Around the Precinct – 17 February 2022

Celebrating women in science, a funding boost for multiple sclerosis research and a program to help tradies reduce their risk of heart disease – this week at the Alfred Research Alliance.

Baker Institute ticker test

The Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute and trade supply company Reece Group have partnered up to help tradies reduce their risk of heart disease.

Monash University – Central Clinical School

Multiple Sclerosis research at Monash funded by MS Australia
MS Australia will make an intensive bid to urgently find ways to repair nerve fibres and their protective covering (myelin), which are damaged in people with progressive forms of multiple sclerosis (MS). The bid will launch this year thanks to $6.9 million in new research grants announced 15 February.
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MRFF funding for psychedelic psychotherapy in treatment-resistant depression
The Medical Research Future Fund Clinical Trials Activity Initiative has awarded $2.7m for Innovative Therapies for Mental Illness to a Monash University-led team, to evaluate the efficacy of psilocybin-assisted psychotherapy in treatment-resistant depression.
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Universal HBV screening in China is cost-effective, the earlier the better
China has one of the largest disease burdens of hepatitis B virus (HBV) infections worldwide, accounting for one-third of the world’s infected population. If uncontrolled, chronic HBV infection can lead to liver cirrhosis and liver cancer.
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Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute

Celebrating our female role models
This month we celebrated the UN International Day for Women and Girls in Science. To mark the day, we asked some of our fantastic female researchers to share what inspired them to pursue a career in science and some of their proudest moments.
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Ticker Test helps tradies check their pipes
A special partnership is helping a group disproportionally impacted by heart disease — tradies. The Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute has partnered with trade supply company Reece Group since 2019 to develop an employee and customer engagement program that raises awareness of heart health and helps this group take steps to reduce their risk of heart disease.
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Second senior female gender equity fellow appointed
The Baker Institute and our long-time philanthropic partners, the Baker Foundation, are delighted to announce that Professor Dianna Magliano OAM has been appointed a five-year Alice Baker and Eleanor Shaw Gender Equity Fellow.
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Burnet Institute

Spend billions, save trillions: It’s in rich nations’ self-interest to vaccinate the world
Australia needs to invest more now in international COVID-19 public health efforts writes Professor Jane Halton and Professor Brendan Crabb AC in the SMH/The Age.
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International Day of Women and Girls in Science
Women at Burnet come together to inspire young women and girls to pursue an impactful, exciting and rewarding career in science.
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Adapting to a ‘pandemic enlightenment phase’
Professor Brendan Crabb joined Alan Kohler’s Eureka Report podcast, to provide listeners with the latest scientific updates and developments amid the changing nature of the pandemic.
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