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Giving babies the best start to life 

The first 1000 days of life—from conception to two years—is considered the most crucial period for the development of a child. But how crucial is this period for the...

Early Childhood

How genomic surveillance is tackling malaria outbreaks

Often when people think of surveillance, they think about the observation of people, behaviour or symptoms, but what about surveillance at a molecular level?   As the world fights against...


Deakin awarded 3.5 million to drive pivotal health and medical innovation

Three new National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) research projects will transform lifestyle based mental health care, drive personalised nutritional therapies for depression and enhance policy to create...

Research news

Next-gen research leaders win prestigious Tall Poppy Awards

Two Deakin University health researchers have taken out awards for their research on the role of lifestyle in mental and heart health, and obesity prevention in early childhood respectively....


How a cardiovascular disease drug could treat mood disorders

There are many tried-and-tested drugs used to treat the world’s most common health conditions and diseases, but what if some of those drugs could be repurposed to treat an...

Drug Discovery

Bone study reveals new method to track fracture risk

Bone study reveals new method to track fracture risk  Health outcomes for those prone to fracture, particularly the elderly, have significantly improved thanks to valuable research out of the...

Research news

Longitudinal study finds link between musculoskeletal health and frailty

A new study by Dr Monica Tembo from the Epi-Centre for Healthy Ageing in IMPACT’s Population Health team has uncovered how musculoskeletal health can predict frailty in older adults.   ...


‘I’m an infectious diseases expert. Now is not the time to wait for a vaccine.’

Should you get vaccinated? A disease expert weighs in. A couple of months ago, I started having conversations with friends about getting their COVID-19 vaccine. Most had already been,...


New research to explore Myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome

Myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) is a complex and disabling disease that affects many parts of the body, including the brain and muscles, as well as the digestive, immune...

Chronic Fatigue

Getting creative for the good of your mental health

Anxiety, apathy, loneliness, depression and stress can infiltrate our daily lives if we don’t make an effort keep in touch with friends and family, and maintain a healthy mind....


How to become a doctor in Australia

Medicine can be a rewarding career, but the path isn’t always easy. If it’s the career path you want to take, Dr Laura Gray of Deakin’s School of Medicine...

Research news

Overcoming the critics to lead the charge

When Professor Felice Jacka first started questioning the links between diet and mental health disorders 10 years ago, the emerging idea faced scepticism from many within the mental health...

Food and Mood