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.

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.

mRNA versus adenovirus vaccine

What is the difference between the mRNA vaccine and the adenovirus vaccine? Can the mRNA vaccine be tweaked when new variants develop?

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.

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.

Chronic underinvestment in child mental health highlighted as nominations open for the 2021 Australian Mental Health Prize.

lockdown graphic

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From the things you choose to focus on, to the support you seek from others, to the way you look after your physical health — these coping strategies could help you through Melbourne's latest lockdown.

Heart monitor

Victor Chang and UNSW researchers have been awarded $1 million by The Heart Foundation to gain new knowledge about genetic causes of atrial fibrillation. Photo: Shutterstock.

A study involving Victor Chang and UNSW Sydney researchers has been given a significant funding boost to investigate genetic causes of atrial fibrillation.

A woman peers out at the city from a hotel room some floors up

Critics of the hotel quarantine system say quarantine buildings should only be single storey. Photo: Shutterstock

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 recent one in 100 flood event is set to reverse carp eradication efforts in the Murray-Darling, a UNSW scientist says.

UNSW Library Lawn

UNSW has 19 subjects ranked in the top 50 globally. Photo: Richard Freeman

UNSW Sydney has excelled in the 2021 ShanghaiRanking’s Global Rankings of Academic Subjects, appearing in 52 of the 54 subjects ranked for the fourth consecutive year.

Uluru Statement from the Heart

1200 First Nations people were involved in the 13 Regional Dialogues across Australia that led to the Uluru Constitutional Convention in 2017. Photo: UNSW Indigenous Law Centre

On the fourth anniversary of the Uluru Statement from the Heart, advocates say if the Commonwealth “legislates an Indigenous Voice, our lives will not improve”.

stuart turville

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.

a street with a 30kmh speed sign

The push for 30km/h speed limits is not about revenue-raising or anti-cars. Even a seemingly small decrease from 40km/h to 30km/h makes a huge difference to the safety and liveability of local streets.