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International Year of the Nurse with Professor Vanessa McDonald

International Year of the Nurse with Professor Vanessa McDonald

Date Recorded: 13th October 2020

Duration: Approx. 1hr
Presentation: “The path of an accidental academic nurse; clinical practice and research

Professor Vanessa McDonald, The University of Newcastle

Professor Vanessa McDonald is co-director of the NHMRC CRE in Severe Asthma, and of the Priority Research Centre for Healthy Lungs. She is also an academic clinician in the Department of Respiratory and Sleep Medicine at John Hunter Hospital. Professor McDonald joined the University of Newcastle in 2011, following the completion of her PhD.  Prior to this, she worked clinically within the Hunter New England Local Health District as a Respiratory Clinical Nurse Consultant.  She has been a respiratory nurse and educator for over 25 years. Vanessa’s research programme is centred around the development of innovative approaches to the management of airway diseases.  Her translational research programme links biomedicine, clinical effectiveness and health policy development.  Professor Vanessa McDonald has established a productive track record publishing over 125 peer reviewed journal articles.

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VOLUME 6.01 – JANUARY 2021

VOLUME 6.01 – JANUARY 2021

Research Roundup:

January 2021

Welcome Message

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Enjoy the January edition of your Research Roundup.

Prof Sandra Hodge

Chair, Research Sub-Committee

 

Can you help TSANZ make a difference?

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

1. Making a donation to our Benevolent Fund

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

2. Making a donation to support research

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

3. Establishing a named award

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

4. Leave TSANZ a gift in your will

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

5. TSANZ New Zealand Branch Incorporated 

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

Thank you for your continued support of TSANZ.

 

Open Awards

Thoracic Society Awards

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

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

TSANZ Peter Phelan Research Grant – closing 27 January 2021

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

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

TSANZ Indigenous Respiratory Nursing Award – closing 24 February 2021

Cystic Fibrosis Australia Awards

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

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

PACT Grant-in-Aid – closing 14 February 2021

CREATE Grant-in-Aid – closing 14 February 2021

     

How to participate

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

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

 

Registrations open for ASM

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

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

 

Respirology – Editor’s Choice

Respirology Issue 26.1 January 2021

 

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

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

DOI: 10.1111/resp.13841

 

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

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

DOI: 10.1111/resp.13872

 

 ASCOT trial

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

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

Potential Treatments for COVID-19

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

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

ASCOT Trial Intervention

ASCOT ADAPT includes 3 treatment domains:

Domain A (Antiviral)

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

Domain B (Antibody)

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

Domain C (Anticoagulation)

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

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

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

When Infection Control Meets Work Health and Safety – Learnings From Victoria during COVID-19

When Infection Control Meets Work Health and Safety – Learnings From Victoria during COVID-19

Date Recorded: 4th December 2020

Time: Approx. 1.5hrs

This webinar aims to understand and learn from the experiences of working in a COVID-positive clinical environment, in particular focusing on the impacts of the Victorian experience of COVID-19 and focus on the things done, the learnings, and the unresolved issues within the WHS space. Come join us for presentations and a panel discussion from our expert group!

Prof Bruce Thompson (Chair) – TSANZ President

Dr Nick Coatsworth – Federal Deputy CMO
Dr Nick Coatsworth is one of Australia’s Deputy Chief Medical Officers. He is also the Executive Director of the Medical Services Group at Canberra Health Services. Nick held a key national role in the Australian response to COVID-19. Bringing together his skills as an infectious disease physician, a respiratory physician, a practitioner of disaster and humanitarian medicine, and high-level experience in health administration, Nick’s contribution provided a voice for frontline hospital staff in the national response to the pandemic. He became one of the most recognised medical spokespeople during the pandemic, engaging the Australian community through a variety of media platforms.

A/Prof Lou Irving – The Royal Melbourne Hospital
Lou Irving is Director of Respiratory and Sleep Medicine at Royal Melbourne Hospital and Director of the Lung Tumour Stream at Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre. He has been involved in clinical research over many years and has published over 230 articles.

Ms Brigitte Borg – The Alfred
Brigitte Borg is an accredited clinical physiologist (respiratory) with 27 years’ experience. Brigitte works at The Alfred, Melbourne as Head, Physiology Service, Respiratory Medicine. Brigitte’s areas of interest in the field of respiratory medicine include lung function interpretation (for which she co-authored a book in 2014), laboratory accreditation, quality spirometry in primary care, and oxygen therapy.

Dr Forbes McGain – Western Health, University of Sydney and University of Melbourne
Forbes is an anaesthetist and intensive care physician at Western Health, Melbourne, Australia, and an Associate Professor (Medicine) at the University of Sydney, and the University of Melbourne.

He enjoys being involved in research, teaching and education at the hospital, university and beyond. In 2020, during the COVID-19 pandemic, Forbes and mechanical engineers at the University of Melbourne collaboratively produced a personal isolation hood to reduce SARS-CoV-2 transmission to healthcare workers. Forbes also remains passionate about making seemingly small environmental sustainability changes to how we practice medicine that become magnified through every nations’ hospitals.

Ms Ceri Banks – Peninsula Health
Ceri Banks is a Clinical Research Nurse Consultant at Peninsula Health in Melbourne. She is the coordinator of respiratory clinical trials and a Severe Asthma Clinic, managing patients undergoing bronchial thermoplasty and monoclonal therapy. She is a presenter for the National Asthma Council and co-convenor of the TSANZ Respiratory Nurses Group.

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VOLUME 6.01 – JANUARY 2021

VOLUME 5.05 – AUGUST 2020

Research Roundup:

August 2020

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Welcome Message

Welcome to the August Research Roundup. We hope you are all staying well in these uneasy COVID-19 times.

This month we are pleased to open two new awards. Firstly, we are very excited to announce and gratefully acknowledge the generous donation from our immediate past president, Prof Allan Glanville, to establish the Past Presidents Scholarship Award. We hope that others will join him in supporting this award that will provide both funding for our ECRs and, provide access to professional mentors and networks. Given global travel restrictions, ECRs are encouraged to think creatively when applying and consider the merit in visiting institutions closer to home.

Secondly, we would like to thank Boehringer Ingelheim New Zealand for supporting a new award for our New Zealand members. The Boehringer Ingelheim New Zealand Primary Care Grant aims to support research which will address the issue of access to primary care in New Zealand, particularly during restrictions like those faced during the COVID-19 pandemic. Primary care can include general practice, allied health services, community health and community pharmacy.

As you would be aware, TSANZ is part of the National COVID-19 Clinical Evidence Taskforce; a living guideline which is continuously updated as new peer reviewed research becomes available. Many of our members are contributing to the COVID-19 research effort. One large multi-centre trial is the ASCOT trial (AustralaSian COVID-19 Trial) which many of our members are involved in. This trial will which be featured in a TSANZ webinar on 17 September 20.

We are pleased to again be hosting the LFA Awards. These will be opening on the 1st of September, including the Lizotte Family Research Award for IPF Research; Ludwig Engel Grant-in-Aid for Physiological Research; Ivan Cash Grant-in-Aid for IPF Research; and the Cochrane Airways Australia Scholarship. Please see below for more details.

As TSANZ members we also have the privilege of participating in an increasing number of surveys as detailed below. These include surveys of the Breathe Study: Investigating the role of masks for patients with asthma and COPD against bushfire smoke, Cystic Fibrosis Australia Research and Advocacy Priority Setting, and studies aimed at improving the quality of clinical trials evaluating  the management of COPD exacerbations, nurses’ attitudes to caring for people with intellectual disability, global current practices of mechanical ventilation management in COVID-19 patients, self-management for pulmonary fibrosis and  identifying the barriers and facilitators to the implementation of best practice for the diagnosis, treatment and management of PF. These are all very worthy studies and we encourage your participation.

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

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

Enjoy the August edition of your Research Roundup.

Prof Sandra Hodge

Chair, Research Sub-Committee

TSANZ Past President’s Award

The TSANZ Past Presidents Scholarship Award aims to support early career researchers (ECRs) who do not have the resources available to them via their institution or workplace to:

1)  Develop their presentation of research skills, and/or

2) Present their research at a national or international professional conference of their choice.

The Scholarship will cover

  • Airfares
  • Accommodation
  • Ground travel and transfers
  • Registration
  • Per Diem Daily Allowance in accordance with the ATO Reasonable Travel and Meal Allowance Guide

Up to a maximum of AUD 7000, with the amount to be paid dependent on the delivery of receipts for the expenses incurred above.

Additionally, the Scholarship will provide the awardee with support from a TSANZ Past President to review their presentation and provide feedback and professional development on research presentation skills. The Past President will be determined by TSANZ.

Please visit the TSANZ Awards Submissions Portal for more information.

Boeringer Ingelheim New Zealand Primary Care Grant

The Boehringer Ingelheim New Zealand Primary Care Grant aims to support research which will address the issue of access to primary care in New Zealand, particularly during restrictions like those faced during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Primary care can include general practice, allied health services, community health and community pharmacy.

The grant is valued at NZD 5000 and will support studies for one year only.

Please visit the TSANZ Awards Submissions Portal for more information.

CREATE Grant-in-Aid Funding Opportunity

In 2020, there is a CREATE Grant-in-Aid opportunity for the award of one or more grants valued at a total of $7,000 to assist new collaborative investigator led Pulmonary Fibrosis research within the group of CREATE Fellows. The objective of the CREATE Grant-in-Aid is to encourage new research which meets the aims of the CRE-PF and builds collaborations between CREATE Fellows drawn together through the CRE-PF.

Please visit the LFA Awards Submissions Portal for more information.

LFA Awards

Lung Foundation Australia and its partners are excited to announce the following Research Grants will be open to application from 1 September 2020. For more information visit: https://lungfoundation.com.au/research/awards-and-grants/apply-for-funding/

YEAR OPEN

YEAR UNDERTAKEN

Award 

Target area 

Value

Duration

Timeline

2020

2021

Lung Foundation Australia – Lizotte Family Grant for IPF Research 

IPF 

 $        5,000.00 

1 year

1 September 2020 (close 13 October, announced 11 Dec) 

2020

2021

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

IPF 

 $        5,000.00 

1 year

1 September 2020 (close 13 October, announced 11 Dec) 

2020

2021

Lung Foundation Australia -Ivan Cash Grant-in-Aid For IPF Research

IPF 

 $        5,000.00 

1 year

1 September 2020 (close 13 October, announced 11 Dec) 

2020

2021

Lung Foundation Australia -Cochrane Airways Australia 
Scholarship

Systematic Review

$        2,500.00 

1 year

1 September 2020 (close 13 October, announced 11 Dec) 

 

LFA 2020 Research Grant recipients

 

Congratulations to the recipients of the Lung Foundation Australia 2020 Research Grants.

2019

2020

Lung Foundation Australia – Ellen Yates Memorial Grant in Aid for Lung Cancer Research

$20,000.00 

Edith Cowan University

Dr. Afaf Abed

2019

2020

Lung Foundation Australia – Deep Manchanda Fellowship in Lung Cancer Research

$   160,000.00 

The Garvan Institute of Medical Research

Dr. Venessa Chin

2019

2020

Lung Foundation Australia – Di Cox PhD Scholarship in IPF Research 

 $      45,000.00 

 University of Sydney

Dr. Laura Glenn

2019

2020

Lung Foundation Australia – Brian Eaton PhD Scholarship in IPF Research 

 $      45,000.00 

 University of Sydney

Dr. Matthew Parker

2019

2020

Lung Foundation Australia – Lizotte Family Grant for IPF Research

$        5,000.00 

Austin Health

Dr Yet Hong Khor

2019

2020

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

$        5,000.00 

The Children’s Hospital at Westmead

Dr. Alexander Wong 

2019

2020

Lung Foundation Australia – Ivan Cash Grant-in-Aid For IPF Research

$        5,000.00 

RMIT University 

Dr. Paris Papagianis

2019

2020

Lung Foundation Australia – Cochrane Airways Australia 
Scholarship

$        2,500.00 

University of South Australia

Kelsey Sharrad

 

Australasian Severe Asthma Registry (ASAR) Annual Report 2019

 

TSANZ is excited to share the ASAR 2019 Annual Report with you!

In 2019, TSANZ in collaboration with the Australasian Severe Asthma Network (ASAN), successfully transitioned the Severe Asthma Web-based Database (SAWD) to ASAR – a Clinical Quality Registry (CQR). ASAR is now uniquely positioned to collect longitudinal data (10-year follow-up) on a well-characterised severe asthma cohort in Australia and New Zealand with the capability to add modules of specific interest, for example, the Australasian Benralizumab Registry.

To view the ASAR 2019 Annual Report please click here.

Respirology – Editor’s Choice 

Respirology Issue 25.7 July 2020

 

Sputum transcriptomics implicates increased p38 signalling activity in severe asthma

Katherine J. Baines, Michael Fricker, Vanessa M. McDonald, Jodie L. Simpson, Lisa G. Wood, Peter A.B. Warik, Heather E. Macdonald, Andrew Reid and Peter G. Gibson

 

The authorship team from Hunter Medical Research Institute, The University of Newcastle, Newcastle, Australia

DOI: 10.1111/resp.13749

 

Impact of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease on mortality: A large national cohort study

Hye Yun Park, Danbee Kang, Hyun Lee, Sun Hye Shin, Minwoong Kang, Sunga Kong, Chin Kook Rhee, Juhee Cho and Kwang Ha Yoo

 

The Korean COPD And Outcomes Study Team. From left to right: (Top) Kwang Ha Yoo, Danbee Kang, Sun Hye Shin, (Bottom) Juhee Cho and Hye Yun Park

DOI: 10.1111/resp.13678

Respirology Issue 25.8 August 2020

 

Ventilation heterogeneity and oscillometry predict asthma control improvement following step-up inhaled therapy in uncontrolled asthma

Francesca S.M. Tang, Sandra Rutting, Catherine E. Farrow, Katrina O. Tonga, Joanna Watts, Jessica R. Dame-Carrol, Amy Bertolin, Gregory G. King, Cindy Thamrin and David G. Chapman

 

The Airway Physiology and Imaging Group from the Woolcock Institute of Medical Research in Sydney, Australia, as part of the overall research team. From left to right: Prof. Gregory King, Dr David Chapman, Dr Sandra Rutting, Dr Katrina Tonga and A/Prof. Cindy Thamrin.

DOI: 10.1111/resp.13772

 

Identification and definition of asthma–COPD overlap: The CanCOLD study

Miriam Barrecheguren, Lancelot Pinto, Seyed-Mohammad-Yousof Mostafavi-Pour-Manshadi, Wan C. Tan, Pei Z. Li, Shawn D. Aaron, Andrea Benedetti, Kenneth R. Chapman, Brandie Walker, J. Mark Fitzgerald, Paul Hernandez, François Maltais, Darcy D. Marciniuk, Denis E. O’Donnell, Don D. Sin, Jean Bourbeau for The Cancold Collaborative Research Group and The Canadian Respiratory Research Network

 

The authorship team on behalf of the CanCOLD Collaborative Research Group and

the Canadian Respiratory Research Network. From top left to right bottom: Miriam Barrecheguren, Lancelot Pinto, Seyed-Mohammad-Yousof Mostafavi-Pour-Manshadi, Wan Tan, Pei Li, Shawn Aaron, Andrea Benedetti, Kenneth Chapman, B Walker, Mark Fitzgerald, Paul Hernandez, François Maltais, Darcy Marciniuk, Denis O’Donnell, Don Sin, Jean Bourbeau

DOI: 10.1111/resp.13780

Invitations and surveys

BREATHE Study

Do you have asthma, emphysema, chronic bronchitis or bronchiectasis?

Do you live in an area affected by bushfires or bushfire smoke?

If yes to both, you may be eligible for the BREATHE study.

We are studying facemasks for prevention of smoke exposure

Find out more: https://kirby.unsw.edu.au/breathe

Please register your interest: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/C96DXJN

Contact us: e.kpozehouen@unsw.edu.au

Ethics Approval: HC200477

CYSTIC FIBROSIS RESEARCH AND ADVOCACY PRIORITY SETTING SURVEY 2020 AND BEYOND

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

Dear colleagues,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

Dear Colleagues,

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

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

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

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

Caring for People with Intellectual Disability survey

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

Kind regards,
Virginia

 

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

Dear Colleague, 

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thank you for your time and consideration of our study. 

 

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

What are the barriers and facilitators to implementing best practice?

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

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

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

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

Like more information or interested in participating? Click here

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

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

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

Thank you for your time and consideration of our study.

ASCOT trial

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

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

Potential Treatments for COVID-19

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

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

ASCOT Trial Intervention

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

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

 

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

 

Can you help TSANZ make a difference?
 

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

1. Making a donation to our Benevolent Fund

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

2. Making a donation to support research

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

3. Establishing a named award

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

4. Leave TSANZ a gift in your will

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

5. TSANZ New Zealand Branch Incorporated 

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

Thank you for your continued support of TSANZ.

VOLUME 6.01 – JANUARY 2021

VOLUME 5.04 – JUNE 2020

Research Roundup:

June 2020

 

Welcome Message

Welcome to this exciting update of the Research Roundup.

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

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

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

Enjoy the June edition of your Research Roundup.

Prof Sandra Hodge

Chair, Research Sub-Committee

2020 Respiratory Research Excellence Awards

 

TSANZ congratulates the following award winners!!!

 

Ann Woolcock New Investigator Award Winner: Kurtis Budden

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

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

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

TSANZ/AstraZeneca Respiratory Research Early Career Fellowship: Steven Taylor

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

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

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

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

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

TSANZ Peter Phelan Paediatric Research Award: Shivanthan Shanthikumar

TSANZ / Boehringer Ingelheim Australia COPD Travel Award: Katrina Tonga

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

TSANZ/JRS Early Career Development Award: Saleela Ruwanpura

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

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

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

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

 

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

2020 TSANZ Awards by Nomination

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

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

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

TSANZ Research Medal – Professor Shyamali Dharmage, Professor Alan James

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

TSANZ Society Medal – Associate Professor Tara Mackenzie

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

Fellowships

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

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

Congratulations to all!

Respirology – Editor’s Choice 

Respirology Issue 25.5 May 2020

 

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

Na Wu, Changjiang Xue, Shiwen Yu and Qiao Ye

 

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

DOI: 10.1111/resp.13744

 

Acute exacerbations of fibrotic interstitial lung diseases

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

 

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

DOI: 10.1111/resp.13682

Respirology Issue 25.6 June 2020

 

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

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

 

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

DOI: 10.1111/resp.13696

 

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

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

 

 

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

DOI: 10.1111/resp.13753

TSANZSRS 2020 Abstracts

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

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

 

Invitations and surveys

 

CYSTIC FIBROSIS RESEARCH AND ADVOCACY PRIORITY SETTING SURVEY 2020 AND BEYOND

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

Dear colleagues,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

Dear Colleagues,

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

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

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

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

Caring for People with Intellectual Disability survey

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

Kind regards,
Virginia

 

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

Dear Colleague, 

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thank you for your time and consideration of our study. 

 

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

What are the barriers and facilitators to implementing best practice?

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

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

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

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

Like more information or interested in participating? Click here

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

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

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

Thank you for your time and consideration of our study.

ASCOT trial

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

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

Potential Treatments for COVID-19

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

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

ASCOT Trial Intervention

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

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

 

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

 

Can you help TSANZ make a difference?
 

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

1. Making a donation to our Benevolent Fund

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

2. Making a donation to support research

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

3. Establishing a named award

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

4. Leave TSANZ a gift in your will

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

5. TSANZ New Zealand Branch Incorporated 

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

Thank you for your continued support of TSANZ.

 

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VOLUME 6.01 – JANUARY 2021

VOLUME 4.09 NOVEMBER 2019

Research Roundup:

November 2019

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Welcome Message

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

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

We hope you enjoy this edition of your Research Roundup!

Prof Sandra Hodge

Chair, Research Sub-Committee

Open Awards

 

Thoracic Society Awards 

There are three Thoracic Society Awards open:

 

Lund Foundation Australia Research Awards 

  • Cochrane Airways Australia Scholarship – extended to 15 November 2019

To download application documents, click here.

 

How to participate

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

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

TSANZ Webinar Series

 

“Tracheostomy tubes and principles of management” with Gavin Fahey

Event Date: Thursday, 14th of November 2019

Time: 2:30pm AEDT

Duration: 45 minutes

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

Only limited places available! Don’t miss out!

The presenter: Gavin Fahey

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

CLICK HERE to register! 

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Missed out on a webinar? 

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

Respirology – Editor’s Choice

Respirology Issue 24.11 November 2019

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

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

DOI: 10.1111/resp.13575

Nasal High Flow therapy in use

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

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

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

DOI: 10.1111/resp.13552

Research Project and Survey Requests

 

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

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

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

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

Click here for further details

Workshops and Conferences

Dear TSANZ Members,

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

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

Date: Friday 29 November 2019

Time: 9:30am – 12:30pm

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

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

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

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

Register here

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

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

We hope to see you on the day!

Kind Regards,

Lung Foundation Australia

 

                                                                                                                                                              

 

Can you help TSANZ make a difference?

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

1. Making a donation to our Benevolent Fund

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

2. Making a donation to support research

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

3. Establishing a named award

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

4. Leave TSANZ a gift in your will

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

5. TSANZ New Zealand Branch Incorporated 

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

Thank you for your continued support of TSANZ

VOLUME 6.01 – JANUARY 2021

VOLUME 4.08 OCTOBER 2019

Research Roundup:

October 2019

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Research Project and Survey Requests

 

Dear TSANZ Members,

You are invited to participate in a survey that is being conducted as part of a research study. The following survey asks a series of questions about your current practice in regards to Advance Care Planning in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). 

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

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

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

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

Sincerely,

Ms MM Roberts

Mary Roberts
Clinical Nurse Consultant | Respiratory Ambulatory Care
Clinical Lecturer, Sydney Medical School, University of Sydney

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

Phase 1- Clinicians’ group

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

Invitation

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

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

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

Participation Information Sheet.

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

Dr. Nicole Gerrand
Manager
Research Ethics & Governance Office
Hunter New England Local Health District
Email: HNELHD-HREC@health.nsw.gov.au

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

You will need to quote reference number 2019/ETH00143.

Thank you for taking the time to consider this study.
If you wish to take part in it, please sign the attached consent form.
This information sheet is for you to keep.

Share Your Feedback on COPD-X

How do you use COPD-X in your health care setting? Tell us about your experience via a five-minute survey. Your responses will help us improve the usability of COPD-X for health professionals across Australia.

By submitting a completed survey, you will also go in the draw to win one of 20 AirSmart Spirometers (conditions apply).

To complete the survey, click here.

Kind Regards,

Juliet Brown
COPD Projects and Guidelines Manager

 

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 6.01 – JANUARY 2021

VOLUME 4.07 SEPEMBER 2019

Research Roundup:

September 2019

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Welcome Message

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

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

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

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

We hope you enjoy this edition of your Research Roundup!

Prof Sandra Hodge

Chair, Research Sub-Committee

Open Awards

Thoracic Society Awards

TSANZ ASM 2020 abstract-linked Awards – closing 11 October 2019

TSANZ Indigenous Respiratory Nursing Award – closes 30th October 2019

TSANZ Peter Phelan Research Award – closes 30th October 2019

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

Lung Foundation Awards

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

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

 

How to participate

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

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

Respirology – Editor’s Choice 

Respirology Issue 24.9 September 2019

Special Issue on Pulmonary Fibrosis Awareness Month

 

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

Research Project and Survey Requests

Dear TSANZ Members,

You are invited to participate in a survey that is being conducted as part of a research study. The following survey asks a series of questions about your current practice in regards to Advance Care Planning in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). 

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

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

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

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

Sincerely,

Ms MM Roberts

Mary Roberts

Clinical Nurse Consultant | Respiratory Ambulatory Care

Clinical Lecturer, Sydney Medical School, University of Sydney

 

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

Phase 1- Clinicians’ group

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

Invitation

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

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

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

Participation Information Sheet.

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

Dr. Nicole Gerrand

Manager

Research Ethics & Governance Office

Hunter New England Local Health District

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

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

You will need to quote reference number 2019/ETH00143.

 

Thank you for taking the time to consider this study.

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

This information sheet is for you to keep.

 

Can you help TSANZ make a difference?
 

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

1. Making a donation to our Benevolent Fund

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

2. Making a donation to support research

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

3. Establishing a named award

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

4. Leave TSANZ a gift in your will

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

5. TSANZ New Zealand Branch Incorporated 

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

Thank you for your continued support of TSANZ

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VOLUME 6.01 – JANUARY 2021

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

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VOLUME 6.01 – JANUARY 2021

VOLUME 4.02 APRIL 2019

Research Roundup:

April 2019

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Welcome Message

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

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

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

Enjoy the April edition of your research roundup.

Prof Sandra Hodge

Chair, Research Sub-Committee

$1 MILLION FOR LUNG DISEASE RESEARCH ANNOUNCED

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

2019 RESPIRATORY RESEARCH EXCELLENCE AWARD WINNERS

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

Society Medal

Professor Helen Reddel

Research Medal

Professor Philip Hansbro

Laennec Medal

Professor Allan R Glanville

Ann Woolcock New Investigator Award

Jesse Armitage

Best training Video

Elizabeth Salamon, Selena West, Ursula Swan, Sandra Daly

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

Gang Liu

Australian Cystic Fibrosis Research Trust Innovation Grant

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

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

Kimberly Wang

Boehringer Ingelheim COPD Research Award 2019

Tatt Jhong Haw

Maurice Blackburn Grant-in-Aid for Occupational Lung Disease

Jane Bourke and Ryan Hoy

Boston Scientific Research Award for Interventional Pulmonology

Sanjeevan Muruganandan

Vertex Cystic Fibrosis Research Awards

ECFS: Elena Schneider-Futschik

NACFC: Rebecca Stockwell

TSANZ Peter Phelan Research Award

Elena Schneider-Futschik

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

Gabrielle McCallum

TSANZ / Boehringer Ingelheim Australia COPD Travel Award

Alen Faiz

TSANZ / Boehringer Ingelheim New Zealand COPD Travel Award

Eskandarain Shafuddin

TSANZ/JRS Early Career Development Award

Jemma Seyfang

Janet Elder International Travel Awards

Mid-Career Award Recipient: Kimberley Wang

Early Career Award Recipient 1: Vikas Goyal

Early Career Award Recipient 2: Yet H Khor

TSANZ Respiratory Nurse Career Development Award for Indigenous Research

Betty Poot

Christine Sullivan

Maurice Blackburn ASM Travel Award

Leona Dowman

Shine a light a lung cancer PhD 2019

Kanishka Rangamuwa

David Wilson PhD Scholarship in Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis Research 2019

Archana Gaikwad

Shine a light on lung cancer grant-in-aid

Surein Arulananda

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

Yet Hong Khor

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

Leona Dowman

Lung Foundation Australia /Ludwig Engel GIA for Physiological research

Katrina Tonga

Lung Foundation Australia /Ivan Cash Research GIA – IPF

Adelle Jee

Lung Foundation Australia /Cochrane

Jenifer Liang

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

Vanessa Brunelli

Lung Foundation Australia Travel Awards: Menarini Travel Grants

ERS – Hannah O’Farrell and Jack Bozier

ATS – Thomas Altree and Razia Zakarya

APSR – Leanne Ross and Hai Bac Tran

Lung Foundation Australia/Eleanor Greenwood Memorial ILD Travel Grant

Cecilia Prele

Michael Schuliga

Jade Jaffar

 

SIG AWARDS

Supported by TSANZ

Cell, Immunology and Molecular Biology: Dhammika Leshan

Evidence-based Medicine and Practice: Yet Hong Khor

Peter van Asperen Paediatric: Kiara Sclip

Physiotherapy: Jamie Wood

Respiratory Infectious Disease: Benjamin Diggins

Tobacco: Henry Gomez

Supported by Asthma Australia

Asthma & Allergy: Teresa Williams

Supported by National Asthma Council

Asthma & Allergy : Cherry Thompson

Supported by Lung Foundation Australia

Pulmonary Physiology and Sleep, John Reid Prize: Graeme Zosky

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

Supported by Cystic Fibrosis Australia

Cystic Fibrosis: Elena Schneider-Futschik

Supported by Maurice Blackburn

Lung Cancer: Lara Edbrooke

Occ Env Lung Disease / Population Health: Edward Harris

Palliative Care and Symptom Support: Thomas Moran

Supported by Carroll & O’Dea

Interventional Pulmonology and Bronchoscopy: Deirdre Fitzgerald

Supported by Boehringer Ingelheim

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

Primary Care: Mary Roberts

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease: Sonia Cheng

Respiratory Nurses: Jane Neil

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

CONGRATULATIONS TO…

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

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

 

Open Awards

Thoracic Society Awards

AstraZeneca Respiratory Research Fellowships – closes 2nd June 2019

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

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

Lung Foundation Awards

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

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

Lung Foundation Australia / A Menarini Pty Ltd 2019 Travel Awards 

Travel application deadlines

ATS: 22nd March 2019 (5pm AEST)

ERS: 31st July 2019 (5pm AEST)

APSR: 13th September 2019 (5pm AEST)

 

How to participate

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

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

Watch this space for more award announcements…

Respirology – Editor’s Choice

Respirology Issue 24.4 2019

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

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

DOI: 10.1111/resp.13427 

Distribution of participants in the Australian IPF Registry

 

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

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

DOI: 10.1111/resp.13413

 

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

Research Project and Survey Requests

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thank you,

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

Thank you for your kind support.

Yours truly

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

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

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

Dear TSANZ Member,

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

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

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

We thank you in advance for your participation.

Sincerely,

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

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

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

 
 

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