2019 has been a significant year for Our Health in Our Hands, with several important research initiatives established to help shape the evolution of precision healthcare. These have been created in close consultation with people living with MS and diabetes, and with partners who will enable the realisation of health benefits.
OHIOH’s Professor Ted Maddess led a successful proposal with Konan Medical, to develop rapid and objective eye and brain testing for better management of neurological disease such as MS, and complications of diabetes. This three-year project will be jointly funded by Konan Medical, OHIOH, and the Medical Research Futures Fund. People in the ACT will have opportunities to participate in this study.
Sensor technologies under development for monitoring of health and drug responses in MS and diabetes have received a boost in funding. This will allow ambitious future diagnostic and health monitoring tools to be developed.
Dr Anne Bruestle has secured Ramaciotti Foundation support to develop a blood monitoring system for people living with MS. Professors Dragomir Neshev and Colin Jackson have led OHIOH’s involvement in three Centres of Research Excellence, in which ANU work will focus on the development of new sensor technology. These will be launched in 2020 with funding from the Australian Research Council.
Early in 2020, we will begin recruiting into our main cohort studies. These will offer opportunities for people living with MS and Type 1 Diabetes to engage with research and emerging health monitoring tools. Details will be announced in the New Year.
Thank you to those that have generously supported OHIOH in 2019 with time, effort and insight. This extends to members of our Research and Health Experience Teams, Boards, Health Services, and the wider community.
Chris Pugmire, Director