The Governor of the Reserve Bank of Australia, a debut novelist, and the co-founders of Shippit software are some of the UNSW alumni recognised this year.

Covid 19 and dementia

Dr Katya Numbers from the Centre for Healthy Brain Ageing (CHeBA) discusses how the COVID-19 pandemic has posed unique risks to people with Alzheimer's disease and dementia. Dr Numbers' research has revealed people living with dementia have a relatively high risk of contracting severe COVID-19 and are also at risk of neuropsychiatric disturbances as a result of lockdown measures and social isolation.

The RBA shouldn't be spooked into raising interest rates, but the prospect of inflation in the next few years is an important consideration for central banks around the world.

World Oceans Day at UNSW

UNSW PhD candidate John Turnbull conducting Reef Life surveys in Sydney Harbour. Photo credit: Josh Moloney

On World Oceans Day at UNSW, we reflect on how the ocean connects us all. Our researchers are working hard to understand ocean environments, helping to create a sustainable future and celebrating the many forms of life that the oceans supports.

Australia's Prime Minister wants reform of the World Trade Organisation to rein in China's "economic coercion". But it also needs to constructively engage with China on that reform.

We don’t know enough about biological processes in people who are ageing with HIV - a new study sheds light on the matter.

The Federal government has just announced it will help fund the building of a quarantine facility in Victoria; meanwhile UNSW academics wonder why it has taken this long.

The 2021 Nature Index lists the University as 76th out of the world’s top academic institutions, up 10 places from 86th in 2020.

UNSW Sydney has awarded honorary doctorates to Joanna Capon and Richard Alcock, in recognition of their distinguished careers and eminent service in their respective industries and the community.

variant of SARS-CoV-2

Associate Professor Stuart Turville from UNSW Sydney and the Kirby Institute's Immunovirology and Pathogenesis Program explains how variants emerge, how they are detected and what we know about the B.1617 variant.

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Associate Professor Stuart Turville from UNSW Sydney’s Kirby Institute leads a team that has developed genetically “supercharged” cells to quickly understand the dynamics of different variants of the SARS-CoV-2 virus.

To respond to COVID-19 effectively, scientists need to be able to understand complex information about the virus as quickly as possible. A/Prof Turville calls these cells ‘canaries in the coal mine’ – because they allow his team to describe a variant or strain of the virus quicker than any other method.

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As more and more people use dating apps to find a partner, a trove of data from these users is revealing what men and women really want.