Welcome Message

Dear TSANZ,

Welcome to the first 2022 issue of Research Roundup, with links to several great funding opportunities to start the year off with some much adored grant writing. A few closing soon include the icare project funding for dust diseases research (27th of January), Asthma Australia 3-year PhD scholarship and a 2-year fellowship (31stof January), and the Dorothy Nell Marzol Innovation grant for cystic fibrosis research (4th of February). 

With the 2022 TSANZSRS conference just around the corner, the customary annual Thoracic Society Awards are now open, but with a big difference for some, being substantial increases in the amount of funding on offer. Applications will close 17th of February, but if that deadline is a bit too tight, Lung Foundation Australia are calling for applications to support a clinical fellowship in pulmonary fibrosis research, with a closing date of February 22nd

As always there are links to some great reads in The Limbic, Respirology and Research Review along with opportunities for career changes, career development and helping someone else’s career by completing their survey so they can finish data collection and publish some rigorous research findings to support their grant applications. 

Happy researching everyone and if you are stuck for motivation remember the best way to get things done is to simply begin. After all, how do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time.

A/Prof Kristin Carson-Chahhoud

Chair, Research Sub-Committee

Open Awards

Thoracic Society Awards

TSANZ Indigenous Respiratory Nurses Development Award – closing 17 February 2021

TSANZ Past President Scholarship Award – closing 17 February 2021

TSANZ Peter Phelan Paediatric Research Grant – closing 17 February 2021

TSANZ Rob Pierce Grant-in-Aid for Indigenous Lung Health – closing 17 February 2021

Lung Foundation Australia Awards

CREATE Hope Clinical Fellowship in Pulmonary Fibrosis (PF) Research – closing 22 February 2022

 

        

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.

TSANZSRS VIRTUAL ASM 2022

 

Don’t forget to register!

 

As you may be aware, the TSANZSRS ASM 2022 will now be a virtual meeting. The committee is planning a vibrant and engaging program.
 

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

Cystic Fibrosis Grant Opportunity

The Dorothy Nell Marzol Innovation Grant 2022 – closing 4 February 2022

icare Project funding for dust diseases research and support

The Dust Diseases Board is comprised of 10 independent members across a range of scientific, medical, advocacy and peak bodies in the dust diseases industry. 

Through funding research, the Dust Diseases Board aims to reduce the risk of people developing dust diseases and to optimise health and care outcomes for people with a dust disease and their families. They also support building research capacity in dust diseases research to ensure ongoing pursuit of excellence in research in relevant fields through funding for scholarships and fellowships.

The Dust Diseases Board convenes quarterly to discuss and assess its grants programs.

The Dust Diseases Board has developed the following grant funding streams to help deliver a range of positive outcomes to workers affected by dust diseases:

  • Ideas to Action Grants: Discovery Grants and Translational Research Grants
  • Focus Grants
  • Scholarships and Fellowships Grant Program
  • Support Organisations Grants. 

Please click here for the grant programs application guidelines and the application forms for the discovery grants, translational Research grants and the Focus grants.

For more information, please contact our Research and Education unit via email ddcgrants@icare.nsw.gov.au.

All grants applications close on 27 January 2022.

Asthma Australia Research Funding Opportunity

Asthma Australia is dedicated to contributing to vital asthma research to help people with asthma live freely, as well as promoting and encouraging emerging researchers in the field.

We are excited to announce the opportunity for researchers and research groups in Australia to apply for two new funding opportunities.

Applications are now open for:
• 3-year PhD group scholarship in basic and discovery science 
• 2-year fellowship grant investigating and advancing the role of digital health strategies for the benefit of people with asthma

Applications close 31st January 2022.

Learn More

We look forward to hearing from you, 
Anthony Flynn
Research, Information and Evaluation Manager

Asthma Australia Peer Review Research Panel

Expression of Interest – Peer Review Research Panel

At Asthma Australia we are proud to fund research through our National Asthma Research Program. Through our funding we have been able to directly contribute to some of the most impactful changes worldwide in asthma knowledge and treatment and support emerging researchers in the field.

We are committed to investing in progressive approaches to make, translate and implement new discoveries that improve the lives of people with asthma. You can read more about our research program strategy here.

To support the delivery of our research program, we are looking for experienced researchers to take part in our Peer Review Panel.

This is an opportunity to contribute to asthma research in Australia and an exciting leadership opportunity. You will have the opportunity to familiarise yourself with the breadth of asthma research happening in Australia, contribute to Asthma Australia’s research vision, and expose yourself to grant writing examples to improve your own applications.

What is involved?  

If you join the peer review panel, you will receive requests to review applications on a periodic basis.

You can choose when to be involved and would be asked to review up to 5 applications at any one time (depending on number of applications received and number of available reviewers).

Register your interest

If you have any questions or would like to be involved in Asthma Australia’s Peer Review Panel, please email Rose Bell (Research and Evaluation Coordinator) rbell@asthma.org.au.

An online induction will be organised for the new year.

Career Opportunity

The Airways Inflammation Group at the University of Calgary is looking to fill a Tenure-track Faculty position at the Assistant Professor or junior Associate Professor level. Click here to find out more.

Resident Boot Camp at the ATS Conference 2022 in San Francisco

The ATS has invited the TSANZ to nominate one trainee for Resident Boot Camp at the ATS Conference 2022 in San Francisco. The Resident Boot Camp course will be held on Friday, May 13th and Saturday, May 14th, 2022, at the Moscone Convention Center, San Francisco California, USA.

The followings are objectives and Requirements;

  • Participants must be able to attend both days of the Boot Camp (May 13th and May 14th) 
  • English is the primary language spoken at the course. Please consider nominating participants whose ability to speak and understand English is sufficient for learning in this setting. 
  • The trainee must be the first iteration of this program.
  • The selected trainee will need to pay the USD 200.00 fee to attend the Boot Camp, but he/she will get;
    • complimentary ATS 2022 Conference registration
    • complimentary ATS 2022-2023 membership

 

 

Program Objectives 

Additional Requirements 

Trainee Nominee 

 

 

Through participation in the RBC, the trainee will: 

  • Acquire knowledge of basic techniques and principles of mechanical ventilation, airway management, and bronchoscopy.
  • Attain skills in vascular, thoracic, and pleural ultrasound image acquisition. 
  • Improve knowledge base in cardiopulmonary physiology. 
  • Develop strategies to successfully manage common clinical emergencies encountered as a trainee

Must be trained in internal medicine seeking specialized training in pulmonary and/or critical care medicine. 

  • Must not be a recipient of the ATS International Trainee Travel Award (ITTA)

More details on the Resident Boot Camp can be found on the ATS website: https://conference.thoracic.org/program/early-career-professionals/resident-boot-camp.php

Nominations must be received by the TSANZ Research Sub-Committee by Thursday 3 February.

Respirology - Editor's Choice

 

Respirology Issue 27.1 January 2022

Risk factors for chronic cough in adults: A systematic review and meta-analysis

Jingwen Zhang, Jennifer L. Perret, Anne B. Chang, Nur S. Idrose, Dinh S. Bui, Adrian J. Lowe, Michael J. Abramson, E. Haydn Walters, Caroline J. Lodge, Shyamali C. Dharmage

DOI: 10.1111/resp.14169

Surveys and Research

TECHCHILD RESEARCH STUDY

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.

https://nursingandmidwifery.fra1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_4M9P0vCkqqeUkXs

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,
Dublin,Ireland.
+35318963901                                      
brennerm@tcd.ie 

 

ATTITUDE AND PRACTICE OF HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS TOWARDS IMPROVING ADHERENCE TO SMOKING CESSATION MEDICATIONS

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
AmanualGetnet.Mersha@uon.edu.au

 

EXPRESSION OF INTEREST – PEER REVIEW RESEARCH PANEL

At Asthma Australia we are proud to fund research through our National Asthma Research Program. Through our funding we have been able to directly contribute to some of the most impactful changes worldwide in asthma knowledge and treatment and support emerging researchers in the field.

We are committed to investing in progressive approaches to make, translate and implement new discoveries that improve the lives of people with asthma. You can read more about our research program strategy here.

To support the delivery of our research program, we are looking for experienced researchers to take part in our Peer Review Panel.

This is an opportunity to contribute to asthma research in Australia and an exciting leadership opportunity. You will have the opportunity to familiarise yourself with the breadth of asthma research happening in Australia, contribute to Asthma Australia’s research vision, and expose yourself to grant writing examples to improve your own applications.

What is involved?  

If you join the peer review panel, you will receive requests to review applications on a periodic basis.

You can choose when to be involved and would be asked to review up to 5 applications at any one time (depending on number of applications received and number of available reviewers).

Register your interest

If you have any questions or would like to be involved in Asthma Australia’s Peer Review Panel, please email Rose Bell (Research and Evaluation Coordinator) rbell@asthma.org.au.

An online induction will be organised for the new year.

 

TOP 10 RESEARCH PRIORITIES FOR PULMONARY FIBROSIS

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)

TBPod

The TBPod are podcasts designed for clinicians and policymakers with an interest tuberculosis. These podcasts consist of conversations with expert clinicians, researchers, policy makers and advocates about their work in the field of tuberculosis. The TBPod is prepared by ACTnet and the TB Forum and can be found on ITunes, Spotify, and the ACTnet Website.

 

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 TSANZOffice@thoracic.org.au.

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 TSANZOffice@thoracic.org.au.

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 TSANZOffice@thoracic.org.au. 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.