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Precision Medicine

The PETRA study

Precision Medicine

A study looking at preventing respiratory illnesses in aged care

Aged care providers in metropolitan and rural South Australia are partnering with the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI) to reduce respiratory virus infection rates in residents of aged care homes using ultraviolet light.

The COVID-19 pandemic hit hard for residents of aged care homes and showed exisiting infection control measures were not enough to prevent respiratory infections and, even more sadly, deaths. This study will explore the implementation of an additional and established infection control measure to reduce respiratory viral outbreaks in our vulnerable elderly population.

SAHMRI molecular microbiologist Professor Geraint Rogers is leading the trial using commercially-available ultraviolet-C (UV-C) light devices for air treatment in aged care homes in the battle against a range of respiratory viruses, including those that cause the common cold and flu.

Professor Geraint Rogers - Director, SAHMRI Microbiome & Hose Health Program and Flinders University Matthew Flinders Fellow

Who is involved in the study?

In early 2021, Professor Rogers and a team of co-Chief Investigators were awarded funds from the Australian Government's  Medical Research Future Fund.

    Professor Maria CrottyFlinders University

     Professor Midia MorawskaQueensland Univerity of Technology

      Professor Scott BellTranslational Research Institute, Brisbane

    Dr Ming Qiao, SA Health

     Dr Craig Whitehead, Flinders University

     Professor Caroline Miller, SAHMRI and the University of Adelaide