Lucie Ranking and Dr Joanna Groom in a laboratory

Eating your greens may be even more important that previously thought, with the discovery that an immune cell population essential for intestinal health could be controlled by leafy greens in your diet.

4 March 2013
Associate Professor Joan Heath in a laboratory

A Melbourne-based research team has discovered a genetic defect that can halt cell growth and force cells into a death-evading survival state.

18 February 2013
Dr Victor Peperzak, Dr Ingela Vikstrom and Associate Professor David Tarlinton in a laboratory

Scientists have identified the gene essential for survival of antibody-producing cells, a finding that could lead to better treatments for diseases where these cells are out of control, such as myeloma and chronic immune disorders.

4 February 2013
Dr Peter Czabotar and Dr Dana Westphal with a lightbox in a laboratory

Scientists at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute have for the first time visualised the molecular changes in a critical cell death protein that force cells to die.

3 February 2013
Dr Bhupinder Pal and Professor Jane Visvader standing in a laboratory

Melbourne scientists have discovered how female steroid hormones can make dramatic changes to the genetic material in breast cells, changes that could potentially lead to breast cancer.

1 February 2013
Dr Kylie Mason and Dr Lorraine O'Reilly in front of a computer

Melbourne researchers have discovered that the death of immune system cells is an important safeguard against the development of diseases such as type 1 diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis and lupus, which occur when the immune system attacks the body’s own tissues.

24 January 2013
Associate Professor Matthias Ernst standing in a laboratory

Researchers have identified a complex of proteins that promotes the growth of some types of colon and gastric cancers, and shown that medications that block the function of this complex have the potential to be developed into a new treatment for these diseases.

17 January 2013
Dr Ben Kile standing in a laboratory

Walter and Eliza Hall Institute researcher Dr Benjamin Kile has been awarded the Australian Academy of Science’s 2013 Gottschalk Medal for a series of major discoveries that have shed new light on blood cell formation and function.

16 January 2013
Associate Professor Mike Lawrence, Ms Mai Margetts, Dr Geoffrey Kong and Dr John Menting with a model of the insulin receptor

A landmark discovery about how insulin docks on cells could help in the development of improved types of insulin for treating both type 1 and type 2 diabetes.

10 January 2013
Dr Kystal Evans in a lab

Scientists at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute have received more than $16 million in federal funding to pursue research into cancer, malaria, rheumatoid arthritis and the immune system, it was announced today.

18 December 2012