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MEDIA RELEASE: Aug 14, 2014 03:00 AM

Moving towards the creation of blood stem cells in the labor...

A team of scientists from the Garvan Institute and Monash University have uncovered a mechanism essential for forming hematopoietic stem cells, a very special group of cells in the early embryo that ultimately generate a...

Jun 12, 2014 12:00 AM

2014 St Vincent's Precinct Three Minute Thesis Competition

Garvan Neuroscience PhD student Ira Deveson, a member of Prof John Mattick’s RNA Biology and Plasticity lab, won the 2014 St Vincent’s Precinct Three Minute Thesis Competition on 12 June.

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: 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: 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: 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: Oct 25, 2012 06:00 PM

Unmasking the deadly secrets of pancreatic cancer

A large-scale study that defines the complexity of underlying mutations responsible for pancreatic cancers in more than 100 patients was published in Nature today.

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 ...

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: 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: Apr 15, 2011 07:00 PM

Helping pancreatic cancer surgeons make tiebreaker decisions...

Garvan researchers have identified two ‘biomarkers’ that appear to have the ability to predict patient survival after surgery for pancreatic cancer before the operation takes place. It is the first predictive tool of its...

MEDIA RELEASE: Jan 17, 2011 06:20 PM

Improved rationale for attacking colorectal cancer

Some people respond very well to chemotherapy or radiotherapy for colorectal cancer, while others hardly respond at all – a fact that has been a bit of a mystery until now. A team of Garvan scientists believes the outcom...

MEDIA RELEASE: Apr 20, 2010 03:00 PM

The remarkable effects of fat loss on the immune system

Garvan scientists have shown for the first time that even modest weight loss reverses many of the damaging changes often seen in the immune cells of obese people, particularly those with Type 2 diabetes.

MEDIA RELEASE: Mar 09, 2010 05:00 PM

Surprising findings about Hepatitis C and insulin resistance...

In studying the insulin resistance of 29 people with Hepatitis C, Australian researchers have confirmed that they have high insulin resistance, a precursor to diabetes. However, almost all insulin resistance occurs in mu...

MEDIA RELEASE: Jan 11, 2010 06:00 PM

How a single molecule gives our immune systems their memory

By studying the blood cells of people with an immunodeficiency disorder, scientists at Garvan have been able to identify the molecular mechanisms that lead to the production of antibodies in human B cells. This has wider...

MEDIA RELEASE: Oct 29, 2009 07:00 PM

New findings connect diet and intestinal bacteria with healt...

Insoluble dietary fibre, or roughage, not only keeps you regular, there is evidence to suggest it also plays a vital role in keeping many diseases at bay. Published tomorrow in Nature, breakthrough research by a Garvan t...

MEDIA RELEASE: Jul 28, 2009 08:00 PM

Why measuring absolute risk of fracture could save many brok...

Garvan scientists stress the importance of measuring a person's absolute risk of fracture when determining their treatment options. Other factors currently determine whether or not the Australian Government will pay for ...

MEDIA RELEASE: Apr 30, 2009 06:00 PM

Low Vitamin D causes problems for acutely ill patients

A group of endocrinologists, who are also Garvan researchers, have observed that very sick patients tend to have very low levels of Vitamin D. The sicker they are, the lower the levels. These findings are published tod...

MEDIA RELEASE: Nov 24, 2008 06:00 PM

Why women should eat less, move more and consider wearing tr...

Weight and appetite experts from around the world met at a conference in Bangkok earlier this year to discuss sex differences in obesity. One line of discussion looked at factors leading to women’s weight gain during men...