News and Events News Our research facility: April 2022 Since our beginning in 2013, we have grown to become one of the largest haematology-focused clinical research institutes in Western Australia. PBI’s reputation for excellence in patient care of those with blood disorders, coupled with cutting-edge clinical trials and research facility and practices, is recognised nationally and globally. We’d like to acknowledge the important work our researchers do by sharing photos inside the world-class research facility located at Murdoch University’s Health Futures Institute (building 390) and update you on current research projects. Impacts of COVID-19 Although COVID-19 challenges continue to impact our research activities we remain busy, with our team working on several research projects, including the development of a study to understand platelet dysfunction in Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia (CLL). The research team are also continuing their work on deciphering the role of microRNAs in pregnancy-associated thrombosis; and screening of ADAMTS13 Antibodies in Thrombotic Thrombocytopaenic Purpura (TTP). 2022 and beyond The PBI research group believe the partnerships and collaborations across the Murdoch University research community, as well as national and international collaborations, will be the capstone for success in 2022. Current research collaborations A global collaborative study into real-world laboratory testing for TTP diagnosis was launched by Prof. Ross Baker. Seventeen laboratories located in Asia-Pacific, Europe, North- and South America and with expertise in ADAMTS13 measurements are participating in the study. The study aims to develop a gold-standard for TTP diagnosis and initiate treatment in a timely manner. Our collaboration on COVID-19 research with the RCSI University of Medicine and Health Science in Ireland is another important project in 2022. As the virus continues to spread unabated, it is important to understand the virus’ effect on thrombosis and haemostasis. The partnership with RCSI brings two great laboratory minds to tackle a single problem – the underlying physiological mechanisms involved in virus-induced clotting and what is the best clinical management of infected patients. Murdoch University’s world leading research facilities engenders its researcher to tackle global problems with scientific rigor. Help fund our research PBI’s researchers would not be able to conduct their research without the generous donations from our supporters, and we are grateful for the support in making this vital work possible. If you would like to help fund any of our research projects, please donate today.