With the recent close of the financial year the Busselton Population Medical Research Institute would like to thank all volunteers, donors, business partners and supporters for their generosity which continues to enable advances in medical research.
The BPMRI’s Busselton Health Study centre Director Dr Michael Hunter said: “Over the last 18 months, there have been 26 new research articles published using Busselton Health Study data, covering a wide range of conditions including cardiovascular disease, cancer, and hearing and vision disorders”.
“New genes associated with asthma and thyroid disease have been identified, and in collaboration with interstate researchers we have been able to establish a link between sleep apnoea and the risk of cancer for the first time in an Australian population. These are really significant discoveries that may ultimately guide how these common disorders can be identified, prevented or managed and would not be possible without the support of the local community”.
With over 4000 Baby boomers having now taken part in BPMRI’s latest project called the Busselton Healthy Ageing Study (BHAS), plans are underway to commence retesting of participants in 2015. For further information on how to take part in the study call 9754 0548 or visit bpmri.org.au.