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’s ground-breaking autism app

La Trobe University’s Olga Tennison Autism Research Centre (OTARC) has launched a free smartphone app, called ASDetect that empowers parents and caregivers to identify autism earlier and more accurately than ever before. An estimated 1 in 50 children have an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). OTARC’s research shows that the majority of these children are not diagnosed…

La Trobe scientist receives national award

Leading La Trobe University biochemist and co-founder of the Australian biotechnology company Hexima, Professor Marilyn Anderson, has been made an Officer of the Order of Australia, the second-highest ranking award in the Australia Day Honours list. Professor Anderson’s work is based on plant immunity, focusing on antifungal and insecticidal molecules, circular peptides, cell walls and plant…

Are you doing a PhD?

The Asia-Pacific Association for International Education are holding their annual conference in Melbourne from 29 February to 3 March 2016. La Trobe University are co-hosts of this event and are excited to be offering a full registration to the Conference for two international PhD students – student registrations are valued at $455 per student. All…

La Trobe ranked third in Victoria in ERA survey

La Trobe University has strongly improved its performance in the Government’s latest Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) report. We have achieved top rank – a classification described as ‘well above world standard’ – in three broad discipline groups: Agricultural, Biological and Physical Sciences. La Trobe is third in Victoria in terms of the number…

Building connections with La Trobe Asia

Strong connections to Asia have always been important to La Trobe University. We established La Trobe Asia in 2014 to increase our knowledge of Asia, build relationships with Asian universities and governments, and make these connections even stronger. Our exchange programs to countries including Hong Kong, Japan and India (and many more) allow our students…

Saving Aussie honey bees – and farmers

In a bid to protect Australia’s farming industry, a La Trobe University student is tackling one of the most destructive diseases currently plaguing the nation’s honey bees. Bees play a vital role in fruit and vegetable production by cross-pollinating plants. While Australia’s bee population is currently one of the strongest in the world, it is…

Crocodiles sleep with one eye open

Scientists from La Trobe University have found evidence to support a great Australian legend: crocodiles do indeed sleep with one eye open. The research, which was published in The Journal of Experimental Biology, has found that crocodiles, like some birds and aquatic mammals, may well sleep with half of their brain at a time (known…

La Trobe researchers in top 1% in the world

Three La Trobe University researchers have been recognised among the world’s top one per cent of researchers in Biology and Biochemistry and Agricultural Sciences. La Trobe’s researchers have been featured in the new Thomson Reuters Highly Cited Researcher list, released in 2015. Professor Richard Simpson, Associate Professor Ben Hayes and Associate Professor Phil Bowman are…

La Trobe in top 400 universities in the world

La Trobe University has featured among the world’s top 400 universities in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings released Thursday 1 October. The University has returned to the top 400 ranking following a series of reforms and a whole of University refresh in 2015. La Trobe was also ranked at 127 in the top…