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 Research with the power to change the world

Research with the power to change the world

Macquarie University has long fostered scientific research that is interdisciplinary, collaborative and open to commercial patnerships. Over the years that philosophy has paid off in exciting and unexpected ways, with game-changing innovations, cutting-edge medical research with the potential to save countless lives, and new ways of looking into the distant past. Pioneers of the wired world ...

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 New insight into history

New insight into history

Sometimes scientific breakthroughs are the result of happy accidents or chance encounters. At a chance meeting between Dr John Magnussen, Professor of Radiology at the Australian School of Advanced Medicine, and Roman pottery expert Dr Jaye McKenzie-Clark, an Early Career Fellow at Macquarie’s Department of Ancient History, she lamented that analysing the composition of pottery samples us...

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 The next level of early diagnosis

The next level of early diagnosis

It’s a known fact that early detection of diseases saves lives. If, for instance, doctors could diagnose cancer when malignant cells are first developing, treatment could begin before they do any harm. Macquarie researcher Dr Dayong Jin, the Australian Research Council Future Fellow at Macquarie’s Advanced Cytometry Laboratories, is at the forefront of the creation of hypersensitive molecu...

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 Teaming up to fight a killer

Teaming up to fight a killer

Until recently, Australian researchers trying to unlock the mysteries of motor neurone disease (MND) worked in relative isolation. Based at universities and laboratories in Sydney, Melbourne and Hobart, they usually only saw each other at medical research conferences. Then, in 2010 while attending an MND meeting, the leaders of five research teams decided to combine their expertise – gene...

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 Pioneers of the wired world

Pioneers of the wired world

These days we take Wi-Fi for granted, but 20 years ago any thoughts of linking computers wirelessly were largely theoretical. A determined and hardworking team of researchers at Macquarie University and CSIRO helped turned Wi-Fi into a reality. In the early 1990s, Dr David Skellern, then head of Macquarie’s Department of Electronics, joined forces with CSIRO and Dr Neil Weste, a professor...

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 Resilience – the key to coping with emotional distress

Resilience – the key to coping with emotional distress

Helping people handle stress, deal with change and bounce back from failure is becoming increasingly common everywhere from the military to banks, the sports field – and schools. “All psychology is basically about resilience,” says Professor Ron Rapee, Distinguished Professor in the Department of Psychology and Director of the Centre for Emotional Health (CEH). “Being able to man...