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Researchers investigate if stem cells can reverse osteoarthritis damage .

Our researchers are seeking participants for a large-scale clinical trial pioneering the use of stem cells to treat and potentially cure osteoarthritis. The disease is now one of the leading causes of disability in the world, affecting around three million people in Australia alone. Royal North Shore Hospital rheumatologist Professor David Hunter is leading the two-year trial which is re.....
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Category: Musculoskeletal Research, New Treatment

Researchers seeking closer ties with industry .

Researchers at the Kolling Institute are increasingly forging partnerships with industry, with the collaborative efforts accelerating improvements in patient care. One team which has particularly benefitted from a strong relationship with industry partners is the diverse group from the Murray Maxwell Biomechanics Laboratory. Director, Associate Professor Liz Clarke is encouraging others .....
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Category: Funding support, Research Excellence

Innovative research on show.

An impressive group of emerging leaders addressed the Kolling’s Neuroscience and Pain Showcase, sharing details of their diverse and exciting research projects. With a broad range of expertise in this field, the showcase involved representatives from the pain management and rehabilitations teams, as well as the ageing, mental health, neurogenetics and neuromuscular imaging groups. The ea.....
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Category: Neuroscience and Pain Research, Research Excellence

Remarkable service recognised in Queen’s birthday honours.

We would like to congratulate our Kolling Institute researcher Professor Sarah Hilmer who’s been awarded an AM for her service to clinical and geriatric pharmacology as part of the Queen’s birthday honours. Professor Hilmer has worked as the Head of Clinical Pharmacology and as a geriatrician at Royal North Shore Hospital since 2005. Her research and clinical expertise is respected both .....
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Category: Awards, Research Excellence

Championing precision medicine for children living with arthritis.

The largest study in Australia into the treatment of juvenile arthritis may pave the way for a unique approach to care for those with the disabling condition and dramatically improve outcomes. The Medical Research Future Fund will invest $2.5 million in the A3BC for Kids project which will involve researchers from the Kolling Institute and the University of Sydney in collaboration with t.....
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Category: Funding support, Musculoskeletal Research

Ground breaking approach to emergency care in NSW to be tested.

New funding will see a large-scale project launched across NSW to significantly improve patient outcomes and experiences in Emergency Departments. Chief investigator and Kolling Institute researcher Professor Margaret Fry said more than $2.8 million will be invested in the EPIC-START program, giving patients better access to early evidence-based treatment pathways. 30 Emergency Departmen.....
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Category: New Treatment, Research Excellence

Back pain treatments shouldn’t neglect the mind.

New research by a team from the Kolling Institute has found the best treatment for chronic low back pain doesn’t just focus on the physical, but combines physiotherapy treatments with those focusing on the mind. The study, involving Emma Ho, Professor Manuela Ferreira and Lingxiao Chen, analysed evidence from almost 100 trials worldwide involving over 13,000 patients. It found a combinat.....
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Category: Musculoskeletal Research, Neuroscience and Pain Research, Research Excellence

Australia to introduce ground breaking technology to target debilitating Mito disease.

Clinicians, researchers and patients have welcomed a landmark law which will pave the way for remarkable new IVF technology to prevent mitochondrial disease. Known as “Maeve’s law” after a young Victorian girl with a rare genetic disorder, the legislation was passed by Federal Parliament allowing the specialised IVF procedure to be carried out in Australia. It will involve replacing faul.....
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Category: Neuroscience and Pain Research, New Treatment, World-leading technology

Link between obesity severity and adverse outcomes for pregnant women and their babies.

There are calls for a greater focus on weight management following new research defining the relationship between obesity and pregnancy-related complications for mother and baby. The study follows an increase in obesity levels globally as well as a rise in prevalence during pregnancy. Today, more than 20 per cent of Australian women have obesity at the time of conception. Kolling Institu.....
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Category: Research Excellence

Masters players committed to the team, ignore heart health.

Research from the University of Sydney and Royal North Shore Hospital provides insights into cardiac risk among footballers of masters age (35 years and older), an increasingly popular pastime. In what is believed to be the first study to assess cardiac knowledge and beliefs in this higher-risk amateur football group, researchers have found that one in five players experienced one or mor.....
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Category: Cardiovascular and Renal Research, Research Excellence