scientists debunk role of ‘junk cells’ in fight against malaria

Researchers from The Australian National University (ANU) have discovered a previously unknown ability of a group of immune system cells, known as Atypical B cells (ABCs), to fight infectious diseases such as malaria.

A climate protest

News, Research story | 6 Feb 2024

Getting angry for good: wellbeing in the climate crisis

Wanting to do good for the environment can come with a serious emotional burden – two ANU experts share their insights on how to channel climate anxiety into positive change.

Dr Abhimanu Pandey says an immune system protein can be manipulated to help overcome bowel cancer. Photo: Jamie Kidston/ANU

News | 30 Jan 2024

‘Cancer-cooling’ protein puts bowel cancer on ice

A protein in the immune system can be manipulated to help overcome bowel cancer, according to new research from The Australian National University (ANU).

Psilocybin mushrooms

News, Research story | 23 Jan 2024

Group approach may increase accessibility to psychedelic therapy

In a bid to increase accessibility, a new study by the Australian National University (ANU) School of Medicine and Psychology will look into the viability of the application of psychedelics in a group setting.

Professor Malcolm McLeod

News, Research story | 15 Jan 2024

ANU chemists make Australian-first discovery of three new recreational drugs

Three new recreational drugs that have never been reported in Australia before have been identified by chemists at Australia’s only fixed-site drug checking service, CanTEST, located in Canberra. According to scientists and clinicians from The Australian National University (ANU), the drugs could have effects similar to other stimulant-like substances such as MDMA, also known as ecstasy, and ketamine, a drug used as an anaesthetic for medical purposes.

Alysia Robertson, pictured sitting on a wall with a green garden behind her, has won an award for her research on group therapy leadership.

Research story | 11 Jan 2024

How group therapy can help reduce social anxiety

People are keen to go to therapy but it can be really difficult to get them in the door. Alysia Robertson wants to make it easier.

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