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New building boosts medical research Prime Minister Tony Abbot and Premier of New South Wales, Mike Baird open the new WMI building

A state-of-the-art, $110 million, medical research centre has been officially opened in Western Sydney by the Prime Minister, Tony Abbott and Premier of New South Wales, Mike Baird.

The new Westmead Millennium Institute for Medical Research building brings together almost 400 clinicians, scientists, postgraduate students and support staff with the aim of accelerating research into Australia’s major health problems and translating its outcomes into new diagnostics, prognostics, preventions, therapies and cures. Click here for more information.

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Medical Journal Article makes strong case for MRFF

The executive director of WMI, Professor Tony Cunningham, has collaborated with other leaders of Australia’s medical research sector to publish an opinion piece in support of the proposed Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF).

Published in the February edition of the Medical Journal of Australia, the article states the case for a perpetual fund which would increase our national spending on medical research to a percentage of our GDP that more closely matches the average spent by OECD countries. 

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WMI researchers collaborate on a new drug that tricks the body into losing weight

Scientists at Westmead Millennium Institute for Medical Research (WMI) have contributed to the development of an entirely new type of pill that tricks the body into thinking it has consumed calories, causing it to burn fat.

Research published in Nature Medicine, shows that the pill is effective in stopping weight gain, lowering cholesterol, controlling blood sugar and minimising inflammation. And because the drug, called fexaramine, acts in the intestine and is not absorbed into the blood, it is expected to cause fewer side effects in humans than other diet pills. 

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