Around the Precinct – 19 May 2022

A ‘game-changing’ partnership to deliver mRNA vaccines for a range of infectious diseases, the role of microbiota in fighting intestinal worms, and the Melbourne man riding 4000km to raise money for brain cancer research – this week at the Alfred Research Alliance.

Anthony Moffatt River to Reef Ride for Brain Cancer

Anthony Moffatt is riding from The Alfred to Cape Tribulation to raise money for brain cancer research.

Alfred Health

Riding from Victoria to Queensland for a cure
In early 2020 Anthony Moffatt received news that no one wants to hear. After suffering a massive seizure, an MRI revealed the previously healthy 54-year-old had a brain tumour.
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Monash University – Central Clinical School

Intestinal worm study highlights role of microbiota
Monash Professor Nicola Harris has for 15 years investigated the intestinal activities of helminths (parasitic worms), making landmark discoveries about them as she did. Her latest paper, published recently in Mucosal Immunology, showed some surprising interactions between the intestinal microbiota and helminths that could offer a new approach to fighting the parasites and which reinforces the role of the microbiota.
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Surgery registries crucial to improving patient care, researchers say
Monash University Central Clinical School (CCS) clinician-researchers are behind a push for the Federal Government to urgently implement strategies to overcome barriers to clinical quality registries for surgery.
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Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute

Why your waist-to-height ratio is a good measure of health
Forget scales and BMI a healthy waist-to-height ratio may be the figure you need to focus on to monitor your health.
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Burnet Institute

Excelling in a year of challenges and pandemic
Our Annual Report highlights Burnet’s contributions to the pandemic response and life-changing work in at-risk communities.
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Burnet Institute partners with Moderna to develop novel mRNA vaccines
Collaboration will accelerate vaccine development for high-burden infectious diseases such as malaria.
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COVID-19 still featuring on social media radar
The latest TIGER C19 report shows COVID themes continue to be discussed online, but less frequently.
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Complacency over COVID is costing us
Professors Brendan Crabb AC and Mike Toole AM have called for an urgent change of mindset to one where reducing the number of cases matters. Article published in The Age.
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New partnership to accelerate diagnostic health solutions for remote and rural communities
Burnet to partner with New Zealand biotech company Orbis Diagnostics on new point-of-care diagnostics.
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Burnet Institute – Reflect Reconciliation Action Plan
Burnet takes significant step in support of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people’s self-determination, and the strengthening of relationships.
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Deakin University

Nurse researchers make a difference
Florence Nightingale is known as the pioneer of modern nursing. International Nurses Day is held each year on 12 May, Nightingale’s birthday, to celebrate not only her contribution to evidence-based nursing practice but the contribution of nurses around the world.
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