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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 4.07 SEPEMBER 2019

Research Roundup:

September 2019

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Welcome Message

Welcome to the September Issue. Many of our current TSANZ Awards will be closing next month, following the Abstract Submission deadline for our TSANZSRS2020 ASM. Preparations are well and truly underway for the ASM so we hope to see you there and presenting your work!

If you are interested in attending the APSR Congress in November, we have one LFA A/Menarini Travel Award closing on 13 September to sponsor those researching or involved in COPD.

Submissions are always open for our “Research Roundup Holy Grail,” supported by the limbic. If you have been trying to uncover some hidden academic riches locked away in the recesses of respiratory research, we want to hear about it! You will be featured in an upcoming Research Roundup and also published on the limbic website. This is a great opportunity to tell us about your research and inspiration, and provides a platform to be able to connect your passion project with our network of TSANZ members and the limbic subscribers. Details can be found here.

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

We hope you enjoy this 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

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)

Lung Foundation Australia / Brian Eaton PhD IPF Scholarship 2019EXTENDED closing date 30 October 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.

Respirology – Editor’s Choice 

Respirology Issue 24.9 September 2019

Special Issue on Pulmonary Fibrosis Awareness Month

 

In support of Pulmonary Fibrosis Awareness month September, Respirology offers free access to selected articles during the month of September 2019.
The articles will be available at
https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/page/journal/14401843/pf-awareness-month-2019

Research Project and Survey Requests

Dear TSANZ Members,

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 in regards to Advance Care Planning in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). 

This study is being conducted by:
Ms Mary Roberts, Dr Tracy Smith, Professor Wheatley and Dr Jin-Gun Cho. Details and affiliations of the research team can be obtained by contacting Ms Mary Roberts by phone 0408 490 371 or email mary.roberts@health.nsw.gov.au

The results of the survey will form part of a research project with the aim to develop resources to improve the quality and uptake of advanced care planning in patients with COPD. This survey has been approved by the WSLHD HREC under authorisation number 5990 2019/ETH00197.

The estimated time to complete the survey is 10-15 minutes. If you exit out the survey early or don’t click DONE on the final page, your responses will not be saved. You may skip questions if you wish, though we would prefer you didn’t.  

Your participation is voluntary and anonymous. Your contribution is greatly appreciated.
We thank you in advance for your participation.
Here is the link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/8S6TLF6

Sincerely,

Ms MM Roberts

Mary Roberts

Clinical Nurse Consultant | Respiratory Ambulatory Care

Clinical Lecturer, Sydney Medical School, University of Sydney

 

Determining a Patient-Centred Model of Care in Severe Asthma: What can we learn from the views, needs, and challenges of Clinicians’ and Carers of people with Severe Asthma and COPD?

Phase 1- Clinicians’ group

Investigators: Dr Vanessa Clark, Professor Vanessa McDonald, Professor Peter Gibson, and Eleanor Majellano

Invitation

You are invited to participate in a research study that explores the barriers and facilitators to the optimal management of severe asthma. This research is being conducted as part of the requirements for a PhD at the University of Newcastle by Eleanor Majellano, under the supervision of Professor Vanessa McDonald and Dr Vanessa Clark. We are investigating the barriers, facilitators and attitudes of clinicians and allied healthcare professionals towards the optimal management of severe asthma in various healthcare settings.

Before you decide whether or not you wish to participate in this study, it is important for you to understand why the research is being conducted and what it will involve.

Please download the information and participation forms here if you are interested or would like to contact the investigators:

Participation Information Sheet.

This study has been approved by the Hunter New England Human Research Ethics Committee Reference. If you have concerns or complaints about the conduct of this study you should contact:

Dr. Nicole Gerrand

Manager

Research Ethics & Governance Office

Hunter New England Local Health District

   Email: HNELHD-HREC@health.nsw.gov.au

The manager is the person nominated to receive complaints from research participants.

You will need to quote reference number 2019/ETH00143.

 

Thank you for taking the time to consider this study.

If you wish to take part in it, please sign the attached consent form.

This information sheet is for you to keep.

 

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 4.04 JUNE 2019

Research Roundup:

June 2019

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Welcome Message

Welcome to another edition of our TSANZ Research Roundup. At the 2019 ATS we saw plenty of important research being conducted across the respiratory field including methodological advances to improve airway wall measurement accuracy for patients with COPD, the importance of understanding haemoglobin biomarkers in patients presenting with COPD and anaemia, and the construction of a Pediatric Asthma Risk Score (PARS) to better predict asthma development in children. It’s not over yet though, as conference season is still in full swing with the ERS International Congress and APSR Congress being held in the coming months. Applications are still open for LFA/A Menarini travel grants for these two conferences, so if you are interested in attending be sure to send in your submissions before the deadline. We are also opening up applications for five (5) travel grants to attend the TSANZ New Zealand Annual Scientific Meeting, on 14-16 August 2019, so please click here for further information. 

Many of our research awards are closing this month, and we look forward to reviewing all of the submissions we received and wish best of luck to our applicants. Applications for the PACT Grant-In-Aid Funding Opportunity will remain open until 26 June, so check the Open Awards section below for further details regarding dates and guidelines.

We would also like to remind you that submissions are always open for our “Research Roundup Holy Grail,” supported by the limbic. If you have been trying to uncover some hidden academic riches locked away in the recesses of respiratory research, we want to hear about it! You will be featured in an upcoming Research Roundup and also published on the limbic website. This is a great opportunity to tell us about your research and inspiration, and provides a platform to be able to connect your passion project with our network of TSANZ members and the limbic subscribers. Details can be found here.

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

Prof Sandra Hodge

Chair, Research Sub-Committee

Open Awards

Thoracic Society Awards

TSANZ NZ ASM Travel Grants 2019 – closes 15th July 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

ERS: 31st July 2019 (5pm AEST)

APSR: 13th September 2019 (5pm AEST)

PACT Grant-in-Aid Funding Opportunity – closes 26th June 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…

Lung Foundation Australia Board 

Expressions of Interest 

Lung Foundation Australia (LFA) is seeking expressions of interest for the appointment of new Board Directors, from individuals with a strong clinical or respiratory science interest who are members of TSANZ.  

Click here for more information on applying! 

If you are interested in this position, please see the above document regarding formal application, which should be made by email to Prof Christine Jenkins, Chair, Lung Foundation Australia, before 18th June 2019.

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Respirology – Editor’s Choice 

Respirology Issue 26.4 June 2019

Idiopathic chronic productive cough and response to open-label macrolide therapy: An observational study

Matthew J. Martin, Helen Lee, Carly Clayton, Kate Pointon, Irshad Soomro, Dominick E. Shaw and Tim W. Harrison

 

An overview of the study protocol

DOI: 10.1111/resp.13483

 

Therapeutic burden in interstitial lung disease: Lessons to learn

Yet H. Khor, Ian Glaspole and Nicole S.L. Goh

 

Research team from Melbourne, Australia: from left to right A/Prof Ian Glaspole, Dr Yet Hong Khor and Dr Nicole Goh

DOI: 10.1111/resp.13480

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.

 

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.

 

 

Genomic medicine here to stay? Have your say.

Are you a medical specialist in Australia?

If so, tell us your thoughts about genomic medicine
practice and continuing medical education!

We need to hear from non-genetic medical specialists
who work clinically in Australia.

We want to know about past, present and future aspects
of genetics and health, including genomics in healthcare.

It doesn’t matter how much you know about this,
or whether you incorporate genomics into your practice or not;
your opinions, views and experiences are valuable to us.

You will help shape future workforce practices and
continuing education and training programs

Click here to complete the anonymous 15-minute survey.
Please distribute this link to your networks

Please note there are separate studies for clinical geneticists, oncologists, pathologists, radiologists and general practitioners, who will be contacted directly.

This survey is an activity of the Workforce Development Program of the NH&MRC-funded
Australian Genomics Health Alliance. If you have any queries, please contact Dr Amy Nisselle, Specialist Project Officer, Australian Genomics Health Alliance (amy.nisselle@mcri.edu.au or 03 9936 6340).

This survey has HREC approval, The University of Melbourne (1646785.8).

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VOLUME 7.05 – JUNE 2022

VOLUME 3.04 JULY 2018

Research Roundup:

July 2018

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Welcome Message

 

We want to share with you some good news for Respirology – the 2017 impact factors have been announced and Respirology’s impact factor has increased to 4.4 (from 3.25 in 2016). The journal’s ranking among the Respiratory System journals has also increased to 10/59(from 18/59 in 2016). The Research Roundup has been featuring the Respirology Editors Choice for one year now. We would like to Congratulate the team and thank past editor Peter Eastwood and current editors Phil Bardin and Paul Reynolds on this impressive growth in citations. We look forward to your future publications!

Now to awards – a number of grants-in-aid and travel awards are closing soon. The Lung Foundation Australia have also just opened up two new memorial awards for Interstitial Lung Disease. Please look to the open awards below so that you do not miss out.

We would like to highlight the next endeavour from Bill van Nierop who is launching his second Lung campaign – Long Kayak for Lungs. This campaign aims to raise awareness and understanding of lung diseases within the community, remove the stigma often linked to those with a lung disease, help change community attitudes to this insidious disease group and raise some much needed funds on route. Bill attended our TSANZSRS18 to present a PhD scholarship which is supported through funds he raised in his last campaign. See the story of Bill’s next adventure below.

Enjoy the July edition of your research roundup.

Profs Phil Hansbro & Sandra Hodge

Co-Chairs, Research Sub-Committee

Open Awards

TSANZ NZ Branch ASM Travel Grant – closes 14 Jul 18

Lung Foundation Australia / Eleanor Greenwood Memorial Interstitial Lung Disease Travel Grant 2018 – closes 3 Aug 18

Lung Foundation Australia / Eleanor Greenwood Memorial Grant-in-Aid for Interstitial Lung Disease 2018/19 closes 3 Aug 18

Vertex Cystic Fibrosis Research Awards – NACFC closes 08 Aug 18

Lung Foundation Australia / A Menarini Pty Ltd 2018 Travel Awards – (APSR) extended to 17th Aug Jul 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…

 

Long Kayak for Lungs

Following on from the successful Long walk for Lungs last year , Bill Van Nierop has raised the bar in his ongoing endeavours  in supporting  Lung Foundation Australia with their  efforts in research and patient support with a remarkable new challenge for 2018, The Long Kayak for Lungs, 42 Days/2,200 Km’s Albury NSW to the Murray Mouth in South Aust.

This 2,200 km initiative is all about furthering the awareness and understanding of lung diseases within the community, remove the stigma often linked to those with a lung disease, help change community attitudes to this insidious disease group and raise some much needed funds on route.

Funds raised via the Long Walk for Lungs were used to initiate a PHD Scholarship in Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis Research, support for Lung Foundation Patient Support groups, and contribute to the funding for a future respiratory nurse to support patients across Australia.

Bill is determined to paddle the distance and raise vital research funding to support Australians living with lung diseases like IPF.

​Bill lives in Brisbane, working for AGnVET Services. Bill is married to Lesley with 3 children and 5 grand kids, who Bill would like to be around to see grow up.

Support Bill’s efforts at www.longkayakforlungs.com.au and follow his journey.

FLYER

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Lung Foundation Cycle Challenge 

The Thoracic Society of Australia and New Zealand (TSANZ) is raising much needed funds for Lung Foundation Australia by participating in The Corporate Cycle Challenge 2018. On Friday 3rd August, TSANZ Staff will participate in this challenge to support the work of the Lung Foundation Australia.

TSANZ is the only health peak body representing a range of professions (medical specialists, scientists, researchers, academics, nurses, physiotherapists, students and others) across various disciplines within the respiratory/sleep medicine field in Australia and New Zealand.

TSANZ is committed to serving the professional needs of its members by improving knowledge and understanding of lung disease, with the ultimate goals being to prevent respiratory illness through research and health promotion and to improve health care for people with respiratory illness.

You can help, too! Please CLICK HERE to donate or if you are interested in joining the challenge.

Any amount you can give makes a difference. Thank you for your generosity and support!

Respirology – Editor’s Choice

Respirology Issue 23.7 (July 2018)

Segmentectomy versus Lobectomy in Early Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer of 2 cm or less in Size: A Population-Based Study

MI HYOUNG MOON, YOUNG KYU MOON and SEOK WHAN MOON
DOI: 10.1111/resp.13277

 

Research team from the Catholic University of Korea in Seoul. From left to right: Drs Young Kyu Moon, Mi Hyoung Moon and Seok Whan Moon.

 

Ethnic differences in lung function in China: results from a large community-based epidemiological study

RUOHUA YAN, LAP AH TSE, ZHIGUANG LIU, JIAN BO, EMILY Y. CHAN, YANG WANG,
LU YIN,WEI LI on behalf of PURE-China Investigators
DOI: 10.1111/resp.13258

 

Research team from the National Center for Cardiovascular Diseases and the Chinese University of Hong Kong, China. Left to right: Jian Bo (inset), Zhiguang Liu, Ruohua Yan, Lu Yin, Wei Li, Lap Ah Tse, Emily Y. Chan and Yang Wang.

 

Research Project and Survey Requests

The Global Lung Function Initiative (GLI) Survey

The Global Lung Function Initiative (GLI) has developed all ages, multi-ethnic reference equations for the most commonly used lung function tests and worked with the broader respiratory community to implement these equations.   

 As part of our broader work we are interested in receiving feedback from the community regarding experiences with implementation of the GLI spirometry and GLI TLCO reference equations, as well understanding any barriers and challenges to implementation. We would greatly appreciate you taking the time to complete the survey to help us understand the experiences of your own research group and/or clinical department.  

This short survey should take ~ 5 minutes to complete and will assist in further informing GLI activities and how we approach future implementation. Individuals and their institutions will not be identified. Outcomes of the survey will be made publicly available on the GLI website. 

We are currently working to develop reference equations for lung volumes and if you or your colleagues have lung volume data in healthy individuals please do visit www.lungfunction.org for more information on this latest GLI initiative.  

Survey sent on behalf of the Global Lung Function Initiative Network: 

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/DB9LYDJ?PleaseSpecify=[PleaseSpecify_value]

 

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 7.05 – JUNE 2022

VOLUME 2.6 AUGUST 2017

Research Roundup:

August  2017

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Welcome Message

Have you heard? Abstracts for TSANZSRS 2018 are now open. With this, our abstract-linked awards are also open. We are once again calling for applicants for the Ann Woolcock New Investigator Award, the JRS Travel Award, the Janet Elder Travel Award, and the Boehringer Ingelheim COPD Travel Award – which is now available to support travel to a range of international respiratory conferences (instead of only CHEST). Our ASM Travel awards are also open and we hope that everyone who is eligible takes up these opportunities.

More details on these awards are below and online.

Just over the horizon is APSR 2017 in Sydney.  A large number of abstracts have been received and late breaking abstracts will open on August 9th. Abstract acceptance will be notified in mid- August. If your abstract is accepted, you must be registered by September 28th. The developing program is now live. The theme is Lung Health in a Changing Worldand with a diverse and experienced group of international speakers attending, this should be a highly educational and engaging meeting. Early bird registration closes 3 September.

We have been able to partner with TEVA Pharmaceuticals and launch the TSANZ/TEVA Scholar Awards which cover registration costs for APSR 2017. These are open to Advanced Trainees in Respiratory and/or Sleep medicine and applications close on the 30th of August. Please spread the word – there are 30 scholarships available.

I would also like to update you on the consultation on A framework for NHMRC assessment and finding of clinical trials and cohort studies which we recently responded to. Thank you to those who assisted with this. Our response was in line with our commitment to increasing investment in respiratory research. While TSANZ was broadly supportive of the consultation recommendations, we advocated for inclusion of a policy review period, a moderation of process, opportunity to appeal and some consideration of a change in the length of the application given the necessity to include other supporting documentation for specific types of studies.

We will continue to work to increase funding for respiratory research and will adapt as the research landscape in Australia and New Zealand continues to change.

Lastly, there are a number of surveys at the end of this email and I urge you to participate in these and help where you can.

Enjoy the August edition of your research roundup.

Prof Phil Hansbro

Chair, Research Sub-Committee

 

The following articles will take you to thelimbic.com

Work-related lung disease cases “tip of the iceberg”. A national register to record every case of work-related lung disease is one step closer following lobbying from the TSANZ and the Lung Foundation. Read More.

 + The rules for work-related lung disease compo are “unfair”. There are calls to expand the list of work-related lung disorders eligible for government compensation in NSW, amid concerns many with life-threatening conditions are missing out. Read More.

Oxygen saturation should be the 5th vital sign. A pulse oximeter should be as ubiquitous as a stethoscope, according to the British Thoracic Society’s new guidelines. Read More.

Non-invasive ventilation cuts COPD readmissions. Hard to treat patients with frequent COPD exacerbations can be kept out of hospital for longer when NIV is added to home oxygen. Read More.

Chronic breathlessness syndrome: a new name without shame.  We speak to Palliative medicine specialist Professor David Currow about his mission to get chronic breathlessness recognised as a distinct clinical entity. Read More.

Turf war stalling antibiotic stewardship. A rift between respiratory physicians and infectious diseases specialists could be stalling efforts to fight the growing problem of antimicrobial resistance in patients with respiratory infections, researchers claim. Read More.

Better bedside management of pleural effusions. Brisbane doctors have significantly improved the outcomes of patients with pleural effusions by giving registrars and trainees practical hands on training on the use of pleural ultrasound. Read More.

Open Awards

Thoracic Society Awards

TSANZ / TEVA Scholar Award

Encouraging all TSANZ Advanced Trainees Members to attend APSR 2017 for career development. Close 30 August 2017.

Abstract-linked awards are now open

Ann Woolcock New Investigator Award

The Ann Woolcock New Investigator Award is presented at the TSANZ Annual Scientific Meeting (ASM) to acknowledge excellence in the conduct and presentation of scientific research. 

This is a Travelling Fellowship of AUD$1500 plus expenses (return economy airfare, meeting registration and accommodation) to support the recipient to attend and present their original high-quality research to the next Annual Scientific Meeting of the Asia-Pacific Society of Respirology (APSR). Finalists (excluding the winning applicant) will receive a certificate of achievement and AUD $500.

This award furthers one of Professor Ann Woolcock’s goals of fostering research ties between the TSANZ and the APSR.

To apply for the Ann Woolcock New Investigator Award, you must complete the application coversheet using the upload functionality in the online abstract submission portal. To view the Ann Woolcock New Investigator Award eligibility criteria and application here coversheet please click here.

Boehringer Ingelheim COPD Travel Award

This travel award is designed to reward, encourage and provide international exposure for Advanced Trainees in Respiratory Medicine, junior Respiratory Physicians, post-doctoral respiratory healthcare professionals, and Respiratory Researchers whose work focuses on chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

The award consists of up to AU$4000 to cover the recipient’s expenses (return airfare, registration, accommodation, living expenses) to attend and present an abstract at a relevant international respiratory conference, including: the American College of Chest Physicians, the European Respiratory Society, Asian Pacific Society of Respirology , or the American Thoracic Society.

To view the Boehringer Ingelheim COPD Travel Award eligibility criteria and application coversheet please click here.

Janet Elder International Travel Award

These awards will be made to three respiratory scientists or clinicians on the basis of scientific merit of their submitted abstract to the 2018 TSANZ Annual Scientific Meeting (ASM) to support their professional development in respiratory research. There will be two awards for early career researchers and one award for a mid-career researcher.

Each award consists of AUD$2500 to contribute to expenses to attend and present an abstract at an international scientific meeting of the recipient’s choice within the following year. 

These awards are made in the memory of Dr Janet Elder, one of the pioneers of respiratory medicine in Western Australia.

To apply for the  Award, you must complete the application coversheet using the upload functionality in the online abstract submission portal. To view the Janet Elder International Travel Award eligibility criteria and application coversheet please click here.

Japanese Respiratory Society (JRS) Early Career Development

This Early Career Development Award is designed to reward, encourage and provide international exposure to promising recent advanced trainees/higher degree graduates. 

The award will cover the recipient’s expenses (return economy airfare to Japan, registration, accommodation, living expenses) to attend and present at the Annual Scientific Meeting of the Japanese Respiratory Society in the following year. This award is fully provided by the Japanese Respiratory Society.

To apply for the  Award, you must complete the application coversheet using the upload functionality in the online abstract submission portal. To view the Japanese Respiratory Society (JRS) Early Career Development eligibility criteria and application coversheet please click here.

TSANZ Travel Grants to 2018 ASM

These travel awards are made available to encourage eligible TSANZ members to attend and enrich the Annual Scientific Meeting (ASM) through presentation of their work and active participation in the meeting. They are awarded to eligible applicants planning to pursue a career in respiratory medicine or related fields, based on the quality of the abstract submitted for presentation to the ASM.

To be eligible for the TSANZ Travel Grants to 2018 ASM Award, you must submit an accompanying form of certification (attach here) completed by your supervisor/head of department using the upload functionality in the online abstract submission form. To apply for the  Award, you must complete the application coversheet using the upload functionality in the online abstract submission portal. To view the TSANZ Travel Grants to 2018 ASM eligibility criteria and application coversheet please click here.

Lung Foundation Australia Awards

Lung Foundation Australia and Boehringer Ingelheim Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Research Fellowship – 2018/2019

Valued at $80,000 per year/ one or two years

Lung Foundation Australia / Boehringer Ingelheim COPD Fellowship supports research to improve the diagnosis and management of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease in Australia. Specifically, the proposed research must be aimed at developing and/or delivering optimal care to people with COPD.

Relevant domains of research inquiry range from evaluation of population screening initiatives; interventions to improve diagnostic accuracy within primary care; through to issues of management in the context of a clinician-patient interaction to system level issues to do with the organisation, financing and performance of the health system, including COPD management of indigenous and ethnic minorities within Australia.

Lung Foundation Australia invites applications from medical and scientific graduates who will be a resident in Australia throughout the period of the research program. The Fellowship is available as either a one or two year award, with a value of $A80,000 per annum. The funds are to cover the salary (including on-costs) for the successful research fellow and for no other purpose.

Apply now


NEW Lung Foundation Australia and the Better Breathing Foundation Allied Health PhD Scholarship in Chronic Lung Disease – 2018/2021

Valued at $20,000 per year/four years: $40,000 per year/four years with matched funds

This Scholarship is made possible via a collaborative partnership with Lung Foundation Australia and the Better Breathing Foundation. The LFA/BBF Allied Health PhD Scholarship aims to support allied health professionals to undertake research into chronic lung disease. Relevant domains of research include any form of clinical, population, laboratory or genetics research.

Students with an allied health background wishing to undertake a PhD in chronic lung disease are invited to submit an application. This PhD Scholarship is aimed at a researcher who is commencing a higher degree and interested in improving outcomes for patients living with a chronic lung disease.

Lung Foundation Australia/Better Breathing Foundation will be allocating a set amount of funds of $20,000 per year over a four year period (total funding: $80,000) for the PhD Scholarship, with matching funds to be provided by the University.

Apply now


Lung Foundation Australia / Ivan Cash Research Grant-in-Aid for Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis Research 2018

Valued at $5,000

The Ivan Cash Research Grant-in-Aid’s creation was made possible by a bequest from Mr Ivan Cash, who sadly died from his idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) in 2008. Lung Foundation Australia invites applications for the Ivan Cash Research Grant-in-Aid valued at $5,000. This IPF Research Award is open to any individual health care professional or scientist, who will be required to collaborate with the Australian IPF Registry management committee to undertake and publish a specific focused analysis of part of the collected dataset of the Australian IPF Registry. The Australian IPF Registry management committee will provide support to the successful applicant to enable the completion of the required research.

Apply now


Lung Foundation Australia / Lizotte Family Research Award for Interstitial Pulmonary Fibrosis Research 2018

Valued at $5,000

Lung Foundation Australia invites applications for the Lizotte Family Research Award valued at $5,000 – to assist research in interstitial pulmonary fibrosis (IPF). This Research Award is open to any individual health care professional or group of health care professionals who are able to demonstrate an interest in IPF, including respiratory physicians, histopathologists, radiologists, researchers, registrars, trainees, nursing and allied health staff.

The funds may be used as a contribution towards IPF related research or pilot projects, or to fund travel or education with respect to increasing knowledge about IPF.

Apply now


Lung Foundation Australia / Ludwig Engel Grant-in-Aid for Physiological Research 2018

Valued at $5,000

Lung Foundation Australia invites applications for the Ludwig Engel Grant-in-Aid valued at $5,000 – to assist research in respiratory physiology. For the purpose of this Grant-in-Aid, Physiological Research is the use of any methodologies directed towards the elucidation of organ function and its understanding in a precise, quantitative manner.

The funds may be used as a contribution towards equipment, personnel or other running costs incurred in the conduct of research projects. The Grant-in-Aid is not to be used to fund conference travel or conference attendance.

Apply Now


Lung Foundation Australia / A Menarini Pty Ltd 2017 Travel Awards

Lung Foundation Australia and A Menarini Australia Pty Ltd are excited to announce that there will be six (6) Travel Grants of up to $3,000 for international conferences and up to $1,500 for national conferences on offer to key health professionals in Australia whose work is focused on improving outcomes for patients living with COPD.

Apply now


Lung Foundation Australia / A Menarini Pty Ltd 2017 Travel Awards

Lung Foundation Australia and A Menarini Australia Pty Ltd are excited to announce that there will be six (6) Travel Grants of up to $3,000 for international conferences and up to $1,500 for national conferences on offer to health professionals/researchers in Australia whose work is focused on improving outcomes for patients living with COPD.

How to participate

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

More Information

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

Lung Foundation Australia contact details
Glenda Colburn | Phone 07 3251 3600 | Email: glenda@lungfoundation.com.au

Watch this space for more award announcements…

Lungs for Life Grant Bulletin

The Lungs for Life project has identified the following direct-to-researcher grants and awards due between late August and December, 2017:

Westpac Bicentennial Foundation Research Fellowship – closes 31/08/17
The Westpac Research Fellowship supports outstanding early career researchers whose ground-breaking work has the potential to make a difference in one of the Foundation’s focus areas: Technology and innovation, Strengthening Australia-Asia ties, and Enabling positive social change.

Westpac Bicentennial Foundation Social Change Fellowship – closes mid-August/2017
The Westpac Social Change Fellowship is an opportunity to invest in your capability, knowledge and networks with a view to helping you bring to life your innovative initiative for positive social change in Australia.

Rebecca L Cooper Medical Research Foundation – Medical Research Grants – closes 01/09/17
Advancing, promoting and encouraging medical research into Brain Sciences (psychiatry and neurology), Endocrinology and Diabetes, Geriatrics, Lung Disease (other than cancer), Rheumatology, Vision Sciences. Funding is primarily granted for the purchase of equipment, but may be used for other tangibles (e.g. therapeutic or imaging markers, software etc.). Funding requests for salaries/wages are not strongly supported, but will be considered by the directors.

The Prince Charles Hospital Foundation Emerging Researcher Grant – closes 01/09/17
The Emerging Researcher Grant is aimed at providing New Investigators who have previously received and successfully completed a New Investigator grant from TPCHF the opportunity to further develop their skills, experience and build the research capacity of TPCH The priority areas are: Heart disease – heart failure, valvular heart disease, congenital heart disease; Lung disease – lung cancer, asbestos related diseases, COPD, pulmonary hypertension, cystic fibrosis, sleep disorders, asthma; Dementia – Alzheimer’s disease, vascular dementia, Lewy Body disease, fronto-temporal dementia; Arthritis – osteoarthritis, joint replacement, growing cartilage.

Harkness Fellowships in Health Care Policy and Practice 2018-2019 – closes 05/09/17
For mid-career professionals (academic researchers, government policymakers, clinicians, managers, and journalists) from Australia, Germany, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom, to spend up to 12 months in the US conducting a policy-oriented research study, working with leading US health policy experts, and gaining an in-depth knowledge of the US and other health care systems.

Tasmania Community Fund – small grants close 06/09/17, large grants close 27/09/17
To fund community organisations that make a difference by enhancing well-being and improving the social, environmental and economic outcomes for the Tasmanian community. Five category areas: children and young people; community participation and recreation; community well-being and life skills; connecting communities; culture, arts and heritage. Large grants are for applications for large infrastructure, asset and/or equipment.

Future Research Leader Fellowships – EOI closes 15/09/17
5 year full time Fellowships to provide salary and project support to encourage high calibre interstate and international emerging researchers to develop a program of work that support the activities that are being undertaken by the Translational Cancer Research Centres (TCRCs) in NSW. Applications must be in the area of implementation research and, more specifically, should address how research findings from the TCRCs can be taken up into routine cancer care.

CASS Medicine/Science Grants – 15/09/17
Research and development projects in science and/or medicine. Preference is given to proof of concept project applications. CASS will only accept applications from applicants employed by specific Victorian research centres.

Shepherd Foundation – closes 15/09/17
The Shepherd Foundation Trust welcomes grant applications from Victorian health professionals or research teams working in clinical, medical or scientific fields.  Grants are provided for research projects in all aspects of preventive medicine and/or occupational medicine. For research projects in all aspects of preventative medicine and/or occupational medicine. Applicants may apply for funding of one, two or three years.

Conquer Cancer Career Development Award – closes 21/09/17
Provides funding to clinical investigators who have received their initial faculty appointment to establish an independent clinical cancer research program. This research must have a patient-oriented focus, including a clinical research study and/or translational research involving human subjects. Submissions in all oncology sub specialties are welcome.

Financial Markets Foundation for Children – closes 30/09/17
Research programs designed to improve the health, welfare and wellbeing of Australian children. Preference will be given to projects focussed on children aged 14 years and under, although the Foundation will consider projects relating to children up to 18 years of age.

Cancer Research Institute CRI Irvington Postdoctoral Fellowship Program – closes 01/10/17
Supports qualified young scientists at leading universities and research centres around the world who wish to receive training in cancer immunology. An eligible project must be immunology with direct relevance to solving the cancer problem.

World Cancer Research Fund International – closes 06/10/17
To fund research studies exploring the link between diet, nutrition, body composition, physical activity, and cancer prevention and survival. There are 2 types of grants: Investigator Initiated Grants for Principal Investigators; and Pilot Grants to be used as start-up funds for pilot research. Two main themes: identifying the mechanisms that underpin the effects of diet, nutrition and physical activity on cancer; addressing the host factors that influence an individual’s susceptibility to cancer development or progression.

The Bonser Family Research Grant and Mi-tec Publishing Medical Research Grant – closes 21/10/17
Cancer Council Tasmania calling for research relating to the reduction of the incidence and impact of cancer on individuals and the community. It includes every aspect of care, from prevention and early detection that leads to a better outcome, treatment and supportive care. The priority area is cancer control.

Rolling Grants

Auswide Community Grants Scheme –  grants under $5 000 close 30/09/17, grants over $10 000 close 21/10/17, grants over$ 5 000 close 01/12/17.
Supports local activities, organisations, events and projects covering a wide range of sporting, cultural and community interests and endeavours. Includes community services, events and celebrations, buildings, public spaces and facilities, research, and organisational development.

John Templeton Foundation
Interest areas are: science and the big questions; character virtue development; freedom and free enterprise; exceptional cognitive talent and genius; genetics; voluntary family planning.

Boehringer Ingelheim Fonds Travel Grants
Grants for non-European researchers to travel to Europe for up to three months to pursue an experimental project in basic biomedical research.

Baxalta Bioscience Grants – Medical Education & Fellowship Grants
Baxalta provides Medical Education & Fellowship Grants to support accredited or unaccredited educational symposia, seminars, web-based sessions, or fellowship programs directed at certified healthcare professionals. They are currently interested in supporting the following areas: Immunology; Hematology; Oncology.

Coopers Brewery Foundation – current round closes 01/08/2017
Medical research and health care; educational development for the young; aged care; promotion of family and community support based on Christian values.

The Balnaves Foundation
The Balnaves Foundation supports organisations that aim to create a better Australia through education, medicine and the arts with a focus on young people, the disadvantaged, and Indigenous communities.

allport bequest – closes 30/06 and 31/12 yearly
Must benefit citizens of Hobart. Organisation must be charitable or the project must be for charitable purposes.

 

Respirology

New from ANZSRS

ANZSRS’s Spirometry Training Courses Position Statement
Maureen P. Swanney, Christopher A. O’Dea, Emily R. Ingram, Leanne T. Rodwell, Brigitte M. Borg, for the ANZSRS Spirometry Training Course Working Group

Respirology Issue 22.6

Is bronchial thermoplasty cost-effective as treatment for problematic asthma patients? Singapores perspective on a global model.

HAI V. NGUYEN , SAIDEEP BOSE, SHWETA MITAL, ANTHONY CHAU ANG YII, SHIN YUH ANG, SEAN SHAO WEI LAM, DEVANAND ANANTHAM, ERIC FINKELSTEIN and MARIKO SIYUE KOH

DOI: 10.1111/resp.13027

 

Cost-effectiveness acceptability curve of bronchial thermoplasty with and without optimized asthma therapy

Pirfenidone and nintedanib for pulmonary fibrosis in clinical practice: Tolerability and adverse drug reactions

JONATHAN A. GALLI , ALOKNATH PANDYA, MICHELLE VEGA-OLIVO, CHANDRA DASS, HUAQING ZHAO and GERARD J. CRINER

DOI: 10.1111/resp.13024

Research team at the Temple Lung Center in Philadelphia, USA. From left to right: Huaqing Zhao, Jonathan Galli, Chandra Dass, Michelle Olivo-Vega and Gerard Criner.  Not included in the photo is Aloknath Pandya.

Research Project and Survey Requests

Inhaler Overhaul in Sight for Mild Asthma  –  recruitment closing soon

Friends and family with mild asthma could soon have a new treatment at their fingertips if results of the Novel Start Study show the condition can be well managed without daily medication.

People with apparently mild asthma make up 20 per cent of adults who die of asthma, and a third of people who need emergency asthma treatment,” says asthma specialist Professor Helen Reddel, who is heading the study in Australia.

Asthma experts in New Zealand and at the Woolcock Institute of Medical Research in Sydney and John Hunter Hospital in Newcastle are testing a new combination puffer treatment that could reduce asthma flare-ups and change the way mild asthma is treated worldwide.

Anyone who is using only Ventolin (or similar) for their asthma can volunteer – recruitment closes soon – by the end of August 2017.

Woolcock Institute, Sydney, Australia
Call: 02 9114 0444 or email gloria.foxley@sydney.edu.au

Hunter Medical Research Institute, Newcastle, Australia
Call: 02 4042 0532 or email joanne.howes@newcastle.edu.au

Medical Research Institute of NZ – Wellington, NZ
Call: 04 805 0147 or email irene.braithwaite@mrinz.ac.nz

 

 

‘Usual’ antenatal asthma management

Dear Colleague,

Our research team at the Hunter Medical Research Institute (HMRI) and University of Newcastle is conducting a nationwide survey to determine what ‘usual’ antenatal asthma management consists of. Gaining this knowledge will help to form a foundation on which to build improved antenatal asthma management across Australia.

If you are a health professional who provides antenatal care within Australia then we invite you to participate in a survey. This survey should take approximately 10 minutes to complete.

Ethics approval has been granted for this study. All responses will be anonymous and confidential. Further information about the project and request for consent is outlined once you click on the survey link. If you have any questions regarding this research, please do not hesitate to contact Vanessa Murphy at Vanessa.Murphy@newcastle.edu.au or Karen McLaughlin on 0425277200.

Please click on the link below to proceed to the survey. If the link fails to load automatically, please cut and paste it into your internet browser: https://redcap.hmri.org.au/surveys/?s=NR78PWYW49

 

Recruiting for new study investigating the effects of ambulatory oxygen therapy via portable concentrator in interstitial lung disease

Researchers at Austin Health are currently recruiting patients with chronic interstitial lung disease and exertional desaturation (< 90% on room air during the 6-minute walk test) for a randomized controlled trial investigating the effects of ambulatory oxygen therapy via portable concentrators. Inclusion and exclusion criteria are in the link below. 

https://www.anzctr.org.au/Trial/Registration/TrialReview.aspx?id=371748&isReview=true  

If you wish to discuss possible patients for screening and enrolment or receive further information, please contact Yet Hong Khor on 03 9496 5390 or YetHong.Khor@austin.org.au.

This study has been approved by the Austin Health Human Research Ethics Committee.

 

Are you interested in helping us further our understanding of healthcare professionals’ perceptions of asthma using an innovative method – drawings?

If so, and you are a healthcare professional, you are invited to take part in a research study exploring the use of drawings to further understanding of healthcare professionals’ perceptions of the experience of asthma.

An emerging approach for investigating people’s perspectives of illness is the use of drawings. Despite the high prevalence of asthma, there is yet to be research using drawing to explore healthcare professionals’ perceptions of the experience of asthma in the Australian population. Drawings may be useful for expression and could increase our understanding of the perspective of healthcare professionals involved in asthma management. The total time commitment is expected to be approximately one hour. You will be reimbursed for your time.

If you would like more details or would like to take part, please contact the researchers (details below). Thank you!

A/Prof Lorraine Smith, Faculty of Pharmacy, The University of Sydney
Email: lorraine.smith@sydney.edu.au Telephone: 02 9036 7079

Melissa Cheung, PhD Candidate, Faculty of Pharmacy, The University of Sydney
Email: lorraine.smith@sydney.edu.au Telephone: 02 9351 3710

 

Paediatric PFT needs assessment

We are undertaking a project to assess and address the needs of the global paediatric pulmonology/respirology community for practice guidelines for paediatric pulmonary function testing in both the clinical and research settings.

The first step in this project is to define and understand those needs via a short (less than 5 minute) survey. We ask that you complete this brief survey to help us understand how to best meet the needs of our community. Please click on the link below to complete the survey online.

Survey

Thank you for your time.

Nitin Kapur, Paediatric SIG Convenor

on behalf of 

Members of the American Thoracic Society/European Respiratory Society Infant & Preschool Pulmonary Function Testing Working Group and the European Respiratory Society Pediatric Respiratory and Sleep Physiology Working Group:

Graham Hall, BSc PhD
Jessica Pittman, MD MPH
Padmaja Subbarao, MD MSc FRCP
Claudia Calogero, MD
Stephanie Davis, MD
Margaret Rosenfeld, MD MPH

 

Barriers and Facilitators to Optimal use of Acute Oxygen Therapy in Adults

Dear colleagues,

Our research  team is conducting a study to investigate the  barriers, facilitators and attitudes of health care professionals towards the prescription and delivery of oxygen therapy in the acute care setting. We hope that the results from this study will provide information that will be used to inform and facilitate the translation of evidence based guidelines into clinical practice.

As a clinician who delivers care to patients who use oxygen therapy, we understand that your views and opinions are important. You are invited to participate in this voluntary online survey. It is expected that this should take no longer than 15 minutes. There are no correct or incorrect responses, this survey is designed to explore your opinions regarding acute oxygen therapy.

This study has been granted ethics approval by Hunter New England Human Research Ethics Committee  (Approval number: 16/04/20/5.03) and the University of Newcastle Human Research Ethics Committee (Reference Number: H-2016-0222). For further information you can view the participant information HERE.

There are no anticipated risks to you for taking part in this survey. Information that you provide will be anonymous and remain confidential. Only those directly involved in this research have access to any answers that you provide. Participation in the survey implies consent and can be completed by clicking  the  OXYGEN SURVEY LINK HERE.

Please feel free to contact us directly if you have any questions regarding this research.

We thank you in advance for participating and ask you to consider forwarding this survey to other colleagues, who also deliver care to patients with oxygen therapy.

Kind Regards

Professor Vanessa McDonald
Professor Peter Wark
Joyce Cousins (PhD Scholar)
Contact: joyce.cousins@uon.edu.au

ATS Conference Review

Please CLICK HERE to view the publication by Research Review on the recent American Thoracic Society (ATS) conference.

TSANZ Recruiting Now

Administrative Officer (up to $60,000 + super)

  • Excellent working conditions
  • Access to salary sacrifice and other benefits
  • Annual leave loading
  • Flexible working conditions, friendly team and great working environment

Function: This position is responsible for providing administrative support

Reports to: Chief Executive Officer (CEO)           

Salary: $50,000-$60,000 (dependent on experience)

Permanent full time

ROLE PURPOSE: This position is responsible for providing administrative support to the New Zealand Branch, assisting the CEO in managing the activities of the office and supporting the laboratory accreditation program.

Job Accountabilities:

  1. Document management is maintained for all TSANZ controlled documents
  2. Provides a high level of administrative support to the TSANZ Board and CEO
  3. Executive officer assistance to NZ branch to support compliance with NZ legislation and constitution
  4. Undertake administrative support to the laboratory accreditation program:
  • Provide administrative support to subcommittees
  • Regular liaison with the Laboratory Accreditation Coordinator and Subcommittee Chairs to ensure effective overall management of the laboratory accreditation program
  • Check the accreditation applications against TSANZ Laboratory Manual and communicate it back to the laboratories for any major inaccuracy
  • Organise laboratory site visit including date, agenda, travel and accommodation
  • Liaise with assessor panels and laboratories on an ongoing basis to make sure they have the information and support to provide the appropriate application and  assessment
  • Ensure reports/responses from assessor panels and laboratories are received on time, and provided to the CEO and Chair LAC for moderation
  • Maintain accreditation documents including the manual, forms and other templates
  • Maintain accreditation files of each laboratory to reflect best practice in document management
  • Maintain the accredited laboratory information on the TSANZ website
  • Preparation of reports and correspondence     

KEY SELECTION CRITERIA – please address the following in your application:

  • Experience in working in an office environment
  • Must have the ability to communicate accurately and clearly both orally and in writing
  • Pleasant telephone manner
  • Able to think on feet when dealing with callers
  • Customer service oriented with a “can do” approach to work
  • Microsoft Office expertise
  • A team player who is able to work effectively as part of a small productive team and as a self-motivated individual
  • Superior organisational skills, attention to detail and problem solving skills
  • Excellent people skills
  • Experience working in a quality assured environment is advantageous

HOW TO APPLY:

Click apply or send your resume to Tanya.Buchanan@thoracic.org.au by Friday 11th August 2017

Please clearly indicate your relevant experiences and skills to this role.

Position Description: https://www.thoracic.org.au/documents/item/1044

OVERVIEW OF TSANZ: The Thoracic Society of Australia and New Zealand Ltd (TSANZ) is a company limited by guarantee and a health promotion charity (HPC) established to improve the knowledge and understanding of lung disease, to prevent respiratory illness through research and health promotion, and improving health care for people with respiratory disorders.

For details concerning this role, please contact Tanya Buchanan, Phone : 0292226205
Email : tanya.buchanan@thoracic.org.au

You must have the right to live and work in this location to apply for this job.

 

 

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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VOLUME 7.05 – JUNE 2022

VOLUME 2.02 MARCH 2017

Research Roundup:

March 2017

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Welcome Message

March is shaping up to be jam-packed with research. The ASM is just over two weeks away and on top of all the novel research which we will be hearing about, there are many additional workshops and post-graduate courses which are very exciting for both clinical and basic science researchers. Special mention also goes to the Early Career Researcher Networking Session which will again take place at the TSANZ ASM and all students and early post-docs are encouraged to attend.

Please be reminded that applications are closing soon for the Dust Diseases grants.

I would like to take this opportunity to let our members know that the Research Committee is still working through the many applications we received for the 2017 awards. Due to the increasing TSANZ Awards portfolio, the review process is taking longer than expected. Applicants will soon be notified of their award outcomes. 

There is much more information and opportunities for you to explore below. Please enjoy your March Research Roundup,

Prof Phil Hansbro

Chair, Research Sub-Committee

The following articles will take you to thelimbic.com

No breathing space at the TSANZSRS conference. A shorter program this year doesn’t mean delegates at the combined annual scientific meetings of the Australia and New Zealand Society of Respiratory Science and the Thoracic Society of Australia and New Zealand will be getting shortchanged. Read More.

Five-fold variation in specialists’ fees. Experts are calling for more transparency around specialist fees after finding huge variations in out-of-pocket costs and bulk billing rates within and between specialties and geographic locations. But respiratory physicians had one of the lowest out-of-pocket costs for patients. Read More.

COPD-X update. The evidence for the benefits of pulmonary rehabilitation has been strengthened in the latest update of the Australian and New Zealand Guidelines for the management of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD-X). Read More.

Inhaler techniques haven’t improved in 40 years. A large study of almost 3,000 patients observed using their inhalers by GPs or respiratory physicians, found more than half were not using their devices correctly – regardless of the type of device. Read More.

“Don’t push yourself” mantra debunked in ILD. Clinicians should strongly encourage patients with interstitial lung disease to attend pulmonary rehabilitation, new research shows. Read More.

Cytology is sufficient to diagnose most mesothelioma cases. A review of over 2,000 cases of mesothelioma in WA since 1962 has shown a cytological diagnosis of the disease subtype is sufficient. Read More.

Apply caution to latest vitamin D study. Experts have thrown cold water over the findings of a recent meta-analysis that concluded the prevention of acute respiratory tract infection was a “major new indication” for vitamin D supplementation. Read More.

Open Awards

 

 

Lung Foundation Awards

Lung Foundation Australia / A Menarini Pty Ltd 2017 Travel Awards

Lung Foundation Australia and A Menarini Australia Pty Ltd are excited to announce that there will be six (6) Travel Grants of up to $3,000 for international conferences and up to $1,500 for national conferences on offer to health professionals/researchers in Australia whose work is focused on improving outcomes for patients living with COPD.

 

Watch this space for more award announcements…

TSANZSRS Early Career Researcher Networking Session

Sunday 26th March, 2017, 5:00 – 6:30pm

For those of you who are Honours, Masters or PhD students, or Post-Docs starting out their careers – this event is for you. This session allows students, post-docs and other early career researchers to come together for an interactive session to get to know your colleagues. 

This will be an opportunity to hear from Dr Kristin Carson and Prof Phil Hansboro for career advice and information, followed by a chance to get to know other ECRs and researchers from around Australia and New Zealand over drinks and canapés. 

Please RSVP for this event by 20th March, 2017 by clicking here

 

Australasian Clinical Tuberculosis Network (ACTnet)

We welcome the newly formed Australasian Clinical Tuberculosis Network (ACTnet). ACTnet is a collaborative clinical research group for Australia and New Zealand. Following the successful model of the European “TBnet” collaboration, ACTnet will engage clinicians and researchers to conduct high-quality research of national and international significance. It will provide a platform for individual investigators, within infectious disease, respiratory, public health and other disciplines, to propose and implement multi-centre studies and laboratory collaborations. In particular, it will develop evidence to advance the goal of TB elimination in the two countries.

ACTnet will facilitate research, obtaining funding and supporting research activities. The organisation will have complementary roles, and work alongside other peak clinical and research bodies in Australia and New Zealand to strengthen TB control through research.

ACTnet will be officially launched by Dr Greg Fox at the TSANZ ASM on Monday 27th of March at the end of the Advances in Tuberculosis SIG meeting 8.30-10am. We welcome attendees to join us for light refreshments afterward and to join our network to receive updates www.actnet.org.au or interact with us via twitter @actnet_tb.

Respirology

New Release

Global Strategy for the Diagnosis, Management, and Prevention of Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease 2017 Report (GOLD Executive Summary)

http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/resp.13012/full

Published jointly in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, the European Respiratory Journal and the Archivos de Bronconeumologia.

 

Lungs for Life Grant Bulletin

The Lungs for Life project has identified the following direct-to-researcher grants and awards due between late March and mid-2017:

Ramaciotti Foundation’s (Perpetual Trustees) Biomedical Research Award – closes 17/03/17
Presented every two years to a group or individual undertaking biomedical research within universities, public hospitals, medical research institutes or other similar organisations. The award funds projects including personnel, equipment, major infrastructure improvements or new laboratories that help an existing, well-funded program of research or enable a major new program to begin. Traditionally, it funds a need that would not attract funding elsewhere.

Channel 7 Children’s Research Foundation Grants – closes 21/03/17
Supports health, educational or social research to encourage and advance investigation into the cause, prevention, diagnosis and treatment of any condition that may affect the general health, education or welfare of children in South Australia and the Northern Territory.

World of Children Health Award (2017) – closes 01/04/17
The Health Award recognises an individual who has made a significant contribution to children in the fields of health, medicine or the sciences.

Cancer Research Institute CRI Irvington Postdoctoral Fellowship Program – closes 01/04/17
Supports qualified young scientists at leading universities and research centres around the world who wish to receive training in cancer immunology. An eligible project must be immunology with direct relevance to solving the cancer problem.

L’Oreal Australia and New Zealand for Women in Science Fellowships – 2017 – closes 03/04/17 
For early career women scientists to consolidate their careers and rise to leadership positions in science. The Fellowships are awarded to women who have shown scientific excellence in their career with an appropriate research plan that will be assisted by the one-year Fellowship.

Association for International Cancer Research Grants – 21/04/17
Project grants of between one and three years to support fundamental and translational research into the causes, mechanisms, diagnosis, treatment and prevention of cancer. Proposals in which a mixture of basic and clinical research is proposed will be considered.

The Rebecca L. Cooper Medical Research Foundation Al and Val Rosenstrauss Medical Research Fellowship – closes 28/04/17
The Al and Val Rosenstrauss Research Fellowships are named in honour of the late Al Rosenstrauss OAM and his wife, Val, for their contribution to the work of the Foundation over a period of more than 28 years. Research project must be in one of the nominated areas of medical research that are supported by the Foundation; Brain Sciences, Diabetes, Geriatrics, Lung Disease (other than cancer), Rheumatology, and Vision Sciences. Applicants who have received previous funding, or worked in a laboratory supported by the Foundation, will be favoured.

Sylvia and Charles Viertel Charitable Foundation Clinical Investigatorships – closes 30/04/17
To stimulate and encourage clinical research in Australia. In particular the grants are intended to assist new investigators to establish their research programs at the time of the difficult transition from doctoral and post-doctoral training posts to their first definitive clinical positions in an academic environment.

Sylvia and Charles Viertel Charitable Foundation Senior Medical Research Fellowship – closes 30/04/17
Providing salary and project grant support for outstanding medical researchers.

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Grand Challenges Explorations Round 19 – closes 11/05/17
Early-stage innovative research projects from a range of disciplines and regions.

Winston Churchill Memorial Trust Fellowship – closes 15/05/17
To provide an opportunity for Australians to travel overseas (for 4 – 6 weeks) to conduct research in their chosen field that is not readily available in Australia.

The Prince Charles Hospital Foundation Experienced Researcher Project Grants – closes 20/05/17
To support strategic, world-class, sophisticated research on the Foundation’s campus or in significant partnership with this campus in the priority areas of: Heart disease – heart failure, valvular heart disease, congenital heart disease; Lung disease – lung cancer, asbestos related diseases, COPD, pulmonary hypertension, cystic fibrosis, sleep disorders, asthma; Dementia – Alzheimer’s disease, vascular dementia, Lewy Body disease, fronto-temporal dementia; Arthritis – osteoarthritis, joint replacement, growing cartilage.

Australian Institute of Policy and Science – CSL Florey Medal – closes 28/05/17
Award for an Australian biomedical researcher with significant achievements in biomedical science and/or human health advancement for research conducted primarily in Australia. Winners are expected to attend a presentation ceremony in Canberra in November.

The NVIDIA Foundation Compute the Cure Cancer Research Grants – closes 28/05/17
To advance the fight against cancer. Will fund projects that use computational omics to dramatically impact the battle against cancer and reduce the time it takes for research outcomes to be used effectively in a clinical environment.

Australian Institute of Policy and Science – CSL Young Florey Medal – closes 06/06/17
Award for an Australian biomedical researcher with significant early career achievements in biomedical science and/or human health advancement. Selection Criteria: Excellence in research achievement in the biomedical science and/or human health advancement; and Excellence and passion in communication and community engagement to promote understanding and engagement in science.

Wellcome Trust Pathfinder Awards – closes 20/06/17
The diagnosis, prevention and treatment of orphan and neglected diseases that present an unmet medical need. Seeking to fund pilot studies to develop assets and de-risk future development.

Australian Cancer Research Foundation (ACRF) Cancer Research Grants – expected close 24/06/17
Seeks to support all aspects of cancer research and control including but not limited to: cell or molecular biology, epidemiology, early detection, prevention and drug development. Focused on seed funding; primarily providing capital grants for major equipment, and the establishment of capital works and facilities. Collaborative projects between institutions are encouraged.

John T Reid Charitable Trusts – closes 28/06/17
The John T Reid Charitable Trusts is a national funding organisation with a wide ranging commitment to philanthropy around Australia. Funding focus is on community and social welfare, health support, aged and palliative care, education and youth support, arts and cultural heritage and the environment.

The Sir Robert Menzies Memorial Research Scholarship in the Allied Health Sciences – closes 30/06/17
The purpose of the scholarship is to try to improve the health of Australians by supporting an outstanding applicant from one of the non‐medical allied health disciplines, or from an applicant who is working directly in applied clinical research.

The John Burge Trust – closes 30/06/17
The John Burge Trust was established by the late John Burge to assist people with tuberculosis and support work towards the prevention and cure of the disease. This can include: educational programs for health workers; aid and help for tuberculosis sufferers and who by reason of the disease are disabled; medication; research.

Shepherd Foundation Research Grants – closes 01/07/17 and 15/09/17
For research projects in all aspects of preventative medicine and/or occupational medicine. Applicants may apply for funding of one, two or three years.

Lung Cancer Research Foundation Grants 2017 – closes 01/07/17
Lung cancer projects focused on one or more of the following: basic science; translational research; clinical research; supportive care; quality of care/outcomes.

CSL Centenary Fellowships 2017 – closes 31/07/17
To foster excellence in Australian medical research by supporting mid-career Australian scientists to pursue world class medical research. The fellowship provides for a full-time salary (generally equivalent to a Senior Research Fellow C1 level) plus research costs and/or a post-doctoral research assistant. The breakdown is determined by the Fellow, in conjunction with the employing institution at the commencement of the Fellowship. The fellowships are primarily awarded for discovery and translational research with a focus on rare and serious diseases, immunology, and inflammation. However, those who meet the eligibility are strongly encouraged to submit an application for their medical research project.

Government of Western Australia – 2017 Healthway Intervention Research Grants – closing date TBA
Intervention Research Grants will fund applications that demonstrate a clear pathway to a health promotion program or intervention in WA, including policy interventions. Applicants are required to focus on at least one of Healthway’s priority areas of tobacco smoking control, reducing harm from alcohol, good nutrition promotion, physical activity promotion (including reducing sedentary behaviour), mental health promotion, skin cancer prevention, reducing harm from illicit drugs and Aboriginal health. Applications in other areas of health promotion will not be considered.

Rolling Grants

Advance Queensland Founders’ Fellowships – closes 12/05/17 (quarter one round)
To support entrepreneurial scientists, researchers and clinicians to take 12 months away from their normal job to develop their early stage novel and innovative ideas with commercialisation prospects into new products, processes or services.

Boehringer Ingelheim Fonds Travel Grants
Grants for non-European researchers to travel to Europe for up to three months to pursue an experimental project in basic biomedical research.

Baxalta Bioscience Grants – Medical Education & Fellowship Grants
Baxalta provides Medical Education & Fellowship Grants to support accredited or unaccredited educational symposia, seminars, web-based sessions, or fellowship programs directed at certified healthcare professionals. They are currently interested in supporting the following areas: Immunology; Hematology; Oncology.

Coopers Brewery Foundation
Medical research and health care; educational development for the young; aged care; promotion of family and community support based on Christian values.

The Balnaves Foundation
The Balnaves Foundation supports organisations that aim to create a better Australia through education, medicine and the arts with a focus on young people, the disadvantaged, and Indigenous communities.

 

 

Research Project and Survey Requests

Australasian Lung Cancer Trials Group 16/002 Fear of Cancer Recurrence

My name is Dr Peey Sei Kok, a medical oncologist and research fellow for the Australasian Lung Cancer Trials Group at the NHMRC Clinical Trials Centre. I am currently working on an NHMRC project grant submission on behalf of A/Prof Sue-Anne McLachlan, medical oncologist for a trial being developed by a collaboration between the ALTG and Psycho-oncology Co-operative Research Group (PoCOG). I am seeking input and support from thoracic surgeons and respiratory physicians for this prospective longitudinal cohort study which aims to assess the prevalence and nature of Fear of Cancer Recurrence in patients with resected stage 1-3A NSCLC.

I would be very pleased to receive your expressions of interest through the link provided below. To finalise the grant submission on time, I would be grateful if you would submit your responses to this short survey by 10th of March 2017.

EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST for ALTG 16/002 Fear of Cancer Recurrence (FCR)

This will be the first large scale, longitudinal study of FCR in lung cancer and an important contribution to the research for survivorship of lung cancer. We are submitting an NHMRC project grant application (seeking funding from 2018) and need to ensure we have confirmed support from investigators for this important initiative.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2TKFYCG 

For further information please contact Peey-Sei Kok, Research Fellow at peey-sei.kok@ctc.usyd.edu.au


 

Reminder: Survey invitation for Nurses and Allied Health on advance care planning in COPD

Dear Colleague

Our research team is conducting a survey to understand Palliative Care Nurses, Respiratory Nurses, and Allied Health Professionals that work in respiratory care’s knowledge and practice around advance care planning in patients with COPD. From the results of this study we hope to develop educational resources to assist health professionals when caring for this patient group.

We invite you to participate in a survey, that should take only 10-15 minutes to complete. Several disciplines are represented in the overall survey, however you will be directed to only those questions relevant to your discipline.

Ethics approval has been granted for this study from the University of Sydney. All responses will be anonymous and confidential. No personal information that could identify you is being collected and your email address will not be linked to your survey response. Your consent to participate in this study is implied by completing the survey.

Further information about this research study is provided in the enclosed document [DOWNLOAD]. If you have any questions regarding this research, please do not hesitate to contact Dr Rebecca Disler directly. Thank you in advance for participating.

Please click on the link below to proceed to the survey. If the link fails to load automatically, please cut and paste it into your internet browser:

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

Kind regards

Dr Rebecca Disler | Senior Lecturer in Chronic Disease | The University of Sydney
Email: rebecca.disler@sydney.edu.au  | Tel: 0406 876 587

Dr Natasha Smallwood | Respiratory Physician Department of Respiratory Medicine | The Royal Melbourne Hospital
A/Prof Louis Irving | Respiratory Physician Department of Respiratory Medicine | The Royal Melbourne Hospital
Prof David Currow | Palliative Care Physician Flinders University | Adelaide

STUDENT DECLARATION
Yuxiu Cui will be analysing the anonymous study results as the basis for her degree of Bachelor of Advanced Nursing (Honours) at The University of Sydney. This will take place under the supervision of Dr Rebecca Disler.

 

 
 

 

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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VOLUME 7.05 – JUNE 2022

VOLUME 1.10 DECEMBER 2016

Research Roundup:

December 2016

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Welcome Message

It is the end of another year and I trust everyone is busily writing their grant applications for 2017 award rounds. 

TSANZ is pleased to announce that Cystic Fibrosis Australia has opened their Australian Cystic Fibrosis Research Trust 2017 Innovation Grant and this can be accessed through the TSANZ Awards Submission Portal.

The TSANZ Respiratory Nurse Career Development Award for Indigenous Research and the AstraZeneca Grant-in-Aid for Severe Asthma Research are also both open until January 2017.

It has been another big year for TSANZ and we are well on the way for preparing for the 2017 ASM. Authors will soon hear about the outcome of their abstract submissions. The Research Committee now has more award applications to review than ever before, and awards have not even closed yet! It is great to see the respiratory research community continuing to grow.

Enjoy your December Research Roundup,

Prof Phil Hansbro

Chair, Research Sub-Committee

The following articles will take you to thelimbic.com

Holy Grail:Understanding how Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis progresses. This month we speak to researcher Louise Organ from The Alfred Hospital in Melbourne about her work trying to understand how fibroblasts become dysregulated in IPF and how this process contributes to the progression of the disease. Read More.

Global COPD guidelines updated. Spirometry remains important for the diagnosis and assessment of COPD but its value in making treatment decisions has been downgraded in the latest version of the Global Strategy for the Diagnosis, Management and Prevention of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease. Read More.

Mycobacterium spreading among CF patients globally. Whole genome sequencing of multi-drug resistant Mycobacterium abscessus isolates has shown the organism is spreading worldwide in the cystic fibrosis community, possibly via cross-infection. In an interview with the limbic expert Professor Scott Bell said the findings highlight the need for robust infection control, patient segregation and adherence to screening guidelines. Read More.

Call to revisit COPD guidelines. A leading Australian thoracic specialist and researcher has called for a revision of current COPD criteria to include cough and sputum as red flags for the disease. Read More. 

+ Spirometry report highlights access issues. A new report into the use of spirometry in the diagnosis and management of chronic airways disease has highlighted “huge barriers” to access. Read More.

Make blue inhalers official. With more and more asthma and COPD inhalers flooding the market there is a pressing need to formalise the unofficial yet traditional colour coding convention for inhalers. Read More.

Lungs for Life Grant Bulletin

The Lungs for Life project has identified the following direct-to-researcher grants and awards due between now and the first quarter of 2017:

Sir Edward Dunlop Medical Research Foundation – closes 18 Jan 17

Thrasher Research Fund – Early Career Awards – closes 15 Mar 17

The Lasker Awards – closes 01 Feb 17

Cancer Council Queensland Senior Research Fellowships – closes 28 Feb 17

[Vic] Premier’s Award for Health and Medical Research – closes 10 Mar 17

Australian Government Cancer Australia Priority-driven Collaborative Cancer Research Scheme – closes 16 Mar 17

Research Project and Survey Requests

Reminder: Survey invitation for Nurses and Allied Health on advance care planning in COPD

Dear Colleague

Our research team is conducting a survey to understand Palliative Care Nurses, Respiratory Nurses, and Allied Health Professionals that work in respiratory care’s knowledge and practice around advance care planning in patients with COPD. From the results of this study we hope to develop educational resources to assist health professionals when caring for this patient group.

We invite you to participate in a survey, that should take only 10-15 minutes to complete. Several disciplines are represented in the overall survey, however you will be directed to only those questions relevant to your discipline.

Ethics approval has been granted for this study from the University of Sydney. All responses will be anonymous and confidential. No personal information that could identify you is being collected and your email address will not be linked to your survey response. Your consent to participate in this study is implied by completing the survey.

Further information about this research study is provided in the enclosed document [DOWNLOAD]. If you have any questions regarding this research, please do not hesitate to contact Dr Rebecca Disler directly. Thank you in advance for participating.

Please click on the link below to proceed to the survey. If the link fails to load automatically, please cut and paste it into your internet browser:   https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ACPHealthProf

Kind regards

Dr Rebecca Disler | Senior Lecturer in Chronic Disease | The University of Sydney
Email: rebecca.disler@sydney.edu.au  | Tel: 0406 876 587

Dr Natasha Smallwood | Respiratory Physician Department of Respiratory Medicine | The Royal Melbourne Hospital
A/Prof Louis Irving | Respiratory Physician Department of Respiratory Medicine | The Royal Melbourne Hospital
Prof David Currow | Palliative Care Physician Flinders University | Adelaide

STUDENT DECLARATION
Yuxiu Cui will be analysing the anonymous study results as the basis for her degree of Bachelor of Advanced Nursing (Honours) at The University of Sydney. This will take place under the supervision of Dr Rebecca Disler.

Acceptability and Perceived Benefit of Prehabilitation amongst Thoracic surgeons throughout Australia

Dear TSANZ members

This survey is being conducted to determine the Acceptability and Perceived Benefit of Prehabilitation amongst Thoracic Surgeons throughout Australia. It is part of a larger research project looking at the benefits of prehabilitation for individuals having lung cancer surgery in Australia.

This survey is open to thoracic surgeons currently practicing in Australia and New Zealand.

Your help in completing this survey is greatly appreciated. It is hoped that the results of this survey will assist the direction of future research into exercise interventions for patients with lung cancer.

It is anticipated this survey will take approximately 10 – 15 minutes to complete. Responses to this survey are anonymous and will remain confidential. All responses are voluntary. Completion of the survey will indicate your consent to participate. Please follow the link below to complete the survey online.

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

For further information or assistance with completing this survey please contact Anna Shukla (Senior Cardiorespiratory Physiotherapist – St Vincent’s Hospital, Melbourne):

Email: anna.shukla@svha.org.au

This research has been approved by the School Of Health Sciences Human Research Ethics Advisory group (Ethics I.D 1646932) at the University of Melbourne.

 

Barriers and Facilitators to Optimal use of Acute Oxygen Therapy in Adults

Dear colleagues,

Our research  team is conducting a study to investigate the  barriers, facilitators and attitudes of health care professionals towards the prescription and delivery of oxygen therapy in the acute care setting. We hope that the results from this study will provide information that will be used to inform and facilitate the translation of evidence based guidelines into clinical practice.

As a clinician who delivers care to patients who use oxygen therapy, we understand that your views and opinions are important. You are invited to participate in this voluntary online survey. It is expected that this should take no longer than 15 minutes. There are no correct or incorrect responses, this survey is designed to explore your opinions regarding acute oxygen therapy.

This study has been granted ethics approval by Hunter New England Human Research Ethics Committee  (Approval number: 16/04/20/5.03) and the University of Newcastle Human Research Ethics Committee (Reference Number: H-2016-0222). For further information you can view the participant information HERE.

There are no anticipated risks to you for taking part in this survey. Information that you provide will be anonymous and remain confidential. Only those directly involved in this research have access to any answers that you provide. Participation in the survey implies consent and can be completed by clicking  the  OXYGEN SURVEY LINK HERE.

Please feel free to contact us directly if you have any questions regarding this research.

We thank you in advance for participating and ask you to consider forwarding this survey to other colleagues, who also deliver care to patients with oxygen therapy.

Kind Regards

Professor Vanessa McDonald
Professor Peter Wark
Joyce Cousins (PhD Scholar)
Contact: joyce.cousins@uon.edu.au

 
 
 

 
 

 

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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VOLUME 7.05 – JUNE 2022

VOLUME 1.03 MAY 2016

Research Roundup:

May 2016

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Welcome Message

Welcome to the third edition of the TSANZ Research Round Up. 

The ASM for 2016 has now passed and I trust everyone enjoyed the event. If you would like to relive some research moments, the 2016 Award Winners photos have been uploaded on the TSANZ website. There are many awards listed on that page and I would like to thank the Research SubCommittee and the invited reviewers for their hard work in reviewing every one of these.

The ASM was a cracking event where we told each other, Australia, New Zealand, and the many international attendees, about what we are up to in Respiratory Medicine. Media coverage of this year’s TSANZ ASM broke all records, taking news of the conference, new research, and TSANZ as the lead body representing lung health experts, to millions of Australians nationwide. Particular emphasis was placed on conveying key messages regarding Coal Workers Pneumoconiosis, the importance of lung health research, the crisis in funding and the unveiling of Lungs for Life. It was great to see the TSANZ profile continue to build and you can review all the media coverage which TSANZ has recently received as part of the new Advocacy section of the TSANZ website.

We are also trialling keeping up with what our members are up to in the media. So if YOU are in the news because of your work in respiratory medicine, please let us know by dropping a line to Hayley.See@thoracic.org.au

Please remember to check out the surveys below and continue to support each other’s research.

Enjoy your May Research Roundup,

Prof Phil Hansbro

Chair, Research Sub-Committee

TSANZ Congratulates 2016 Award Winners

 

Fellowships

TSANZ / AstraZeneca Respiratory Research Fellowship

Presented to Dr Alan Hsu, University of Newcastle, Hunter Medical Research Institute

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

Presented to Dr Miranda Ween, Royal Adelaide Hospital, University of Adelaide

TSANZ/Vertex Paediatric Cystic Fibrosis Clinical Fellowship

Presented to Dr Bernadette Prentice, Sydney Children’s Hospital, NSW

Special Awards

Society Medal presented to Professor Iven Young

50th Anniversary Medal presented to Professor Peter Frith

President’s Award presented to Professor Billie Bonevski

Research Medal presented to Professor Ron Grunstein

Wunderly Oration was delivered by Professor Patrick Holt

Abstract-linked Awards

Ann Woolcock Young Investigator Finalists

Dr Hashim Periyalil, University of Newcastle/Hunter Medical Research Institute
Dr Kristin Carson, The University of Adelaide/The Queen Elizabeth Hospital [Winner]
Ms Francesca Tang, Woolcock Institute Of Medical Research
Dr Richard Kim, University of Newcastle/Hunter Medical Research Institute
Ms Louise Organ, University of Melbourne
Ms Bernadette Jones, University of Newcastle/Hunter Medical Research Institute

TSANZ Janet Elder Early Career Travel Awards

Dr Chantal Donovan, University of Newcastle, Hunter Medical Research Institute
Dr Richard Kim, University of Newcastle, Hunter Medical Research Institute

TSANZ / Japanese Respiratory Society Early Career Travel Award

Dr Megan Jensen, University of Newcastle, Hunter Medical Research Institute

TSANZ / Boehringer Ingelheim COPD Travel Award

Dr Stephen Milne, Woolcock Institute of Medical Research, NSW

TSANZ / Slater & Gordon Mesothelioma International Travel Award

Prof YC Gary Lee, Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital, Perth

Grants-In-Aid

TSANZ / AstraZeneca Severe Asthma GIA

Dr Richard Kim, University of Newcastle, Hunter Medical Research Institute

TSANZ / Maurice Blackburn GIA

Dr Rajesh Thomas, Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital, Perth

TSANZ Robert Pierce GIA for Indigenous Lung Health

Prof Sandra Hodge, Hanson Institute and Thoracic Medicine, Royal Adelaide Hospital

Travel Awards

TSANZ Peter Phelan Travel Fellowship

Dr Megan Jensen, University of Newcastle/Hunter Medical Research Institute

TSANZ / Vertex Cystic Fibrosis Research Award

Dr. Rachel Foong, Telethon Kids Institute, WA

Ms Michelle Wood, The Prince Charles Hospital, QLD

TSANZ Indigenous Respiratory Nurses Award

Mrs Kerry Hall, Queensland University of Technology, Centre for Children’s Health Research

Asthma Australia

Travel Awards for Mid-Career Researchers

Dr Jay Horvat, University of Newcastle/Hunter Medical Research Institute

A/Prof Vanessa McDonald, University of Newcastle/Hunter Medical Research Institute

Dr Hai Tran, Hanson Institute and Thoracic Medicine/Royal Adelaide Hospital

Best Poster of the ASM Award

TSANZ Best Poster Prize (supported by Boehringer Ingelheim) – presented to Mr Jesse Armitage
Abstract: “Mesenchymal stem cell infusion modulates systemic inflammation in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)”

Special Interest Group Awards

Asthma & Allergy (supported by National Asthma Council Australia) – presented to Ms Esther Cheah

Asthma & Allergy (supported by Asthma Australia) – presented to Dr Megan Jensen

Pulmonary Physiology and Sleep, John Reid Prize (supported by Lung Foundation Australia) – presented to Ms Kanika Jetmalani

David Serisier Memorial Award 2016 for Translational Research in Respiratory Infectious Disease (supported by Lung Foundation Australia) – presented to Dr Gregory Fox

OELD/Population Health (supported by Maurice Blackburn ) – presented to Dr Isuru Seneviratne

Lung Cancer (supported by Maurice Blackburn) – presented to Dr Sally Lansley

OLIV (supported by Boehringer Ingelheim) – presented to Mr Kenneth Sinclair

Primary Care (supported by Boehringer Ingelheim) – presented to A/Prof Lorraine Smith

Respiratory Nurses Oral (supported by Boehringer Ingelheim) – presented to Mrs Kerry Hall

Cell biology/Immunology – Mr Thomas Iosifidis

COPD – presented to Mrs Netsanet Negewo

Cystic Fibrosis – presented to Dr Daan Caudri

Evidence Based Medicine – presented to Ms Zoe Kopsaftis

Interventional Pulmonology – presented to Dr David Fielding

Physiotherapy – presented to Mr Jamie Wood

Tobacco Control – presented to A/Prof Alexander Larcombe

Peter van Asperen Paediatric Award – presented to Dr Elizabeth Kepreotes

Lung Foundation Awards

Lung Foundation Australia / Boehringer Ingelheim COPD Fellowship 2016/2017

Dr Christian Osadnik, Monash University, Monash Health

Lung Foundation Australia Ivan Cash Research Grant-in-Aid Award

Dr Helen Jo, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital

Lung Foundation Australia Lizotte Family Research Award

Mr Gang Liu,University of Newcastle, Hunter Medical Research Institute

Lung Foundation Australia Ludwig Engel Grant-in-Aid for Physiological Research

A/Prof Sandra Orgeig, A/Prof. Alex Larcombe and Dr Emma Parkinson-Lawrence, University of South Australia/Telethon Kids Institute, WA

Lung Foundation Australia / Australian Cochrane Airways Group Scholarship

Ms Anke Lenferink, Flinders University, Repatriation General Hospital, Adelaide

Cochrane Airways Australian Satellite

Ms Harshani Jayasinghe, The University of Adelaide, The Queen Elizabeth Hospital

The following articles will take you to www.thelimbic.com

the limbic is a free, independent news site for respiratory health professionals that covers the latest in clinical research and medico-political news.

‘Futile’ treatment causes confusion. The debate over how to define ‘futile’ treatment has hit the headlines again, with a new study showing doctors support the concept but more than half have difficulty coming to a consensus on how to approach it in a clinical setting. Read More. 

Gene therapy for PAH. In this month’s holy grail we caught up with recipient of the 2015 TSANZ Ann Woolcock Young Investigator Award Rebecca Harper on her work with endothelial progenitor cells to find a better treatment, and potentially a cure, for patients living with pulmonary arterial hypertension. Read More.

Specialised clinics needed in advanced COPD. Patients with advanced lung disease need specialised care to help address issues such as end-of-life care planning, says a respiratory physician who has set up an innovative clinic in Melbourne. Read More.

Inhalers have become a ‘fashion accessory’. This is just one quote from an editorial penned by the UK’s respiratory dynamic duo Professor Andrew Bush and Dr Louise Fleming on the over diagnosis of asthma in children. We spoke to Professor Adam Jaffe to get an Australian perspective. Read More.

Promising on paper but…  The release of a Cochrane review showing high dose oral NSAIDs can slow the progression of lung damage in people with cystic fibrosis is unlikely to change clinical practice, says a leading Australian respiratory physician and researcher. Read More.

When Pseudomonas aeruginosa cells explode. Microbiologists have made a breakthrough in understanding how the superbug Pseudomonas aeruginosa causes infection. Read More.

Name that lung sound. An international task force has reached a consensus on the naming of lung sounds – in 29 languages. Are ‘crackle’ and ‘wheeze’ still approved terms? Read More.

 

If you have any issues accessing the limbic please contact editor@thelimbic.com

Research Project and Survey Requests

International Malignant Pleural Effusion Practice Survey

In 2003, an international survey was conducted to gain an idea on the variations in pleurodesis practices for malignant pleural effusions in different parts of the world. The study provided useful data and highlighted areas of significant differences in practice that could be addressed with clinical trials.  In the last 12 years, malignant pleural disease management has dramatically changed especially with the increasing use of indwelling pleural catheters and medical thoracoscopy.  Given the options available researchers would like to see how opinions and practice vary across the world. (Lee, Rahman, Ahmed, Feller-Kopman, Sivakumar). 

They would be most grateful if colleagues could find the time to complete the following survey which will take approximately 15 minutes to complete.

To ensure that all information will remain confidential and anonymous, researchers will not record any personal information including IP addresses. You have the option of providing your email address if you would like to receive a copy of the analysed results. Email addresses will be recorded on a separate database to keep responses anonymous. Your email address will not be used for any other reason or correspondence.

The survey can be found at http://www.tinyurl.com/pleuralsurvey
Thank you!

Austrailan Co-ordinator: Prof YC Gary Lee 

 

The Breathing for Life Trial (BLT)

BLT is a randomised trial of fractional exhaled nitric oxide (FENO)-based management of asthma during pregnancy and its impact on perinatal outcomes and infant and childhood respiratory health.

We are seeking volunteers with doctor diagnosed asthma, asthma symptoms or medication use in previous 12 months, 18 years of age or older, 12-22 weeks gestation, smokers and non-smokers.

This trial will take place at;

– John Hunter Hospital, Newcastle NSW
– Royal Hospital for Women, Randwick NSW
– Nepean Hospital, NSW
– Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital, QLD
– Royal North Shore Hospital, NSW
– Canberra Hospital, ACT

Click here to read more about this trial
Participant Information Statement and Consent Form [PDF]

For more information please contact Dr Megan Jensen: Ph (02) 4042 0130 | breathingforlifetrial@gmail.com | Facebook

Pleural and Lung Ultrasound Survey (For Physicians & Advanced Trainees)

You are invited to participate in this voluntary survey that aims to describe current pleural and lung ultrasound training practices in Australia and New Zealand amongst respiratory physicians and advanced trainees to help improve this training. The data will then be compared to a similar survey conducted in 2011 to determine whether progress is being made in the area of pleural ultrasound training.

We know that your time is valuable and therefore the survey has been kept short and will take only a few minutes to complete (14 MCQs, 5 minutes). All responses will be anonymous and analysed as a cohort. Your assistance will help shape future training provision within the Society.

Survey Link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/PleuralUS

Please find contact details below if you would like more information about this study.

Dr Eve Denton, Respiratory and Sleep Medicine Advanced Trainee, Alfred Hospital, Melbourne
Dr Mark Hew , Head of Allergy Department, Alfred Hospital, Melbourne

Venous Thrombo-Embolism Survey

Dear Colleague,

Our research team is conducting a brief survey to better understand how physicians currently approach the management of patients with suspected and proven venous thromboembolism. We are currently inviting physicians who manage patients with venous thromboembolism throughout Australia to take part. The results of the survey will provide valuable information to guideline developers and may help in the development of educational resources for physicians and trainees who manage this group of patients.

We invite you to take part in a voluntary online survey, which will take approximately 10 minutes to complete.  There are no right or wrong answers to the questions in this survey.

Ethics approval has been granted for this study by Melbourne Health (Approval number QA2015182) and there are no anticipated risks to you by taking part in this research. All survey responses will be anonymous and confidential. No personal information that could identify you is being collected and your email address will not be linked to your survey response. Your consent to participate in this study is implied by completing the survey.

If you have any questions regarding this research, please do not hesitate to contact Dr Renee Manser or Mr Rory Wallace directly. Thank you in advance for participating.

If you have any complaints about any aspect of the project, the way it is being conducted or any questions about your rights as a research participant, then you may contact Ms Jessica Turner, Manager Human Research Ethics Committees, Melbourne Health on (03) 9342 8530. You will need to tell Ms Turner the number or name of the project (see above).

Please click on the link below to proceed to the survey. If the link fails to load automatically, please cut and paste it into your internet browser. 

Survey Link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/rmhvte

Dr Renee Manser, Respiratory Physician, Department of Respiratory Medicine, The Royal Melbourne Hospital, Tel: 03 9342 7708
Mr Rory Wallace, Medical Student, Department of Respiratory Medicine, The Royal Melbourne Hospital, Tel: 03 9342 7708
A/Prof Louis Irving, Director of Respiratory & Sleep Medicine, The Royal Melbourne Hospital, Melbourne
Dr Mary Ann Anderson, Haematologist, Department of Clinical Haematology and Bone Marrow Transplant Service, The Royal Melbourne Hospital

Interview for physicians’ perspectives on the use of domiciliary oxygen therapy in interstitial lung disease (For Physicians) 

Researchers at Austin Health are currently recruiting respiratory physicians for a qualitative study investigating their views with the use of domiciliary oxygen therapy in patients with interstitial lung disease.

Invitation letter [PDF]

Participant Information Statement and Consent Form [PDF]

To take part in the study or receive further information, please contact Yet Hong Khor on 03 9496 5390

Using drawings to further understanding of people’s perceptions and experiences of their asthma 

You are invited to take part in a research study exploring the use of drawings to further understanding of people’s perceptions and experiences of their asthma.

This study is being conducted by researchers from the University of Sydney. You will be asked to complete a survey, a spirometry reading, an interview and a drawing activity. This will be conducted in one sitting and in-person with a researcher. The total time commitment is expected to be approximately one hour. You will be reimbursed for your time.

You can take part in this study if you are over 18 years of age and have been told by your doctor that you have asthma.

Invitation letter [PDF]

Participant Information Statement [PDF]

If you would like more details or would like to take part, please contact the researchers (details below):

A/Prof Lorraine Smith, Associate Professor, Faculty of Pharmacy, the University of Sydney. Telephone: 02 9036 7079
Ms Melissa Cheung, PhD Candidate, Faculty of Pharmacy, the University of Sydney.  Telephone: 02 9351 3710

 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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