Western Leader : January 11th 2011
4 WESTERN LEADER, JANUARY 11, 2011 NEWS a 1067 Scenic Dr Swanson p 09 837 6363 e firstname.lastname@example.org DESIGN SPECIALISTS the design print solutions 3311850AC 368 EGPVTCN RCTM FTKXG JGPFGTUQP YYY0RCTV[CPFHWP0EQ0P¥ RJ 272: 4;4;4; XKUKV QWT PGY UJQYTQQO YG ECP ETGCVG VJG WNVKOCVG VJGOG RCTV[ YG JCXG RTQRU.DCEMFTQRU FGEQTCVKQPU.DCNNQQPU.LWMGDQZGU RCTV[ UWRRNKGU.IKCPV ICOGU FCPEG HNQQTU CPF OWEJ OQTG VJGOG RCTVKGU 3393467 JANUARY 15-16 KUMEU SHOWGROUNDS, WEST AUCKLAND $15 adults, kids under 12 free Saturday: 7.00am - 6.00pm, Sunday: 8.00am - 5.00pm TRADE & PROMOTIONAL STANDS SWAP SITES INDOOR & OUTDOOR CAR DISPLAYS FOOD HALL - BANDS- FREE PARKING FULLY LICENSED BAR - NO DOGS For more information please phone (09) 420 7548, Fax (09) 420 7547 17th National 7AC Concert acts all ready Waitakere Sounds 2011 is almost here with a great line- up of acts ready to play. The free annual music series will start with a concert at Henderson Park on Waitangi Day featuring The Earlybirds, Autozamm, Ivy Lies and Mile High. It will be followed up by the reggae sounds of Katchafire and Soljah at the reserve on February 20. Katchafire has just released its latest album On the Road Again and is playing in New Zealand for a series of dates over summer. The third concert in the series will be at West Harbour s Luckens Reserve on March 6 and will feature for- mer When the Cats Away vocalist Debbie Harwood and award winning singer- songwriter Janine Foster. The final Waitakere Sounds event will be held at Te Atatu Peninsula s Harbourview Res- erve on March 12 featuring two of the country s most renowned DJs -- Dick (Magik) Johnson and Bevan Keys. Promoter Ayliss Ripley is calling on west Aucklanders to get out and attend the free con- certs. Make sure you get out and show your support for these locally focused family events. Lock in the dates. Go to www.waitakere sounds.co.nz for more information. Big appetite for stomach activity Stomach modelling: Former Avondale College student Peng Du is writing his PhD at the Auckland University's Bioengineering Institute. He is studying the bioelectrical activity of the stomach. Photo: CATHERINE HEALY By CATHERINE HEALY Through computer modelling, electronics and the goodwill of surgical patients, Peng Du is becoming an expert in the function of the human stomach. His computer modelling techniques illustrate the dif- ference between the function of healthy and diseased stomach cells. A diseased stomach may not contract and empty food properly, leaving the patient bloated. It s important because stomach diseases may not kill you right away, but they re chronic and in terms of qual- ity of life they really affect you, the Avondale resident says. The project earned Mr Du the inaugural John Carmen prize for best oral presen- tation by a graduate student at the Medical Sciences Con- ference in Queenstown last month. The data he is gathering will give medical profes- sionals a clear picture of stomach function. It is also proving useful to medical companies that want to moni- tor the results of their pacemaker-type devices that stimulate the stomach. It s not the first time his work has been recognised. In 2009, Mr Du won the top student award at the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology conference in Min- neapolis, United States. The 25-year-old says many people do not realise that there is electrical activity connected with the stomach. The stomach has electrical activity associated with each contraction, much like the heart, he says. By monitoring that electri- cal activity and modelling the data on a computer, bioengin- eers like Mr Du can create a moving picture that shows a patient s stomach function. To collect the data, a flex- ible strip covered in electrodes -- like the tech- nology used in computers -- is inserted into the abdomen and placed over the stomach. We recruited volunteers who were having surgery on other organs and asked them if we could monitor their stomach while their abdomi- nal cavity was open. The electrode strip was left on each patient s stomach for 10 minutes to record electri- cal activity and then removed. We were only able to get 10 minutes on each patient because you can t leave people under anaesthesia for too long, Mr Du says. By piggybacking on other operations, it means our tech- nique is very non-invasive. Mr Du is writing up his thesis on electrical activity of the stomach and hopes to fin- ish it in March. Sculpture exhibition The Small Sculpture Exhi- bition at the Waiheke Com- munity Art Gallery this month will feature the work of Henderson artist Niki Hastings McFall. She is one of 26 artists selected for the show, which opens on January 28. The top entry will receive $3000. The event runs in conjunction with the outdoor Headland Sculpture on the Gulf exhi- bition for larger works, which is on until February 20. Location: 267 Roscommon Rd, Wiri Telephone: 09 918 0500 • Viewing from 9am on day of sale • Opentothepublic • All makes and models • Trade-Ins,ExcessStock,Repo's PASSENGER & COMMERCIAL manheim.co.nz Enter Here 267 Roscommon Rd, Wiri BUDGET CAR AUCTION Large range of vehicles every Thursday at 12noon.
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