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Genetic and environmental determinants related to recurrent, low grade disease in Aboriginal children

 

Overview

This project seeks to identify genetic and environmental risk factors associated with the incidence of a variety of recurrent, low grade disease entities in Aboriginal children and to subsequently suggest treatment and control strategies based on these findings.

These include upper respiratory tract infections, abnormalities of growth, skin conditions, dental disease, and bowel disorders.

The aim of this project is to investigate such recurrent diseases with a view to identifying common environmental, biochemical, nutritional, genetic or interaction effects that predispose to all or a significant proportion of these conditions. If an underlying cause for these common recurrent conditions can be identified, an effective strategy can be implemented to decrease their prevalence. This will lead to not only better general health but also greater self esteem, improved learning, and fewer chronic disease problems in adulthood.

The project found that if an underlying cause for these common recurrent conditions can be identified, an effective strategy can be implemented to decrease their prevalence. This will not only lead to better general health but also to greater self esteem, improved learning, and fewer chronic disease problems in adulthood. 

Abstract adapted from School of Medicine, the University of Queensland

Contacts

University of Queensland
School of Medicine
Children's Nutrition Research Centre
Old Milk Kitchen
Cnr Fourth and Backs Roads
Royal Children's Hospital
Herston Qld 4029
Ph: (07) 3646 1981
Fax: (07) 3346 4684
Email: cnrc@uq.edu.au

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Last updated: 15 May 2015
 
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