The hope of reducing the pressures of an aging population inspires Anna Hyde’s search for effective herbal and traditional treatments to manage symptoms of dementia.
PhD (Complementary Medicine)
My supervisor is creative and encourages his students to take an original approach to research methodology design.
I completed my undergraduate degree at RMIT in Chinese medicine and human biology and I am now part of RMIT’s Chinese medicine research team.
My primary aim is to contribute to the development of new pharmacological interventions for the management of the Behavioural and Psychological Symptoms of Dementia (BPSD).
Herbal medicines are popular and an important aspect of traditional medicines in many countries, but typically have not undergone comprehensive testing to confirm their efficacy and safety. It is possible that new and better treatments may be found using natural and traditional products.
RMIT has a strong team of researchers focussed on applying scientific methods to evaluate natural products and traditional medicines.
The research team support my work with their vast and in-depth knowledge of growing medicinal plants and conducting research on natural products.
RMIT has a herbal medicine garden, which contains a collection of common and rare medicinal plants from China and Australia. I often work on maintaining the garden.
I have enjoyed collaborating with researchers here at RMIT and in China. Meeting and working with other researchers is a great experience. Our collaboration led to a recent article published in the Journal of Psychopharmacology.
I have travelled to conferences and met others working in the same field. I attended the Emerging Researchers in Aging conference in Canberra and received the best poster award.
I hope to continue research in the area of drug discovery and help to reduce the symptoms for people with dementia.