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Research Roundup:

August 2019


Welcome Message

We received some exciting news with the announcement that the National Dust Disease Taskforce has been established by the Australian Government Department of Health. TSANZ and its members will play a key role in the Taskforce, enabling us to further contribute to the work we have been doing around preventable occupational lung disease.

Don’t forget to visit our TSANZSRS2020 website for more details about abstracts & TSANZ Travel Awards, and keep in mind the closing date of October 11th. Our Open Awards section below highlights our ongoing awards, grants and scholarships from the Lung Foundation Australia.

Submissions are always open for our “Research Roundup Holy Grail,” supported by the limbic. Details can be found here. Our most recent submission by Dr Jane Bourke is featured in this month’s the limbic section below.

We hope you enjoy the August edition of your Research Roundup!

Prof Sandra Hodge

Chair, Research Sub-Committee

Open Awards

Thoracic Society Awards

TSANZ ASM 2020 abstract-linked Awards – closing 11 October 2019
(N.B. the submission portal will become live on July 12)

TSANZ Indigenous Respiratory Nursing Award – closes 30th October 2019

TSANZ Peter Phelan Research Award – closes 30th October 2019

TSANZ Rob Pierce Grant-in-Aid for Indigenous Lung Health – closes 30th October 2019

Lung Foundation Awards

Lung Foundation Australia / A Menarini Pty Ltd 2019 Travel Awards APSR closing 13th September 2019 (5pm AEST)

BI / COPD Research Fellowship – closes 25 August 2019

Lung Foundation Australia / Lizotte Family Research Award for IPF Research – closes 25 August 2019

LFA / Ludwig Engel Grant-In-Aid for Physiological Research – closes 25 August 2019

Ivan Cash Grant-In-Aid for IPF Research – closes 25 August 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…

Respirology – Editor’s Choice

Respirology Issue 24.8 August 2019

Efficacy of corticosteroid and intravenous cyclophosphamide in acute exacerbation of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis: A propensity score‐matched analysis

Hironao Hozumi, Hirotsugu Hasegawa, Koichi Miyashita, Hideki Yasui, Yuzo Suzuki, Masato Kono, Masato Karayama, Kazuki Furuhasi, Dai Hashimoto, Noriyuki Enomoto, Tomoyuki Fujisawa, Naoki Inui, Yutaro Nakamura, Koshi Yokomura, Hidenori Nakamura, Takafumi Suda

Researchers from Hamamatsu University School of Medicine, Hamamatsu, Japan. From left to right: Prof. Takafumi Suda and Dr. Hironao Hozumi

DOI: 10.1111/resp.13506


Epithelial cell adhesion molecule (EpCAM) from pleural fluid cell lysates is a highly accurate diagnostic biomarker of adenocarcinomatous effusions

Jose M. Porcel, Aureli Esquerda, Silvia Biesla, Anna Novell, Maria Alba Sorolla, Sonia Gatius, Carlos Zamora, Silvia Vidal, Antonieta Salud


The pleural research team at IRBLleida in Spain. From left to right: Drs Sorolla, Salud, Bielsa, Novell, Esquerda (behind) and Porcel.

DOI: 10.1111/resp.13539

Research Project and Survey Requests


What is “suspected” lung cancer?

Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer-related mortality and morbidity in Australia. The Cancer Council’s Optimal Care Pathway suggests that patients with suspected lung cancer on CT scan be seen by a specialist within two weeks. But what exactly is “suspected” lung cancer? Does that 5mm lung nodule found incidentally on CT coronary angiogram need urgent specialist attention?

St John of God Healthcare doctors and Curtin University researchers are inviting respiratory physicians to help us define “suspected” lung cancer. We need you to review 10 short case scenarios and tell us if each of the patients should be seen by a specialist within two weeks.

To participate, click here.

You have been anonymously invited to participate because the Thoracic Society of Australia and New Zealand identifies you as a member. Consent is implied by your voluntary participation. This research study has been reviewed and given approval from the Curtin University and St John of God Healthcare Human Research Ethics Committees.
If you have questions or comments, you can contact the Principle Investigator on, the Curtin University HREC on or the SJOG Healthcare HREC on


Can you help TSANZ make a difference?

Your support makes a difference, and helps us continue to provide funding for research and our TSANZ awards. If you would like to support our work, you can leave a tax deductible donation of your choice in our areas of need.

1. Making a donation to our Benevolent Fund

The Benevolent Fund supports projects aimed at improving the respiratory health care of individuals who are in a setting where health care resources and delivery are poor.
CLICK HERE to make a donation or by filling out the Support TSANZ form. Once you have completed the form, please email

2. Making a donation to support research

With your support, we can continue to support Australia and New Zealand’s most significant and cutting edge respiratory health research, and benefit Australians and New Zealanders suffering from lung disease.
Please CLICK HERE to make a donation or by filling out the Support TSANZ form. Once you have completed the form, please email

3. Establishing a named award

For significant donations of above $10,000 AUD, a TSANZ award can be established in your name. Please call the TSANZ office on +61 2 9222 6200.

4. Leave TSANZ a gift in your will

If you are interested in supporting TSANZ in the future, one way to do so is to leave TSANZ a gift in your will. Any support is greatly appreciated and will leave a lasting legacy.
If interested, please notify us by ticking the box on the Support TSANZ form. Once you have completed the form, please email Alternatively, please call the TSANZ Office on +61 2 9222 6200.

5. TSANZ New Zealand Branch Incorporated 

New Zealand members are reminded that you are also able to make a tax deductible donation directly to the NZ branch. You can assist the NZ branch to provide services to members across NZ. If you make a payment via electronic funds transfer (EFT), please notify the TSANZ office so that we can arrange a receipt.
CLICK HERE to make a donation.

Thank you for your continued support of TSANZ



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