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VOLUME 7.06 – JULY 2022

VOLUME 7.06 – JULY 2022

Research Roundup:

July 2022

Welcome Message

Welcome to another issue of Research Roundup. Best of luck to everyone who applied for the recent Medical Research Future Fund grants. I hope you have all caught up on some sleep by now!

Speaking of grants there is a whole host of opportunities listed in this newsletter and quite a few are closing soon. TSANZ has two travel grants closing at the start of August, one for the inaugural TSANZSRS Education Hub, and one for the TSANZSRS NZ Branch ASM. Speaking of the NZ Branch ASM, their new investigator award closes on the 14th of August. Outside of TSANZ Cure4CF’s Holckner Family CF Impact Grant is offering up to $500,000 for Cystic Fibrosis research and this grant closes on the 5th of August. For those working outside of research ELF has grants of up to €1,000 for not-for-profit organisations, patient groups and healthcare professionals closing very soon, on the 31st of July.

In addition, the TSANZSRS ASM abstract linked awards have just opened! Details for these awards are outlined below. In related and exciting news, the value of both the Ann Woolcock New Investigator Award and Janet Elder International Travel Awards have increased to $5k each. A lot of the abstract linked awards are targeted to early-mid career researchers. If you fit into this category and have been thinking about submitting an abstract to TSANZ, you should absolutely consider extending your application to go for one, or even both of these awards at the same time. It may just be the steppingstone that takes you that little bit further along your career path.

The Limbic, Respirology and Respiratory Research Review have some excellent reads, and if you’re after further educational opportunities there are some interesting webinars across the next week. RACP are running a COVID webinar series in July, there’s one more session you can catch on the 28th; “COVID-19: Where to now?”. Next month on the 3rd of August ACTnet running a seminar on TB genomics.

Finally, if you ever find yourself feeling a little deprived of motivation, I strongly suggest a google search for Admiral McRaven’s 2014 commencement speech. He outlines 10 life lessons from his time as a navy seal…no wait, don’t stop reading yet. Seriously. I now have each of these printed on 10 A4 pieces of paper on the wall in my office. He has been and continues to be a source of inspiration for me, and for those of you who may be looking for that little push to open your next grant application template, this may be the productive procrastination activity for you.

As always, happy researching everyone.

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

Open Awards

Thoracic Society Awards

TSANZ NZ Branch ASM 2022 Travel Grant – closing 1st August 2022

TSANZSRS NZ Branch Meeting 2022 New Investigator Award – Abstract Submissions close 14th August 2022

How to participate

Follow the links above to access each award application and follow the instructions online.

Please email the TSANZ Awards Coordinator (TSANZawards@thoracic.org.au) with any questions, comments or enquires.

TSANZSRS Annual Scientific Meeting 2023

Call for Abstracts

On behalf of the Organising Committees, we warmly invite you to attend the Annual Scientific Meeting of The Australia and New Zealand Society of Respiratory Science and The Thoracic Society of Australia and New Zealand. The TSANZSRS 2023 meeting will be held at Te Pae Christchurch Convention Centre from 25th – 28th March 2023 with opportunities to attend pre-conference Postgraduate Courses on Friday 24th March.

TSANZ abstract awards are now open!

For more information regarding the TSANZSRS 2023 ASM and how to apply for the above awards visit https://www.tsanzsrsasm.com/

 

TSANZ Surveys

Help us improve our educational offerings to members and our skill base by completing the below surveys!

TSANZ Methodology Survey

Evidence-based practice skills among members of the TSANZ

The TSANZ is conducting this voluntary survey to identify members who have specific evidence-based practice (EBP) methodology skills to support the production of position statements and clinical practice guidelines by the Society.

We are asking you to fill out a questionnaire, which should take approximately 15 minutes to complete.

The study gives you an opportunity to tell us about:

  • The skills you have to perform specific elements of a systematic review for the development of Society documents
  • Your interest to learn/improve specific skills or share/teach specific skills

Survey link: https://forms.office.com/r/W6SUisW70g

TSANZ Training Needs Analysis Survey

We are asking all members to complete our first-ever Training Needs Analysis Survey regardless of role, profession, or whether you are clinical or not.

This short survey will only take approximately 12 minutes to complete and is a set of multiple-choice questions.

The Thoracic Society is committed to continuing its development of education offerings and strives to improve our learning opportunities and develop education where gaps exist. We will use this data to evaluate all continuous professional development programs and improve our educational offerings.

This training needs analysis survey utilises the Hennessy-Hicks training needs assessment tool (Hennessy D, Hicks C 2011), endorsed by the World Health Organisation. It will provide reliable information about current performance levels and skill areas requiring further development. It is considered best practice for analysing training needs helping to address problems in turning knowledge into action.

The Thoracic Society would like to thank you for taking the time to complete this survey.

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Education Hub Travel Grants

The TSANZ and ANZSRS have established a scheme to assist early-career members to attend the TSANZSRS Education Hub. This is to encourage active participation in the Hub and will be awarded to eligible applicants planning to pursue a career in respiratory medicine or related fields.

The travel grant for the 2022 TSANZSRS Education Hub will be to contribute to travel costs to maximum of AU$250*
* based on individual travel requirements with submitted evidence of costs.

Please click here for more information on the travel grant guidelines and eligibility criteria!

Please click here to register for the TSANZSRS Education Hub!

Respirology – Editor’s Choice

Respirology Issue 27.8 August 2022

Inhalational Exposures in Patients with Fibrotic Interstitial Lung Disease: Presentation, Pulmonary Function, and Survival in the Canadian Registry for Pulmonary Fibrosis

Cathryn T. Lee,Mary E. Strek,Ayodeji Adegunsoye,Alyson W. Wong,Deborah Assayag,Gerard Cox,Charlene D. Fell,Jolene H. Fisher,Andrea S. Gershon,Andrew J. Halayko,Nathan Hambly,Nasreen Khalil,Martin Kolb,Stacey D. Lok,Hélène Manganas,Veronica Marcoux,Julie Morisset,Mohsen Sadatsafavi,Shane Shapera,Teresa To,Pearce Wilcox,Christopher J. Ryerson,Kerri A. Johannson

DOI: 10.1111/resp.14267

 

External Grant Opportunities

European Lung Foundation Healthy Lungs for Life Grants

European Lung Foundation (ELF) is offering grants to support Healthy Lungs for Life activities.

Not-for-profit organisations, patient groups and healthcare professionals can apply for a grant of up to €1,000 to support events and activities that meet one or more of the aims of the Healthy Lungs for Life campaign:

Increase knowledge of the impact of poor air quality on lung health and the actions that everyone can take to reduce air pollution and avoid exposure
Highlight the benefits of quitting smoking
Increase knowledge of the importance of physical activity for lung health
Raise awareness of vaccination to prevent lung infections
This year we also strongly welcome applications linked to the topic of climate change and lung health.

Applications are now open for events focused on World Lung Day and awareness days later in 2022. The closing date for applications is 31 July 2022. To find out more and apply please follow this link.

Cure4 Cystic Fibrosis Foundation National Grant Round

Grant Round Now Open – Holckner Family CF Impact Grant

In 2022 Cure4CF will provide up to $500,000 to advance medical innovations in cystic fibrosis. We prioritise research with a clear translational path that seeks to develop therapies or cures that will result in an increase in average life expectancy of people with cystic fibrosis with consideration given to quality of life. Grant round closes August the 5th at 5pm ACST.

Visit https://www.cure4cf.org/research-grants-2022/ to find out more

Merck Investigator Studies Program (MISP): SARS CoV-2/COVID-19 Investigator Initiated Grants

Effective January 2022, the Merck Investigator Studies Program Review Committee (MISP-RC) for SARS CoV-2/COVID-19 TREATMENT will accept FUNDING ONLY, PRECLINICAL, and CLINICAL, NON-INTERVENTIONAL, submissions within our current areas of interest (AOI). This is a competitive review process that will be conducted by the MISP Review Committee. Decisions will be made on the basis of scientific merit and strategic fit within the AOI. Please review the critical activities and abide by the timelines as outlined below. Clinical, interventional/treatment AOIs will be added at an upcoming date; until then any submission for use of molnupiravir in a treatment or prophylaxis study WILL NOT be reviewed. The following areas are of interest to Investigator Studies Program Committee:

  • In vitro studies to assess the antiviral activity of NHC against RNA viruses of human significance
  • Proof of concept studies demonstrating the antiviral activity and mechanism of action of molnupiravir in validated animal models of zoonotic RNA viral infections
  • In vitro or animal studies to assess the development and mechanism of viral resistance to NHC/molnupiravir by RNA viruses of human significance
  • In vitro or animal studies to assess the relationship between the number and type of accumulated errors in the viral genome and impact on viral infectivity
  • Studies that may validate a standardized definition for post-acute SARS-COV2 (PASC) or long-COVID
  • Studies that may provide clinical or biomarker predictors of infection severity in COVID-19 in children (<18 yr olds)
  • Studies that may better characterize moderate/severe breakthrough infections and/or provide predictors of severe COVID-19 in high risk vaccinated populations such as the elderly, transplant recipients (solid organ or allogeneic stem cell transplant) and other immunocompromised/immunosuppressed patient populations, persons with BMI >30, DM, cardiopulmonary disease, and/or BIPOC, LatinX, native peoples.

Please complete the corresponding preclinical or clinical PROTOCOL and BUDGET templates via the Company’s on-line study management system (in US) or your MSD country representative (outside US). The submissions will be collectively reviewed and selected by the MISP Committee.

https://engagezone.msd.com/SARS_Cov-2_COVID-19.php

Review Cycle 3: August 24, 2022

If you would like more information, or are interested in submitting a proposal related to an area of interest please email mandeep.sembi@msd.com

Surveys and Research

Perspectives on Telehealth for the care of patients with Interstitial Lung Disease (ILD)

We are recruiting health professionals who are involved in the care of patients with Interstitial lung disease (ILD) to participate in this research project. Telehealth for ILD provides an opportunity to improve access to healthcare for patients. Its use has rapidly increased during the COVID-19 pandemic, however there is still a high level of dissatisfaction with telehealth amongst both patients with ILD and healthcare professionals. This study will help us to understand the opinions and experiences of patients with ILD, their caregivers and health professionals of using telehealth in the management of ILD, and ways in which the model can be improved.

Participation in the study will involve taking part in one interview, either in person, over the phone or via zoom. If you are interested in participating or would like further information on this study, please contact:
Dr Sheetal Deshpande
Phone: 03 9903 0214
Email: sheetal.deshpande1@monash.edu

SINFONIA Singing for breathing trial

SINFONIA is a multi-site, online singing for breathing trial for people with COPD or ILD and their caregivers. This study is led by a research team at Monash University (A/Prof Natasha Smallwood) and aims to investigate if group singing classes assist with improvement in symptom management and overall wellbeing. The trial is not just limited to people in Victoria, as people from around Australia can be referred or self-refer to take part. In case you are interested in telling your patients about the study, the eligibility criteria are:

  • Patients aged over 18 with a confirmed diagnosis of COPD or ILD on lung function (within last 2 years) or CT (last 5 years)
  • Stable on treatment for at least 4 weeks (i.e. no new or changed cardiorespiratory medications or hospital admissions for COPD or ILD)
  • Breathless: mMRC ≥ 2
  • NOT currently participating in pulmonary rehabilitation
  • Capable and willing to give informed consent
  • Carers aged over 18 years may also participate

Participants in the online singing group will attend a 90-minute online group singing session once a week, for 12 weeks. People randomised to the control group (delayed entry) will be offered to join the singing sessions after 3 months.

Patients or clinicians can refer by contacting our team’s research assistant Catherine Buchan: c.buchan@alfred.org.au.

Views of healthcare professionals on smoking cessation options project

Are you a health professional who provides smoking cessation advice to the people you see?

Researchers at The University of Queensland are seeking health practitioners for research exploring smoking cessation treatment in a changing regulatory environment. Participation involves a 30 minute interview about your experiences and views on smoking cessation options.

This project is led by Dr Kylie Morphett at the UQ School of Public Health and you can find out more and register your interest here: https://tobacco-endgame.centre.uq.edu.au/our-research/views-healthcare-professionals-smoking-cessation-options-project

We need healthcare professionals involved in pulmonary rehabilitation to complete our online survey

Researchers from the University of Newcastle are conducting an online survey study to better understand current pulmonary rehabilitation programme practices for prescribing exercise intensity for people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). We want to know:
1) How exercise intensity is commonly prescribed; and
2) How the availability of different resources influences current practices around prescription of exercise intensity.

You are eligible to complete the online survey if you have knowledge of how the exercise training is prescribed for people with COPD who attend the pulmonary rehabilitation programme where you work. If this is not your area of expertise, you may forward this study information on to a healthcare provider who would be best placed to complete the survey on behalf of your pulmonary rehabilitation programme.

Participation in this study involves completing a one-off online survey. It is estimated that this survey will take 20-30 minutes to complete. You do not need to complete the survey in one session. You can save it and come back to it later. We will not ask you to enter any information that identifies you or the pulmonary rehabilitation programme where you work.
You can find more information about the survey, and complete the survey, by clicking on this link: https://redcap.hmri.org.au/surveys/?s=989TJJH4NETCY7LY

We are also conducting a parallel survey of people with COPD. If you could please help to distribute this to people who are living with COPD and attend, or have attended, your pulmonary rehabilitation programme, that would be much appreciated. The study information and flyer (with the COPD survey link) that can be sent to people with COPD, can be found by clicking this link: COPD survey (https://1drv.ms/u/s!Ar_gKTMrKI41gWHGMFe57HUfd8p_?e=KBKyxg)
Please contact the lead researcher, Dr Hayley Lewthwaite (hayley.lewthwaite@newcastle.edu.au), if you have any questions about
the online surveys.

Climate Change and Health – WA Healthcare Professionals Survey

The University of Western Australia and Department of Health WA are interested in your views on climate change and health. The information gathered through this project will be used to develop public health messaging and resources for both community and health professionals.

All WA healthcare professionals and healthcare workers with direct client or patient care contact are encouraged to participate. The survey is open from 18 July 2022 to 15 August 2022 and can be accessed online at https://consultation.health.wa.gov.au/pahd-sdu/climate-change-and-health/, and will take approximately fifteen minutes to complete.

Queries can be directed to Sarah Joyce at the Western Australia Department of Health, via email at sarah.joyce@health.wa.gov.au, or by phone on (08) 9222 4017.

LFA COVID-19 Survey

Lung Foundation Australia (LFA) are currently running a survey to gain an understanding of how COVID-19 has impacted Australians and what healthcare, information and support may be needed to help people manage ongoing symptoms. If you’ve had COVID-19 or cared for someone who has, LFA would love to hear your experience by completing this 5-10 minute survey. Completing the survey will put you in the running to win a $150 Visa gift card!

Even if you haven’t had COVID-19, you can share your experience on the government response during the pandemic and the impact of the pandemic on your access to healthcare.

Webinars and Seminars

RACP COVID-19

The RACP COVID-19 Expert Reference Group invites you to attend the upcoming July COVID webinar series.

The RACP have hosted a number of COVID-19 webinar series over the past couple of years in order to inform doctors about important COVID-19 matters, discuss key information and share learnings. We have a great line-up of panellists detailed below and are looking forward to some really engaging discussions.

Please register via the link to attend: REGISTRATION LINK

CALL FOR WEBINAR QUESTIONS – 28 JULY

Do you have any burning questions that you would like us to ask at the webinars? Please send them through to COVIDERG@racp.edu.au.

COVID-19: Where to now?

Thursday 28 July, 6pm-7.30pm AEST / 8pm-9.30pm NZST

This webinar will provide attendees with an understanding of some of the lessons learned though the COVID-19 pandemic and how they might be applied moving forward. The webinar will be in the format of an open panel discussion to guided questions as well as Q&A from webinar attendees.

Hosted by:
Dr Susan Graham, rehabilitation physician and Chair of the RACP COVID-19 Expert Reference Group
Associate Professor Asha Bowen, Head, Skin Health Wesfarmers Centre for Vaccines and Infectious Diseases, Telethon Kids Institute and member of the RACP COVID-19 Expert Reference Group

Expert panellists include:
Professor Paul Kelly, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health
Professor Christopher Blyth, Director, Wesfarmers Centre of Vaccines and Infectious Diseases; Paediatric Infectious Diseases Physician and Clinical Microbiologist
Professor John Massie, Respiratory Physician and Clinical Director, Children’s Bioethics Centre, Royal Children’s Hospital
Dr Paresh Dawda, General Practitioner, Director and Principal Prestantia Health and Next Practice Canberra
Helen Kulas, NSW Respiratory Network Manager
Professor Peter Wark, Senior Staff Specialist – Respiratory and Sleep Medicine, John Hunter Hospital; Co-Chair NSW Respiratory Network

ACTnet TB Genomics Seminar

Whole genome sequencing of Mycobacterium tuberculsosis is increasingly being
implemented for antimicrobial resistance prediction and transmission surveillance. Join us as our expert panellists discuss the application of this technology for TB control.

When: 3rd August 2022
Time: 1200pm-1330pm (AEST)
Register: Here

Speakers

Dr Chris Coulter, QLD MRL – Topic: Introduction TB to Genomics
Dr Chris Coulter is a Microbiologist, the Chair of TB Expert Advisory Group for Tuberculosis in Queensland, and the Director of the Queensland Mycobacterium Reference Laboratory

Dr Norelle Sherry – Topic: Implementation of TB Genomics for Antimicriobial Resistance Prediction and Public Health
Dr Norelle Sherry is an Infectious Diseases Physician & Clinical Microbiologist, co-appointed at MDU-PHL and Austin Health, with a special interest in antimicrobial resistance (AMR). She is also a clinician-researcher, investigating the use of genomics for surveillance of antimicrobial resistance in multiple different settings, and translation of genomics from the research lab into clinical use.

Prof Vitali Sintchenko – Topic: Case Studies in TB Genomics
Professor Vitali Sintchenko is a leading public health microbiologist and informatician who conducts research on biosurveillance of communicable diseases. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia and the Australian College of Health Informatics. As the Director of CIDM-Public Health (a translational research hub funded by NSW Health), he leads a public health and diagnostic microbiology team working toward improving laboratory and epidemiological. investigations of communicable diseases.

TBPod

The TBPod are podcasts designed for clinicians and policymakers with an interest tuberculosis. These podcasts consist of conversations with expert clinicians, researchers, policy makers and advocates about their work in the field of tuberculosis. The TBPod is prepared by ACTnet and the TB Forum and can be found on ITunes, Spotify, and the ACTnet Website.

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Can you help TSANZ make a difference?

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

1. Making a donation to our Benevolent Fund

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

2. Making a donation to support research

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

3. Establishing a named award

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

4. Leave TSANZ a gift in your will

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

5. TSANZ New Zealand Branch Incorporated 

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

Thank you for your continued support of TSANZ.

VOLUME 7.06 – JULY 2022

VOLUME 7.05 – JUNE 2022

Research Roundup:

June 2022

Welcome Message

Welcome to the June issue of TSANZ Research Round up. First up, I’ve got some questions for you to think about. What do you need to make your funding applications more competitive? Is there a gap in your skills, knowledge base, network, or something else, but you just can’t find a way to fill it? Is there some training that you would really like to get, but can’t find a course or person able to provide it? TSANZ wants to fix these problems for you, but we can’t do that unless you tell us what your needs are.

To do this, please fill out the training needs analysis survey, which should take around 12-minutes and can be accessed here. Big thank you to everyone who has already completed this survey. So that we can provide all our members with the best and most tailored support possible, we need to get at least 300 people to complete this survey, but so far, we have about 100. Thank you to everyone who has already done this. It’s very much appreciated. Would you mind asking anyone and everyone around you to also fill this out? If you like, you could even try and skew the data by having everyone you know request the same training needs, to try and get TSANZ to deliver the support you need first. On that note, Graham, John, Anne, and Hannah, no need to re-read that last sentence or look closer into submissions from my network; Nothing to see here.

While we’re on the topic of training, early bird registration is now open for the inaugural TSANZSRS Education Hub. This is an exciting opportunity for a much needed in-person event, running in Sydney from the 14-15th of October. Yes, you read that right, IN PERSON! There will be a host of workshops to choose from, including sessions to help build skills in crafting successful grant applications and how to get your research published in high quality journals. Of course, one of the biggest benefits of an in-person gathering will be facilitated through the Friday night networking event. Providing an opportunity to reconnect in person with distant colleagues and begin to explore new associations among members with shared interests.

In some other exciting news, a big congratulations to all recipients of Lung Foundation Australia’s Hope Research Fund Grants, and to our members who have been successful with NHMRC Clinical Trials and Cohort Studies Grants. It is fantastic to see this essential respiratory research being supported through competitive grants and awards. Speaking of successes, we would love to help celebrate any of your recent achievements with the broader TSANZ membership by sharing the news in future editions of the research roundup. Instructions on how to do this are provided below.

As usual there are some excellent reads from the Research Review, and Respirology has a special issue focused on occupational lung health. Cure4CF’s Holckner Family CF Impact Grant has just opened, with up to $500,000 is available for Cystic Fibrosis research seeking to develop therapies and cures for the disease. Recruitment is being sought for patients with COPD or ILD for SINFONIA, a singing for breathing trial, and views from healthcare professionals within three different studies. If you have a minute to spare, please help support fellow TSANZ members by contributing to their research.

Finally, some inspirational words to end this edition of research round-up come from anonymous “Not all storms come to disrupt your life, some come to clear your path”.

Happy researching everyone.

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

TSANZ Training Needs Analysis Survey

We are asking all members to complete our first-ever Training Needs Analysis Survey regardless of role, profession, or whether you are clinical or not.

This short survey will only take approximately 12 minutes to complete and is a set of multiple-choice questions.

The Thoracic Society is committed to continuing its development of education offerings and strives to improve our learning opportunities and develop education where gaps exist. We will use this data to evaluate all continuous professional development programs and improve our educational offerings.

This training needs analysis survey utilises the Hennessy-Hicks training needs assessment tool (Hennessy D, Hicks C 2011), endorsed by the World Health Organisation. It will provide reliable information about current performance levels and skill areas requiring further development. It is considered best practice for analysing training needs helping to address problems in turning knowledge into action.

The Thoracic Society would like to thank you for taking the time to complete this survey.

Open Awards

Thoracic Society Awards

TSANZ NZ Branch ASM 2022 Travel Grant – closing 1st August 2022

How to participate

Follow the links above to access each award application and follow the instructions online.

Please email the TSANZ Awards Coordinator (TSANZawards@thoracic.org.au) with any questions, comments or enquires.

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TSANZ Education Hub

Registrations are now open for the inaugural TSANZSRS Education Hub on 14-15 October 2022, at Rydges World Square, Sydney.

There will be a wide range of workshops, courses and skills sessions available to choose from, including research skills updates, such as how to craft successful research grant and funding applications, and writing research outcomes for publication.

To view the programme, please visit the Education Hub website.

Of course, there will also be an opportunity to reconnect with colleagues from across Australia and New Zealand at the networking function on the evening of Friday 14th October.

All programme content will be recorded and made available to delegates for 6-months after the Education Hub, giving you access to the entire program, regardless of which sessions you attend at the time.

Register before 4th August 2022 and receive the early bird rate.

We look forward to welcoming you to the TSANZSRS Education Hub in October.

 

Open Request for TSANZ Member Achievements

TSANZ would like to invite members to share their achievements. One of TSANZ Strategic Objectives is to raise the profile of the respiratory research workforce in Australia and New Zealand, especially those who are TSANZ members. As part of this we would like to share member success in our monthly Research Roundup.

Examples of achievements we would like to hear about are:

  • Receipt of major grants, such as grants from the Medical Research Future Fund or the National Health and Medical Research Council
  • Receipt of major honours, such as those from the Order of Australia
  • Notable recent journal publication
  • Completion of a PhD

Please send notification of these achievements to TSANZawards@thoracic.org.au, along with a short blurb (2-3 sentences) about your achievement for us to share. If applicable please include documentation of your achievement, and, if you would like, provide a photo of yourself. Please also share with us success of your fellow TSANZ members!

TSANZ Members awarded the Lung Foundation Australia’s Hope Research Fund 2022 Grant

At the recent Hope Research Fund lunch on 2 June, 13 exceptional researchers from around the country will be awarded $876k in grants, in several different research areas, including asthma, bronchiectasis, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), Interstitial Lung Disease (ILD), and lung cancer. 

Huge congratulations to our talented TSANZ members, 
Lung Foundation Australia – Ludwig Engel Research Grant: Dr. Hayley Scott
Lung Foundation Australia Andrew Harrison Bronchiectasis Fellowship: Prof. Julie Marchant
Lung Foundation Australia John Farrell COPD Fellowship: Dr. Narelle Cox
Lung Foundation Australia – Boehringer Ingelheim Fellowship in COPD: Dr. Arwel Jones
Lung Foundation Australia – Better Breathing Foundation PhD Scholarship in Chronic Lung Disease (full): Mrs. Jessica Walsh
Lung Foundation Australia -Ivan Cash Research Grant: Dr. Sheetal Deshpande
Lung Foundation Australia – Lizotte Family Research Grant: Dr. Peter Bell
PACT Grant-In-Aid: Dr Hayley Barnes and Dr Ryan Hoy
CREATE Hope Fellowship (scientific): Dr Gang Liu
CREATE Hope Fellowship (clinical): Dr Ingrid Cox
LUCAP PhD Topup: Dr Jess Nash

The Hope Research Fund aims to not only invest in discovering scientific breakthroughs but bring new hope to millions of Australians impacted by lung disease and lung cancer. 

Lung Foundation Australia Launched the Hope Research Fund last year with the vision of creating Australia’s leading national long-term commitment to fund life-changing lung disease and cancer research, which is severely underfunded. 

With a goal of raising $50 million by 2030, the Hope Research Fund relies heavily on the generosity of Gifts in Wills to fund this life changing research. 

TSANZ Members Success with NHMRC Grant Funding

TSANZ wishes to extend our congratulations to the TSANZ Members who were awarded NHMRC Clinical Trials and Cohort Studies Grants. Over $75.3 million in funding was granted to support 33 clinical trials and cohort studies. It was excellent to see some of this go towards respiratory research. 

Professor Gregory Fox, from the University of Sydney was awarded $4.77 million for The FLIRT-TB study: A fluoroquinolone-based regimen to treat the commonest form of drug-resistant tuberculosis. From Professor Fox; “Tuberculosis (TB) is an infectious respiratory disease affecting 10 million people each year worldwide. Resistance to isoniazid, one of the most important first-line antibiotics used to treat TB, leads to increased mortality and more advanced drug resistance. We will undertake the first clinical trial to evaluate the effectiveness of new-generation fluoroquinolones antibiotics in treating isoniazid-resistant TB. This trial will be conducted in Australia, Vietnam and Canada.”

Dr Danielle Wurzel, from the University of Melbourne was awarded $3.72 million for Translatable Evidence To Improve Lung Health Outcomes In First Nations People – A Cohort Study From Birth to 6 Years. From Dr Wurzel; “First Nations children have unacceptably high rates of lung disease which means poorer adult health. Our project, co-designed with Aboriginal researchers, scientists and clinicians, will address the disproportionate burden of lung disease in First Nations People. Through a birth cohort study of First Nations People we will evaluate a range of exposures and biomarkers for lung health indicators to identify high-risk children. This research will inform interventions to prevent early-onset chronic lung diseases and will assist clinicians, researchers and policy makers in our shared vision to Close the Gap. Other TSANZ members who are Chief investigators on this project are Prof Shyamali Dharmage (UoM), Prof Anne Chang (QUT), Prof Paul Robinson (UoS), (QIMR) and Dr Gabrielle McCallum (Menzies).”

Associate Professor Adrian Lowe, from the University of Melbourne was awarded $7.56 million of Testing an implementable strategy to improve infant skin barrier to prevent asthma and preserve lung function: a 4-year follow-up of the existing PEBBLES RCT. From Associate Professor Lowe; “Childhood asthma is a major public health problem worldwide, and poor lung function in childhood increases the risk of chronic adult lung disease and early death. There are currently limited strategies to prevent children developing asthma and early lung function deficits. It has been hypothesised that impaired skin barrier in early life can increase risk of allergic sensitisation and asthma.  In this follow-on study of our large NHMRC funded trial, we will test if an intervention to improve skin barrier can reduce early life asthma and lung function deficits.”

External Grant Opportunities

Cure4 Cystic Fibrosis Foundation National Grant Round

Grant Round Now Open – Holckner Family CF Impact Grant

In 2022 Cure4CF will provide up to $500,000 to advance medical innovations in cystic fibrosis. We prioritise research with a clear translational path that seeks to develop therapies or cures that will result in an increase in average life expectancy of people with cystic fibrosis with consideration given to quality of life. Grant round closes August the 5th at 5pm ACST.

Visit https://www.cure4cf.org/research-grants-2022/ to find out more

Merck Investigator Studies Program (MISP): SARS CoV-2/COVID-19 Investigator Initiated Grants

Effective January 2022, the Merck Investigator Studies Program Review Committee (MISP-RC) for SARS CoV-2/COVID-19 TREATMENT will accept FUNDING ONLY, PRECLINICAL, and CLINICAL, NON-INTERVENTIONAL, submissions within our current areas of interest (AOI). This is a competitive review process that will be conducted by the MISP Review Committee. Decisions will be made on the basis of scientific merit and strategic fit within the AOI. Please review the critical activities and abide by the timelines as outlined below. Clinical, interventional/treatment AOIs will be added at an upcoming date; until then any submission for use of molnupiravir in a treatment or prophylaxis study WILL NOT be reviewed. The following areas are of interest to Investigator Studies Program Committee:

  • In vitro studies to assess the antiviral activity of NHC against RNA viruses of human significance
  • Proof of concept studies demonstrating the antiviral activity and mechanism of action of molnupiravir in validated animal models of zoonotic RNA viral infections
  • In vitro or animal studies to assess the development and mechanism of viral resistance to NHC/molnupiravir by RNA viruses of human significance
  • In vitro or animal studies to assess the relationship between the number and type of accumulated errors in the viral genome and impact on viral infectivity
  • Studies that may validate a standardized definition for post-acute SARS-COV2 (PASC) or long-COVID
  • Studies that may provide clinical or biomarker predictors of infection severity in COVID-19 in children (<18 yr olds)
  • Studies that may better characterize moderate/severe breakthrough infections and/or provide predictors of severe COVID-19 in high risk vaccinated populations such as the elderly, transplant recipients (solid organ or allogeneic stem cell transplant) and other immunocompromised/immunosuppressed patient populations, persons with BMI >30, DM, cardiopulmonary disease, and/or BIPOC, LatinX, native peoples.

Please complete the corresponding preclinical or clinical PROTOCOL and BUDGET templates via the Company’s on-line study management system (in US) or your MSD country representative (outside US). The submissions will be collectively reviewed and selected by the MISP Committee.

https://engagezone.msd.com/SARS_Cov-2_COVID-19.php

Review Cycle 2: May 26, 2022

Review Cycle 3: August 24, 2022

If you would like more information, or are interested in submitting a proposal related to an area of interest please email mandeep.sembi@msd.com

Surveys and Research

SINFONIA Singing for breathing trial

SINFONIA is a multi-site, online singing for breathing trial for people with COPD or ILD and their caregivers. This study is led by a research team at Monash University (A/Prof Natasha Smallwood) and aims to investigate if group singing classes assist with improvement in symptom management and overall wellbeing. The trial is not just limited to people in Victoria, as people from around Australia can be referred or self-refer to take part. In case you are interested in telling your patients about the study, the eligibility criteria are:

  • Patients aged over 18 with a confirmed diagnosis of COPD or ILD on lung function (within last 2 years) or CT (last 5 years)
  • Stable on treatment for at least 4 weeks (i.e. no new or changed cardiorespiratory medications or hospital admissions for COPD or ILD)
  • Breathless: mMRC ≥ 2
  • NOT currently participating in pulmonary rehabilitation
  • Capable and willing to give informed consent
  • Carers aged over 18 years may also participate

Participants in the online singing group will attend a 90-minute online group singing session once a week, for 12 weeks. People randomised to the control group (delayed entry) will be offered to join the singing sessions after 3 months.

Patients or clinicians can refer by contacting our team’s research assistant Catherine Buchan: c.buchan@alfred.org.au.

Physiotherapy and exercise management of patients undergoing thoracic surgery across the continuum

This research project is aiming to describe the current practices of exercise health professionals (e.g., physiotherapy, exercise physiology, allied health assistants) when assessing and managing patients undergoing thoracic surgery for lung cancer across all phases of the treatment continuum (pre-operative to 12 months post-operative).  

You are invited to participate in this project if you are a registered exercise health professional working with people with lung cancer undergoing thoracic surgery across the continuum of care, including pre-operative, post-operative acute, and community/outpatient programs (e.g., pulmonary rehabilitation and/or oncology rehabilitation).  On completion of this survey, you will be given the opportunity to enter the draw to win a new Apple iPad. 

The survey will close on July 22nd.

To complete the survey and to read the Plain Language Statement please visit https://bit.ly/thoracicsurgsurvey.

For further information, please contact A/Professor Catherine Granger Catherine.Granger@unimelb.edu.au or Georgina Whish-Wilson gwhishwilson@student.unimelb.edu.au.

Views of healthcare professionals on smoking cessation options project

Are you a health professional who provides smoking cessation advice to the people you see?

Researchers at The University of Queensland are seeking health practitioners for research exploring smoking cessation treatment in a changing regulatory environment. Participation involves a 30 minute interview about your experiences and views on smoking cessation options.

This project is led by Dr Kylie Morphett at the UQ School of Public Health and you can find out more and register your interest here: https://tobacco-endgame.centre.uq.edu.au/our-research/views-healthcare-professionals-smoking-cessation-options-project

We need healthcare professionals involved in pulmonary rehabilitation to complete our online survey

Researchers from the University of Newcastle are conducting an online survey study to better understand current pulmonary rehabilitation programme practices for prescribing exercise intensity for people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). We want to know:
1) How exercise intensity is commonly prescribed; and
2) How the availability of different resources influences current practices around prescription of exercise intensity.

You are eligible to complete the online survey if you have knowledge of how the exercise training is prescribed for people with COPD who attend the pulmonary rehabilitation programme where you work. If this is not your area of expertise, you may forward this study information on to a healthcare provider who would be best placed to complete the survey on behalf of your pulmonary rehabilitation programme.

Participation in this study involves completing a one-off online survey. It is estimated that this survey will take 20-30 minutes to complete. You do not need to complete the survey in one session. You can save it and come back to it later. We will not ask you to enter any information that identifies you or the pulmonary rehabilitation programme where you work.
You can find more information about the survey, and complete the survey, by clicking on this link: https://redcap.hmri.org.au/surveys/?s=989TJJH4NETCY7LY

We are also conducting a parallel survey of people with COPD. If you could please help to distribute this to people who are living with COPD and attend, or have attended, your pulmonary rehabilitation programme, that would be much appreciated. The study information and flyer (with the COPD survey link) that can be sent to people with COPD, can be found by clicking this link: COPD survey (https://1drv.ms/u/s!Ar_gKTMrKI41gWHGMFe57HUfd8p_?e=KBKyxg)
Please contact the lead researcher, Dr Hayley Lewthwaite (hayley.lewthwaite@newcastle.edu.au), if you have any questions about
the online surveys.

TBPod

The TBPod are podcasts designed for clinicians and policymakers with an interest tuberculosis. These podcasts consist of conversations with expert clinicians, researchers, policy makers and advocates about their work in the field of tuberculosis. The TBPod is prepared by ACTnet and the TB Forum and can be found on ITunes, Spotify, and the ACTnet Website.

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Can you help TSANZ make a difference?

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

1. Making a donation to our Benevolent Fund

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

2. Making a donation to support research

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

3. Establishing a named award

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

4. Leave TSANZ a gift in your will

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

5. TSANZ New Zealand Branch Incorporated 

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

Thank you for your continued support of TSANZ.

VOLUME 7.06 – JULY 2022

VOLUME 5.01 – FEBRUARY 2020

Research Roundup:

February 2020

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Welcome Message

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

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

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

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

Enjoy the February edition of your research roundup.

Prof Sandra Hodge

Chair, Research Sub-Committee

TSANZ ASM Carer’s Grant

 

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

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

Closing date: Friday 28 February 2020

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

For more information click here.

Respirology – Editor’s Choice 

Respirology Issue 25.2 February 2019

 

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

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

 

 

DOI: 10.1111/resp.13662

 

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

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

 

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

DOI: 10.1111/resp.13609

Workshops and Conferences

 

 

Can you help TSANZ make a difference?
 

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

1. Making a donation to our Benevolent Fund

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

2. Making a donation to support research

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

3. Establishing a named award

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

4. Leave TSANZ a gift in your will

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

5. TSANZ New Zealand Branch Incorporated 

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

Thank you for your continued support of TSANZ

VOLUME 7.06 – JULY 2022

VOLUME 3.02 MARCH 2018

Research Roundup:

March 2018

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Welcome Message

March – the month of NHMRC project grant submissions and the TSANZSRS18. We hope that all grants where submitted smoothly yesterday. Please take a moment to register for the conference!

We would like to highlight that this year we will be holding the inaugural Respiratory Research Excellence Awards which you are all invited to and encouraged to attend. Please join us and show your support and thanks to your colleagues, collaborators, and our sponsors. This session is in lieu of all ASM Awards sessions which have previously occurred over the duration of the conference, thus allowing more time in the program for research presentations, discussion and collaboration. Due to this change, SIG awards will be announced following the ASM by the TSANZ Central Office.

We wish you all the best in your preparation. See you in Adelaide.

Enjoy the March edition of your research roundup.

Prof Phil Hansbro

Prof Sandra Hodge

Co-Chairs, Research Sub-Committee

 

 

Open Awards

Vertex Cystic Fibrosis Research Awards

Lung Foundation Australia / A Menarini Pty Ltd 2018 Travel Awards

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 Issue 23.3 – Editor’s Choice

Short-term respiratory effects of e-cigarettes in healthy individuals and smokers with asthma

Andreas S. Lappas, Anna S. Tzortzi, Efstathia M. Konstantinidi, Stephanie I. Teloniatis, Chara K. Tzavara, Sofia A. Gennimata, Nikolaos G. Koulouris, Panagiotis K. Behrakis

DOI: 10.1111/resp.13180

 

The Greek study team at the George D. Behrakis RESEARCH LAB in Athens. From left to right – seated: Panagiotis K Behrakis, Anna Tzortzi and Nikolaos G Koulouris ; standing: Chara K Tzavara, Stephanie I Teloniatis, Sofia A Gennimata, Efstathia Konstantinidi and Andreas Lappas.

 

Unfavourable outcome of glucocorticoid treatment in suspected idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis

Ivo A. Wiertz, Wim A. Wuyts, Coline H.M. van Moorsel, Adriane D.M. Vorselaars, Hendrik W. van Es,

Matthijs F.M. van Oosterhout, Jan C. Grutters

DOI: 10.1111/resp.13230

 

Unfavourable outcome of prednisone treatment in possible idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis patients

Medical Research Future Fund Grants

The Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF) is providing grants of financial assistance to support health and medical research and innovation, with the objective of improving the health and wellbeing of Australians.

The MRFF Low Survival Cancers and Diseases (LSCD) Grant Opportunity opened on  the 7th of March 2018 and will close at 5pm AEST on Wednesday 18 April 2018.

TSANZ is willing to partner with members on suitable (subject to review) MRFF projects, offering in-kind support by way of:

  • providing guidance in meeting the requirements of the grant
  • assistance in review of progress and data
  • promotion of the trial among members
  • meeting support for investigators
  • access to a conference call system (video or teleconference)
  • access to a venue for face to face meetings

Please contact hayley.see@thoracic.org.au to discuss partnership possibilities.

The Children’s Hospital at Westmead: CF Research Funding

Funding is available for new or existing projects in paediatric Cystic Fibrosis to be conducted at the Children’s Hospital at Westmead. Application form Deadline: 23rd March, 2018 5pm AEDT.

For more information contact peter.cooper@health.nsw.gov.au

Research Project and Survey Requests

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)

 

‘Usual’ antenatal asthma management

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

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

Ethics approval has been granted for this study (NSW HREC Reference No: HREC/16/HNE/394).  All responses will be anonymous and confidential. Further information about the project and request for consent is outlined once you click on the survey link. If you have any questions regarding this research, please do not hesitate to contact Vanessa Murphy at Vanessa.Murphy@newcastle.edu.au or Karen McLaughlin on 0425277200.

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

https://redcap.hmri.org.au/surveys/?s=NR78PWYW49

Thank you,

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

Australian Lung Cancer Conference

 

 

Register to hear the latest evidence-based information on the impact of immune-oncology, ALK, EGFR and ROS 1, staging of lung cancer, managing toxicity, stigma and survivorship and surgery.

The program features international speakers including:

  • A/Prof Marianne Davies, Acute Nurse Practitioner, Yale University School of Nursing
  • Dr Hisao Asamura, Thoracic Surgeon, Tokyo National Cancer Centre Hospital
  • Dr Jose Belderbos, Radiation Oncologist, Netherlands Cancer Institute
  • A/Prof Justin Gainor, Medical Oncologist, Massachusetts General Hospital
  • Prof Tony Mok, Medical Oncologist, Chinese University of Hong Kong
  • Prof Thomas Lynch, Medical Oncologist, Yale Cancer Centre.

Click here for the full program. Please note: this is currently being updated.

Industry Sponsored Symposiums

Seven Industry Sponsored Symposiums will be hosted as part of the ALCC including:

  • Pfizer evening symposium – Thursday 5 April
  • AstraZeneca morning symposium – Friday 6 April
  • Roche lunch symposium – Friday 6 April
  • BMS evening symposium – Friday 6 April
  • Slater and Gordon evening symposium – Friday 6 April
  • MSD morning symposium – Saturday 7 April
  • Roche-Foundation Medicine lunch symposium – Saturday 7 April

When registering be sure to select the industry sponsored symposium you would like to attend. If you would like to amend your registration to change or include these, please email Amelia Parsons via ameliap@lungfoundation.com.au

Australia New Zealand Lung Cancer Nurses Forum (ANZ-LCNF) Workshop

The workshop will be held on Thursday 5 April featuring international nurse speaker A/Prof Marianne Davies. Key topics include:

  • Importance of understanding biomarkers
  • Immunotherapy from the nurses perspective
  • Targeted therapies
  • Self-care for health care professionals
  • The latest in mesothelioma

Faculty of Radiation Oncology Lung Interest Cooperative (FROLIC) Workshop
Join the FROLIC committee for the first workshop at the Australian Lung Cancer Conference, featuring international radiation oncologist Dr Jose Beldebos. Topics include:

  • Thoracic radiotherapy for Stage I-III small cell lung cancer
  • Future directions for radiation therapy in Stage III non-small cell lung cancer
  • Future directions for SABR in Stage I non-small cell lung cancer

Click Here to Register Now

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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VOLUME 7.06 – JULY 2022

VOLUME 2.4 MAY 2017

Research Roundup:

May  2017

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Welcome Message

This edition of the Research Roundup is full of open awards which are quite varied in who and what they support. However, I would like to highlight the Lungs for Life Research Awards, which are seed grants purely to support respiratory research. We want these grants to support the generation of data which can be used for larger projects in the future. Research proposals for the Lungs for Life Research Awards may come from any area of respiratory medicine, however preference will be given to research into early lung development, lung cancer, and respiratory infectious disease, as they are the current priorities of this strategic project. These awards are an exciting opportunity and not to be missed.

For those of you heading off to the Congress of the American Thoracic Society, please make sure you drop into the TSANZ stand. Our CEO, Tanya will be on site and will welcome any visitors! I will also be there and hope to see you there enjoying the latest in respiratory research.

Enjoy the May edition of your research roundup.

Prof Phil Hansbro

Chair, Research Sub-Committee

The following articles will take you to thelimbic.com

Final thunderstorm asthma report needs to be broader. The final report on the emergency response to the unprecedented thunderstorm asthma event that affected thousands of people in Victoria last year demonstrates commitment to preventing similar events but needs to be broader, an expert says. Read More.

Integrity of large international trials in question. Large international randomised controlled trials, the cornerstone of modern medicine, are in big trouble. Read More.

Euthanasia debate killing the bigger picture. The persistent media and political focus on euthanasia has skewed the debate about end of life issues and diverted attention away from adequately resourcing palliative care services that would benefit many more people, an expert says. Read More.

Steroids risky in the short-term. A BMJ study that found an up to five-fold increased risk in fractures, blood clots and sepsis with short-term use of oral steroids is a wakeup call for clinicians to consider whether their use is evidence-based for the problem they’re treating. Read More.

Death by air pollution. Long-term exposure to fine air particles caused 4.2 million deaths and over 103 million lost years of healthy life in 2015, a global report of pollution levels over a quarter of a century shows. Read More.

Australian study most influential respiratory paper. The study has been highlighted by the American College of Physicians as one of the most influential studies in respiratory medicine to be published last year. Read More.

Open Awards

Thoracic Society Awards

TSANZ NZ Branch ASM Travel Grant – Supported by GSK

These travel awards are made available to encourage eligible TSANZ members to attend and enrich the NZ Annual Scientific Meeting through presentation of their work and active participation in the meeting.

There will be seven awards of $NZ500 to support the career development of TSANZ nurses and allied health professionals.

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 Australia 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.

Cystic Fibrosis Australia Awards

Abbie Fennessy Memorial Fellowship (Sponsored by Technipro-Pulmomed Pty Ltd). More Information [PDF] | Application form [word doc]

The aim of the Fellowship is to improve the knowledge and skills of Allied Health & Nursing professionals working in Cystic Fibrosis care to benefit those who have Cystic Fibrosis. The award provides up to $5000 to support education, training, academic purposes, and/or medical research, activities that improve the quality of medicine and the improvement of Cystic Fibrosis patient outcomes.  The Fellowship is open to Allied Health & Nursing professionals involved in the treatment or care of people with Cystic Fibrosis in Australia.

Watch this space for more award announcements…

icare dust diseases care Scholarships and Fellowships

 

Lungs for Life Grant Bulletin

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

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.

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.

The Peer Prize for Women in Science 2017 – closes 31/05/17
This prize is for women researchers across Australia with a mission to accelerate open knowledge exchange and cross-disciplinary innovation.  The are two main areas of research focus: Life Sciences; and Earth, Environmental and Space Sciences. The prize for each category is $20,000.

Australian Institute of Policy and Science – CSL Florey Medal – closes 05/06/17
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.

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.

GlaxoSmithKline Australia Award for Research Excellence – closes 10/07/17
Recognition for an outstanding researcher with a demonstrated track record of significant work in human medical health, and for whom the award will facilitate career development and further achievements.

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.

Centenary Institute Medical Innovation Award 2017 – closes 31/07/17
The Prize focuses on creativity – the essential ingredient in all human endeavour, whether in science, art or marketing. It will be presented to the biomedical research scientist based in Australia who demonstrates the greatest creativity in their scientific approach in a given year. Valued at $36,000.

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

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.

 

PhD Scholarships

PhD Scholarship opportunity available at the University of Newcastle: Maternal and early life nutritional status and respiratory health of the offspring.

Please see flyer for more information [PDF]

Applications close 31st July, 2017.

Research Project and Survey Requests

‘Usual’ antenatal asthma management

Dear Colleague,

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Paediatric PFT needs assessment

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

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

Survey

Thank you for your time.

Nitin Kapur, Paediatric SIG Convenor

on behalf of 

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

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

 

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

Dear colleagues,

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

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

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

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

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

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

Kind Regards

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

 
 

 

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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VOLUME 7.06 – JULY 2022

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 7.06 – JULY 2022

VOLUME 2.02 MARCH 2017

Research Roundup:

March 2017

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Welcome Message

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

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

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

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

Prof Phil Hansbro

Chair, Research Sub-Committee

The following articles will take you to thelimbic.com

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Open Awards

 

 

Lung Foundation Awards

Lung Foundation Australia / A Menarini Pty Ltd 2017 Travel Awards

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

 

Watch this space for more award announcements…

TSANZSRS Early Career Researcher Networking Session

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

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

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

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

 

Australasian Clinical Tuberculosis Network (ACTnet)

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

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

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

Respirology

New Release

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

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

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

 

Lungs for Life Grant Bulletin

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Rolling Grants

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

Research Project and Survey Requests

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


 

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

Dear Colleague

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

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

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

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

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

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

Kind regards

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

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

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

 

 
 

 

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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