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Weekend raises $3.5 million for cancer research and care

The Weekend to End Women’s Cancers raised $3.5 million in Brisbane in 2013. This amazing event drew 1,346 participants and is helping fund critical research and care at QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute and Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital. Thank you to all the walkers, crew, volunteers and their supporters for helping make a such […]

Prevention is better than cure

Professor Adele Green spent much of her own childhood growing up in the tropics under the harsh Australian sun and regretfully admits to being a teenage “sun worshipper like everyone else” in the era before sun safety messages flooded the nation’s screens. While studying at the University of Queensland, her natural curiosity and dogged pursuit […]

New asthma drug ready for human trials

New asthma drug ready for human trials

Millions of asthma patients worldwide could benefit from asthma research supported by the Queensland Government at the QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute. QIMR Berghofer researcher Dr Manuel Ferreira is examining how an arthritis drug can be used to treat asthma and alternative ways for asthmatics to receive this medication through a nebuliser rather than needles. […]

Breast cancer test to give more accurate prognosis

A QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute scientist has discovered a new, more powerful predictor for aggressive breast cancers, which will give women a more accurate prognosis and ensure they are receiving the most effective treatment. Dr Fares Al-Ejeh has found new gene “signatures” which can predict survival rates in all breast cancer cases, and is […]

Chikungunya and research with bite

It has been dubbed The Barbecue Stopper: an aggressive mosquito spreading a crippling virus through Asia. Both the mosquito and the virus are now knocking on Australia’s door, to the alarm of public health authorities worried about a major outbreak. The mosquito is the Asian tiger mosquito, or Aedes albopictus. The virus is chikungunya. Both […]

Christine’s battle with pancreatic cancer

Like many of the 2,000 people diagnosed with pancreatic cancer each year in Australia, 67 year-old Christine Lindsay had no idea anything was really wrong. After a bad bout of heartburn, she visited her GP. The cautious GP ordered an ultrasound and when the results came back, further tests were ordered. The follow-up CAT scan […]

Treatment for sun spots – gel for solar keratoses

The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) has approved Picato® gel as a topical treatment for solar keratoses, or sunspots, a precursor to the second most common type of skin cancer: squamous cell carcinoma. The gel is applied once a day for two or three days, depending on the area of the body treated. It is only […]