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VOLUME 6.04 – MAY 2021

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Research Roundup:

May 2021

Welcome Message

Welcome to another edition of our TSANZ Research Roundup. It was fantastic to see so many people tune-in to our first ever virtual conference earlier this month. I would like to offer a huge congratulations to everyone who has continued to champion respiratory research by adapting approaches and pushing through despite the COVID-19 pandemic. The presentations on display were testimony to our society of dedicated and steadfast professionals.

I am honoured to be taking over as Chair of the Research Sub-Committee from Professor Sandy Hodge, who has done a brilliant job of leading our collective interests over the past four years. If there is anything the committee or I can do to help support your research activities, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

We are please to announce that over $300,000 has been awarded for respiratory research excellence in 2021. Huge congratulations to all the award recipients and good luck with your research. Two awards are currently open, being a TSANZ and National Asthma Council Australia Career Development Fellowship and a NZ Branch travel grant closing 31st of May and 8th of August respectively. There is an Asthma Australia Research Grant and Workshop on offer later this month and calls for applicants in the 2021 Australian Museum Eureka Prizes are open until the 28th of May.

Check out The Limbic, Respirology Editor’s Choice and Respiratory Research Review segments for a snapshot of some great respiratory research going on. Finally, if you have an interest in lung cancer care, acute exacerbations of COPD or helping to inform the top 10 research priorities for pulmonary fibrosis, click on the survey links below.

Enjoy the May edition of your Research Roundup.

A/Prof Kristin Carson-Chahhoud
Chair, Research Sub-Committee 



(Saturday, 1st May 2021): Over $300,000 in lung research investment was announced this weekend at the Respiratory Research Excellence Awards, presented in a virtual format alongside the Australia and New Zealand Annual Scientific Meeting for Leaders in Lung Health & Respiratory Science (TSANZSRS 2021).

This prestigious selection of awards are presented to TSANZ members who are at various stages of their career and doing outstanding work. These awards aim to support individuals through project funding, fellowships and travel grants.

“This funding enables our researchers to learn more and develop their skills, with the overall goal of preventing, curing and alleviating disability from lung disease. Every dollar invested takes us one step closer to reaching that goal,” said TSANZ President Elect Professor John Upham.

“We’re honoured to be able to support some of Australia’s most innovative researchers working on lung disease and lung health. This research will make a difference to the lives of the 1 in 4 Australians with lung disease,” he said.

Thoracic Society of Australia and New Zealand (TSANZ) – the hosts of TSANZSRS – are pleased to announce awards from Cystic Fibrosis Australia, the National Asthma Council Australia, Lung Foundation Australia and the Centre of Research Excellence in Pulmonary Fibrosis.

“The TSANZ is privileged to support a diverse awards program that recognises the best and brightest minds in respiratory health that will shape the lung health of our communities into the future” said TSANZ CEO, Dr Graham Hall.

The research awards are supported by the generosity of private donations, sponsorship and leveraged financing from recipients’ institutions. Thank you to our generous 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.


TSANZ would like to congratulate the following Award winners.

TSANZ Janet Elder Travel Award – Early  Career – Maggie Lam, Monash University

TSANZ Janet Elder Travel Award – Early Career – Melissa Preissner, Monash University

TSANZ Janet Elder Travel Award – Early Career – Mariana Hoffman Barbosa, Monash University

BI NZ Primary Care Grant – Sarah Mooney, Auckland University of Technology

Past President’s Scholarship Award – Elena Schneider-Futschik, The University of Melbourne

TSANZ Peter Phelan Research Award – Thomas Iosifidis, Curtin University and Telethon Kids Institute

TSANZ/Maurice Blackburn GIA – Keshav Raj Paudel, University of Technology Sydney

TSANZ Robert Pierce GIA for ILH – Peter Wark, University of Newcastle and Hunter Medical Research Institute

Ann Woolcock New Investigator Award – Nicole Sheers, Austin Health, University of Melbourne

CREATE Grant-in-Aid For new collaborative research between CREATE Fellows (CRE-PF and Lung Foundation Australia) – Gang Liu, Ashleigh Philp & Laura Glenn, UTS, UNSW & The University of Sydney

CREATE Grant-in-Aid For new collaborative research between CREATE Fellows (CRE-PF and Lung Foundation Australia) – Laura Glenn, Alan Teoh, Hayley Barnes & John Mackintosh, RPAH, Alfred Health & Prince Charles Hospital

PACT Grant-in-Aid For Investigator Led Pulmonary Fibrosis Clinical Research (Lung Foundation Australia and CRE-PF) – Yet Hong Khor & Christopher Ryerson, Austin Health & University of British Columbia

CREATE Hope PhD Scholarships in Pulmonary Fibrosis (Lung Foundation Australia and CRE-PF) -Joanna Lee, Monash University

CREATE Hope PhD Scholarships in Pulmonary Fibrosis (Lung Foundation Australia and CRE-PF) -Claudia Sim, Monash University

Asthma Australia Research Grant and Workshop

Asthma Australia would like to invite you to a workshop which aims to share ideas and invoke research partnerships around issues relevant to people disproportionately affected by asthma. At the end of the meeting, Asthma Australia will re-announce a $300,000 Strategic Alliance grant for such work.

At Asthma Australia, we are committed to doing things differently in our quest to help people live freely from their disease and hope you are ready to join us. Thanks to the Ray O’Donnell Belgrave Lions Asthma Research Fund, we are seeking to fund research from Victorian-led research collaborations to answer the evidence gaps and develop solutions for people from the three following population segments disproportionately affected by asthma:

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People
  • People facing socioeconomic disadvantage
  • People from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

We will be holding one workshop (up to 90 minutes) for each population segment and want you to attend.

At the workshops you will hear why this research funding is a priority in Australia for people with asthma. We will facilitate a discussion among participants about why these inequities persist and share ideas around potential collaborations and novel approaches that aim to address them. After the workshops, applications will open to apply for the $300,000 Strategic Alliance Grant. 

    Workshop  details

    1. Culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds

    When: Wednesday 26th May 11-12:30
    Where: Ethnic Community Council Victoria

    1. People facing socioeconomic disadvantage
      Tuesday 25th May 2-3:30pm
    1. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People
      TBC – please register interest

    If you are interested in applying for this grant, please contact Asthma Australia (via your name, organisation and the workshop you would like to attend.  

    2021 Australian Museum Eureka Prizes

    Do you know someone making a difference in their field?

    Entries to the 2021 Australian Museum Eureka Prizes are now open!

    This year, there are 16 prizes on offer that cover a broad spectrum of scientific disciplines, which aim to recognise the achievements of scientists, researchers, and science communicators at all career stages.

    There are prizes available for both individuals and teams, and entrants can either enter themselves or be nominated. The Eureka Prizes are open, but not limited to, those who work in research institutes, government departments, media, corporations, and universities. It’s free to enter and there’s a prize pool of $160,000 to be shared between the winners.

    If you know an individual or team doing outstanding work, why not encourage them to enter?

    Entries close 7pm AEST Friday 28 May


    Respirology – Editor’s Choice

    Respirology Issue 26.4 April 2021

    Central airway collapse is related to obesity independent of asthma phenotype

    Swati A. Bhatawadekar, Ubong Peters, Ryan R. Walsh, Nirav Daphtary, Erick S. Maclean, Vitor Mori, Kevin Hodgdon, C. Matthew Kinsey, David A. Kaminsky, Jason H.T. Bates and Anne E. Dixon

    DOI: 10.1111/resp.14005

    Prednisolone and tacrolimus versus prednisolone and cyclosporin A to treat polymyositis/dermatomyositis‐associated ILD: A randomized, open‐label trial

    Tomoyuki Fujisawa, Hironao Hozumi, Yosuke Kamiya, Yusuke Kaida, Taisuke Akamatsu, Hideki Kusagaya, Yasuomi Satake, Kazutaka Mori, Masashi Mikamo, Hiroyuki Matsuda, Koshi Yokomura, Naoki Koshimizu, Mikio Toyoshima, Shiro Imokawa, Hideki Yasui, Yuzo Suzuki, Masato Karayama, Kazuki Furuhashi, Noriyuki Enomoto, Yutaro Nakamura, Naoki Inui, and Takafumi Suda

    DOI: 10.1111/resp.13978

    Surveys and Research


    We would be grateful please for less than 5 minutes of your time to complete this survey which is designed to provide a snapshot of the current status of lung cancer care and MDTs around Australia.

    • These data will help inform vital services planning for lung cancer care and will directly inform ongoing discussions with Government about lung cancer care across Australia.
    • We are only asking for one response from each institution, we suggest it is the lead clinician for the lung cancer MDT.
    • Curtin University Human Research Ethics Committee (HREC) has approved this study (HREC number HRE2021-0031).

    Please follow the link to the Australian-wide Survey of Lung Cancer Care, or use the QR code below.

    Thank you for your time.

    Prof Fraser Brims
    Curtin Medical School 


    Investigators from Monash University are conducting a RACGP-funded national survey of GPs regarding the management of patients with acute exacerbations of COPD.

    Acute exacerbations of COPD are a leading cause of hospitalisation, with a substantial proportion of cases being potentially preventable. We are seeking GPs to complete a short survey that aims to better understand current practice and unmet needs in order to optimise care for these patients. Due to the current COVID-19 vaccination rollout across Australia, it is very challenging to secure participation. Any assistance to distribute this among your contacts is greatly appreciated.

    All eligible participants who complete the survey will have the chance to win one of two $250 gift vouchers, and anyone who completes an optional follow-up qualitative interview will receive a $250 gift voucher.

    The survey can be accessed by clicking HERE.

    The survey has been approved by the Monash University Human Research Ethics Committee (MUHREC ref. 26571). If you have any queries, please contact Dr Bianca Perera at, Dr. Chris Barton at or Dr Christian Osadnik (Principal investigator) at



    A recent research study as part of the NHMRC’s Centre of Research Excellence in Pulmonary Fibrosis grant aimed to identify the top 10 research priorities for pulmonary fibrosis (PF) according to people living with pulmonary fibrosis, caregivers, health professionals and researchers.

    This study has now been completed and below is a summary of the findings from this work.

    The top 3 priorities rank by people with PF and caregivers were:

    1. What medications can reverse scarring in the lungs of people with PF?
    2. What medications can improve lung function in people with PF?
    3. What are the causes of PF?

    The top 3 priorities rank by people with healthcare professionals/researchers were:

    1. What medications can reverse scarring in the lungs of people with PF?
    2. How can we prevent PF?
    3. What are the causes of PF?

    The findings from this study have been published in a peer-reviewed journal and will help guide future research directions.

    (click on the link to view the paper–

    The Study team extends their thanks and appreciation to all those who participated in the study for their time and valuable contribution to this work.

    Yours sincerely,

    Anne Holland
    Professor of Physiotherapy (Research), Monash University (


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