Welcome Message

Dear [FirstName],

Welcome to the second issue of Research Roundup for 2022, coming to you on the eve of our TSANZSRS conference. If you haven’t yet registered, it’s not too late. The conference will run from Thursday 31st of March and over the weekend, with content available on-demand via the digital platform for six-months after the event. So, if you are looking for inspiration, new professional connections or an opportunity to see the fantastic work being undertaken by your colleagues, make sure to tune in.

We are looking forward to announcements for quite a few Award winners during the TSANZSRS, so please keep an eye out on TSANZ twitter, @tsanz_thoracic, to see the results as they are announced!

If your sights are already set on the next TSANZ conference (gearing up for our first in-person event post-COVID... looking at you Christchurch), but you need some funding to get that research underway, the PACT Grant-in-Aid for investigator-led pulmonary fibrosis clinical research is currently open. This grant offers AU$30,000 for clinical research and associated costs, with applications closing on the 14th of April. In other grant news, Sanofi Global Innovation Grants will be open throughout 2022, with a fast-track review process (just 7-days!!!) with up to US$1 million per project available. Asthma Australia also have a funding opportunity open for researchers and research groups in New South Wales, providing $400,000 over three-years for projects aiming to prevent hospitalisation of children aged 5-9 years with asthma. While towards the end of this edition you will see an opportunity for the Asia-Pacific Society of Respirology multi-society research project, with up to US$100,000 for a two-year project aligned to WHO urgent health challenges.

The Limbic, Respirology Editor’s Choice and Respiratory Research Review have some great reads, as always, and if you don’t have capacity to lead your own research, maybe consider sparing a few minutes to help one of your colleagues get data for their next abstract by completing some of the surveys below. Current surveys involve topics include ventilator data in clinical practice and how information is shared and accesses on clinical trials and human research.

I hope you enjoy this edition of Research Roundup, and remember, Albert Einstein purportedly said, “imagination is the highest form of research”. So, start imagining how your next research proposal will look, after getting inspiration this weekend at our Annual Scientific Meeting!

A/Prof Kristin Carson-Chahhoud

Chair, Research Sub-Committee

Open Awards

Lung Foundation Australia Awards

PACT Grant-in-Aid for Investigator Led Pulmonary Fibrosis Clinical Research – closing 14 April 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.



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!


Sanofi is offering their Global Innovation Grant throughout 2022. Details can be found in the attached flyer or please follow this link https://www.globalt2grant.com/.

The Pathways Global Innovation Grant is a new funding platform supporting independent, novel and innovative research in type  inflammation and associated diseases, including both pre-clinical and clinical studies.

  • Applications are accepted all year long
  • Fast track review process scheduled to take 7 days
  • Up to 1 million USD available per project

Asthma Australia Research Funding Opportunity

Are you passionate about children's health and asthma?

Asthma Australia recognises that children in the 5-9 years age group are vulnerable to preventable asthma hospitalisations and their associated long-term harm. We want to be part of a revolutionary path that leads to change and want to hear from you if you do too. 

We are excited to announce the opportunity for researchers and research groups in New South Wales to apply for a project grant to the value of $400,000 over 3 years to fund research that aims to prevent the hospitalisations of children aged 5-9 years with asthma in NSW. 

Applications close Friday 22nd April, 2022

Learn More

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


Respirology - Editor's Choice


Respirology Issue 27.2 February 2022

CPAP telemonitoring can track Cheyne–Stokes respiration and detect serious cardiac events: The AlertApnée Study

Arnaud Prigent, Claude Pellen, Joëlle Texereau, Sébastien Bailly, Nicolas Coquerel, Renaud Gervais, Jean-Marc Liegaux, Régis Luraine, Jean-Christophe Renaud, Anne-Laure Serandour, Jean Louis Pépin

DOI: 10.1111/resp.14192







Respirology Issue 27.3 March 2022

Incidence, prevalence and mortality of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis in Australia

Ingrid A. Cox, Petr Otahal, Barbara de Graaff, Tamera J. Corte, Yuben Moodley, Chris Zappala, Ian Glaspole, Peter Hopkins, Sacha Macansh, E. Haydn Walters, Andrew J. Palmer

DOI: 10.1111/resp.14194







Respirology Issue 27.4 April 2022

Comparison of the immunogenicity of BNT162b2 and CoronaVac COVID-19 vaccines in Hong Kong

Chris Ka Pun Mok, Carolyn A. Cohen, Samuel M. S. Cheng, Chunke Chen, Kin-On Kwok, Karen Yiu, Tat-On Chan, Maireid Bull, Kwun Cheung Ling, Zixi Dai, Susanna S. Ng, Grace Chung-Yan Lui, Chao Wu, Gaya K. Amarasinghe, Daisy W. Leung, Samuel Yeung Shan Wong, Sophie A. Valkenburg, Malik Peiris, David S. Hui

DOI: 10.1111/resp.14191

Surveys and Research


Dear Participant, 

We are inviting you to take part in our project. We are doing this project to learn about the use of Ventilator Data (downloads).  We hope that it will help us to understand the use of tele-monitoring and clinical decision-making in the care of ventilated individuals. We hope around 200 participants will take part. 

This project is funded by the Victoria Respiratory Support Service, Melbourne, Australia. 

We would like you to take part because we are interested in your experience with ventilator data, whether extensive or not.  We would like you to complete a survey, which will take about 20 minutes of your time.  The survey asks about the nature of your chronic ventilation program, and use of ventilator data, if applicable.  

We do not expect that there will be any direct benefit to you. However, we hope that the information we get will help us to understand best practices and the role of ventilator data in the care of chronically ventilated patients.  This may help other clinicians, scientists and patients in the future.  This may help influence clinical practice guidelines and establish standards of care around ventilator data and tele-monitoring in ventilated individuals. 

We have been careful to make sure that the questions in the survey do not upset you. However, if you are worried about any of the questions, you do not have to answer them.  

Any information we collect and use during this research project will be treated as confidential.  Only the researchers involved with this project and Austin Health Ethics Committee can have access to this information. 

All the information obtained will be stored securely in the Institute for Breathing and Sleep at Austin Health.  The information we collect will be entirely anonymous. This means it will not include your name or any other personal details. No one, not even the research team, will be able to identify your information.  

We are required to keep information collected as part of this research for at least 7 years following the last publication of the project.  At the end of the project, results may be presented at conferences or published in medical journals.  

Because we are not collecting names and addresses from participants, we are unable to send you the results of the project.  However, you can access the results of this survey by searching for publications arising following data analysis and publication. 

Participation in this project is voluntary.  This means it is your choice and you do not have to take part if you do not want to.  If you decide you do not want to take part, it will not affect your employment at Austin Health. If you take part, it will not be possible to withdraw any information you give us. This is because it is anonymous and we do not know who answered the questions in each survey. 

You do not need to complete a consent form to take part in this project. If you begin the online survey, this implies you are giving your consent.  If you have any questions, or would like further information about this project, please contact Andrea Loewen, andrea.loewen@albertahealthservices.ca.  Click below to begin survey: 


Yours sincerely, 

 Andrea Loewen, Clinical Associate Professor, University of Calgary, Canada 

Coordinating Principal Investigator 



Dear APSR Assembly members,

You are cordially invited to apply for a grant to conduct an APSR Multi-Society Research Project (formerly called APSR Multi-Country Research Project).

To apply, download the application form at apsresp.org/research/APSR_Multi-Society_Research_Project_Application.docx, complete and send it to education@theapsr.org by 30 June 2022.

Purpose: To promote the research activities of APSR assemblies

Eligibilities: A research team of APSR assembly members from more than one country/region in Asia-Pacific region.
A research team has at least four assembly members. 

Project duration: Two years

Requirements: One interim report required, plus a final report of the results within 12 months of the project's completion.

Funds available: US$50,000 per year maximum (US$100,000 maximum for the 2-year project)

Scoring Criteria: The following weighting will be used to evaluate the application.

Purpose of the research (10%)

Background and necessity of the research (20%)

(Aligning to WHO urgent health challenges will be considered.)


Methodology of the research (30%)

Novelty of the research (20%)

Ability to perform the research (20%)

(Track record of the team will be assessed.)

Applications will be evaluated and selected by APSR Research Committee, and the selection will be approved by APSR Executive Committee.

Application: Download the application form from apsresp.org/research/APSR_Multi-Society_Research_Project_Application.docx, complete and send it to education@theapsr.org by 30 June 2022.


February 2022: Call for Applications

30 June 2022: Application deadline

August 2022: Evaluation and selection by Research Committee

September 2022: Approval by Executive committee

October 2022: Announcement of the selection



Help shape how the information on clinical trials and human research is shared with the community

The Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care (the Commission) is conducting consultations on the National One Stop Shop for health-related human research approvals.

The goal of the National One Stop Shop and National Clinical Trials Front Door is to make it easier for patients, researchers, industry representatives and sponsors to find, conduct, participate and invest in high quality and ethical research in Australia.

Ways for improving how information on clinical trials and human research is accessed and shared are being explored through national consultations, as well as options for a community volunteer recruitment portal, the National Clinical Trials Front Door.

Complete the consumer survey

The Commission is exploring options for building awareness of research participation and has published a consumer survey for people to have their say.

People from across the community are encouraged to complete the consumer survey. Your experiences and insights will help inform our understanding of community expectations for research participation.

Please share these surveys with your colleagues, patients and people in your network, to help us obtain valuable insights that will help shape the National One Stop Shop and the National Clinical Trials Front Door.

Find out more on our web page, or contact our Health and Medical Research team at HMR@safetyandquality.gov.au if you have questions.


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.