Welcome Message

Dear [FirstName],

Welcome to another issue of Research Roundup. Let’s start off by congratulating Rachel Foong as winner of the TSANZ, National Asthma Council Australia and Telethon Kids Institute – Asthma and Airways Career Development Fellowship. A special shout out also to all the special interest group best presentation winners from the TSANZSRS 2021 conference. A fantastic display of research prowess. 

The Australasian Severe Asthma Registry Annual Report for 2020 is now available, and there are many great reads through the limbic, highlighted Respirology Editor’s Choice articles and the Respiratory Research Review.

Some of our TSANZ colleagues are looking for people willing to donate a very small amount of time to help out with some research surveys and interviews, including topics of frailty and pulmonary rehabilitation, how to harness research for better health, attitudes and practice to improve adherence to smoking cessation medications, lung cancer care and GPs who are managing patients with acute COPD exacerbations. 

In closing, poet Antoine de Saint-Exupéry wrote “A goal without a plan is just a wish”. So let’s get planning. Good luck and happy researching.

A/Prof Kristin Carson-Chahhoud

Chair, Research Sub-Committee



TSANZ would like to congratulate Rachel Foong as the winner of the 2021 TSANZ, National Asthma Council Australia and Telethon Kids Institute - Asthma and Airways Career Development Fellowship.

TSANZ would also like to congratulate the following TSANZSRS21 SIG Award winners.

Supported by TSANZ

Cell, Immunology and Molecular Biology of the Lung: Denby Evans

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease: Juliet Wang

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease: Simone De Luca

Interventional Pulmonology/Bronchoscopy: Anna Ridgers

Lung Cancer: Nikita Patel

Nutrition: Heather Stephenson

Occupational & Environmental Lung Disease/Population Health: Vidya Navaratnam

Orphan Lung Diseases, Lung Transplant, Interstitial Lung Disease and Pulmonary Vasuclar Disease: Catherine Hill

Paediatric: Carla Rebeca Da Silva

Physiotherapy: Narelle Cox

Primary Care: Anthony Flynn

Symptom Support & Palliative Care: Christopher Chew

Best TSANZ Poster: Phoebe Waters

Supported by Asthma Australia

Asthma & Allergy: Lisa Jurak

Asthma & Allergy: Bronwyn Berthon

Evidence-Based Medicine & Practice: Louise Hansell

Supported by Lung Foundation Australia

Pulmonary Physiology & Sleep: Elizabeth Smith

Respiratory Infectious Diseases: Jemma Mayall

Supported by Cystic Fibrosis Australia

Cystic Fibrosis: Fiona Qiu

Open Awards

Lung Foundation Australia Awards

Lung Foundation Australia – Tony Britton PhD Scholarship in Occupational Lung Disease – closes 26 November 2021

Lung Foundation Australia - Better Breathing Foundation PhD Scholarship in Chronic Lung Disease – closes 17 December 2021


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.



Don’t forget to submit your abstract!


As you may be aware, the TSANZSRS ASM 2022 will now be a virtual meeting. The committee is planning a vibrant and engaging program that gives the abstract submission process a little more time. Abstract submission for the TSANZSRS ASM 2022 will now close on 5 November 2021


  • TSANZ Ann Woolcock New Investigator Award. For more information click here.
  • TSANZ Janet Elder International Travel Award. For more information click here.
  • Boehringer Ingelheim New Zealand COPD Travel Award. For more information click here.

Please click here to access the conference website for more information!

Australasian Severe Asthma Registry (ASAR) Annual Report 2020

TSANZ is excited to share the ASAR 2020 Annual Report with you!

While 2020 presented many challenges, we are very pleased to celebrate the achievements of the ASAR. The continued collaboration between TSANZ and the Australasian Severe Asthma Network saw many milestones reached in 2020 including local expansion and becoming a key contributor to the global understanding of severe asthma.

To view the ASAR 2020 Annual Report, please click here


2021 Fukuchi Awards


Each year Respirology presents the Fukuchi Award to the top two research papers published in the journal, selected by an international expert panel. The following 10 papers from Volume 25 were shortlisted for the 2021 Fukuchi Awards - congratulations to all the authors:



Ween, MP, Hamon, R, Macowan, MG, et al. Effects of E-cigarette E-liquid components on bronchial epithelial cells: Demonstration of dysfunctional efferocytosis.




Suzuki, A, Kondoh, Y, Brown, KK, et al. Acute exacerbations of fibrotic interstitial lung diseases.






  • Parkin, L, Quon, J, Sharples, K, et al. Underuse of beta-blockers by patients with COPD and co-morbid acute coronary syndrome: A nationwide follow-up study in New Zealand.
  • Baines, KJ, Fricker, M, McDonald, VM, et al. Sputum transcriptomics implicates increased p38 signalling activity in severe asthma.
  • Kotoulas, S-C, Pataka, A, Domvri, K, et al. Acute effects of e-cigarette vaping on pulmonary function and airway inflammation in healthy individuals and in patients with asthma.
  • Langton, D, Sha, J, Guo, S, et al. Bronchial thermoplasty versus mepolizumab: Comparison of outcomes in a severe asthma clinic.
  • Arellano-Maric, MP, Hamm, C, Duiverman, ML, et al. Obesity hypoventilation syndrome treated with non-invasive ventilation: Is a switch to CPAP therapy feasible?
  • Chu, M, Wu, S, Wang, W, et al. miRNA sequencing reveals miRNA-4508 from peripheral blood lymphocytes as potential diagnostic biomarker for silica-related pulmonary fibrosis: A multistage study.
  • Goyal, V, McPhail, SM, Hurley, F, et al. Cost of hospitalization for bronchiectasis exacerbation in children.
  • Homaira, N, Wiles, LK, Gardner, C, et al. Assessing appropriateness of paediatric asthma management: A population-based sample survey.


Award Selection Panel:

Antonio R Anzueto, Sanjay Chotirmall, Young Whan Kim

*This collection of papers is also available online here.


Respirology - Editor's Choice


Respirology Issue 26.8 August 2021

Chronic bronchial infection and incident cardiovascular events in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease patients: A long-term observational study

Miguel Ángel Martinez-Garcia, Rosa Faner, Grace Oscullo, David la Rosa-Carrillo, Juan Jose Soler-Cataluña, Marta Ballester, Alfonso Muriel, Alvar Agusti

DOI: 10.1111/resp.14086







Respirology Issue 26.9 September 2021

COVID-19: Histopathological correlates of imaging patterns on chest computed tomography

Azar Kianzad, Lilian J. Meijboom, Esther J. Nossent, Eva Roos, Bernadette Schurink, Peter I. Bonta, Inge A. H. van den Berk, Rieneke Britstra, Jaap Stoker, Anton Vonk Noordegraaf, Paul van der Valk, Erik Thunnissen, Marianna Bugiani, Harm Jan Bogaard, Teodora Radonic

DOI: 10.1111/resp.14101







Respirology Issue 26.10 October 2021

Are e-cigarette use and vaping associated with increased respiratory symptoms and poorer lung function in a population exposed to smoke from a coal mine fire?

Wai Kit Lee, Catherine L. Smith, Caroline X. Gao, Brigitte M. Borg, Kristopher Nilsen, David Brown, Annie Makar, Thomas McCrabb, Bruce R. Thompson, Michael J. Abramson

DOI: 10.1111/resp.14113







Respirology Issue 26.11 November 2021

Impact of COVID-19 pandemic restrictions on the cardio-respiratory health of New Zealanders

Sarah M. Fairweather, Catherina L. Chang, Christopher J Mansell, Eskandarain Shafuddin, Robert J. Hancox

DOI: 10.1111/resp.14119

Surveys and Research


We are writing to ask for your help in an international study exploring the factors that influence the initiation of invasive long-term ventilation (LTV) as an example of technology dependence.  We are asking all paediatric clinical professionals (e.g. medical doctors, nurses, physiotherapists, dieticians, pharmacists, respiratory therapists and other MDTs) with experience of working with children initiated on LTV to participate. This study is important as it aims to identify the greatest influences on the initiation of invasive LTV and to explore the meaning of this in the context of contrasting health, legal, economic and political systems.

A review of the literature and analysis of interviews with multi-professional clinicians working with children on LTV internationally, suggests several factors that may influence the initiation of invasive LTV. The scenarios provided in this survey aim to explore these factors further.

We request you respond as an individual (i.e. not at an institutional level). Participation is voluntary and if you chose to take part your answers will be completely confidential and you will not be identified from this questionnaire. Your views on this topic would be very helpful and by responding you will increase the accuracy of the survey results. Completion of the questionnaire should take approximately 10-15 minutes.

If you choose to click on the link/scan the QR code below you will be brought to the survey which will include an introduction, downloadable participation information leaflet and consent form followed by the survey.


We really appreciate your interest in this study. If you have any questions about your participation, please contact Prof Maria Brenner (PI) at brennerm@tcd.ie or our TechChild Project Manager, Dr. Mary Quirke at quirkemb@tcd.ie We would also be very grateful if you could forward this email to colleagues who might also be interested in taking part.

Yours sincerely,

Prof Maria Brenner
Professor in Children’s Nursing
Head of Discipline for Children's Nursing
School of Nursing and Midwifery,
Trinity College Dublin, the University of Dublin,
24 D’Olier Street,



We recently conducted a systematic review that showed that only one in four smokers use NRT as instructed by the health professionals.  

We are conducting a 10-minute online survey among to identify the factors from the health professionals’ perspective.  

The study is approved by the University of Newcastle Human Research Ethics Committee, Approval H-2020-0334.   

Participants will enter a draw to award 4 individuals with $300 gift vouchers each. 

The survey can be accessed by clicking HERE.

We appreciate the support.

Amanual Getnet Mersha
School of Medicine and Public Health
The University of Newcastle



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-- https://doi.org/10.1136/thoraxjnl-2020-215731)

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 (anne.holland@monash.edu)


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