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  1. 20 October 2021 - Health & Wellbeing

    Killing the malaria parasite by blocking its recycling system

    A new drug candidate stops the malaria parasite breaking down waste, resulting in a fatal ‘molecular constipation', finds University of Melbourne-led study.

  2. 7 August 2021 - Science Matters

    Starving the bacterium that causes pneumonia

    By targeting an essential nutrition pathway, University of Melbourne researchers hope to develop drug targets against the bacteria that cause pneumonia

  3. 9 November 2020 - Science Matters

    New drug target for sugar-coated viruses

    New research including University of Melbourne shows targeting sugar production in human cells has potential for broad-spectrum drugs against viruses.

  4. Podcast16 September 2020 - Health & Wellbeing

    New targets for epilepsy treatment

    Associate Professor Reid is developing new drugs for epilepsy, with the view of treating a larger population of people with epilepsy.

  5. Podcast5 August 2020 - Science Matters

    Why are there so few drugs to treat viruses?

    As coronavirus case numbers surge, University of Melbourne experts explain why we have effective drugs for bacterial diseases, but relatively few for viruses.

  6. 5 June 2020 - Health & Wellbeing

    Sea snail venom holds clues for diabetes treatment

    A new study, that the University of Melbourne is part of, finds modified human insulin that mimics fast-acting sea snail venom is a potential diabetes treatment

  7. Podcast20 May 2020 - Eavesdrop on Experts

    Lessons for a future pandemic

    Professor Peter Doherty from the University of Melbourne discusses the latest COVID-19 drug and vaccine research, and how best to prepare for future pandemic

  8. 13 March 2020 - Health & Wellbeing

    Double hit to malaria from new drug candidate

    New antimalarial compounds target two molecules involved in critical stages of the parasite’s life cycle, finds new research including University of Melbourne.

  9. 27 November 2019 - Health & Wellbeing

    Curbing cancer’s addiction to treat it

    Most cancers need a specific molecule to grow and spread; cutting off the supply is showing promise as a way to treat it, finds University of Melbourne research

  10. Podcast27 November 2019 - Health & Wellbeing

    Science, society and drug design

    After being the first in his family to go to university, biochemist Sir Thomas Blundell has worked in music, local council, medical research and advisor to a PM