Research Funding awarded - Chronic Disease Risk in Indigenous Children

26 August 2014

Dr Sandra Campbell has been awarded funding from the North Queensland Children's Research Foundation to undertake exploratory clinical research on the disease impact of repeated antibiotic use in early childhood for indigenous children.

The hypothesis is that early and repeated exposure to antibiotics in childhood can lead to induced perturbation of the gut biome, amplifying inflammatory and metabolic pathways, leading to to increased risk of early-life obesity and type 2 diabetes.

A multi-disciplinary team, with expertise in epidemiology and clinical practice in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health, paediatrics and nutrition will be involved in community negotiated partnerships inolved in data collection and patient recruitment.

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