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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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New approach to shingles vaccine is 97 per cent effective

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A new vaccine has proven almost completely effective in preventing shingles (disease medical name: herpes zoster), an extremely painful nerve infection which affects a third of Australians; most over the age of 50.

The research, published in the prestigious New England Journal of Medicine, shows that the vaccine, HZ/su, is 97 per cent effective over a three-year period, regardless of the age of the person vaccinated.

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Australia to tackle melanoma with $14m research program

Prof Graham Mann, Researching Melanoma at the Westmead Millennium Institute for Medical Research

Melanoma researchers at the Westmead Millennium Institute will share in more than $14 million in funding for a national program to study the molecular determinants of risk, progression and treatment response in melanoma.

Melanoma is a major Australian health problem. It is the fourth most common cancer in men and women and has a disproportionately heavy impact on productive years of life because it is among the most common causes of cancer death in younger adults.

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