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VOLUME 4.03 MAY 2019

VOLUME 4.03 MAY 2019

Research Roundup:

May 2019

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Welcome Message

Winter is coming, along with several of our award submission deadlines. We would like to once again remind you that the AstraZeneca Respiratory Research Fellowships, the Vertex Adult CF Research Award, Vertex Paediatric CF Research Award, the PACT Grant-In-Aid Funding Opportunity and several LFA IPF PhD scholarships close across the month of June, so if you have been contemplating these opportunities, now is the time to submit your applications! Please check the Open Awards section below for further details regarding dates and guidelines.

We are also pleased to introduce the iCare Dust Diseases Scholarships and Fellowships program, which will fund research in the area of dust diseases. Please see below for more information and guidelines on how to apply.

The 2019 International Conference of the American Thoracic Society is upon us this week, and for those lucky enough to be travelling to Dallas, we urge you to visit our TSANZ stand and say hello to our CEO, Tanya Buchanan. We hope you enjoy learning the latest in clinical and scientific respiratory research, and bring back a wealth of knowledge to share amongst your colleagues and peers.

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

We hope you enjoy the May edition of your Research Roundup.

Prof Sandra Hodge

Chair, Research Sub-Committee

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

ERS: 31st July 2019 (5pm AEST)

APSR: 13th September 2019 (5pm AEST)

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

 

How to participate

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

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

Watch this space for more award announcements…

iCare Dust Diseases Program

 

Please click here to access a printable PDF version.

Applications close 5pm (AEST), Friday 7 June 2019.

 

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.

 

 

Genomic medicine here to stay? Have your say.

Are you a medical specialist in Australia?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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VOLUME 4.03 MAY 2019

VOLUME 3.03 JUNE 2018

Research Roundup:

June 2018

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Welcome Message

We are deep in conference season with both the TSANZSRS18 and the ATS Congress now finished for another year. At TSANZSRS18, respiratory research received a much needed boost of over $2 million funding from TSANZ, LFA, CFA, NAC, and our partners. These awards were announced at the Respiratory Research Excellence Awards session and we hope you enjoyed this new -look celebration. You can recap the TSANZ research winners on our website. ATS Congress was another huge event and we invite you to look at the limbic stories below for highlights. The next international meeting in the respiratory circuit is the ERS Congress in Paris Sept 15-19. There are ERS travel awards available still so please look into these if you are planning on attending. 

We would also like to highlight the funding opportunities available for those researching alpha-one antitrypsin deficiency in lung disease. There are large grants on offer from the Alpha One Association and these do not require any specific membership and international collaborations for eligibility.

Furthermore, the Thoracic Society Research Medal and other awards by nominations are now open. Please consider nominating a member in recognition of their outstanding contributions to the advancement of knowledge in respiratory medicine or science carried out primarily in Australia or New Zealand.

Finally, I encourage you all to complete the survey at the end of this newsletter in regards to The Global Lung Function Initiative (GLI). The GLI has developed all ages, multi-ethnic reference equations for the most commonly used lung function tests and worked with the broader respiratory community to implement these equations. They are now seeking feedback from the community regarding experiences with implementation of the GLI spirometry and GLI TLCO reference equations, as well understanding any barriers and challenges to implementation.

Enjoy the June edition of your research roundup.

Profs Phil Hansbro & Sandra Hodge

Co-Chairs, Research Sub-Committee

Open Awards

TSANZ NZ Branch ASM Travel Grant – closing 14 Jul 18

Vertex Cystic Fibrosis Research Awards – NACFC closing 08 Aug 18

Lung Foundation Australia / A Menarini Pty Ltd 2018 Travel Awards – ERS closing 29 Jun 18, APSR closing 09 Jul 18

How to participate

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

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

Watch this space for more award announcements…

Support TSANZ

This year, TSANZ is asking members to provide a tax deductible donation to support our work in respiratory research and/or clinical care. You can choose to donate to one, or both, of the programs detailed below:

1. TSANZ 50th Anniversary 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. In 2018, this program supported the development of two clinical programs:

  • Take the Bronchiectasis Toolbox on the road: A program aiming to build upon the tremendous work of the Bronchiectasis Toolbox by increasing its effectiveness in in Australia’s regional and remote areas. TBTR is designed to bridge the gap between electronic platform and clinician by supplementing the Toolbox’s online content with face-to-face educational workshops, as well as further online resources and telephone and email support.
  • A clinician’s guide to early diagnosis of PCD – when common symptoms mean so much more!: An online educational resource for medical staff to aid in the early and accurate diagnosis of Primary Ciliary Dyskinesia (PCD). This resource aims to increase medical awareness of suggestive symptoms as well as referral directions for diagnostic testing. This guide will not only better enable clinicians to identify PCD in its crucial early stages, but provide them with the knowledge of specific PCD therapy aims that they need to ensure their patients receive the best treatment possible.

 – CLICK HERE to make a donation.

2. Joint TSANZ/LFA Research Program

In 2018 were able to recognise three respiratory health researchers for their work in combating serious lung disease. The 2018 Lungs for Life Research Award winners were:

Professor Phil Hansbro: Cell free microRNA: potential biomarkers for the early detection of lung cancer

Dr Malcolm Starkey: Understanding how group 2 innate lymphoid cells in early-life regulate postnatal lung development and susceptibility to chronic lung diseases

Dr Megan Jensen: Maternal and Early Life Vitamin D exposure and asthma risk in high risk infants

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.

3. 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 attached. Once you have completed the form, please email TSANZOffice@thoracic.org.au.

4. TSANZ New Zealand Branch IncorporatedCLICK HERE to make a donation.

New Zealand members are 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.

TSANZ Medals  

We apologise for the mistake we made in our latest article on the Society Medal in the May e-news. In response, we would like to congratulate the recipients of three prestigious TSANZ Medals: the Society Medal, the Research Medal, and the 50th Anniversary Medal. These awards are presented to TSANZ members as an acknowledgement of their outstanding contributions to respiratory health in research, education, and the health sector.

Nominations for the year have now opened! If you wish to nominate an extraordinary TSANZ member for their work in respiratory health, please visit https://www.thoracic.org.au/researchawards/tsanz-awards-by-nomination for more information.

Previous recipients of these prestigious TSANZ Medals are listed below:

The Research Medal

1992 Professor Ludwig Engel (posthumously) 
1994 Professor Colin Sullivan
1996
Professor Terry Nicholas
Professor Peter Phelan
1998 Professor Judith Black
1999 A/Professor Philip Thompson
2000 Professor Richard Beasley
2003 A/Professor Peter Gibson
2005 Professor Peter Sly
2006 A/Professor Gary Anderson
2007 Professor Haydn Walters
2008 Professor Bruce Robinson
2009 Professor Peter Bye
2010
Professor Guy Marks
2011
Professor Bill Musk
Professor Michael Abramson
2012 A/Professor Paul Forrest
2013 Professor Anne Chang
2014 Professor Scott Bell
2015 Professor Richard Beasley
2016 Professor Ron Grunstein
2018 Professor Peter Le Souef

 

 

The Society Medal

1992 Dr Maurice Joseph
1993 Dr Roy Mills
1994 Professor Tom O’Donnell
1995 Dr Michael Pain
1996 Dr Alastair Campbell (posthumously)
1997 Dr Michael Burns
1998 Professor Ann Woolcock
1999 Dr Kevin Finucane
2002 Dr Peter Rothwell
2004 Dr Abraham Rubinfeld
2006 A/Professor Charles Mitchell
2008 Dr Bob Edwards
2011 Judge John O’Meally
2012 Professor Norbert Berend
2013 Professor Philip Thompson
2014 Professor Peter van Asperen
2015 Professor Martin Phillips
2016 Professor Iven Young
2017 Professor Peter Holmes
2018 Professor Paul Reynolds

 

50th Anniversary Medal

2011 Dr Paul Zimmerman 
2012
A/Professor Tara Mackenzie 
2013 Professor Fiona Lake
2014 A/Professor Chien-Li Holmes-Liew 
2015 Professor Hubertus Jersmann
Dr Nicholas Saltos
2016 Professor Peter Frith
2017 Professor Jennifer Alison
Professor Richard Ruffin

 

Respirology Issue – Editor’s Choice

Vitamin D and respiratory health in the Busselton Healthy Ageing Study

SIOBHAIN MULRENNAN, MATTHEW KNUIMAN, JOHN P. WALSH, JENNIE HUI, MICHAEL HUNTER, MARK DIVITINI, KUN ZHU, BRIAN R. COOKE, ARTHUR W. (BILL) MUSK and ALAN JAMES

DOI: 10.1111/resp.13239

 

A Busselton Health Study participant undergoing lung function testing

 

Likelihood of pulmonary hypertension in patients with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis and emphysema

JOSEPH JACOB, BRIAN J. BARTHOLMAI, SRINIVASAN RAJAGOPALAN, RONALD KARWOSKI, ARJUN NAIR, SIMON L.F. WALSH, JOSEPH BARNETT, GARY CROSS, EOIN P. JUDGE, MARIA KOKOSI, ELISABETTA RENZONI, TOBY M. MAHER and ATHOL U. WELLS

DOI: 10.1111/resp.13231

 

The Royal Brompton Hospital in South Kensington, London, UK (left), and the Mayo Clinic in Rochester,  MN, USA  (right).

 

Mortality in patients with community-onset pneumonia at low risk of drug-resistant pathogens: Impact of β-lactam plus macrolide combination therapy

JUNYA OKUMURA, YUICHIRO SHINDO, KUNIHIKO TAKAHASHI, MASAHIRO SANO, YASUTERU SUGINO, TETSUYA YAGI, HIROYUKI TANIGUCHI, HIDEO SAKA, SHIGEYUKI MATSUI, YOSHINORI HASEGAWA on behalf of the Central Japan Lung Study Group

DOI: 10.1111/resp.13232

 

The Nagoya University Respiratory Tract Infection Team studied approximately 1500 patients with pneumonia from 10 different hospitals on behalf of the Central Japan Lung Study Group.

 

Diagnostic utility of surgical lung biopsies in elderly patients with indeterminate interstitial lung disease 

LASZLO T. VASZAR, BRANDON T. LARSEN, KAREN L. SWANSON, JAY H. RYU AND HENRY D. TAZELAAR

DOI: 10.1111/resp.13223

 

The research team from the Mayo Clinics in Scottsdale, AR, and Rochester, MN, USA, from left to right: Karen L Swanson, Henry D Tazelaar, Laszlo T Vaszar, Brandon T Larsen and Jay H Ryu (inset top right).

 

Nasal high flow therapy and PtCO2 in stable COPD: A randomized controlled cross-over trial

STEVEN MCKINSTRY, JANINE PILCHER, GEORGE BARDSLEY, JAMES BERRY, SUSANNE VAN DE HEI, IRENE BRAITHWAITE, JAMES FINGLETON, MARK WEATHERALL and RICHARD BEASLEY

DOI: 10.1111/resp.13185

 

Nasal High Flow therapy in action

 

Pharmacokinetics and safety of paclitaxel delivery into porcine airway walls by a new endobronchial drug delivery catheter

HISASHI TSUKADA, PLAMENA ENTCHEVA-DIMITROV, ARMIN ERNST, SAMAAN RAFEQ, JOHN H. KEATING, KIRK P. SEWARD and LONNY YARMUS

DOI: 10.1111/resp.13214

 

The Blowfish® Transbronchial Micro-Infusion Catheter

 

Research Project and Survey Requests

The Global Lung Function Initiative (GLI) Survey

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

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

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

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

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

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

Explaining chronic breathlessness

Chronic breathlessness has been defined as ‘breathlessness that persists despite optimal treatment of underlying pathology and results in disability’ (Johnson et al. Eur Respir J 2017;49 (5)). This symptom is a common daily experience for people with a range of malignant and non-malignant respiratory, cardiovascular and neuromuscular conditions.

We know very little about how health professionals explain chronic breathlessness to people living with this symptom. This survey seek to collect information on the  explanations health professionals, from a variety of professional disciplines, use when explaining chronic breathlessness  to people living with this symptom (and their views on whether there is specific information which should  and should not be included in explanations). 

This electronic survey contains 13 questions and should take not more than 10 -12 minutes to complete. All responses will be confidential and anonymised by allocating an ID code to each participant. Details concerning the process including data management and privacy consideration are included in the Participant Information sheet included within the opening screens of the survey.

Ethical approval has been received from the Human Research Ethics Committee of the University of South Australia (ID: 200896)

For further information or to participate, please click here: 

Explain chronic breathlessness’   or copy and paste the following into your browser:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Explain-Chronic-Breathlessness

For further information please contact Dr Marie Williams (E: marie.williams@unisa.edu.au or Ph: +61-8-8302 1153, University of South Australia) on behalf of the research team (Dr Kylie Johnston and Prof Dina Brooks)

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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VOLUME 4.03 MAY 2019

VOLUME 2.03 APRIL 2017

Research Roundup:

April 2017

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Welcome Message

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

Enjoy the April edition of your research roundup.

Prof Phil Hansbro

Chair, Research Sub-Committee

The following articles will take you to thelimbic.com

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

2017 Award Winners

Presented at the 2017 TSANZ ASM in Canberra

Thoracic Society Medals

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

Society Medal – presented to A/Prof Peter Holmes

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

President’s Award – presented to Dr Becky Freeman

Wunderly Oration – delivered by Prof Jennifer Martin

Fellowships

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

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

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

Abstract-linked Awards

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

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

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

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

Ann Woolcock New Investigator Finalists

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

Research Project Support Awards

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Travel Awards

TSANZ Peter Phelan Travel Fellowship – presented to Dr Kimberley Wang

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

Special Interest Group Awards

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

Open Awards

Vertex Awards

Vertex Paediatric Cystic Fibrosis Clinical Fellowship

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

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

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

Vertex Adult Cystic Fibrosis Fellowship

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

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

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

Vertex Cystic Fibrosis Research Awards

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

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

Lungs for Life Awards

Lungs for Life Research Awards

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

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

Lung Foundation Awards

Lung Foundation Australia / A Menarini Pty Ltd 2017 Travel Awards

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

Watch this space for more award announcements…

Lungs for Life Grant Bulletin

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Australian Cancer Research Foundation (ACRF) Cancer Research Grants – closes 23/06/17
Seeks to support all aspects of cancer research and control including but not limited to: cell or molecular biology, epidemiology, early detection, prevention and drug development. Focused on seed funding; primarily providing capital grants for major equipment, and the establishment of capital works and facilities. Collaborative projects between institutions are encouraged.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Rolling Grants

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

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

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

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

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

 

Respirology

Respirology Issue 22.3

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

Respirology Issue 22.4

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

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

(DOI: 10.1111/resp.12966)

 

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

 

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

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

(DOI: 10.1111/resp.12958)

 

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

Australasian Clinical Tuberculosis Network (ACTnet)

The Australasian Clinical Tuberculosis Network (ACTnet) is a collaborative clinical research group spanning Australia and New Zealand. Following the successful model of the European “TBnet” collaboration (www.tb-net.org), ACTnet will engage clinicians and researchers across the two countries to conduct high-quality research of national and international significance. It will provide a platform for individual investigators, within infectious disease, respiratory, public health and other disciplines, to propose and implement multi-centre studies and laboratory collaborations.

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

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

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

Research Project and Survey Requests 

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Paediatric PFT needs assessment

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

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

Survey

Thank you for your time.

Nitin Kapur, Paediatric SIG Convenor

on behalf of 

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

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

 
 

 

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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VOLUME 4.03 MAY 2019

VOLUME 2.01 FEBRUARY 2017

Research Roundup:

February 2017

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Welcome Message

Welcome to 2017 and our first Research Roundup of the new year.

As I emerge briefly from my grant writing, I would like to let everyone know that icare dust diseases care have opened their award round for 2017. They will offer Discovery grants, Translational research grants, and Clinical trial infrastructure support grants. Please see below for more details.

I’d also like to introduce a new feature to the Research Roundup, the Respirology Editor’s Choice. In it you will find links to open access articles from each monthly publication, accompanied with photos of the authors – many of which are TSANZ members.

Lastly, for those of you who have en bloc membership with ERS, the ERS Gold Medalgrants of €50,000 are now available. This award goes to researchers who have made an outstanding contribution in COPD, Asthma, or IPF, and are currently pursuing an active research project in these fields.

I wish you well in your grant writing and preparation for the ASM. 

Enjoy your February Research Roundup,

Prof Phil Hansbro

Chair, Research Sub-Committee

The following articles will take you to thelimbic.com

A watershed moment for COPD research. A genome-wide association study of almost 50,000 people has uncovered 68 high priority genes as targets for future COPD drug development. We find out more from co-author and respiratory physician Professor Alan James, from the University of Western Australia. Read more.

Respiratory infection an ‘under-appreciated’ MI risk. People have a 17-fold increased risk of acute MI within the first seven days of experiencing lower respiratory infection symptoms an Australian study shows. Read more.

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

$1 million response to thunderstorm asthma. In response to the thunderstorm asthma event in Melbourne and Geelong last November, the Victorian Government has pledged $1 million to better understand and help predict the rare phenomenon. Read more.

Lung cancer remains #1 cause of cancer deaths. A report from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare confirms that lung cancer remains Australia’s leading cause of cancer deaths – with over 9,000 deaths from the disease anticipated in 2017. Read more.

Open Awards

 

Watch this space for more award announcements…

Respirology Editor’s Choice

Respirology Issue 22.2

Infant lung function predicts asthma persistence and remission in young adults

By Owens et al. (resp.12901/ RES-16-007.R2)

 

Dr Louisa Owens with Infant Lung Function testing equipment

 

Characteristics, incidence and outcome of patients admitted to intensive care because of pulmonary embolism

By Winterton et al. (resp12881/RES-15-779.R2)

Incidence of pulmonary embolism over time relative to intensive care unit admissions (top) and relative to the overall Australia and New Zealand population (bottom).

 

Respirology Issue 22.1

Ecological study on solid fuel use and pneumonia in young children: A worldwide association

By Accinelli et al. (resp.12865/ RES-16-237.R1)

Illustrative example of indoor biomass pollution and the favourable impact of the installation of a non-polluting stove in Peru.

Malignant pleural fluid from mesothelioma has potent biological activities

By Lee et al. (resp12874/RES-16-044.R1)

From left to right: Prof Gary Lee, Dr Su Lyn Leong, Hui Min Cheah, Dr Sally Lansley and Prof Jenette Creaney at the Harry Perkins Instituteof Medical Research in Perth, Western Australia.

Lungs for Life Grant Bulletin

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

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

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

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

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

Wellcome Trust Technology Transfer Translation Awards – closes 14/04/17
Translation Awards aim to bridge the funding gap in the commercialisation of new technologies in the biomedical area. Current highlight area is Restoring the Body; however projects covering any aspect of technology development from a range of disciplines – including physical, computational and life sciences – will be considered.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Research Project and Survey Requests

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

Dear Colleague

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

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

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

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

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

Kind regards

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

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

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

 

Acceptability and Perceived Benefit of Prehabilitation amongst Thoracic surgeons throughout Australia

Dear TSANZ members

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

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

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

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

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

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

Email: anna.shukla@svha.org.au

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

 
 

 
 

 

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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