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Alfred Deakin Research Fellow Dr Clifford Liongue is using the humble zebrafish to help in the fight against the blood cancer, lymphoma.
The zebrafish has been ideal for Dr Liongue who is examining the genetic underpinnings of lymphoma, with the aim of improving treatment, and perhaps getting closer to a cure.
Based in Deakin’s School of Medicine at Waurn Ponds, Dr Liongue is researching the gene BCL6A and its interaction with the gene STAT5. During blood development, and in general immune function, both genes tightly regulate each other. Misregulation upsets the balance between the two genes, leading to human lymphoma – a cancer that begins in immune system cells and spreads throughout the body in lymph fluid.
Lymphoma is the most common form of blood cancer in Australia and the sixth most common form of cancer overall. It has two main types, Hodgkin and non-Hodgkin.
Deakin PhD student David Skvarc was recently awarded a Sydney Parker Smith Scholarship for his PhD project examining the use of N-acetylcysteine (NAC) as a potential agent to Post-Operative Cognitive Decline in the elderly.
David is being supervised by a team including Dr Linda Byrne from the School of Psychology, Dr Olivia Dean from the School of Medicine and Dr Andrew Marriott at Barwon Health.
The Sydney Parker Smith Scholarship was established in 2007 to honour the memory of Sydney Parker Smith, a Geelong pharmacist who has been described by those who knew him as a humble and kind man who provided support to those in need.
The project ‘Post Anaesthesia N-Acetyl-Cysteine Evaluation trial', or PANACEA, is an exciting collaboration between Barwon Health and Deakin University. PANACEA is a randomized clinical trial examining the effects of N-Acetylcysteine (NAC) upon Post-Operative Cognitive Dysfunction (POCD), a common post-surgical condition that has been linked with poorer morbidity and mortality outcomes, and decreased quality of life for the patient.
As part of their Food Service Management placement in their Master of Dietetics program, Stephen Keenan and Claire Saundry put together a calcium flyer for the Geelong Meals on Wheels program.
The flyer includes information on calcium intake requirements for people aged 70+ and will be launched at the Geelong Meals on Wheels Meeting on Tuesday 25 March.