Big tick for this biting research
IF YOU live on the Mid North Coast and haven’t been bitten by a tick, count yourself lucky.
Tick bites are a common occurrence, so much so that this week the Government announced $3 million of funding for two studies that will aim to reduce the debilitating symptoms attributed to tick bites.
“I have spoken with numerous people in our community who have had their lives, and those of their families, affected by chronic symptoms associated with tick bites, such as fatigue, arthritis, chronic pain, headaches and ongoing psychological symptoms.” said Federal Member for Page Kevin Hogan
“It’s clear we need targeted research to better understand the problem and to develop diagnostics and treatments for those with these symptoms.”
Almost $3 million will be invested over five years for research to better understand the causes of these symptoms, with the longer-term aim of developing treatments.
Professor Peter Irwin from Murdoch University will receive more than $1.9 million for his research to determine the causes of the symptom complexes attributed to ticks (DSCATT).
The project brings together a national team of clinicians and medical scientists to improve outcomes for patients.