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Research Roundup:

February 2018


Welcome Message

Welcome to the first Research Roundup of 2018. The Research Subcommittee are currently working their way through reviewing the many award applications received in the last couple of months. This year, for the first time and together with Lung Foundation Australia and Cystic Fibrosis Australia, we will be awarding $1 million worth of research funding at the TSANZSRS in Adelaide. We thank our generous sponsors and organisational partners for enabling our world-class researchers to continue to create respiratory knowledge with the goal to prevent, cure and relieve disability from lung disease.

The ASM is the flagship event of the year where our Society comes together, and this is also a good time for us to share our research stories. We would like to invite all members who have a research story; from an idea to an outcome, to share with this us. This story will be developed further at the ASM with our media partners and help to showcase our research talent and leverage our research profile. Please see the Tell Your Story article within this newsletter for more information.

We are proud to advise that the TSANZ Board has endorsed our first ever Research Strategy. This strategy outlines what we support: research projects, career development, advocacy driven research, and indigenous health, and how we do this: through direct-to-researcher funding, partnerships, and providing infrastructure. This strategy is underpinned by good governance and upholding equity and diversity across our robust and independent research administration.

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

Enjoy the February edition of your research roundup.

Prof Phil Hansbro

Prof Sandra Hodge

Co-Chairs, Research Sub-Committee

Open Awards

Maurice Blackburn ASM Travel Award 2018

These travel awards are made available to encourage eligible TSANZ members to attend and enrich the TSANZ Annual Scientific Meeting (ASM) through presentation of their work and active participation in the meeting. There will be one award of AUD 1500 to support the career development of TSANZ nurses, physiotherapists and other allied health professionals who do not already receive travel support from their institution.

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…

Tell Your Story

During 2017, the Research Subcommittee drafted the TSANZ Research Strategy and this was endorsed at the last TSANZ Board meeting of 2017.

This strategy outlines what we support:

  • Research projects
  • Career development
  • Advocacy driven research, and
  • Indigenous health

We do this through direct-to-researcher funding, partnerships, and providing infrastructure. This strategy is underpinned by good governance and upholding equity and diversity across our robust and independent research administration. 

Whilst things are improving, and now we even have the Cardiorespiratory Field of Research, there is still a way to go in promoting Respiratory Research.

We would like to showcase our member’s research stories. If you have a story about an idea or an observation which you have followed through and been able to deliver outcomes on, we would like to know about it.

Telling these stories to the general public, government, and industry, will help to raise the profile of respiratory research and peoples desire to support it.

Respirology Issue 23.2 – Editor’s Choice

Non-invasive ventilation during cycle exercise training in patients with chronic respiratory failure on long-term ventilatory support: A randomized controlled trial


DOI: 10.1111/resp.13181


The respiratory division team at the main centre of the international collaborative research project in Lumezzane, Italia, including authors Michele Vitacca and Mara Paneroni (first and second person from the right side).


Small airway disease: A different phenotype of early stage COPD associated with biomass smoke exposure


DOI: 10.1111/resp.13176


The First Affiliated Hospital of the Guangzhou Medical University on the river bank of the Pearl river in Guangzhou, China, where the research study was performed. 

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:

For further information please contact Dr Marie Williams (E: 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 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:

Thank you,

Dr Vanessa Murphy,
Ms Karen McLaughlin, 


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