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


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A mother breastfeeding her baby

22 Nov 2023

We won’t get real equality until we price breastmilk, and treat breastfeeding as work

Breastfeeding is not just a personal choice; it's unpaid work that contributes to the economy. To achieve true equality, we must recognise breastmilk as a valuable commodity, support breastfeeding at work, and integrate it into economic measures.

16 Nov 2023

Can you spot the AI impostors? We found AI faces can look more real than actual humans

Does ChatGPT ever give you the eerie sense you’re interacting with another human being? Artificial intelligence (AI) has reached an astounding level of realism, to the point that some tools can even fool people into thinking they are interacting with another human.

Dr Chirath Hettiarachchi

15 Nov 2023

How AI could put diabetes on autopilot

Self-monitoring blood glucose and managing insulin levels is a 24/7 challenge. Dr Chirath Hettiarachchi from the Australian National University (ANU) School of Computing aims to solve this challenge with AI algorithms.

From left to right: Associate Professor Grace Joshy, Research Assistant Sinan Brown, Professor Emily Banks AM, Research Assistant Mai Nguyen. Image: Tracey Nearmy/ANU

3 Nov 2023

A decade-long program to address shortfalls in cardiovascular disease prevention

Researchers at the ANU have conducted a strategic decade-long program of work to address the shortfalls in cardiovascular disease prevention. This exceptional effort has been duly acknowledged and honored with the prestigious Research Australia Health and Medical Research Award 2023.

From left to right: Professor Ted Maddess and Professor Hanna Suominen. Image: Tracey Nearmy/ANU

1 Nov 2023

Cross-disciplinary research initiative OHIOH recognised as finalist for Research Australia Digital Health Technology Award

Imagine a device that can assess 40 regions of both eyes and the brain in just 82 seconds, reducing the need for blood testing or expensive, time-consuming hospital-based imaging for people with diabetes, MS or other conditions: The objectiveFIELD Analyser (OFA) is just one of the various health technologies developed by Our Health in Our Hands (OHIOH), an innovative cross-disciplinary research initiative of ANU. This innovation has earned recognition from Research Australia, with the team named as a finalist in this year's Research Australia (Digital Health Technology Award).

Child holding sign that says 'there's no planet B'

20 Oct 2023

Climate Crises and the Impacts on our Future Generations

While the adverse impacts of climate crises on vulnerable groups such as the elderly and those with pre-existing medical conditions are clearer, the climate related impacts on maternal and child health are well less understood.

Leaky gut

21 Sep 2023

Developing a universal test for leaky gut

Research shows that impaired gut function is linked to almost every disease including mental health disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease, anxiety and depression.

Woman in pain

14 Sep 2023

Pain and cancer: what we know from world’s largest study to date

A first-of-its-kind study looking at the levels of pain experienced by cancer survivors provides evidence on when pain is most likely to be experienced, and offers reassurance for many cancer survivors.

An illustration of a brain

30 Aug 2023

Developing research suggests transcranial magnetic stimulation could help autism, ADHD and OCD

Since the start of the COVID pandemic, there has been more attention given to problems of mental ill-health including depression than ever before. A new therapeutic option, especially for depression, transcranial magnetic stimulation, is slowly helping to address some of these considerable unmet needs in our community.

Professor Leonie Quinn (L) and ACT Health Minister Rachel Stephen-Smith (R) in a lab of the John Curtin School of Medical Research

28 Aug 2023

Innovative research improving brain cancer treatment

Canberra Brain Cancer Collaborative, headed by Professor Leonie Quinn and her team, created the biobank using the $300,000 grant awarded at the 2022 Research Innovation Fund funding round.