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  • Advancing reproductive health: Inaugural Salamonsen Lecture and CRH Reproductive Health Symposium

    Hudson Institute’s inaugural ‘Salamonsen Lecture’, held in honour of Professor Lois Salamonsen, and CRH Reproductive Health Symposium will be held on October 30. The lecture will be delivered by Professor Yoel Sadovsky, Executive Director of the Magee-Women’s Research Institute, USA. An extraordinary mind in the field of placental biology, Prof Sadovsky is a distinguished Professor…  Read more

  • Inheritance – study shows new medications may affect future generations

    Could the environment we live in, our diet, the chemicals we use or the medications we take affect the health and development of future generations? New studies by Hudson Institute of Medical Research have revealed how treatment with a new class of anti-cancer drugs could affect health and development in offspring- before an embryo is…  Read more

  • Written in DNA – study reveals potential biological basis for transgender

    A new study has uncovered a link between being transgender and changes in genes that process the sex hormones estrogen and androgen, revealing a possible biological basis for gender dysphoria. Scientists at Hudson Institute of Medical Research, Melbourne analysed DNA from 380 transgender women (male-to-female transgender people) and found that certain ‘versions’ of 12 different…  Read more

  • Why is stomach health important?

    On October 2, 1982, pioneering Australian clinicians, Barry Marshall and Robin Warren first reported that the stomach bacterium, Helicobacter pylori causes gastritis and is a major risk factor in peptic ulcer disease and stomach cancer. Marshall and Warren were awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 2005 for their discovery, which has resulted…  Read more

  • Sleep hormone offers first treatment in 50 years for preeclampsia

    A naturally occurring ‘sleep hormone’ could help prevent early delivery in pregnant women with the life-threatening complication, preeclampsia, a new study has found. Hudson Institute of Medical Research and Monash University scientists showed that giving a treatment of the sleep hormone, melatonin to women with severe, early-onset preeclampsia could extend the length of their pregnancy…  Read more

  • Professor Jock Findlay awarded Honorary Degree

    Hudson Institute Distinguished Scientist and reproductive health research leader Professor Jock Findlay, AO, has been awarded an honorary doctorate from The University of Adelaide. Professor Findlay, a graduate of the University of Adelaide, was awarded the honorary degree of Doctor of the University (honoris causa) alongside eminent Australians at a graduation ceremony last week. The…  Read more

    Professor Jock Findlay
  • Womb to wounds – menstrual fluid could repair damaged skin

    Scientists are demonstrating how the womb’s unique ability to rapidly rebuild itself could be harnessed to heal difficult-to-repair chronic wounds affecting 400,000 Australians. A new collaborative study, led by Dr Jemma Evans at Hudson Institute of Medical Research in Melbourne, has shown how plasma isolated from menstrual fluid contains specific proteins that appear to enhance…  Read more

  • Monash Tech School pilot at Hudson Institute

    Monash Tech School students visited Hudson Institute to learn about the technologies that enable life-saving medical research, and the many different careers in science as part of an eight week trial program. Each Wednesday, up to 20 Year 9 students have toured our Technology Platforms and heard from MHTP Strategic Initiatives Manager, Ms Vivien Vasic…  Read more

  • Brain tumour ‘atlas’ provides big data to fight childhood cancer

    A collection of data extracted from more than 1000 paediatric brain tumour samples will improve Hudson Institute scientists’ ability to tackle childhood brain cancer through targeted therapies. The new Pediatric Brain Tumour Atlas (PBTA), launched by the US-based Childhood Brain Tumor Tissue Consortium (CBTTC) on Monday, includes data collected from 30 unique childhood brain tumour…  Read more

  • Homebirth or hospital birth? New study weighs up the evidence

    Women with healthy, low-risk pregnancies who gave birth at home with a midwife had comparable rates of stillbirth and neonatal death to healthy low-risk women who gave birth in hospital, a new epidemiological study of births in Victoria from 2000-2015 has found. However, the rates of neonatal death were up to seven times higher during…  Read more