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Sammy Russell

PhD Stories: Sammy Russell

Sammy’s PhD journey Sammy Russell’s PhD research at Deakin focused on medicine, specifically mental health and understanding treatment outcomes for people with co-occurring bipolar disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder....

PhD Stories

Nanoneedle breakthrough gives hope for cheaper cancer treatment

Australian scientists have successfully found a way to inject beneficial genetic material into white blood cells in a world-first breakthrough that could significantly improve treatment options for certain types...

Research news

One ‘fingerprint’ at a time: Understanding neuroendocrine cancers

Cancer is a diagnosis none of us want to receive; however, scientific advances and a shift towards personalised, holistic medicines are resulting in improved survival rates. Up until now,...

Research news

New dietary app for pregnancy to support child development and behaviour

Dr Dawson, from Deakin’s Food & Mood Centre, has led a team to develop the ‘Bugs & Bumps’ app which aims to support diet and gut health in pregnancy,...

Research news

Barwon Health director of research Peter Vuillermin

Geelong experts research perinatal depression causes

New research has provided evidence that the inflammatory reaction of the immune system could be a risk factor for perinatal depression. Almost one in five women in Australia experience...


Barwon Health and Deakin join collaborative centre for mental health

Barwon Health and Deakin University are part of a new Victorian Government supported statewide partnership aimed at improving mental health and wellbeing support for adult and older adult Victorians....


Prabhpreet in the lab at Waurn Ponds

Meet Prabhpreet Kaur: winner of the Rex Williamson Prize

Meet this year’s recipient of the Rex Williamson Prize awarded to the highest achieving PhD student enrolled within the Faculty of Science, Engineering and Built Environment whose research involves...


How creative collaboration led to a cell therapy that repairs brains

A 10-year multidisciplinary collaboration across three Australian universities has resulted in the development of a water-based gel that improves the survival of cell transplants. In preclinical trials, the gel...

Research news

Inflammation: how modern life is making us sick

Inflammation is the buzzword of the moment in health,  as more diseases are being linked to it, from depression to Alzheimer’s to heart disease. So, what’s driving our natural immune...

Research news

Unlocking the vast potential of data sharing  

Enabling data sharing for completed clinical trials has the potential to greatly impact the lives of community members and research participants in a number of ways. One key way...

Clinical Trials

New hub of research excellence harnesses collective capabilities 

The Centre for Innovation in Infectious Disease and Immunology Research (CIIDIR), an initiative of the Deakin University and Barwon Health partnership, was established in 2022 to build on strengths...

Infectious Diseases

Stroke project shows the power of collaboration  

The RESET Advisory Group and Network comprises individuals with lived experience of stroke (having had a stroke or caring for someone who has had a stroke) and clinicians interested...

Stroke Research