Around the Precinct – 21 July 2022

Home-based tests to detect HIV among vulnerable cohorts, a significant funding boost for innovative biotech projects and calls for a renewed focus on reducing COVID-19 transmission – this week at the Alfred Research Alliance.

Alfred Health home-based HIV tests

Home-based HIV tests are now available at Australian pharmacies and could aid in the early detection of the virus, new research shows.

Alfred Health

Home-based tests boost fight against HIV
Home-based tests designed to rapidly detect the presence of HIV could prove vital in the early diagnosis of the virus among the most vulnerable cohort, new research has revealed.
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Monash University – Central Clinical School

Monash projects backed by Australia’s national biotech incubator
Biotech projects being led by Monash University have received $2.5M in funding to advance novel therapeutics and preclinical medical research that address schizophrenia, cancer, inflammatory diseases, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and muscular dystrophy.
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RAGE Biotech awarded $500,000 research grant from mRNA Victoria
RAGE Biotech, a pharmaceutical start-up company partnering with Monash University, specialises in novel medicines for chronic inflammatory disease. The company has been awarded a $500,000 grant to accelerate its development of an inhaled RNA therapeutic for chronic lung inflammation.
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The “risky” business of thromboembolic events for patients with intravenous immunoglobulin treatment
An important analysis using the UK Biobank published this month by researchers in the Neuromuscular group in the Department of Neuroscience has shown a three-fold higher risk of blood clots, or thromboembolic events (TEEs), in patients with a prior history of these events when they were treated with intravenous immunoglobulin (IVIg) (1).
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Lifestyle and medication, not surgery, key to preventing stroke
Lifestyle changes and medication are more effective in combating the risk of stroke than invasive procedures, a Monash University study shows.
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Kidney transplantation for First Nations Australians: from ‘These sorts of people don’t do very well’ to ‘Hunting Transplants’ and ‘Return to Country’
On Friday 8 July, Professor Paul Lawton shared his valuable insights as part of the NAIDOC week Central Clinical School (CCS) Seminar Series.
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Monash University – School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine

Are we living longer and healthier or longer and sicker?
Is society’s current approach to healthcare helping us live longer and healthier, or longer and sicker?
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Burnet Institute

COVID isn’t in the rearview mirror
COVID-19 isn’t in the rearview mirror, and we need to change our mindset accordingly, Burnet Institute Director and CEO Professor Brendan Crabb tells ABC NewsRadio.
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Deaths due to COVID-19 and impacts of long COVID top concerns on social media
Deaths related to COVID-19 and the impacts of long COVID are two of the main themes revealed in the latest TIGER C19 social media analysis.
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Reducing COVID-19 transmission top priority
Australia needs to renew its focus on reducing COVID-19 transmission, says Burnet Institute Director and CEO Professor Brendan Crabb AC.
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