Congratulations to Dr Indira Prasadam, who has been awarded a prestigious grant from the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC). She now has the certainty to continue her ground breaking research into the prevention and treatment of osteoarthritis. And it is certainty that this internationally acclaimed researcher needed the most of all:
"Recently I was considering giving up on being a researcher because I wasn't sure if I could get the ongoing funding needed," she said.
"Dealing with an uncertain future was becoming to much to bear. But with this national grant, I will be able to continue my research for the next five years."
"It wouldn't have been possible to get a national grant of this size without the existing support of The Common Good. Thank you to all the people who donated to help make this happen".
Click here to learn more about Indira's ground breaking osteoarthritis research that you've helped fund.
Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis. Approximately 2.2 million Australians are affected by this chronic disease. It is characterised by the breakdown of the cartilage that overlies the ends of bones in joints. This causes the bones to rub against each other, causing pain, swelling, and loss of motion. As the condition progresses, it can become difficult to perform everyday tasks. Affected joints may also become swollen and tender which can affect fine motor skills.
Osteoarthritis treatment and prevention is critical. The condition can have a profound impact on a person's life; ongoing pain, physical limitations and depression can affect an individual's ability to engage in social, community, and occupational activities.
When a patient's heart and lungs begin to fail, they are often put on a treatment called extra corporeal membrane oxygenation, or ECMO for short. These life-support systems are often the last chance to help critically ill patients recover by helping to pump blood and oxygen around the body. From infants to children and adults, these amazing machines have saved tens of thousands of lives worldwide.