News Video | Policy | GPs | Hospitals | Medical | Mental Health | Welfare | Search

 

Canterbury Clinician involved in multi-million study


Canterbury Clinician involved in multi-million study

A Canterbury Health Laboratories’ microbiologist is leading the laboratory component of the biggest study in medical history on childhood pneumonia.

The Pneumonia Etiology Research for Child Health (PERCH) study is a collaboration between five African and two Asian research sites, with laboratory support from the University of Otago, Christchurch and Canterbury Health Laboratories lead by Professor David Murdoch.

Professor Murdoch says pneumonia kills more young children than any other disease but it’s been more than 20 years since any major effort to study the causes of it was conducted, he says.

The $US43 million study, funded through the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, is the first of its kind.

Two other New Zealanders are also involved in the study. They are Dr Steve Howie based in the Medical Research Council Unit in The Gambia and Dr Susan Morpeth from the Wellcome Trust Research Programme in Kenya.

“It is quite a privilege for New Zealand to be involved in this study,” Professor Murdoch says.

Coordinated by the International Vaccine Access Center at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, the study will look at causes of childhood pneumonia in some of the world’s hardest hit populations.

Professor Murdoch says he is overseeing the laboratory activities of the project based in Bangladesh, The Gambia, Kenya, Mali, South Africa, Thailand and Zambia.

Preliminary work on the study began more than 18 months ago when Professor Murdoch was asked to be involved.

This involved Canterbury Health Laboratories work in the evaluation of the molecular diagnostic assays to be used in the study countries and a pilot serological study.

“I have a long interest in respiratory infections and Canterbury Health Laboratories is renowned worldwide for its expertise in pneumonia, which lead to my involvement,” Professor Murdoch says.

The aim of the study is to establish better strategies for pneumonia treatment and prevention.

ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 


Howard Davis: Emerald Fennell's Promising Young Woman'


The Guardian needed not one, but three reviews to do justice to Fennell's unsettling approach, which indicates exactly how ambiguous and controversial its message really is. More>>


Howard Davis: Jill Trevelyan's Rita Angus

Although Angus has become one of Aotearoa’s best-loved painters, the story of her life remained little known and poorly understood before Jill Trevelyan's acclaimed and revelatory biography, which won the Non Fiction Award at the Montana New Zealand Book Awards in 2009, and has now been republished by Te Papa press. More>>

Howard Davis: The Back of the Painting

Painting conservators are the forensic pathologists of the art world. While they cannot bring their subjects back to life, they do provide fascinating insights into the precise circumstances of a painting's creation, its material authenticity, and constructive methodology. More>>


Howard Davis: Black Panthers on the Prowl

A passionate and gripping political drama from Shaka King, this is an informative and instructive tale of human frailty that centers around the charismatic Chicago Black Panther leader Fred Hampton, who was murdered at the age of twenty-one during a police raid. More>>

Howard Davis: Controlling the High Ground

Stephen Johnson's raw and angry film not only poses important questions with scrupulous authenticity, but also provides a timely reminder of the genocidal consequences of casual bigotry and xenophobia. More>>

Howard Davis: Dryzabone - Robert Conolly's The Dry

After the terrible devastation caused by last year’s bushfires, which prompted hundreds of Australians to shelter in the ocean to escape incineration and destroyed uncountable amounts of wildlife, The Dry has been released during a totally different kind of dry spell. More>>


Howard Davis: Hit the Road, Jack - Chloé Zhao's Nomadland

Nomadland is perhaps the ultimately 'road' movie as it follows a group of dispossessed and disenfranchised vagabonds who find a form of communal refuge in camp sites and trailer parks after the economic contraction of 2008. More>>

 
 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • CULTURE
  • HEALTH
  • EDUCATION
 
 
  • Wellington
  • Christchurch
  • Auckland