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Lung Foundation Australia Research News – Research Awards

Lung Foundation Australia announced the winners of several research awards at a ceremony at the TSANZ Annual Scientific Meeting on April 5th. These research awards are an excellent opportunity for universities, graduates, PhD students and health professionals interested in pursuing research in lung disease:

  • Lung Foundation Australia / Boehringer Ingelheim COPD Research Fellowship 2016/2017 – $80,000 pa awarded for research to improve the diagnosis and management of COPD. Awarded to Dr Christian Osadnik, Monash University, for his work on Towards tailored rehabilitation for COPD exacerbation phenotypes: looking back for the future
  • Lung Foundation Australia /Ivan Cash Research Grant-in-Aid Award – $5,000 awarded to undertake research involving analysis of data from the  Australian IPF Registry, in collaboration with the IPF Registry Steering Committee. Awarded to Dr Helen Jo, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, for her work on Early Identification of disease progression in IPF
  • Lung Foundation Australia /Lizotte Family Research Award – $5,000 awarded for research in idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis. Awarded to Gang Liu, University of Newcastle and the Hunter Medical Institute,  for his work on Targeting to Fibulin-1 as a novel therapeutic option for IPF
  • Lung Foundation Australia /Ludwig Engel Grant-in-Aid for Physiological Research – $5,000 awarded for research in respiratory physiology. Awarded to A/Prof. Alex Larcombe, Telethon Kids Institute WA, Assoc. Prof. Sandra Orgeig, University of South Australia, and Dr Emma Parkinson-Lawrence, University of South Australia, for their work on Lung function in a mouse model of a paediatric metabolic disease
  • Lung Foundation Australia / Australian Cochrane Airways Group Scholarship – $2,500 intended to assist with the completion, update and/or presentation of a Systematic Review. Awarded to Anke Lenferink, Flinders University, Adelaide, for her work on Self-management interventions including action plans for exacerbations versus usual care in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
  • Cochrane Airways Australian Satellite – $2,000 to students in health sciences (undergraduate or postgraduate) to study Evidence-Based Medicine in lung conditions that are prevalent and important to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders or Maori children. Awarded to Harshani Jayasinghe, The Queen Elizabeth Hospital, for her work on Asthma self-management education with either regular healthcare professional review or written action plans or both in adults
  • Lung Foundation Australia / A Menarini COPD Travel Grants to travel to ATS 2016 – two travel grants of up to $3000 + GST to travel to ATS awarded to Dr Annemarie Lee, West Park Healthcare, Toronto, and Dr Kristin Carson, Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Adelaide

Several new research awards were also announced:

  • David Wilson PhD Scholarship in IPF – thanks to the support of the Wilson Family, the Lung Foundation, in collaboration with the Pulmonary Fibrosis Consortium, will be able to support eight 3-year PhDs (each worth $90,000 over three years) aimed at increasing our understanding of this rare and devastating disease
  • David Serisier Memorial Award for Translational Research in Bronchiectasis – funded through generous donations made by Dr Serisier’s colleagues, patients, family and friends following his tragic death last year. $1,000 will be provided to the best oral or poster presentation in bronchiectasis or respiratory infection at the TSANZ conference.  The fund will support this award for the next 20-25 years
  • Lung Foundation PhD Scholarships in Lung Cancer – Lung Foundation Australia’s Lung Cancer program will fund three new 3-year PhD scholarships (each worth $90,000).  This augments four existing PhD scholarships supported by a donation from the Bantoft family
  • Deep Manchanda Lung Cancer Fellowship ($360,000 over two years) – thanks to the generous support of the Manchanda family in memory of Deep Manchanda, the Lung Foundation will support eight two-year post-doctoral Fellowships over the next 16 years.  The first of these fellowships was announced at the TSANZ conference.  The University of Newcastle (under the leadership of Prof Phil Hansbro) will match the Lung Foundation Australia funding of $180,000 for the first of the two year fellowships, taking the value of this first award to $360,000