La Trobe gears up for super computing

La Trobe University has announced it will use the full range of services provided by the eResearch consortium, Intersect Australia. These will include high performance computing (HPC) for advanced studies – especially in the fields of molecular modelling and computational chemistry – as well as software training and data storage. This partnership is aligned with…

Plants may have short-term memory

An international study has found plants may ‘remember’ periods of environmental stress by using a biochemical process that switches genes on and off. Known as ‘epigenetic change’ – modifications caused by an organism’s environment rather than by its DNA ­– this may help farmers maintain crop yields as the global use of phosphate fertiliser becomes…

Goldfield lessons in religious diversity

La Trobe historian Dr Jennifer Jones believes that Bendigo’s multicultural history holds lessons for the rest of Australia. The Australian Research Council (ARC) has just supported the idea with an A$164,000 grant to help investigate Bendigo’s religious diversity going back to the gold rush days. The City of Greater Bendigo and local Aspire Cultural and Charitable Foundation are partners and…

Research centre to explore life inland

La Trobe University has launched a new research centre with a focus on environmental change and the Murray Darling Basin (a large area in south-eastern Australia containing many interconnected rivers and creeks). The Centre for the Study of the Inland (CSI) will draw researchers from across Victoria, including from our Albury-Wodonga Campus, where Vice-Chancellor Professor…

Studying US basketballers’ knee pain

A research team led by La Trobe University has just received an AUD$200 000 grant to study troubling knee conditions that affect about 40 per cent of professional basketball players. Jill Cook is the lead researcher on the three-year project and is Professor of Musculoskeletal Health in La Trobe’s Sport and Exercise Medicine Research Centre. She said…

World-first blood test for Parkinson’s

La Trobe University researchers have developed a world-first diagnostic blood test that could change the lives of people with Parkinson’s disease. Currently no clinical biomarker test exists for Parkinson’s and the only means of diagnosis is a neurological examination. By the time patients develop symptoms and undergo the exam, large numbers of vital brain cells…

United action to fight Alzheimer’s

Top researchers push for united action to fight Alzheimer´s disease To meet the challenge of Alzheimer´s disease and other dementias, a serious effort and long-term economic commitment is needed. Lancet Neurology devotes its entire April issue to a detailed overview and recommendations about how patient care and research on Alzheimer´s disease and other dementias should be organised…

La Trobe know-how reaches for the stars

La Trobe University has signed a contract with Germany’s Aerospace Centre to design and build a control system for new imaging technology on the International Space Station (ISS). In what is believed to be the first ISS contract of this kind for an Australian university, the new equipment will monitor natural phenomena such as bush…

Dancing for Parkinson’s ground-breaking research

Melbourne train commuters are dancing on platforms across the CBD’s iconic train stations, but all for a serious cause – raising awareness of Parkinson’s disease. Our ‘Dance With Me‘ project lets people directly experience how world-leading research into Parkinson’s by La Trobe University’s Professor Meg Morris is changing lives. Her work looks at the way…