National Volunteers Week 2021: Welcome back to our volunteers
May 18, 2021

After a long break due to the pandemic, we have been delighted to welcome back our fabulous volunteers to HMRI.

Giving existing drugs a second chance
May 14, 2021

Preventing the early onset of labour is vital in the fight against pre-term birth but unfortunately developing new drugs is a long and difficult process. Fortunately, there are already several well-studied existing drugs that are known to prevent early labour or stop labour once it has begun.

International Day of the Midwife: Celebrating Midwives in Medical Research
May 5, 2021

Midwives play an important role in maternal and newborn health and wellbeing.
On 5 May 2021, we celebrate International Day of the Midwife and acknowledge this contribution and recognise the extraordinary profession and the role it plays in society.

Hunter sleep expert shares advice as report shows cost of poor sleep in Australia
April 29, 2021

HMRI researcher Dr Gemma Paech, a senior sleep scientist at John Hunter Hospital, said the key to getting a better night's sleep often came down to consistency, some calm, tech-free time before bed, and creating a bedroom environment conducive to sleep.

Originally published in The Newcastle Herald

Hair reveals short, intense exercise sessions conquer school stress
April 22, 2021

For the first time, measuring the levels of the stress hormone Cortisol in the hair of senior school students has proven that short, high-intensity exercise significantly reduces stress and improves memory, overall wellbeing and fitness in adolescents.

April 20, 2021

One of the largest crowd-sourced public health surveillance systems in the world, known for detecting the spread of influenza, has revealed the COVID-19 pandemic dramatically impacted the 2020 flu season.

March 26, 2021

Join us alongside HMRI researchers Professor Deborah Loxton, Dr Nicole Nathan and Emmalee Ford as we look at women's health across all age groups and what the research is telling us.
We'll discuss fertility, reproductive health and wellbeing, the factors that influence womens' long term health and the health issues women face today.

What is seitan? The vegan protein alternative going viral online
March 19, 2021

The trend towards vegetarian and vegan diets means more people are looking for meat-free protein alternatives.

Enter seitan (pronounced say-tan), the latest food trend that’s going viral online.

by Dr Kerith Duncanson- Accredited Practising Dietician. Originally featured in The Conversation.

Australian medical research community leads innovation for patients affected by respiratory conditions
March 17, 2021

World events have placed the spotlight on respiratory health like never before. From severe bushfires to COVID-19, Australians living with respiratory conditions continue to face new health pressures.

Through the 2020/21 Investigator Sponsored Studies (ISS) program, GSK has committed a record of $6.9 million to continue supporting the health of Australians. More than 14 Australian research teams will be conducting studies in respiratory medicine, vaccines and oncology with the aim of improving health outcomes for patients.

Research shows possible link between number of fast-food outlets and heart attacks
March 15, 2021

Researchers from the Hunter Medical Research Institute (HMRI), the University of Newcastle and Hunter New England Health (HNE Health) have found that for each new fast-food outlet the number of heart attacks per 100,000 people went up by four.