Keeping Giardia on ice

Keeping Giardia on ice

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March 2017
The Pierce Armstrong Foundation has funded a 'cool' new piece of equipment for studies aiming to combat drug resistance in treating Giardia.

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Associate Professor Aaron Jex (centre) and his team
in front of the low temperature freezer, purchased
with funds from The Pierce Armstrong Foundation.

Combating drug resistance

The Jex laboratory is researching the mechanisms of drug resistance in treating Giardia, a gastrointestinal parasite that causes around
 200 million cases of disease each year.

Giardia disproportionately infects young children, causing diarrhoea. In chronic infections it contributes to physical and cognitive stunting, adult onset diabetes and obesity.

Safe sample storage

Associate Professor Aaron Jex said the low temperature freezer, purchased with funds from The Pierce Armstrong Foundation, would enable 40 scientists across three laboratories to store their samples.

“The low temperature freezer provides us with the safe sample storage our studies depend on,” Associate Professor Jex said.

“My team will use the freezer to store samples of the Giardia parasite at minus 80 degrees Celsius.” 

Associate Professor Jex said the Institute was grateful to the Pierce Armstrong Foundation which had, for many years, generously provided grants for purchasing technology instrumental to basic, translational and clinical research.

“The low temperature freezer provides us with the safe sample storage our studies depend on.”

“Results from our studies will guide efforts to understand the emergence of drug resistant Giardia and contribute to developing new anti-giardial compounds, which will hopefully lead to new preventions and treatments for patients,” he said. 

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