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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...

MEDIA RELEASE: Jun 05, 2011 05:30 PM

New generation asthma drug could improve metabolism

Formoterol, a new generation asthma medication, shows great promise for improving fat and protein metabolism, say Australian researchers, who have tested this effect in a small sample of men. The researchers present thei...

MEDIA RELEASE: Apr 22, 2011 04:00 PM

Breakthrough study links Type 1 diabetes and Sjogren’s syndr...

Garvan scientists have identified a new group of immune cells that for the first time directly link two autoimmune diseases, Type 1 diabetes and Sjogren’s syndrome. Autoimmune diseases arise when the body’s defences beco...

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: Apr 04, 2011 02:00 AM

Test Vitamin D levels in pregnant women say researchers

Australian clinical researchers have identified widespread Vitamin D deficiency in pregnant women as well as a very strong association between low Vitamin D levels and gestational diabetes.

MEDIA RELEASE: Feb 12, 2011 05:00 AM

How nasal stem cells might prevent childhood deafness

Researchers at Garvan have shown for the first time in mice that nasal stem cells injected into the inner ear have the potential to reverse or restore hearing during early onset sensorineural hearing loss.

MEDIA RELEASE: Feb 03, 2011 05:00 PM

An extra 5 years of life an unexpected benefit of osteoporos...

Clinical researchers at Garvan have noted an extraordinary and unexpected benefit of osteoporosis treatment – that people taking bisphosphonates are not only surviving well, better than people without osteoporosis, they ...

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: Nov 09, 2010 04:05 PM

Beta-blocker use protects bone health

Beta-blocker use increases bone density and reduces risk of osteoporotic fracture by around 50% in men and women, say researchers at Garvan, who used data collected from the long-running Dubbo Osteoporosis Epidemiology S...

MEDIA RELEASE: Jul 22, 2010 02:05 PM

New drug a potential treatment for Type 2 diabetes

Garvan scientists, in association with US pharmaceutical company DiaKine Therapeutics, have shown that a drug candidate, Lisofylline, could be useful in treating Type 2 diabetes. Lysofylline, an anti-inflammatory drug, i...

MEDIA RELEASE: Jul 07, 2010 02:05 PM

Simple diagnostic tool predicts Type 2 diabetes in South Eas...

Researchers have estimated the prevalence of Type 2 diabetes in Vietnam, and have developed a simple tool for identifying individuals at high risk. In Ho Chi Minh City, a city of 6.4 million, the findings suggest that ar...

MEDIA RELEASE: Jun 16, 2010 02:05 PM

A powerful gut hormone that affects insulin and blood sugar ...

Garvan researchers, in collaboration with English colleagues, have shown that a gut hormone released after we eat determines the speed at which we digest food and absorb nutrients across the gut into our blood. This make...

MEDIA RELEASE: May 12, 2010 02:05 PM

Better understanding of the all-consuming Prader-Willi Syndr...

Garvan researchers have uncovered facts that take us a step closer towards understanding Prader-Willi Syndrome, a harrowing genetic disorder that causes insatiable appetite for life.

MEDIA RELEASE: May 06, 2010 03:00 PM

A potential new treatment for Type 2 diabetes

Garvan scientists propose that a drug, already being used to treat rare inherited disorders, may also help people with Type 2 diabetes. The drug in question increases levels of a protein that may restore insulin producti...