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UNSW researchers finalists in 2019 ‘Oscars’ of Australian science

15 November 2019
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Programs to eliminate tuberculosis globally, bringing medical discovery to blind and low vision communities and uncovering science for new and vulnerable audiences are among the UNSW Sydney projects nominated for the 2019 Australian Museum Eureka Prizes, Australia's most high profile science awards.

Four UNSW Sydney and UNSW-affiliated researchers have been named finalists for their outstanding achievements in the fields of leadership, research and innovation.

Aspiring Indigenous UNSW students plan their futures

15 November 2019
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Izak Rigney from St Andrew’s Cathedral School in Sydney has known he wanted to study medicine from the age of about 10 when his aunt died of cardiovascular disease. He hopes to become a cardiologist, to help Indigenous people at the Port Macleay Mission, near Adelaide, where he was born.

3D bioprinter co-developed by UNSW researchers wins top design award

15 November 2019
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A 3D bioprinter that can print replicas of tumours has won the prestigious 2019 Good Design Award of the Year. The printer was co-designed by two leading UNSW medical and science academics.

The prize was awarded to Inventia Life Science, a biomedical company that worked in collaboration with UNSW Sydney’s Australian Centre for Nanomedicine (ACN) co-directors, Professor Justin Gooding and Professor Maria Kavallaris, to develop printer inks and cell biology components.

Diabetes increases the risk of heart failure, more so in women than men

15 November 2019
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A global study of 12 million people has found diabetes increases the risk of heart failure and this increase is greater for women than men.

Researchers from The George Institute for Global Health determined that this differential was greater in type 1 than type 2 diabetes. Type 1 diabetes is associated with a 47% excess risk of heart failure in women compared to men, whilst type 2 diabetes has a 9% higher excess risk of heart failure for women than men.

Dancing with the enemy

15 November 2019
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Dr Angelica Merlot has achieved what many medical researchers could only accomplish in a decades-long career.

She completed a PhD in anti-cancer drug development at the age of 24. Four years later, she became the youngest recipient of a National Health and Medical Research Council Grant.

Now, at 29, she leads a research team at UNSW Sydney exploring targeted treatments for some of the deadliest forms of cancer.

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