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Predicting risk of disease with genetic testing

Are you interested in technology that can predict a person’s risk of diseases such as heart attack or the chance of survival from cancer?

Researchers at the Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research are developing technology that uses genetic testing to predict a person’s risk of developing a wide range of common diseases as well as a patient’s chance of survival from cancers. They want to hear your thoughts about it!

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About the project/vacancy

Researchers at the Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research have developed genetic testing technology that can identify which people are most at risk of a heart attack. The technology can also predict the chance of survival for people with cancers such as melanoma. The genetic testing is done by collecting DNA from patient’s saliva sample. The researchers hope to make the technology available to doctors so that they can test people’s risk and take steps to prevent the disease or treat the disease more effectively.

About the position

Researchers at Harry Perkins are looking for two people to join them as ‘research buddies’.

What am I expected to do?

Research buddies will:

  • Provide a consumer perspective on the project; discuss potential issues with the idea
  • Provide feedback on communications with the public such as presentations
  • Review study documents

What skills or experience do I need?

Research buddies need to have an interest in genetic testing.

How long am I expected to be involved?

You will meet with researchers twice a year (first meeting will be held in April 2019). Meetings will be about 1 hour in length.

Where will meetings be held?

The Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research, Nedlands, WA.

What support is offered?

$30 per hour honorarium. Training and support is offered by the Consumer and Community Health Research Network.

Applications close: 29 March 2019

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