Around the Precinct – 18 November 2021

This week at Monash University’s Central Clinical School it’s all about the brain, with one new study published about how neurodegeneration begins and another study about new modelling for epilepsy that could inform treatment decision making.

Meanwhile, Burnet Institute takes a broader view of communities near and far, examining how we manage COVID-19 among unvaccinated children here in Australia and sharing a harrowing story about the loss of a mother and her baby in Papua New Guinea – and the app that could prevent it happening in future.

ENIGMA-Ataxia working group

The ENIGMA-Ataxia working group has found evidence neurodegeneration starts in a specific area of the brain.

Monash University – Central Clinical School

Building a detailed picture of Friedreich Ataxia through global collaboration
A Friedreich ataxia consortium led by Dr Ian Harding has published a study providing clear evidence that neurodegeneration starts in a relatively specific area of the brain, and spreads slowly over time.
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Using models to help predict seizure freedom in people with epilepsy
A study published recently in the influential neuroscience journal, Brain, led by senior author Professor Patrick Kwan, has developed and validated models capable of predicting the probability that a person with epilepsy will achieve future seizure-freedom. These models may be used to inform treatment decision making.
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Burnet Institute

While children wait for their COVID jab, caution is still required
Professor Brendan Crabb is a co-author of an editorial for Nine Media addressing the challenge of COVID-19 mitigation among children while they wait for the vaccine.
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The story of Joylene Vanahe
The tragic story of losing a young mum and her baby in PNG, and how the Safe Delivery App may have saved their lives. As told by Joylene Vanahe, Community Health Worker.
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