Years of hard work have led Dr Alessandra Donato to the cusp of a discovery that could result in new treatments for neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease.

18 July 2019
A severed nerve cell - microscopic roundworm species C. elegans can mend severed nerve cells through a process called axonal fusion.

A tiny worm’s ability to repair damaged nerves could one day help people with nerve injuries such as paralysis, according to University of Queensland research.

30 April 2019
Dr Kirsty Short.

Research into fighting the flu, improving outcomes for vulnerable infants, and battling kidney disease has netted almost $42 million in funding for academics from The University of Queensland.

12 December 2018
Caenorhabditis elegans (C. elegans)

A discovery in a transparent roundworm has brought scientists one step closer to understanding why nerves degenerate.

20 September 2017

TEDxUQ will return to The University of Queensland on 12 August, under the banner Thinking Out Loud.

8 August 2017
The worm is less than 1mm long, and has the same proteins as in flies, mice and humans.

A discovery in a transparent roundworm has brought scientists one step closer to understanding nerve degeneration.

12 February 2016
UQ scientists have discovered the molecular mechanisms that allow severed nerves to fuse back together.

A small transparent roundworm with the remarkable ability to self-heal may hold the secret to treating nerve injuries in humans.

8 January 2015

University of Queensland (UQ) researchers have made a significant discovery that could one day halt a number of neurodegenerative diseases.

27 December 2013

A team of international scientists is one step closer to understanding neurodegenerative diseases after developing a tool to explore how nerve cells become damaged.

25 October 2013

New research, published today in prestigious journal Science, has identified the gene responsible for an insect’s resistance to a major fumigant used by Australia’s grain industry for insect free grain.

9 November 2012

Australian and US scientists have developed a new technology for studying the genetics of a common roundworm used to understand nerve development and nerve degeneration.

30 April 2012

A study in worms that are less than a millimetre long has yielded clues that may be important for understanding how nerves grow.

20 September 2011

In humans, regeneration of the peripheral nervous system after injury remains a hit-or-miss affair, while brain and spinal cord damage usually results in lifelong disabilities.

30 March 2011

Most people don’t think twice about the roundworms in their backyard, however Dr Massimo Hilliard has built his career studying them – and now the Queensland Brain Institute (QBI) neuroscientist has been rewarded for his efforts.

28 September 2010
UQ Foundation Research Excellence Award winners.

Eleven young University of Queensland researchers have been honoured at the 2010 UQ Foundation Research Excellence Awards.

22 September 2010

A student from the Gold Coast has placed second in a prestigious international competition testing high school students’ knowledge of neuroscience - the best ever result for an Australian participant.

28 September 2009