Current Projects

Project 127: Resveratrol and coronary artery disease

11 Jun 2014

Dr Brian Herman – Interventional Cardiologist ( & his team) were awarded a special grant of $111,676 for : A pilot study investigating endothelial dysfunction distal to critical coronary artery stenosis and the potential for anti-oxidant Resveratrol to improving endothelial function. Atherosclerosis and coronary (heart) artery disease are leading causes of morbidity in western society

Project 124: Gestational Diabetes Mellitus Wellness project

31 Oct 2013

Dr Anne Corbould $66,433 Elevated blood glucose levels developing for the first time in pregnancy (Gestational Diabetes Mellitus; GDM) is a common complication of pregnancy in our local community. In most cases, the diabetes will resolve after the baby is delivered, although it may return years later as type 2 diabetes.

Project 123: Acute exacerbation of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

Dr Collin Chia $14,300 Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a major health issue in Australia and it is projected that it will be the third leading cause of death world wide by 2020. In the year of 2012, there were more than 480 admissions for acute exacerbation of COPD at the Launceston General Hospital.

Project 122: Calcium metabolism in acute pancreatitis

Dr Kathryn Ogden – $65,624 Acute pancreatitis is caused by a reversible inflammatory process in the pancreas, most commonly associated with alcohol abuse or gallstone disease. Its incidence varies from 5-80/100,000 population/year, with a recent Australian study demonstrating a rate of 77.3/100,000/year in a regional centre. It can present as a mild through to severe

Project 118: Weight loss support

Ms Jenny Barr, Launceston Clinical School – $8,059. Obesity is a major health problem in Australia and around the world with illnesses such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, arthritis, some cancers, and more, clearly linked to obesity. In Tasmania 65% of adults are overweight or obese.