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March 2019 | Published by RCPA

Issue #089

Welcome to the March issue of ePathWay

ePathway is an e-magazine designed for anyone interested in their health and wellbeing and the integral role pathology plays in the diagnosis, treatment and management of diseases.

This month’s issue of ePathway looks at the following:

  • Brain Awareness Week – Brain Cancer
  • New nationwide research on genetic testing in Australia
  • Seafood borne parasitic diseases - A single health approach is needed
  • Diagnosing adrenal insufficiency

Brain Awareness Week took place from 16-22 March. This is a global campaign to increase public awareness of the progress and benefits of brain research. We spoke to Associate Professor Michael Buckland to get an insight into brain cancer and how pathology is absolutely pivotal to patient management.

The RCPA has unveiled new, nationwide research on Australia’s medical genetic testing, which was conducted for the Department of Health. We spoke to Project Leads, Dr Anja Ravine (Genetic Pathologist) and Dr Sarah Nickerson (Genetic Pathology registrar) to discuss the findings.

Associate Professor Shokoofeh Shamsi discusses seafood-borne parasitic diseases with us. Doctor Shamsi was a speaker at the RCPA’s recent annual conference, Pathology Update 2019. She explains that it’s important for medical doctors to be aware that seafood-borne parasites exist, and for diagnostic tests to become available in Australia.

Finally, we approached chemical pathologist and endocrinologist, Associate Professor Damon Bell to discuss adrenal insufficiency, a disorder which occurs when the body does not produce enough adrenal/of a certain hormones. A/Prof Bell explains the important role of the pathologist in diagnosing adrenal insufficiency, which can have primary or secondary causes.

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Brain Awareness Week

Brain Awareness Week

Brain Awareness Week is a global campaign to increase public awareness of the progress and benefits of brain research, this year taking place from 16-22 March. We spoke to Associate Professor Michael Buckland to in order to get an insight into brain cancer, a disease for which the causes are relatively unknown. A/Prof Buckland is Head of the Department of Neuropathology at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Head of the Molecular Neuropathology Program at the Brain & Mind Research Institute, and Co-Director of the Multiple Sclerosis Research Australia Brain Bank.

 

 

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New nationwide research on genetic testing in Australia

New nationwide research on genetic testing in Australia
The Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia (RCPA) has unveiled new, nationwide research on Australia’s medical genetic testing, which was conducted for the Department of Health. We spoke to Project Leads, Dr Anja Ravine (Genetic Pathologist) and Dr Sarah Nickerson (Genetic Pathology registrar) to discuss the findings. The data was reported at the RCPA’s conference, Pathology Update, at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre.

 

 

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Seafood borne parasitic diseases - A single health approach is needed

Seafood borne parasitic diseases - A single health approach is needed
We spoke with Charles Sturt University (CSU) Associate Professor Shokoofeh Shamsi, to discuss her new research¹ on seafood-borne parasitic diseases. Professor Shamsi was a speaker at the Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia’s (RCPA) recent annual conference, ‘Pathology Update 2019 – The Power of Personalised Pathology’.

 

 

 

 

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Diagnosing adrenal insufficiency

Diagnosing adrenal insufficiency

Adrenal insufficiency is a disorder where the adrenal glands do not produce enough of the hormone cortisol. We spoke to A/Prof Damon Bell, a Chemical Pathologist and Endocrinologist in Perth, Western Australia to discuss this condition.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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