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Dear [FirstName],

Welcome to the latest edition of Research Roundup and the exciting opportunities that it brings. There are several open awards, travel grants and research grants closing between now and August. Five New Zealand Branch Annual Scientific Meeting travel grants are on offer with applications closing on the 8th of August. The Lung Foundation of Australia is seeking applicants for two Fellowships: the John Farrell Fellowship for COPD and the Andrew Harrison Fellowship for Bonchiectasis. Both fellowships are for $75,000 and will be opening in July 2021. Asthma Australia has two grants on offer, being a $300,000 Strategic Alliance grant focussed on vulnerable populations open to researchers in Victoria closing on the 30th of July, and another being a national Translation/Advocacy grant for $150,000 with expressions of interest closing on the 6th of August. There are four Vertex grants on offer all closing on the 13th of August: Circle of Care, Research Innovation Award Independent, Research Innovation Award Mentored and Vertex Innovation Award. 

Some great reads are available via The Limbic, including an intriguing piece about ending use of the blue inhaler, and information about the ventilator and CPAP device recall. Three Respirology Editor’s Choice articles are featured and links are provided to several issues of Respiratory Research Review. If you have some time to spare and are willing to help out one of your respiratory colleagues, participants are needed for three surveys. Meanwhile, if you are already working in pulmonary fibrosis, have a look at results from a recent study identifying the top 10 research priorities, as highlighted by Professor Anne Holland. 

My parting words for this edition of Research Roundup are, if you are thinking about submitting an application for funding but you’re not sure if you have the time, remember these words from Charles Dickens… “My advice is to never do tomorrow what you can do today. Procrastination is the thief of time”. In other words, sit down, open the application, and put that first word to digital page. After all, action leads to motivation, not the other way around. Good luck and happy grant writing. 

A/Prof Kristin Carson-Chahhoud

Chair, Research Sub-Committee

Open Awards

Thoracic Society Awards

TSANZ NZ Branch ASM 2021 Travel Grant - closing 8 August 2021

Lung Foundation Australia Awards

John Farrell Fellowship - opening July 2021

Andrew Harrison Fellowship - opening July 2021

Asthma Australia

Strategic Alliance Grant: Vulnerable Populations - closing 30 July 2021

Translation/Advocacy Grant - People with asthmas at risk due to fire smoke exposure - closing 6 August 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.

Vertex Award Opportunities

Circle of Care - closing 13 August 2021

Research Innovation Award (Independent) - closing 13 August 2021

Research Innovation Award (Mentored) - closing 13 August 2021

Vertex Innovation Award - closing 13 August 2021

Respirology - Editor's Choice


Respirology Issue 26.6 June 2021

Longitudinal monitoring of asthma in the clinic using respiratory oscillometry

Alice M. Cottee, Leigh M. Seccombe, Cindy Thamrin, Tanya Badal, Gregory G. King, Matthew J. Peters, Claude S. Farah

DOI: 10.1111/resp.14053






Impact of structured curriculum with simulation on bronchoscopy

Wen Ting Siow, Gan-Liang Tan, Chian-Min Loo, Kay-Leong Khoo, Adrian Kee, Augustine Tee, Imran bin Mohamed Noor, Noel Tay, Pyng Lee

DOI: 10.1111/resp.14054






Respirology Virtual Issue


Silicosis- Not a new disease, just a neglected one with an introduction by Dr Ryan Hoy.

View the preview.


Respirology Issue 26.6 June 2021

Effect of surgical intervention for mild childhood obstructive sleep apnoea on attention and behavioural outcomes: A randomized controlled study

Chun T. Au, Kate C. C. Chan, Dennis L. Y. Lee, Natalie Leung, Samuel M. W. Chow, Judy S. Chow, Yun K. Wing, Albert M. Li

DOI: 10.1111/resp.14050

Surveys and Research


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



We would be grateful please for less than 5 minutes of your time to complete this survey which is designed to provide a snapshot of the current status of lung cancer care and MDTs around Australia.

  • These data will help inform vital services planning for lung cancer care and will directly inform ongoing discussions with Government about lung cancer care across Australia.
  • We are only asking for one response from each institution, we suggest it is the lead clinician for the lung cancer MDT.
  • Curtin University Human Research Ethics Committee (HREC) has approved this study (HREC number HRE2021-0031). 

Please follow the link to the Australian-wide Survey of Lung Cancer Care, or use the QR code below.  

Thank you for your time.  

Prof Fraser Brims 
Curtin Medical School 


Investigators from Monash University are conducting a RACGP-funded national survey of GPs regarding the management of patients with acute exacerbations of COPD.

Acute exacerbations of COPD are a leading cause of hospitalisation, with a substantial proportion of cases being potentially preventable. We are seeking GPs to complete a short survey that aims to better understand current practice and unmet needs in order to optimise care for these patients. Due to the current COVID-19 vaccination rollout across Australia, it is very challenging to secure participation. Any assistance to distribute this among your contacts is greatly appreciated.

All eligible participants who complete the survey will have the chance to win one of two $250 gift vouchers, and anyone who completes an optional follow-up qualitative interview will receive a $250 gift voucher.   

The survey can be accessed by clicking HERE.

The survey has been approved by the Monash University Human Research Ethics Committee (MUHREC ref. 26571). If you have any queries, please contact Dr Bianca Perera at bianca.perera@monash.edu, Dr. Chris Barton at chris.barton@monash.edu or Dr Christian Osadnik (Principal investigator) at christian.osadnik@monash.edu.



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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