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Discover how health and medicine research at ANU is shaping our future.


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29 Sep 2020

Researchers find that sugar is the solution for looking at platelets

Researchers at The Australian National University (ANU) have found a way to look through the walls of microchambers that are used to study thrombus (blood clot) formation using light sheet microscopy.

23 Sep 2020

Cancer research improves in three dimensions

“The 3D printing process can be applied to all sorts of cells and tumour types.”

James O'Connor sitting at a computer

23 Sep 2020

$50 dye could change the way we design malaria vaccines

“It is a tricky technique to get right, but when it works… it's really stunning science.”

Ms Hayley McNamara "Long lasting immunity against malaria is not achieved with current vaccination strategies."

22 Jul 2020

Malaria breakthrough set to change vaccine design

Researchers from The Australian National University have discovered a vital clue as to why malaria vaccines keep failing.

Anatomical model of brain

22 Jun 2020

Understanding your brain in the time of COVID-19

ANU alumni Gaya Karthik and Emily Han share some insights from their podcast series about how our brain is affected by living through this global pandemic.

Woman meditating outdoors

10 Jun 2020

Does meditation change our brain?

Meditation has long been known to calm the mind and increase mindfulness, but what is the science behind this reduction in cognitive decline?

Dr Kamalini Lokuge at the ANU campus.

14 Apr 2020

We know what stopped Ebola - and we know what can stop COVID-19

“The vast majority of our community are doing the right thing and that’s what makes me optimistic.”

20 Feb 2020

The toolbox of a bacterial tradie: researchers find new food-poisoning toxin

ANU scientists have discovered new details about the tools used by bacteria to trigger dangerous food poisoning symptoms.

23 Jan 2020

Fighting fatigue: new research on an invisible symptom of multiple sclerosis

When David was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS) 16 years ago, he read everything he could about the neurological condition.

8 Jan 2020

Hot and bothered: heat affects all of us, but older people face the highest health risks

Heat is the natural hazard associated with the highest mortality in Australia. When heatwaves occur, the death toll routinely reaches into the hundreds.