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Fertility Week: 12 to 18 Oct 2020

Fertility Week (12 to 18 October) focuses on the impact that age has on fertility in Australia and around the world.

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Study confirms genetic link in cerebral palsy

Emeritus Professor Alastair MacLennan with Mathew Reinersten, from Adelaide, who is an ambassador for the group’s cerebral palsy research

An international research team including the University of Adelaide has found further evidence that rare gene mutations can cause cerebral palsy, findings which could lead to earlier diagnosis and new treatments for this devastating movement disorder.

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Adelaide has key role in COVID-19 vaccine human trials

Professor Helen Marshall

University of Adelaide researchers are playing a leading role in the human trials of Australia’s first needle-free, gene-based COVID-19 vaccine.

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2020 Lloyd Cox Memorial Lecture by Prof Jonathan Carapetis

Professor Jonathan Carapetis AM from Telethon Kids Institute presented the 2020 Lloyd Cox Memorial Lecture on the topic: The New Closing the Gap Agreement – Implications for research.

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$3 million for congenital heart disease research

More than $3 million has been awarded to the University of Adelaide’s Robinson Research Institute to identify the predisposing conditions and potentially modifiable factors that can substantially reduce the risk of congenital heart defects.

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Fears children's immunisation rates will drop

There are fears parents will skip vital vaccinations for their children and that there may be disease outbreaks,because parents are concerned about taking their children to their GP during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Planning a baby? A fertility app won't necessarily tell you the best time to try

Woman holding a phone, looking out the window

In years gone by, women would rely on the calendar on the wall to work out when their next menstrual cycle might occur. They would look to physical signs to tell them when they might be ovulating, and therefore when they’d be most likely to fall pregnant.

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Miscarriages affect 1 in 6 pregnancies. We need better investigations and treatments

A miscarriage is a devastating event. Those who experience them are suddenly and unexpectedly robbed of the promise of new life and the dream of an expanded family. The emotional toll can be even greater if conception was delayed, or if fertility treatments were required to achieve a pregnancy.

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Does growth before baby alter allergy risk in humans?

It is increasingly clear that genetics alone do not explain risks of developing allergies, and that environmental exposures before and around birth can program individuals to increased or decreased risk of allergies. Restricted growth before birth in preclinical studies appears to protect the offspring against allergic responses. However, whether prenatal growth predicts subsequent risk of allergy in humans is unclear. Many studies in humans use birth weight as a measure of fetal growth, but do not correct for gestational age, so effects of premature birth may confound those of fetal growth.

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2018 RRI annual report

2018 Annual Report

We are pleased to release our 2018 Annual Report.

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