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More than 30 new medical research projects, costing over $4.3 million, have been started by the Western Australian Institute for Medical Research (WAIMR) since it started five years ago.

More than 30 new medical research projects, costing over $4.3 million, have been started by the Western Australian Institute for Medical Research (WAIMR) since it started five years ago.WAIMR was established by the University of WA, Royal Perth Hospital and Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital and has now been joined by Fremantle Hospital.Peter Klinken, WAIMR director, said: “Researhcers examine the process at all levels, from the genetics of the disease through each step in the process to the final stages of clinical trials in patients.”He said many of the clinical trials were being conducted in Perth. “Understanding the human genome has opened the door to an exciting world of medical possibilities- a world where the gene which predisposes a person to cancer, a stroke, or a heart attack can be identified.”Once we understand how a disease is caused, researchers will be better equiped to defeat it. Instead of reacting to symptoms, medicines can then be designed to tackle the cause at its most basic level- the molecules that cause disease,” Professor Klinken said.(Source: Subiaco Post: 19th January, 2004)

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Posted On: 19 January, 2004
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