New funding for tick bite research


Researchers in Perth and Melbourne will receive nearly $3 million in federal government funding for studies aiming to reduce the debilitating symptoms of tick bites.

Professor Peter Irwin from Murdoch University will receive more than $1.9 million for his research to determine the causes of debilitating symptom complexes attributed to ticks (DSCATT).

The University of Melbourne will receive more than $1 million for a research project led by Professor Richard Kanaan to develop a new treatment for DSCATT.

“Thousands of Australians have had their lives, and those of their families, impacted by chronic symptoms associated with tick bites such as fatigue, arthritis, chronic pain, headaches and ongoing psychological symptoms,” Heatlh Minister Greg Hunt said in a statement announcing the funding on Saturday.

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