Pas­sage now clear

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Health - By GIO­VANNI TORRE

SU­BI­ACO-based Telethon Kids In­sti­tute will par­tic­i­pate in a world-lead­ing in­ter­na­tional con­ven­tion on im­munol­ogy thanks to the spon­sor­ship of the Perth Con­ven­tion Bureau through the As­pire Award pro­gram.

As­so­ci­ate Pro­fes­sor Anthony Ki­cic, who works as an as­so­ci­ate prin­ci­pal in­ves­ti­ga­tor at the Telethon Kids In­sti­tute, will be at­tend­ing the Mu­cosal Im­munol­ogy In­ter­na­tional Sci­en­tific Sym­po­sium.

Prof Ki­cic’s re­search cen­tres on the be­lief there is an ur­gent need for new ar­eas of drug dis­cov­ery in both asthma and cys­tic fi­bro­sis that are ef­fec­tive in young chil­dren, rel­a­tively in­ex­pen­sive and safe.

His group’s re­search, which fo­cuses on a new tar­get – the air­way ep­ithe­lium, early in life and on in­ter­ven­tion – aims to make life-long im­prove­ments in chil­dren with chronic air­way dis­eases.

The con­fer­ence, co-or­di­nated by the So­ci­ety of Mu­cosal Im­munol­ogy, brings to­gether more than 700 sci­en­tists from around the world.

The so­ci­ety ad­vo­cates to “ad­vance re­search, lit­er­ary and ed­u­ca­tional as­pects of the sci­en­tific field”.

The con­fer­ence will pro­vide an op­por­tu­nity for Prof Ki­cic not only to col­lab­o­rate with fel­low col­leagues with sim­i­lar in­ter­ests but also to in­ter­act, con­sult and broaden links with other re­searchers with an in­ter­est in mu­cosa.

It is hoped an Aus­tralian­based con­fer­ence in the fu­ture will ex­pose the next gen­er­a­tion of lo­cal re­searchers in the area to the in­ter­na­tion­ally-recog­nised work be­ing con­ducted.

Pic­ture: Gio­vanni Torre

Pro­fes­sor Anthony Ki­cic.

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