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VOLUME 4.010 – DECEMBER 2019

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Research Roundup:

December 2019


Welcome Message

As the year draws to a close and many of us are wrapping up for the summer break we have a few short messages for you.

Firstly, we have three awards open which we would like to draw your attention to:

Secondly, late-breaking abstracts are open, so if you have any new work to share with your colleagues, please consider submitting to TSANZSRS 2020!

Lastly, we wish you all a safe and relaxing break over the festive season. For those who will remain at work, we hope all goes smoothly for you! Enjoy the December edition of your research roundup and please check out the surveys below.

Prof Sandra Hodge

Chair, Research Sub-Committee

Open Awards


Thoracic Society Awards 

There are three Thoracic Society Awards open:


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.

Respirology – Editor’s Choice 

Respirology Issue 24.12 December 2019


Increased risk of major adverse cardiac events following the onset of acute exacerbations of COPD

Mette Reilev, Anton Pottegård, Jesper Lykkegaard, Jens Søndergaard, Truls S Ingebrigtsen and Jesper Hallas



DOI: 10.1111/resp.13620

Top row, from left to right: Mette Reilev, Jesper Hallas and Anton Pottegård, Clinical Pharmacology and Pharmacy, University of Southern Denmark

Bottom row, from left to right: Jesper Lykkegaard and Jens Søndergaard, The Research Unit for General Practice, University of Southern Denmark

Non-invasive ventilation versus oxygen therapy in cystic fibrosis: A 12-month randomized trial

Maree A. Milross, Amanda J. Piper, Tiffany J. Dwyer, Keith Wong, Scott C. Bell, Peter T.P. Bye and the Non-Invasive Ventilation Cystic Fibrosis (NIVCF) Study Group

Non-invasive ventilation in cystic fibrosis

DOI: 10.1111/resp.13604

Research Project and Survey Requests


Competitive Grants of Up To $1 Million To Turn Medical Discoveries Into Clinical Reality (Fed)

Minister for Health, Greg Hunt, says cutting edge researchers and entrepreneurs can receive up to $1 million from the Morrison Government to develop their breakthrough medical devices to improve patient care.

The third round of funding from the Government’s $45 million BioMedTech (MBT) Horizons initiative, funded by our landmark Medical Research Future Fund, will open on 15 October.

EOI applications open: Tuesday, 15 October 2019.
Closing Date: Monday, 16 December 2019

Click here for further details

Workshops and Conferences


Chronic Breathlessness


The Australian national Palliative Care Clinical Studies Collaborative (PaCCSC) is pleased to announce the publication of results from a recently completed multi-site, double-blind, randomised controlled trial that found that regular, sustained-release morphine had similar benefits and harms to placebo in this adequately powered trial at one week.

The manuscript is titled “Regular, sustained-release morphine for chronic breathlessness: a multi-centre, double-blind, randomised, placebo controlled trial”. Authored by David Currow and colleagues, the paper was published in Thorax 2019; 213681 (ahead of print). A copy of the paper is attached for your benefit.



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