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  • ‘Medicinal food’ diet counters onset of type 1 diabetes

    28 March, 2017

    Published in Nature Immunology, Dr Eliana Mariño and Professor Charles Mackay led an international team who found that a diet yielding high amounts of the short-chain fatty acids acetate and butyrate provided a beneficial effect on the immune

  • Discovery reveals how a gene-suppressing enzyme recognises genes’ product

    17 March, 2017

    Dr Chen Davidovich from the Monash BDI co-led an international team of scientists to shed new light on how genes are regulated. Dysregulation of gene expression leads to various diseases, including cancer. It is therefore critical to understand how

  • Significant new Fellowship boosts prospects for female scientists

    8 March, 2017

    The Monash BDI has thrown its support behind female scientists by launching the Outstanding Women in Science Fellowship. Established to support our best female scientists thrive in their research careers and in leadership roles, the inaugural winner

  • Worm gene could be key to developing obesity treatment

    14 February, 2017

    Monash University and Danish researchers have discovered a gene in worms that could help break the cycle of overeating and under-exercising that can lead to obesity. The team has discovered a gene that triggers a feeling of fullness, as well as the

  • Harnessing the immune system to tackle cancer

    10 February, 2017

    Professor James Whisstock, a Monash Biomedicine Discovery Institute researcher and Director of the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence in Advanced Molecular Imaging, is part of a team from the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre and The

  • Unearthing immune responses to common drugs

    7 February, 2017

    Australian researchers are a step closer to understanding immune sensitivities to well-known, and commonly prescribed, medications. Many drugs are successfully used to treat diseases, but can also have harmful side effects. While it has been known

  • Doctoral student’s blood clot device dominates innovations awards

    31 January, 2017

    A Monash Biomedicine Discovery Institute PhD student has helped design a device that scooped the major prizes at an inaugural medical innovations event, med_hack. Asyraaf Ahmad and his team won three prizes at the event; the Grand Prize, People's

  • Landmark study unlocks secrets of aggressive prostate cancer

    10 January, 2017

    A landmark study, led by Monash University’s Biomedicine Discovery Institute with the involvement of the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, has revealed the reason why men with a family history of prostate cancer who also carry the BRCA2 gene fault

  • Biomedicine Discovery Institute PhD candidates to study at largest Japanese research institute

    13 December, 2016

    Two Monash Biomedicine Discovery Institute PhD students will spend more than six months next year at Japan’s largest and most comprehensive research institute, RIKEN. The students were successfully chosen to travel to the Japanese institute as

  • Nanoparticle breast cancer treatment buoyed by fellowship

    8 December, 2016

    Laser-activated nanoparticles that destroy breast cancer cells sound like the fodder of science fiction – but this cutting-edge technology is exactly what Dr Kylie Wagstaff from the Monash Biomedicine Discovery Institute researches. To support

  • Victoria’s status as biomedical research hub strengthened with major prize win for Monash

    30 November, 2016

    Two of Victoria’s leading research minds from Monash University and the University of Melbourne have received the state’s most prestigious scientific award, the Victoria Prize for Science and Innovation, for world-leading research into how the

  • Monash researcher recognised for pioneering work in fight against superbugs

    18 November, 2016

    A Monash University researcher has been awarded the prestigious Jacques Miller Medal in recognition of his pioneering work into understanding a family of antibiotics that are the last resort against the worst of the worst bacterial superbugs.

  • Prime Minister opens Monash Biomedicine Discovery Institute

    14 November, 2016

    Australia’s capacity to deliver innovative solutions to critical global health problems has been enhanced with the development of Monash University’s Biomedicine Discovery Institute (BDI) which was officially opened today by Prime Minister the

  • Monash researchers start company to reprogram human cells

    14 November, 2016

    In what is likely to revolutionise the ability of doctors to turn cells from a patient into tissues and organs needed to treat disease, a technology called Mogrify, co-developed at Monash University, provides the template to turn cells into a heart,

  • Monash grows mini tumours for bowel cancer therapy

    14 November, 2016

    Monash University researchers are using cutting-edge techniques to grow a patient’s three- dimensional tumour outside the body.In what is the ultimate form of personalised medicine, this “mini laboratory” can then be used as a quick and cost

  • Creating next generation medicines: new industry collaboration announced

    14 November, 2016

    At today’s launch of the Monash Biomedicine Discovery Institute (BDI), Monash University and the Hudson Institute of Medical Research announced a new research collaboration with the Swiss-based healthcare company Roche (F. Hoffmann-La Roche Ltd

  • How HIV’s evasion tactics could help fight the flu

    12 October, 2016

    One vaccine. Lifetime immunity. This is the goal for thousands of researchers tackling one of the world’s most evasive pathogens – human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). HIV has foiled both the immune system and vaccines. However, the success of

  • Breakthrough research spearheads highly effective malaria vaccine

    28 September, 2016

    Australian researchers have discovered the secret behind stopping malaria parasites in the liver, uncovering a new vaccine strategy. Scientists from the Biomedicine Discovery Institute at Monash University, the Peter Doherty Institute for

  • Unravelling the genetic mystery behind mitochondrial disease

    15 September, 2016

    Researchers from the Monash Biomedicine Discovery Institute in Melbourne have identified two new genes linked to a major cause of mitochondrial disease. Their research opens the way for better genetic diagnosis of the disease and could also help

  • Biomedicine Discovery Institute to collaborate with Yale University

    23 August, 2016

    The Biomedicine Discovery Institute has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with one of the oldest universities in the US, Yale. The MoU will allow for greater collaboration with Yale's program in Integrative Cell Signaling and


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