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Western Sydney researchers unlocking pandemic puzzle to help save lives

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27th September, 2022

NSW Health Pathology’s Institute of Clinical Pathology and Medical Research (ICPMR) genomics team has worked tirelessly through the COVID-19 pandemic.

The team has used cut­ting edge tech­nol­o­gy and exper­tise to deliv­er sci­en­tif­ic break­throughs that have pro­vid­ed the cor­ner­stone of dis­ease detec­tion and man­age­ment to keep us safe.

Their efforts through­out the COVID-19 pan­dem­ic have saved thou­sands of lives, pre­vent­ed fur­ther out­breaks and recent­ly saw the ICPMR team recog­nised with the NSW Health Secretary’s Award for Inte­grat­ed Val­ue Based Care.

The ICPMR team’s research made it pos­si­ble to allow trac­ing of COVID-19 trans­mis­sion, fast iden­ti­fi­ca­tion of vari­ants of con­cern and time­ly detec­tion of drug resis­tance in new vari­ants as they emerged dur­ing the peak of the pandemic.

We’ve pulled togeth­er as a team and under­tak­en some­thing that had­n’t been done in NSW before to inform pan­dem­ic con­trol and respons­es,” said ICPMR’s genom­ic epi­demi­ol­o­gist, Dr Ali­cia Arnott.


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