Medical Research Discoveries

Latest Research Stories

Stories from 58 of Australia's medical research institutes:

Project of the Month

Melbourne invention brings new hope for rheumatoid arthritis

The tiny piece of ground-breaking technology – the size of a thumbnail – could replace drug treatment for thousands of people suffering from pain and inflammation caused by the disease.

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30 years of studying and treating a deadly bacterium
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30 years of studying and treating a deadly bacterium

Thirty years ago, over 30 per cent of melioidosis patients in Royal Darwin Hospital died from the disease. It was the most common cause of fatal community-acquired bacteremic pneumonia in the Top End. Today mortality is less than five per cent. Clearly, something happened along the way. ... more

Beyond Insulin
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Beyond Insulin

Insulin was first discovered 100 years ago, and 2022 marks its 100th year treating people with type 1 diabetes. But we may be on the cusp of a new treatment that could significantly reduce the need for insulin in newly-diagnosed patients. January 2022 marks a century since insulin was first used to treat Leonard Thompson, […]... more

Growing and sharing the virus that changed the world
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Growing and sharing the virus that changed the world

Read the story of how the Victorian Infectious Diseases Reference Laboratory became the first in the world to grow and share the COVID-19 virus outside of China. ... more

Researchers in Focus

Hunt for facial deformity gene ends after 20-year search

Two decades ago a hunt for the disease gene causing hemifacial microsomia began in Perth, Western Australia. Now, with an out of the blue US collaboration it has been found.

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