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An aeroplane used for aeromedical retrievals in remote areas of the Northern Territory.

17 Apr 2024

More outback doctors needed for people and planet

Unnecessary aeromedical retrievals in outback Northern Territory results in social upheaval and unhappiness, financial strain, and increased greenhouse gas emissions.

A blood sample being taken at the the John Curtin School of Medical Research located at The Australian National University.

5 Apr 2024

Connection the key to retaining rural GPs

A supportive workplace, work-life balance and a connection to rural communities are all key to retaining doctors in rural and remote areas of Australia, according to a new study from The Australian National University (ANU).

Professor Ben Corry

4 Apr 2024

‘Force-sensing’ protein could help better treat diseases that cause seizures

Researchers from The Australian National University (ANU) have made a discovery about a little understood protein in the human body that could help treat diseases that cause seizures, including epilepsy.

Dr Mulu Woldegiorgis.

28 Mar 2024

Almost one-in-five suffering from long COVID

Researchers found 90 per cent of the study participants with long COVID reported experiencing multiple symptoms.

Dr Chelisa Cardinez, left, and Rebecca Davey in a research lab at the John Curtin School of Medical Research

26 Mar 2024

Gene discovery offers new hope for Aussies living with chronic skin disease

Scientists from The Australian National University have discovered a gene mutation is responsible for causing psoriasis.

Riccardo Natoli with some of his mentees: From back row, left to right: Sarah Farzadi, Natoli, Rakshanya Sekar, Adrian Cioanca, Nicholas Bariesheff.

21 Mar 2024

Generosity of spirit and time make this mentor shine

What makes Associate Professor Riccardo Natoli special?

ANU PhD researcher Amelia Yazidjoglou

4 Mar 2024

‘Everyone does it’: mythbusting young Australians’ overestimation of vaping among peers

E-cigarette use is seen as widespread, common and normal among young Australians even though hard data indicate that the clear majority of teens have not vaped, a first-of-its-kind study from The Australian National University (ANU) shows.

Dr Julia Ellyard. Photo: Tracey Nearmy/ANU

1 Mar 2024

Scientists show the importance of “putting the brakes on” cytokines to prevent autoantibodies and lupus

A new study has found that rare coding variants in a lupus risk gene could help understand how the immune system mistakenly targets the body's own tissues.

First year PhD student, Yanran Fan, in her lab at the John Curtin School of Medical Research.

28 Feb 2024

Sliding doors moment leads to PhD aimed at improving the lives of patients battling rare diseases

Yanran Fan always thought she’d become a lawyer. Instead, she's pursuing a PhD.

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)

21 Feb 2024

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.