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Upper Hutt Leader : October 12th 2011
33 UPPER HUTT LEADER, OCTOBER 12, 2011 EDUCATION early years expo an event for parents and children Sat 15 October | 10 - 2pm parents pregnancy babies under fves free children's entertainment including bouncy castle goody bags for the frst 100 entries and face painting local services, childcare and education a one stop shop for quality kiddie products, free seminars for parents at 11am and 1pm by the baby whisperer Sharlene Poole as seen on 'Good Morning' Riverstone Recreation Hall Upper Hutt entry via Expressions adults $2 children under 12 free Brought to you by: Upper Hutt Parents Centre | Supported by: Upper Hutt City Council 4026656AB pix.ccn.co.nz To order your own copy of photos in this paper, or other CCN titles, check out: c c c c c Clinical trials to aid research By JIM CHIPP Information is power: PhD researcher Lisa Johnston, left, and clinical research professor Elaine Dennison. Photos: JIM CHIPP Academic attraction: Elaine Dennison, professor of clinical research, left, and Lili Virtosu, charge nurse manager of the Clinical Trials Unit. Medical groups come together to advance knowledge Victoria University, Otago School of Medicine and the Medical Research Institute of New Zea- land have joined with Capital and Coast District Health Board to establish a clinical trials unit at Wellington Hospital. The unit will provide academic and administrative support to scientists and clinicians to carry out research projects in a clinical environment with in-patient beds, and a high-standard biomedical laboratory. The longer term benefits are about developing good expertise and sharing expertise around research,'' said Sarah McGill, the development and patient safety director of Capital and Coast District Health Board. Where there are established practices we get a good reputation as a research institution,'' she said. It's a supportive environment for senior staff and other staff involved in research.'' That also plays a part in attracting staff to the hospital because it can support their own research interests. It's a signal that the district health board takes research seriously,'' said unit charge nurse manager Lili Virtosu. Dr Kyle Perrin is heading the unit's first research project, testing the effect of paracetamol on influenza infections. He said the unit is massively beneficial in combining many research facilities that were spread around Wellington, at Vic- toria University, on the Terrace and at the hospital. Bringing them together allows collaborations that could only hap- pen with people working together. Professor Elaine Dennison has been recruited from Britain as the professor of clinical research at the unit, jointly employed by Vic- toria University and Capital and Coast District Health Board. Ms Dennison is a rheumatolog- ist specialising in epidemiology. If you join up biological scientists with clinicians you get added value,'' she said. Lisa Johnston is studying the effects of aspirin on different eth- nic groups in thinning blood and moderating blood pressure. Aspirin is known to be less effective in thinning the blood of Maori and Pacific Island people. Her work is possible because the unit has a sophisticated biomedical laboratory on site.
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