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Mediterranean diet could help people with irritable bowel symptoms

New research looking at the benefits of a Mediterranean diet for people with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) has yielded surprising results. Not only did the diet, rich in fruits,...

Food and Mood

OPTIMISM: Can a controlled diet help ease depression?

Deakin University researchers are seeking Geelong participants for a novel study evaluating the role of diet in the treatment of moderate to severe depression. The four-week study will measure...

Clinical Trials

Inside the lab: Meet the team finding new treatments for cancer, mental health and more

Meet the Translational Epigenomic Research and Therapeutics Lab at IMPACT, a small but mighty team who are working to find new treatments for some of our most important health...

Meet the team

Healthcare Communication Residential Masterclass

Fast track your communication skills at an OCPH intensive masterclass with experts in healthcare communication. This intensive program focuses on refining core skills and conducting complex conversations with patients,...


An astronaut floating in space with microbes surrounding them

Space travel taxes astronauts’ brains. But microbes on the menu could help in unexpected ways

Feeding astronauts on a long mission to Mars goes well beyond ensuring they have enough nutrients and calories to survive their multi-year journey. Providing astronauts with the right diet...

Gut Microbiome

Deakin Lecture Theatre

2024 International Research Partnerships Colloquium

Join IMPACT Director, Alfred Deakin Professor Michael Berk and Professor Lars Kessing from University of Copenhagen who are commencing the first Faculty of Health webinar series for 2024. REGISTER...


Professor Sean McGee

Research reveals new hope for obesity-induced heart disease

Obesity induced heart disease, which affects up to 10 per cent of the population in certain age ranges, is considered an untreatable condition and 75 per cent of people...


Reflecting on 2023: awards, funding and feel-good moments  

It’s been another big year at IMPACT, we hosted exciting events, attracted media appearances from across the world and continued to grow our institute both nationally and internationally. Join...

Institute News

Lithium study looking for participants

Lithium, and keeping track of its levels  Lithium, when you first hear the word, you’re probably thinking about medicine or technology. Lithium, being the lightest metal, with a density...

Clinical Trials

Swarm of Mosquitos

$1.3 million in NHMRC funding for malaria research

Researchers from Deakin University’s Faculty of Health have received funding totalling more than $3.5 million in 2023 National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Ideas grants. Dr Jennifer Browne,...


Deakin researchers say early warnings would prevent Thunderstorm Asthma events

Melbourne lays claim to the unwanted title of being the epicentre of Epidemic Thunderstorm Asthma (ETSA) worldwide, having experienced seven of the 26 recorded events. The most disastrous of...

Thunderstorm Asthma

Inside Geelong’s newest clinical trials hub

Catch a glimpse inside the brand-new Barwon Health and Deakin offices with fit-for-purpose clinical research and trial spaces, including interview rooms and consultation rooms. The Health Education & Research...

Institute News