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New funding for key spinal injury research

New funding for key spinal injury research

An Australia wide trial is set to get underway with hopes it may lead to life-long improvements for those who experience a spinal cord injury. Led by Professor Lisa Harvey from the Kolling Institute’s John Walsh Centre for Rehabilitation Research, the study represents a collaboration between the University of Sydney and every spinal injury unit in Australia. The State Government is inves..... Read more

Category: Funding support

In the beginning - 100 years ago

In the beginning - 100 years ago

Catherine Storey - Honorary Archivist, Royal North Shore Hospital One hundred years ago, in 1920, a group of distinguished citizens of NSW devised "a scheme of the utmost importance to NSW, and to the Commonwealth." The world had just emerged from World War 1 and the Spanish flu pandemic of 1919, with a massive loss of life. Research into the common diseases of mankind was seen as a..... Read more

Category: Newsletters

Support for innovative research

Support for innovative research

Three valuable research projects have received a boost with the Hillcrest Foundation donating significant funds through the Perpetual IMPACT Philanthropy Program. The Cancer Genetics team received $75,000 to help uncover genetic drivers for rare neuroendocrine tumours. Investigator Dr Trish Dwight said these tumours, known as pheochromocytomas and paragangliomas affect a small percentage..... Read more

Category: Funding support

Gout cases increasing worldwide

Gout cases increasing worldwide

The prevalence of gout - a form of arthritis characterised by severe pain, redness and joint tenderness has increased across the world at an alarming rate. That’s according to Kolling Institute researcher Dr Emma Smith, who was the senior author of a research paper analysing the condition from 1990 to 2017. The paper, published in Arthritis & Rheumatology, found there were more than ..... Read more

Category: Research Excellence

Research to help reduce smoking in pregnancy

Research to help reduce smoking in pregnancy

A large scale review has found the number of women smoking during pregnancy in NSW has halved, and yet there are still some concerning trends prompting calls for targeted campaigns. Researchers from the Kolling Institute and the University of Sydney, analysed smoking rates in all pregnancies in New South Wales over a 22 year period from 1994 to 2016. The Women and Babies Research team fo..... Read more

Category: Research Excellence

Which jobs put you at risk of developing a disabling knee condition?

Which jobs put you at risk of developing a disabling knee condition?

A global review has identified the jobs most likely to lead to knee osteoarthritis, prompting calls for greater measures to reduce the painful condition. More than 70 studies, involving nearly a million people were analysed as part of the biggest review of the knee condition. The international study brought together teams from the Universities of Sydney, Oxford and Southampton. Researche..... Read more

Category: Research Excellence

Research to look at the link between osteoarthritis and heart disease

Research to look at the link between osteoarthritis and heart disease

Generous funding from the Raymond E Purves Foundation will support innovative research to identify how osteoarthritis causes cardiovascular disease. $100,000 will go towards Dr Cindy Shu to continue her valuable project to better define the link between osteoarthritis and heart disease, and inform improved treatment. Nearly 2.5 million Australians currently suffer from osteoarthritis, wi..... Read more

Category: Funding support

Common, easily accessible medication could reduce severe COVID-19 symptoms

Common, easily accessible medication could reduce severe COVID-19 symptoms

A group of blood pressure medications may hold the key to better outcomes for those with COVID-19, marking a significant breakthrough in the treatment of the virus. An exciting new study, involving researchers from across Australia and India, will investigate whether existing blood pressure medications can reduce the risk of severe disease as well as the duration of severe symptoms. Rese..... Read more

Category: New Treatment

New research challenges long-held views about high heels and joint pain

New research challenges long-held views about high heels and joint pain

New research has produced a surprising result, indicating high heel shoes may not be a problem for those with hip osteoarthritis. The condition is a very common joint disorder, contributing to tremendous pain for many older people and significant disability. Researchers from the Kolling Institute and the University of Sydney adopted an innovative approach, and evaluated the link between ..... Read more

Category: Research Excellence

Congratulations Professor Rob Baxter

Congratulations Professor Rob Baxter

Former Kolling Institute director Professor Rob Baxter received an Order of Australia medal in the Queen’s Birthday honour roll for his significant service to medical research, endocrinology and tertiary education. Professor Baxter has more than 20 years experience in breast cancer research, with expertise in cell biology, endocrinology and metabolic regulation. He has been a Professor i..... Read more

Category: Awards