Western Leader : January 14th 2011
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OFFERS VALID FROM WED ALL BACK 2 SCHOOL FOOTWEAR 5%OFF 2 Seeking answers on Parkinson’s By CATHERINE HEALY Cell study: Sheryl Tan is the inaugural winner of the Brian De Luen Doctoral Scholarship. It will fund her research into Parkinson’s disease for the next three years. Photo: CATHERINE HEALY WHY do patients with Parkinson’s disease lose their sense of smell? It’s a question Sheryl Tan is hoping to help answer with her PhD research. The 22-year-old has been awarded the inaugural Brian De Luen Doctoral Scholarship from the Auckland Medical Research Foundation. Mr De Luen was a community- minded Te Atatu resident who left more than $300,000 in his will to the foundation, hoping some good work would come from his life’s earnings. Miss Tan will receive $122,000 over three years from the foun- dation to help fund her research into the rostral migratory stream (RMS) – a pathway in the brain which brain cells travel along. ‘‘Iliketothinkofitasa motorway of cells,’’ she says. The RMS has an important role in transporting cells as well as replacing dying neurons. It was first found in animals and was only identified in the human brain by Auckland University research- ers in 2007. ‘‘In Parkinson’s, long before you lose your motor skills and get the tremor, you lose your sense of smell. I reckon there is something not happening right in that motorway. There’s a huge oppor- tunity to characterise the behav- iour of cell movement. So I com- pare the cells in normal brains with diseased brains – subjects who had Parkinson’s,’’ Miss Tan says. The university’s Centre for Brain Research has a Human Brain Bank of donated organs for research purposes, which is supported by the Neurological Foundation. ‘‘I’m not saying that my work will find a cure, but we need to find out why people lose their sense of smell. That will be a small step towards finding a cure.’’ Miss Tan says it is difficult for most students to complete a PhD without financial support. ‘‘A PhD is a fulltime job. The scholarship will pay the rent, pay for lab costs like reagents and chemicals and will fund travel for conferences.’’ When she completes her PhD Miss Tan hopes to continue her career as a researcher, either in academia or industry. Look for warning signs before going into water By NICOLA MURPHY Swimmers should double check the water is clean before diving in this summer. Auckland Council test results have twice shown unsafe levels of bacteria in the lagoons at Piha, Karekare and Piha North since December 27. Wood Bay and Laingholm beaches have also tested unsafe once each. Currently the sites are testing safe. Water samples from popular swimming spots are taken weekly over the summer period and tested for levels of bacteria. When the levels are above accepted Environment Ministry guidelines the site is retested. If the results show it is no longer safe the council puts up warning signs advising people not to swim. Council water management team leader Rob Hughes is not aware of any incident that would have caused elevated bacteria levels. ‘‘There isn’t a lot we can do to reduce the levels of bacteria in the water but in a case where there may have been a sewage overflow, we look at the causes and try to manage these,’’ he says. ‘‘The bacteria levels will come down with dilution and the organisms die off.’’ Mr Hughes says if the signs are up people should not swim or collect shellfish from that area. Medical officer Simon Baker, from the Auckland public health service, says lakes and lagoons are suscep- tible to contamination because the water is fresh and still. He says high summer water temperatures provide perfect con- ditions for bacteria. Mr Baker says severe symptoms are quite rare but people should still avoid swimming in signposted areas. ‘‘If you don’t want to get sick, find somewhere else to swim.’’ Check water results at www. aucklandcouncil.govt.nz.
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