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MEDIA RELEASE: Apr 11, 2014 07:00 AM

Study shows high prevalence of knee osteoarthritis in Vietna...

A study undertaken in Vietnam for the first time reveals the high prevalence of knee osteoarthritis, showing that roughly a third of Vietnamese men and women over the age of 40 are affected.

MEDIA RELEASE: Feb 11, 2014 12:05 AM

Slowing down the immune system when in overdrive

Many people suffer from chronic inflammation because their immune systems overreact to ‘self’ tissue. Garvan scientists believe that a small molecule known as Interleukin 21 is a promising therapeutic target in such case...

MEDIA RELEASE: Feb 05, 2014 04:00 AM

Evidence that shivering and exercise may convert white fat t...

A new study suggests that shivering and bouts of moderate exercise are equally capable of stimulating the conversion of energy-storing ‘white fat’ into energy-burning ‘brown fat’. This makes brown fat a potential therape...

MEDIA RELEASE: Jan 15, 2014 03:00 AM

The future of genomic medicine has arrived in Australia

The transformation of medicine by human genome sequencing has moved closer following the announcement today that Sydney’s Garvan Institute of Medical Research is one of the first in the world to acquire machines that can...

MEDIA RELEASE: Dec 19, 2013 12:00 AM

David Thomas appointed as new Director of The Kinghorn Cance...

Garvan is very pleased to announce the appointment of Professor David Thomas as the new Director of The Kinghorn Cancer Centre, as well as Head of Garvan’s Cancer Division, from June 2014. The Kinghorn Cancer Centre is a...

MEDIA RELEASE: Nov 28, 2013 04:05 PM

The deadly news about all osteoporotic fractures

It is well known that hip and vertebral fractures increase the risk of premature death. Until now, little has been known about the clinical impact of non-hip, non-vertebral fractures – so new Garvan research showing that...

MEDIA RELEASE: Oct 15, 2013 03:05 PM

Rapid reversal of diabetes after gastric banding surgery

Clinical researchers from Garvan and St. Vincent’s Hospital have shown that a form of weight loss surgery, known as ‘gastric banding’, brings about reversal of diabetes in some patients, and dramatic improvement of gluco...

MEDIA RELEASE: Sep 16, 2013 02:05 PM

Potential treatment for a specific kind of pancreatic cancer...

Garvan researchers have identified a potentially treatable subtype of pancreatic cancer, which accounts for about 2% of new cases. This subtype expresses high levels of the HER2 gene. HER2-amplified breast and gastric ca...

MEDIA RELEASE: Aug 08, 2013 09:00 PM

A complex story behind genes, environment, diabetes and obes...

While it is well known that there is a strong genetic basis to both diabetes and obesity, and that they are linked, Garvan researchers say that there are many rare genetic variants involved, which will pose a significant...

MEDIA RELEASE: Jul 23, 2013 02:05 PM

New hope for hormone resistant breast cancer

A new finding provides fresh hope for the millions worldwide with oestrogen receptor positive breast cancer. Garvan scientists have shown that a specific change, which occurs when tumours become resistant to anti-oestrog...

MEDIA RELEASE: Jun 12, 2013 02:05 PM

Nanotechnology helps track and improve drug action in pancre...

UK and Australian scientists have been able to show ways in which we can markedly improve drug targeting of solid tumours, using tiny ‘biosensors’ along with new advanced imaging techniques.

MEDIA RELEASE: Apr 30, 2013 02:00 PM

The connection between faulty neural activation and schizoph...

By studying what happens in the normal brain when neurons fire, Australian scientists have been able to identify a finely and dynamically regulated process. They also describe how dysfunction of this process is associate...

MEDIA RELEASE: Mar 18, 2013 08:00 PM

How the immune system positions its gatekeepers

For an immune response to get underway, an invading microbe must first be halted in the spleen, and then digested by immune cells known as ‘dendritic cells’, which guard specific portals. Australian scientists have now s...

MEDIA RELEASE: Feb 19, 2013 04:05 PM

NSW lifestyle medicine program for severe mental illness ada...

A lifestyle medicine program designed in New South Wales to combat the dramatic weight gain and metabolic decline associated with anti-psychotic drug use, has recently been adapted in the United Kingdom. It has been offe...

MEDIA RELEASE: Jan 31, 2013 04:05 PM

Cellular garbage may explain effects of insulin resistance a...

Insulin resistance is considered one of the earliest features of many metabolic diseases like Type 2 diabetes, and major efforts are aimed at improving insulin function to combat this problem. A Garvan research team prov...

MEDIA RELEASE: Jan 21, 2013 04:05 PM

Measuring distress in people with Types 1 and 2 diabetes

Diabetes experts, psychiatrists and neuroscientists have reported the benefits of measuring depression and disease-related distress in patients with diabetes. They have also shown that distress is influenced by heritabl...

MEDIA RELEASE: Jan 18, 2013 01:00 AM

The genes that drive soft drink consumption and weight gain

In a letter to the New England Journal of Medicine, published online today, endocrinologists from Garvan applauded a study in the October 11 issue showing a direct correlation between consumption of sugary soft drinks, o...

MEDIA RELEASE: Dec 29, 2012 01:00 AM

The factor that could determine future breast cancer treatme...

Garvan scientists have shown how a ‘transcription factor’ causes breast cancer to develop an aggressive subtype that lacks sensitivity to oestrogen and does not respond to anti-oestrogen therapies such as Tamoxifen and a...

MEDIA RELEASE: Dec 08, 2012 12:55 AM

Valuable tool for predicting pain genes in people

In collaboration with Austrian colleagues, scientists at Garvan have described a “network map” of genes involved in pain perception, with remarkable similarity from fruit flies to people. The work should help identify ne...

MEDIA RELEASE: Nov 15, 2012 04:05 PM

A new way of looking at Prader-Willi Syndrome

A Garvan study reveals that people with the rare genetic disorder known as Prader-Willi Syndrome may have an impaired autonomic nervous system. This discovery opens up a new way of looking at the insatiable appetite expe...

MEDIA RELEASE: Nov 09, 2012 08:00 PM

How infection can trigger autoimmune disease

Garvan scientists have confirmed a ‘weak link’ in the immune system – identifying the exact conditions under which an infection can trigger an autoantibody response, a process not clearly understood until now.