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VOLUME 5.01 – FEBRUARY 2020

VOLUME 5.01 – FEBRUARY 2020

Research Roundup:

February 2020

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Welcome Message

Welcome to the first Research Roundup of 2020. The Research Sub-Committee are currently working their way through reviewing the many award applications received in the last few months. 

The TSANZSRS20 is less than 2 months away. This year’s theme is “Transformative Strategies for Improving Global Lung Health”. Visit the conference website for the full program or to register now

For the first time, the TSANZ will be offering a Carer’s Grant as part of the TSANZ travel award program to assist members who have the primary care giver responsibility of a child to attend and participate in the TSANZ ASM.

We wish you all the best in your work and in preparation of your grant applications.

Enjoy the February edition of your research roundup.

Prof Sandra Hodge

Chair, Research Sub-Committee

TSANZ ASM Carer’s Grant

 

TSANZ is committed to inclusion and diversity in all that we do. The TSANZ ASM Carer’s Grant is provided, as part of the TSANZ travel award program, to support TSANZ members who have primary care giver responsibility of a child financial assistance to attend and participate in the TSANZ Annual Scientific Meeting. The grant must be utilised to fund additional care giving costs incurred directly as a result of the caregiver’s participation in the ASM. The grant must not be used for existing care costs or to cover the usual costs of attendance such as travel expenses and conference registration.

Selection process: If more applicants are received than funds available, the TSANZ will, in their absolute discretion, determine how the funds will be allocated. Priority will be given to applicants with children up to primary school age or children of any age with special needs.

Closing date: Friday 28 February 2020

Note: Receipts will not be required until money is claimed after the event.

For more information click here.

Respirology – Editor’s Choice 

Respirology Issue 25.2 February 2019

 

Underuse of beta-blockers by patients with COPD and co-morbid acute coronary syndrome: A nationwide follow-up study in New Zealand

Lianne Parkin, Joshua Quon, Katrina Sharples, David Barson AND Jack Dummer

 

 

DOI: 10.1111/resp.13662

 

Improved diagnostic yield for lung nodules with digital tomosynthesis-corrected navigational bronchoscopy: Initial experience with a novel adjunct

Matt Aboudara, Lance Roller, Otis Rickman, Robert J. Lentz, Jasleen Pannu, Heidi Chen, ​​​​​​​Fabien Maldonado

 

Researchers from The Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, TN, and The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, Columbus, OH, USA. Left to Right:  Robert Lentz, M.D., Fabien Maldonado, M.D., Charla Walston, NP, Jasleen Pannu, M.D., Matt Aboudara, M.D., and Otis Rickman, D.O.  (Missing:  Lance Roller and Heidi Chen)

DOI: 10.1111/resp.13609

Workshops and Conferences

 

 

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 5.01 – FEBRUARY 2020

VOLUME 4.06 AUGUST 2019

Research Roundup:

August 2019

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Welcome Message

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

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

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

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

Prof Sandra Hodge

Chair, Research Sub-Committee

Open Awards

Thoracic Society Awards

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

TSANZ Indigenous Respiratory Nursing Award – closes 30th October 2019

TSANZ Peter Phelan Research Award – closes 30th October 2019

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

Lung Foundation Awards

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

BI / COPD Research Fellowship – closes 25 August 2019

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

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

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

 

How to participate

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

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

Watch this space for more award announcements…

Respirology – Editor’s Choice

Respirology Issue 24.8 August 2019

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

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

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

DOI: 10.1111/resp.13506

 

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

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

 

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

DOI: 10.1111/resp.13539

Research Project and Survey Requests

 

What is “suspected” lung cancer?

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

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

To participate, click here.

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

 

Can you help TSANZ make a difference?

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

1. Making a donation to our Benevolent Fund

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

2. Making a donation to support research

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

3. Establishing a named award

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

4. Leave TSANZ a gift in your will

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

5. TSANZ New Zealand Branch Incorporated 

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

Thank you for your continued support of TSANZ

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VOLUME 5.01 – FEBRUARY 2020

VOLUME 4.05 JULY 2019

Research Roundup:

July 2019

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Welcome Message

Welcome to another edition of our TSANZ Research Roundup. The wheels have officially begun turning for our 2020 TSANZ ASM, which means a wide range of opportunities to submit abstracts and will be opening on 12 July! Please visit our TSANZSRS2020 website for more details about abstracts & TSANZ Travel Awards once the submission portal is live, and pay close attention to the closing dates.
For our registered nurses, don’t forget about the TSANZ Indigenous Respiratory Nursing Awards, which will help support the cost of attendance to the TSANZ ASM for those with indigenous heritage, or working with indigenous communities in respiratory health.

We have a few new Lung Foundation Australia awards opening this month, so see below for details. Applications are still open for LFA/A Menarini travel grants for ERS and APSR – if you are interested in attending be sure to send in your submissions before the deadline. We have also extended the date for the Brian Eaton IPF award.
If you are planning on attending the TSANZ New Zealand Annual Scientific Meeting, we still have travel grant applications open until 15 July so click here to apply now.

We would also like to bring to your attention the Bupa 2019 Emerging Health Researcher Awardnominations are open on their website. This award is designed for Early Career Researchers and the recipient will receive a prize of $25,000 to put towards further research. Selected Finalists and Highly Commended nominations will also be recognised.
icare also have opened their Dust Diseases Grant program to applicants, which closes 2 August. Please scroll down for more information on both.

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

 

Tanya Buchanan
(standing in for Sandra Hodge earning a well-earned break!)
CEO, The Thoracic Society of Australia and New Zealand

Open Awards

Thoracic Society Awards

TSANZ NZ ASM Travel Grants 2019 – closes 15th July 2019

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

TSANZ Indigenous Respiratory Nursing Award – closes 30th October 2019

Lung Foundation Awards

LFA / Brian Eaton IPF PhD Scholarship – EXTENDED until 14 July 2019 

Lung Foundation Australia / A Menarini Pty Ltd 2019 Travel Awards 

Travel application deadlines

ERS: 31st July 2019 (5pm AEST)

APSR: 13th September 2019 (5pm AEST)

N.B. The following awards will open 14 July

BI / COPD Research Fellowship – closes 25 August 2019

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

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

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

 

How to participate

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

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

Watch this space for more award announcements…

iCare Dust Diseases Grant Program

For all the application details, please visit https://www.icare.nsw.gov.au/injured-or-ill-people/work-related-dust-disease/research-and-funding/#gref.
If you have any questions or would like to know more about the program please contact: ddcgrants@icare.nsw.gov.au 

Bupa Health Foundation Emerging Health Researcher Award

The Bupa Health Foundation is seeking nominations for its 2019 Emerging Health Researcher Award.  

Nominations close on Monday 15th July 2019 (9AM AEST).

Award criteria and the nomination form can be found at https://www.bupa.com.au/about-us/bupa-health-foundation.

Should you have any queries, please contact Alana Fisher, Operations Manager, Bupa Health Foundation at foundation@bupa.com.au

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Respirology – Editor’s Choice 

Respirology Issue 24.7 July 2019

Clinical usefulness of routine AFB culture and MTB PCR of EBUS‐TBNA needle rinse fluid

Ryoung-Eun Ko, Byeong-Ho Jeong, Hae Ri Chon, Hee Jae Huh, Joungho Han, Hyun Lee, Kyungjong Lee, Hojoong Kim, O. Jung Kwon, Sang-Won Um

 

Researchers from the Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at the Samsung Medical Center in Seoul, South Korea. From left to right: Byoung-Ho Jeong, Sang-Won Um, and Ryoung-Eun Ko

DOI: 10.1111/resp.13488

 

Changes in physical activity during hospital admission for chronic respiratory disease

Mark W. Orme, Theresa C. Harvey-Dunstan, Ismet Boral, Emma J.L. Chaplin, S. Fayyaz Hussain, Mike D.L. Morgan, Michael C. Steiner, Sally J. Singh, Neil J. Greening

 

A single day of physical activity monitoring

DOI: 10.1111/resp.13513

Research Project and Survey Requests

 

What is “suspected” lung cancer?

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

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

To participate, click here.

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

Thank you for your kind support.

Yours truly

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

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

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

Genomic medicine here to stay? Have your say.

Are you a medical specialist in Australia?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 5.01 – FEBRUARY 2020

VOLUME 4.04 JUNE 2019

Research Roundup:

June 2019

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Welcome Message

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

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

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

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

Prof Sandra Hodge

Chair, Research Sub-Committee

Open Awards

Thoracic Society Awards

TSANZ NZ ASM Travel Grants 2019 – closes 15th July 2019

Lung Foundation Awards

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

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

Lung Foundation Australia / A Menarini Pty Ltd 2019 Travel Awards 

Travel application deadlines

ERS: 31st July 2019 (5pm AEST)

APSR: 13th September 2019 (5pm AEST)

PACT Grant-in-Aid Funding Opportunity – closes 26th June 2019

 

How to participate

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

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

Watch this space for more award announcements…

Lung Foundation Australia Board 

Expressions of Interest 

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

Click here for more information on applying! 

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

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Respirology – Editor’s Choice 

Respirology Issue 26.4 June 2019

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

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

 

An overview of the study protocol

DOI: 10.1111/resp.13483

 

Therapeutic burden in interstitial lung disease: Lessons to learn

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

 

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

DOI: 10.1111/resp.13480

Research Project and Survey Requests

 

What is “suspected” lung cancer?

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

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

To participate, click here.

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thank you,

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

Thank you for your kind support.

Yours truly

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

University of Queensland Thoracic Research Centre at The Prince Charles Hospital
Metro North Hospital and Health Service | Queensland Government
Rode Road, Chermside, Brisbane QLD 4032, AUSTRALIA
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New survey about Victorian doctors’ end-of-life decision-making

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

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

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

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

 

 

Genomic medicine here to stay? Have your say.

Are you a medical specialist in Australia?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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VOLUME 5.01 – FEBRUARY 2020

VOLUME 2.9 NOVEMBER 2017

Research Roundup:

November  2017

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Welcome Message

We are pleased to announce the launch of the TSANZ 50th Anniversary Benevolent Grant!

The 50th Anniversary TSANZ Benevolent Fund was established in 2011 when the Thoracic Society became a Health Promotion Charity. Through this fund the TSANZ can contribute to worthwhile causes by supporting philanthropic activities which improve respiratory health care delivery locally and around the world. Thank you to all of our wonderful TSANZ members who have been donating to the Benevolent Fund. This grant is only possible because of your generosity.

Whilst the TSANZ 50th Anniversary Benevolent Grant does not target research, this is an exciting grant which we have had the privilege in sharing with you. Please find more information on this grant below. We have partnered with Thinkable.org and you are invited to visit this platform and see our grant online.

We also have the good fortune of announcing the TSANZ / AstraZeneca Respiratory Research Fellowship is back and open for applications. This award will support one early-career researcher and one mid-career researcher with $60 000 each for one year. The research fellowship must be in asthma and/or COPD. More information can be found online.

Please be reminded, the Thoracic Society Awards for Research and Career Development are open until the 13th of November. We also have more awards opening soon, so please keep in touch as the year draws to an end.

Enjoy the November edition of your research roundup. 

Prof Phil Hansbro

Prof Sandra Hodge

Co-Chairs, Research Sub-Committee

TSANZ 50th Anniversary Benevolent Grant

The Thoracic Society of Australia and New Zealand Ltd (TSANZ) Ltd became a Health Promotion Charity in 2011. With this, the 50th Anniversary TSANZ Benevolent Grant was established to help TSANZ contribute to worthwhile causes intended to improve respiratory health care delivery within Australia and New Zealand, and internationally. There is opportunity to raise funds for such special projects by receiving donations from TSANZ members. 

Thanks to the generosity of TSANZ donors, the organisation is now able to make available two award categories to support philanthropic activities aimed at improving respiratory health care. This is not a research program. Funding must be used for philanthropic activities to improve respiratory health care in settings where resources and delivery are poor. For example, the purchase of equipment, the implementation of training for health care professionals or patients, or direct patient programs would qualify for this funding.

Visit the TSANZ 50th Anniversary Benevolent Grant online!

There are two award categories:

  • People’s Choice Award valued at up to $10,000 AUD
  • Directors Choice Award valued at up to $10,000 AUD

There is up to $10,000 funding available for each category which may be provided to one or multiple awards. TSANZ reserves the right to not issue any funding. 

Winners will be announced at the TSANZSRS ASM in Adelaide, 2018.

Open Awards

Thoracic Society Awards

TSANZ Research and Career Development Awards

TSANZ / AstraZeneca Respiratory Research Fellowship

Closing soon: Midnight Monday 13 November 17

TSANZ Peter Phelan Research Award

TSANZ / National Asthma Council Australia – Asthma and Airways Fellowship

Boeringher Ingelheim COPD Research Award

Maurice Blackburn Grant-in-Aid for Occupational Lung Disease

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

TSANZ/LFA CSL Behring Research Award for Alpha-1 anti-trypsin deficiency 

Deadline extended until allocation exhausted: TEVA Scholar Award for APSR

Closing 21 January 18: TSANZ Indigenous Respiratory Nursing Award

For more information visit https://www.thoracic.org.au/researchawards/tsanz-awards

More coming soon!

 

Lung Foundation Australia Awards

Lung Foundation Australia / Cochrane Airways Australia Scholarship 2018

Closing soon: 13 November 17

Lung Foundation Australia and Cochrane Airways Australia invite applications for the Lung Foundation Australia/Cochrane Airways Australia Scholarship 2018 valued at $2,500. This scholarship is intended to assist with the completion, update and/or presentation of a Systematic Review. Cochrane Review Scholarships have been awarded on an annual basis since 2001, and have been highly productive.

A Cochrane review is an ideal topic for an advanced trainee in any health profession, or when initiating a PhD program, as most reviews can be completed within a year. Completed reviews are published on the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews (Impact Factor 6.124 effective July 2016) and indexed in Medline. Conducting a review provides experience in critical appraisal of the literature, and other aspects of Evidence-Based Medicine.

MORE INFORMATION

How to participate

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

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

Watch this space for more award announcements…

 

Respirology

Editor’s Choice – Respirology Issue 22.8

Natural history and clinical characteristics of multiple pulmonary nodules with ground glass opacity

Yuki Sato, Daichi Fujimoto, Takeshi Morimoto, Keiichiro Uehara, Kazuma Nagata,Ichiro Sakanoue, Hiroshi Hamakawa, Yutaka Takahashi, Yukihiro Imai and Keisuke Tomii

DOI: 10.1111/resp.13089

 

The Research team at the Kobe City Medical Center General Hospital in Kobe, one of two research sites in Japan where this study was performed. 

 

 

Dynamic loop gain increases upon adopting the supine body position during sleep in patients with obstructive sleep apnoea

Simon A. Joosten, Shane A. Landry, Scott A. Sands, Philip I. TerrilL, Dwayne Mann, Christopher Andara, Elizabeth Skuza, Anthony Turton, Philip Berger, Garun S. Hamilton and Bradley A. Edwards

DOI: 10.1111/resp.13108

 

Melbourne (Australia)-based research team members from left to right: Christopher Andara, Shane Landry, Anthony Turton, Bradley Edwards, Simon Joosten and Garun Hamilton. Absent are Philip Berger, Scott Sands, Elizabeth Skuza, Philip Terrill and Dwayne Mann.

New NHMRC grant program public consultation on peer review

NHMRC invites submissions to its consultation paper on peer review in the new grant program. Submissions close 5:00pm (AEDT) on Monday 4 December 2017.

To complement the consultation paper, NHMRC is hosting a series of public forums across Australia between 29 September and 24 November 2017 on elements of peer review. Registrations are currently being accepted.

TSANZ will submit a response to this consultation on behalf of the society and you are encouraged to send in your opinion to the office to ensure our response is representative of our membership. Please tell us your opinion on the NHMRC peer review paper by the 17th of November by responding to hayley.see@thoracic.org.au

Grant Bulletin

This grant bulletin contains direct-to-researcher grants and awards due in 2017:

Integra Underground Community Investment – closes 01/12/17
Funding is provided for the following focus areas: Capacity Building, including education/training, enterprise development, and economic diversification; Health; Environment.

Pro Bono Australia – Impact 25 Awards (2017) – closes 01/12/17
Award to name the year’s most influential people who have made a significant and positive impact. Nominees should embody the principles of integrity, initiative, foresight, and collaboration.

Auswide Community Grants Scheme –  closes 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.

Australian Respiratory Council Harry Windsor Research Grants Scheme – closes 07/12/17
For projects which address research in tuberculosis, respiratory diseases due to other infections, or respiratory diseases related to tobacco use. Within these categories, projects examining TB/HIV, community issues or the health of disadvantaged groups that relate to the work that the ARC undertakes within Australia and the Pacific Region are particularly encouraged. The proposals can encompass clinical research, public health research or basic scientific research. Grants are available for projects submitted to the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) which are considered fundable but which do not reach the cut-off mark for funding in any one year.

Perpetual Trustees 2018 IMPACT Philanthropy Application Program – closes 08/12/17
Perpetual distributes to all sectors including social welfare, health, medical research, conservation and environment, education, and arts and culture. As is consistent with Perpetual’s IMPACT Philanthropy Application Program process, an organisation’s submission will be assessed against Leadership, Capability, Strategy and Outcomes. Further 2018 information will be released later in 2017.

Allen Foundation Grants (2018) – closes 31/12/17
Priorities are: to fund relevant nutritional research; to support programs for the education and training of mothers during pregnancy and after the birth of their children; to assist in the training of persons to work as educators and demonstrators of good nutritional practices; to encourage the dissemination of information regarding healthful nutritional practices and habits; in limited situations to make grants to help solve immediate emergency hunger and malnutrition problems.

Rolling Grants

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.

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.

Vertex Cystic Fibrosis Circle of Care Grants

The CF Circle of Care program is a competitive grant initiative to fund innovative patient-centric programs within the CF community. Since launching the program in 2015, we have awarded 50 grants globally, with projects covering a wide variety of topics including transition, psycho-social care, and caregiver support. 

Every fall, ahead of NACFC, awardees are invited to share their work at the CF Circle of Care colloquium, an inspiring event which serves as a forum to exchange ideas and meet others within the CF community.

The program encourages both individual and collaborative efforts with grant awards of up to $100,000. This year, we will be extending the deadline to submit proposals in order to allow for more time to generate and discuss ideas within your community. The deadline to submit is midnight AEDT 30 November 2017.

Further details of the program, eligibility criteria, and application process can be found on the Vertex grants website. In need of some inspiration? Check out the 2016 posters from the 2nd annual colloquium here.

Personal Special Request

Dear TSANZ Members,

We are currently conducting a survey of  Australian clinicians involved in the care of patients with severe asthma, and are seeking your opinions on the Utility of Biomarkers for the Management of Corticosteroid Treatment. This is the first round of a Delphi process to reach a consensus and there will be follow-up questions based on the answers we receive from round one.

Professor Peter Wark and I at the University of Newcastle, Australia are looking at an algorithm to adjust corticosteroid dose using exhaled nitric oxide (FeNO), and peripheral blood eosinophils. This survey is being conducted in conjunction with this project, and understanding the current sentiment on the use of biomarkers in this patient population is crucial to furthering the future development and implementation of biomarkers, and the treatable trait approach in general. In addition, this is being done as a larger international effort to gauge opinions on the use of biomarkers across Europe and Australia.

If you are currently involved in the management of patients with severe asthma, we would sincerely appreciate if you could take the time to complete the survey (link below) that has been sent out as part of the Asthma SIG this week.

http://selectsurvey.hnehealth.nsw.gov.au/TakeSurvey.aspx?SurveyID=l6M2m5m3

Thank you,

Professor Jodie Simpson

 

Research Project and Survey Requests

‘Usual’ antenatal asthma management

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 managementconsists 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 (NSW HREC Reference No: HREC/16/HNE/394).  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

Thank you,

Dr Vanessa Murphy, Vanessa.Murphy@newcastle.edu.au
Ms Karen McLaughlin, Karen.McLaughlin@hnehealth.nsw.gov.au

 

Case Management of Venous thromboembolism

Many thanks for your time in completing this short survey, which should take no longer than 5 minutes. At St. John of God, we are exploring the management of VTE in patients with or without malignancy and in the perioperative setting.

We appreciate there are a large number of guidelines, many of which can be contradictory in their recommendation. Irrespective of this, we would greatly value your feedback on how you would manage the following cases, recognising that several answers may be appropriate.

This survey consists of 4 short cases which will cover a range of clinical scenarios with regards the management of VTE in the immediate post-operative and preoperative period, as well as the management of VTE in the setting of suspected and confirmed solid organ malignancy.

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

All results are completely anonymised and your participation is greatly appreciated.

Kind regards,

Prof Eli Gabbay egabbay@respiratorywest.com.au
Dr Philip Craven

Australian Society for Medical Research National Scientific Conference

Held in Sydney, at the Charles Perkins Centre, from November 14th to 15th, 2017 the NSC has an exciting new design all packed up in a shorter format.

In these highly competitive times, the NSC 2017 will fulfil an important yet unmet need for early to mid career health and medical researchers.

Entitled “Science and Survival – equipping you with the tools to further your research career” the aims of the  conference are:

  • To empower and inspire our present and future scientific leaders.
  • To provide a springboard for early to mid-career researchers to showcase their research.
  • To promote scientific excellence, collaboration and transdisciplinary research.
  • To upskill in grantsmanship and understand the promotion process.
How are we going to achieve this?

We are very excited about the new format of NSC 2017 with both scientific presentations and visionary professional development workshops.

Conference highlights

Mock GRP session with all the elements of a GRP and the perspective of a narrator.

Inside the scientist studio – Norman Swan  interviews Nobel Prize Winner Professor Peter Doherty.

Politics of promotion to provide invaluable insights into the intricate and necessary journey to Associate Professorship.

The Edwards Orator is Distinguished Professor Jagadish Chennupati from ANU. A stellar transdisciplinary researcher and a nanotechnology pioneer. ­­­He is also a charismatic leader and mentor who will inspire our participants.

Dr Bon-Kyoung Koo from the University of Cambridge will deliver the Firkin Oration. Dr Koo is an ascending star in stem cell research and a world leading researcher in the experimental dissection of human stomach development –  all generated from stem cells.

ASMR Peter Doherty Leading Lights Award.  This year ASMR will launch a new award aimed at recognising the outstanding contributions of Australian mid-career researchers.

The Networking and Mentoring Breakfast.  A unique opportunity for students in particular to share their concerns and ask questions of experienced mentors.

 

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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