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Annual report 2008, Menzies School of Health Research



Annual report 2008, Menzies School of Health Research

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Menzies School of Health Research annual report 2008; 2008 Menzies School of Health annual report


Menzies School of Health Research


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Through scientifi c excellence, education and research the team at Menzies is discovering ways to reduce the impact of disease and improve the health and well-being of people living in Australia and beyond. -- page 4


Made available via the Publications (Legal Deposit) Act 2004 (NT).; Charles Darwin University; Discovery for a healthy tomorrow

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Who we are and what we do page 4 -- Where and how we work page 5 -- Menzies Strategic Plan page 6 -- Vision page 7 -- Values page 7 -- Goals page 7 -- The Year at a Glance page 8 -- Financial and Corporate Overview page 12 -- A Message from the Chair page 14 -- A Message from the Director page 16 -- A Message from the Indigenous Development Unit page 18 -- Child Health Division page 21 -- Healing and Resilience Division page 27 -- International Health Division page 33 -- Preventable Chronic Diseases Division page 39 -- Services, Systems and Society Division Page 45 -- Tropical and Emerging Infectious Diseases Division page 51 -- Education and Training Division page 57 -- Corporate Services Division page 63 -- Menzies and the Community page 71 -- Governance page 72 -- Honorary Appointees page 75 -- Research Funding page 76 -- Publications page 84 -- Professional Activities page 92 -- Collaborators page 96 -- page 3




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Menzies School of Health Research annual report; Annual Report




99 pages : colour illustration ; 30 cm.

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international health division Malaria Evaluating the impact and cost-effectiveness of widespread deployment of artemisinin combination therapy on malaria morbidity and mortality in Papua, Indonesia. Defi ning the burden and pathogenesis of severe disease in vivax malaria. Reducing the burden of malaria in pregnancy and infancy in Papua, Indonesia. Optimising the identifi cation and management of drug resistant vivax malaria in Papua, Indonesia. Microvascular dysfunction and the pathogenesis of severe malaria. Investigation of intravenous arginine for adjunctive treatment of severe malaria. Understanding cellular immune responses to malaria and sepsis. Tuberculosis A randomised controlled trial of L-arginine or Vitamin D to improve outcomes in pulmonary tuberculosis. Women and childrens health Women and Childrens Health Knowledge Hub established with workplan and operational framework developed during 2008. Impact of malaria on womens and infant health and strategies for its prevention. Bacterial infections and their complications World Heart Federation Rheumatic Fever Secondary Prevention Program in the Pacifi c Island Nations. Auscultation and Echocardiography of primary ages children in Fiji for the detection of rheumatic heart disease. Development and evaluation of a continuous quality improvement model for rheumatic heart disease control and prevention in Fiji. Fiji group A streptococcal project a comprehensive disease epidemiological study with a view to eventual clinical trials of a new rheumatic fever vaccine. Fiji Rheumatic Heart disease screening exploring a feasible and sustainable model for a resource poor setting. Sepsis epidemiological, pathophysiology and adjuvant treatment. The role of arginine and tryptophan metabolism in sepsis. Do statin drugs improve endothelial function in sepsis? The STREAMS study. Prospective Epidemiology of Sepsis in the Top End PRESTO. Research Priorities The establishment of a stand alone International Health Division has increased the scope of Menzies international research activities. The Division has four major research and training themes. The fi rst three involve the prevention and treatment of infections of major public health importance in the region malaria, tuberculosis and bacterial infections and their complications. The fourth theme is research and training to improve women and childrens health in our region. Looking Forward During 2009 the International Health Division plans to consolidate and support current work and research in Timika, Papua Indonesia as part of our ongoing collaborations. The division will also be diversifying in several ways: expanding our regional scope through establishing new research and fi eld sites and Sabah, developing a nutritional focus in womens and childrens health where we will undertake a pilot for a nutritional critical appraisal tool to assist governments and donors in assessing the value of nutritional programmes. This is proposed for Timor Leste and one other country in the region and is part of the workplan of the Womens and Childrens Health Knowledge Hub. During 2009 the International Health Division will also be expanding our networks and horizons through the development of a Malaria Vivax focus group as part of the Asia Pacifi c Malaria Elimination Network which will be hosted at Menzies, and coordination of the World Wide Antimalarial Resistance Network (WWARN). These additional activities and the establishment of the Womens and Childrens Health Knowledge Hub will see a growth in staff numbers during 2009. Research and Training Projects 34 Menzies School of Health Research | Annual Report 2008

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