Welcome Message

Dear [FirstName],

Welcome to the post-conference edition of research roundup. We are very excited to announce the Respiratory Research Excellence Award Winners for 2022 and wish them a big congratulations and best of luck as they embark on the next chapter of their research journey with funding from these awards. A huge congratulations also to the 2022 TSANZ award by nomination recipients, Maurice Swanson OAM, Professor Vanessa McDonald, Professor Claire Wainwright and Professor John Wheatley.

There are a number of open funding opportunities for travel and research, including the TSANZ NZ Branch ASM 2022 Travel Grant, Sanofi Genzyme regeneration global innovation grant, Leadership scholarships available for women in the health sector, APSR multi-society research project grants and a New Zealand Covid-19 research fund for future health planning. If you have a few minutes to spare, please help out some of our TSANZ members who are conducting surveys in cystic fibrosis and ventilator data in clinical practice, and as always there are some great reads in the limbic and Respirology editor’s choice.

This month’s piece of advice comes from Geoffrey James “Pick one thing that, if you get it done today, will move you closer to your highest goal and purpose in life. Then do that first.” Happy researching everyone.

A/Prof Kristin Carson-Chahhoud

Chair, Research Sub-Committee

2022 Respiratory Research Excellence Award Winners

The Annual Scientific Meeting for The Australia & New Zealand Society of Respiratory Science and The Thoracic Society of Australia and New Zealand, TSANZSRS, 2022 was held on the first weekend of April. Held online, it was a great weekend filled with amazing research - which you can still access! The recorded sessions will be available in the virtual platform for six months, up until the beginning of September 2022.

During the ASM we had nine awards announced, with a total of almost $150,000 given out by the Thoracic Society, Lung Foundation Australia and the Centre of Research Excellence in Pulmonary Fibrosis. In even more exciting news this year the total TSANZ directly funded awards value has doubled with the Society committing to increase all TSANZ project grants to $25000 and TSANZ professional development grants to $5000. This will enable greater support for research activities for our membership.

We also had the TSANZ Awards by Nomination announced at the TSANZ Annual General Meeting on Thursday evening. These awards acknowledge exceptional contributions to respiratory health and we offer a massive congratulations to each individual on this prestigious honour.

TSANZ would like to congratulate all of the Award winners!!

2022 TSANZ Awards by Nomination

TSANZ 2022 President's Award: Maurice Swanson OAM

TSANZ 50th Anniversary Medal for Education and Training: Professor Vanessa McDonald

TSANZ Research Medal: Professor Claire Wainwright

TSANZ Society Medal: Professor John Wheatley

2022 Respiratory Research Excellence Awards

Ann Woolcock New Investigator Award Winner: Olivia Carroll

Ann Woolcock New Investigator Award Finalists: Dinh Bui, Clair Lake, Katherine Landwehr, Samuel Montgomery, Jagdev Singh

TSANZ Janet Elder International Travel Award - Early-Career Researcher: Yet H Khor

TSANZ Janet Elder International Travel Award - Early-Career Researcher: Rebecca McLoughlin

TSANZ Janet Elder International Travel Award - Early-Career Researcher: Jack Callum

TSANZ Boehringer Ingelheim New Zealand COPD Travel Award: William Good

TSANZ Indigenous Respiratory Nursing Award: Karen Baker and Louise Morris

TSANZ Past Presidents Scholarship Award: Kurtis Budden

TSANZ Peter Phelan Research Award: Olivia Whalen

TSANZ Robert Pierce Grant-In-Aid for Indigenous Lung Health: Suzanne Munns

Lung Foundation Australia & CRE-PF CREATE Hope Clinical Fellowship in Pulmonary Fibrosis Research: Ingrid Cox

We have more exciting award news coming up as the Special Interest Group (SIG) Awards are still to be announced! Keep an eye on our Twitter (@tsanz_thoracic) to see these announced.

The research awards are supported by the generosity of private donations, bequests, and sponsorship and these funded projects leverage additional financing from recipients’ institutions. Thank you to our generous donors, 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.

For information on how to apply for next year’s awards visit the TSANZ website Research and Awards page. Please keep an eye on communications from the Society as more grants will be opening later this year.

Open Awards

Thoracic Society Awards

TSANZ NZ Branch ASM 2022 Travel Grant - closing 1st August 2022
 

        

How to participate

Follow the links above to access each award application and follow the instructions online.

Please email the TSANZ Awards Coordinator with any questions, comments or enquires.

TSANZSRS VIRTUAL ASM 2022

Thank you!

Thank you for your participation in our highly successful Virtual Annual Scientific Meeting which was held on 31st March – 2nd April 2022. We were delighted to host over 1000 delegates at the Meeting.

We would like to sincerely thank our internationally recognised speakers, Wunderly Orator, abstract submitters, industry sponsors and all our participants.

Don’t forget you can access the recorded sessions in the virtual platform for six months, up until the beginning of September 2022.

We look forward to meeting you all in person at Te Pae in Christchurch, New Zealand for our next Annual Scientific Meeting on 25th – 28th March, 2023.

SANOFI GENZYME REGENERATION GLOBAL INNOVATION GRANT

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

Leadership Scholarships Available for Women in the Health Sector

Women in health can now apply for a leadership development scholarship from Women & Leadership Australia. Providing world-class leadership development programs for women at all stages of their careers, Women & Leadership Australia brings together the latest in leadership theory and practice with a focus on applied learning, building networks and a flexible, part-time delivery to fit in with your schedule.

Scholarships are now available to encourage more women to enhance their impact at work and beyond,and to support the development of women leaders at all levels.Partial scholarships of $1,000-$5,000 will support participation in one of our courses designed for women in non-leadership roles through to senior leaders.

Apply by Friday 10 June or find out more at www.wla.edu.au/health.

Respirology - Editor's Choice

 

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

COVID-19 Research Fund for Future Health Planning (NZ opportunity only)


Researchers looking at the COVID-19 pandemic are being invited to apply for grants from a new fund. "Tens of thousands of lives have been saved in New Zealand because of the way this country has responded to COVID-19," Andrew Little said. "We have the lowest death rate in the OECD, well below that of other countries, including the United Kingdom, the United States and even Australia. We need to build on what we've learnt from the past two years to help us plan for future pandemics and to improve our services. "We are looking at a whole range of things, such as how different sectors of society, including Maori, Pacific and disabled communities, are affected by COVID, and what we have learnt about working with them. This will help us understand what still needs to be done and prepare for future pandemics.

For more information please see the following PDF. Please note the closing date of June 10.
 

Can exercise replace chest physiotherapy for people with cystic fibrosis? Partnering with consumers to address a research priority

We are inviting healthcare professionals working with people with Cystic Fibrosis (CF) to participate in a research study to answer this question.

Previously, people with CF have indicated that finding out if exercise can replace daily physiotherapy (airway clearance) is an area of research priority for them. However, the best way to test whether exercise can replace airway clearance is not clear. We are running a study to understand the opinions of people with CF of all ages, their carers and healthcare professionals about what are the important considerations for designing a research trial to test if exercise can replace airway clearance. 

Participation in the study would involve taking part in one online discussion group (via Zoom). Discussion groups will be scheduled to take place in April and May of 2022. 

To find out more about this project, please visit: https://www.monash.edu/__data/assets/pdf_file/0008/2891024/Approved_CF-Consumer-flier_V2_March-21-2022.pdf

Or contact Sarah Rawlings (Project Manager) 

Email: sarah.rawlings@monash.edu

Phone: 03 9903 8945 (please leave a message if required)

Yours sincerely,

Anne Holland
Professor of Physiotherapy (Research), Monash University (anne.holland@monash.edu)


 

AUSTIN HEALTH PARTICIPANT INFORMATION STATEMENT
VENTILATOR DATA IN CLINICAL PRACTICE - A WEB-BASED SURVEY

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: 

https://redcap.healthinformatics.unimelb.edu.au/surveys/?s=LELCWYDXYE 

Yours sincerely, 

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

Coordinating Principal Investigator 

 

APSR MULTI-SOCIETY RESEARCH PROJECT

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.)

https://www.who.int/news-room/photo-story/photo-story-detail/urgent-health-challenges-for-the-next-decade

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.

Timeline:

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

 

AUSTRALIAN COMMISSION ON SAFETY AND QUALITY IN HEATH CARE

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.

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.