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Jakarta Post

RI, Australia work on hepatitis research

  • Elly Burhaini Faizal

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, May 19 2012   /  10:51 am

The Eijkman Institute and the University of Sydney are trying to tackle the alarming number of hepatitis infections in the Asia-Pacific region.

Sangkot Marzuki, head of the Eijkman Institute, said that hepatitis C was one of the research topics to be examined during the collaborative work between the institute and its Australian partner.

“We have worked in many areas of research. We will further discuss possible collaborative research on particular issues such as microbe ecology, nutrition and communities, the human genome, dengue fever and hepatitis,” Sangkot said.

He also said scientists would explore the connection between hepatitis C and diabetes, as well as with lipid metabolism and excessive increases of fat in the liver, deemed as a critical link that they must know to develop a cure for hepatitis C.

Fellow scientist David Handojo Mulyono said unhe...