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VOLUME 7.05 – JUNE 2022

VOLUME 7.05 – JUNE 2022

Research Roundup:

June 2022

Welcome Message

Welcome to the June issue of TSANZ Research Round up. First up, I’ve got some questions for you to think about. What do you need to make your funding applications more competitive? Is there a gap in your skills, knowledge base, network, or something else, but you just can’t find a way to fill it? Is there some training that you would really like to get, but can’t find a course or person able to provide it? TSANZ wants to fix these problems for you, but we can’t do that unless you tell us what your needs are.

To do this, please fill out the training needs analysis survey, which should take around 12-minutes and can be accessed here. Big thank you to everyone who has already completed this survey. So that we can provide all our members with the best and most tailored support possible, we need to get at least 300 people to complete this survey, but so far, we have about 100. Thank you to everyone who has already done this. It’s very much appreciated. Would you mind asking anyone and everyone around you to also fill this out? If you like, you could even try and skew the data by having everyone you know request the same training needs, to try and get TSANZ to deliver the support you need first. On that note, Graham, John, Anne, and Hannah, no need to re-read that last sentence or look closer into submissions from my network; Nothing to see here.

While we’re on the topic of training, early bird registration is now open for the inaugural TSANZSRS Education Hub. This is an exciting opportunity for a much needed in-person event, running in Sydney from the 14-15th of October. Yes, you read that right, IN PERSON! There will be a host of workshops to choose from, including sessions to help build skills in crafting successful grant applications and how to get your research published in high quality journals. Of course, one of the biggest benefits of an in-person gathering will be facilitated through the Friday night networking event. Providing an opportunity to reconnect in person with distant colleagues and begin to explore new associations among members with shared interests.

In some other exciting news, a big congratulations to all recipients of Lung Foundation Australia’s Hope Research Fund Grants, and to our members who have been successful with NHMRC Clinical Trials and Cohort Studies Grants. It is fantastic to see this essential respiratory research being supported through competitive grants and awards. Speaking of successes, we would love to help celebrate any of your recent achievements with the broader TSANZ membership by sharing the news in future editions of the research roundup. Instructions on how to do this are provided below.

As usual there are some excellent reads from the Research Review, and Respirology has a special issue focused on occupational lung health. Cure4CF’s Holckner Family CF Impact Grant has just opened, with up to $500,000 is available for Cystic Fibrosis research seeking to develop therapies and cures for the disease. Recruitment is being sought for patients with COPD or ILD for SINFONIA, a singing for breathing trial, and views from healthcare professionals within three different studies. If you have a minute to spare, please help support fellow TSANZ members by contributing to their research.

Finally, some inspirational words to end this edition of research round-up come from anonymous “Not all storms come to disrupt your life, some come to clear your path”.

Happy researching everyone.

A/Prof Kristin Carson-Chahhoud
Chair, Research Sub-Committee 

TSANZ Training Needs Analysis Survey

We are asking all members to complete our first-ever Training Needs Analysis Survey regardless of role, profession, or whether you are clinical or not.

This short survey will only take approximately 12 minutes to complete and is a set of multiple-choice questions.

The Thoracic Society is committed to continuing its development of education offerings and strives to improve our learning opportunities and develop education where gaps exist. We will use this data to evaluate all continuous professional development programs and improve our educational offerings.

This training needs analysis survey utilises the Hennessy-Hicks training needs assessment tool (Hennessy D, Hicks C 2011), endorsed by the World Health Organisation. It will provide reliable information about current performance levels and skill areas requiring further development. It is considered best practice for analysing training needs helping to address problems in turning knowledge into action.

The Thoracic Society would like to thank you for taking the time to complete this survey.

Open Awards

Thoracic Society Awards

TSANZ NZ Branch ASM 2022 Travel Grant – closing 1st August 2022

How to participate

Follow the links above to access each award application and follow the instructions online.

Please email the TSANZ Awards Coordinator (TSANZawards@thoracic.org.au) with any questions, comments or enquires.

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TSANZ Education Hub

Registrations are now open for the inaugural TSANZSRS Education Hub on 14-15 October 2022, at Rydges World Square, Sydney.

There will be a wide range of workshops, courses and skills sessions available to choose from, including research skills updates, such as how to craft successful research grant and funding applications, and writing research outcomes for publication.

To view the programme, please visit the Education Hub website.

Of course, there will also be an opportunity to reconnect with colleagues from across Australia and New Zealand at the networking function on the evening of Friday 14th October.

All programme content will be recorded and made available to delegates for 6-months after the Education Hub, giving you access to the entire program, regardless of which sessions you attend at the time.

Register before 4th August 2022 and receive the early bird rate.

We look forward to welcoming you to the TSANZSRS Education Hub in October.

 

Open Request for TSANZ Member Achievements

TSANZ would like to invite members to share their achievements. One of TSANZ Strategic Objectives is to raise the profile of the respiratory research workforce in Australia and New Zealand, especially those who are TSANZ members. As part of this we would like to share member success in our monthly Research Roundup.

Examples of achievements we would like to hear about are:

  • Receipt of major grants, such as grants from the Medical Research Future Fund or the National Health and Medical Research Council
  • Receipt of major honours, such as those from the Order of Australia
  • Notable recent journal publication
  • Completion of a PhD

Please send notification of these achievements to TSANZawards@thoracic.org.au, along with a short blurb (2-3 sentences) about your achievement for us to share. If applicable please include documentation of your achievement, and, if you would like, provide a photo of yourself. Please also share with us success of your fellow TSANZ members!

TSANZ Members awarded the Lung Foundation Australia’s Hope Research Fund 2022 Grant

At the recent Hope Research Fund lunch on 2 June, 13 exceptional researchers from around the country will be awarded $876k in grants, in several different research areas, including asthma, bronchiectasis, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), Interstitial Lung Disease (ILD), and lung cancer. 

Huge congratulations to our talented TSANZ members, 
Lung Foundation Australia – Ludwig Engel Research Grant: Dr. Hayley Scott
Lung Foundation Australia Andrew Harrison Bronchiectasis Fellowship: Prof. Julie Marchant
Lung Foundation Australia John Farrell COPD Fellowship: Dr. Narelle Cox
Lung Foundation Australia – Boehringer Ingelheim Fellowship in COPD: Dr. Arwel Jones
Lung Foundation Australia – Better Breathing Foundation PhD Scholarship in Chronic Lung Disease (full): Mrs. Jessica Walsh
Lung Foundation Australia -Ivan Cash Research Grant: Dr. Sheetal Deshpande
Lung Foundation Australia – Lizotte Family Research Grant: Dr. Peter Bell
PACT Grant-In-Aid: Dr Hayley Barnes and Dr Ryan Hoy
CREATE Hope Fellowship (scientific): Dr Gang Liu
CREATE Hope Fellowship (clinical): Dr Ingrid Cox
LUCAP PhD Topup: Dr Jess Nash

The Hope Research Fund aims to not only invest in discovering scientific breakthroughs but bring new hope to millions of Australians impacted by lung disease and lung cancer. 

Lung Foundation Australia Launched the Hope Research Fund last year with the vision of creating Australia’s leading national long-term commitment to fund life-changing lung disease and cancer research, which is severely underfunded. 

With a goal of raising $50 million by 2030, the Hope Research Fund relies heavily on the generosity of Gifts in Wills to fund this life changing research. 

TSANZ Members Success with NHMRC Grant Funding

TSANZ wishes to extend our congratulations to the TSANZ Members who were awarded NHMRC Clinical Trials and Cohort Studies Grants. Over $75.3 million in funding was granted to support 33 clinical trials and cohort studies. It was excellent to see some of this go towards respiratory research. 

Professor Gregory Fox, from the University of Sydney was awarded $4.77 million for The FLIRT-TB study: A fluoroquinolone-based regimen to treat the commonest form of drug-resistant tuberculosis. From Professor Fox; “Tuberculosis (TB) is an infectious respiratory disease affecting 10 million people each year worldwide. Resistance to isoniazid, one of the most important first-line antibiotics used to treat TB, leads to increased mortality and more advanced drug resistance. We will undertake the first clinical trial to evaluate the effectiveness of new-generation fluoroquinolones antibiotics in treating isoniazid-resistant TB. This trial will be conducted in Australia, Vietnam and Canada.”

Dr Danielle Wurzel, from the University of Melbourne was awarded $3.72 million for Translatable Evidence To Improve Lung Health Outcomes In First Nations People – A Cohort Study From Birth to 6 Years. From Dr Wurzel; “First Nations children have unacceptably high rates of lung disease which means poorer adult health. Our project, co-designed with Aboriginal researchers, scientists and clinicians, will address the disproportionate burden of lung disease in First Nations People. Through a birth cohort study of First Nations People we will evaluate a range of exposures and biomarkers for lung health indicators to identify high-risk children. This research will inform interventions to prevent early-onset chronic lung diseases and will assist clinicians, researchers and policy makers in our shared vision to Close the Gap. Other TSANZ members who are Chief investigators on this project are Prof Shyamali Dharmage (UoM), Prof Anne Chang (QUT), Prof Paul Robinson (UoS), (QIMR) and Dr Gabrielle McCallum (Menzies).”

Associate Professor Adrian Lowe, from the University of Melbourne was awarded $7.56 million of Testing an implementable strategy to improve infant skin barrier to prevent asthma and preserve lung function: a 4-year follow-up of the existing PEBBLES RCT. From Associate Professor Lowe; “Childhood asthma is a major public health problem worldwide, and poor lung function in childhood increases the risk of chronic adult lung disease and early death. There are currently limited strategies to prevent children developing asthma and early lung function deficits. It has been hypothesised that impaired skin barrier in early life can increase risk of allergic sensitisation and asthma.  In this follow-on study of our large NHMRC funded trial, we will test if an intervention to improve skin barrier can reduce early life asthma and lung function deficits.”

External Grant Opportunities

Cure4 Cystic Fibrosis Foundation National Grant Round

Grant Round Now Open – Holckner Family CF Impact Grant

In 2022 Cure4CF will provide up to $500,000 to advance medical innovations in cystic fibrosis. We prioritise research with a clear translational path that seeks to develop therapies or cures that will result in an increase in average life expectancy of people with cystic fibrosis with consideration given to quality of life. Grant round closes August the 5th at 5pm ACST.

Visit https://www.cure4cf.org/research-grants-2022/ to find out more

Merck Investigator Studies Program (MISP): SARS CoV-2/COVID-19 Investigator Initiated Grants

Effective January 2022, the Merck Investigator Studies Program Review Committee (MISP-RC) for SARS CoV-2/COVID-19 TREATMENT will accept FUNDING ONLY, PRECLINICAL, and CLINICAL, NON-INTERVENTIONAL, submissions within our current areas of interest (AOI). This is a competitive review process that will be conducted by the MISP Review Committee. Decisions will be made on the basis of scientific merit and strategic fit within the AOI. Please review the critical activities and abide by the timelines as outlined below. Clinical, interventional/treatment AOIs will be added at an upcoming date; until then any submission for use of molnupiravir in a treatment or prophylaxis study WILL NOT be reviewed. The following areas are of interest to Investigator Studies Program Committee:

  • In vitro studies to assess the antiviral activity of NHC against RNA viruses of human significance
  • Proof of concept studies demonstrating the antiviral activity and mechanism of action of molnupiravir in validated animal models of zoonotic RNA viral infections
  • In vitro or animal studies to assess the development and mechanism of viral resistance to NHC/molnupiravir by RNA viruses of human significance
  • In vitro or animal studies to assess the relationship between the number and type of accumulated errors in the viral genome and impact on viral infectivity
  • Studies that may validate a standardized definition for post-acute SARS-COV2 (PASC) or long-COVID
  • Studies that may provide clinical or biomarker predictors of infection severity in COVID-19 in children (<18 yr olds)
  • Studies that may better characterize moderate/severe breakthrough infections and/or provide predictors of severe COVID-19 in high risk vaccinated populations such as the elderly, transplant recipients (solid organ or allogeneic stem cell transplant) and other immunocompromised/immunosuppressed patient populations, persons with BMI >30, DM, cardiopulmonary disease, and/or BIPOC, LatinX, native peoples.

Please complete the corresponding preclinical or clinical PROTOCOL and BUDGET templates via the Company’s on-line study management system (in US) or your MSD country representative (outside US). The submissions will be collectively reviewed and selected by the MISP Committee.

https://engagezone.msd.com/SARS_Cov-2_COVID-19.php

Review Cycle 2: May 26, 2022

Review Cycle 3: August 24, 2022

If you would like more information, or are interested in submitting a proposal related to an area of interest please email mandeep.sembi@msd.com

Surveys and Research

SINFONIA Singing for breathing trial

SINFONIA is a multi-site, online singing for breathing trial for people with COPD or ILD and their caregivers. This study is led by a research team at Monash University (A/Prof Natasha Smallwood) and aims to investigate if group singing classes assist with improvement in symptom management and overall wellbeing. The trial is not just limited to people in Victoria, as people from around Australia can be referred or self-refer to take part. In case you are interested in telling your patients about the study, the eligibility criteria are:

  • Patients aged over 18 with a confirmed diagnosis of COPD or ILD on lung function (within last 2 years) or CT (last 5 years)
  • Stable on treatment for at least 4 weeks (i.e. no new or changed cardiorespiratory medications or hospital admissions for COPD or ILD)
  • Breathless: mMRC ≥ 2
  • NOT currently participating in pulmonary rehabilitation
  • Capable and willing to give informed consent
  • Carers aged over 18 years may also participate

Participants in the online singing group will attend a 90-minute online group singing session once a week, for 12 weeks. People randomised to the control group (delayed entry) will be offered to join the singing sessions after 3 months.

Patients or clinicians can refer by contacting our team’s research assistant Catherine Buchan: c.buchan@alfred.org.au.

Physiotherapy and exercise management of patients undergoing thoracic surgery across the continuum

This research project is aiming to describe the current practices of exercise health professionals (e.g., physiotherapy, exercise physiology, allied health assistants) when assessing and managing patients undergoing thoracic surgery for lung cancer across all phases of the treatment continuum (pre-operative to 12 months post-operative).  

You are invited to participate in this project if you are a registered exercise health professional working with people with lung cancer undergoing thoracic surgery across the continuum of care, including pre-operative, post-operative acute, and community/outpatient programs (e.g., pulmonary rehabilitation and/or oncology rehabilitation).  On completion of this survey, you will be given the opportunity to enter the draw to win a new Apple iPad. 

The survey will close on July 22nd.

To complete the survey and to read the Plain Language Statement please visit https://bit.ly/thoracicsurgsurvey.

For further information, please contact A/Professor Catherine Granger Catherine.Granger@unimelb.edu.au or Georgina Whish-Wilson gwhishwilson@student.unimelb.edu.au.

Views of healthcare professionals on smoking cessation options project

Are you a health professional who provides smoking cessation advice to the people you see?

Researchers at The University of Queensland are seeking health practitioners for research exploring smoking cessation treatment in a changing regulatory environment. Participation involves a 30 minute interview about your experiences and views on smoking cessation options.

This project is led by Dr Kylie Morphett at the UQ School of Public Health and you can find out more and register your interest here: https://tobacco-endgame.centre.uq.edu.au/our-research/views-healthcare-professionals-smoking-cessation-options-project

We need healthcare professionals involved in pulmonary rehabilitation to complete our online survey

Researchers from the University of Newcastle are conducting an online survey study to better understand current pulmonary rehabilitation programme practices for prescribing exercise intensity for people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). We want to know:
1) How exercise intensity is commonly prescribed; and
2) How the availability of different resources influences current practices around prescription of exercise intensity.

You are eligible to complete the online survey if you have knowledge of how the exercise training is prescribed for people with COPD who attend the pulmonary rehabilitation programme where you work. If this is not your area of expertise, you may forward this study information on to a healthcare provider who would be best placed to complete the survey on behalf of your pulmonary rehabilitation programme.

Participation in this study involves completing a one-off online survey. It is estimated that this survey will take 20-30 minutes to complete. You do not need to complete the survey in one session. You can save it and come back to it later. We will not ask you to enter any information that identifies you or the pulmonary rehabilitation programme where you work.
You can find more information about the survey, and complete the survey, by clicking on this link: https://redcap.hmri.org.au/surveys/?s=989TJJH4NETCY7LY

We are also conducting a parallel survey of people with COPD. If you could please help to distribute this to people who are living with COPD and attend, or have attended, your pulmonary rehabilitation programme, that would be much appreciated. The study information and flyer (with the COPD survey link) that can be sent to people with COPD, can be found by clicking this link: COPD survey (https://1drv.ms/u/s!Ar_gKTMrKI41gWHGMFe57HUfd8p_?e=KBKyxg)
Please contact the lead researcher, Dr Hayley Lewthwaite (hayley.lewthwaite@newcastle.edu.au), if you have any questions about
the online surveys.

TBPod

The TBPod are podcasts designed for clinicians and policymakers with an interest tuberculosis. These podcasts consist of conversations with expert clinicians, researchers, policy makers and advocates about their work in the field of tuberculosis. The TBPod is prepared by ACTnet and the TB Forum and can be found on ITunes, Spotify, and the ACTnet Website.

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Can you help TSANZ make a difference?

Your support makes a difference, and helps us continue to provide funding for research and our TSANZ awards. If you would like to support our work, you can leave a tax deductible donation of your choice in our areas of need.

1. Making a donation to our Benevolent Fund

The Benevolent Fund supports projects aimed at improving the respiratory health care of individuals who are in a setting where health care resources and delivery are poor.
CLICK HERE to make a donation or by filling out the Support TSANZ form. Once you have completed the form, please email TSANZOffice@thoracic.org.au.

2. Making a donation to support research

With your support, we can continue to support Australia and New Zealand’s most significant and cutting edge respiratory health research, and benefit Australians and New Zealanders suffering from lung disease.
Please CLICK HERE to make a donation or by filling out the Support TSANZ form. Once you have completed the form, please email TSANZOffice@thoracic.org.au.

3. Establishing a named award

For significant donations of above $10,000 AUD, a TSANZ award can be established in your name. Please call the TSANZ office on +61 2 9222 6200.

4. Leave TSANZ a gift in your will

If you are interested in supporting TSANZ in the future, one way to do so is to leave TSANZ a gift in your will. Any support is greatly appreciated and will leave a lasting legacy.
If interested, please notify us by ticking the box on the Support TSANZ form. Once you have completed the form, please email TSANZOffice@thoracic.org.au. Alternatively, please call the TSANZ Office on +61 2 9222 6200.

5. TSANZ New Zealand Branch Incorporated 

New Zealand members are reminded that you are also able to make a tax deductible donation directly to the NZ branch. You can assist the NZ branch to provide services to members across NZ. If you make a payment via electronic funds transfer (EFT), please notify the TSANZ office so that we can arrange a receipt.
CLICK HERE to make a donation.

Thank you for your continued support of TSANZ.

VOLUME 7.05 – JUNE 2022

VOLUME 6.01 – JANUARY 2021

Research Roundup:

January 2021

Welcome Message

Welcome to the first edition of our TSANZ Research Roundup for 2021. We hope you’ve kept safe and well over the festive season.

The TSANZ Indigenous Respiratory Nursing Award is now open. This award aims to raise the profile of indigenous health within respiratory nursing and the work of respiratory nurses of an indigenous background.

The TSANZ Rob Pierce Grant-in-Aid for Indigenous Lung Health has been extended to 24 February 2021. This award, to honour the memory of the late Prof. Rob Pierce, will be awarded to a member of the TSANZ for a project focused on understanding and improving the lung health of Indigenous people in Australia and/or New Zealand.

Our two travel awards, TSANZ Janet Elder International Travel Award and Boehringer Ingelheim New Zealand COPD Travel Award have been extended to 24 February 2021. These awards have been modified to allow for professional development or research support instead of travel should the international scientific meetings not proceed or travel restrictions prevent you from attending.

Don’t forget to take advantage of the earlybird prices for our first ever Virtual Annual Scientific Meeting – TSANZSRS21.

Finally, please consider helping us to provide essential funding for our world class respiratory researchers and for our TSANZ awards. You can leave a tax deductible donation of your choice in our areas of need, whether it be a donation to our Benevolent Fund or to support research, establishing a named award or leaving TSANZ a gift in your will. Details can be found below.

Please feel free to get in touch with the office if there is anything we can do to support your research needs during this time.

Enjoy the January edition of your Research Roundup.

Prof Sandra Hodge

Chair, Research Sub-Committee

 

Can you help TSANZ make a difference?

Your support makes a difference, and helps us continue to provide funding for research and our TSANZ awards. If you would like to support our work, you can leave a tax deductible donation of your choice in our areas of need.

1. Making a donation to our Benevolent Fund

The Benevolent Fund supports projects aimed at improving the respiratory health care of individuals who are in a setting where health care resources and delivery are poor.
CLICK HERE to make a donation or by filling out the Support TSANZ form. Once you have completed the form, please email TSANZOffice@thoracic.org.au.

2. Making a donation to support research

With your support, we can continue to support Australia and New Zealand’s most significant and cutting edge respiratory health research, and benefit Australians and New Zealanders suffering from lung disease.
Please CLICK HERE to make a donation or by filling out the Support TSANZ form. Once you have completed the form, please email TSANZOffice@thoracic.org.au.

3. Establishing a named award

For significant donations of above $10,000 AUD, a TSANZ award can be established in your name. Please call the TSANZ office on +61 2 9222 6200.

4. Leave TSANZ a gift in your will

If you are interested in supporting TSANZ in the future, one way to do so is to leave TSANZ a gift in your will. Any support is greatly appreciated and will leave a lasting legacy.
If interested, please notify us by ticking the box on the Support TSANZ form. Once you have completed the form, please email TSANZOffice@thoracic.org.au. Alternatively, please call the TSANZ Office on +61 2 9222 6200.

5. TSANZ New Zealand Branch Incorporated 

New Zealand members are reminded that you are also able to make a tax deductible donation directly to the NZ branch. You can assist the NZ branch to provide services to members across NZ. If you make a payment via electronic funds transfer (EFT), please notify the TSANZ office so that we can arrange a receipt.
CLICK HERE to make a donation.

Thank you for your continued support of TSANZ.

 

Open Awards

Thoracic Society Awards

TSANZ Janet Elder International Travel Award – extended – closing 24 February 2021

Boehringer Ingelheim New Zealand COPD Travel Award – extended – closing 24 February 2021

TSANZ Peter Phelan Research Grant – closing 27 January 2021

Maurice Blackburn Occupational Lung Disease Grant-in-Aid – closing 27 January 2021

TSANZ Rob Pierce Grant-in-Aid for Indigenous Lung Health – extended – closing 24 February 2021

TSANZ Indigenous Respiratory Nursing Award – closing 24 February 2021

Cystic Fibrosis Australia Awards

Australian Cystic Fibrosis Research Trust 2021 Innovation Grant – closing 29 January 2021

Centre of Research Excellence in Pulmonary Fibrosis (CRE-PF)

PACT Grant-in-Aid – closing 14 February 2021

CREATE Grant-in-Aid – closing 14 February 2021

     

How to participate

Follow the links above to access each award application form and download the information sheet.

Please email the TSANZ Awards Coordinator with any questions, comments or enquires.

 

Registrations open for ASM

Registrations are now open for our first ever Virtual Annual Scientific Meeting! Be a part of TSANZSRS21 on 1-2 May 2021 from the comfort of your own home.

Register now to take advantage of the earlybird prices. Earlybird registrations will be available until 12 February 2021.

 

Respirology – Editor’s Choice

Respirology Issue 26.1 January 2021

 

Disease burden of eosinophilic airway disease: Comparing severe asthma, COPD and asthma–COPD overlap

Sarah A. Hiles, Peter G. Gibson and Vanessa M. McDonald

DOI: 10.1111/resp.13841

 

Effect of short‐course exercise training on the frequency of exacerbations and physical activity in patients with COPD: A randomized controlled trial

Fanny Wai-San Ko, Wilson Tam, Eddy H.S. Siu, Ka-Pang Chan, Jenny Chun-Li Ngai, So-Shan Ng, Tat On Chan1 and David Shu-Cheong Hui

DOI: 10.1111/resp.13872

 

 ASCOT trial

ASCOT is a clinical trial that will generate clinical evidence about the most effective treatments and combinations of treatments for COVID-19 that can be applied during the pandemic to reduce mortality or the need for mechanical ventilation in hospitalised but not yet critically ill patients with COVID-19.

The trial is conducted on an adaptive platform, results will be continually analysed, so that ineffective therapies can be stopped and new therapies can be evaluated as part of the trial. The trial will be conducted across more than 60 sites in Australia, New Zealand, Indian and Denmark. The trial is registered at: ACTRN12620000445976, Ethics approval granted through Melbourne Health Human Research Ethics Committee HREC/62646/MH-2020.097

Potential Treatments for COVID-19

The global response to COVID-19 is working to accelerate diagnostics, vaccines and therapeutics. While remdesivir has been shown to accelerate time to recovery, and low-dose dexamethasone to decrease mortality, more effective therapies are needed.

ASCOT intends to randomise patients to different therapies to understand their impact on clinical outcomes. We will do this for existing therapies, but also be set-up to test new and emerging therapies as they become available.

ASCOT Trial Intervention

ASCOT ADAPT includes 3 treatment domains:

Domain A (Antiviral)

  1. Standard of care
  2. Standard of care + nafamostat

Domain B (Antibody)

  1. Standard of care
  2. Standard of care + convalescent plasma

Domain C (Anticoagulation)

  1. Standard dose thromboprophylaxis
  2. Intermediate dose thromboprophylaxis
  3. Standard dose thromboprophylaxis plus aspirin

Eligible patients can be randomised to one or more domains concurrently.

Protocol documents and further details are available at www.ascot-trial.edu.au

VOLUME 7.05 – JUNE 2022

VOLUME 5.07 – DECEMBER 2020

Research Roundup:

December 2020

Welcome Message

Welcome to this month’s edition of our TSANZ Research Roundup.

This is a busy time for TSANZ and LFA’s research awards, with the Ann Woolcock New Investigator Award and LFA Ludwig Engel Research Award, Lizotte Family Research Award and Ivan Cash Research Awards currently under review. Keep your eyes open for several TSANZ awards opening soon! These will be accessible on the TSANZ Awards Submission Portal and include the new CFA Innovation Grant as detailed below. Also note NHMRC’s Special Initiative in Human Health and Environmental Change (SIHHEC). This will provide a catalytic stimulus to improve Australia’s current capability and capacity in human health and environmental change research, by supporting a single, multidisciplinary, nationally focused, collaborative network of researchers across Australia. The work of this network will help to protect the health of the Australian community and build a resilient and responsive health system. The focus includes improving current understanding of the complex interactions between primary, secondary and tertiary health effects of environmental and climate change.

Plans for our virtual ASM in 2021 are well underway, with registrations now open. Please visit our TSANZSRS2021 website for more details.

Finally, please consider helping us to provide essential funding for our world class respiratory researchers and for our TSANZ awards. You can leave a tax deductible donation of your choice in our areas of need, whether it be a donation to our Benevolent Fund or to support research, establishing a named award or leaving TSANZ a gift in your will. Details can be found below.

Please feel free to get in touch with the office if there is anything we can do to support your research needs during this time.

Enjoy the December edition of your Research Roundup.

Prof Sandra Hodge

Chair, Research Sub-Committee

Open Awards

Thoracic Society Awards

TSANZ Janet Elder International Travel Award – closing 15 January 2021

Boehringer Ingelheim New Zealand COPD Travel Award – closing 15 January 2021

TSANZ Peter Phelan Research Grant – closing 27 January 2021

TSANZ Rob Pierce Grant-in-Aid for Indigenous Lung Health – closing 27 January 2021

Maurice Blackburn Occupational Lung Disease Grant-in-Aid – closing 27 January 2021

Lung Foundations Awards

Cochrane Airways Australia Scholarship – closing 4 December 2020

Cystic Fibrosis Australia Awards

Australian Cystic Fibrosis Research Trust 2021 Innovation Grant – closing 29 January 2021

How to participate

Follow the links above to access each award application form and download the information sheet.

Please email the TSANZ Awards Coordinator with any questions, comments or enquires.

Cystic Fibrosis Innovation Grant

Cystic Fibrosis Australia (CFA) is pleased to announce the 2021 Innovation Grant for post- doctoral researchers, currently working in cystic fibrosis (CF) research. This grant is awarded annually to one applicant for one year.

The Innovation Grant will allow a CF researcher to explore novel concepts at the initial feasibility stage.  Innovative applications relating to any aspect in the field of CF are encouraged, even those lacking pilot data.  The grant aims to allow the researcher to generate sufficient data within the one-year grant period to be in a position to apply for additional support from an appropriate funding body to continue the research.

The Innovation grant will be offered to post-doctoral researchers currently working in or proposing to work in CF research.  The researcher will have completed a research higher degree in CF or a related area within the last ten years.

The recipient of the Innovation Grant is required to provide progress reports on their research to CFA every six months.  In addition, and where appropriate, the recipient will be asked to make a presentation at a CFA conference (held every two years) in Australia.

The maximum amount awarded under the Innovation Grant will be $80,000.  The actual amount provided will be subject to approval of the applicant’s budget.

Applications can be made through the website of The Thoracic Society of Australia & New Zealand (TSANZ) and must be received by TSANZ no later than 5.00 pm (AEDT) 29th January 2021.

Registrations open for ASM

Registrations are now open for our first ever Virtual Annual Scientific Meeting! Be a part of TSANZSRS21 on 1-2 May 2021 from the comfort of your own home.

Respirology – Editor’s Choice

Respirology Issue 25.11 November 2020

 

Predictive value of control of COPD for risk of exacerbations: An international, prospective study

Marc Miravitlles, Pawel Sliwinski, Chin Kook Rhee, Richard W. Costello, Victoria Carter, Jessica H.Y. Tan, Therese S. Lapperre, Bernardino Alcazar, Caroline Gouder, Cristina Esquinas, Juan Luis García-Rivero, Anu Kemppinen, Augustine Tee, Miguel Roman-Rodrígues, Juan José Solder-Cataluña, David B. Price and on behlaf of the Respiratory Effectiveness Group (REG)

 

Cover caption: Control in COPD is a tool to assess clinical patient status and decision making on step-up or down treatment. Uncontrolled status is associated with an increased risk of exacerbations. This is a collaborative international study of REG, a not-for-profit initiative established by international experts in real-life and comparative effectiveness research in respiratory medicine

DOI: 10.1111/resp.13811

 

Disease progression across the spectrum of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis: A multicentre study

Giacomo Sgalla, Erminia Lo Greco, Mariarosaria Calvello, Francesco Varone, Bruno Iovene, Stefania Cerri, Pierluigi Donatelli, Ada Vancheri, Mauro Pavone, Fabrizio Luppi, Carlo Vancheri and Luca Richeldi

 

Cover caption: The collaborative research team from three Italian centres in Catania, Rome and Modena. From left to right: Ada Vancheri, Carlo Vancheri, Bruno Iovene, Mauro Pavone, Giacomo Sgalla, Stefania Cerri, Francesco Varone, Luca Richeldi.

DOI: 10.1111/resp.13805

 

Respirology Issue 25.12 December 2020

 

 

Bronchial thermoplasty versus mepolizumab: Comparison of outcomes in a severe asthma clinic

David Langton, Joy Shia, Suzy Guo, Julie Sharp, Ceri Banks, Wei Wang, Virginia Plumber and Francis Thien

 

Cover caption:

Bronchial thermoplasty: Work in progress

DOI: 10.1111/resp.13830

 

Cost of hospitalisation for bronchiectasis exacerbation in children

Vikas Goyal, Steven M McPhail, Frank Hurley, Keith Grimwood, Julie M Marchant, I Brent Masters and Anne B Chang

 

Cover caption:

The emblem of AusBREATHE (Australian Bronchiectasis Centre of Research Excellence, especially for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children) is a reproduction of a painting by First Nations artist and former Menzies employee, who describes how the painting represents the lungs as follows:

‘When the earth was made, so were the first trees. They cleaned the air through their branches and leaves. The same is reflected in us with our lungs; they have branches like trees breathing in the air and cleaning our body and provide much needed oxygen.The butterflies represent a delicate balance; if something happens to the air, the butterflies will die. That’s why we must look after our air, like we have to look after our lungs because they keep us alive. The red dots represent alveoli that are at the end of the branches.’

DOI: 10.1111/resp.13828

Research Review

NZ Respiratory Research Review Issue 177

 

NZ Respiratory Research Review Issue 178

NZ Respiratory Research Review Issue 179

As part of an ongoing series focussing on new registrations in Australia, Research Review has released a product review of the use of beclometasone dipropionate/formoterol (Fostair) for patients with asthma.

This review discusses the evidence in support of the use of Fostair, its pharmacological properties, dosage and administration, and efficacy and tolerability as demonstrated in pivotal clinical trials. It also provides commentary and recommendations from Professor Francis Thien, Director of the Department of Respiratory and Sleep Medicine at Box Hill Hospital, Eastern Health, and the Monash University Clinical School in Melbourne, Australia.

 

ASCOT trial

ASCOT is a clinical trial that will generate clinical evidence about treatment for COVID-19 that can be applied during the pandemic to reduce mortality or the need for mechanical ventilation in hospitalised but not yet critically ill patients with COVID-19.

The trial is conducted on an adaptive platform, results will be continually analysed, so that ineffective therapies can be stopped and new therapies can be evaluated as part of the trial. The trial will be conducted across more than 60 sites in Australia, New Zealand and Asia. The trial is registered at: ACTRN12620000445976, Ethics approval granted through Melbourne Health Human Research Ethics Committee HREC/62646/MH-2020.097

Potential Treatments for COVID-19

There are currently no specific therapies for COVID-19. The two main strategies are to limit the virus replicating (antiviral therapies) or to modulate the immune response (in some severe cases, there is a damaging over exuberant immune response).

ASCOT intends to randomise patients to different therapies to understand their impact on clinical outcomes. We will do this for existing therapies, but also be set-up to test new and emerging therapies as they become available.

ASCOT Trial Intervention

Initially, an open label trial of two existing treatments in a 2×2 factorial design with usual care arm will be conducted.

  1. Lopinavir/ritonavir (kaletra), a combination medicine that is used to treat human immunodeficiency virus-1 (HIV-1) infection
  1. Hydroxychloroquine, a medicine used to treat rheumatoid arthritis and other inflammatory conditions and to prevent and treat malaria.

Protocol documents and further details are available at www.ascot-trial.edu.au

 

Can you help TSANZ make a difference?

Your support makes a difference, and helps us continue to provide funding for research and our TSANZ awards. If you would like to support our work, you can leave a tax deductible donation of your choice in our areas of need.

1. Making a donation to our Benevolent Fund

The Benevolent Fund supports projects aimed at improving the respiratory health care of individuals who are in a setting where health care resources and delivery are poor.
CLICK HERE to make a donation or by filling out the Support TSANZ form. Once you have completed the form, please email TSANZOffice@thoracic.org.au.

2. Making a donation to support research

With your support, we can continue to support Australia and New Zealand’s most significant and cutting edge respiratory health research, and benefit Australians and New Zealanders suffering from lung disease.
Please CLICK HERE to make a donation or by filling out the Support TSANZ form. Once you have completed the form, please email TSANZOffice@thoracic.org.au.

3. Establishing a named award

For significant donations of above $10,000 AUD, a TSANZ award can be established in your name. Please call the TSANZ office on +61 2 9222 6200.

4. Leave TSANZ a gift in your will

If you are interested in supporting TSANZ in the future, one way to do so is to leave TSANZ a gift in your will. Any support is greatly appreciated and will leave a lasting legacy.
If interested, please notify us by ticking the box on the Support TSANZ form. Once you have completed the form, please email TSANZOffice@thoracic.org.au. Alternatively, please call the TSANZ Office on +61 2 9222 6200.

5. TSANZ New Zealand Branch Incorporated 

New Zealand members are reminded that you are also able to make a tax deductible donation directly to the NZ branch. You can assist the NZ branch to provide services to members across NZ. If you make a payment via electronic funds transfer (EFT), please notify the TSANZ office so that we can arrange a receipt.
CLICK HERE to make a donation.

Thank you for your continued support of TSANZ.

 

VOLUME 7.05 – JUNE 2022

VOLUME 5.04 – JUNE 2020

Research Roundup:

June 2020

 

Welcome Message

Welcome to this exciting update of the Research Roundup.

Many of you would have experienced the success of our first virtual Ann Woolcock Award presentation session. I congratulate all the finalists for adapting so well to this new format and to the audience who quickly settled into the Zoom Q&A system and challenged the speakers with stimulating questions.

The RSC members are having a well-earned break from their arduous but rewarding grant review duties, and both I and the Society sincerely thank these members for all their hard work. Their break will be short as awards will open again in the coming months.

Please feel free to get in touch with the office if there is anything we can do to support your research needs during this time.

Enjoy the June edition of your Research Roundup.

Prof Sandra Hodge

Chair, Research Sub-Committee

2020 Respiratory Research Excellence Awards

 

TSANZ congratulates the following award winners!!!

 

Ann Woolcock New Investigator Award Winner: Kurtis Budden

Ann Woolcock New Investigator Award Finalists: Kak-Ming Ling, Rebecca Stockwell, Steven Taylor, Pamela Laird, Razia Zakarya

TSANZ and National Asthma Council Australia Asthma and Airways Career Development Fellowship: Simon Craig

TSANZ/AstraZeneca Respiratory Research Mid-Career Fellowship: Hayley Scott

TSANZ/AstraZeneca Respiratory Research Early Career Fellowship: Steven Taylor

Australian Cystic Fibrosis Research Trust 2020 Innovation Grant: Abdullah Tarique, Peter Sly, Emmanuelle Fantino, Clair Wainwright, and Scott Bell

Vertex Adult Cystic Fibrosis Research Award: Sandra Hodge, Peter Zalewski, David Parsons, Andrew Tai, Sally Chapman, Judith Morton, and Emily Hopkins

Vertex Paediatric Cystic Fibrosis Research Award: Shafagh Waters and Adam Jaffe

Maurice Blackburn Grant-in-Aid for Occupational Lung Disease: Mariane T Turner, Samuel Sameh, Robert A Cohen, and Deborah H Yates           

TSANZ Rob Pierce Grant-In-Aid for Indigenous Lung Health: Kristin Carson-Chahhoud

TSANZ Peter Phelan Paediatric Research Award: Shivanthan Shanthikumar

TSANZ / Boehringer Ingelheim Australia COPD Travel Award: Katrina Tonga

TSANZ / Boehringer Ingelheim New Zealand COPD Travel Award: Hajar Ali

TSANZ/JRS Early Career Development Award: Saleela Ruwanpura

Janet Elder International Mid-Career Travel Award: David G Chapman

Janet Elder International Early Career Travel Award Recipient 1: Steven Taylor

Janet Elder International Early Career Travel Award Recipient 2: Tony Zhang

TSANZ Respiratory Nurses Career Development Award for Indigenous Research:Kobi Schutz

 

TSANZ would like to thank our partners and sponsors for their support of excellent respiratory research and researchers!

2020 TSANZ Awards by Nomination

At TSANZ 2020 AGM we recognised seven leaders in their field of lung health.

TSANZ 50th Anniversary Medal for Education and Training – Associate Professor David Fielding.

The 50th Anniversary Medal is awarded each year in recognition of outstanding contributions to respiratory education and training in Australia or New Zealand.

TSANZ Research Medal – Professor Shyamali Dharmage, Professor Alan James

This award acknowledges the recipient’s outstanding contribution to the advancement of the practice of thoracic medicine in Australia and New Zealand. This year, due to the calibre of nominations, the TSANZ Board has chosen two recipients for the TSANZ Research Medal.

TSANZ Society Medal – Associate Professor Tara Mackenzie

This award acknowledges the recipient’s outstanding contribution to the advancement of the practice of thoracic medicine in Australia and New Zealand.

Fellowships

  • Professor Richard Beasley
  • Professor Margaret Wilsher
  • Professor Ross Vlahos

Each year the TSANZ board considers peer nominations for Fellow status of the Thoracic Society of Australia and New Zealand (TSANZ). Fellow status is awarded to members who have demonstrated exceptional contributions to the field of respiratory health in Australia or New Zealand.

Congratulations to all!

Respirology – Editor’s Choice 

Respirology Issue 25.5 May 2020

 

Artificial stone-associated silicosis in China: A prospective comparison with natural stone-associated silicosis

Na Wu, Changjiang Xue, Shiwen Yu and Qiao Ye

 

Chest HRCT of 2 peatients with natural stone-associated findings (top) and 2 patients with artificial stone-associated silicosis (Bottom)

DOI: 10.1111/resp.13744

 

Acute exacerbations of fibrotic interstitial lung diseases

Atsushi Suzuki, Yasuhiro Kondoh, Kevin K. Brown, Takeshi Johkoh, Kensuke Kataoka, Junya Fukuoka, Tomoki Kimura, Toshiaki Matsuda, Toshiki Yokoyama, Jun Fukihara, Masahiko Ando, Tomonori Tanaka, Naozumi Hashimoto, Koji Sakamoto and Yoshinori Hasegawa

 

Researchers from the ILD collaborative team from Japan and US. From left to right: (front) Dr. Yasuhiro Kondoh, Dr. Kevin K. Brown, Dr. Yoshinori Hasegawa; (back) Dr. Atsushi Suzuki, Dr. Koji Sakamoto, Dr. Naozumi Hashimoto, Dr. Kensuke Kataoka, Dr. Yuji Saito.

DOI: 10.1111/resp.13682

Respirology Issue 25.6 June 2020

 

Effects of E-cigarette E-liquid components on bronchial epithelial cells: Demonstration of dysfunctional efferocytosis

Miranda P. Ween, Rhys Hamon, Matthew G, Macowan, Leigh Thredgold, Paul R. Reynolds and Sandra J. Hodge

 

A collection of e-cigarettes and e-liquids for sale to vapers

DOI: 10.1111/resp.13696

 

Corticosteroid use is not associated with improved outcomes in acute exacerbation of IPF

Erica Farrand, Eric Vittinghoff, Brett Ley, Atul J. Butte and Harold R. Collard

 

 

The research team from the University of California San Francisco in the United States (c269928 represents Brett Ley)

DOI: 10.1111/resp.13753

TSANZSRS 2020 Abstracts

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the TSANZSRS 2020 ASM has been postponed until 30 April – 4 May 2021. This supplement contains Abstracts that were accepted for presentation at the 2020 meeting.

Volume 25, Issue S1 TSANZSRS 2020 The Australia & New Zealand Society of Respiratory Science and The Thoracic Society of Australia and New Zealand (ANZSRS/TSANZ) Annual Scientific Meeting for Leaders in Lung Health & Respiratory Science, 27–31 March 202

 

Invitations and surveys

 

CYSTIC FIBROSIS RESEARCH AND ADVOCACY PRIORITY SETTING SURVEY 2020 AND BEYOND

Dear Members of the Thoracic Society of Australia and New Zealand,

Cystic Fibrosis Australia (CFA) is inviting the TSANZ members to take part in their Research and Advocacy Priority Setting survey. If you are a CF stakeholder, living with the condition or looking after someone who lives with the condition, then your survey responses are greatly needed and encouraged.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/F38Q8K2

We want all our community members, patients, carers, clinicians and researchers to be involved in every step and we thank you for agreeing to take part.

To speak to us about this questionnaire or for any further enquires, contact us at (02) 9889 5171 or email nickim@cfa.org.au. Alternatively, you can join the conversation over at the Cystic Fibrosis Australia page on Facebook.

 

INVITATION TO PARTICIPATE IN AN ERS STUDY AIMING TO IMPROVE THE QUALITY OF CLINICAL TRIALS EVALUATING THE MANAGEMENT OF COPD EXACERBATIONS

Dear colleagues,

Clinical trials evaluating the management of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) exacerbations evaluate heterogeneous outcomes (endpoints), often omitting those that are clinically important and relevant to patients. This limits their usability and comparability.

To remedy this issue, the European Respiratory Society (ERS) set-up a Task Force aiming to develop a core outcome set (COS). A COS is a consensus-based minimum set of clinically important outcomes that should be evaluated in all future clinical trials on the management of COPD exacerbations.

We have identified around 50 outcomes of COPD exacerbations and we need your help to prioritize a small number of the most important outcomes, to be included in the core outcome set and to be evaluated in all future clinical trials on the management of COPD exacerbations. To help us prioritize the outcomes, we will be grateful if you could complete a survey that has two stages, 4-8 weeks apart. Each survey takes about 20 minutes to complete.

In the first survey, you will be asked to rate the importance of 50 outcomes between 1-9:

  • 1-3: Outcomes of limited importance.
  • 4-6: Outcomes that are important but not critical.
  • 7-9: Critical outcomes.

We welcome responses from health professionals, researchers, patients with COPD and any other stakeholders with interest in COPD exacerbations.

In the second survey, you will see a graph summarizing the responses of all participants in the first survey and you will be asked to reconsider your ratings, taking into consideration the views of the other responders. While the aim of this survey will be to reach consensus, you will not have to change your ratings if you do not want to.

Your opinion in both surveys is extremely important in developing the core outcome set.

It is crucial that you complete both surveys and we would be very grateful if you can do this.

Please, take the survey in one of the following languages:

English: https://delphimanager.liv.ac.uk/COPD/
Portuguese: https://delphimanager.liv.ac.uk/COPD-PO/
German: https://delphimanager.liv.ac.uk/COPD-GE/
Hungarian:  https://delphimanager.liv.ac.uk/COPD-HU/
Mandarin: https://delphimanager.liv.ac.uk/COPD-CN/
Spanish: https://delphimanager.liv.ac.uk/COPD-ES/
Russian: https://delphimanager.liv.ac.uk/COPD-RU/
Greek: https://delphimanager.liv.ac.uk/COPD-GR/
Danish: https://delphimanager.liv.ac.uk/COPD-DK/
Italian: https://delphimanager.liv.ac.uk/COPD-IT/

We appreciate this is a difficult time for patients and professionals in the respiratory community. While all efforts should rightly be focused on caring for those affected by the novel coronavirus and COVID-19, we believe that research to improve care and outcomes for respiratory patients is needed now more than ever. We are sensitive to the enormous pressures faced by patients and professionals in our community and will review the timelines for this survey and subsequent work in response to the ongoing global pandemic.

Thank you very much in advance,
Kind regards,
Associate Prof. Jens-Ulrik Jensen,
Dr. Alexander Mathioudakis,
Prof. Jørgen Vestbo,
On behalf of the study team.

 

NURSES’ ATTITUDES TO CARING FOR PEOPLE WITH INTELLECTUAL DISABILITY: AN AUSTRALIAN SURVEY

Dear Colleagues,

We invite you to consider participating in our online survey focused on nurses’ attitudes to caring for people with intellectual disability. This survey, led by researchers from Western Sydney and Central Queensland Universities, is a replication of a previous US study by Dr Melissa Desroches from the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth.

People with intellectual disability have lower levels of general health than other members of our community. They also have higher incidence of hospitalisation and, of major concern, higher incidence of preventable death than members of the general population.

By learning about nurses’ attitudes to caring for people with intellectual disability, we anticipate being able to develop models of care and supportive resources for nurses to enhance the care that they provide to people with intellectual disability.

Please read the attached participant information sheet and consider completing this short survey by accessing the link below:

Caring for People with Intellectual Disability survey

Thank you for considering our invitation
A/Prof Nathan Wilson, Western Sydney University
Dr Peter Lewis, Western Sydney University
Ms Virginia Howie, Central Queensland University
Dr Melissa Desroches, University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth

Kind regards,
Virginia

 

GLOBAL CURRENT PRACTICES OF MECHANICAL VENTILATION MANAGEMENT IN COVID-19 PATIENTS

Dear Colleague, 

You are invited to partake in the current study, “Global Current Practices of Mechanical Ventilation Management in COVID-19 Patients.” The goal of this study is to explore the current practices of mechanical ventilation support in adult COVID-19 patients worldwide. 

We are carrying out this online survey for frontline clinicians involved in the care of patients with COVID-19, with the aim to examine which ventilation techniques healthcare providers’ used to manage adult COVID-19 patients. It would be helpful if you could complete this survey, the estimated time is 5-10 minutes. While there is limited information available on ventilatory support practices in COVID-19 patients, this international survey will provide further insights into current strengths and limitations of global practices.

Rest assured that your answers will be kept confidential, and no information will be used to identify you or your response. This research project was approved by the Institutional Review Board (IRB), AFHER-IRB-2020-012.

If you have any concern or question regarding this study, please do not hesitate to contact me at Jaber.alqahtani.18@ucl.ac.uk.

THANK YOU!
Jaber Alqahtani
On behalf of the whole international team

 

INVITATION TO PARTICIPATE IN A STUDY ON SELF MANAGEMENT FOR PULMONARY FIBROSIS: WHAT DOES IT MEAN AND HOW MIGHT IT HELP?

Dear Members of the Thoracic Society of Australia and New Zealand, 

Alfred Health and the Centre of Research Excellence in Pulmonary Fibrosis are inviting health professionals involved with pulmonary fibrosis (PF) to take part in a study on self-management for pulmonary fibrosis: what does it mean and how might it help? 

Participation is voluntary and involves you sharing your views, opinions and experiences on the patients’ management of PF through a confidential telephone interview of about 30 minutes in duration

Your perspective is important to help us identify and develop resources that will provide patients with the knowledge and tools to manage their own wellbeing. In turn, this will help health professionals to be better equipped to provide support to people with PF and their families. 

The study has been approved by the Alfred Health Human Ethics Committee (Project number: 144/20). 

If you are interested in participating or would like further information on this study, please contact: 

Professor Anne Holland (Chief Investigator) 
Professor of Physiotherapy, 
Monash University and Alfred Health 
Email: Anne.Holland@monash.edu 
Telephone: (03) 9903 0214 

Ms Joanna Lee (PhD candidate)
Monash University and Alfred Health
Email: joanna.lee2@monash.edu
Mobile: 0431 689 361

Thank you for your time and consideration of our study. 

 

IDENTIFYING BARRIERS AND FACILITATORS TO THE IMPLEMENTATION OF BEST PRACTICE FOR PULMONARY FIBROSIS IN AUSTRALIA

What are the barriers and facilitators to implementing best practice?

Dear Members of the Thoracic Society of Australia and New Zealand,

The Centre of Research Excellence in Pulmonary Fibrosis (CRE-PF) is inviting physicians involved in the management of people with pulmonary fibrosis (PF) to take part in our study aimed at identifying the barriers and facilitators to the implementation of best practice for the diagnosis, treatment and management of the disease.

Participation is voluntary and involves providing your views, opinions and experiences on the management of PF through confidential, in person interviews of about 30 minutes in duration. 

Your perspective is important to help us understand the barriers that may be impeding the implementation of best practice in clinical settings. The findings have the potential to guide the development of behaviour change strategies aimed at improving implementation and in turn, optimise the prognosis and management pathways for people with this insidious disease.

Like more information or interested in participating? Click here

The study has been approved by the Monash University Human Ethics Committee (Number 22350) and the Sydney Local Health District Human Ethics Committee (Number 2019/ETH13556).

If you would like to speak to us about any aspect of this study, please contact:

Professor Anne Holland
Professor of Physiotherapy, Monash University and Alfred Health
Department of Allergy, Clinical Immunology and Respiratory Medicine, Monash University
Anne.Holland@monash.edu or (03) 9903 0214

Thank you for your time and consideration of our study.

ASCOT trial

ASCOT is a clinical trial that will generate clinical evidence about treatment for COVID-19 that can be applied during the pandemic to reduce mortality or the need for mechanical ventilation in hospitalised but not yet critically ill patients with COVID-19.

The trial is conducted on an adaptive platform, results will be continually analysed, so that ineffective therapies can be stopped and new therapies can be evaluated as part of the trial. The trial will be conducted across more than 60 sites in Australia, New Zealand and Asia. The trial is registered at: ACTRN12620000445976, Ethics approval granted through Melbourne Health Human Research Ethics Committee HREC/62646/MH-2020.097

Potential Treatments for COVID-19

There are currently no specific therapies for COVID-19. The two main strategies are to limit the virus replicating (antiviral therapies) or to modulate the immune response (in some severe cases, there is a damaging over exuberant immune response).

ASCOT intends to randomise patients to different therapies to understand their impact on clinical outcomes. We will do this for existing therapies, but also be set-up to test new and emerging therapies as they become available.

ASCOT Trial Intervention

Initially, an open label trial of two existing treatments in a 2×2 factorial design with usual care arm will be conducted.

  1. Lopinavir/ritonavir (kaletra), a combination medicine that is used to treat human immunodeficiency virus-1 (HIV-1) infection
  1. Hydroxychloroquine, a medicine used to treat rheumatoid arthritis and other inflammatory conditions and to prevent and treat malaria.

 

Protocol documents and further details are available at www.ascot-trial.edu.au

 

Can you help TSANZ make a difference?
 

Your support makes a difference, and helps us continue to provide funding for research and our TSANZ awards. If you would like to support our work, you can leave a tax deductible donation of your choice in our areas of need.

1. Making a donation to our Benevolent Fund

The Benevolent Fund supports projects aimed at improving the respiratory health care of individuals who are in a setting where health care resources and delivery are poor.
CLICK HERE to make a donation or by filling out the Support TSANZ form. Once you have completed the form, please email TSANZOffice@thoracic.org.au.

2. Making a donation to support research

With your support, we can continue to support Australia and New Zealand’s most significant and cutting edge respiratory health research, and benefit Australians and New Zealanders suffering from lung disease.
Please CLICK HERE to make a donation or by filling out the Support TSANZ form. Once you have completed the form, please email TSANZOffice@thoracic.org.au.

3. Establishing a named award

For significant donations of above $10,000 AUD, a TSANZ award can be established in your name. Please call the TSANZ office on +61 2 9222 6200.

4. Leave TSANZ a gift in your will

If you are interested in supporting TSANZ in the future, one way to do so is to leave TSANZ a gift in your will. Any support is greatly appreciated and will leave a lasting legacy.
If interested, please notify us by ticking the box on the Support TSANZ form. Once you have completed the form, please email TSANZOffice@thoracic.org.au. Alternatively, please call the TSANZ Office on +61 2 9222 6200.

5. TSANZ New Zealand Branch Incorporated 

New Zealand members are reminded that you are also able to make a tax deductible donation directly to the NZ branch. You can assist the NZ branch to provide services to members across NZ. If you make a payment via electronic funds transfer (EFT), please notify the TSANZ office so that we can arrange a receipt. 
CLICK HERE to make a donation.

Thank you for your continued support of TSANZ.

 

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VOLUME 7.05 – JUNE 2022

VOLUME 4.010 – DECEMBER 2019

Research Roundup:

December 2019

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Welcome Message

As the year draws to a close and many of us are wrapping up for the summer break we have a few short messages for you.

Firstly, we have three awards open which we would like to draw your attention to:

Secondly, late-breaking abstracts are open, so if you have any new work to share with your colleagues, please consider submitting to TSANZSRS 2020!

Lastly, we wish you all a safe and relaxing break over the festive season. For those who will remain at work, we hope all goes smoothly for you! Enjoy the December edition of your research roundup and please check out the surveys below.

Prof Sandra Hodge

Chair, Research Sub-Committee

Open Awards

 

Thoracic Society Awards 

There are three Thoracic Society Awards open:

 

How to participate

Follow the links above to access each award application form and download the information sheet.

Please email the TSANZ Awards Coordinator with any questions, comments or enquires.

Respirology – Editor’s Choice 

Respirology Issue 24.12 December 2019

 

Increased risk of major adverse cardiac events following the onset of acute exacerbations of COPD

Mette Reilev, Anton Pottegård, Jesper Lykkegaard, Jens Søndergaard, Truls S Ingebrigtsen and Jesper Hallas

 

 

DOI: 10.1111/resp.13620

Top row, from left to right: Mette Reilev, Jesper Hallas and Anton Pottegård, Clinical Pharmacology and Pharmacy, University of Southern Denmark

Bottom row, from left to right: Jesper Lykkegaard and Jens Søndergaard, The Research Unit for General Practice, University of Southern Denmark

Non-invasive ventilation versus oxygen therapy in cystic fibrosis: A 12-month randomized trial

Maree A. Milross, Amanda J. Piper, Tiffany J. Dwyer, Keith Wong, Scott C. Bell, Peter T.P. Bye and the Non-Invasive Ventilation Cystic Fibrosis (NIVCF) Study Group

Non-invasive ventilation in cystic fibrosis

DOI: 10.1111/resp.13604

Research Project and Survey Requests

 

Competitive Grants of Up To $1 Million To Turn Medical Discoveries Into Clinical Reality (Fed)

Minister for Health, Greg Hunt, says cutting edge researchers and entrepreneurs can receive up to $1 million from the Morrison Government to develop their breakthrough medical devices to improve patient care.

The third round of funding from the Government’s $45 million BioMedTech (MBT) Horizons initiative, funded by our landmark Medical Research Future Fund, will open on 15 October.

EOI applications open: Tuesday, 15 October 2019.
Closing Date: Monday, 16 December 2019

Click here for further details

Workshops and Conferences

 

Chronic Breathlessness

 

The Australian national Palliative Care Clinical Studies Collaborative (PaCCSC) is pleased to announce the publication of results from a recently completed multi-site, double-blind, randomised controlled trial that found that regular, sustained-release morphine had similar benefits and harms to placebo in this adequately powered trial at one week.

The manuscript is titled “Regular, sustained-release morphine for chronic breathlessness: a multi-centre, double-blind, randomised, placebo controlled trial”. Authored by David Currow and colleagues, the paper was published in Thorax 2019; 213681 (ahead of print). A copy of the paper is attached for your benefit.

 

 

Can you help TSANZ make a difference?
 

Your support makes a difference, and helps us continue to provide funding for research and our TSANZ awards. If you would like to support our work, you can leave a tax deductible donation of your choice in our areas of need.

1. Making a donation to our Benevolent Fund

The Benevolent Fund supports projects aimed at improving the respiratory health care of individuals who are in a setting where health care resources and delivery are poor.
CLICK HERE to make a donation or by filling out the Support TSANZ form. Once you have completed the form, please email TSANZOffice@thoracic.org.au.

2. Making a donation to support research

With your support, we can continue to support Australia and New Zealand’s most significant and cutting edge respiratory health research, and benefit Australians and New Zealanders suffering from lung disease.
Please CLICK HERE to make a donation or by filling out the Support TSANZ form. Once you have completed the form, please email TSANZOffice@thoracic.org.au.

3. Establishing a named award

For significant donations of above $10,000 AUD, a TSANZ award can be established in your name. Please call the TSANZ office on +61 2 9222 6200.

4. Leave TSANZ a gift in your will

If you are interested in supporting TSANZ in the future, one way to do so is to leave TSANZ a gift in your will. Any support is greatly appreciated and will leave a lasting legacy.
If interested, please notify us by ticking the box on the Support TSANZ form. Once you have completed the form, please email TSANZOffice@thoracic.org.au. Alternatively, please call the TSANZ Office on +61 2 9222 6200.

5. TSANZ New Zealand Branch Incorporated 

New Zealand members are reminded that you are also able to make a tax deductible donation directly to the NZ branch. You can assist the NZ branch to provide services to members across NZ. If you make a payment via electronic funds transfer (EFT), please notify the TSANZ office so that we can arrange a receipt. 
CLICK HERE to make a donation.

Thank you for your continued support of TSANZ

VOLUME 7.05 – JUNE 2022

VOLUME 4.09 NOVEMBER 2019

Research Roundup:

November 2019

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Welcome Message

We are now in the penultimate month of the year, and for the Thoracic Society this sparks the beginning of the busy lead up to our national conference. The Research Sub-committee is in full swing reviewing award applications, the SIG convenors are reviewing abstract submissions, and our conference organisers are ensuring the sessions are programmed smoothly to present your research in the best way possible. For 2020, we are expecting another large conference, having received approximately 440 submissions. Details are gradually being added to the TSANZSRS site and the early program is now visible. Early bird registration is available until the 18th of January, 2020.

Thanks to the many who recently submitted award applications. We would like to highlight that a number of awards are still open and some have been extended – please look below or on our website to find out more information.

We hope you enjoy this edition of your Research Roundup!

Prof Sandra Hodge

Chair, Research Sub-Committee

Open Awards

 

Thoracic Society Awards 

There are three Thoracic Society Awards open:

 

Lund Foundation Australia Research Awards 

  • Cochrane Airways Australia Scholarship – extended to 15 November 2019

To download application documents, click here.

 

How to participate

Follow the links above to access each award application form and download the information sheet.

Please email the TSANZ Awards Coordinator with any questions, comments or enquires.

TSANZ Webinar Series

 

“Tracheostomy tubes and principles of management” with Gavin Fahey

Event Date: Thursday, 14th of November 2019

Time: 2:30pm AEDT

Duration: 45 minutes

A presentation covering anatomy and physiology, tube selection, principles of nursing and emergency management.

Only limited places available! Don’t miss out!

The presenter: Gavin Fahey

Gavin Fahey currently works as Senior Respiratory Clinical Nurse Consultant (CNC) at Northern Health (NH) leading a team of Respiratory CNCs who since 2018 have collectively contributed to acquisition and management of oxygen services across NH, development of a 4-bed Respiratory Care Unit caring for patients with severe respiratory failure, and improving lung mass services incorporating development of Victoria’s first Specialist Ambulatory Pleural Service. Gavin’s experience includes working within both the Victorian Respiratory Support Service and Tracheostomy and Management Service (Austin Health) utilising his experience and advanced understanding of tracheostomy and ventilation management within the acute and outpatients setting.

CLICK HERE to register! 

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Missed out on a webinar? 

The videos from our previous webinars are now available for on-demand viewing. For more information, please CLICK HERE!

Respirology – Editor’s Choice

Respirology Issue 24.11 November 2019

Nasal high-flow therapy compared with non-invasive ventilation in COPD patients with chronic respiratory failure: A randomized controlled cross-over trial

Steven McKinstry, Joseph Singer, Jan Pieter Baarsma, Mark Weatherall, Richard Beasley, James Fingleton

DOI: 10.1111/resp.13575

Nasal High Flow therapy in use

BMPR2-expressing bone marrow-derived endothelial-like progenitor cells alleviate pulmonary arterial hypertension in vivo

Rebecca L. Harper, Suzanne Maiolo, Rebekah J. Ward, Jemma Seyfang, Michaelia P. Cockshell, Claudine S. Bonder, Paul N. Reynolds

Putative mechanism of cell therapy upregulating BMPR2 in pulmonary vessels via release of exosomes

DOI: 10.1111/resp.13552

Research Project and Survey Requests

 

Competitive Grants of Up To $1 Million To Turn Medical Discoveries Into Clinical Reality (Fed)

Minister for Health, Greg Hunt, says cutting edge researchers and entrepreneurs can receive up to $1 million from the Morrison Government to develop their breakthrough medical devices to improve patient care.

The third round of funding from the Government’s $45 million BioMedTech (MBT) Horizons initiative, funded by our landmark Medical Research Future Fund, will open on 15 October.

EOI applications open: Tuesday, 15 October 2019.
Closing Date: Monday, 16 December 2019

Click here for further details

Workshops and Conferences

Dear TSANZ Members,

Lung Foundation Australia, with the support of nursing members of the Australia and New Zealand – Lung Cancer Nurse Forum, invite you to the next workshop in the series: Treatment Modalities and Management of a Stage 3 NSCLC Patient workshop, in Hobart on Friday 29 November 2019.

These workshops are open to nurses and allied health with an interest in working with and caring for people with lung cancer.

Date: Friday 29 November 2019

Time: 9:30am – 12:30pm

Location: Cancer Support Centre, Royal Hobart Hospital, 48 Liverpool St, Hobart TAS 7000

Program: Medical experts including nurses, medical oncology and radiation oncology specialists, and allied health professionals will discuss the management of a Stage III unresectable lung cancer patient.

More information about the agenda and speakers are coming soon. Please see our website for up to date information on this workshop.

Workshops are free to attend and you will be provided with a certificate for your hours of learning.

Register here

Please RSVP by Friday 22 November 2019. Registrations are essential for seating and catering purposes. For more information on the event, please visit our website here.

For further queries, please contact our information and support centre freecall on 1800 654 301 or email enquiries@lungfoundation.com.au.

We hope to see you on the day!

Kind Regards,

Lung Foundation Australia

 

                                                                                                                                                              

 

Can you help TSANZ make a difference?

Your support makes a difference, and helps us continue to provide funding for research and our TSANZ awards. If you would like to support our work, you can leave a tax deductible donation of your choice in our areas of need.

1. Making a donation to our Benevolent Fund

The Benevolent Fund supports projects aimed at improving the respiratory health care of individuals who are in a setting where health care resources and delivery are poor.
CLICK HERE to make a donation or by filling out the Support TSANZ form. Once you have completed the form, please email TSANZOffice@thoracic.org.au.

2. Making a donation to support research

With your support, we can continue to support Australia and New Zealand’s most significant and cutting edge respiratory health research, and benefit Australians and New Zealanders suffering from lung disease.
Please CLICK HERE to make a donation or by filling out the Support TSANZ form. Once you have completed the form, please email TSANZOffice@thoracic.org.au.

3. Establishing a named award

For significant donations of above $10,000 AUD, a TSANZ award can be established in your name. Please call the TSANZ office on +61 2 9222 6200.

4. Leave TSANZ a gift in your will

If you are interested in supporting TSANZ in the future, one way to do so is to leave TSANZ a gift in your will. Any support is greatly appreciated and will leave a lasting legacy.
If interested, please notify us by ticking the box on the Support TSANZ form. Once you have completed the form, please email TSANZOffice@thoracic.org.au. Alternatively, please call the TSANZ Office on +61 2 9222 6200.

5. TSANZ New Zealand Branch Incorporated 

New Zealand members are reminded that you are also able to make a tax deductible donation directly to the NZ branch. You can assist the NZ branch to provide services to members across NZ. If you make a payment via electronic funds transfer (EFT), please notify the TSANZ office so that we can arrange a receipt.
CLICK HERE to make a donation.

Thank you for your continued support of TSANZ

VOLUME 7.05 – JUNE 2022

VOLUME 4.06 AUGUST 2019

Research Roundup:

August 2019

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Welcome Message

We received some exciting news with the announcement that the National Dust Disease Taskforce has been established by the Australian Government Department of Health. TSANZ and its members will play a key role in the Taskforce, enabling us to further contribute to the work we have been doing around preventable occupational lung disease.

Don’t forget to visit our TSANZSRS2020 website for more details about abstracts & TSANZ Travel Awards, and keep in mind the closing date of October 11th. Our Open Awards section below highlights our ongoing awards, grants and scholarships from the Lung Foundation Australia.

Submissions are always open for our “Research Roundup Holy Grail,” supported by the limbic. Details can be found here. Our most recent submission by Dr Jane Bourke is featured in this month’s the limbic section below.

We hope you enjoy the August edition of your Research Roundup!

Prof Sandra Hodge

Chair, Research Sub-Committee

Open Awards

Thoracic Society Awards

TSANZ ASM 2020 abstract-linked Awards – closing 11 October 2019
(N.B. the submission portal will become live on July 12)

TSANZ Indigenous Respiratory Nursing Award – closes 30th October 2019

TSANZ Peter Phelan Research Award – closes 30th October 2019

TSANZ Rob Pierce Grant-in-Aid for Indigenous Lung Health – closes 30th October 2019

Lung Foundation Awards

Lung Foundation Australia / A Menarini Pty Ltd 2019 Travel Awards APSR closing 13th September 2019 (5pm AEST)

BI / COPD Research Fellowship – closes 25 August 2019

Lung Foundation Australia / Lizotte Family Research Award for IPF Research – closes 25 August 2019

LFA / Ludwig Engel Grant-In-Aid for Physiological Research – closes 25 August 2019

Ivan Cash Grant-In-Aid for IPF Research – closes 25 August 2019

 

How to participate

Follow the links above to access each award application form and download the information sheet.

Please email the TSANZ Awards Coordinator with any questions, comments or enquires.

Watch this space for more award announcements…

Respirology – Editor’s Choice

Respirology Issue 24.8 August 2019

Efficacy of corticosteroid and intravenous cyclophosphamide in acute exacerbation of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis: A propensity score‐matched analysis

Hironao Hozumi, Hirotsugu Hasegawa, Koichi Miyashita, Hideki Yasui, Yuzo Suzuki, Masato Kono, Masato Karayama, Kazuki Furuhasi, Dai Hashimoto, Noriyuki Enomoto, Tomoyuki Fujisawa, Naoki Inui, Yutaro Nakamura, Koshi Yokomura, Hidenori Nakamura, Takafumi Suda

Researchers from Hamamatsu University School of Medicine, Hamamatsu, Japan. From left to right: Prof. Takafumi Suda and Dr. Hironao Hozumi

DOI: 10.1111/resp.13506

 

Epithelial cell adhesion molecule (EpCAM) from pleural fluid cell lysates is a highly accurate diagnostic biomarker of adenocarcinomatous effusions

Jose M. Porcel, Aureli Esquerda, Silvia Biesla, Anna Novell, Maria Alba Sorolla, Sonia Gatius, Carlos Zamora, Silvia Vidal, Antonieta Salud

 

The pleural research team at IRBLleida in Spain. From left to right: Drs Sorolla, Salud, Bielsa, Novell, Esquerda (behind) and Porcel.

DOI: 10.1111/resp.13539

Research Project and Survey Requests

 

What is “suspected” lung cancer?

Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer-related mortality and morbidity in Australia. The Cancer Council’s Optimal Care Pathway suggests that patients with suspected lung cancer on CT scan be seen by a specialist within two weeks. But what exactly is “suspected” lung cancer? Does that 5mm lung nodule found incidentally on CT coronary angiogram need urgent specialist attention?

St John of God Healthcare doctors and Curtin University researchers are inviting respiratory physicians to help us define “suspected” lung cancer. We need you to review 10 short case scenarios and tell us if each of the patients should be seen by a specialist within two weeks.

To participate, click here.

You have been anonymously invited to participate because the Thoracic Society of Australia and New Zealand identifies you as a member. Consent is implied by your voluntary participation. This research study has been reviewed and given approval from the Curtin University and St John of God Healthcare Human Research Ethics Committees.
If you have questions or comments, you can contact the Principle Investigator on david.manners@sjog.org.au, the Curtin University HREC on hrec@curtin.edu.au or the SJOG Healthcare HREC on ethics@sjog.org.au.

 

Can you help TSANZ make a difference?

Your support makes a difference, and helps us continue to provide funding for research and our TSANZ awards. If you would like to support our work, you can leave a tax deductible donation of your choice in our areas of need.

1. Making a donation to our Benevolent Fund

The Benevolent Fund supports projects aimed at improving the respiratory health care of individuals who are in a setting where health care resources and delivery are poor.
CLICK HERE to make a donation or by filling out the Support TSANZ form. Once you have completed the form, please email TSANZOffice@thoracic.org.au.

2. Making a donation to support research

With your support, we can continue to support Australia and New Zealand’s most significant and cutting edge respiratory health research, and benefit Australians and New Zealanders suffering from lung disease.
Please CLICK HERE to make a donation or by filling out the Support TSANZ form. Once you have completed the form, please email TSANZOffice@thoracic.org.au.

3. Establishing a named award

For significant donations of above $10,000 AUD, a TSANZ award can be established in your name. Please call the TSANZ office on +61 2 9222 6200.

4. Leave TSANZ a gift in your will

If you are interested in supporting TSANZ in the future, one way to do so is to leave TSANZ a gift in your will. Any support is greatly appreciated and will leave a lasting legacy.
If interested, please notify us by ticking the box on the Support TSANZ form. Once you have completed the form, please email TSANZOffice@thoracic.org.au. Alternatively, please call the TSANZ Office on +61 2 9222 6200.

5. TSANZ New Zealand Branch Incorporated 

New Zealand members are reminded that you are also able to make a tax deductible donation directly to the NZ branch. You can assist the NZ branch to provide services to members across NZ. If you make a payment via electronic funds transfer (EFT), please notify the TSANZ office so that we can arrange a receipt.
CLICK HERE to make a donation.

Thank you for your continued support of TSANZ

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VOLUME 7.05 – JUNE 2022

VOLUME 4.02 APRIL 2019

Research Roundup:

April 2019

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Welcome Message

The TSANZSRS19 was a great success and we thank all delegates and exhibitors for supporting respiratory research and professional development once again.

At TSANZSRS19 respiratory research received a much needed boost of funding from TSANZ, LFA, CFA, NAC, and our partners. These awards were announced at the Respiratory Research Excellence Awards session and the Gala Dinner. Please find a re-cap of all the Thoracic Society Board Awards and Research Awards below, including the winners of the Special Interest Group Awards.

During the conference we opened a number of larger TSANZ awards, namely the AstraZeneca Respiratory Research Fellowships, which will support one early-career researcher and one mid-career researcher and the Vertex Cystic Fibrosis Research Awards, which will support one adult CF research project and one paediatric CF research project. There are also opportunities for IPF PhD scholarships and Menarini travel awards from the Lung Foundation. Links to these awards can be found in the Open Awards section below.

Enjoy the April edition of your research roundup.

Prof Sandra Hodge

Chair, Research Sub-Committee

$1 MILLION FOR LUNG DISEASE RESEARCH ANNOUNCED

Top lung health bodies raise much needed funds but more investment needed

(Thursday, 8th April 2019): Over a million dollars in lung research investment was announced over the weekend at the Respiratory Research Excellence Awards at the Australia and New Zealand Annual Scientific Meeting for Leaders in Lung Health & Respiratory Science(TSANZSRS19) on the Gold Coast. The conference brings together Australia and New Zealand’s leading lung health experts to present latest research and improve knowledge and understanding of lung disease.

The Research Excellence Awards, run for the second year by Thoracic Society of Australia and New Zealand (TSANZ) – the hosts of the conference – alongside the Lung Foundation, Cystic Fibrosis Australia and the National Asthma Council of Australia, provides over 40 researchers with support in the form of project funding, fellowships and travel grants raised through private donations, sponsorship and leveraged financing from recipients’ institutions.

“We’re honoured to be able to support some of Australia’s greatest minds in lung disease research; research that’s making a difference to the lives of the 1 in 4 Australians with lung disease,” said TSANZ President Elect Professor Bruce Thompson.

“This funding enables our researchers to build respiratory knowledge and capacity in the respiratory workforce, with the overall goal of preventing, curing and alleviating disability from lung disease. Every dollar invested takes us one step closer to reaching that goal,” he said.

Despite the success of the Awards, the organisers warn that lung disease research is still grossly underfunded when compared to other diseases. Far more investment is required, they say.

“It’s important to recognise the exceedingly hard work that our organisations are putting in to raising the profile of respiratory research, and to express our thanks for the contribution of donors, sponsors and institutions This is only our second year and look at what we’ve achieved,” said TSANZ CEO Tanya Buchanan.

“However, fundraising alone is not the way to manage diseases affecting a quarter of Australians. Lung disease has to attract the same level of research funding enjoyed by other disease areas such as breast, prostate, and heart disease. We look forward to seeing if the implementation of the National Strategic Action Plan for Lung Conditions delivers this,” she said.

2019 RESPIRATORY RESEARCH EXCELLENCE AWARD WINNERS

TSANZ would like to congratulate the following Award winners. For information on how to apply for next year’s Awards visit the TSANZ website Research and Awards page.

Society Medal

Professor Helen Reddel

Research Medal

Professor Philip Hansbro

Laennec Medal

Professor Allan R Glanville

Ann Woolcock New Investigator Award

Jesse Armitage

Best training Video

Elizabeth Salamon, Selena West, Ursula Swan, Sandra Daly

CSL Behring TSANZ / LFA Alpha-1 Anti-trypsin Deficiency Research Award

Gang Liu

Australian Cystic Fibrosis Research Trust Innovation Grant

Gerard Kaiko, Peter Wark, Shafagh Water, and Adam Jaffe

TSANZ and National Asthma Council Australia Asthma and Airways Career Development Fellowship

Kimberly Wang

Boehringer Ingelheim COPD Research Award 2019

Tatt Jhong Haw

Maurice Blackburn Grant-in-Aid for Occupational Lung Disease

Jane Bourke and Ryan Hoy

Boston Scientific Research Award for Interventional Pulmonology

Sanjeevan Muruganandan

Vertex Cystic Fibrosis Research Awards

ECFS: Elena Schneider-Futschik

NACFC: Rebecca Stockwell

TSANZ Peter Phelan Research Award

Elena Schneider-Futschik

TSANZ Rob Pierce Grant-In-Aid for Indigenous Lung Health

Gabrielle McCallum

TSANZ / Boehringer Ingelheim Australia COPD Travel Award

Alen Faiz

TSANZ / Boehringer Ingelheim New Zealand COPD Travel Award

Eskandarain Shafuddin

TSANZ/JRS Early Career Development Award

Jemma Seyfang

Janet Elder International Travel Awards

Mid-Career Award Recipient: Kimberley Wang

Early Career Award Recipient 1: Vikas Goyal

Early Career Award Recipient 2: Yet H Khor

TSANZ Respiratory Nurse Career Development Award for Indigenous Research

Betty Poot

Christine Sullivan

Maurice Blackburn ASM Travel Award

Leona Dowman

Shine a light a lung cancer PhD 2019

Kanishka Rangamuwa

David Wilson PhD Scholarship in Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis Research 2019

Archana Gaikwad

Shine a light on lung cancer grant-in-aid

Surein Arulananda

Lung Foundation Australia/ Eleanor Greenwood Memorial Grant in Aid for Interstitial Lung Disease Research

Yet Hong Khor

Lung Foundation Australia /Lizotte Family Research Award for Interstitial PF Research

Leona Dowman

Lung Foundation Australia /Ludwig Engel GIA for Physiological research

Katrina Tonga

Lung Foundation Australia /Ivan Cash Research GIA – IPF

Adelle Jee

Lung Foundation Australia /Cochrane

Jenifer Liang

Shine a light on lung cancer nursing/allied health fellowship in lung cancer research

Vanessa Brunelli

Lung Foundation Australia Travel Awards: Menarini Travel Grants

ERS – Hannah O’Farrell and Jack Bozier

ATS – Thomas Altree and Razia Zakarya

APSR – Leanne Ross and Hai Bac Tran

Lung Foundation Australia/Eleanor Greenwood Memorial ILD Travel Grant

Cecilia Prele

Michael Schuliga

Jade Jaffar

 

SIG AWARDS

Supported by TSANZ

Cell, Immunology and Molecular Biology: Dhammika Leshan

Evidence-based Medicine and Practice: Yet Hong Khor

Peter van Asperen Paediatric: Kiara Sclip

Physiotherapy: Jamie Wood

Respiratory Infectious Disease: Benjamin Diggins

Tobacco: Henry Gomez

Supported by Asthma Australia

Asthma & Allergy: Teresa Williams

Supported by National Asthma Council

Asthma & Allergy : Cherry Thompson

Supported by Lung Foundation Australia

Pulmonary Physiology and Sleep, John Reid Prize: Graeme Zosky

David Serisier Memorial Award for Translational Research in Bronchiectasis: Su Wei Khung

Supported by Cystic Fibrosis Australia

Cystic Fibrosis: Elena Schneider-Futschik

Supported by Maurice Blackburn

Lung Cancer: Lara Edbrooke

Occ Env Lung Disease / Population Health: Edward Harris

Palliative Care and Symptom Support: Thomas Moran

Supported by Carroll & O’Dea

Interventional Pulmonology and Bronchoscopy: Deirdre Fitzgerald

Supported by Boehringer Ingelheim

Orphan Lung Diseases, Lung Transplant, Interstitial Lung Disease and Pulmonary Vascular Disease: Jemma Seyfang

Primary Care: Mary Roberts

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease: Sonia Cheng

Respiratory Nurses: Jane Neil

TSANZ Best Poster: Kris Nilsen: A new tool to monitor disease in IPF

CONGRATULATIONS TO…

TSANZ would also like to take this opportunity to congratulate the following New Fellows for 2019:

  • Prof Anne Holland
  • Dr Denise O’Driscoll
  • Dr Jane Bourke
  • A/Prof Jeff Garrett
  • Prof Paul Foster
  • Prof Peter Eastwood
  • Prof Sandra Hodge

 

Open Awards

Thoracic Society Awards

AstraZeneca Respiratory Research Fellowships – closes 2nd June 2019

Vertex Adult Cystic Fibrosis Research Award – closes 2nd June 2019

Vertex Paediatric Cystic Fibrosis Research Award – closes 2nd June 2019

Lung Foundation Awards

Lung Foundation Australia Brian Eaton Memorial PhD Scholarship in IPF – closes 10th June 2019

Lung Foundation Australia Diana Cox PhD Scholarship in IPF – closes 10th June 2019

Lung Foundation Australia / A Menarini Pty Ltd 2019 Travel Awards 

Travel application deadlines

ATS: 22nd March 2019 (5pm AEST)

ERS: 31st July 2019 (5pm AEST)

APSR: 13th September 2019 (5pm AEST)

 

How to participate

Follow the links above to access each award application form and download the information sheet.

Please email the TSANZ Awards Coordinator with any questions, comments or enquires.

Watch this space for more award announcements…

Respirology – Editor’s Choice

Respirology Issue 24.4 2019

Implications of the diagnostic criteria of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis in clinical practice: Analysis from the Australian Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis Registry

Helen E. Jo, Ian Glaspole, Nicole Goh, Peter M.A. Hopkins, Yuben Moodley, Paul N. Reynolds, Sally Chapman, Eugene Haydn Walters, Christopher Zappala, Heather Allan, Sacha Macansh, Christopher Grainge, Gregory J. Keir, Andrew Hayen, Douglas Henderson, Sonja Klebe, Stefan B. Heinze, Anne Miller, Hannah C. Rouse, Edwina Duhig, Wendy A. Cooper, Annabelle M. Mahar, Samantha Ellis, Samuel R. McCormack, Bernard Ng, David B. Godbolt, Tamera J. Corte

DOI: 10.1111/resp.13427 

Distribution of participants in the Australian IPF Registry

 

A consensus opinion amongst stakeholders as to benefits of obstructive sleep apnoea treatment for cardiovascular health

Shane A. Landry, Siobhan Banks, Peter A. Cistulli, Garun S. Hamilton, Laure Héraud, Kristina Kairaitis, Steven Lubke, Sutapa Mukherjee, Teanau Roebuck, Joesph Soda, Darren Umbers, Shantha M. W. Rajaratnam, Darren Mansfield.

DOI: 10.1111/resp.13413

 

From left to right: Prof Shantha Rajaratnam, Dr Shane Landry, A/Prof Darren Mansfield from Monash University and the Monash Medical Centre in Melbourne, Australia

Research Project and Survey Requests

Current Opinions of Severe Asthma Specialists on the Utility of Biomarkers for the Management of Corticosteroid Treatment: A Survey

If you are an Australian clinician involved in the care of patients with severe asthma, we would be very grateful if you could complete a brief questionnaire.

We would ideally like to sample opinions from specialists involved in the care and management of patients with severe asthma to reach consensus. This is the second round of a multi-national Delphi process to reach a consensus and there may be follow-up questions based on the answers we receive from this round (with likely 2-3 rounds in total).

A strategy to optimize corticosteroid use in the severe asthma population using biomarkers is currently being investigated. Professors Peter Wark and Jodie Simpson at the University of Newcastle, Australia are looking at an algorithm to adjust corticosteroid dose using exhaled nitric oxide (FeNO), and peripheral blood eosinophils. This survey is being conducted by them, and will also be part of a Masters by Research by Dr. James Michael Ramsahai. As part of this project, we would like to seek your views on some aspects of biomarker based corticosteroid adjustment in severe asthma.

For more details, please see the attached information statement. Please note that completion of the survey will imply consent to participate, and for the data collected to be used for analysis. You may withdraw at any time.

If you agree to participate, please follow the link to complete the survey

http://selectsurvey.hnehealth.nsw.gov.au/TakeSurvey.aspx?SurveyID=78M2nn61

*for issues with the survey link, please try copying and pasting into your browser and/or using Firefox browser. Feel free to contact the investigators with any questions*

Thank you,

Peter Wark
Jodie Simpson
J. Michael Ramsahai
 JamesMichael.Ramsahai@uon.edu.au

 

Survey of Attitudes of Australian Specialists to Lung Cancer Screening with Low Dose Computed Tomography

To Members of the Thoracic Society of Australia and New Zealand,

Lung cancer screening with low dose computed tomography has been implemented overseas however is still a debated topic within Australia. We are conducting a survey of Australian specialists and their knowledge and attitudes towards lung cancer screening and perceived barriers to the implementation of lung cancer screening with low dose computed tomography within Australia.

The anonymous survey is available online using the SurveyMonkey survey tool and takes approximately 7 minutes to complete.  It can be accessed via the following link.  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/AttitudesToLDCT

Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you require any further information.  We attach our study protocol and copy of HREC approval (The Prince Charles Hospital Human Research and Ethics Committee LNR/2018/QPCH/44970).

Thank you for your kind support.

Yours truly

Rachel McLellan, Advanced RACP Trainee
Kwun Fong
Henry Marshall
Rayleen Bowman
Ian Yang

University of Queensland Thoracic Research Centre at The Prince Charles Hospital
Metro North Hospital and Health Service | Queensland Government
Rode Road, Chermside, Brisbane QLD 4032, AUSTRALIA
t. 61 7 [31394000] e. ILST@health.qld.gov.au | www.health.qld.gov.au

 

 

New survey about Victorian doctors’ end-of-life decision-making

Victorian doctors in specialties likely to be involved in end-of-life decisions are being surveyed about their decision-making practices involving adult patients. Researchers from the NHMRC-funded Centre of Research Excellence in End-of-Life Care are conducting a study to determine what sort of end-of-life decisions are being made by doctors, how often these decisions occur and for what sort of patients.

At present, there are no up-to-date, representative Australian data describing the frequency and nature of medical end-of-life decisions involving adults, and the characteristics of patients about whom such decisions are made. The research aims to provide an evidence base to understand current medical practice in Victoria including the extent to which palliative care is provided to patients at the end of life. Findings from this research will also inform improvements in the quality of end-of-life care.

A sample of Victorian doctors will be contacted in April and May by the AMA’s Australia Medical Publishing Company (AMPCo) to invite them to complete a survey.  The survey can be completed in hard copy or online.  Participating doctors who complete their survey before 16 May will go into the draw for one of three prizes to the value $100, in fine wine, or a donation to a registered charity of your choice.

If you have any queries about this research, please feel free to contact Dr Rachel Feeney[rachel.feeney@qut.edu.au]. The research team is grateful for the time and insight of the doctors who support this research by completing this survey.

 

Management of complicated parapneumonic effusions and empyemas with the use of intrapleural fibrinolytics

Dear TSANZ Member,

You are invited to participate in a survey that is being conducted as part of a research study. The following survey asks a series of questions about your current practice, specifically with regards to the management of complicated parapneumonic effusions and empyemas with the use of intrapleural fibrinolytics. Insights gained will be considered for future presentation and publication. The estimated time to complete the survey is 10 minutes. Partial responses will not be saved if you exit out the survey early. Your participation is voluntary and anonymous. Responses will be kept confidential. Your contribution is greatly appreciated.

The survey can be completed here: https://hms.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_8ddQsXRFwaqAtPD

If you have any questions about the survey, please contact the study team at: vholden@som.umaryland.edu

We thank you in advance for your participation.

Sincerely,

Van Holden, MD
Mihir Parikh, MD
Alex Chee, MD
Adnan Majid, MD

Division of Thoracic Surgery & Interventional Pulmonology
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Harvard Medical School

The attached survey has been approved by the Beth Israel Deaconess Institutional Review Board – The IRB Protocol # is 2018P000052.

 
 

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VOLUME 7.05 – JUNE 2022

VOLUME 3.07 OCTOBER 2018

Research Roundup:

October 2018

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Welcome Message

Welcome to October – a busy month for awards as the first wave of awards close and the second wave of awards open. We are pleased to announce that the Boehringer Ingelheim COPD Research Award is now open, and the Boehringer Ingelheim Australia COPD Travel Award and Boehringer Ingelheim New Zealand COPD Travel Award have been added to the TSANZSRS2019 abstract submission portal.

Don’t forget that Abstract-linked awards are closing soon! (this Friday!) Apply now for some of the many abstract-linked awards and, for early career researchers, take the opportunity to present your work to our full membership by entering the Ann Woolcock New Investigator competition.

The full list of awards can be found in the Open Awards section in this newsletter and on the TSANZ Awards web page.

Lastly, please support the research of TSANZ members and supporters by contributing to the surveys at the end of this newsletter.

Enjoy the October edition of your research roundup.

Profs Phil Hansbro & Sandra Hodge

Co-Chairs, Research Sub-Committee

Open Awards

Thoracic Society Awards

Abstract-linked awards

To apply for an abstract-linked award, you must complete the application coversheet using the upload functionality in the online abstract submission portal

Ann Woolcock New Investigator Award

Boehringer Ingelheim COPD Travel Award (AU)

Boehringer Ingelheim COPD Travel Award (NZ)

Janet Elder International Travel Award

Japanese Respiratory Society (JRS) Early Career Development

TSANZ Travel Grants to 2019 ASM

For more information visit http://www.tsanzsrs2019.com/abstracts/tsanz-awards-criteria/

Abstracts close 12 October 2018 6pm AEST

Research and Career Development Awards

TSANZ Peter Phelan Research Award – closes 31 Oct 18

TSANZ Rob Pierce Grant-in-Aid for Indigenous Lung Health – closes 31 Oct 18

TSANZ Indigenous Respiratory Nursing Award – closes 31 Oct 18

Maurice Blackburn Grant-in-Aid for Occupational Lung Disease – closes 18 Nov 18

Maurice Blackburn ASM Travel Award – closes 18 Nov 18

Boehringer Ingelheim COPD Research Award – closes 3 Dec 18

Joint Awards

TSANZ / LFA / CSL Behring Research Award for Alpha-1 anti-trypsin deficiency – closes 31 Oct 18

TSANZ and National Asthma Council Australia Asthma and Airways Career Development Fellowship – closes 31 Oct 18

Cystic Fibrosis Australia Awards

Cystic Fibrosis Innovation Grant – closes 28 Jan 2019

Lung Foundation Australia Awards

The Lung Foundation Australia David Wilson PhD Scholarship in Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis 2019 – closes 10 Oct 18

Lung Foundation Australia/ Cochrane Airways Australia Scholarship 2019 – closes 2 Nov 18

How to participate

Follow the links above to access each award application form and download the information sheet.

Please email the TSANZ Awards Coordinator with any questions, comments or enquires.

Watch this space for more award announcements…

Cystic Fibrosis Innovation Grant

Cystic Fibrosis Australia (CFA) is pleased to announce the 2019 Innovation Grant for post-doctoral researchers, currently working in cystic fibrosis (CF) research. This grant is awarded annually to one applicant for one year.

The Innovation Grant will allow a CF researcher to explore novel concepts at the initial feasibility stage.  Innovative applications relating to any aspect in the field of CF are encouraged, even those lacking pilot data.  The grant aims to allow the researcher to generate sufficient data within the one-year grant period to be in a position to apply for additional support from an appropriate funding body to continue the research.

The Innovation grant will be offered to post-doctoral researchers currently working in or proposing to work in CF research.  The researcher will have completed a research higher degree in CF or a related area within the last ten years.

The recipient of the Innovation Grant is required to provide progress reports on their research to CFA every six months.  In addition, and where appropriate, the recipient will be asked to make a presentation at a CFA conference (held every two years) in Australia.

The maximum amount awarded under the Innovation Grant will be $80,000.  The actual amount provided will be subject to approval of the applicant’s budget.

Applications can be made through the website of The Thoracic Society of Australia & New Zealand (TSANZ) and must be received by TSANZ by late January 2019.

Apply Here

TSANZ Webinar Series

Thursday 11th October 2018, 1pm AEDT | 3pm NZDT

Research Techniques to Study Respiratory Diseases – Prof Phil Hansbro

The webinar will be discussing a range of techniques that are valuable for studying disease, identifying new therapeutic targets and testing novel treatments. 

Professor Phil Hansbro Biography:

Professor Hansbro is a group leader and holds a personal chair in immunology and microbiology at the Hunter Medical Research Institute and University of Newcastle, Australia and is Associate Director of the Priority Research Centre for Asthma and Respiratory Diseases there. He is also an NHMRC Principal Research Fellow. He has established internationally recognised research programs in infections, COPD, asthma and recently lung cancer. His group has developed several novel mouse models of the important diseases (COPD, severe, steroid-insensitive asthma, early life infection & lung cancer). He has interrogated them (immune, histological, pathological, lung function & molecular analysis) to substantially further our understanding of pathogenesis and to develop novel therapies. He performs complimentary collaborative clinical and multi-disciplinary studies and collaborates widely. He publishes extensively in influential journals and he is regularly invited to present internationally including as plenary and to chair sessions. He has a substantial funding record of obtaining nationally competitive grants that support his group. He undertakes substantial mentoring and supervision activities of junior researchers, regularly sits on grant review panels and is on the editorial board of 4 journals. He is an active advocate for respiratory research in lobby groups and is regularly in the press promoting research and funding.

CLICK HERE to register! 

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Missed out on a webinar? 

The videos from our previous webinars with Professor Allan Glanville and Sally Powell are now available for on-demand viewing. For more information, please CLICK HERE!

Thoracic Society Medals and FThorSoc

Each year the TSANZ invites members to nominate their peers to be considered for a number of prestigious awards, namely: Research Medal, Society Medal and 50th Anniversary Medal for Education & Training. Nominations for these awards are now invited from members of all backgrounds and professions. Recipients of these awards will be presented with their medals at the TSANZSRS 2019 Gala Dinner and Awards Evening.  

Members are also encouraged to consider applying to become a Fellow of TSANZ. Applications for Fellow status are reviewed by the Professional Standards Subcommittee and reviewed and endorsed by the Board. Fellow status is available to members from all professions who demonstrate an exceptional contribution to the field of respiratory health in Australia or New Zealand. If the Fellow status is approved, the member will be able to use the post nominal FThorSoc and will be able to continue to do so whilst a financial member of TSANZ. Recipients of the post nominal FThorSoc will be announced at the AGM 2019.

The Research Medal, Society Medal, 50th Anniversary Medal and Fellows of TSANZ are distinctive awards – a testament of the recipients’ exceptional contributions in the field of respiratory health in Australia or New Zealand.

Read below for more details & how to apply/nominate your peers. Closing date: Friday 2nd November 2018

TSANZ Fellowship 

DOWNLOAD APPLICATION FORM

For more information please visit: https://www.thoracic.org.au/about-us/fellow-of-thoracic-society-australia-new-zealand

Background:

The TSANZ Board makes an annual call for nominations for members to be awarded Fellow status. The call is made to members from all professions who demonstrate exceptional contribution to the field of respiratory health in Australia or New Zealand. If the Fellow status is approved, the member will be able to use the post nominal FThorSoc and will be able to continue to do so whilst a financial member of TSANZ.

The main aims of the Fellow status are:

  1. To recognise expertise and experience in respiratory medicine and/or research and/or respiratory health service provision.
  2. To acknowledge a major contribution and commitment to advancing respiratory health in Australia and/ or New Zealand.

Requirements for Awarding of FThorSoc:

TSANZ members may apply to become a Fellow of the Thoracic Society of Australia and New Zealand (FThorSoc) if they demonstrate exceptional contribution to 5 of the 7 criteria listed below. For the remaining 2 criteria, the applicant must demonstrate a proven track record.

The criteria are:

  1. A continuous financial member of TSANZ for five consecutive years in Australia and/or New Zealand as well as a minimum of ten years post-specialist qualification
  2. Contribution to advocacy and/or policy development
  3. Service within the community
  4. Distinguished leadership
  5. Contribution to research
  6. Contribution to teaching or training
  7. International recognition in his or her discipline

List of Fellows of The Thoracic Society Australia and New Zealand:

The following individuals have been nominated by their peers, recommended to the Board by the Professional Standards Sub-Committee and formally recognised by the Board for their exceptional contributions to respiratory health in Australia and New Zealand.

FTHORSOC 2013

FTHORSOC 2014

FTHORSOC 2015

FTHORSOC 2016

FTHORSOC 2017 

FTHORSOC 2018 

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Awards By Nomination

The Research Medal, Society Medal and 50th Anniversary Medal are awards for distinguished service. Nominations for each of these awards are invited as outlined below. 

 

The Research Medal 

About 

The Research Medal may be awarded each year in recognition of outstanding contributions to the advancement of knowledge in respiratory medicine or science carried out primarily in Australia or New Zealand. The award recognises an individual who has demonstrated sustained excellence in their field of research.

HOW TO NOMINATE

Candidates

The Research Medal is open to all financial members of TSANZ including Associate members. Candidates for this medal are put forward by nomination only.

Recipient

The successful candidate will be presented with an engraved Research Medal at the TSANZ Annual Scientific Meeting. An official notification letter from the President of TSANZ will be sent to the successful candidate.  

The Society Medal 

About

The Society Medal was conceived as an acknowledgement of excellence in fields other than research, i.e. for the advancement of the practice of thoracic medicine in its widest sense by outstanding teaching or advocacy. The inaugural Society Medal was presented at the annual dinner in Canberra in 1992 to Dr Maurice Joseph, who ably embodied the qualities envisaged by this senior prestigious award.

HOW TO NOMINATE

Candidates

The Society Medal is open to all financial members of TSANZ including Associate members. Candidates for this medal are put forward by nomination only.

Recipient

The successful candidate will be presented with an engraved Society Medal at the TSANZ Annual Scientific Meeting. An official notification letter from the President of TSANZ will be sent to the successful candidate.  

The 50th Anniversary Medal for Education and Training 

About

The 50th Anniversary Medal is an award introduced in 2011 to mark the Society’s 50th Anniversary. The 50th Anniversary Medal may be awarded each year in recognition of outstanding contributions to respiratory education and training in New Zealand or Australia. The award recognises an individual who has demonstrated sustained excellence in education and training. This might take the form of formal and informal teaching within a university, hospital or other health care setting; curriculum development at an undergraduate or postgraduate level; using research to enhance the efficacy of educational activities; career mentoring of junior members of the Society; integration of teaching into clinical practice; or advocacy on behalf of medical education as applied to respiratory medicine.

HOW TO NOMINATE

Candidates

The 50th Anniversary Medal is open to all financial members of TSANZ including Associate members. Candidates for this medal are put forward by nomination only.

Recipient

The successful candidate will be presented with an engraved 50th Anniversary Medal at the TSANZ Annual Scientific Meeting. An official notification letter from the President of TSANZ will be sent to the successful candidate. 

Clinical Trials Workshop

The Centre of Excellence is pleased to be hosting a Clinical Trials Workshop on 24 October 2018 from 1 – 4PM at the Hunter Medical Research Institute, Caves Theatre. We believe this session will be of broad interest and would appreciate your support in distributing this invitation as broadly as possible.

We are pleased to confirm 4 experts in the field presenting on:

1:00 – 1:40: Clinical Trials Funding (Prof. Bruce Neal, The George Institute)

1:40 – 2:50: Integrating Public Involvement in Research and Clinical Trials (Prof. William Tarnow-Mordi, NHMRC CTC & Melinda Cruz, Miracle Babies Foundation)

3:20 – 4:00: Designing Implementation Trials (Prof. John Wiggers, University of Newcastle)

An event flyer can be downloaded at: https://www.severeasthma.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/24Oct2018-Clinical-Trials-Workshop.pdf

Lunch will be served before the event and refreshments during an intermission. Please RSVP your interest for catering purposes to severeasthma@newcastle.edu.au

Respirology – Editor’s Choice

Respirology Issue 23.10 (October 2018)

Annual Southeast Asia haze increases respiratory admissions: A 2-year large single institution experience.

Chew R. Ming, Andrea Ban Yu‐Lin, Mohammad F. Abdul Hamid, Mohd T. Latif, Nurashikin Mohammad, Tidi Hassan

DOI: 10.1111/resp.13325

 

Satellite image of the 2015 SE-Asia haze

 

GeneXpert MTB/RIF for rapid diagnosis and rifampin resistance detection of endobronchial tuberculosis

Qin Zhang, Qing Zhang, Bing‐qi Sun, Chang Liu, An‐na Su, Xiao‐han Wang, Na Liu, Juan Zhang, Jian Kang, Gang Hou

DOI: 10.1111/resp.13316

 

The research team from Shenyang, China, with the GeneXpert MTB/RIF system. From left to right: Xiao-han Wang, Chang Liu, Qin Zhang, Bing-qi Sun (front row); Qing Zhang, Gang Hou, An-na Su, Na Liu (Back row).

Research Project and Survey Requests

Implementation of Severe Asthma Management

About the Survey:

On behalf of the NHMRC Centre of Excellence in Severe Asthma (www.severeasthma.org.au), we request your assistance in completing a short survey regarding the implementation of management strategies for severe asthma. We are seeking feedback from multidisciplinary healthcare professionals in Australia.

The survey is available at the following link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/SevereAsthmaCRE

The results from this survey will inform expert forum discussions, ongoing research and development of resources to support translation and implementation of new findings into clinical practice. Our goal is to use this information to develop improved standards of care through the NHMRC Centre of Excellence in Severe Asthma.

This survey consists of 15 questions and we anticipate it will take less than 10 minutes to complete.

If respondents can submit their responses by Friday 02 November 2018 it will be greatly appreciated.

Thank you and kind regards,

Profs. Peter Gibson, Vanessa McDonald and John Upham, on behalf of the Centre of Excellence in Severe Asthma

This survey has been approved by the HNELHD HREC under authorisation number AU201809-09. All responses are completely anonymous and will be kept strictly confidential. If you experience any issues or have any questions, please contact: severeasthma@newcastle.edu.au

 

Management of complicated parapneumonic effusions and empyemas with the use of intrapleural fibrinolytics

Dear TSANZ Member,

You are invited to participate in a survey that is being conducted as part of a research study. The following survey asks a series of questions about your current practice, specifically with regards to the management of complicated parapneumonic effusions and empyemas with the use of intrapleural fibrinolytics. Insights gained will be considered for future presentation and publication. The estimated time to complete the survey is 10 minutes. Partial responses will not be saved if you exit out the survey early. Your participation is voluntary and anonymous. Responses will be kept confidential. Your contribution is greatly appreciated.

The survey can be completed here: https://hms.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_8ddQsXRFwaqAtPD 

If you have any questions about the survey, please contact the study team at: vholden@som.umaryland.edu

We thank you in advance for your participation.

Sincerely,

Van Holden, MD
Mihir Parikh, MD
Alex Chee, MD
Adnan Majid, MD

Division of Thoracic Surgery & Interventional Pulmonology
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Harvard Medical School

The attached survey has been approved by the Beth Israel Deaconess Institutional Review Board – The IRB Protocol # is 2018P000052.

 

Centre for Improving Palliative, Aged and Chronic Care through Clinical Research and Translation (IMPACCT)

ANZ health professionals who care for people with lung cancer are invited to take part in a survey about the clinical importance and management of cough.

Cough in lung cancer – a health professional survey

The survey link is: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/cough_in_lung_cancer

Survey results will be used to establish the need and direction for development of further pharmacological and non-pharmacological management strategies for cough in lung cancer.

We are interested in the views of health professionals from the full range of disciplines, specialties and settings involved in caring for people with lung cancer, regardless of their level of experience in managing cough.

Participation in the survey is voluntary and anonymous, and will take approximately 10-15 minutes.

This project is being conducted by a team of researchers from the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) in collaboration with colleagues at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University (HKPU).

For more information, please contact Dr Tim Luckett via tim.luckett@uts.edu.au or 02 9514 4861.

 
 
 
 

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VOLUME 3.06 SEPTEMBER 2018

Research Roundup:

September 2018

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Welcome Message

Like many of our members, we have recently returned from the European Respiratory Society Congress where an overwhelming amount of scientific and clinical advances, discussions and debates were had over five days. The abstracts for most sessions can be found here and the limbic have provided us with some articles below highlighting key messages.

Our members had a very successful meeting and we applaud the work by the numerous TSANZ members who were recognised by the ERS for their research, including;

  • Peter Gibson – ERS Gold Medal in Asthma
  • Jodie Simpson – ERS Romain Pauwels Research Award
  • Gary Anderson – ERS Presidential Award
  • Sally Yunsun Kim – Co-funded Long-Term Research Fellowship 2018.
  • Pawan Sharma – Short-term Research Fellowship – April 2018 round
  • Louisa Organ – ERS Fellowship Recipient 2017-2019
  • Louisa Owens – ERS Grant for Best Abstract in Paediatric Respiratory Physiology
  • David Currow – ERS Grant for Best Abstract in Rehabilitation and Chronic Care
  • Deborah Reynolds-Sandford – ERS/ELS Travel Grant for Best Abstract in Patient-Centred Research

Looking ahead, abstracts to the TSANZSRS19 are closing soon, on the 12th of October. This ASM is themed Respiratory Infection and you will begin to see some exciting plenaries, workshops and symposiums online as the program is populated.

We are pleased to announce that the Maurice Blackburn Grant-in-Aid for Occupational Lung Disease and the Maurice Blackburn ASM Travel Award for allied health and nursing are now open. We would also like to remind you that two LFA awards are still open for submissions, including the LFA Cochrane Airways Australia Scholarship 2019 and the LFA David Wilson PhD Scholarship in Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis 2019

The full list of awards and more information on these can be found in the Open Awards section of this newsletter and on the TSANZ Awards Submissions Portal.

Enjoy the September edition of your research roundup.

Profs Phil Hansbro & Sandra Hodge

Co-Chairs, Research Sub-Committee

Open Awards

Thoracic Society Awards

TSANZ Peter Phelan Research Award – closes 31 Oct 18

TSANZ Rob Pierce Grant-in-Aid for Indigenous Lung Health – closes 31 Oct 18

TSANZ Indigenous Respiratory Nursing Award – closes 31 Oct 18

Maurice Blackburn Grant-in-Aid for Occupational Lung Disease – closes 18 Nov 18

Maurice Blackburn ASM Travel Award – closes 18 Nov 18

Joint Awards

TSANZ / LFA / CSL Behring Research Award for Alpha-1 anti-trypsin deficiency – closes 31 Oct 18

TSANZ and National Asthma Council Australia Asthma and Airways Career Development Fellowship – closes 31 Oct 18

Lung Foundation Australia Awards

The Lung Foundation Australia David Wilson PhD Scholarship in Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis 2019 – closes 10 Oct 18

Lung Foundation Australia/ Cochrane Airways Australia Scholarship 2019 – closes 2 Nov 18

How to participate

Follow the links above to access each award application form and download the information sheet.

Please email the TSANZ Awards Coordinator with any questions, comments or enquires.

Watch this space for more award announcements…

The Next TSANZ Webinar!

Thursday 11th October 2018

1pm AEDT | 2pm NZDT

Research Techniques to Study Respiratory Diseases – Prof Phil Hansbro

The webinar will be discussing a range of techniques that are valuable for studying disease, identifying new therapeutic targets and testing novel treatments. 

Professor Phil Hansbro Biography:

Professor Hansbro is a group leader and holds a personal chair in immunology and microbiology at the Hunter Medical Research Institute and University of Newcastle, Australia and is Associate Director of the Priority Research Centre for Asthma and Respiratory Diseases there. He is also an NHMRC Principal Research Fellow. He has established internationally recognised research programs in infections, COPD, asthma and recently lung cancer. His group has developed several novel mouse models of the important diseases (COPD, severe, steroid-insensitive asthma, early life infection & lung cancer). He has interrogated them (immune, histological, pathological, lung function & molecular analysis) to substantially further our understanding of pathogenesis and to develop novel therapies. He performs complimentary collaborative clinical and multi-disciplinary studies and collaborates widely. He publishes extensively in influential journals and he is regularly invited to present internationally including as plenary and to chair sessions. He has a substantial funding record of obtaining nationally competitive grants that support his group. He undertakes substantial mentoring and supervision activities of junior researchers, regularly sits on grant review panels and is on the editorial board of 4 journals. He is an active advocate for respiratory research in lobby groups and is regularly in the press promoting research and funding.

CLICK HERE to register! 

________________________________________________________________________________

Missed out on a webinar? 

The videos from our previous webinars with Professor Allan Glanville and Sally Powell are now available for on-demand viewing. For more information, please CLICK HERE!

________________________________________________________________________________

Respirology – Editor’s Choice

Respirology Issue 23.9 (September 2018)

Increased risk of acute coronary syndrome in patients with bronchiectasis: A population-based cohort study

Chin‐Tun Hung, Shu‐Fen Li, Wei‐Sheng Chung

DOI: 10.1111/resp.13298

 

Research team from the Taichung Hospital and Central Taiwan University of Science and Technology in Taiwan. From left to right: Drs Chin-Tun Hung, Shu-Fen Li and Wei-Sheng Chung

 

Cost-effectiveness of endobronchial valve treatment in patients with severe emphysema compared to standard medical care

Jorine E. Hartman, Karin Klooster, Henk Groen, Nick H.T. ten Hacken, Dirk‐Jan Slebos

DOI: 10.1111/resp.13295

 

Endobronchial valve (EBV), with permission from PulmonX

Pulmonary Fibrosis Awareness month

It is Pulmonary Fibrosis Awareness month and Respirology have a number of articles available as a Topic in Focus. The collection includes a TSANZ position statement and these Articles will be freely available in the awareness month of September.

 

 

Research Project and Survey Requests

Implementation of Severe Asthma Management

About the Survey:

On behalf of the NHMRC Centre of Excellence in Severe Asthma (www.severeasthma.org.au), we request your assistance in completing a short survey regarding the implementation of management strategies for severe asthma. We are seeking feedback from multidisciplinary healthcare professionals in Australia.

The survey is available at the following link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/SevereAsthmaCRE

The results from this survey will inform expert forum discussions, ongoing research and development of resources to support translation and implementation of new findings into clinical practice. Our goal is to use this information to develop improved standards of care through the NHMRC Centre of Excellence in Severe Asthma.

This survey consists of 15 questions and we anticipate it will take less than 10 minutes to complete.

If respondents can submit their responses by Friday 02 November 2018 it will be greatly appreciated.

Thank you and kind regards,

Profs. Peter Gibson, Vanessa McDonald and John Upham, on behalf of the Centre of Excellence in Severe Asthma

This survey has been approved by the HNELHD HREC under authorisation number AU201809-09. All responses are completely anonymous and will be kept strictly confidential. If you experience any issues or have any questions, please contact: severeasthma@newcastle.edu.au

 

Management of complicated parapneumonic effusions and empyemas with the use of intrapleural fibrinolytics

Dear TSANZ Member,

You are invited to participate in a survey that is being conducted as part of a research study. The following survey asks a series of questions about your current practice, specifically with regards to the management of complicated parapneumonic effusions and empyemas with the use of intrapleural fibrinolytics. Insights gained will be considered for future presentation and publication. The estimated time to complete the survey is 10 minutes. Partial responses will not be saved if you exit out the survey early. Your participation is voluntary and anonymous. Responses will be kept confidential. Your contribution is greatly appreciated.

The survey can be completed here: https://hms.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_8ddQsXRFwaqAtPD 

If you have any questions about the survey, please contact the study team at: vholden@som.umaryland.edu

We thank you in advance for your participation.

Sincerely,

Van Holden, MD
Mihir Parikh, MD
Alex Chee, MD
Adnan Majid, MD

Division of Thoracic Surgery & Interventional Pulmonology
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Harvard Medical School

The attached survey has been approved by the Beth Israel Deaconess Institutional Review Board – The IRB Protocol # is 2018P000052.

 

Centre for Improving Palliative, Aged and Chronic Care through Clinical Research and Translation (IMPACCT)

ANZ health professionals who care for people with lung cancer are invited to take part in a survey about the clinical importance and management of cough.

Cough in lung cancer – a health professional survey

The survey link is: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/cough_in_lung_cancer

Survey results will be used to establish the need and direction for development of further pharmacological and non-pharmacological management strategies for cough in lung cancer.

We are interested in the views of health professionals from the full range of disciplines, specialties and settings involved in caring for people with lung cancer, regardless of their level of experience in managing cough.

Participation in the survey is voluntary and anonymous, and will take approximately 10-15 minutes.

This project is being conducted by a team of researchers from the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) in collaboration with colleagues at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University (HKPU).

For more information, please contact Dr Tim Luckett via tim.luckett@uts.edu.au or 02 9514 4861.

 
 
 
 
 

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