Our latest ‘Tablet’ participant newsletter is now online. What’s in this issue? Launch of the new Monash Biorepository and what this means to the trial Find out which 10 medical clinics have the highest number of ASPREE participants See a handy reference map outlining the number of participants per region We answer two frequently asked questions: Why ASPREE is testing low-dose aspirin and when can participants can expect to see study results? Find…Details
Representatives from Museum Victoria recently visited the new Monash University DEPM Biorepository to learn about the inner workings of the state-of-the-art long term storage facility. Dr Joanna Sumner (pictured), Manager of Genetic Resources at Museum Victoria took a hands-on approach, examining the tanks, storage racks and other design considerations with colleagues Christine Tipton, Business and…Details
Professor John McNeil, Principal Investigator to ASPREE in Australia, heads the School of Public Health & Preventive Medicine (SPHPM), the second largest school within the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences at Monash University. For those interested, the SPHPM 2014 Annual Report, which gives an overview of the enormous scope of research being undertaken at the school, including the…Details
We are so fortunate to have a terrific Biobank research team with a yen for travel and good food. Led by Tom Gilbert, the team of ten has clocked up hundreds of hours flying or driving around south eastern Australia, to collect and process samples for the Healthy Ageing Biobank. In addition to their important research work,…Details
This week, two important events happened to the ASPREE Healthy Ageing Biobank. Thanks to the generosity of ASPREE participants, the team ‘banked’ baseline blood and urine samples from the 12,220th participant! So far, of these, 3000 participants have provided an additional three year follow-up sample. Each sample is linked to a wealth of clinical health information collected…Details
A recent report that an individual’s genetic make-up could determine whether aspirin had a positive or negative effect on colorectal (bowel) cancer, is inconclusive said a leading cancer researcher and oncologist, Associate Professor Peter Gibbs. The paper, which was based on an analysis of 17,000 people from ten different studies, found that aspirin and NSAIDs…Details
Popular ASPREE staff and nurses Sally and Gillian, were delighted to catch up with participants at study updates in Wangaratta on 25th February and Lavington (Albury) on 26th February this year. Associate Professor Robyn Woods, EO of ASPREE gave both presentations, accompanied by Dr Carlene Britt, who is the ASPREE Regional Manager. Pictured left is…Details
More than 700 ASPREE participants and guests attended ASPREE study updates at the Monash Biomedical Imaging (MBI) Centre on the 12th & 13th of February 2015. The larger crowd attended on Friday, suggesting that our audience is not at all superstitious. The ASPREE team thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to meet our participants and to answer questions about the study.
Woo hoo! Thanks to the strong support for research from members of the Australian community, the ASPREE Healthy Ageing Biobank has stored blood samples from more than 12,000 (yes, that’s twelve thousand!) healthy older people. As far as we know, the ASPREE has the largest ‘bank’ of biospecimens from healthy older people in the world.…Details
The ASPREE team always enjoys sharing a cuppa with participants and guests at these events. Two more terrific mornings spent with our ASPREE participants and guests at the AMREP Theatre in the Alfred Hospital precinct on January 29th & 30th.