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POWCS PhD student recognised with Young Investigator Award for kidney disease research

UNSW PhD student, Dr Adeniyi Borire’s research contributions have been recognised with the American Association of Neuromuscular and Electrodiagnostic Medicine (AANEM) 2017 Golseth Young Investigator Award.

In Dr Borire’s research, neuromuscular ultrasound was used to quantify intraneural blood flow (detectable blood flow within nerves) in 18 patients with end-stage kidney disease. Current ultrasound technology cannot detect blood flow under normal physiological conditions, however blood flow becomes detectable when nerves are diseased, because there is usually an increase in blood flow when tissue injury occurs. The research found even a single session of haemodialysis made significant improvements to blood flow, highlighting the therapeutic effect of dialysis on nerve structure and function.

Dr Borire’s research with PhD supervisors, Professors Arun Krishnan and Matthew Kiernan,and Dr Neil Simon and other co-authors, was judged on its scientific merit, methodology, manuscript form, and on Dr Borire’s contributions to the project. He will formally receive his prize in the US later this year, and his abstract will be published in the journal Muscle and Nerve.

Dr Borire’s PhD at UNSW is focused on the development of biomarkers for the early detection of axonal neuropathies, using neuromuscular ultrasound.