Media 2015

In the media 2015


The Australian, ERA’s rising tide, December 4, 2015
Hudson researcher Dr Maria Kaparikas-Liaskos mentioned as one of four inaugural recipients of an $150,000 veski ‘inspiring women’ fellowship, aimed at women juggling a career in research with family or carer commitments. Read the full story.

Business Insider, How regenerative medicine and the use of stem cells is becoming big business, December 3, 2015
Hudson Institute and Professor Alan Trounson mentioned in an article about the growth of regenerative medicine. Read here.>

Stonnington Leader, Doctor awarded for work with ill preterm babies, December 2, 2015
An article on Dr Claudia Nold’s receipt of a Heart Foundation Fellowship. Read here.>

The Conversation, Gene editing in embryos is fraught with scientific and ethical issues, December 2, 2015
Dr Patrick Western on the scientific and ethical issues associated with the ability to edit individual genes in human embryos. Read here.>


Greater Dandenong Leader, Finalist works hard to bridge culture gap, November 9, 2015
Hudson PhD student Heba Zahid is profiled after she was announced as a finalist in the Victorian International Education Awards in the International Student of the Year – Research category. Read the full story here.

The Scientist, Ebola’s immune escape, November 3, 2015
A/Prof Mark Hedger quoted in a story on the Ebola virus’ ability to remain active in the body in areas of immune privilege even after the person infected is cleared of the virus. Read the full story here.

Dandenong Star Journal, Research student is up for award, November 3, 2015
PhD Student Heba Zahid is a finalist in the Victorian International Education Awards. Read the full story here.


Biocentury Innovations, Singles Club – Single-cell research thrives on collective resources, October 22, 2015
Professor Paul Hertzog quoted in an article on the growth of single cell genomics technologies, with the Monash Health Translation Precinct home to a Fluidigm Single Cell Centre of Excellence., Is mitochondrial donation the first step towards designer babies? October 12, 2015. Read the full story here.

Professor Justin St John quoted in his capacity as the Institute’s Director of the Centre for Genetic Diseases on mitochondrial donation.

Herald Sun, Gender mystery clue – Intersex breakthrough hope for early diagnosis, October 1, 2015. Read the full story here.

A breakthrough by Melbourne scientists has revealed why some people are born intersex and not considered either male or female under typical definitions.


ABC Melbourne 774, Breakfast program with Red Symons, September 30, 2015.

Interview with Dr Sarah Biggs from The Ritchie Centre on sleep apps.

ABC Melbourne 774, Breakfast program with Red Symons, September 29, 2015.

Interview with Professor Vincent Harley on genetic causes of intersex.

Australian Life Scientist, A new genetic cause for intersex, September 29, 2015. Read the full story here.

SBS News online, New research provides clues to why some people are born intersex, September 28, 2015.

A study by Hudson Institute researchers discovers genetic links between a form of skull abnormality and XY sex reversal. Read the full story here.

Asian Scientist Magazine, Treatment For Rare Neonatal Disease Found, September 15, 2015

An international team of physicians has found a treatment for molybdenum cofactor deficiency Type-A, a rare neonatal disease. Read the full article here.

The Herald Sun, Melbourne doctors pioneer cure for fatal brain disease MoCD, September 4, 2015

Hudson Institute neonatologist Flora Wong has helped to pioneer a world-first cure for metabolic disorder Molybdenum cofactor deficiency (MoCD), a rare and fatal brain disease, with the treatment now being used to save the lives of newborns around the world. Read the full story here.

Coverage of the official opening of the Single-Cell Genomics Centre of Excellence at the Medical Genomics Facility of Monash Health Translation Precinct (MHTP):

PHG Foundation, New Australian centre for single-cell genomics, September 4, 2015.

GenomeWeb, Australian Partners Link up With Fluidigm to Open Single-Cell Genomics Center, September 3, 2015. Read the full story here.

Yahoo Finance, Australia’s First Single-Cell Genomics Centre of Excellence Opens at Monash Health Translation Precinct, September 3, 2015. Read the full story here.

Health Canal, Frontiers of single cell genomics put scientists on the path to developing inflammatory drugs, September 4, 2015

Husband-and-wife research team A/Prof Marcel and Dr Claudia Nold are using innovative single cell technologies as they work to develop new drugs to treat inflammation. Read the full story here.


Cosmos Magazine, Alan Trounson: On the right side of history, August 21, 2015

Feature article on the career of Institute founder and IVF pioneer, Professor Alan Trounson, detailing the social and political opposition he faced and overcame in Australia and the US to transform IVF from a hit-or-miss procedure into the accessible treatment it is now. Read the full article here.

The Age, Growing pains in Melbourne’s ‘baby belt’ suburbs, August 11, 2015.

The Ritchie Centre’s co-head, Professor Euan Wallace, is quoted in his capacity as a clinician at Monash Women’s on the baby boom in Melbourne’s outer suburban growth areas. Read the full article here.

MHTP’s Translational Research Facility showcased, August 5, 2015

The Waverley Leader and the Herald Sun have previewed the $87.5 million Monash Health Translational Precinct’s Translational Research Facility, which is scheduled to open in October. Read the full article here.

Seven News, Monash Health Research – Hope for Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia, August 2, 2015

The Ritchie Centre and Monash Health are featured in a story about trials involving the growth of human cells inside an animal model, which could be used to treat Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia in unborn children.
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OCRF Research Fellow, Dr Andrew Stephens, mentioned in article regarding new information about the enzyme DPP9, The Advocate, 15 July 2015

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Adjunct Clinical Associate Professor Jim Buttery, Department of Paediatrics, on vaccinations, 26 June 2015

Featured in Hepburn Shire Advocate

Adjunct Clinical Associate Professor Jim Buttery, Department of Paediatrics, on vaccinations, 15 June 2015

Featured in Ballarat Courier

Dr Flora Wong, Melbourne doctors to perform foetal surgery on potentially fatal heart defect, 5 June 2015

Featured in the Herald Sun More>

Dr Sarah Biggs, Department of Paediatrics, comments on the effectiveness of mobile phone apps designed to tell parents whether their children have sleep problems, 5 June 2015

Featured on Radio Adelaide


Dr Sarah Biggs discusses concerns with new smartphone technology that supposedly monitors a person’s sleeping patterns, 25 May 2015

Featured in Oamaru Mail and Hawke’s Bay Weekend

Dr Sarah Biggs took part in the Australian Sleep Association’s Sleep in Aotearoa conference in Christchurch, 19 & 20 May 2015

Featured in Daily Post, Wairarapa Times Age

Premature Birth, 3AW, 12 May 2015

Professor Euan Wallace commenting on premature birth in a story on 3AW.

Melbourne Hospital agrees to female-only doctor requests after Muslim patient complains. More >

Monash Health, one of Victoria’s largest hospitals, will change its policies to allow patients to demand female-only care after a Muslim woman wearing a full-length niqab complained of discrimination. More >


Protein breakthrough offers cancer hope, Herald Sun, 13 April 2015.

Victorian researchers have discovered a protein that acts as a brake on inflammation, which could help the bid to better treat cancer, heart disease, diabetes and Alzheimer’s disease. The MIMR-PHI Institute of Medical Research team have not only uncovered that the protein plays a crucial role in the inflammation process, but they have unravelled how it works. More >

Fund medical research with government-backed bonds says leading scientist, Financial Review, 10 April 2015.

Just before Easter, the Industry and Science Minister, Ian Macfarlane, launched a report promoting the use of government-backed bonds to boost funding for research, in particular translational research which is targeted solely at getting treatments and therapies which come from medical research into the clinic. More >

‘Beautiful’ new DNA editing may cure disease, The New Daily, 2 April 2015.

A revolution in genetic engineering with the potential to cure sick patients may be held back by fears of ‘designer babies’. Thanks to the new technique, doctors could one day delete or replace the DNA mutations that boost cancer risk and cause inherited disorders like cystic fibrosis. More >


Baby boom in Casey but no news on hospital upgrade, 30 March 2015.

Almost 2000 babies have been born at Casey Hospital in the past 12 months – more than any other year and a 25 per cent increase on 2013. More >

Birthing policies must be based on women’s desires, needs and safety, 20 March 2015.

Professor Euan Wallace writes an article in The Age on home birth safety. More >
Also syndicated in Canberra Times.


Growing numbers of obese pregnant women pose risks, The Sydney Morning Herald, 22 February 2015.

Obesity in pregnancy poses a greater risk to unborn babies than smoking, obstetricians have warned. Victorian hospitals are having to manage more cases of severely obese women during pregnancy as the rate of obesity in the community continues to rise. More >

Hormone Replacement Therapy experts reject new link to ovarian cancer, The Sydney Morning Herald, 28 February 2015.

Within an hour of burying her head in a pillow and falling asleep, Lenore Lynch would wake at midnight, in a sweat. During the daylight hours, she was overwhelmed by migraines, cramping and a sensation that felt like insects crawling over her legs. More >

Invest in unexpected innovations, The Australian, 19 February 2015.

Professor David de Kretser responds to NHMRC Warwick Anderson’s article where he warned of an oversupply of medical researchers. More >

Sex redefined, Herald Sun, 18 February 2015.

Prof Vince Harley, Head of the Sex Determination and Gonadal Development Research Group in CRH, appeared in a news feature in the prestigious journal, Nature. Vince was quoted in the article which is about gonad and brain sex. More >

‘Three parent’ IVF: experts urge Australian government to lift ban, The Age, 4 February 2015.

Centre for Genetic Diseases Head, Professor Justin St.John, has played a key role in the debate over the UK’s recent decision to become the first country in the world to allow the controversial ‘Mitochondrial Replacement Therapy’ technique which has taken on the name ‘three-parent IVF’. More >

Also syndicated on ABC Radio National, Drive Program. More >
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