Busselton Health Study supported by local business

Busselton Retravision manager Wayne Geber, BPMRI Centre director Dr Michael Hunter and BPMRI volunteer Graeme Robson at the Busselton Health Study Centre. Image supplied.
Busselton Retravision manager Wayne Geber, BPMRI Centre director Dr Michael Hunter and BPMRI volunteer Graeme Robson at the Busselton Health Study Centre. Image supplied.

The Busselton Population Medical Research Institute recently secured a donation from Busselton Retravision of essential equipment to store biological specimens collected as part of it's medical research activities.

The donation came about after Busselton Health Study ambassador and volunteer Graeme Robson presented an overview of the BPMRI's Busselton Health Study at a recent Geographe Club meeting.

Busselton Retravision managing director David Dorsett-Lyn said they were proud to be able to offer their support to a world renowned and long-running community medical research program.

"The Busselton Health Study has touched the lives of many people in the community with detailed health results provided back to study participants," he said.

BPMRI Busselton Health Study Centre director Dr Michael Hunter said they were extremely grateful to Retravision for their support.

"The safe storage of our biological samples is essential to our research efforts as these are relied upon by numerous medical researchers around the world as a unique resource to investigate the environmental and genetic causes of a wide range of common diseases," he said.

The BPMRI's Busselton Health Study commenced in 1966 and is one of the world's longest running medical research programs.

The surveys have collected data and blood samples from more than 20, 000 local residents which has resulted in more than 500 scientific publications across a broad range of common diseases and conditions.

The equipment will be used by the BPMRI in a new survey set to commence in early 2020.

Known as the Busselton Respiratory Study, the survey will recruit and test up to 3000 adults from the City of Busselton.

The study will aim to provide detailed information on the prevalence and causes of conditions like asthma and chronic obstructive lung disease in the community.