University of Qld Research with Brad Launikonis

Bradley Launikonis is a muscle physiologist in The School of Biomedical Sciences, The University of Queensland, where he has been running a research lab and teaching since 2007. Prior to this he completed his PhD in aspects of the physiology…

University of Qld Research with Brad Launikonis

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Bradley Launikonis is a muscle physiologist in The School of Biomedical Sciences, The University of Queensland, where he has been running a research lab and teaching since 2007. Prior to this he completed his PhD in aspects of the physiology of skeletal muscle in The Dept of Zoology, La Trobe University, Melbourne in 2000, and moved shortly thereafter to The Dept of Molecular Biophysics and Physiology, Rush University Medical Centre, Chicago, USA to continue research into the physiology of skeletal muscle. Bradley’s training in Melbourne and Chicago as a muscle physiologist has been focused towards unravelling fundamental aspects of the workings of muscle, at the level of individual fibres. He picked up many techniques for studying muscle physiology and knowledge of the field in this time. Since starting his own lab at UQ, he now focuses much of the research effort of his lab towards understanding the changes caused by the effects of Muscular Dystrophy on muscle.
MD Qld’s connection with Brad began in 2009 when he raised the possibility of being able to take his research a step further by having access to human muscle tissue. Many clients of MD Qld have given their permission for him to have access to their muscle biopsies stored in hospitals from previous tests. MD Qld has also been able to contribute to Brad’s work through a recent initiative whereby a PhD student working in Brad’s lab will be sponsored through the MD Qld’s Leonie Stanley Memorial Fund.
In this session Brad will be talking about what he and his team have achieved to date and how this work has lead to his request for access to muscle biopsies from clients of MD Qld. Brad will also explain what he and his team hope to achieve in the near future.

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