The unmet needs of carers of stroke survivors.
The unmet needs of carers of stroke survivors.
The 470,000 Australians living with stroke are at high risk of developing cognitive deficits and vascular dementia. There are currently no generally accepted therapeutic interventions for improving cognition post-stroke.
Balance is essential for every aspect of daily life and especially important for activities that people of the Hunter region are known to enjoy, including surfing, cycling, and running. A complete or partial loss of balance, or vestibular dysfunction, can be catastrophic for the individual and community.
Preliminary studies of the effects of increased brain pressure (intracranial pressure) on blood flow after stroke. We believe that increased pressure is the likely explanation for the late (24 hours) deterioration that occurs in many patients after stroke, and if we can prevent this (with body cooling) we can reduce disability from stroke.
Special grant for Josh Atkins to travel to France to speak at a conference and then go on to make some important collaborations in both France and UK in bioinformatics and personalised medicine.
Autism spectrum disorders are a leading cause for childhood disability and affect the child for life. While the first clinical signs are often present in toddlers, clinical diagnosis becomes more reliable after children turn three. The causes are currently unknown although evidence for a genetic underpinning is mounting.
Co-sponsorship for Dr Terri Armstrong to speak at 11th COGNO Scientific Meeting in Brisbane 7-9 October 2018.
Dr Matt Dun, Dr Nikki Verrills
By inhibiting a key player in the DNA repair pathway we could improve the effectiveness of chemotherapeutic treatments.
Half of all malignant childhood gliomas arise in the brainstem, most frequently in the ventral pons as diffuse intrinsic pontine gliomas (DIPG). The anatomical location of the tumour precludes surgical resection, leaving only radiotherapy as the established therapy. Unfortunately, radiotherapy is only temporarily beneficial, and occasionally completely fails, leaving patients without treatment option.
The role of extracellular matrix protein 1 (ECM1) in cardiac fibrosis.
Physical inactivity has been described as a global pandemic, as it is one of the leading causes of death and disability in Australia and globally. It is directly linked to chronic conditions including obesity, Type 2 diabetes, heart disease, depression, and some cancers.
The New South Wales tablelands are a known region to have low environmental iodine in soil. This is similar to other regions around the world such as the Himalayas and Papua New Guinea. This is known to impact the food grown locally. The introduction of iodised salt into diets has assisted in reducing the impact. However, modern diets with a reliance on processed foods that are not required to use iodised salt, has left "modern diets" deficient in iodine.
Laureate Professor Roger Smith AM, Mrs Lee Dedman
Travel funding to Wellington NZ to learn 3D animation 13/4/2018-25/4/2018
I am an Early Career Researcher with a passion for improving the health of children, specifically through nutrition school-based policies and practices. My PhD project focused on the development of a scalable policy implementation support program for a state-based school healthy eating strategy.
Asthma is a common condition that causes tightness in the chest, coughing and wheeze and makes it difficult to breath. Around 10.2% of the Australian population (approximately 2.3 million people) have asthma, it is a major health problem here in Australia and worldwide.
Investigating the genetics of the development of lung cancer.
Bronchoconstriction is a cardinal feature of asthma, generating mechanical stresses within the airways including cell compression and increased shear stress due to increased air-flow.
Asthma is a common and often disabling chronic disease that makes breathing difficult. Approximately 3 million Australians have asthma – 10% of the population. Asthma causes significant lifetime disability, has a high disease burden, and caused 455 deaths in Australia in 2016. Estimated direct and indirect costs to the Australian Government and businesses are $24.7 billion due to health care costs, productivity loss, reduced quality of life and premature death (Deloitte Access Economics, “Hidden Costs of Asthma”, 2015). Much of this burden comes from people with severe asthma who do not have control of their asthma symptoms despite high-dose treatment. Severe asthma is the focus of my research.
Kidney stones affect approximately 9% of the population, with rates increasing globally. Whilst the surgical techniques used to remove obstructive stones have improved, few if any advances have been made to prevent stone recurrence. Stones are a significant risk factor for the development of chronic kidney disease, which currently affects 2 million Australians.
Develop, implement and evaluate an evidence based education program for paramedics, related telehealth technologies and a model of care which enables "Advanced Out of Hospital Care".
Using computer vision to match the faces of children with undiagnosed intellectual disability.