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Evaluating the genetic contribution to rheumatic heart disease pathogenesis in Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities

 

Overview

This joint University of Melbourne and Menzies School of Health Research project aims to understand the pattern of development of rheumatic heart disease (RHD) in Indigenous patients. The project will involve collecting samples from 500 Indigenous RHD patients and 1000 matched controls (participants of a similar age).

The objectives of the project are to:

It is hoped that the information found will lead to better treatments for RHD, and improved genetic knowledge of the disease.

The project is funded by the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC). Additional collaborators on the project are Curtin University of Technology, the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute (WEHI) and the Telethon Institute of Child Health Research.

Abstract adapted from the Menzies School of Health Research and the University of Melbourne

Contacts

Dr Michael Inouye
Chief Investigator
Department of Pathology
University of Melbourne
Parkville VIC 3010
Ph: (03)9035 8659
Fax: (0) 8344 4004
Email: minouye@unimelb.edu.au

Melita McKinnon
Project Manager
Menzies School of Health Research
John Matthews Building
Building 58 Royal Darwin Hospital Campus
PO Box 41096
Casuarina NT 0811
Phone: (08) 8922 8196
Fax: (08) 8927 5187
Email: info@menzies.edu.au
Email: melita.mckinnon@menzies.edu.au

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Last updated: 27 August 2013
 
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