genetics

Tracking the spread of deadly diseases

12 August 2013
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Dr Kathryn (Kat) Holt from the Bio21 Institute at The University of Melbourne is using genetics, maths and supercomputers to study the whole genome of deadly bacteria and work out how they spread. With the support of her L’Oréal For Women in Science Fellowship, Kat will be using the techniques she used on typhoid epidemics in Kathmandu to understand how antibiotic-resistant bacteria spread in Melbourne hospitals.

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One unlucky letter causes an infant epilepsy

15 January 2012

A 20 year old mystery was solved this week with the discovery that an epilepsy that affects infants is caused by the change of a single letter in one gene. Seizures in infancy are not rare, but this familial epilepsy occurs in probably 60 families across Australia. It can also cause a movement disorder later [...]

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Global recognition for Melbourne epilepsy pioneer

9 November 2011

L’Oréal and UNESCO have just announced that Australian paediatric neurologist Professor Ingrid Scheffer is the Asia-Pacific L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Laureate for 2012. She is one of five international winners who will each receive US$100,000 in recognition of their contribution to the advancement of science at the Awards Ceremony on 22 March 2012 at [...]

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L’Oreal: Five women moving science forward

9 November 2011

Issued by L’Oreal Australia L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science grants Australian Scientist US$100,000 in one of the world’s most prestigious Science prizes: The 14th Annual L’ORÉAL-UNESCO For Women in Science Award Honouring five women who are moving science forward, the L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science partnership announces its five exceptional women scientists from around the [...]

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L’Oréal Australia Fellowships in 2010

12 May 2010

Applications for the 2010 L’Oréal Australia For Women In Science Fellowships have now closed. Below is the April bulletin for 2010. We’re pleased to include progress reports on our 2009 Fellows. As you will read, their work spans the full extent of space and time—from Marnie’s studies on how genes are controlled, through Tamara’s exploration [...]

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Hunting supernovae and dark energy, Finding the first Australians, What it takes to make a human

24 August 2009

Where did we come from; how are we made; and how will it all end?

These fundamental questions are being tackled by the 2009 L’Oréal Australia For Women in Science Fellows who received their Fellowship from Mark Tucker, CEO of L’Oréal Australia, at a ceremony at L’Oréal’s Australian head office in Melbourne on Tuesday 25 August.

The Fellows are:

* Tamara Davis, University of Queensland, Brisbane/University of Copenhagen
* Marnie Blewitt, Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research, Melbourne
* Zenobia Jacobs, University of Wollongong

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Reading the Genome

24 August 2009

Marnie Blewitt
The Walter & Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research, Melbourne
Marnie Blewitt wants to know how a human being is made: how does a single fertilised egg develop into an adult with millions of cells performing a myriad of different functions. It’s the hottest issue in genetics, and one that’s close to her right now [...]

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Hunting supernovae and dark energy, Finding the first Australians, What it takes to make a human

24 August 2009

Where did we come from; how are we made; and how will it all end? These fundamental questions are being tackled by the 2009 L’Oréal Australia For Women in Science Fellows who received their Fellowship from Mark Tucker, CEO of L’Oréal Australia, at a ceremony at L’Oréal’s Australian head office in Melbourne on Tuesday 25 August. [...]

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