Dr Rebekah Ahmed

Senior Lecturer, Central Clinical School

Member of the Brain and Mind Centre


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Biographical details

Dr Rebekah Ahmed is a NHMRC Early Career Fellow, Senior Lecturer at the Brain and Mind Centre. She graduated from Medicine at the University of Adeliade (University Medal) and completed her Neurology training at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital. She was awarded the Australian and New Zealand Association of Neurology Fellowship to the National Hospital of Neurology and Neurosuregery, Queen Square, London. She also completed a Clinical Research Fellowship at the Dementia Research Centre, University College London. Her PhD focused on eating and metabolic abnormalities in Frontotemporal dementia and Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. She is a clinician scientist with her research focusing on metabolic biomarkers in neurodgeneration. She is a staff specialist Neurologist at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, where she directs the multidisciplinary Memory and Cognition Clinic.

Research interests

Dementia, physiological changes, neurodegeneretaion, reward processing, metabolic changes

Teaching and supervision

Co- Block chair, Neurosciences block, University of Sydney

Awards and honours

2018

·Most outstanding journal publications in ALS-FTD, Forefront program grant

2016

·Susie Harris Travelling Fellowship: MND Research Institute of Australia

·James Lance Young Investigator Award, Australian and New Zealand Association of Neurology

2015

·American Academy of Neurology International Scholarship

·ForeFront Best Clinical Paper

·UNSW Deans Award for Outstanding Research

·Buzzard Dunlop Alzheimer’s Disease Fellowship

2014

·Royal Australian College of Physicians PhD Scholarship (2014-2017).

·MND Research Institute of Australia top up PhD scholarship

·James Macleod Young Investigator Award, Australian and New Zealand Association of Neurology

·TOW Coast Association Health and Medical Research Early Career Award: Open Junior division

2013

·University of NSW Research Excellence Scholarship (2013-2016)

In the media

May 2018 Featured on Sunrise discussing Dementia care

Jan 2016 Research featured in Alzforum and Medscape

January 2015. The truth about young onset dementia. Opinion piece, Sydney Morning Herald.

Selected grants

2018

  • Effect of the Hypothalamus on disease progression and body composition in ALS and FTD.; Ahmed R; Brain and Mind Research Institute/Research Development Grant.

2017

  • Eating behavior and cognition in the Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis- Frontotemporal Dementia spectrum: effect on survival; Ahmed R; Motor Neurone Disease Research Institute of Australia/Research Grant.
  • Characterisation of eating behaviour and metabolic phenotypes across neurodegenerative diseases: insights for survival and progression; Ahmed R; Royal Australasian College of Physicians/Vincent Fairfax Family Foundation Research Establishment Fellowship.
  • Eating behaviour and metabolism in Neurodegeneration; Ahmed R; Brain Foundation of Australia/Research Grants.
  • Characterisation of eating behaviour and metabolic phenotypes across neurodegenerative diseases: insights for survival and progression; Ahmed R; National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC)/Early Career Fellowships.

Selected publications

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Journals

  • Caga, J., Hsieh, S., Highton-Williamson, E., Zoing, M., Ramsey, E., Devenney, E., Ahmed, R., Kiernan, M. (2018). Apathy and its impact on patient outcome in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. Journal of Neurology, 265(1), 187-193. [More Information]
  • Ahmed, R., Highton-Williamson, E., Caga, J., Thornton, N., Ramsey, E., Zoing, M., Kim, W., Halliday, G., Piguet, O., Hodges, J., Kiernan, M., et al (2018). Lipid Metabolism and Survival Across the Frontotemporal Dementia-Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Spectrum: Relationships to Eating Behavior and Cognition. Journal of Alzheimer's Disease, 61(2), 773-783. [More Information]
  • Kim, W., Jary, E., Pickford, R., He, Y., Ahmed, R., Piguet, O., Hodges, J., Halliday, G. (2018). Lipidomics analysis of Behavioral Variant Frontotemporal Dementia: a scope for Biomarker Development. Frontiers in Neurology, 9, 104. [More Information]
  • Ahmed, R., Goldberg, Z., Kaizik, C., Kiernan, M., Hodges, J., Piguet, O., Irish, M. (2018). Neural correlates of changes in sexual function in frontotemporal dementia: implications for reward and physiological functioning. Journal of Neurology. [More Information]
  • Ahmed, R., Ke, Y., Vucic, S., Ittner, L., Seeley, W., Hodges, J., Piguet, O., Halliday, G., Kiernan, M. (2018). Physiological changes in neurodegeneration-mechanistic insights and clinical utility. Nature Reviews Neurology, 14(5), 259-271. [More Information]
  • Agarwal, S., Highton-Williamson, E., Caga, J., Matamala, J., Dharmadasa, T., Howells, J., Zoing, M., Shibuya, K., Geevasinga, N., Vucic, S., Hodges, J., Ahmed, R., Kiernan, M. (2018). Primary lateral sclerosis and the amyotrophic lateral sclerosis-frontotemporal dementia spectrum. Journal of Neurology, 265(8), 1819-1828. [More Information]
  • Timmins, H., Saw, W., Cheah, B., Lin, C., Vucic, S., Ahmed, R., Kiernan, M., Park, S. (2017). Cardiometabolic health and risk of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. Muscle and Nerve, 56(4), 721-725. [More Information]
  • Ahmed, R., Landin-Romero, R., Collet, T., van der Klaauw, A., Devenney, E., Henning, E., Kiernan, M., Piguet, O., Farooqi, I., Hodges, J. (2017). Energy expenditure in frontotemporal dementia: a behavioural and imaging study. Brain, 140, 171-183. [More Information]
  • Ahmed, R., Farooqi, S. (2017). Hypothalamic atrophy is related to body mass index and age at onset in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychiatry, 88(12), 1006-1007. [More Information]
  • Ahmed, R., Irish, M., van Eersel, J., Ittner, A., Ke, Y., Volkerling, A., van der Hoven, J., Tanaka, K., Karl, T., Kassiou, M., Kril, J., Piguet, O., Kiernan, M., Halliday, G., Hodges, J., et al (2017). Mouse models of frontotemporal dementia: A comparison of phenotypes with clinical symptomatology. Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews, 74, 126-138. [More Information]
  • Ahmed, R., Irish, M., Piguet, O., Halliday, G., Ittner, L., Farooqi, S., Hodges, J., Kiernan, M. (2016). Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis and frontotemporal dementia: distinct and overlapping changes in eating behaviour and metabolism. The Lancet Neurology, 15(3), 332-342. [More Information]
  • Ahmed, R., Irish, M., Henning, E., Dermody, N., Bartley, L., Kiernan, M., Piguet, O., Farooqi, S., Hodges, J. (2016). Assessment of Eating Behavior Disturbance and Associated Neural Networks in Frontotemporal Dementia. JAMA Neurology, 73(3), 282-290. [More Information]
  • Ahmed, R., Caga, J., Devenney, E., Hsieh, S., Bartley, L., Highton-Williamson, E., Ramsey, E., Zoing, M., Halliday, G., Piguet, O., Kiernan, M., et al (2016). Cognition and eating behavior in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis: effect on survival. Journal of Neurology, 263(8), 1593-1603. [More Information]
  • Hsieh, S., Caga, J., Leslie, F., Shibata, M., Daveson, N., Foxe, D., Ramsey, E., Lillo, P., Ahmed, R., Devenney, E., Kiernan, M., et al (2016). Cognitive and Behavioral Symptoms in ALSFTD: Detection, Differentiation, and Progression. Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry and Neurology, 29(1), 3-10. [More Information]
  • Ahmed, R., Devenney, E., Irish, M., Ittner, A., Naismith, S., Ittner, L., Rohrer, J., Halliday, G., Eisen, A., Hodges, J., Kiernan, M. (2016). Neuronal network disintegration: common pathways linking neurodegenerative diseases. Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychiatry, 87(11), 1234-1241. [More Information]
  • Ahmed, R., Newcombe, R., Piper, A., Lewis, S., Yee, B., Kiernan, M., Grunstein, R. (2016). Sleep disorders and respiratory function in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. Sleep Medicine Reviews, 26, 33-42. [More Information]
  • Ahmed, R., Kaizik, C., Irish, M., Mioshi, E., Dermody, N., Kiernan, M., Piguet, O., Hodges, J. (2015). Characterizing sexual behavior in frontotemporal dementia. Journal of Alzheimer's Disease, 46(3), 677-686. [More Information]
  • Ahmed, R., Parker, G., Halmagyi, M. (2014). Stenting and idiopathic intracranial hypertension. Journal of Neurosurgery, 117(6), 1205. [More Information]
  • Ahmed, R., MacMillan, M., Bartley, L., Halliday, G., Kiernan, M., Hodges, J., Piguet, O. (2014). Systemic metabolism in frontotemporal dementia. Neurology, 83, 1812-1818. [More Information]
  • Halmagyi, G., Ahmed, R., Johnston, I. (2014). The pseudotumor cerebri syndrome: A unifying pathophysiological concept for patients with isolated intracranial hypertension with neither mass lesion nor ventriculomegaly. Neuro-Ophthalmology, 38(5), 249-253. [More Information]
  • Ahmed, R., Zmudzki, F., Parker, G., Owler, B., Halmagyi, G. (2014). Transverse Sinus Stenting for Pseudotumor Cerebri: A Cost Comparison with CSF Shunting. American Journal Of Neuroradiology, 35(5), 952-958. [More Information]
  • Ahmed, R., Halmagyi, M. (2013). Malignant meningitis presenting as pseudotumor cerebri. Journal of the Neurological Sciences, 329(1-2), 62-65. [More Information]
  • Thurtell, M., Chiu, A., Goold, L., Akdal, G., Crompton, J., Ahmed, R., Madge, S., Selva, D., Francis, I., Ghabrial, R., Chan, R., McCluskey, P., et al (2013). Neuro-ophthalmology of invasive fungal sinusitis: 14 consecutive patients and a review of the literature. Clinical and Experimental Ophthalmology, 41(6), 567-576. [More Information]
  • Ahmed, R., Halmagyi, M., Rodriguez, M. (2013). Rapidly progressive dementia and ataxia in an elderly man. Practical Neurology, 13(3), 165-173. [More Information]
  • Ahmed, R., King, J., Gibson, J., Buckland, M., Gupta, R., Gonzales, M., Halmagyi, M. (2013). Spinal Leptomeningeal Lymphoma presenting as Pseudotumor Syndrome. Journal of Neuro-Ophthalmology, 33(1), 13-16. [More Information]
  • Ahmed, R., Khoury, B., Wilkinson, M., Parker, G., Halmagyi, M. (2013). Venous hypertension as the cause of intracranial hypertension in patients with transverse sinus dural arteriovenous fistula. Journal of Neuro-Ophthalmology, 32(2), 102-105. [More Information]
  • Ahmed, R., Hannigan, I., MacDougall, H., Chan, R., Halmagyi, M. (2012). Gentamicin ototoxicity: a 23-year selected case series of 103 patients. Medical Journal of Australia, 196(11), 701-704. [More Information]
  • Ahmed, R., McNamara, S., Gandevia, S., Halmagyi, M. (2012). Paradoxical abdominal wall movement in bilateral diaphragmatic paralysis. Practical Neurology, 12(3), 184-186. [More Information]
  • Ahmed, R., Pohl, D., MacDougall, H., Makeham, T., Halmagyi, M. (2012). Posterior semicircular canal occlusion for intractable benign positional vertigo: Outcome in 55 ears in 53 patients operated upon over 20 years. Journal of Laryngology and Otology, 126(7), 677-682. [More Information]
  • Ahmed, R., Buckland, M., Davies, L., Halmagyi, G., Rogers, S., Oberste, M., Barnett, M. (2011). Enterovirus 71 meningoencephalitis complicating rituximab therapy. Journal of the Neurological Sciences, 305(1-2), 149-151. [More Information]
  • Barry, R., Wilkinson, M., Ahmed, R., Lim, C., Parker, G., McCluskey, P., Halmagyi, M. (2011). Interventional treatment of carotid cavernous fistula. Journal of Clinical Neuroscience, 18(8), 1072-1079. [More Information]
  • Ahmed, R., Friedman, D., Halmagyi, M. (2011). Stenting of the transverse sinuses in idiopathic intracranial hypertension. Journal of Neuro-Ophthalmology, 31(4), 374-380. [More Information]
  • Ahmed, R., Wilkinson, M., Parker, G., Thurtell, M., Macdonald, J., McCluskey, P., Allan, R., Dunne, V., Hanlon, M., Owler, B., et al (2011). Transverse Sinus Stenting for Idiopathic Intracranial Hypertension: A Review of 52 Patients and of Model Predictions. American Journal Of Neuroradiology, 32(8), 1408-1414. [More Information]
  • Ahmed, R., MacDougall, H., Halmagyi, M. (2011). Unilateral Vestibular Loss Due to Systemically Administered Gentamicin. Otology & Neurotology, 32(7), 1158-1162. [More Information]
  • Ahmed, R., Green, T., Halmagyi, G., Lewis, S. (2010). A new model for neurology care in the emergency department. Medical Journal of Australia, 192(1), 30-32. [More Information]
  • Ahmed, R., Harris, J., Anderson, C., Makeham, V., Halmagyi, G. (2010). Carotid Endarterectomy for Symptomatic, but "Haemodynamically Insignificant" Carotid Stenosis. European Journal of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery, 40(4), 475-482. [More Information]

2018

  • Caga, J., Hsieh, S., Highton-Williamson, E., Zoing, M., Ramsey, E., Devenney, E., Ahmed, R., Kiernan, M. (2018). Apathy and its impact on patient outcome in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. Journal of Neurology, 265(1), 187-193. [More Information]
  • Ahmed, R., Highton-Williamson, E., Caga, J., Thornton, N., Ramsey, E., Zoing, M., Kim, W., Halliday, G., Piguet, O., Hodges, J., Kiernan, M., et al (2018). Lipid Metabolism and Survival Across the Frontotemporal Dementia-Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Spectrum: Relationships to Eating Behavior and Cognition. Journal of Alzheimer's Disease, 61(2), 773-783. [More Information]
  • Kim, W., Jary, E., Pickford, R., He, Y., Ahmed, R., Piguet, O., Hodges, J., Halliday, G. (2018). Lipidomics analysis of Behavioral Variant Frontotemporal Dementia: a scope for Biomarker Development. Frontiers in Neurology, 9, 104. [More Information]
  • Ahmed, R., Goldberg, Z., Kaizik, C., Kiernan, M., Hodges, J., Piguet, O., Irish, M. (2018). Neural correlates of changes in sexual function in frontotemporal dementia: implications for reward and physiological functioning. Journal of Neurology. [More Information]
  • Ahmed, R., Ke, Y., Vucic, S., Ittner, L., Seeley, W., Hodges, J., Piguet, O., Halliday, G., Kiernan, M. (2018). Physiological changes in neurodegeneration-mechanistic insights and clinical utility. Nature Reviews Neurology, 14(5), 259-271. [More Information]
  • Agarwal, S., Highton-Williamson, E., Caga, J., Matamala, J., Dharmadasa, T., Howells, J., Zoing, M., Shibuya, K., Geevasinga, N., Vucic, S., Hodges, J., Ahmed, R., Kiernan, M. (2018). Primary lateral sclerosis and the amyotrophic lateral sclerosis-frontotemporal dementia spectrum. Journal of Neurology, 265(8), 1819-1828. [More Information]

2017

  • Timmins, H., Saw, W., Cheah, B., Lin, C., Vucic, S., Ahmed, R., Kiernan, M., Park, S. (2017). Cardiometabolic health and risk of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. Muscle and Nerve, 56(4), 721-725. [More Information]
  • Ahmed, R., Landin-Romero, R., Collet, T., van der Klaauw, A., Devenney, E., Henning, E., Kiernan, M., Piguet, O., Farooqi, I., Hodges, J. (2017). Energy expenditure in frontotemporal dementia: a behavioural and imaging study. Brain, 140, 171-183. [More Information]
  • Ahmed, R., Farooqi, S. (2017). Hypothalamic atrophy is related to body mass index and age at onset in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychiatry, 88(12), 1006-1007. [More Information]
  • Ahmed, R., Irish, M., van Eersel, J., Ittner, A., Ke, Y., Volkerling, A., van der Hoven, J., Tanaka, K., Karl, T., Kassiou, M., Kril, J., Piguet, O., Kiernan, M., Halliday, G., Hodges, J., et al (2017). Mouse models of frontotemporal dementia: A comparison of phenotypes with clinical symptomatology. Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews, 74, 126-138. [More Information]

2016

  • Ahmed, R., Irish, M., Piguet, O., Halliday, G., Ittner, L., Farooqi, S., Hodges, J., Kiernan, M. (2016). Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis and frontotemporal dementia: distinct and overlapping changes in eating behaviour and metabolism. The Lancet Neurology, 15(3), 332-342. [More Information]
  • Ahmed, R., Irish, M., Henning, E., Dermody, N., Bartley, L., Kiernan, M., Piguet, O., Farooqi, S., Hodges, J. (2016). Assessment of Eating Behavior Disturbance and Associated Neural Networks in Frontotemporal Dementia. JAMA Neurology, 73(3), 282-290. [More Information]
  • Ahmed, R., Caga, J., Devenney, E., Hsieh, S., Bartley, L., Highton-Williamson, E., Ramsey, E., Zoing, M., Halliday, G., Piguet, O., Kiernan, M., et al (2016). Cognition and eating behavior in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis: effect on survival. Journal of Neurology, 263(8), 1593-1603. [More Information]
  • Hsieh, S., Caga, J., Leslie, F., Shibata, M., Daveson, N., Foxe, D., Ramsey, E., Lillo, P., Ahmed, R., Devenney, E., Kiernan, M., et al (2016). Cognitive and Behavioral Symptoms in ALSFTD: Detection, Differentiation, and Progression. Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry and Neurology, 29(1), 3-10. [More Information]
  • Ahmed, R., Devenney, E., Irish, M., Ittner, A., Naismith, S., Ittner, L., Rohrer, J., Halliday, G., Eisen, A., Hodges, J., Kiernan, M. (2016). Neuronal network disintegration: common pathways linking neurodegenerative diseases. Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychiatry, 87(11), 1234-1241. [More Information]
  • Ahmed, R., Newcombe, R., Piper, A., Lewis, S., Yee, B., Kiernan, M., Grunstein, R. (2016). Sleep disorders and respiratory function in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. Sleep Medicine Reviews, 26, 33-42. [More Information]

2015

  • Ahmed, R., Kaizik, C., Irish, M., Mioshi, E., Dermody, N., Kiernan, M., Piguet, O., Hodges, J. (2015). Characterizing sexual behavior in frontotemporal dementia. Journal of Alzheimer's Disease, 46(3), 677-686. [More Information]

2014

  • Ahmed, R., Parker, G., Halmagyi, M. (2014). Stenting and idiopathic intracranial hypertension. Journal of Neurosurgery, 117(6), 1205. [More Information]
  • Ahmed, R., MacMillan, M., Bartley, L., Halliday, G., Kiernan, M., Hodges, J., Piguet, O. (2014). Systemic metabolism in frontotemporal dementia. Neurology, 83, 1812-1818. [More Information]
  • Halmagyi, G., Ahmed, R., Johnston, I. (2014). The pseudotumor cerebri syndrome: A unifying pathophysiological concept for patients with isolated intracranial hypertension with neither mass lesion nor ventriculomegaly. Neuro-Ophthalmology, 38(5), 249-253. [More Information]
  • Ahmed, R., Zmudzki, F., Parker, G., Owler, B., Halmagyi, G. (2014). Transverse Sinus Stenting for Pseudotumor Cerebri: A Cost Comparison with CSF Shunting. American Journal Of Neuroradiology, 35(5), 952-958. [More Information]

2013

  • Ahmed, R., Halmagyi, M. (2013). Malignant meningitis presenting as pseudotumor cerebri. Journal of the Neurological Sciences, 329(1-2), 62-65. [More Information]
  • Thurtell, M., Chiu, A., Goold, L., Akdal, G., Crompton, J., Ahmed, R., Madge, S., Selva, D., Francis, I., Ghabrial, R., Chan, R., McCluskey, P., et al (2013). Neuro-ophthalmology of invasive fungal sinusitis: 14 consecutive patients and a review of the literature. Clinical and Experimental Ophthalmology, 41(6), 567-576. [More Information]
  • Ahmed, R., Halmagyi, M., Rodriguez, M. (2013). Rapidly progressive dementia and ataxia in an elderly man. Practical Neurology, 13(3), 165-173. [More Information]
  • Ahmed, R., King, J., Gibson, J., Buckland, M., Gupta, R., Gonzales, M., Halmagyi, M. (2013). Spinal Leptomeningeal Lymphoma presenting as Pseudotumor Syndrome. Journal of Neuro-Ophthalmology, 33(1), 13-16. [More Information]
  • Ahmed, R., Khoury, B., Wilkinson, M., Parker, G., Halmagyi, M. (2013). Venous hypertension as the cause of intracranial hypertension in patients with transverse sinus dural arteriovenous fistula. Journal of Neuro-Ophthalmology, 32(2), 102-105. [More Information]

2012

  • Ahmed, R., Hannigan, I., MacDougall, H., Chan, R., Halmagyi, M. (2012). Gentamicin ototoxicity: a 23-year selected case series of 103 patients. Medical Journal of Australia, 196(11), 701-704. [More Information]
  • Ahmed, R., McNamara, S., Gandevia, S., Halmagyi, M. (2012). Paradoxical abdominal wall movement in bilateral diaphragmatic paralysis. Practical Neurology, 12(3), 184-186. [More Information]
  • Ahmed, R., Pohl, D., MacDougall, H., Makeham, T., Halmagyi, M. (2012). Posterior semicircular canal occlusion for intractable benign positional vertigo: Outcome in 55 ears in 53 patients operated upon over 20 years. Journal of Laryngology and Otology, 126(7), 677-682. [More Information]

2011

  • Ahmed, R., Buckland, M., Davies, L., Halmagyi, G., Rogers, S., Oberste, M., Barnett, M. (2011). Enterovirus 71 meningoencephalitis complicating rituximab therapy. Journal of the Neurological Sciences, 305(1-2), 149-151. [More Information]
  • Barry, R., Wilkinson, M., Ahmed, R., Lim, C., Parker, G., McCluskey, P., Halmagyi, M. (2011). Interventional treatment of carotid cavernous fistula. Journal of Clinical Neuroscience, 18(8), 1072-1079. [More Information]
  • Ahmed, R., Friedman, D., Halmagyi, M. (2011). Stenting of the transverse sinuses in idiopathic intracranial hypertension. Journal of Neuro-Ophthalmology, 31(4), 374-380. [More Information]
  • Ahmed, R., Wilkinson, M., Parker, G., Thurtell, M., Macdonald, J., McCluskey, P., Allan, R., Dunne, V., Hanlon, M., Owler, B., et al (2011). Transverse Sinus Stenting for Idiopathic Intracranial Hypertension: A Review of 52 Patients and of Model Predictions. American Journal Of Neuroradiology, 32(8), 1408-1414. [More Information]
  • Ahmed, R., MacDougall, H., Halmagyi, M. (2011). Unilateral Vestibular Loss Due to Systemically Administered Gentamicin. Otology & Neurotology, 32(7), 1158-1162. [More Information]

2010

  • Ahmed, R., Green, T., Halmagyi, G., Lewis, S. (2010). A new model for neurology care in the emergency department. Medical Journal of Australia, 192(1), 30-32. [More Information]
  • Ahmed, R., Harris, J., Anderson, C., Makeham, V., Halmagyi, G. (2010). Carotid Endarterectomy for Symptomatic, but "Haemodynamically Insignificant" Carotid Stenosis. European Journal of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery, 40(4), 475-482. [More Information]

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