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VOLUME 3.08 NOVEMBER 2018

VOLUME 3.08 NOVEMBER 2018

Research Roundup:

November 2018

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Welcome Message

We are now well into the penultimate month of the year, and for the Thoracic Society this sparks the beginning of the busy lead up to our national conference. The Research Subcommittee is in full swing reviewing award applications, the SIG convenors are busy reviewing abstract submissions, and our conference organisers are ensuring the sessions are programmed smoothly to present your research in the best way possible. For 2019 we are expecting another large conference, having received approximately 400 submissions. Details are gradually being added to the TSANZSRS site and the early program is now visible. Early bird registration is available until the 18th of January, 2019.

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

Finally, here is an open invitation for TSANZ members who would like to share their Research Story with us. We have been working with The limbic for nearly three years now to bring you the latest research media in our research roundup. Part of this roundup occasionally features TSANZ members and their “holy grail”. This section will also feature on the limbic’s respiratory news website and be visible to other subscribers. If you would like to share your holy grail, please tell us a little bit about yourself here.

Enjoy the November edition of your research roundup and please check out the surveys below!

Profs Phil Hansbro & Sandra Hodge

Co-Chairs, Research Sub-Committee

Open Awards

Thoracic Society Awards

Research and Career Development Awards

Maurice Blackburn ASM Travel Award extended –  closes 3 Dec 18

Boehringer Ingelheim COPD Research Award – closes 3 Dec 18

TSANZ Indigenous Respiratory Nursing Award – reopened – closes 3 Dec 18

Joint Awards

TSANZ / LFA / CSL Behring Research Award for Alpha-1 anti-trypsin deficiency extended –  closes 3 Dec 18

Cystic Fibrosis Australia Awards

Cystic Fibrosis Innovation Grant – closes 28 Jan 2019

 

How to participate

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

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

Watch this space for more award announcements…

TSANZ Webinar Series

“What’s in a cough? Implications for the care of people with flu and MROs” with Professor Scott Bell

Event Date: Tuesday, 27th November 2018

Time: 2pm – 3pm AEDT

Duration: 45 minutes

The CF-Air Research Program has provided novel data regarding the prevalence of shared strain infection in CF, potential acquisition pathways including from the natural environment and via direct person-to-person spread of bacteria. This was possible due to the establishment of a multi-disciplinary research team to support studies of the mechanism of cross-infection using CF as a model. Our current work focusses on other CF pathogens and origins and acquisition pathways including Mycobacterium and the potential spread of infection amongst patients with non-CF lung diseases. We have evaluated cough aerosols are highly innovative as no such equipment has been replicated to date, providing in vivo cough studies, safely delivered to patients with respiratory infections.

Only limited places available! Don’t miss out!

The presenter: Professor Scott Bell

Professor Scott Bell is Executive Director – Research, MNHHS and a Senior Physician of the Adult Cystic Fibrosis Centre at TPCH (>320 patients) where he has worked since 1996. He is currently the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Cystic Fibrosis. He leads the Lung Bacteria Laboratory at QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute in Brisbane. Scott has over 200 peer reviewed publications and has received grant support in excess of $12 million over the past 10 years. His research interests include the CF microbiology, acquisition pathways for human infection and has a long history of supporting multi-disciplinary research. He has been PI on numerous pivotal CFTR modulator trials and is global PI on a novel approach to combination therapies for CFTR correction.

CLICK HERE to register! 

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Missed out on a webinar? 

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

Respirology – Editor’s Choice

Respirology Issue 23.11 (November 2018)

Predictive value of eosinophils and neutrophils on clinical effects of ICS in COPD

Floor J. Hartjes, Judith M. Vonk, Alen Faiz, Pieter S. Hiemstra, Thérèse S. Lapperre, Huib A.M. Kerstjens, Dirkje S. Postma, Maarten van den Berge and the Groningen and Leiden Universities Corticosteroids in Obstructive Lung Disease (GLUCOLD) Study Group

DOI: 10.1111/resp.13312

 

               Groningen Research Institute for Asthma and COPD (GRIAC), The Netherlands.

Multidimensional improvement in connective tissue disease associated interstitial lung disease: Two courses of pulse dose methylprednisolone followed by low-dose prednisone and tacrolimus

Yasuhiko Yamano, Hiroyuki Taniguchi, Yasuhiro Kondoh, Masahiko Ando, Kensuke Kataoka, ​​​​​​​Taiki Furukawa, Takeshi Johkoh, Junya Fukuoka, Koji Sakamoto, Yoshinori Hasegawa

DOI: 10.1111/resp.13365

 

Research team at Department of Respiratory Medicine and Allergy at Tosei General Hospital in Seto, Japan.

Research Project and Survey Requests

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thank you,

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

 

Implementation of Severe Asthma Management

About the Survey:

On behalf of the NHMRC Centre of Excellence in Severe Asthma (www.severeasthma.org.au), we request your assistance in completing a short survey regarding the implementation of management strategies for severe asthma. We are seeking feedback from multidisciplinary healthcare professionals in Australia.

The survey is available at the following link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/SevereAsthmaCRE

The results from this survey will inform expert forum discussions, ongoing research and development of resources to support translation and implementation of new findings into clinical practice. Our goal is to use this information to develop improved standards of care through the NHMRC Centre of Excellence in Severe Asthma.

This survey consists of 15 questions and we anticipate it will take less than 10 minutes to complete.

If respondents can submit their responses by Friday 02 November 2018 it will be greatly appreciated.

Thank you and kind regards,

Profs. Peter Gibson, Vanessa McDonald and John Upham, on behalf of the Centre of Excellence in Severe Asthma

This survey has been approved by the HNELHD HREC under authorisation number AU201809-09. All responses are completely anonymous and will be kept strictly confidential. If you experience any issues or have any questions, please contact: severeasthma@newcastle.edu.au

 

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

Dear TSANZ Member,

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

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

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

We thank you in advance for your participation.

Sincerely,

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

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

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

 

Centre for Improving Palliative, Aged and Chronic Care through Clinical Research and Translation (IMPACCT)

ANZ health professionals who care for people with lung cancer are invited to take part in a survey about the clinical importance and management of cough.

Cough in lung cancer – a health professional survey

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

Survey results will be used to establish the need and direction for development of further pharmacological and non-pharmacological management strategies for cough in lung cancer.

We are interested in the views of health professionals from the full range of disciplines, specialties and settings involved in caring for people with lung cancer, regardless of their level of experience in managing cough.

Participation in the survey is voluntary and anonymous, and will take approximately 10-15 minutes.

This project is being conducted by a team of researchers from the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) in collaboration with colleagues at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University (HKPU).

For more information, please contact Dr Tim Luckett via tim.luckett@uts.edu.au or 02 9514 4861.

 
 
 

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VOLUME 3.08 NOVEMBER 2018

VOLUME 3.07 OCTOBER 2018

Research Roundup:

October 2018

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Welcome Message

Welcome to October – a busy month for awards as the first wave of awards close and the second wave of awards open. We are pleased to announce that the Boehringer Ingelheim COPD Research Award is now open, and the Boehringer Ingelheim Australia COPD Travel Award and Boehringer Ingelheim New Zealand COPD Travel Award have been added to the TSANZSRS2019 abstract submission portal.

Don’t forget that Abstract-linked awards are closing soon! (this Friday!) Apply now for some of the many abstract-linked awards and, for early career researchers, take the opportunity to present your work to our full membership by entering the Ann Woolcock New Investigator competition.

The full list of awards can be found in the Open Awards section in this newsletter and on the TSANZ Awards web page.

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

Enjoy the October edition of your research roundup.

Profs Phil Hansbro & Sandra Hodge

Co-Chairs, Research Sub-Committee

Open Awards

Thoracic Society Awards

Abstract-linked awards

To apply for an abstract-linked award, you must complete the application coversheet using the upload functionality in the online abstract submission portal

Ann Woolcock New Investigator Award

Boehringer Ingelheim COPD Travel Award (AU)

Boehringer Ingelheim COPD Travel Award (NZ)

Janet Elder International Travel Award

Japanese Respiratory Society (JRS) Early Career Development

TSANZ Travel Grants to 2019 ASM

For more information visit http://www.tsanzsrs2019.com/abstracts/tsanz-awards-criteria/

Abstracts close 12 October 2018 6pm AEST

Research and Career Development Awards

TSANZ Peter Phelan Research Award – closes 31 Oct 18

TSANZ Rob Pierce Grant-in-Aid for Indigenous Lung Health – closes 31 Oct 18

TSANZ Indigenous Respiratory Nursing Award – closes 31 Oct 18

Maurice Blackburn Grant-in-Aid for Occupational Lung Disease – closes 18 Nov 18

Maurice Blackburn ASM Travel Award – closes 18 Nov 18

Boehringer Ingelheim COPD Research Award – closes 3 Dec 18

Joint Awards

TSANZ / LFA / CSL Behring Research Award for Alpha-1 anti-trypsin deficiency – closes 31 Oct 18

TSANZ and National Asthma Council Australia Asthma and Airways Career Development Fellowship – closes 31 Oct 18

Cystic Fibrosis Australia Awards

Cystic Fibrosis Innovation Grant – closes 28 Jan 2019

Lung Foundation Australia Awards

The Lung Foundation Australia David Wilson PhD Scholarship in Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis 2019 – closes 10 Oct 18

Lung Foundation Australia/ Cochrane Airways Australia Scholarship 2019 – closes 2 Nov 18

How to participate

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

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

Watch this space for more award announcements…

Cystic Fibrosis Innovation Grant

Cystic Fibrosis Australia (CFA) is pleased to announce the 2019 Innovation Grant for post-doctoral researchers, currently working in cystic fibrosis (CF) research. This grant is awarded annually to one applicant for one year.

The Innovation Grant will allow a CF researcher to explore novel concepts at the initial feasibility stage.  Innovative applications relating to any aspect in the field of CF are encouraged, even those lacking pilot data.  The grant aims to allow the researcher to generate sufficient data within the one-year grant period to be in a position to apply for additional support from an appropriate funding body to continue the research.

The Innovation grant will be offered to post-doctoral researchers currently working in or proposing to work in CF research.  The researcher will have completed a research higher degree in CF or a related area within the last ten years.

The recipient of the Innovation Grant is required to provide progress reports on their research to CFA every six months.  In addition, and where appropriate, the recipient will be asked to make a presentation at a CFA conference (held every two years) in Australia.

The maximum amount awarded under the Innovation Grant will be $80,000.  The actual amount provided will be subject to approval of the applicant’s budget.

Applications can be made through the website of The Thoracic Society of Australia & New Zealand (TSANZ) and must be received by TSANZ by late January 2019.

Apply Here

TSANZ Webinar Series

Thursday 11th October 2018, 1pm AEDT | 3pm NZDT

Research Techniques to Study Respiratory Diseases – Prof Phil Hansbro

The webinar will be discussing a range of techniques that are valuable for studying disease, identifying new therapeutic targets and testing novel treatments. 

Professor Phil Hansbro Biography:

Professor Hansbro is a group leader and holds a personal chair in immunology and microbiology at the Hunter Medical Research Institute and University of Newcastle, Australia and is Associate Director of the Priority Research Centre for Asthma and Respiratory Diseases there. He is also an NHMRC Principal Research Fellow. He has established internationally recognised research programs in infections, COPD, asthma and recently lung cancer. His group has developed several novel mouse models of the important diseases (COPD, severe, steroid-insensitive asthma, early life infection & lung cancer). He has interrogated them (immune, histological, pathological, lung function & molecular analysis) to substantially further our understanding of pathogenesis and to develop novel therapies. He performs complimentary collaborative clinical and multi-disciplinary studies and collaborates widely. He publishes extensively in influential journals and he is regularly invited to present internationally including as plenary and to chair sessions. He has a substantial funding record of obtaining nationally competitive grants that support his group. He undertakes substantial mentoring and supervision activities of junior researchers, regularly sits on grant review panels and is on the editorial board of 4 journals. He is an active advocate for respiratory research in lobby groups and is regularly in the press promoting research and funding.

CLICK HERE to register! 

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Missed out on a webinar? 

The videos from our previous webinars with Professor Allan Glanville and Sally Powell are now available for on-demand viewing. For more information, please CLICK HERE!

Thoracic Society Medals and FThorSoc

Each year the TSANZ invites members to nominate their peers to be considered for a number of prestigious awards, namely: Research Medal, Society Medal and 50th Anniversary Medal for Education & Training. Nominations for these awards are now invited from members of all backgrounds and professions. Recipients of these awards will be presented with their medals at the TSANZSRS 2019 Gala Dinner and Awards Evening.  

Members are also encouraged to consider applying to become a Fellow of TSANZ. Applications for Fellow status are reviewed by the Professional Standards Subcommittee and reviewed and endorsed by the Board. Fellow status is available to members from all professions who demonstrate an exceptional contribution to the field of respiratory health in Australia or New Zealand. If the Fellow status is approved, the member will be able to use the post nominal FThorSoc and will be able to continue to do so whilst a financial member of TSANZ. Recipients of the post nominal FThorSoc will be announced at the AGM 2019.

The Research Medal, Society Medal, 50th Anniversary Medal and Fellows of TSANZ are distinctive awards – a testament of the recipients’ exceptional contributions in the field of respiratory health in Australia or New Zealand.

Read below for more details & how to apply/nominate your peers. Closing date: Friday 2nd November 2018

TSANZ Fellowship 

DOWNLOAD APPLICATION FORM

For more information please visit: https://www.thoracic.org.au/about-us/fellow-of-thoracic-society-australia-new-zealand

Background:

The TSANZ Board makes an annual call for nominations for members to be awarded Fellow status. The call is made to members from all professions who demonstrate exceptional contribution to the field of respiratory health in Australia or New Zealand. If the Fellow status is approved, the member will be able to use the post nominal FThorSoc and will be able to continue to do so whilst a financial member of TSANZ.

The main aims of the Fellow status are:

  1. To recognise expertise and experience in respiratory medicine and/or research and/or respiratory health service provision.
  2. To acknowledge a major contribution and commitment to advancing respiratory health in Australia and/ or New Zealand.

Requirements for Awarding of FThorSoc:

TSANZ members may apply to become a Fellow of the Thoracic Society of Australia and New Zealand (FThorSoc) if they demonstrate exceptional contribution to 5 of the 7 criteria listed below. For the remaining 2 criteria, the applicant must demonstrate a proven track record.

The criteria are:

  1. A continuous financial member of TSANZ for five consecutive years in Australia and/or New Zealand as well as a minimum of ten years post-specialist qualification
  2. Contribution to advocacy and/or policy development
  3. Service within the community
  4. Distinguished leadership
  5. Contribution to research
  6. Contribution to teaching or training
  7. International recognition in his or her discipline

List of Fellows of The Thoracic Society Australia and New Zealand:

The following individuals have been nominated by their peers, recommended to the Board by the Professional Standards Sub-Committee and formally recognised by the Board for their exceptional contributions to respiratory health in Australia and New Zealand.

FTHORSOC 2013

FTHORSOC 2014

FTHORSOC 2015

FTHORSOC 2016

FTHORSOC 2017 

FTHORSOC 2018 

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Awards By Nomination

The Research Medal, Society Medal and 50th Anniversary Medal are awards for distinguished service. Nominations for each of these awards are invited as outlined below. 

 

The Research Medal 

About 

The Research Medal may be awarded each year in recognition of outstanding contributions to the advancement of knowledge in respiratory medicine or science carried out primarily in Australia or New Zealand. The award recognises an individual who has demonstrated sustained excellence in their field of research.

HOW TO NOMINATE

Candidates

The Research Medal is open to all financial members of TSANZ including Associate members. Candidates for this medal are put forward by nomination only.

Recipient

The successful candidate will be presented with an engraved Research Medal at the TSANZ Annual Scientific Meeting. An official notification letter from the President of TSANZ will be sent to the successful candidate.  

The Society Medal 

About

The Society Medal was conceived as an acknowledgement of excellence in fields other than research, i.e. for the advancement of the practice of thoracic medicine in its widest sense by outstanding teaching or advocacy. The inaugural Society Medal was presented at the annual dinner in Canberra in 1992 to Dr Maurice Joseph, who ably embodied the qualities envisaged by this senior prestigious award.

HOW TO NOMINATE

Candidates

The Society Medal is open to all financial members of TSANZ including Associate members. Candidates for this medal are put forward by nomination only.

Recipient

The successful candidate will be presented with an engraved Society Medal at the TSANZ Annual Scientific Meeting. An official notification letter from the President of TSANZ will be sent to the successful candidate.  

The 50th Anniversary Medal for Education and Training 

About

The 50th Anniversary Medal is an award introduced in 2011 to mark the Society’s 50th Anniversary. The 50th Anniversary Medal may be awarded each year in recognition of outstanding contributions to respiratory education and training in New Zealand or Australia. The award recognises an individual who has demonstrated sustained excellence in education and training. This might take the form of formal and informal teaching within a university, hospital or other health care setting; curriculum development at an undergraduate or postgraduate level; using research to enhance the efficacy of educational activities; career mentoring of junior members of the Society; integration of teaching into clinical practice; or advocacy on behalf of medical education as applied to respiratory medicine.

HOW TO NOMINATE

Candidates

The 50th Anniversary Medal is open to all financial members of TSANZ including Associate members. Candidates for this medal are put forward by nomination only.

Recipient

The successful candidate will be presented with an engraved 50th Anniversary Medal at the TSANZ Annual Scientific Meeting. An official notification letter from the President of TSANZ will be sent to the successful candidate. 

Clinical Trials Workshop

The Centre of Excellence is pleased to be hosting a Clinical Trials Workshop on 24 October 2018 from 1 – 4PM at the Hunter Medical Research Institute, Caves Theatre. We believe this session will be of broad interest and would appreciate your support in distributing this invitation as broadly as possible.

We are pleased to confirm 4 experts in the field presenting on:

1:00 – 1:40: Clinical Trials Funding (Prof. Bruce Neal, The George Institute)

1:40 – 2:50: Integrating Public Involvement in Research and Clinical Trials (Prof. William Tarnow-Mordi, NHMRC CTC & Melinda Cruz, Miracle Babies Foundation)

3:20 – 4:00: Designing Implementation Trials (Prof. John Wiggers, University of Newcastle)

An event flyer can be downloaded at: https://www.severeasthma.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/24Oct2018-Clinical-Trials-Workshop.pdf

Lunch will be served before the event and refreshments during an intermission. Please RSVP your interest for catering purposes to severeasthma@newcastle.edu.au

Respirology – Editor’s Choice

Respirology Issue 23.10 (October 2018)

Annual Southeast Asia haze increases respiratory admissions: A 2-year large single institution experience.

Chew R. Ming, Andrea Ban Yu‐Lin, Mohammad F. Abdul Hamid, Mohd T. Latif, Nurashikin Mohammad, Tidi Hassan

DOI: 10.1111/resp.13325

 

Satellite image of the 2015 SE-Asia haze

 

GeneXpert MTB/RIF for rapid diagnosis and rifampin resistance detection of endobronchial tuberculosis

Qin Zhang, Qing Zhang, Bing‐qi Sun, Chang Liu, An‐na Su, Xiao‐han Wang, Na Liu, Juan Zhang, Jian Kang, Gang Hou

DOI: 10.1111/resp.13316

 

The research team from Shenyang, China, with the GeneXpert MTB/RIF system. From left to right: Xiao-han Wang, Chang Liu, Qin Zhang, Bing-qi Sun (front row); Qing Zhang, Gang Hou, An-na Su, Na Liu (Back row).

Research Project and Survey Requests

Implementation of Severe Asthma Management

About the Survey:

On behalf of the NHMRC Centre of Excellence in Severe Asthma (www.severeasthma.org.au), we request your assistance in completing a short survey regarding the implementation of management strategies for severe asthma. We are seeking feedback from multidisciplinary healthcare professionals in Australia.

The survey is available at the following link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/SevereAsthmaCRE

The results from this survey will inform expert forum discussions, ongoing research and development of resources to support translation and implementation of new findings into clinical practice. Our goal is to use this information to develop improved standards of care through the NHMRC Centre of Excellence in Severe Asthma.

This survey consists of 15 questions and we anticipate it will take less than 10 minutes to complete.

If respondents can submit their responses by Friday 02 November 2018 it will be greatly appreciated.

Thank you and kind regards,

Profs. Peter Gibson, Vanessa McDonald and John Upham, on behalf of the Centre of Excellence in Severe Asthma

This survey has been approved by the HNELHD HREC under authorisation number AU201809-09. All responses are completely anonymous and will be kept strictly confidential. If you experience any issues or have any questions, please contact: severeasthma@newcastle.edu.au

 

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

Dear TSANZ Member,

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

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

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

We thank you in advance for your participation.

Sincerely,

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

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

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

 

Centre for Improving Palliative, Aged and Chronic Care through Clinical Research and Translation (IMPACCT)

ANZ health professionals who care for people with lung cancer are invited to take part in a survey about the clinical importance and management of cough.

Cough in lung cancer – a health professional survey

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

Survey results will be used to establish the need and direction for development of further pharmacological and non-pharmacological management strategies for cough in lung cancer.

We are interested in the views of health professionals from the full range of disciplines, specialties and settings involved in caring for people with lung cancer, regardless of their level of experience in managing cough.

Participation in the survey is voluntary and anonymous, and will take approximately 10-15 minutes.

This project is being conducted by a team of researchers from the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) in collaboration with colleagues at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University (HKPU).

For more information, please contact Dr Tim Luckett via tim.luckett@uts.edu.au or 02 9514 4861.

 
 
 
 

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VOLUME 3.08 NOVEMBER 2018

VOLUME 3.06 SEPTEMBER 2018

Research Roundup:

September 2018

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Welcome Message

Like many of our members, we have recently returned from the European Respiratory Society Congress where an overwhelming amount of scientific and clinical advances, discussions and debates were had over five days. The abstracts for most sessions can be found here and the limbic have provided us with some articles below highlighting key messages.

Our members had a very successful meeting and we applaud the work by the numerous TSANZ members who were recognised by the ERS for their research, including;

  • Peter Gibson – ERS Gold Medal in Asthma
  • Jodie Simpson – ERS Romain Pauwels Research Award
  • Gary Anderson – ERS Presidential Award
  • Sally Yunsun Kim – Co-funded Long-Term Research Fellowship 2018.
  • Pawan Sharma – Short-term Research Fellowship – April 2018 round
  • Louisa Organ – ERS Fellowship Recipient 2017-2019
  • Louisa Owens – ERS Grant for Best Abstract in Paediatric Respiratory Physiology
  • David Currow – ERS Grant for Best Abstract in Rehabilitation and Chronic Care
  • Deborah Reynolds-Sandford – ERS/ELS Travel Grant for Best Abstract in Patient-Centred Research

Looking ahead, abstracts to the TSANZSRS19 are closing soon, on the 12th of October. This ASM is themed Respiratory Infection and you will begin to see some exciting plenaries, workshops and symposiums online as the program is populated.

We are pleased to announce that the Maurice Blackburn Grant-in-Aid for Occupational Lung Disease and the Maurice Blackburn ASM Travel Award for allied health and nursing are now open. We would also like to remind you that two LFA awards are still open for submissions, including the LFA Cochrane Airways Australia Scholarship 2019 and the LFA David Wilson PhD Scholarship in Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis 2019

The full list of awards and more information on these can be found in the Open Awards section of this newsletter and on the TSANZ Awards Submissions Portal.

Enjoy the September edition of your research roundup.

Profs Phil Hansbro & Sandra Hodge

Co-Chairs, Research Sub-Committee

Open Awards

Thoracic Society Awards

TSANZ Peter Phelan Research Award – closes 31 Oct 18

TSANZ Rob Pierce Grant-in-Aid for Indigenous Lung Health – closes 31 Oct 18

TSANZ Indigenous Respiratory Nursing Award – closes 31 Oct 18

Maurice Blackburn Grant-in-Aid for Occupational Lung Disease – closes 18 Nov 18

Maurice Blackburn ASM Travel Award – closes 18 Nov 18

Joint Awards

TSANZ / LFA / CSL Behring Research Award for Alpha-1 anti-trypsin deficiency – closes 31 Oct 18

TSANZ and National Asthma Council Australia Asthma and Airways Career Development Fellowship – closes 31 Oct 18

Lung Foundation Australia Awards

The Lung Foundation Australia David Wilson PhD Scholarship in Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis 2019 – closes 10 Oct 18

Lung Foundation Australia/ Cochrane Airways Australia Scholarship 2019 – closes 2 Nov 18

How to participate

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

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

Watch this space for more award announcements…

The Next TSANZ Webinar!

Thursday 11th October 2018

1pm AEDT | 2pm NZDT

Research Techniques to Study Respiratory Diseases – Prof Phil Hansbro

The webinar will be discussing a range of techniques that are valuable for studying disease, identifying new therapeutic targets and testing novel treatments. 

Professor Phil Hansbro Biography:

Professor Hansbro is a group leader and holds a personal chair in immunology and microbiology at the Hunter Medical Research Institute and University of Newcastle, Australia and is Associate Director of the Priority Research Centre for Asthma and Respiratory Diseases there. He is also an NHMRC Principal Research Fellow. He has established internationally recognised research programs in infections, COPD, asthma and recently lung cancer. His group has developed several novel mouse models of the important diseases (COPD, severe, steroid-insensitive asthma, early life infection & lung cancer). He has interrogated them (immune, histological, pathological, lung function & molecular analysis) to substantially further our understanding of pathogenesis and to develop novel therapies. He performs complimentary collaborative clinical and multi-disciplinary studies and collaborates widely. He publishes extensively in influential journals and he is regularly invited to present internationally including as plenary and to chair sessions. He has a substantial funding record of obtaining nationally competitive grants that support his group. He undertakes substantial mentoring and supervision activities of junior researchers, regularly sits on grant review panels and is on the editorial board of 4 journals. He is an active advocate for respiratory research in lobby groups and is regularly in the press promoting research and funding.

CLICK HERE to register! 

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Missed out on a webinar? 

The videos from our previous webinars with Professor Allan Glanville and Sally Powell are now available for on-demand viewing. For more information, please CLICK HERE!

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Respirology – Editor’s Choice

Respirology Issue 23.9 (September 2018)

Increased risk of acute coronary syndrome in patients with bronchiectasis: A population-based cohort study

Chin‐Tun Hung, Shu‐Fen Li, Wei‐Sheng Chung

DOI: 10.1111/resp.13298

 

Research team from the Taichung Hospital and Central Taiwan University of Science and Technology in Taiwan. From left to right: Drs Chin-Tun Hung, Shu-Fen Li and Wei-Sheng Chung

 

Cost-effectiveness of endobronchial valve treatment in patients with severe emphysema compared to standard medical care

Jorine E. Hartman, Karin Klooster, Henk Groen, Nick H.T. ten Hacken, Dirk‐Jan Slebos

DOI: 10.1111/resp.13295

 

Endobronchial valve (EBV), with permission from PulmonX

Pulmonary Fibrosis Awareness month

It is Pulmonary Fibrosis Awareness month and Respirology have a number of articles available as a Topic in Focus. The collection includes a TSANZ position statement and these Articles will be freely available in the awareness month of September.

 

 

Research Project and Survey Requests

Implementation of Severe Asthma Management

About the Survey:

On behalf of the NHMRC Centre of Excellence in Severe Asthma (www.severeasthma.org.au), we request your assistance in completing a short survey regarding the implementation of management strategies for severe asthma. We are seeking feedback from multidisciplinary healthcare professionals in Australia.

The survey is available at the following link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/SevereAsthmaCRE

The results from this survey will inform expert forum discussions, ongoing research and development of resources to support translation and implementation of new findings into clinical practice. Our goal is to use this information to develop improved standards of care through the NHMRC Centre of Excellence in Severe Asthma.

This survey consists of 15 questions and we anticipate it will take less than 10 minutes to complete.

If respondents can submit their responses by Friday 02 November 2018 it will be greatly appreciated.

Thank you and kind regards,

Profs. Peter Gibson, Vanessa McDonald and John Upham, on behalf of the Centre of Excellence in Severe Asthma

This survey has been approved by the HNELHD HREC under authorisation number AU201809-09. All responses are completely anonymous and will be kept strictly confidential. If you experience any issues or have any questions, please contact: severeasthma@newcastle.edu.au

 

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

Dear TSANZ Member,

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

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

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

We thank you in advance for your participation.

Sincerely,

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

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

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

 

Centre for Improving Palliative, Aged and Chronic Care through Clinical Research and Translation (IMPACCT)

ANZ health professionals who care for people with lung cancer are invited to take part in a survey about the clinical importance and management of cough.

Cough in lung cancer – a health professional survey

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

Survey results will be used to establish the need and direction for development of further pharmacological and non-pharmacological management strategies for cough in lung cancer.

We are interested in the views of health professionals from the full range of disciplines, specialties and settings involved in caring for people with lung cancer, regardless of their level of experience in managing cough.

Participation in the survey is voluntary and anonymous, and will take approximately 10-15 minutes.

This project is being conducted by a team of researchers from the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) in collaboration with colleagues at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University (HKPU).

For more information, please contact Dr Tim Luckett via tim.luckett@uts.edu.au or 02 9514 4861.

 
 
 
 
 

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VOLUME 2.7 SEPTEMBER 2017

Research Roundup:

September  2017

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Welcome Message

We are pleased to announce that the TSANZ Awards for Research and Career Development are now open!

The TSANZ awards that you all know well are now open. We would like to highlight two of these awards which have been revised to open up the eligibility and use of these important funds. The TSANZ Peter Phelan Research Award is no longer limited to travel and funding may now be used to support any research venture in paediatric research, including but not limited to; training, travel, equipment, methodology, analysis, technical consult and/or consumables. Furthermore, the Maurice Blackburn Grant-in-Aid for Occupational Lung Disease is no longer bound to asbestos-related research and is open for applications for research into any occupational lung disease. We also have a brand new award – we are excited to offer for the first time the TSANZ/LFA CSL Behring Research Award for Alpha-1 anti-trypsin deficiency

Remember too, abstract-linked awards will close on 13 October as submissions for the TSANZSRS ASM 2018 close. Apply now for some of the many abstract-linked awards and take the opportunity to present your work to our full membership by entering the Ann Woolcock New Investigator competition.

The full list of awards and more information on these can be found in the Open Awards section of this newsletter and on the TSANZ Awards web page.

Like many of our members, we have recently returned from the European Respiratory Society Congress where an overwhelming amount of scientific and clinical advances, discussions and debates were had over five days. The abstracts for most sessions can be found here and the limbic have provided us with some articles below highlighting key messages.

Enjoy the September edition of your research roundup.

Prof Phil Hansbro

Prof Sandra Hodge

Co-Chairs, Research Sub-Committee

The following articles will take you to thelimbic.com

ERS Review

We need to radically rethink asthma

Quadruple ICS a game changer for severe asthma

Revised GOLD criteria under scrutiny

CT scans help guide emphysema treatment

Mixed results for biologic in eosinophilic COPD

Vaping: Smokers also vape, respiratory irritants rife

The Holy Grail

How the heart matters in COPD. In this week’s holy grail Rain Shafuddin from New Zealand tells us how his work is contributing to the changing paradigm of cardiac dysfunction in COPD patients.  Read More.

Top articles from the limbic

Stormy debate over thunderstorm asthma. Clinicians are debating whether to suggest seasonal preventative corticosteroids for people who have mild asthma plus hay fever in new guidelines for thunderstorm asthma prevention in Victoria. Read More.

Oxygen in ILD is complicated. The stigma associated with oxygen use, its complexity of use and an ‘evidence-free zone’ conspire against achieving optimal management of patients with interstitial lung disease. Read More. 

Fan-tastic intervention for chronic breathlessness. Patients with breathlessness are using hand-held fans to delay the use of oxygen therapy and inhaled beta-agonists. Read More.

ICS/LABA combination dominates Australian asthma treatment. Australians using an inhaled corticosteroid for asthma are almost twice as likely as New Zealanders to take it in combination with a long-acting beta agonist but disease control is equally poor in both countries, new research has shown. Read More.

COPD and asthma contribute to global burden of disease.  COPD caused 3.2 million deaths worldwide in 2015 – up almost 12% from 1990 as population growth and ageing outweighed any downward trend in age-standardised death rates. Read More.

Open Awards

Thoracic Society Awards

Abstract-linked awards now open

To apply for an abstract-linked award, you must complete the application coversheet using the upload functionality in the online abstract submission portal

Ann Woolcock New Investigator Award

Boehringer Ingelheim COPD Travel Award

Janet Elder International Travel Award

Japanese Respiratory Society (JRS) Early Career Development

TSANZ Travel Grants to 2018 ASM

For more information visit http://www.tsanzsrs2018.com/abstracts/tsanz-awards-criteria/

Abstracts close 13 October 2017

 

TSANZ Research and Career Development Awards now open

TSANZ Peter Phelan Research Award

TSANZ Indigenous Respiratory Nursing Award

TSANZ / National Asthma Council Australia – Asthma and Airways Fellowship

Boeringher Ingelheim COPD Research Award

Maurice Blackburn Grant-in-Aid for Occupational Lung Disease

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

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

Awards close 13 November 2017

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

More opening coming soon!

 

Lung Foundation Australia Awards

Lung Foundation Australia / Cochrane Airways Australia Scholarship 2018

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

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

MORE INFORMATION

Lung Foundation Australia / A Menarini Pty Ltd 2017 Travel Awards deadline extended to midnight 01 October 17

Lung Foundation Australia and A Menarini Australia Pty Ltd are offering two (2) Travel Grants of up to $1,500 for national conferences to key health professionals and researchers in Australia whose work is focused on improving outcomes for patients living with COPD.

The Travel Grants will be allocated across the following conference:

  • APSR – Asian Pacific Society of Respirology Congress, 23 – 26 November 2017, Sydney, Australia. Applications close midnight 01 October 17.

Extra weighting will apply to those who have submitted an accepted Abstract (oral or poster) for the particular conference being applied for. Click here for more information.

Please note: Existing travel payments can be reimbursed for the successful applicants

Apply now

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…

TSANZ Awards by Nomination

Nominations for the 2018 year have opened!

The following prestigious awards are presented annually to TSANZ members as an acknowledgment of the recipients’ outstanding and sustained contributions to respiratory health via advocacy and/or clinical practice, research and education. The nomination deadline for all the below awards is midnight AEDT Sunday 15 October 2017. All valid award nominations are submitted to the TSANZ Board for review and selection. 

All of TSANZ’s Awards by Nomination are open to all financial members of the TSANZ. Nominees must be a financial member in the year they are nominated (2017) as well as the year the medal is awarded (2018). All nominations require support from two TSANZ members who are financial in the year the nomination is submitted (2017).

The Society Medal

The Society Medal was conceived as an acknowledgment of excellence in fields other than research, i.e. for the advancement of the practice of thoracic medicine in its widest sense by outstanding teaching or advocacy. Apply Now!

The Research Medal

The Research Medal is awarded in recognition of outstanding contributions to the advancement of knowledge in respiratory medicine or science carried out primarily in Australia or New Zealand. The award recognises an individual who has demonstrated sustained excellence in their field of research. Apply Now!

The 50th Anniversary Medal for Education & Training

The 50th Anniversary Medal for Education & Training was introduced in 2011 to mark the Society’s 50th Anniversary. The 50th Anniversary Medal is awarded in recognition of outstanding contributions to respiratory education and training in Australia or New Zealand. The award recognises an individual who has demonstrated sustained excellence in education and training.

This might take the form of formal and informal teaching within a university, hospital or other health care setting; curriculum development at an undergraduate or postgraduate level; using research to enhance the efficacy of educational activities; career mentoring of junior members of the Society; integration of teaching into clinical practice; or advocacy on behalf of medical education as applied to respiratory medicine. Apply Now!

Members from all disciplines and all branches of the Society are strongly encouraged to nominate a colleague for one of TSANZ’s Awards by Nomination!

Assistance

If you have any queries about submitting a nomination for any of the above awards, please contact the TSANZ office on + 61 2 9222 6200 between 9:00am and 5:00pm AEST or email TSANZoffice@thoracic.org

Fellow of the Thoracic Society

Nominations for the 2018 year have opened!

In 2012 the TSANZ Board created the official honour, Fellow of the Thoracic Society of Australia & New Zealand, to recognise TSANZ members with exceptional expertise and experience in respiratory medicine, research or health service and to acknowledge major contributions to the advancement of respiratory health in Australia or New Zealand.

All valid applications will be submitted to the TSANZ Professional Standards Sub-Committee (PSS) for review, before final ratification by the TSANZ Board.

Criteria

TSANZ Members considering applying for Fellowship of the TSANZ will need to meet the following criteria:

  1. A continuous financial member of TSANZ for five consecutive years in Australia and/or New Zealand as well as a minimum of ten years post-specialist qualification
  2. Contribution to advocacy and/or policy development
  3. Service within the community
  4. Distinguished leadership
  5. Contribution to research
  6. Contribution to teaching or training
  7. International recognition in his or her discipline.

Please Note: Applicants need to demonstrate exceptional contributions to 5 out of the 7 criteria listed above. For the remaining 2 criteria, the applicant must demonstrate a proven track record.

Application

If you would like to submit an application for TSANZ fellowship, or nominate a colleague, please CLICK HERE to download the application form.

Awarding of TSANZ Fellowship

  1. All successful TSANZ Fellow awardees will be announced at the Annual General Meeting at the Adelaide Annual Scientific Meeting in March next year.
  2. Following announcement, successful applicants for TSANZ Fellowship may employ the post nominal FThorSoc whilst remaining a financial member of the TSANZ.
  3. All FThorSoc recipients will receive a certificate, following the AGM.

 

TSANZ Fellows

The following members are recognised as having achieved TSANZ Fellow Status:

2017

  • Abe Rubinfeld
  • David Fielding
  • Hubertus Jersmann
  • Matthew Peters
  • Peter Wark
  • Phil Hansbro
  • Scott Bell
  • Vanessa McDonald

2016

  • Christine McDonald
  • Kwun Fong

2015

  • Adam Jaffe
  • Anne Chang
  • Graham Hall
  • Haydn Walters
  • Ian Yang
  • Jennifer Alison
  • John Upham
  • Peter Gibson
  • Peter Middleton
  • Robyn O’Hehir

2014

  • Anthony Breslin AM
  • Christine Jenkins
  • David Langton
  • David Serisier
  • Gary Anderson
  • Graham Simpson
  • Jo Douglass
  • John Armstrong
  • Martin Phillips
  • Paul Reynolds
  • Peter Frith
  • Peter Sly
  • Peter van Asperen
  • Philip Thompson

2013

  • Robert Edwards

Grant Bulletin

This grant bulletin contains direct-to-researcher grants and awards due between October and December, 2017:

World Cancer Research Fund International – closes 06/10/17
To fund research studies exploring the link between diet, nutrition, body composition, physical activity, and cancer prevention and survival. There are 2 types of grants: Investigator Initiated Grants for Principal Investigators; and Pilot Grants to be used as start-up funds for pilot research. Two main themes: identifying the mechanisms that underpin the effects of diet, nutrition and physical activity on cancer; addressing the host factors that influence an individual’s susceptibility to cancer development or progression.

The Bonser Family Research Grant and Mi-tec Publishing Medical Research Grant – closes 21/10/17
Cancer Council Tasmania calling for research relating to the reduction of the incidence and impact of cancer on individuals and the community. It includes every aspect of care, from prevention and early detection that leads to a better outcome, treatment and supportive care. The priority area is cancer control.

2017 VicHealth Innovation Research Grant – EOI closing date 26/10/17
VicHealth is calling for applications from researchers to undertake a two-year innovative research project that has the potential to generate large health gains for Victorian population groups. Projects must address one of VicHealth’s research priorities: promoting healthy eating; encouraging regular physical activity; preventing tobacco use; preventing harm from alcohol; improving mental wellbeing.

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Grand Challenges Explorations Round 20 – closes 08/11/17
Early-stage innovative research projects from a range of disciplines and regions. The challenges for Round 20 are: Healthy Minds for Adolescent Mothers: Achieving Healthy Outcomes for the Family; Innovations for Integrated Diagnostics Systems; Novel Approaches for Improving Timeliness of Routine Immunisation Birthdose and Healthcare Worker Skill in Low-Resource Settings.

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

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

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

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

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

Rolling Grants

Auswide Community Grants Scheme –  grants under $5 000 close 30/09/17, grants over $10 000 close 21/10/17, grants over$ 5 000 close 01/12/17.
Supports local activities, organisations, events and projects covering a wide range of sporting, cultural and community interests and endeavours. Includes community services, events and celebrations, buildings, public spaces and facilities, research, and organisational development.

John Templeton Foundation
Interest areas are: science and the big questions; character virtue development; freedom and free enterprise; exceptional cognitive talent and genius; genetics; voluntary family planning.

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

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

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

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

allport bequest – closes 30/06 and 31/12 yearly
Must benefit citizens of Hobart. Organisation must be charitable or the project must be for charitable purposes.

Respirology

Congratulations and thank you to our members involved in the publication of the new TSANZ/LFA IPF position papers. 

Treatment of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis in Australia and New Zealand: A position statement from the Thoracic Society of Australia and New Zealand and the Lung Foundation Australia

Helen E. Jo, Lauren K. Troy, Gregory Keir, Daniel C. Chambers, Anne Holland, Nicole Goh, Margaret Wilsher, Sally de Boer, Yuben Moodley, Christopher Grainge, Helen Whitford, Sally Chapman, Paul N. Reynolds, Ian Glaspole, David Beatson, Leonie Jones, Peter Hopkins, Tamera J. Corte

DOI: 10.1111/resp.13146

The interstitial lung disease multidisciplinary meeting: A position statement from the Thoracic Society of Australia and New Zealand and the Lung Foundation Australia

Jyotika D. Prasad, Annabelle Mahar, Jane Bleasel, Samantha J. Ellis, Daniel C. Chambers, Fiona Lake, Peter M.A. Hopkins, Tamera J. Corte, Heather Allan, Ian N. Glaspole

DOI: 10.1111/resp.13163

 

Editor’s Choice – Respirology Issue 22.7

Serum YKL-40 is a reliable biomarker for pulmonary alveolar proteinosis

Francesco Bonella, Xiaoping Long, Xuan He, Shinichiro Ohshimo, Matthias Griese, Josune Guzman and Ulrich Costabel

DOI: 10.1111/resp.13082

 

Research team members from Germany and Japan. From left to right: Francesco Bonella, Ulrich Costabel and Shinichiro Ohshimo

 

Clinical characteristics and survival of systemic sclerosis patients with pulmonary hypertension and elevated wedge pressure: Observations from the PHAROS cohort

Matthew R. Lammi, Lesley A. Saketkoo, Jessica K. Gordon, Paula Lauto, Karen Fagan, Virginia D. Steen and on behalf of the PHAROS Investigators

DOI: 10.1111/resp.13067

 

‘River Spirit’ by glass artist Ray King, displayed in the lobby of University Medical Center New Orleans

 

APSR Fukuchi Award for Best Original Research Paper published in Respirology

Randomized controlled trial of the effect of regular paracetamol on influenza infection
Sarah Jefferies, Irene Braithwaite, Steven Walker, Mark Weatherall, Lance Jennings, Michelle Luck, Kevin Barrett, Robert Siebers, Timothy Blackmore, Richard Beasley, Kyle Perrin, On behalf of the Pi Study Group

DOI: 10.1111/resp.12685

The paper was shortlisted, from all 2016 Respirology research papers, by an international expert panel comprising of Prof Antonio Anzueto (University of Texas, San Antonio, USA), Prof John Mastronarde (Ohio State University, Columbus, USA), Prof Chunxue Bai (APSR Research Committee, Shanghai, China), Prof Albert Li (Prince of Wales Hospital, Hong Kong) and Prof Christina Spengler (ETH Zurich, Switzerland), chaired by Prof Michael Niederman (Weill Cornell Medical College, NY, USA).The award will be formally presented at the next APSR Congress in Sydney, Australia in November 2017.

Research Project and Survey Requests

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thank you,

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

 

Case Management of Venous thromboembolism

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

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

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

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

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

Kind regards,

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

 

Australian Society for Medical Research National Scientific Conference

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

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

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

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

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

Conference highlights

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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