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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.

MEDIA RELEASE: Nov 03, 2012 03:05 PM

When considering bariatric surgery think about bones

Bariatric surgery, which significantly curtails the amount of food a person can eat, is the most effective treatment against obesity and is being recognized as a potentially valuable tool in the fight against diabetes re...

MEDIA RELEASE: Jul 27, 2012 04:20 PM

What pituitary tumours may tell us about the biology of othe...

Garvan scientists in collaboration with Kolling Institute of Medical Research colleagues have published findings that suggest a DNA repair gene called MGMT might have a greater role to play in the growth of cancers than ...

MEDIA RELEASE: Jul 06, 2012 04:00 PM

Understanding how a key group of immune cells is born

A Garvan scientist, in collaboration with colleagues from Switzerland, has demonstrated for the first time how an important class of immune cells, ‘Follicular dendritic cells’, essential for the development of antibodies...

MEDIA RELEASE: Jun 19, 2012 04:20 PM

Improving life for those who suffer most from Type 1 diabete...

A transplant procedure given only to those with Type 1 diabetes who pass out repeatedly from low blood sugar levels, or ‘hypos’, is likely to become much more effective as a result of a discovery made by a group of resea...

MEDIA RELEASE: May 28, 2012 04:20 PM

Taking a muscular approach towards diabetes and other diseas...

Garvan scientists have identified a gene that helps build muscle, a finding that could help unlock therapies for Type 2 diabetes and diseases such as muscular dystrophy, where muscles are weakened or atrophied.

May 16, 2012 04:28 AM

Chairman outlines key Health and Medical Research issues at ...

Chairman of Garvan, Mr Bill Ferris AC, welcomed The Hon Jillian Skinner (Minister for Health and Minister for Medical Research), as well as incoming Executive Director Professor John Mattick, at this year's Annual Genera...

MEDIA RELEASE: Apr 11, 2012 02:05 PM

Potential gene therapy for patients with rare disease

Australian scientists have discovered that a biological phenomenon known as ‘somatic reversion’, when an abnormal gene spontaneously becomes normal again, explains why some patients with a rare genetic disorder live much...

MEDIA RELEASE: Mar 13, 2012 03:05 PM

Creating “death-defying” insulin-producing islets for transp...

Garvan scientists have identified one way of making a frustratingly tricky transplant – of insulin-producing ‘islets of Langerhans’ into patients with Type 1 diabetes – more successful. Part of the Commonwealth-funded Au...

MEDIA RELEASE: Feb 01, 2012 04:05 PM

Understanding why some obese people stay sensitive to insuli...

Obesity, especially central obesity, is associated with insulin resistance, which precedes diabetes, sometimes by more than a decade. However, it’s not only a question of body weight or fat distribution, because some obe...

MEDIA RELEASE: Jan 11, 2012 04:05 PM

Fighting illnesses that accompany the latest anti-psychotic ...

Anti-psychotic drugs for treating serious mental illnesses, such as bipolar disorder or schizophrenia, are effective and often life-saving but come with unwelcome side effects. They dramatically increase weight as well a...

MEDIA RELEASE: Oct 12, 2011 05:20 PM

There is no such thing as identical where twins are concerne...

Identical twins have identical genomes, but that is where it stops. There are subtle differences in their personalities, how they look, how they act and in their susceptibility to disease. How can this be? It depends on ...

MEDIA RELEASE: Sep 22, 2011 02:00 PM

Hope for people with Type 2 diabetes – insulin master switch...

Garvan scientists have discovered that a single gene controls a very complex process, apparently forming the crucial link between eating a high fat diet and developing diabetes. Compounds are already being developed for ...

MEDIA RELEASE: Jun 27, 2011 02:05 PM

Pilot study curbs appetite of people with Prader-Willi Syndr...

Australian researchers have done a promising pilot study on a small group of people with the harrowing genetic disorder known as ‘Prader-Willi Syndrome’, using a drug already prescribed for some patients with Type 2 diab...