Centenary Institute

Risking cancer to avoid nano-sunscreen and heads-up on SKA and World TB Day

Welcome back – this is my first 2012 bulletin for journalists interested in science.

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Starving cancer and other stories

Prostate cancers are made up of hungry, growing cells. Now we’ve discovered how to cut off their food supply thanks to a study published in Cancer Research and supported by Movember. More below.

Also Australian science discoveries you may have missed from the past week.

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Starving prostate cancer


Prostate cancers are hungry, growing cells. Now we know how to cut off their food supply thanks to research to be published later this month in Cancer Research—work funded by Movember and the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia

Researchers at the Centenary Institute in Sydney have discovered a potential future treatment for prostate cancer—through starving the tumour cells of an essential nutrient they need to grow rapidly. [continue reading…]

Immune peacekeepers discovered

How our skin says, “Don’t worry, these are good guys,” revealed today in PNAS.

There are more bacteria living on our skin and in our gut than cells in our body. We need them. But until now no-one knew how the immune system could tell that these bacteria are harmless.

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Immune peacekeepers discovered; Nobel Laureate speaks out; dark energy in Brisbane and more…

Science in Public media bulletin 18 October 2011.

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Closing tomorrow: $50,000 CSL Florey medal, Closing Monday: $25,000 Centenary Prize for creative biomedical research

Applications for two prizes for biomedical research are closing very soon.

The $50,000 CSL Florey Medal closes tomorrow, 16 September.  The prize is awarded to researchers who have made significant achievements in biomedical science and human health advancement.  Find the selection criteria here and the nomination form here.

The Centenary Institute Lawrence Creative Prize is a $25,000 award for early-career researchers whose creative approach to biomedical research inspires others. Find more information and conditions here.  Applications close Monday 19 September. [continue reading…]

Science Prizes: $25,000 Centenary Prize for creative biomedical research, $50,000 CSL Florey medal and more…

This is my occasional update on science prizes, this time highlighting a new $25,000 prize for early career biomedical researchers.

The Centenary Institute Lawrence Creative Prize is a $25,000 award for outstanding creativity in biomedical research by young scientists. The winner gets to spend half on themselves and half on their research. Applications close Monday 19 September.
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