The Big Screen

From Australian Doctor, 3 August 2006:From this month, about one million parcels will be sent to a selection of Australians aged over 55. The enclosed test kits could save their lives.AUSTRALIAN women are used to screening programs — they have undergone regular mammograms and cervical smears for decades. However, the roll-out of an FOBT-based screening Continue reading The Big Screen

Designer solvents

From CSIRO’s Process magazine, June 2006:In an age of rising energy costs, technology that can help to reduce power consumption is critical. For Australia’s aluminium producers, whose energy costs account for up to 15 per cent of the nation’s electricity bill, research into ‘designer solvents’ might offer one answer. Read more.

Back to his roots: Professor Alan Coates

From Australian Doctor, 7 June, 2006.Professor Alan Coates ’ life has revolved around fighting cancer. Now, almost 10 years after heading the Cancer Council Australia, he is returning to his first love – clinical research.Professor Coates is softly spoken, formal and somewhat reserved — until he starts talking about research. When the subject of his Continue reading Back to his roots: Professor Alan Coates

Ethics on trial

From Australian Doctor, 18 May, 2006.PRIMUM non nocere… First, do no harm. There is little room for ambiguity in the principle that governs all medical practitioners, but the same rule does not necessarily apply when it comes to clinical trials. Read more…