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ECU Professor helps bring science to Parliament

Tuesday, 18 March 2008

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Professor Ralph Martins from Edith Cowan University (ECU) is one of 30 scientists invited to speak to WA Members of Parliament about his groundbreaking research into Alzheimer's disease as part of Science@Parliament.

Science@Parliament is an expo-style event that allows WA researchers to raise the profile of their research and inform our state politicians about current research affecting their policy areas.

Professor Martins will give a presentation on the research into Alzheimer's disease being undertaken at ECU's Centre of Excellence for Alzheimer's Disease Research and Care.

Under the leadership of Professor Martins, researchers at the Centre are working towards early diagnosis, prevention strategies and effective treatments for the disease.

Professor Martins' team has already achieved several world-firsts, including discovering how obesity can lead to Alzheimer's, and the use of zebra fish to fast-track research results.

The team is also working to improve the care, well-being and quality of life for people with Alzheimer's disease and their families.

Professor Martins welcomed the opportunity to talk with WA politicians.

"Our ageing population makes it increasingly important to address issues affecting the elderly and to plan ahead for the future" he said.

ECU Vice-Chancellor, Professor Kerry Cox, said that the Centre for Excellence is just one example of the world-class research taking place at ECU, and across Western Australia.

"WA is home to some of the world's brilliant minds, and some very exciting breakthroughs have been made in recent years" he said.

"It is wonderful to see WA politicians supporting the outstanding work of our scientists and researchers."

The event is being held as part of Brilliant Science WA, a month-long program to raise the profile of research in WA, and encourage links with business and industry.

Science@Parliament will be held on Wednesday, 19 March at Parliament House.

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