Mildura Mayor Glenn Milne and Councillor Sharyon Peart formally launched the ASPREE (ASPirin in Reducing Events in the Elderly) study in the regional city recently.
Over 50 ASPREE participants, their family, friends, GPs, practice managers and other interested parties attended the event at the Monash Regional Clinical School in Mildura.
ASPREE Executive Officer, Associate Professor Robyn Woods was delighted to see many older residents in the town were quick to sign up to be in the clinical trial. “The response has been fantastic – one of the best we’ve seen in Australia,” said Associate Professor Woods.
More than 20 local GPs are registered co-investigators to the trial. ASPREE field staff from Melbourne will regularly travel to Mildura to undertake study visits in the 140 or so healthy older people who have already enrolled in the trial.
The trial was launched at the Monash Regional Clinical School, which places around 30 medical students, ranging from third to fifth year, in the acute hospital centre, general practice and community health settings each year.
The ASPREE team would like to thank Associate Professor Fiona Wright, Director of the Regional Clinical School in Mildura for the school’s support before, during and following the launch of the trial in north west Victoria.
Pictured: Prof John McNeil, Principal Investigator of ASPREE in Australia with a participant at the Mildura launch of the trial.