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AUGUST 2016 | Published by RCPA

Issue #061

Welcome to the August edition of ePathWay

Australia’s first Centre for Clinical Genomics was launched last month in Sydney. We caught up with the centre’s inaugural Chief Medical Officer, who is also a RCPA Fellow, to find out why this centre will be a game changer for medicine.

Our other stories cover:

  • A round up of where we are up to with HIV/AIDS.
  • Musculoskeletal biobanks and how their deposits change lives.
  • Trachoma and why it still blights some Aboriginal communities.

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First clinical whole-genome sequencing service offers new hope to thousands of patients and their families

First clinical whole-genome sequencing service offers new hope to thousands of patients and their families

Australia’s first clinical whole-genome sequencing service, located at the Garvan Institute of Medical Research’s newly opened Kinghorn Centre for Clinical Genomics (KCCG) in Sydney, was officially opened on July 27 this year. KCCG’s inaugural Chief Medical Officer, RCPA Fellow Professor Leslie Burnett, explains why this new service is another game changer for medicine.

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We’re still waiting to bowl the final strike against HIV/AIDS

We’re still waiting to bowl the final strike against HIV/AIDSIt’s been 30 years since those ads appeared where the Grim Reaper hurled bowling balls towards people who risked becoming infected with Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV). It then took 10 years for us to start bowling a few balls of our own back, and we’re still waiting to bowl the final strike.

 

 

 

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Musculoskeletal ‘spare parts’ deliver quality of life for recipients

Musculoskeletal ‘spare parts’ deliver quality of life for recipients Footy finals are in full swing, and we all know Aussie and Kiwi teams give a new meaning to the term ‘contact sport’. Luckily for injured footballers, and anyone else in need of musculoskeletal repair, there are biobanks that can help. We spoke to Mr Stefan Poniatowski, Head of the Donor Tissue Bank of Victoria (DTBV), and its Medical Director and Forensic Pathologist Associate Professor David Ranson, about their valuable deposits.

 

 

 

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Infectious eye disease still blights Australia’s First Peoples

Infectious eye disease still blights Australia’s First PeoplesTrachoma is the world’s leading cause of preventable blindness. It disappeared from mainstream Australia decades ago, but still occurs in remote Aboriginal communities in the Northern Territory, South Australia and Western Australia. Once known as ‘sandy blight’, trachoma has been associated with poor hygiene, poverty, and dry and dusty condition for centuries.

 

 

 

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