Around the Precinct: 6 February 2020

$1 million for lung disease research, new stroke exercise technology and shining the spotlight on neglected tropical diseases – this week at the Alfred Research Alliance.

Assoc Prof Christoph Hagemeyer and Dr Karen Alt, Monash University

Assoc Prof Christoph Hagemeyer and Dr Karen Alt from Monash University are part of a group awarded $1M for research into idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis.

Alfred Health

Novel coronavirus
Australian health authorities are requesting anyone who has been in mainland China on or after 1 February 2020, and those who have been in Hubei province, to self-isolate at home for 14 days after leaving the area.
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Monash University – Central Clinical School

Monash researchers in consortium granted $1 million for lung disease research
$1M grant for consortium researching idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) by using imaging techniques to track an antibody involved in stopping fibrosis.
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Waist circumference rather than BMI best indicator for obesity risk in surgery
Waist circumference rather than BMI is the best indicator for obesity risk in surgery. The high risk ‘apple belly’ profile is best picked up by measuring the waist.
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New stroke exercise technology popular with remote patients
A new technology system helping stroke patients perform vital rehabilitation exercises remotely, developed by a Monash researcher, has proved not only feasible but so successful that patients did more than asked.
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Figuring out why diabetes affects the kidneys
Danish researcher-clinician Dr Jakob Oestergaard is working with two of the world’s leading diabetic kidney disease researchers, Professors Mark Cooper and Karin Jandeleit-Dahm, on why diabetes affects the kidneys.
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Blood cell life cycle further unravelled
Professor David Tarlinton has been investigating a transcription factor important in blood cell development and longevity.
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Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute

A heartfelt quest for Georg
He’s an ethical hacker by day and a weekend warrior in training for the Baker Institute IRONMAN 70.3 in Geelong.
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Burnet Institute

Coronavirus, a rapidly evolving global health issue (UPDATED)
The Australian Government, like others around the world, is implementing procedures aimed at reducing the spread of the coronavirus.
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The invisible burden of malaria-attributable stillbirth
Burnet researchers argue the estimate of stillbirths attributable to malaria should be included in how the global burden of malaria is measured.
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First-ever World NTD Day
International community asked to focus on neglected tropical diseases, affecting 1.6 billion people.
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