Changes to study medication, May 2021
Following feedback from participants, the STAREE study medication has changed slightly. You will receive further information explaining these changes with your next supply.
Delays in medication delivery
Due to the on-going COVID pandemic there are delays in mail parcels being sent which may mean that you don't receive your new medication supply as quickly as usual.
COVID-19 and STAREE
The current situation with coronavirus COVID-19 is having a significant impact on our community and general practices. In response, we have put in place precautionary measures to protect our participants, healthcare staff at practices and STAREE staff to help slow the spread of COVID-19 in our community.
STAREE bushfire crisis message, January 2020
In this time of crisis, our thoughts are with everyone affected by the ongoing bushfires.
STAREE study update, November 2018
The first STAREE Study Update was held in Melbourne on Friday 16 November. The Alfred Lecture Theatre was close to capacity as participants eagerly gathered together for the first time. Principal Investigator Professor Sophia Zoungas spoke about the progress of the trial including the news that the 4,000th participant, Beryl Reeves, was recently randomised into the study.
International day of older persons
On October 1, 2018 – International Day of Older Persons – STAREE gratefully acknowledges the important contribution of all our participants. The World Health Organisation celebrates the day by highlighting everyone’s right to health, no matter what their age.
ASPREE study results
The STAREE team would like to congratulate the investigators and participants of the ASPREE trial on the publication of the study’s major findings in the New England Journal of Medicine, one of the world’s most prestigious medical journals.
New observational study – STAREE’s statement
On September 6, 2018 the BMJ published an observational study which concluded that: “These results do not support the widespread use of statins in old and very old populations, but they do support treatment in those with type 2 diabetes younger than 85 years”.
Misinformation about STAREE
In August 2017, incorrect claims were made via national radio and social media that STAREE is funded by pharmaceutical companies – ‘big pharma.’ The same source also warned that elderly people should not be taking statins and that participating in STAREE is a health risk. These claims are false. 100% of STAREE’s funding is from the Federal Government.
STAREE beckons in Brisbane
The STAREE study has continued to expand its research hubs and has recently commenced activity in Queensland. Currently, the team are approaching GP practices and inviting potential participants into the study throughout Brisbane and the Gold Coast.
1000th participant joins STAREE
May 31, 2017 was marked by a special milestone celebration for the STAREE Study – the involvement of the 1000th participant.
STAREE reaches the regions
The major focus of 2017 for STAREE thus far has been the expansion of the trial to regional and rural areas within Victoria, Tasmania and Queensland. This expansion aims to build clinical research capacity in these areas and provide opportunities for regional and rural residents to participate in clinical trials.
Participants – We thank you!
We are approaching the end of 2016 and what a year it has been! The STAREE team has been fortunate to meet some inspiring and enthusiastic people, both study participants and co-investigator GPs.
STAREE puts a step into Spring Seniors Festivals
Members of the STAREE study gathered their banners and “brain games” to attend annual community festivals in both Melbourne and Perth.
Major review of statins
A major review published in The Lancet summarises the available evidence from previous large statin randomised controlled trials.
Statins may reduce infection risk in stroke patients
An ischemic stroke occurs as a result of an obstruction within a blood vessel supplying blood to the brain.
WA joins STAREE
We are pleased to announce that STAREE activity has commenced in Perth.
First participants are enrolled into the STAREE trial
The STAREE trial has officially commenced and 2015 has been a hive of activity to reach a number of milestones.
New statin trial begins!
We are very excited to launch our brand new website on the exciting new statin trial being conducted across Australia.