Professor Phil Hansbro, Director of the Centenary UTS Centre for Inflammation has featured on the current affairs program 60 Minutes, explaining his critical research on bushfire smoke, its impact on the health of Australians and how his work could potentially lead to new prevention and treatment strategies.
“What we’re trying to do is to work out the important effects of bushfire smoke on your health and how it potentially affects different people in different ways– such as healthy people, people with asthma and emphysema, older people and those who are pregnant and their offspring,” said Professor Hansbro.
“Once we have this knowledge, we can then evaluate possible prevention and treatment measures including use of new anti-inflammatory drugs that may be able to help alleviate the effects of excessive smoke inhalation,” he said.
The full 60 Minutes story, titled ‘The Big Smoke’, can be accessed online (in two parts) via the Nine Network’s website.
A short video of Professor Hansbro on 60 Minutes can also be accessed on Twitter.
Centenary Institute research showing that genetic testing can help identify the cause of sudden cardiac arrest in young people has been featured in the SMH.
Researchers at the Centenary Institute have found that sensitivity of the immune system to ‘good’ gut bacteria is present in zebrafish.
Genetic testing can identify ‘concealed cardiomyopathies’ in nearly a quarter of sudden cardiac arrest survivors who seem to have a normal heart.