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Mermaid Central Medical Research

Mermaid Central Medical Research facility was formalised in 2017 to continue research initially started in 2008 by Dr Graham Exelby in retinal photography as a means of identifying vascular risk. Increasing interest in the linking of autonomic dysfunction and inflammatory processes has culminated in the major work currently underway in Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome (POTS) with its comorbidities which include Fibromyalgia, Migraine and various autoimmune diseases.

From this evolved a vascular assessment based on actual arterial appearance by combining carotid intimal thickness scanning with retinal photography, again providing a way of determining success or otherwise of management programs. It also provides a means of early identification of risk based on actual vessel state, rather than the usual cholesterol and blood pressure measurements. These have now been complemented with genetic profiling.

Dr Mervyn Garrett, who pioneered food intolerance in Australia provided initial inspiration for the other areas of research. Looking at disease processes for cause and not relying on medication underpins all the following projects underway.



Other areas of research include;

  • Pathogenesis and management of POTS , fibromyalgia, dysautonomia, migraine, Hashimotos disease and other autoimmune diseases
  • Nicotinamide in osteoporosis and myelodysplasia
  • Thoracic outlet and other vascular compression syndromes
  • Aortic root and arch dilatation

Planned studies;

  • Role of vascular compression in shoulders from injury and training techniques in sportsmen and women in cause of anxiety and depression
  • Role of scoliosis in inflammatory disease
  • Investigation into mechanical and genetic causes of anxiety
  • Cause of the pain in fibromyalgia

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