Research at the University of Sydney
Determination. Expertise. Imagination. And sometimes, a little luck. But there’s one more thing that our researchers need to pursue their ideas. Resources. That makes your gift an important part of making a better future.
To find solutions to the world’s biggest problems the University of Sydney is thinking differently.
That is why we have made multi-disciplinary research one of our top priorities. In fact, some of our newest buildings were constructed specifically so researchers and academics from different fields can interact and give each other new insights. Our undergraduate curriculum has also been reimagined to make leadership and innovation the leading attributes of our graduates.
These are exciting changes that will support our researchers and drive their ideas further, while challenging our students to become the problem-solvers the world needs.
The University of Sydney Nano Institute
The University of Sydney Nano Institute is just one example of donor support making significant advances possible. This is where researchers work at the atomic level, including the incredible idea of realigning atoms to create new substances. This is science fiction becoming science fact, with implications for medicine, energy production, future metals, computing and architecture.
You will find people from all those disciplines working inside Sydney Nano and building on each other's ideas. As an example, one collaboration is developing superstrong, super-light steel. If the world's cars were made of this new material, we would save gigalitres of fuel and gigatonnes of CO2.
Saying goodnight to dementia
Globally, more than 50 million people have dementia, with 10 million new cases every year. Clinical Neuropsychologist Professor Sharon Naismith from the University’s Brain and Mind Centre and Charles Perkins Centre, leads a world-first team studying whether better sleep can prevent the onset of dementia.
“This research shows that diagnosing and treating sleep disorders could be an opportunity to prevent cognitive decline before it’s too late,” says Professor Naismith. Her team is using the latest technologies to examine changes in brain fibres and the connection between sleep disorders and dementia. With clinical trials already under way, sleep disturbance could be treatable and dementia may soon be preventable.
Feeling the love to beat addiction
Most people know that addiction can destroy lives, but early-career researcher, Dr Michael Bowen, knows that it also changes brains. “Over the course of chronic substance abuse, the parts of the brain that motivates us to engage in social interaction can become absolutely ravaged,” Dr Bowen says. “Our idea was to come up with a way to reawaken those social pathways in the brain.” And
it looks like the answer might already be within us, in the hormone oxytocin, often called the ‘love hormone’ because of its role in empathy and motherchild bonding. Dr Bowen is now using a synthetic version of the hormone to help break addiction’s cycle of despair.
Make your gift today
The challenges we face in obesity, globalisation, food shortages and so much more are immense but not beyond our talents, not when we work together and think differently.
Make your gift today and help support the University of Sydney’s research. If you make your gift before 30th of June, your contribution will be tax-deductible for this financial year.
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