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Carter's Career Success No Surprise by lindash


Carter's Career Success No Surprise

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									February 22nd, 2006


It’s really no surprise Kim Carter ended up with a career in medical research – the 28-year-
old from Willetton has been part of a world-renowned health study since the age of six.

Dr Carter, a research fellow at the Western Australian Institute for Medical Research’s
(WAIMR) Laboratory for Genetic Epidemiology, was recruited into the Busselton Health
Study in 1983 as a school student.

It’s a move that has shaped his destiny – and his current success.

Dr Carter is one of three people across the country recently selected by the Australian
Research Council to attend a national scientific conference in Canberra in May.

The Australian Academy of Science’s annual Science at the Shine Dome seminar gives
promising young researchers an insight into the latest science disciplines, provides an
opportunity to meet acclaimed scientists and attend a career development workshop.

“This is an amazing opportunity. I’m really looking forward to learning as much as I can
and hopefully bringing home a new idea or two,” said Dr Carter.

Much of his work is centred around investigating how genetic and environmental factors
contribute to the development, and risk of development, of cardiovascular disease.

He is also part of a team trying to pinpoint the genetic factors linked to the debilitating
condition Ankylosing Spondylitis, a form of arthritis which affects the spine.

Dr Carter’s research work is more “behind the scenes” – he designs informatics tools that
help scientists to more efficiently analyse complex medical data.

“I guess you could say we’re the technical brains behind the research,” he said.

“I started out by finishing a Computer Science degree at Murdoch University and then went
on to do a PhD primarily exploring the world of bioinformatics, an area of science that can
help medical researchers crack the genetic codes of disease faster.”

Dr Carter is now also part of a project helping to boost the number of Australians working
in roles such as his.

The national project is known as the Australian Medical Bioinformatics Resource (AMBeR)
and is being led by the head of WAIMR’s Laboratory for Genetic Epidemiology, Professor
Lyle Palmer.

“This area of research that Kim works in will have a massive impact on public health by
helping us discover new treatments for disease – and this project will help speed up this
process,” said Professor Palmer.

Dr Carter will be involved in running AMBeR and in mentoring new AMBeR fellows.

Dr Carter is also an identical twin and both he and his brother Damien are part of the
Australian Twins Registry – which helps medical researchers investigate human diseases.


                       For more information please contact:
          Natalie Papadopoulos, WAIMR Media Consultant on 0407 984 435

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