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VOLUME 6.05 – JULY 2021

VOLUME 6.05 – JULY 2021

Research Roundup:

May 2021

Welcome Message

Welcome to another edition of our TSANZ Research Roundup. It was fantastic to see so many people tune-in to our first ever virtual conference earlier this month. I would like to offer a huge congratulations to everyone who has continued to champion respiratory research by adapting approaches and pushing through despite the COVID-19 pandemic. The presentations on display were testimony to our society of dedicated and steadfast professionals.

I am honoured to be taking over as Chair of the Research Sub-Committee from Professor Sandy Hodge, who has done a brilliant job of leading our collective interests over the past four years. If there is anything the committee or I can do to help support your research activities, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

We are please to announce that over $300,000 has been awarded for respiratory research excellence in 2021. Huge congratulations to all the award recipients and good luck with your research. Two awards are currently open, being a TSANZ and National Asthma Council Australia Career Development Fellowship and a NZ Branch travel grant closing 31st of May and 8th of August respectively. There is an Asthma Australia Research Grant and Workshop on offer later this month and calls for applicants in the 2021 Australian Museum Eureka Prizes are open until the 28th of May.

Check out The Limbic, Respirology Editor’s Choice and Respiratory Research Review segments for a snapshot of some great respiratory research going on. Finally, if you have an interest in lung cancer care, acute exacerbations of COPD or helping to inform the top 10 research priorities for pulmonary fibrosis, click on the survey links below.

Enjoy the May edition of your Research Roundup.

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

2021 RESPIRATORY RESEARCH EXCELLENCE AWARD WINNERS

$300,000 FOR LUNG DISEASE RESEARCH ANNOUNCED

(Saturday, 1st May 2021): Over $300,000 in lung research investment was announced this weekend at the Respiratory Research Excellence Awards, presented in a virtual format alongside the Australia and New Zealand Annual Scientific Meeting for Leaders in Lung Health & Respiratory Science (TSANZSRS 2021).

This prestigious selection of awards are presented to TSANZ members who are at various stages of their career and doing outstanding work. These awards aim to support individuals through project funding, fellowships and travel grants.

“This funding enables our researchers to learn more and develop their skills, with the overall goal of preventing, curing and alleviating disability from lung disease. Every dollar invested takes us one step closer to reaching that goal,” said TSANZ President Elect Professor John Upham.

“We’re honoured to be able to support some of Australia’s most innovative researchers working on lung disease and lung health. This research will make a difference to the lives of the 1 in 4 Australians with lung disease,” he said.

Thoracic Society of Australia and New Zealand (TSANZ) – the hosts of TSANZSRS – are pleased to announce awards from Cystic Fibrosis Australia, the National Asthma Council Australia, Lung Foundation Australia and the Centre of Research Excellence in Pulmonary Fibrosis.

“The TSANZ is privileged to support a diverse awards program that recognises the best and brightest minds in respiratory health that will shape the lung health of our communities into the future” said TSANZ CEO, Dr Graham Hall.

The research awards are supported by the generosity of private donations, sponsorship and leveraged financing from recipients’ institutions. Thank you to our generous sponsors and organisational partners for enabling our world-class researchers to continue to create respiratory knowledge and build capacity in the respiratory workforce, with the overall goal to prevent, cure and relieve disability from lung disease.

2021 RESPIRATORY RESEARCH EXCELLENCE AWARD WINNERS

TSANZ would like to congratulate the following Award winners.

TSANZ Janet Elder Travel Award – Early  Career – Maggie Lam, Monash University

TSANZ Janet Elder Travel Award – Early Career – Melissa Preissner, Monash University

TSANZ Janet Elder Travel Award – Early Career – Mariana Hoffman Barbosa, Monash University

BI NZ Primary Care Grant – Sarah Mooney, Auckland University of Technology

Past President’s Scholarship Award – Elena Schneider-Futschik, The University of Melbourne

TSANZ Peter Phelan Research Award – Thomas Iosifidis, Curtin University and Telethon Kids Institute

TSANZ/Maurice Blackburn GIA – Keshav Raj Paudel, University of Technology Sydney

TSANZ Robert Pierce GIA for ILH – Peter Wark, University of Newcastle and Hunter Medical Research Institute

Ann Woolcock New Investigator Award – Nicole Sheers, Austin Health, University of Melbourne

CREATE Grant-in-Aid For new collaborative research between CREATE Fellows (CRE-PF and Lung Foundation Australia) – Gang Liu, Ashleigh Philp & Laura Glenn, UTS, UNSW & The University of Sydney

CREATE Grant-in-Aid For new collaborative research between CREATE Fellows (CRE-PF and Lung Foundation Australia) – Laura Glenn, Alan Teoh, Hayley Barnes & John Mackintosh, RPAH, Alfred Health & Prince Charles Hospital

PACT Grant-in-Aid For Investigator Led Pulmonary Fibrosis Clinical Research (Lung Foundation Australia and CRE-PF) – Yet Hong Khor & Christopher Ryerson, Austin Health & University of British Columbia

CREATE Hope PhD Scholarships in Pulmonary Fibrosis (Lung Foundation Australia and CRE-PF) -Joanna Lee, Monash University

CREATE Hope PhD Scholarships in Pulmonary Fibrosis (Lung Foundation Australia and CRE-PF) -Claudia Sim, Monash University

Open Awards

Thoracic Society Awards

TSANZ and National Asthma Council Australia Asthma and Airways Career Development Fellowship – closing 31 May 2021

TSANZ NZ Branch ASM 2021 Travel Grant – closing 8 August 2021

Asthma Australia Research Grant and Workshop

Asthma Australia would like to invite you to a workshop which aims to share ideas and invoke research partnerships around issues relevant to people disproportionately affected by asthma. At the end of the meeting, Asthma Australia will re-announce a $300,000 Strategic Alliance grant for such work.

At Asthma Australia, we are committed to doing things differently in our quest to help people live freely from their disease and hope you are ready to join us. Thanks to the Ray O’Donnell Belgrave Lions Asthma Research Fund, we are seeking to fund research from Victorian-led research collaborations to answer the evidence gaps and develop solutions for people from the three following population segments disproportionately affected by asthma:

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People
  • People facing socioeconomic disadvantage
  • People from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

We will be holding one workshop (up to 90 minutes) for each population segment and want you to attend.

At the workshops you will hear why this research funding is a priority in Australia for people with asthma. We will facilitate a discussion among participants about why these inequities persist and share ideas around potential collaborations and novel approaches that aim to address them. After the workshops, applications will open to apply for the $300,000 Strategic Alliance Grant. 

    Workshop  details

    1. Culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds

    When: Wednesday 26th May 11-12:30
    Where: Ethnic Community Council Victoria

    1. People facing socioeconomic disadvantage
      Tuesday 25th May 2-3:30pm
    1. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People
      TBC – please register interest

    If you are interested in applying for this grant, please contact Asthma Australia (via research@asthma.org.auwith your name, organisation and the workshop you would like to attend.  

    2021 Australian Museum Eureka Prizes

    Do you know someone making a difference in their field?

    Entries to the 2021 Australian Museum Eureka Prizes are now open!

    This year, there are 16 prizes on offer that cover a broad spectrum of scientific disciplines, which aim to recognise the achievements of scientists, researchers, and science communicators at all career stages.

    There are prizes available for both individuals and teams, and entrants can either enter themselves or be nominated. The Eureka Prizes are open, but not limited to, those who work in research institutes, government departments, media, corporations, and universities. It’s free to enter and there’s a prize pool of $160,000 to be shared between the winners.

    If you know an individual or team doing outstanding work, why not encourage them to enter?

    Entries close 7pm AEST Friday 28 May

    VIEW THE FULL PRIZE PROGRAM

    Respirology – Editor’s Choice

    Respirology Issue 26.4 April 2021

    Central airway collapse is related to obesity independent of asthma phenotype

    Swati A. Bhatawadekar, Ubong Peters, Ryan R. Walsh, Nirav Daphtary, Erick S. Maclean, Vitor Mori, Kevin Hodgdon, C. Matthew Kinsey, David A. Kaminsky, Jason H.T. Bates and Anne E. Dixon

    DOI: 10.1111/resp.14005

    Prednisolone and tacrolimus versus prednisolone and cyclosporin A to treat polymyositis/dermatomyositis‐associated ILD: A randomized, open‐label trial

    Tomoyuki Fujisawa, Hironao Hozumi, Yosuke Kamiya, Yusuke Kaida, Taisuke Akamatsu, Hideki Kusagaya, Yasuomi Satake, Kazutaka Mori, Masashi Mikamo, Hiroyuki Matsuda, Koshi Yokomura, Naoki Koshimizu, Mikio Toyoshima, Shiro Imokawa, Hideki Yasui, Yuzo Suzuki, Masato Karayama, Kazuki Furuhashi, Noriyuki Enomoto, Yutaro Nakamura, Naoki Inui, and Takafumi Suda

    DOI: 10.1111/resp.13978

    Surveys and Research

    SURVEY OF LUNG CANCER CARE IN AUSTRALIA

    We would be grateful please for less than 5 minutes of your time to complete this survey which is designed to provide a snapshot of the current status of lung cancer care and MDTs around Australia.

    • These data will help inform vital services planning for lung cancer care and will directly inform ongoing discussions with Government about lung cancer care across Australia.
    • We are only asking for one response from each institution, we suggest it is the lead clinician for the lung cancer MDT.
    • Curtin University Human Research Ethics Committee (HREC) has approved this study (HREC number HRE2021-0031).

    Please follow the link to the Australian-wide Survey of Lung Cancer Care, or use the QR code below.

    Thank you for your time.

    Prof Fraser Brims
    Curtin Medical School
    fraser.brims@curtin.edu.au 

    GP PARTICIPATION REQUIRED

    Investigators from Monash University are conducting a RACGP-funded national survey of GPs regarding the management of patients with acute exacerbations of COPD.

    Acute exacerbations of COPD are a leading cause of hospitalisation, with a substantial proportion of cases being potentially preventable. We are seeking GPs to complete a short survey that aims to better understand current practice and unmet needs in order to optimise care for these patients. Due to the current COVID-19 vaccination rollout across Australia, it is very challenging to secure participation. Any assistance to distribute this among your contacts is greatly appreciated.

    All eligible participants who complete the survey will have the chance to win one of two $250 gift vouchers, and anyone who completes an optional follow-up qualitative interview will receive a $250 gift voucher.

    The survey can be accessed by clicking HERE.

    The survey has been approved by the Monash University Human Research Ethics Committee (MUHREC ref. 26571). If you have any queries, please contact Dr Bianca Perera at bianca.perera@monash.edu, Dr. Chris Barton at chris.barton@monash.edu or Dr Christian Osadnik (Principal investigator) at christian.osadnik@monash.edu.

     

    TOP 10 RESEARCH PRIORITIES FOR PULMONARY FIBROSIS

    A recent research study as part of the NHMRC’s Centre of Research Excellence in Pulmonary Fibrosis grant aimed to identify the top 10 research priorities for pulmonary fibrosis (PF) according to people living with pulmonary fibrosis, caregivers, health professionals and researchers.

    This study has now been completed and below is a summary of the findings from this work.

    The top 3 priorities rank by people with PF and caregivers were:

    1. What medications can reverse scarring in the lungs of people with PF?
    2. What medications can improve lung function in people with PF?
    3. What are the causes of PF?

    The top 3 priorities rank by people with healthcare professionals/researchers were:

    1. What medications can reverse scarring in the lungs of people with PF?
    2. How can we prevent PF?
    3. What are the causes of PF?

    The findings from this study have been published in a peer-reviewed journal and will help guide future research directions.

    (click on the link to view the paper– https://doi.org/10.1136/thoraxjnl-2020-215731)

    The Study team extends their thanks and appreciation to all those who participated in the study for their time and valuable contribution to this work.

    Yours sincerely,

    Anne Holland
    Professor of Physiotherapy (Research), Monash University (anne.holland@monash.edu)

    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.

    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 6.05 – JULY 2021

    VOLUME 6.04 – MAY 2021

    Research Roundup:

    May 2021

    Welcome Message

    Welcome to another edition of our TSANZ Research Roundup. It was fantastic to see so many people tune-in to our first ever virtual conference earlier this month. I would like to offer a huge congratulations to everyone who has continued to champion respiratory research by adapting approaches and pushing through despite the COVID-19 pandemic. The presentations on display were testimony to our society of dedicated and steadfast professionals.

    I am honoured to be taking over as Chair of the Research Sub-Committee from Professor Sandy Hodge, who has done a brilliant job of leading our collective interests over the past four years. If there is anything the committee or I can do to help support your research activities, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

    We are please to announce that over $300,000 has been awarded for respiratory research excellence in 2021. Huge congratulations to all the award recipients and good luck with your research. Two awards are currently open, being a TSANZ and National Asthma Council Australia Career Development Fellowship and a NZ Branch travel grant closing 31st of May and 8th of August respectively. There is an Asthma Australia Research Grant and Workshop on offer later this month and calls for applicants in the 2021 Australian Museum Eureka Prizes are open until the 28th of May.

    Check out The Limbic, Respirology Editor’s Choice and Respiratory Research Review segments for a snapshot of some great respiratory research going on. Finally, if you have an interest in lung cancer care, acute exacerbations of COPD or helping to inform the top 10 research priorities for pulmonary fibrosis, click on the survey links below.

    Enjoy the May edition of your Research Roundup.

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

    2021 RESPIRATORY RESEARCH EXCELLENCE AWARD WINNERS

    $300,000 FOR LUNG DISEASE RESEARCH ANNOUNCED

    (Saturday, 1st May 2021): Over $300,000 in lung research investment was announced this weekend at the Respiratory Research Excellence Awards, presented in a virtual format alongside the Australia and New Zealand Annual Scientific Meeting for Leaders in Lung Health & Respiratory Science (TSANZSRS 2021).

    This prestigious selection of awards are presented to TSANZ members who are at various stages of their career and doing outstanding work. These awards aim to support individuals through project funding, fellowships and travel grants.

    “This funding enables our researchers to learn more and develop their skills, with the overall goal of preventing, curing and alleviating disability from lung disease. Every dollar invested takes us one step closer to reaching that goal,” said TSANZ President Elect Professor John Upham.

    “We’re honoured to be able to support some of Australia’s most innovative researchers working on lung disease and lung health. This research will make a difference to the lives of the 1 in 4 Australians with lung disease,” he said.

    Thoracic Society of Australia and New Zealand (TSANZ) – the hosts of TSANZSRS – are pleased to announce awards from Cystic Fibrosis Australia, the National Asthma Council Australia, Lung Foundation Australia and the Centre of Research Excellence in Pulmonary Fibrosis.

    “The TSANZ is privileged to support a diverse awards program that recognises the best and brightest minds in respiratory health that will shape the lung health of our communities into the future” said TSANZ CEO, Dr Graham Hall.

    The research awards are supported by the generosity of private donations, sponsorship and leveraged financing from recipients’ institutions. Thank you to our generous sponsors and organisational partners for enabling our world-class researchers to continue to create respiratory knowledge and build capacity in the respiratory workforce, with the overall goal to prevent, cure and relieve disability from lung disease.

    2021 RESPIRATORY RESEARCH EXCELLENCE AWARD WINNERS

    TSANZ would like to congratulate the following Award winners.

    TSANZ Janet Elder Travel Award – Early  Career – Maggie Lam, Monash University

    TSANZ Janet Elder Travel Award – Early Career – Melissa Preissner, Monash University

    TSANZ Janet Elder Travel Award – Early Career – Mariana Hoffman Barbosa, Monash University

    BI NZ Primary Care Grant – Sarah Mooney, Auckland University of Technology

    Past President’s Scholarship Award – Elena Schneider-Futschik, The University of Melbourne

    TSANZ Peter Phelan Research Award – Thomas Iosifidis, Curtin University and Telethon Kids Institute

    TSANZ/Maurice Blackburn GIA – Keshav Raj Paudel, University of Technology Sydney

    TSANZ Robert Pierce GIA for ILH – Peter Wark, University of Newcastle and Hunter Medical Research Institute

    Ann Woolcock New Investigator Award – Nicole Sheers, Austin Health, University of Melbourne

    CREATE Grant-in-Aid For new collaborative research between CREATE Fellows (CRE-PF and Lung Foundation Australia) – Gang Liu, Ashleigh Philp & Laura Glenn, UTS, UNSW & The University of Sydney

    CREATE Grant-in-Aid For new collaborative research between CREATE Fellows (CRE-PF and Lung Foundation Australia) – Laura Glenn, Alan Teoh, Hayley Barnes & John Mackintosh, RPAH, Alfred Health & Prince Charles Hospital

    PACT Grant-in-Aid For Investigator Led Pulmonary Fibrosis Clinical Research (Lung Foundation Australia and CRE-PF) – Yet Hong Khor & Christopher Ryerson, Austin Health & University of British Columbia

    CREATE Hope PhD Scholarships in Pulmonary Fibrosis (Lung Foundation Australia and CRE-PF) -Joanna Lee, Monash University

    CREATE Hope PhD Scholarships in Pulmonary Fibrosis (Lung Foundation Australia and CRE-PF) -Claudia Sim, Monash University

    Open Awards

    Thoracic Society Awards

    TSANZ and National Asthma Council Australia Asthma and Airways Career Development Fellowship – closing 31 May 2021

    TSANZ NZ Branch ASM 2021 Travel Grant – closing 8 August 2021

    Asthma Australia Research Grant and Workshop

    Asthma Australia would like to invite you to a workshop which aims to share ideas and invoke research partnerships around issues relevant to people disproportionately affected by asthma. At the end of the meeting, Asthma Australia will re-announce a $300,000 Strategic Alliance grant for such work.

    At Asthma Australia, we are committed to doing things differently in our quest to help people live freely from their disease and hope you are ready to join us. Thanks to the Ray O’Donnell Belgrave Lions Asthma Research Fund, we are seeking to fund research from Victorian-led research collaborations to answer the evidence gaps and develop solutions for people from the three following population segments disproportionately affected by asthma:

    • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People
    • People facing socioeconomic disadvantage
    • People from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

    We will be holding one workshop (up to 90 minutes) for each population segment and want you to attend.

    At the workshops you will hear why this research funding is a priority in Australia for people with asthma. We will facilitate a discussion among participants about why these inequities persist and share ideas around potential collaborations and novel approaches that aim to address them. After the workshops, applications will open to apply for the $300,000 Strategic Alliance Grant. 

      Workshop  details

      1. Culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds

      When: Wednesday 26th May 11-12:30
      Where: Ethnic Community Council Victoria

      1. People facing socioeconomic disadvantage
        Tuesday 25th May 2-3:30pm
      1. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People
        TBC – please register interest

      If you are interested in applying for this grant, please contact Asthma Australia (via research@asthma.org.auwith your name, organisation and the workshop you would like to attend.  

      2021 Australian Museum Eureka Prizes

      Do you know someone making a difference in their field?

      Entries to the 2021 Australian Museum Eureka Prizes are now open!

      This year, there are 16 prizes on offer that cover a broad spectrum of scientific disciplines, which aim to recognise the achievements of scientists, researchers, and science communicators at all career stages.

      There are prizes available for both individuals and teams, and entrants can either enter themselves or be nominated. The Eureka Prizes are open, but not limited to, those who work in research institutes, government departments, media, corporations, and universities. It’s free to enter and there’s a prize pool of $160,000 to be shared between the winners.

      If you know an individual or team doing outstanding work, why not encourage them to enter?

      Entries close 7pm AEST Friday 28 May

      VIEW THE FULL PRIZE PROGRAM

      Respirology – Editor’s Choice

      Respirology Issue 26.4 April 2021

      Central airway collapse is related to obesity independent of asthma phenotype

      Swati A. Bhatawadekar, Ubong Peters, Ryan R. Walsh, Nirav Daphtary, Erick S. Maclean, Vitor Mori, Kevin Hodgdon, C. Matthew Kinsey, David A. Kaminsky, Jason H.T. Bates and Anne E. Dixon

      DOI: 10.1111/resp.14005

      Prednisolone and tacrolimus versus prednisolone and cyclosporin A to treat polymyositis/dermatomyositis‐associated ILD: A randomized, open‐label trial

      Tomoyuki Fujisawa, Hironao Hozumi, Yosuke Kamiya, Yusuke Kaida, Taisuke Akamatsu, Hideki Kusagaya, Yasuomi Satake, Kazutaka Mori, Masashi Mikamo, Hiroyuki Matsuda, Koshi Yokomura, Naoki Koshimizu, Mikio Toyoshima, Shiro Imokawa, Hideki Yasui, Yuzo Suzuki, Masato Karayama, Kazuki Furuhashi, Noriyuki Enomoto, Yutaro Nakamura, Naoki Inui, and Takafumi Suda

      DOI: 10.1111/resp.13978

      Surveys and Research

      SURVEY OF LUNG CANCER CARE IN AUSTRALIA

      We would be grateful please for less than 5 minutes of your time to complete this survey which is designed to provide a snapshot of the current status of lung cancer care and MDTs around Australia.

      • These data will help inform vital services planning for lung cancer care and will directly inform ongoing discussions with Government about lung cancer care across Australia.
      • We are only asking for one response from each institution, we suggest it is the lead clinician for the lung cancer MDT.
      • Curtin University Human Research Ethics Committee (HREC) has approved this study (HREC number HRE2021-0031).

      Please follow the link to the Australian-wide Survey of Lung Cancer Care, or use the QR code below.

      Thank you for your time.

      Prof Fraser Brims
      Curtin Medical School
      fraser.brims@curtin.edu.au 

      GP PARTICIPATION REQUIRED

      Investigators from Monash University are conducting a RACGP-funded national survey of GPs regarding the management of patients with acute exacerbations of COPD.

      Acute exacerbations of COPD are a leading cause of hospitalisation, with a substantial proportion of cases being potentially preventable. We are seeking GPs to complete a short survey that aims to better understand current practice and unmet needs in order to optimise care for these patients. Due to the current COVID-19 vaccination rollout across Australia, it is very challenging to secure participation. Any assistance to distribute this among your contacts is greatly appreciated.

      All eligible participants who complete the survey will have the chance to win one of two $250 gift vouchers, and anyone who completes an optional follow-up qualitative interview will receive a $250 gift voucher.

      The survey can be accessed by clicking HERE.

      The survey has been approved by the Monash University Human Research Ethics Committee (MUHREC ref. 26571). If you have any queries, please contact Dr Bianca Perera at bianca.perera@monash.edu, Dr. Chris Barton at chris.barton@monash.edu or Dr Christian Osadnik (Principal investigator) at christian.osadnik@monash.edu.

       

      TOP 10 RESEARCH PRIORITIES FOR PULMONARY FIBROSIS

      A recent research study as part of the NHMRC’s Centre of Research Excellence in Pulmonary Fibrosis grant aimed to identify the top 10 research priorities for pulmonary fibrosis (PF) according to people living with pulmonary fibrosis, caregivers, health professionals and researchers.

      This study has now been completed and below is a summary of the findings from this work.

      The top 3 priorities rank by people with PF and caregivers were:

      1. What medications can reverse scarring in the lungs of people with PF?
      2. What medications can improve lung function in people with PF?
      3. What are the causes of PF?

      The top 3 priorities rank by people with healthcare professionals/researchers were:

      1. What medications can reverse scarring in the lungs of people with PF?
      2. How can we prevent PF?
      3. What are the causes of PF?

      The findings from this study have been published in a peer-reviewed journal and will help guide future research directions.

      (click on the link to view the paper– https://doi.org/10.1136/thoraxjnl-2020-215731)

      The Study team extends their thanks and appreciation to all those who participated in the study for their time and valuable contribution to this work.

      Yours sincerely,

      Anne Holland
      Professor of Physiotherapy (Research), Monash University (anne.holland@monash.edu)

      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.

      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 6.05 – JULY 2021

      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 6.05 – JULY 2021

      VOLUME 2.03 APRIL 2017

      Research Roundup:

      April 2017

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      Welcome Message

      Wow, what a conference! I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who contributed to making TSANZSRS17 a headline conference. There were many ideas shared and members celebrated. In this Research Roundup we bring to you a full list of the 2017 award winners. But this year of awards is not over yet! Please see below and online at Open Awards to find current opportunities in CF training and research, conference travel, and project support through the Lungs for Life Research Awards. 

      Enjoy the April edition of your research roundup.

      Prof Phil Hansbro

      Chair, Research Sub-Committee

      The following articles will take you to thelimbic.com

      Aussie research win! The American College of Physicians have highlighted an Australian study as one of the most influential in respiratory medicine from 2016. Read More. 

      First-ever pulmonary rehabilitation guidelines for Australia and New Zealand. One key message from the guidelines is that all COPD patients should be offered pulmonary rehabilitation regardless of their disease severity, guideline panel Chair Professor Jennifer Alison told the limbicRead More.

      Hidden population at risk of thunderstorm asthma. Many more people than previously thought are at risk of thunderstorm asthma, particularly people who have hay fever, a survey reveals. Read More.

      Doctor deaths prompt further investigation. NSW Health Minister Brad Hazzard has asked his department to report back within four weeks with advice on how to make hospitals a safer workplace for junior doctors. Read More. 

      Respiratory nurses agree they have a role in advance care planning. But tension still exists about how and when to initiate conversations with patients, Dr Rebecca Disler told conference delegates. Read More. 

      Short on drug options for shortness of breath. Morphine is still the best pharmacological treatment for chronic breathlessness, according to an extensive review of the literature. Read More.

      GPs too passive in approach to COPD. GPs hold back on formerly diagnosing people with COPD and delay offering interventions such as smoking cessation or pulmonary rehabilitation, a survey shows. Read More.

      New hope for people with IPF. Evidence is building for the non-pharmacological management of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis including ambulatory oxygen and pulmonary rehabilitation, Professor Anne Holland told the conference this afternoon during a plenary session on novel therapies in IPF. Read More. 

      2017 Award Winners

      Presented at the 2017 TSANZ ASM in Canberra

      Thoracic Society Medals

      Laennec Medal – presented to the outgoing TSANZ President, Prof Peter Gibson

      Society Medal – presented to A/Prof Peter Holmes

      50th Anniversary Medal – presented to Prof Jennifer Alison and Prof Richard Ruffin

      President’s Award – presented to Dr Becky Freeman

      Wunderly Oration – delivered by Prof Jennifer Martin

      Fellowships

      TSANZ / National Asthma Council Australia – Asthma and Airways Career Development Fellowship – presented to Dr Adam Collison

      2016 Vertex Adult Cystic Fibrosis  Fellowship – presented to Dr Anna Tai

      Lung Foundation Australia / Boehringer Ingelheim COPD Research Fellowship 2017/2018 – presented to Dr Anna Hudson

      Abstract-linked Awards

      TSANZ Janet Elder Early Career Travel Awards – presented to Dr Luke Garratt and Dr Jade Jaffar

      TSANZ Janet Elder Mid Career Travel Award – presented to Prof Lisa Wood

      TSANZ / Japanese Respiratory Society Early Career Travel Award – presented to Dr Eugene Roscioli

      TSANZ / Boehringer Ingelheim COPD Travel Award – presented to Dr Eskandarain Shaffudin

      Ann Woolcock New Investigator Finalists

      Tim Rosenow, Telethon Kids, University of Western Australia
      Simone Barry, Royal Adelaide Hospital
      Eugene Roscioli, Royal Adelaide Hospital, Lung Research Laboratory
      Thomas Iosifidis, University of Western Australia [Winner]
      Rhiannon Werder, University of Queensland
      Phillipa Southwell, Charles Sturt University

      Research Project Support Awards

      2016 Boehringer Ingelheim COPD Research Award – presented to A/Prof Greg Hodge and Prof Sandra Hodge

      2017 Boehringer Ingelheim COPD Research Award – presented to Dr Maria Sukkar and Dr Jane Bourke

      Maurice Blackburn Grant-in-Aid for Asbestos Research – presented to Prof Steve Mutsaers

      AstraZeneca Grant-in-Aid for Severe Asthma – presented to Dr Fatemeh Moheimani

      TSANZ Robert Pierce Grant-in-Aid for Indigenous Lung Health – presented to Dr Holly Clifford

      Lung Foundation Australia / Ivan Cash Research Grant-in-Aid Award – presented to Dr Yet Hong Khor

      Lung Foundation Australia / Lizotte Family Research Award – presented to Dr Michael Schuliga

      Lung Foundation Australia / Ludwig Engel Grant-in-Aid for Physiological Research – presented to Prof Peter Middleton

      Australian Cystic Fibrosis Research Trust 2017 Innovation Grant – presented to Dr Jay Horvat, Prof Peter Wark, and Prof Phil Hansbro

      Travel Awards

      TSANZ Peter Phelan Travel Fellowship – presented to Dr Kimberley Wang

      TSANZ Respiratory Nurse Career Development Award for Indigenous Research – presented to Ms Erin Plumb

      Special Interest Group Awards

      • TSANZ Best Poster Prize (supported by Boehringer Ingelheim) – presented to David Chapman
      • Asthma & Allergy (supported by National Asthma Council Australia) – presented to Joy Lee
      • Asthma & Allergy (supported by Asthma Australia) – presented to James Pinkerton
      • OELD/Population Health (supported by Maurice Blackburn ) – presented to Holly Clifford
      • Lung Cancer (supported by Maurice Blackburn) – presented to Koliarne Tong
      • COPD (supported by Boehringer Ingelheim) – presented to Steven Maltby
      • OLIV (supported by Boehringer Ingelheim) – presented to Rebecca Harper
      • Primary Care (supported by Boehringer Ingelheim) – presented to Juliet Foster
      • Respiratory Nurses Oral (supported by Boehringer Ingelheim) – to co-presenters Mary Roberts and Vinita Swami
      • Pulmonary Physiology and Sleep, John Reid Prize (supported by Lung Foundation Australia) – presented to Mahesh Dharmakamara
      • David Serisier Memorial Award 2016 for Translational Research – Respiratory Infectious Disease (supported by Lung Foundation Australia) – presented to Su-Ling Loo
      • Cystic Fibrosis (Supported by Cystic Fibrosis Australia) – presented to Michelle Wood
      • Cell biology/Immunology – Andrew Reid
      • Evidence Based Medicine – presented to Narelle Cox
      • Interventional Pulmonology – presented to Arash Badiei
      • Peter van Asperen Paediatric Award – presented to Ajay Kevat
      • Physiotherapy – presented to Sally Wootton
      • Tobacco Control – presented to Jenifer Liang

      Open Awards

      Vertex Awards

      Vertex Paediatric Cystic Fibrosis Clinical Fellowship

      The TSANZ Vertex Cystic Fibrosis Paediatric Clinical Fellowship supports an articulated training program for advanced trainees who are currently, or who wish to sub-specialize in Paediatric Respiratory Medicine, specifically to conduct the research, diagnosis and management of cystic fibrosis in Australia and New Zealand.

      This is a unique opportunity to secure a fellowship that supports clinic based training in a Paediatric specialty area.

      The fellowship shall be to the value of AUD$50,000 per annum for two years.

      Vertex Adult Cystic Fibrosis Fellowship

      The TSANZ Vertex Adult Cystic Fibrosis Fellowship will support a health practitioner or research scientist working in respiratory medicine who wishes to undertake research into adult cystic fibrosis, accompanied with professional development in adult cystic fibrosis in Australia or New Zealand.

      This is a unique opportunity to secure a fellowship that supports either research and/or clinic based training / professional development in the adult cystic fibrosis specialty area.

      The fellowship shall be to the value of AUD$50,000 per annum for two years.

      Vertex Cystic Fibrosis Research Awards

      To foster ongoing original cystic fibrosis research and its communication internationally.

      The winners of the awards (2) will receive an award up to the value of AUD$7500 each to support their economy class travel, registration and accommodation to present their research at the European Cystic Fibrosis Society Annual Meeting or the North American Cystic Fibrosis Conference.

      Lungs for Life Awards

      Lungs for Life Research Awards

      This Research Award aims to provide seed funding for critical and impactful areas of respiratory research. Preference will be given to research proposals in the priorities areas of early lung development, infection, and lung cancer. Three research proposals will be funded.

      The Research Award value will total $40,000. Funds will be offered as $20,000 from Lungs for Life and must be matched with equal or greater funding from the applicant’s institution.

      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…

      Lungs for Life Grant Bulletin

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

      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.

      The Bioinformatics Peer Prize – closes 30/04/17
      In partnership with the Centre for Systems Genomics at the University of Melbourne, The Australian Regenerative Medicine Institute at Monash University & Melbourne Bioinformatics, Thinkable is excited to launch the inaugural ‘Peer Prize’ for bioinformatics. The objective is to accelerate wider knowledge exchange & drive multi-disciplinary collaboration with the latest bioinformatics research from around the world, while celebrating the most exciting new discoveries made in the field as voted by peers.

      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 – closes 23/06/17
      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.

      The Alan Westcare Project Grant – closes 31/07/17
      The Alan King Westcare Project Grant is a 12 month $50,000 grant to available to laboratory, clinical and epidemiological research into the cause, diagnosis, prevention and treatment of respiratory infections such as tuberculosis.

      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 – 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.

       

      Respirology

      Respirology Issue 22.3

      Association between asthma control and asthma cost: Results from a longitudinal study in a primary care setting

      By Nguyen et al. (resp.12930/ RES-16-407.R2)

       

      Singhealth Duke-NUS Research team members from Canada and Singapore. Left to right:Lye Weng Kit, Dr Ngiap C. Tan, Dr. Nivedita V. Nadkarni, Usha Sankari, Dr Hai V. Nguyen and Shweta Mital.

       

      YKL-40, CCL18 and SP-D predict mortality in patients hospitalized with community-acquired pneumonia

      By Spoorenberg et al. (resp12924/RES-16-449.R1)

       

      CAP study group members from St Antonius Hospital in Nieuwegein, The Netherlands.

      Left to right: Willem Jan Bos, Simone Spoorenberg, Stefan Vestjens and Jan Grutters.

       

      Respirology Issue 22.4

      Home-based telerehabilitation via real-time videoconferencing improves endurance exercise capacity in patients with COPD: The randomized controlled TeleR Study

      LING LING Y. TSAI, RENAE J. MCNAMARA, CHLOE MODDEL, JENNIFER A. ALISON, DAVID K. MCKENZIE AND ZOE J. MCKEOUGH   

      (DOI: 10.1111/resp.12966)

       

      The respiratory telerehabilitation (TeleR) trial team from Sydney, Australia

       

      Nasal lavage, blood or sputum: Which is best for phenotyping asthma?

      CAMYLA F. DE FARIAS, MARIA M.F. AMORIM, MICHEL DRACOULAKIS, LILIAN B. CAETANO, ILKA L. SANTORO AND ANA L.G. FERNANDES

      (DOI: 10.1111/resp.12958)

       

      The Asthma Group EPM-Unifesp from São Paulo, Brazil. Left to right: Danilla Assad Fernandes, Lilian Ballini Caetano, Michel Dracoulakis, Patricia Bueno Fernandes, Fabiana Stanzani, Camyla Fernandes, Maria Amélia Carvalho Santos, Ana Luisa Godoy Fernandes, Maria Marta Amorim.

      Australasian Clinical Tuberculosis Network (ACTnet)

      The Australasian Clinical Tuberculosis Network (ACTnet) is a collaborative clinical research group spanning Australia and New Zealand. Following the successful model of the European “TBnet” collaboration (www.tb-net.org), ACTnet will engage clinicians and researchers across the two countries 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.

      ACTnet aims to promote basic science, clinical and public health research into TB in Australia and New Zealand. We will be working in partnership to create the knowledge required to eliminate TB in Australia, New Zealand and beyond.

      We are inviting TSANZ members to join our network. There are a variety of ways you can contribute to the growth of this network but becoming a member is the first step.  Please see our website www.actnet.org.au  further details and if interested click on the ‘Become a member’ sign up box on the home page.

      Alternatively you can send an email to elyse.guevara-rattray@sydney.edu.au the ACTnet Network Officer. ACTnet is supported by ARC, TSANZ, ASID and TBForum.

      Research Project and Survey Requests 

      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

       
       

       

       

       

       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       

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      VOLUME 6.05 – JULY 2021

      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 6.05 – JULY 2021

      VOLUME 1.07 SEPTEMBER 2016

      Research Roundup:

      September 2016

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      Welcome Message

      This Research Roundup comes off the back of the ERS Congress; the largest respiratory conference ever! This event saw a concentration of more than 22,000 respiratory researchers, with even more virtual delegates attending through the live congress streaming. Despite the paucity of funding for respiratory research there is still a vibrant community. For respiratory professionals who could not attend the congress in person and would like catch up on particular sessions, on demand viewing of the ERS is still available via the TSANZ website. 

      TSANZ is currently negotiating an en bloc membership arrangement with the ERS.More details will follow on this and we look forward to making an announcement shortly.

      More awards are now open for application. The Maurice Blackburn Grant-in-Aid and the suite of Lung Foundation Australia awards are now available.

      The TSANZ Awards by Nomination are a special class of award. The TSANZ Board would like to encourage you to please consider nominating a leader in the field Respiratory Medicine who is deserving of recognition through one of the these awards:

      The Research Medal

      Awarded in recognition of outstanding contributions to the advancement of knowledge in respiratory medicine or science carried out primarily in Australia or New Zealand. 

      The Society Medal

      Awarded  as an acknowledgment of excellence in fields other than research, i.e. teaching or advocacy. 

      The 50th Anniversary Medal for Education and Training

      Awarded in recognition of outstanding contributions to respiratory education and training in New Zealand or Australia. The award recognises an individual who has demonstrated sustained excellence in education and training.

      Please see our web site for more information.

      Also currently open is the annual call for nominations for Fellow status. Members from all professions who demonstrate exceptional contribution to the field of respiratory health in Australia or New Zealand can apply to be a Fellow of TSANZ. If the Fellow status is approved, the member will be able to use the post nominal FThorSoc and will be able to continue to do so whilst a financial member of TSANZ.

      The main aims of the Fellow status are:

      1. To recognise expertise and experience in respiratory medicine and/or research and/or respiratory health service provision.

      2. To acknowledge a major contribution and commitment to advancing respiratory health in Australia and/ or New Zealand.

      Finally, and I know this is not research-related, it is vitally important that TSANZ members respond to the report of the Clinical Committee on Thoracic Medicine which was released on Friday – more information below.

      Enjoy your September Research Roundup,

      Prof Phil Hansbro

      Chair, Research Sub-Committee

      The following articles will take you to thelimbic.com

      Potential role for vitamin D in asthma management. A Cochrane review has provided more robust evidence that adding vitamin D supplements to routine asthma management plans may benefit patients. However more research is required to confirm optimal dosing and the likely benefit in various patient sub-groups, says co-author Dr Megan Jensen. Read More.

      What if asthma is actually a rash? Australian researchers are taking a novel approach to treating asthma as a rash, rather than a respiratory disease. We caught up with Professor Bruce Thompson about why this could change the way we think about asthma. Read More.

      TSANZ adds voice to stem cell concerns. Australian thoracic specialists have added their collective voice to an international position statement condemning the use of “unproven stem cell interventions for lung diseases” – as the groundswell of multi-disciplinary opposition to the practice grows. Read More. 

      Embrace the new equations. A position statement on reference values for spirometry and their use in test interpretation will encourage more clinicians to embrace the new equations, experts say. Read More.

      A definition for ACOS. A push to have ACOS declared as disease in its own right is gathering momentum with the release of a draft operational definition by Australian authors. Read More. 

      New mechanism of infection for TB. Mycrobacterium tuberculosis infects the body through a previously unknown route of entry, new research suggests. Read More.

      Report of the Clinical Committee on Thoracic Medicine

      On Friday last week, the Government released the report of the Clinical Committee on Thoracic Medicine. TSANZ will respond to this an an organisation, but also invites each one of you to respond as an individual, and to send us your feedback at info@thoracic.org.au 

      The online consultation is open from Friday 9 September until Friday 7 October 2016: MBS Review Task Force Consultation.

      Further information on the consultation can be found at the Department of Health Website

      Please note on the 6 September 2016, the MBS Review Task Force released an Interim Report to the Minister for Health.

      Research Project and Survey Requests

      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

      Inhaled Liposomal Amikacin for treatment resistant MAC infection – a randomised control trial enrolling now.

      Dear TSANZ members,
      There is currently an industry sponsored RCT of Nebulised Liposomal Amikacin for pulmonary MAC infection which has failed six months of standard therapy or relapsed after treatment. This is the first RCT of a novel compound for NTM infection. Inclusion and exclusion criteria are in the link below.

      https://clinicaltrials.gov/ct2/show/NCT02344004?term=LAI&rank=3

      The CONVERT STUDY is an international, multi-centre study and there are a number of study sites in Australia and New Zealand. The study sponsor is prepared to pay for travel and accommodation expenses for people in regional areas to travel to study sites.
      If you wish to discuss possible patients for screening and enrolment, I can be contacted via email at andrew.burke@health.qld.gov.au, and I can direct you to your nearest study site.

      Dr Andrew Burke
      Thoracic and Infectious Diseases Physician
      The Prince Charles Hospital, Brisbane
      (study PI, no conflicts)

      Perioperative care of patients with OSA: A survey of beliefs and management approaches amongst Australian clinicians

      Obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA) has a rising prevalence in the general population and in those presenting for surgery. It is an established risk factor for increased incidence of peri-operative and post-operative complications. There are currently no consensus-based recommendations on management of these patients in Australia. We wish to conduct a survey of specialties involved in the care of these patients to examine current practice and beliefs in the perioperative management of OSA. The results will be reviewed by the Respiratory and Sleep Department at St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne, to identify  current trends in practice, and to ultimately guide towards a consensus approach in this field.

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

      Dr Chong Weng Ong | Respiratory and Sleep Consultant | St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne

      Joy Sha | Respiratory and Sleep Registrar | St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne

      GP COPD Survey for Primary Care SIG

      Dear Colleague

      Our research team is conducting a survey to understand how General Practitioners (GPs) and GP registrars approach symptom management and palliative care, when caring for patients with severe Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). From the results of this study we hope to develop educational resources to assist GPs when caring for this patient group.

      We invite you to take part in a voluntary online survey, which will take 5-10 minutes to complete.  There are no right or wrong answers to the questions in this survey.

      www.surveymonkey.com/r/GPbreathlessnessCOPD

      Participant Information letter

      Kind regards

      Dr John Politis | Basic Physician Trainee | Department of Respiratory & Sleep Medicine  The Royal Melbourne Hospital – City Campus | Level 1 Centre for Medical Research Building | Melbourne | Tel: +61 3 9342 7708

      Dr Natasha Smallwood | Respiratory Physician | Department of Respiratory & Sleep Medicine  The Royal Melbourne Hospital – City Campus | Level 1 Centre for Medical Research Building | Melbourne | Tel: +61 3 9342 7708

      A/Prof Louis Irving | Director of Respiratory & Sleep Medicine  | The Royal Melbourne Hospital | Melbourne

      A/Prof Brian Le | Director of Palliative & Supportive Care | The Royal Melbourne Hospital | Melbourne

      COPD survey invitation for Physio, Primary Care and Respiratory Nurse SIG

      Dear Colleague

      Our research team is conducting a survey to understand physiotherapist’s, occupational therapist’s, nurse’s, social worker’s and other allied health professionals’ knowledge and practice behaviours regarding 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 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 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 6.05 – JULY 2021

      VOLUME 1.05 JULY 2016

      Research Roundup:

      July 2016

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      Welcome Message
       

      Some news to brighten up your Winter: Abstracts for the 2017 TSANZ ASM open next week! The 2017 ASM will be held at the National Convention Centre in Canberra next Autumn (25 – 28 March). Visit http://www.tsanzsrs2017.com/ for updates on this event.

      This research roundup brings you feature stories from the limbic and our regular section on research project and survey requests. As always, you are encouraged to help your fellow member out and complete these surveys. There are also new opportunities below with open awards from our friends at Asthma Australia and Lung Foundation Australia, and a lung cancer post-doc and PhD scholarship open for application. I am also happy to launch a special video presentation by Prof. Richard Beasley on the TSANZ Acute Use of Oxygen Clinical Guidelines.

      Enjoy your July Research Roundup,

      Prof Phil Hansbro

      Chair, Research Sub-Committee

      The following articles will take you to 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.

      Unravelling the complexity of the immune system. In this month’s Holy Grail Alan Hsu from the HMRI tells us about how understanding more about the human immune system is at the foundation of all of his research… And his plans for a mega yacht. Read more. 

      Adult onset asthma: similar but different. Age-at-onset is an important distinguishing factor of adult asthma phenotypes the world’s longest running population study of respiratory diseases reaffirms. Read More.

      Neutrophils aren’t always bad. In the latest Holy Grail Francesca Tang from the Woolcock Institute of Medical Research tells us about the day she discovered neurophils in asthma could also be anti-inflammatory. Read More.

      Mind the cracks. A leading Melbourne paediatric respiratory physician from Melbourne has called for a national system to coordinate carrier, pregnancy and newborn screening for cystic fibrosis. Read more.

      Researchers estimate lung cancer screening benefit. Some 450,000 Australians may be eligible for lung cancer screening – but researchers say there is a long way to go before a national screening program becomes a reality. Read more.

      New approach needed to diagnose ‘dying’. Doctors’ inherent desire to go down a curative pathway is a driver for futile treatment, Australian researchers say. Read more.

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

      Open Awards

      Asthma Australia Awards Now Open

      Travel, PhD Applications and Project Grant EOIs – close 5pm on Friday 8th July 2016.

      Apply Now

       

      LFA /A Menarini Australia APSR Travel Grants – deadline extended

      These travel grants, funded by A Menarini Australia Pty Ltd provide key Australian health professionals who work with COPD patients the opportunity to attend an international conference. Extra weighting will apply to those who have submitted an abstract (oral or poster) for the particular conference for which they are seeking to attend. Two travel grants of up to $3000 + GST are available for APSR 2016.

      Closing – 8th of August, 2016 – Apply Now

       

      Acute Use of Oxygen in Adults Guideline Video

      Last year, TSANZ released new guidelines on the acute use of oxygen in adults. These guidelines called to formalise the use of oxygen as a drug that is rationally and precisely prescribed.

      Evidence on the clinical use of short-term oxygen was analysed and interpreted for the published guidelines, dubbed “Swimming between the flags”, and recommends aiming for patient oxygen saturation in the range of 92–96% for acute medical conditions, rather than the current practise of high flow oxygen for all. The emphasis is on heeding changes in the levels of oxygen saturation, not for their own sake, but as a reflection of the underlying condition.

      Now, the Agency for Clinical Innovation, with support from Victoria University of Wellington and eHealth NSW, has prepared a video of Prof. Richard Beasley presenting the Acute Use of Oxygen guidelines.

      Watch the video: Thoracic Society of Australia and New Zealand oxygen guidelines for acute oxygen use in adults: ‘Swimming between the flags’

      The full guidelines are available on the TSANZ website.

       

      Lung Cancer Fellow and PhD Student Scholarship Available

      University of Newcastle, School of Biomedical Sciences and Pharmacy seeks candidates for:

      Lung Foundation Australia/Manchanda Postdoctoral Research Fellow in lung cancer

      Working with Professor Phil Hansbro, an internationally recognised research leader in the study of respiratory diseases, the focus of this work is on investigating the genomic and epigenetic basis of the development of lung cancer and progression into adenocarcinomas.

      Key activities will include:

      • running and analysing mouse models of lung cancer and assessing human tissues;
      • the use of array, bioinformatics, cellular and molecular techniques (in the field of respiratory disease);
      • supervising both undergrad and post-grad students;
      • development, management and delivery of research outputs for the project; and
      • preparation of internal and external research grant applications and manuscripts.

      Applications close Monday 11th of July. Click here for more details.

      Lung cancer PhD Scholarship

      In partnership with Lung Foundation Australia, the Faculty of Health and Medicine of the University of Newcastle is offering a scholarship to support a PhD student to research a novel project that will enable, for the first time, identification of the somatic/genomic mutations and epigenetic changes that accompany the transition to lung cancer.

      This PhD scholarship is available for a student to investigate Elucidating and targeting genomic and epigenetic changes in the development and progression of lung cancer under the supervision of Professor Phil Hansbro.

      This full-time scholarship will provide an annual living allowance of $26,288 p.a. (2016 rate – indexed annually).  In addition, the successful applicant will receive student research support of $5,000 per annum for 4 years and a laptop.

      Click here for more information. Applications close Friday 29th of July.

      Research Project and Survey Requests

      GP COPD Survey for Primary Care SIG

      Dear Colleague

      Our research team is conducting a survey to understand how General Practitioners (GPs) and GP registrars approach symptom management and palliative care, when caring for patients with severe Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). From the results of this study we hope to develop educational resources to assist GPs when caring for this patient group.

      We invite you to take part in a voluntary online survey, which will take 5-10 minutes to complete.  There are no right or wrong answers to the questions in this survey.

      www.surveymonkey.com/r/GPbreathlessnessCOPD

      Participant Information letter

      Kind regards

      Dr John Politis | Basic Physician Trainee | Department of Respiratory & Sleep Medicine  The Royal Melbourne Hospital – City Campus | Level 1 Centre for Medical Research Building | Melbourne | Tel: +61 3 9342 7708

      Dr Natasha Smallwood | Respiratory Physician | Department of Respiratory & Sleep Medicine  The Royal Melbourne Hospital – City Campus | Level 1 Centre for Medical Research Building | Melbourne | Tel: +61 3 9342 7708 | 

       A/Prof Louis Irving | Director of Respiratory & Sleep Medicine  | The Royal Melbourne Hospital | Melbourne

       A/Prof Brian Le | Director of Palliative & Supportive Care | The Royal Melbourne Hospital | Melbourne

       

      COPD survey invitation for Physio, Primary Care and Respiratory Nurse SIG

      Dear Colleague

      Our research team is conducting a survey to understand physiotherapist’s, occupational therapist’s, nurse’s, social worker’s and other allied health professionals’ knowledge and practice behaviours regarding 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 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 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.

       

      Anti-viral Immunity in Asthma – Call for participants in Brisbane

      The LUNG AND ALLERGY RESEARCH CENTRE is conducting a research project on antiviral immunity in asthma to understand why asthmatic people suffer from worse colds and flus. We need people with and without asthma to donate 40mL of blood. Participation takes place at the PA hospital and takes only 15-30 minutes. Option for allergy testing with total 100mL blood donation.

      For more information please contact Liisa Murray | 07 3443 7133 | Flyer

       

      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

       
       
       
       
       

       

       

       

       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       

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      VOLUME 1.04 JUNE 2016

      Research Roundup:

      June 2016

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      Welcome Message

      Welcome to the fourth edition of the TSANZ Research Round Up and a special Call for Action from the President.

      The TSANZ mission is to lead, support and enable all health workers and researchers who aim to prevent, cure and relieve disability caused by lung disease.

      You are part of the Peak Body representing all health professionals working in all fields of respiratory health. The collective voice of our membership base of 1400+ individuals from a wide range of health and research disciplines can produce a powerful message. We are aware that respiratory health has long been neglected in research and health care priority setting, but the greater community is not. More than 1 in 4 Australians are now affected by chronic lung disease.

      This month’s Research Roundup again features our collaborative research project with LFA; Lungs for Life – breathing life into respiratory research. We need our members to take ownership of this initiative by contributing their ideas to help prioritise research areas; and we need your help to engage your networks to drive support for the future of respiratory medicine. Please support Lungs for Life and respiratory research by:

      Enjoy your June Research Roundup,

      Peter Gibson

      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.

      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. 

      Looking back for the future. In our latest Holy Grail we speak to recent recipient of the Lung Foundation Australia / Boehringer Ingelheim COPD Fellowship Dr Christian Osadnik about his research looking at ways to optimise rehabilitation for patients who experience acute exacerbations of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Read More. 

      Unravelling the chaos of ACOS. Identifying ‘treatable traits’ is more useful than debating the validity of the diagnosis in patients with asthma-COPD overlap syndrome, TSANZ President Professor Peter Gibson has told delegates attending the American Thoracic Society conference here in San Francisco. Read more.

      Unprecedented cough suppression. A new drug targeting receptors in the vagus nerve provides unprecedented control over refractory chronic cough, but patients can be slow to acknowledge the benefit. Read More.

      ‘Astonishing’ says Professor. A large study adds to a growing body of evidence linking childhood asthma to the development of COPD in early adulthood. Read More.

      COPD highlights from 2015. Last year saw a plethora of COPD research hit the journals but what were the significant findings that could change practice as we know it? Read more.

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

      Lungs for Life

       

      The funding for respiratory research in Australia is disproportionately low compared to the national health burden it causes. Whilst respiratory disease affects 1 in 10 Australians, it receives only 7.5% of government research funding. The Thoracic Society of Australia and New Zealand and Lung Foundation Australia have joined forces in a new strategic research initiative called Lungs for Life.

      Research Priority Areas Survey

      The Management Committee of Lungs for Life is now asking all members to help with the development of a detailed research and fundraising plan by seeking members views on ideas for priority respiratory research areas. Please help the Lungs for Life team by giving your feedback at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/SPTFCLT 

      Closing date: 6 June 2016

       

       

      Reduce your taxable income by making a donation!

      With the end of the financial year approaching, now is the best time to donate!  A donation before the end of the financial year not only supports the initiatives of TSANZ to improve lung health, but also reduces your taxable income. 

      As a health promotion charity and an endorsed deductible gift recipient (DGR), your donation to TSANZ is claimable as tax deduction if the value of your donation is over AU$2 and you are an Australia tax resident. 

      TSANZ/LFA Lungs for Life Research Fund: https://www.thoracic.org.au/information-public/lungs-for-life

      Please e-mail details of the EFT payment and your contact details to TSANZfinance@thoracic.org.au so a receipt can be sent to you.

      Cycle to support Lungs for Life!

       

      The money you raise by taking part in this exciting and fun filled event will allow Lung Foundation Australia and TSANZ to fund vital research so that we can improve lives today and find the cures for tomorrow

      Medical Research Future Fund Consultation

      Medical Research Future Fund consultation for the development of the Australian Medical Research and Innovation Strategy and related Priorities

      Under the Medical Research Future Fund  (MRFF) Act 2015, the Australian Medical Research Advisory Board  (AMRAB) is tasked with determining the Australian Medical Research and Innovation Strategy and related Priorities for disbursement of funding. The Strategy is determined every five years and the Priorities every two years.

      The Advisory Board is currently accepting written submissions from those who deliver, use or stand to benefit from health services and health and medical research regarding an appropriate focus for the Strategy, and the initial round of Priorities.

      The Advisory Board will be accepting written submissions until the 6th of June 2016

      Please visit the Department of Health Consultation Hub to provide your views.

       

      Research Position Opportunities

      Looking for employment opportunities? Need to recruit someone? We can help.

      We regularly post vacant research positions on our website so check in frequently if you are looking for change.

      Please be advised – the CSL Centenary Fellowships are now open and targeting outstanding Australian Researchers. These five year fellowships are valued at $1.25million

       

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      Research Project and Survey Requests

      Anti-viral Immunity in Asthma – Call for participants in Brisbane

      The LUNG AND ALLERGY RESEARCH CENTRE is conducting a research project on antiviral immunity in asthma to understand why asthmatic people suffer from worse colds and flus. We need people with and without asthma to donate 40mL of blood. Participation takes place at the PA hospital and takes only 15-30 minutes. Option for allergy testing with total 100mL blood donation.

      For more information please contact Liisa Murray | 07 3443 7133 | Flyer

       

      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

      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

       
       
       
       
       

       

       

       

       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       

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