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Dr Sam Burnham: identifying biomarkers for Alzheimer's disease

Dr Sam Burnham uses mathematical techniques to study Alzheimer's disease, the most common form of dementia. She works on developing early screening tests, biomarker discovery, quantification of disease severity and better understanding of the disease pathway.

Flagship research projects

Flagship Collaboration Fund projects provide a means to engage outside expertise to help achieve a particular flagship objective and to enhance collaboration with the university sector.

Advance in bowel cancer test research

Australian researchers have developed gene expression biomarkers which can accurately discriminate pre-cancerous and cancerous colorectal growths from non-cancerous controls.

Uncovering early stages of Alzheimer’s Disease

A major Australian study has provided new insights into the loss of structure in regions of the brain and its potential association with Alzheimer’s Disease.

Putting Alzheimer’s on early notice

Australian scientists have presented key findings at an international Alzheimer’s disease conference this week. Their major focus is on early detection and discovering why the disease progresses.

Alzheimer’s protein puts top brains to the test

CSIRO scientists and collaborators have made major inroads in cracking a structure of the protein thought to cause Alzheimer’s disease.

Keeping your colon healthy (Podcast 08 Apr 2009)

Colorectal cancer, also known as colon or bowel cancer, is the second most common type of internal cancer in Australians, with over 12 500 cases diagnosed every year. (5:56)

When forgetfulness becomes a disease (Podcast 19 Jan 2010)

With life expectancies increasing around the world, populations are ageing and neurodegenerative diseases have become a global issue. (5:22)

Werribee, Vic (CSIRO Food & Nutritional Sciences)

Research at CSIRO's Werribee site is focused on food processing.

Sydney: North Ryde, NSW (CSIRO North Ryde)

CSIRO's North Ryde site is in the heart of Sydney's hi-tech hub and near Macquarie University. More than 500 staff members work in mining, food, manufacturing, sustainability, health, petroleum and more.

health upfront

This publication brings you the latest research and innovation being achieved to address our national health challenges in colorectal cancer and diseases of the gut, brain health and obesity and associated diseases.

Fresh Focus

CSIRO's Lynne Cobiac has Australia's chronic disease challenges in her sights.

The CSIRO Total Wellbeing Diet

CSIRO's Total Wellbeing Diet has now been produced as a book - published by Penguin - chock full of delectable recipes for a weight loss program that is successful and provides the nutrients required for health and vitality.

ASPREE Healthy Ageing Biobank information sheet

Read the information sheet about the ASPREE (ASPirin in Reducing Events in the Elderly) Healthy Ageing Biobank. (2 pages)

Spot: software for DNA microarray image analysis

CSIRO has a track record in developing innovative solutions to practical problems. Our Spot software, a microarray spot detection and characterisation package, helps researchers get better gene expression information. Spot 3.0 is free.

Early detection key to flushing out bowel cancer

Australians rank highest in the world for many things – especially sports, as we like to boast. What we don’t talk much about is having one of the world’s highest rates of bowel cancer. But good news is on the horizon, with advanced research that enables early detection giving hope to thousands.

Farewell thanks for the memories

Professor Richard Head retired as the Director of the Preventative Health Flagship on June 30 2012. Richard explains that, while this is his parting message, he isn’t saying goodbye just yet.

November 2012: Hendra heroes and a new test for silent killer (Podcast 20 Dec 2012)

Australian horse owners received an important boost in their fight against the deadly Hendra virus with the introduction of a vaccine, and a major step towards a more effective and reliable blood-based test for bowel cancer is announced.

WA to play key role in Alzheimer’s study

Western Australians will play a key role in a major Australian study aimed at better understanding one of the most devastating and deadly diseases, Alzheimer’s.

Preventative Health Flagship UPDATE

The Preventative Health Flagship’s goal is to improve the health and wellbeing of Australians through the prevention and early detection of chronic diseases. UPDATE is the newsletter containing current news from this initiative.

Preventative Health Flagship overview

The Preventative Health Flagship is working to improve the health and wellbeing of Australians through research into prevention and early detection of common chronic diseases. Flagship research into prevention, early detection and intervention is uncovering new ways to improve the health and well-being of Australians.

Microscope solution for counting bacteria

Preventative Health Flagship researchers have developed an integrated microscope system to automatically count bacteria in human faeces.

Bioprospecting drives the search for foods with proven health benefits

Food Futures assays used to produce and identify new bioactives present in foods that have proven health benefits. Current tests screen against risk-factors and biomarkers for coronary heart disease (cholesterol production and uptake, and blood pressure), colorectal cancer and inflammatory diseases. The challenge is identifying novel bioactives that may reduce the incidence of chronic disease.

Preventative Health Flagship partnership tackles dementia

Under the Preventative Health Flagship CSIRO is working with Neurosciences Australia, and the National Ageing Research Institute (NARI) to reduce the costs of dementia.

Preventative Health cluster study fighting Alzheimer’s Disease

The Preventative Health National Research Flagship has launched a A$10 million research 'cluster' study into the pathogenesis and diagnosis of Alzheimer’s Disease in partnership with Neurosciences Australia, The University of Melbourne, Mental Health Research Institute, Edith Cowan University and The University of Western Australia.

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