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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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Depressed brains wired differently

Thanks to the use of a newly developed research framework called human brain connectomics, researchers from the Brain Dynamics Centre at Westmead Millennium Institute have discovered that the wiring in the brains of depressed patients is different than in non-depressed people, a finding that provides novel insights into the pathogenesis of depression and may lead to more targeted treatment plans for depression.  

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Bench-to-Bedside: One Woman's Story

Ruth Cummock and her grandsonFor almost 40 years, Ruth Cummock lived with the burden of the chronic debilitating disease of type 1 diabetes.

Suffering from a relatively rare form of type 1 diabetes, involving what is called hypoglycaemia unawareness, Ruth's blood sugar level would sometimes fail without her realizing - a situation that could potentially trigger seizures, loss of consciousness, brain damage or even death.

Today this grandmother from the New South Wales Central Coast no longer fears the worst effects of her diabetes - all thanks to taking part in a pioneering clinical trial.

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