School of Medicine

The UOW School of Medicine enjoys an excellent reputation and is ranked in the top 350 institutions in the world in the subject field of Medicine in the QS World University Rankings by Subject (2015). We are a multidisciplinary school with a range of undergraduate and postgraduate course offerings in the fields of Indigenous Health, Medical and Exercise Science, Medicine, Nutrition and Dietetics.

We are committed to designing educational experiences that are engaging, challenging and relevant for our students for the benefit of our local, national and global communities. Our high standards of academic rigour, breadth of knowledge across the health spectrum and a supportive community ensure that our graduates have the skills to start tackling the most challenging issues in health.

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14 July 2016
Landmark study tests whether omega-3s can reduce aggression in prisons

Barbara Meyer and Mitch ByrneResearchers to test whether omega-3s can reduce aggressive behaviour in Australian prisoners.

In a landmark study, researchers will test whether omega-3 supplements can reduce inmate mental health issues, violence and associated costs in Australian prisons.

The $1.8M NHMRC Partnership project, led by Associate Professor Barbara Meyer, from UOW, is the first comprehensive study of its kind, and also involves researchers from the University of Newcastle and the University of NSW, as well as funding and support from both the New South Wales and South Australian Corrective Services Departments and Norwegian seafood company Rimfrost. 

Antipsychotic use in childhood could have significant long-term effects

Antipsychotics - MiniThe use of antipsychotic medication in childhood and the teenage years could have significant long-term impacts on behaviours later in life, particularly in males, a new study has found. 

The research, conducted by neuroscientists at UOW and the Illawarra Health and Medical Research Institute (IHMRI), was recently published in the Journal of Psychopharmacology. It looked at the enduring impacts of three commonly prescribed antipsychotic drugs, Aripiprazole, Olanzapine and Risperidone, on the brains of young healthy rats.

The researchers found long-term alterations to a number of adult behaviours, including changes to activity levels as well as changes in depressive-like behaviours and anxiety levels.   

PhD student Michael De Santis (pictured above), an Australian Rotary Health scholarship recipient from the Antipsychotic Research Laboratory and the School of Medicine, who led the study, said the drugs had a more profound impact on male rats. Read more...

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