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Scientists will be able to harness the power of big data to unravel the genetics of cancer on a scale not seen before in Australia, with the launch of the Genomics Innovation Hub, a collaborative effort led by the University of Melbourne and the Australian Genomics Research Facility (AGRF). 

A world-first vaccine developed by Melbourne scientists, which could eliminate or at least reduce the need for surgery and antibiotics for severe gum disease, has been validated by research published this weekend in a leading international journal.

Two of Victoria’s leading research minds have received the state’s highest scientific honour for research into how the immune system identifies and fights disease, a high-water mark for careers that have worked in sync over 15 years of technical innovation.

 

Connections to other people are at the heart of the resilience and recovery of survivors of Victoria’s Black Saturday bushfires — but a landmark study warns that it can take five years or longer for the trauma to become manageable for many of those involved. 

A new program offering free eye tests and glasses at Victorian schools is set to transform the learning environment of children in prep to year three — up to a third of whom may have unidentified vision problems.  

Young people who had sexually abused other children said that helping them to manage pornography and improving their sexuality education could have helped prevent their abusive behaviour. The findings represent the rarely-captured voices of young people who sexually abuse, in a policy briefing paper released today by the University of Melbourne.

A University of Melbourne researcher has been recognised for her work on drug-resistant strains of typhoid and dysentery, which are spreading through developing countries and making a comeback in developed countries via international travellers. 

An oral health program for schoolchildren in Timor L’Este — where an estimated one in seven rural children has painful infections, broken teeth and abscesses — will receive a boost from a new University of Melbourne scholarship. 

The gap in blindness in Indigenous communities has been halved since 2008 through collective implementation of the sector-supported Roadmap to Close the Gap for Vision, according to a report launched today.

University of Melbourne researchers are pushing for recognition of young ‘kinship carers’ — a hidden group aged 30 and under caring for family members or friends aged under 18, sacrificing their own careers, education and wellbeing.

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