Clifford Craig in vaccine trials

Vaccine trial first pic
Story & Image courtesy of the Examiner Newspaper – 7 June 2016- Emily Baker, Health Reporter, Fairfax Media

A FIRST-TIME research project into the effect of vaccines on the elderly is under way in Launceston.

Clifford Craig Medical Research Trust has funded the two-year study led by Launceston General Hospital infectious diseases specialist Associate Professor Katie Flanagan.

The project will examine the effects of the diphtheria, tetanus and whole cell pertussis and influenza vaccinations on the immune systems of elderly Tasmanians.
Three hundred people aged 65 or older and 150 people aged between 30 and 50 are expected to participate.

Associate Professor Flanagan said participants would receive their immunisations for free and be expected to present at the LGH for next day, one week, one month and six month check-ups.

For more information contact Kathryn Ogden or kathryn.ogden@utas.edu.au or Jane Niekamp on research@cliffordcraig.org.au, 6777 6001 or 0474 516 022.

New Research Project Profile: Dr Stephen Tristram

A75_2453Preliminary development of a probiotic to minimise respiratory infection with Haemophilius influenza – Dr Stephen Tristram – $28,554

Can we use “Good Bacteria” to minimise the incidence of respiratory infections?

The bacterium Haemophilus influenzae commonly colonises the upper airways of healthy people yet under certain predisposing conditions it is also able to cause various lower respiratory tract and ear infections. These infections cause significant disease in individuals, are a major burden on the healthcare system and are not well controlled by either antibiotic therapy or vaccination.

The practice of administering “good bacteria (probiotics)” to individuals, to maintain a healthy microbial balance in certain body sites and prevent disease is now well established, particularly for gastrointestinal infection.

This project proposes to investigate the use of a non-disease causing bacterium that is very closely related to H. influenzae as a probiotic to minimise colonisation and subsequent infection with H. influenzae.

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