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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.

Food security and safety

We work to protect and increase the efficiency of livestock and food production systems and to assure the safety, quality and sustainability of Australian foods.

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.

Biomarkers to nip bowel cancer in the bud

Finding biomarkers for earliest-stage colorectal cancer will help to lower mortality rates in individuals at risk of developing this disease.

Cohort study of stroke

Substantially reducing the millions of cases of stroke recorded worldwide every year is the focus of this collaborative CSIRO research cluster.

Dr Trevor Lockett: leading colorectal cancer research

Dr Lockett is responsible for the strategic development, science planning and project portfolio management of colorectal (bowel) cancer research.

World leading researchers collaborate for Alzheimer's study

CSIRO has brought together world experts in a major study to investigate Alzheimer’s disease.

Perth: Floreat, WA (Centre for Environment and Life Sciences (CELS))

The Centre for Environment and Life Sciences draws together the capabilities of seven CSIRO research areas to provide solutions to environmental management problems and to improve the health of Australians.

Colorectal cancer and gut health

Find out about Preventative Health Flagship research on improving gut health, and the prevention, susceptibility, early detection and diagnosis of colorectal cancer.

Kids Eat, Kids Play main survey begins

One of the most important surveys of children ever to be undertaken in Australia gets underway nationally today with thousands of phone calls to families across Australia inviting them to participate.

Wellbeing Plan to target obesity in children

CSIRO has been allocated an additional $A2 million over two years to target obesity and promote healthy eating and physical activity in young Australians.

Obesity and metabolic health

Scientists in the Preventative Health Flagship are working to understand the causes of obesity, and developing strategies to manage and prevent it.

Professor Lynne Cobiac: Director, Preventative Health Flagship

Professor Lynne Cobiac leads CSIRO’s Preventative Health Flagship in delivering scientific outcomes that have a positive impact on the Australian community.

Your health and wellbeing

We are helping to improve the health and wellbeing of Australians by assisting the food industry in bringing foods with substantiated and functional health benefits to the market.

Early cancer screening saves lives

Together with collaborators, the Flagship aims to better understand peoples’ risk perception and intention to undertake screening for bowel cancer

Biobank to aid disease prediction and diagnosis

A 'biobank' of blood samples from healthy elderly Australians will aid research in the prediction and early diagnosis of diseases such as Alzheimer’s and cancer.

International collaboration in food, health and life sciences

CSIRO works with industry leaders around the world to solve challenges related to food security and human health.

Neurodegenerative diseases and mental disorders

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

Medical devices

Medical devices research occurs at the interface of biological, chemical, physical, electronics, engineering and manufacturing sciences. It utilises biological properties, processes and systems to develop new and clever materials, faster and more precise techniques, diagnoses and treatments. With expertise in 3D imaging, health monitoring, polymer chemistry, tissue engineering and prototyping, CSIRO pioneers biomedical device research including orthopaedic and ophthalmic implants.

CSIRO Total Wellbeing Diet Fast & Fresh Recipes

A new collection of recipes from the scientifically proven program, with ideas for making mouth-watering meals in no time at all.

Biotechnology glossary

This page provides easy to understand definitions of common biotechnology words and terms.

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