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2022 Award Winners

(Saturday, 2nd April 2022):

This weekend was the Annual Scientific Meeting for The Australia & New Zealand Society of Respiratory Science and The Thoracic Society of Australia and New Zealand, TSANZSRS 2022. This was held in a virtual format, and over the weekend the Respiratory Research Excellence Awards were announced.

Over nine awards almost $150,000 was given out by the Thoracic Society and Lung Foundation Australia and the Centre of Research Excellence in Pulmonary Fibrosis, giving a much-needed investment in lung disease research! There will be more to follow later in the year.

In even more exciting news this year the total TSANZ directly funded awards value has doubled with the Society committing to increase all TSANZ project grants to $25000 and TSANZ professional development grants to $5000. This will enable greater support for research activities for our membership.

The research awards are supported by the generosity of private donations, bequests, and sponsorship and these funded projects leverage additional financing from recipients’ institutions. Thank you to our generous donors, sponsors and organisational partners for enabling our world-class researchers to continue to create respiratory knowledge and build capacity in the respiratory workforce, with the overall goal to prevent, cure and relieve disability from lung disease.

We also had the TSANZ Awards by Nomination announced at the TSANZ Annual General Meeting on Thursday evening. These awards acknowledge exceptional contributions to respiratory health and we offer a massive congratulations to each individual on this prestigious honour.

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


Award Winner(s)
TSANZ Janet Elder International Travel Award – Early Career Yet H Khor
TSANZ Janet Elder International Travel Award – Early Career Rebecca McLoughlin
TSANZ Janet Elder International Travel Award – Early Career Jack Callum
TSANZ Ann Woolcock New Investigator Award Winner Olivia Carroll
Ann Woolcock New Investigator Award Finalists Dinh Bui, Clair Lake, Katherine Landwehr, Samuel Montgomery, Jagdev Singh
TSANZ Peter Phelan Research Award Olivia Whalen
TSANZ Past Presidents Scholarship Award Kurtis Budden
TSANZ Robert Pierce Grant-In-Aid for Indigenous Lung Health Suzanne Munns
TSANZ Boehringer Ingelheim New Zealand COPD Travel Award William Good
TSANZ Indigenous Respiratory Nursing Award Karen Baker and Louise Morris
TSANZ Past Presidents Scholarship Award Kurtis Budden
Lung Foundation Australia & CRE-PF CREATE Hope Clinical Fellowship in Pulmonary Fibrosis Research Ingrid Cox


Award Winner(s)
Funded by Asthma Australia; TSANZ Oral Session: Asthma and Allergy SIG Award N. Sabrina Idrose for their presentation “Food-allergic children have lower lung function on high pollen days”
Funded by the National Asthma Council Australia; TSANZ Oral Session: Asthma and Allergy SIG Award Claire O’Sullivan for their presentation “Targeting peripheral airway dysfunction with small particle bronchodilator in asthma”
Funded by TSANZ; TSANZ Oral Session: Cell, Immunology & Molecular Biology of the Lung SIG Award Rashad Mahbub for their presentation “Inhaled corticosteroids induce DNA methylation near glucocorticoid receptor in asthmatics”
Funded by TSANZ; TSANZ Oral Session: Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease SIG Award Arijeet Pal for their presentation “Indigenous patient perspectives of COPD in the Northern Territory”
Funded by Cystic Fibrosis Australia; TSANZ Oral Session: Joint Cystic Fibrosis SIG and Physiotherapy SIG Award Christine Duplancic for their presentation “Non-tuberculous mycobacteria in Australians with cystic fibrosis: A national survey”
Funded by Lung Foundation Australia; LFA Dr David Serisier Memorial Award for Bronchiectasis Research William Good for their presentation “The role of a sublingual bacterial vaccine in bronchiectasis”
Funded by Asthma Australia; TSANZ Oral Session: Joint Evidence Based Medicine SIG and Physiotherapy SIG Award Dennis Thomas for their presentation “Effect of maintenance macrolide antibiotics withdrawal in obstructive airway diseases”
Funded by TSANZ; TSANZ Oral Session: Interventional Pulmonology SIG Award Kirstin Tirant for their presentation “Digital health to extend Victoria’s first specialised pleural service”
Funded by TSANZ; TSANZ Oral Session: Lung Cancer SIG Award Fraser Brims for their presentation “Lung cancer screening in the Western Australian Asbestos Review Program”
Funded by TSANZ; TSANZ Oral Session: Occupational and Environmental Lung Disease SIG Award Graeme Zosky for their presentation “Associations between coal chemistry and the lung inflammatory cell response”
Funded by TSANZ; TSANZ Oral Session: Orphan Lung Diseases, Lung Transplant, Interstitial Lung Disease and Pulmonary Vascular Disease (OLIV) SIG Award Hayley Barnes for their presentation “Clinical utility of a standardised hypersensitivity pneumonitis exposure questionnaire”
Funded by TSANZ; TSANZ Oral Session: Joint Nutrition SIG and Symptom Support and Palliative Care SIG Award Xinye (Esther) Chen for their presentation “Careful long-term opioid prescription may safely relieve chronic breathlessness”
Funded by TSANZ; TSANZ Oral Session: Peter van Asperen Paediatric SIG Award Ediane De Queiroz for their presentation “Lung function in infants whose mothers smoked during pregnancy”
Funded by TSANZ; TSANZ Oral Session: Joint Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease SIG and Physiotherapy SIG Award Sonia Cheng for their presentation “Behavioural intervention improves physical activity in ‘sedentary’ people with COPD”
Funded by TSANZ; TSANZ Oral Session: Primary Care SIG Award Lisa Pagano for their presentation “The Effects of a Brief Physiotherapist-led Intervention in Primary Care on Physical Activity Levels in People with COPD”
Funded by Lung Foundation Australia; TSANZ Oral Session: John Reid Pulmonary Physiology and Sleep SIG Award Elizabeth Smith for their presentation “Childhood re-admission following preterm birth predicts respiratory morbidity at 19-years”
Funded by Lung Foundation Australia; TSANZ Oral Session: Respiratory Infectious Diseases SIG Award Katie Daly for their presentation “Histone Deacetylase-6 promotes protective antiviral responses during influenza A infection”
Funded by TSANZ; TSANZ Oral Session: Respiratory Nurses SIG Award Sheree Smith for their presentation “Response shift in COPD patients undertaking pulmonary rehabilitation”
Funded by TSANZ; TSANZ Oral Session: Tobacco and Related Substances SIG Award Alexander Larcombe for their presentation “Chemical analysis of fresh and aged Australian e-cigarette liquids”
Funded by TSANZ; TSANZSRS ASM 2022 Best Poster Carolyn Wang for their presentation “Characterisation of airway-associated adipose tissue distribution, composition and activity”

2022 TSANZ Awards by Nomination


TSANZ 2022 President’s Award: Maurice Swanson OAM

TSANZ 50th Anniversary Medal for Education and Training: Professor Vanessa McDonald

TSANZ Research Medal: Professor Claire Wainwright

TSANZ Society Medal: Professor John Wheatley


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