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ECU Researchers recognised by the WA Department of Health

Thursday, 23 July 2009

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Two ECU researchers have been recognised in the 2009 New Independent Researcher Infrastructure Support (NIRIS) Awards.

Dr Daniel Galvo and Dr Giuseppe Verdile, both from the School of Exercise, Biomedical and Health Sciences, received $10,000 each to help meet the infrastructure costs of their research.

Launched by Health Minister Dr Kim Hames, the Awards are aimed at developing and supporting new medical and health researchers in WA. The Department of Health has been running the NIRIS awards since 2001 and only five awards were offered this year.

Dr Daniel Galvos research involves looking at how physical exercise can help relieve negative side-effects of hormonal treatment of prostate cancer.

Side-effects of hormonal treatment include muscle and bone loss and increased risk factors of heart disease and diabetes, and Dr Galvos research projects aim to develop clinical guidelines for the use of physical exercise as a strategy to reduce treatment side-effects and improve quality of life of prostate cancer survivors.

Dr Giuseppe Verdile is investigating the brains production and regulation of the protein beta amyloid, which has a key role in Alzheimer's disease.

Dr Verdiles research aims to develop therapies to reduce beta amyloid levels, and to help combat the growing prevalence of this devastating disease. The expected world-wide increase in the prevalence of Alzheimer's disease and its economic burden is driving the urgent need to develop appropriate therapeutic strategies against this devastating disease.

Congratulations to Daniel and Giuseppe on their achievements.

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