Tasmania’s ageing population could lead the world in developing improved vaccination responses, if a ground-breaking new research trial is successful.
Yesterday, the Clifford Craig Medical Research Trust announced it is funding a two-year study by Launceston General Hospital Infectious Diseases Specialist Associate Professor Dr Katie Flanagan, to identify mechanisms to optimise vaccine responses in older age groups.
“The immune system declines with increasing age, leading to increased susceptibility to infectious diseases, and poor responses to vaccination,” Assoc. Prof. Flanagan said.
“This area remains poorly researched and the mechanisms are not understood.”
Clifford Craig is donating $177,204 to fund the two year project which will involve 300 Tasmanians aged over 65 and 150 people aged between 40 and 60.
Participants will be recruited during the 2016 and 2017 influenza vaccine seasons and testing will take place using state-of-the-art immunological methods at the LGH, in a collaboration with Melbourne’s Monash University. read more…
Epidural steroid injections in prevention of lumbar spine surgery. Randomised controlled trial – Dr David Edis – $36,850
Dr Edis and his team would like to reduce the number of spinal surgeries by using a steroid injection instead. In the project they will investigate if steroid injections can be used instead of spinal surgery. Often pain in the legs is the result of the narrowing if the spinal canal due to ageing. During surgery, the back wall of the spinal canal is removed which creates more space around the spinal nerves which helps reduce nerve pain. The steroid injection reduces swelling and also can make more space around the spinal nerves in the canal, which also helps reduce nerve pain. read more…
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