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Ageing & Pharmacology

Kolling researcher recognised on the international stage.

Congratulations to research fellow Dr Lisa Kouladjian O’Donnell who has received a prestigious award for her contribution to pharmacology. Lisa was presented with the ASCEPT Early Achievement Award for Women during the annual meeting of the Australasian Society of Clinical and Experimental Pharmacologists and Toxicologists. This year’s event was held in Perth in collaboration with the Au.....
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Category: Awards, Research Excellence

Study finds multiple medications impact how we age and the health of our gut.

A new study by researchers at the Kolling Institute, in collaboration with the Microbiome Research Centre, has shown that multiple medication use impacts gut microbiome, and may influence the ageing process. Gizem Gemikonakli, a PhD student at the University of Sydney, said their findings followed a longitudinal, in vivo study. “Interestingly, mice that were given a regimen of five thera.....
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Category: Neuroscience and Pain Research, Research Excellence

Outstanding career recognised with national accolade .

We would like to congratulate Kolling Institute researcher Professor Sarah Hilmer who has been elected a Fellow of the prestigious Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences. Professor Hilmer is part of a select group of researchers who have been admitted to the academy, which works to advance health and medical research across Australia. She has joined the highly-respected organi.....
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Category: Awards, Research Excellence

Innovative research on show.

An impressive group of emerging leaders addressed the Kolling’s Neuroscience and Pain Showcase, sharing details of their diverse and exciting research projects. With a broad range of expertise in this field, the showcase involved representatives from the pain management and rehabilitations teams, as well as the ageing, mental health, neurogenetics and neuromuscular imaging groups. The ea.....
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Category: Neuroscience and Pain Research, Research Excellence

Remarkable service recognised in Queen’s birthday honours.

We would like to congratulate our Kolling Institute researcher Professor Sarah Hilmer who’s been awarded an AM for her service to clinical and geriatric pharmacology as part of the Queen’s birthday honours. Professor Hilmer has worked as the Head of Clinical Pharmacology and as a geriatrician at Royal North Shore Hospital since 2005. Her research and clinical expertise is respected both .....
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Category: Awards, Research Excellence

Research shows your age and sex influence the impact of medications .

A new study by researchers at the Kolling Institute will directly guide the use of medications by older Australians after it identified the profound adverse effects of taking multiple medications. The study follows the latest figures which show around 50 per cent of Australians over 75 years take five or more medications every day to treat multiple chronic illnesses. The trend is leading.....
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Category: Research Excellence

The Kolling’s up and coming talent recognised .

Acting Executive Director Professor Jim Elliott has announced the winners of the inaugural Kolling Institute Emerging Leader Awards, saying there’s an inspiring depth of expertise throughout the institute. Professor Elliott said the new awards recognise our young leaders across our basic and translational research, and were initiated by the institute’s Workforce and Culture Enabler Commi.....
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Category: Awards

Researchers develop new program to reduce medication burden  .

A team from the Kolling Institute led by Professor Sarah Hilmer has helped develop a valuable, new national program to reduce the adverse impacts of taking multiple medicines. Medicines with an anticholinergic effect can successfully treat many conditions such as depression, dementia and chronic non-cancer pain. Cumulatively however, they can cause serious adverse effects such as falls, .....
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Category: New Treatment, Research Excellence

Researchers tackle one of the nation’s biggest health challenges.

Researchers from the Kolling Institute will support an important, Australia-wide project to address the inappropriate use of medications in residential aged care. The initiative, to be co-ordinated by Monash University’s Centre for Medicine Use and Safety, has been awarded $2 million through the Medical Research Future Fund. It will see pharmacists embedded in residential aged care.....
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Category: Neuroscience and Pain Research, Research Excellence

Research to inform new guidelines on the safe use of medicines .

Two Royal North Shore Hospital clinician researchers will play a key role in a national research project to improve the use of medications across the community. Head of the Department of Clinical Pharmacology and Kolling researcher Professor Sarah Hilmer and Head of the Department of General Practice Associate Professor Fiona Robinson will help drive the project which has been awarded mo.....
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Category: Funding support, Research Excellence