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TSANZ Research Medal Presentations

Date Recorded: 28th July 2020

Duration: Approx. 1 Hour

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.

TSANZ Research Medal Winners 2020:

Professor Shyamali Dharmage

Title of talk:
Pre-COPD: where are we and where to from here?

Prof Dharmage has been formerly trained in Medicine, Public Health and Epidemiology. She conceived and developed the Melbourne University Allergy and Lung Health Unit that is at the forefront of the research into environmental and genetic risk factors for and biological pathways of chronic respiratory diseases. She is the PI of two of the world’s key longitudinal studies in lung health, the Tasmanian Longitudinal Health Study and the Melbourne Atopy Family Cohort Study. She is also the PI of the Australian Centre of RHINESA, a three generation international study of asthma and Australian Centre of Ageing Lungs in European Cohorts (ALEC). She has secured over 60 million Australian Dollars for her research program and published over 400 peer reviewed articles including in Lancet, Lancet Respiratory Medicine, Nature Genetics, American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, and BMJ. She has been on a number of editorial boards including her current positions in Clinical and Experimental Allergy and Lancet Respiratory Medicine. Her current interests include lifetime lung function and asthma trajectories and transgenerational risk factors for poor lung health.

Professor Alan James

Title of talk:
Defining Airway Disease Phenotypes for Clinical Use

Alan James is a consultant respiratory physician and clinical scientist at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital, Hollywood Private Hospital and the University of Western Australia in Perth, Western Australia. He and his research team are studying mechanisms of excessive airway narrowing in asthma, particularly the roles of increased smooth muscle and matrix and how to measure them, with a view to new treatments. As Chair of the Busselton Health Study he also leads research teams studying healthy ageing and the characteristics of airway disease such as asthma, cough, COPD, airway inflammation and altered airway structure in the general population. These studies aim to improve appropriate management of airway diseases at the primary care level. He has published over 250 journal articles, book chapters and editorials and in 2017 received the Asia Pacific Society of Respirology Ann Woolcock Research Medal.


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