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9000th Participant Joins STAREE

STAREE achieved a special milestone on June 6, 2022 - the randomization of the 9000th participant! We had the pleasure of chatting with Chris to learn a bit more about herself and her participation in STAREE.

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STAREE Study Update, November 2021

The 2021 STAREE Study Update was presented in a webinar by Prof Sophia Zoungas, Prof Mark Nelson, Prof Chris Reid, A/Prof Joanne Ryan and Dr Simone Spark.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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STAREE bushfire crisis message, January 2020

In this time of crisis, our thoughts are with everyone affected by the ongoing bushfires.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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”.

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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.

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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.

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1000th participant joins STAREE

May 31, 2017 was marked by a special milestone celebration for the STAREE Study – the involvement of the 1000th participant.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Major review of statins

A major review published in The Lancet summarises the available evidence from previous large statin randomised controlled trials.

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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.

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We are pleased to announce that STAREE activity has commenced in Perth.

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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.

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New statin trial begins!

We are very excited to launch our brand new website on the exciting new statin trial being conducted across Australia.

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Statins in the elderly: an answered question?
Zoungas S, Curtis A, Tonkin A, McNeil A.
Curr Opin Cardiol 2014;29(4):372-380.

Treatment of dyslipidemia and cardiovascular outcomes: the journey so far–is this the end for statins?
Zoungas S, Curtis A, McNeil J, Tonkin A.
Clin Pharmacol Ther 2014;96(2): 192-205.



April 24, 2018 - Channel 9 National News - Sophia Zoungas interview

February 16, 2018 - 2GB Radio Sydney - Chris Reid with Chris Smith

February 15, 2018 - Channel 9 news Perth - Chris Reid interview

September 10, 2017 - Professor Sophia Zoungas joined Dr Sally Cockburn on 3AW’s Talking Health program to discuss Statins, Cholesterol and the STAREE trial.

June 21, 2017 - NZ radio interview 'This Way Up'

May 31, 2017 - Channel 7 news and Today Tonight Perth

August 2016 - Professor Mark Nelson spoke to Paul McIntyre from Medical Matters on ABC Radio Hobart, about STAREE, “How much do you know about statins?”

August 16, 2015 - Menzies world first trial – The Mercury

June 23, 2015 - Checking status of statins for elderly – Adelaide Advertiser

June 22, 2015 - Oldies wanted for statins drug trial – A world first trial involving 10,000 Australians will determine whether statins improve the length and quality of life. SBS, Sydney, World News Australia (Late)



STAREE newsletters provide a regular update on the study, with key milestones and developments, news on statin research and insight from participants and co-investigator GPs.

STAREE Spring 2021 - View or download a copy

This edition introduces two of our participants, music composer Anthony and health promoter Brian, and our Tasmanian Field Officers - Emma and Kym.

STAREE Winter 2021 - View or download a copy

This edition covers ground breaking statin research, recent community presentations, new STAREE team members and one of our high achieving STAREE participants, Nancy.

STAREE Autumn 2021 - View or download a copy

This edition covers new clinic collaborations, STAREE-HEART, upcoming community presentations and introduces us to a gold medal winning STAREE participant, Marion.

STAREE Summer 2021 - View or download a copy

This edition celebrates our 5 year milestone and introduces you to the South Australian team and one of our most successful collaborating clinics, Iona Medical Centre.

STAREE Spring 2020 - View or download a copy

This edition covers COVID-19 updates, the benefits of clinical trials for our community and introduces us to one of our amazing STAREE participants, Clive.

STAREE Spring 2019 - View or download a copy

This edition introduces our 5000th participant, covers a Perth Study Update and highlights STAREE presentations to community groups.

STAREE Autumn 2019 - View or download a copy

This edition introduces our 4000th participant, covers some recent media exposure and highlights STAREE presentations to community groups.

STAREE Spring 2018 - View or download a copy

This edition introduces our 3000th participant, covers our first Study Update and highlights the contribution of one of our Queensland GPs to STAREE!

STAREE Autumn/Winter 2018 - View or download a copy

This edition congratulates the STAREE team for randomising 2000 participants nationally, covers some recent media exposure, an acknowledgement to one of our participating clinics, and introduces a race car driver to STAREE!

STAREE Spring 2017/Summer 2018 - View or download a copy

This edition congratulates the WA team for randomising their 400th participant, STAREEs joining with Probus Clubs, an acknowledgement to one of our participating clinics, and some insight from a STAREE participant!

STAREE Winter 2017 - View or download a copy

This edition covers the 1000th participant randomisation for the trial, study expansion into Brisbane and Newcastle, and an introduction into our new medical officer!

STAREE Summer 2017 - View or download a copy

This edition provides information on the regional expansion of the study, insight from a STAREE participant, a message from a co-investigating GP and an update on recent research on statin treatment.

STAREE Spring 2016 - View or download a copy

STAREE’s first newsletter has finally arrived!