2021 Award Winners

2021 RESPIRATORY RESEARCH EXCELLENCE AWARD WINNERS

$300,000 FOR LUNG DISEASE RESEARCH ANNOUNCED

(Saturday, 1st May 2021): Over $300,000 in lung research investment was announced this weekend at the Respiratory Research Excellence Awards, presented in a virtual format alongside the Australia and New Zealand Annual Scientific Meeting for Leaders in Lung Health & Respiratory Science (TSANZSRS 2021).

This prestigious selection of awards are presented to TSANZ members who are at various stages of their career and doing outstanding work. These awards aim to support individuals through project funding, fellowships and travel grants.

“This funding enables our researchers to learn more and develop their skills, with the overall goal of preventing, curing and alleviating disability from lung disease. Every dollar invested takes us one step closer to reaching that goal,” said TSANZ President Elect Professor John Upham.

“We’re honoured to be able to support some of Australia’s most innovative researchers working on lung disease and lung health. This research will make a difference to the lives of the 1 in 4 Australians with lung disease,” he said.

Thoracic Society of Australia and New Zealand (TSANZ) - the hosts of TSANZSRS – are pleased to announce awards from Cystic Fibrosis Australia, the National Asthma Council Australia, Lung Foundation Australia and the Centre of Research Excellence in Pulmonary Fibrosis.

“The TSANZ is privileged to support a diverse awards program that recognises the best and brightest minds in respiratory health that will shape the lung health of our communities into the future” said TSANZ CEO, Dr Graham Hall.

The research awards are supported by the generosity of private donations, sponsorship and leveraged financing from recipients’ institutions. Thank you to our generous 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.

TSANZ would like to congratulate the following Award winners. For information on how to apply for next year’s Awards visit the TSANZ website Research and Awards page.

TSANZ, National Asthma Council Australia and Telethon Kids Institute - Asthma and Airways Career Development Fellowship - Rachel Foong, Telethon Kids Institute

TSANZ Janet Elder Travel Award – Early  Career - Maggie Lam, Monash University

TSANZ Janet Elder Travel Award – Early Career - Melissa Preissner, Monash University

TSANZ Janet Elder Travel Award – Early Career - Mariana Hoffman Barbosa, Monash University

BI NZ Primary Care Grant - Sarah Mooney, Auckland University of Technology

Past President’s Scholarship Award - Elena Schneider-Futschik, The University of Melbourne

TSANZ Peter Phelan Research Award - Thomas Iosifidis, Curtin University and Telethon Kids Institute

TSANZ/Maurice Blackburn GIA - Keshav Raj Paudel, University of Technology Sydney

TSANZ Robert Pierce GIA for ILH - Peter Wark, University of Newcastle and Hunter Medical Research Institute

Ann Woolcock New Investigator Award - Nicole Sheers, Austin Health, University of Melbourne

ACFRT 2021 Innovation Grant partnering with 4DMedical – Elena Schneider-Futschik, University of Melbourne

CREATE Grant-in-Aid For new collaborative research between CREATE Fellows (CRE-PF and Lung Foundation Australia) - Gang Liu, Ashleigh Philp & Laura Glenn, UTS, UNSW & The University of Sydney 

CREATE Grant-in-Aid For new collaborative research between CREATE Fellows (CRE-PF and Lung Foundation Australia) - Laura Glenn, Alan Teoh, Hayley Barnes & John Mackintosh, RPAH, Alfred Health & Prince Charles Hospital

PACT Grant-in-Aid For Investigator Led Pulmonary Fibrosis Clinical Research (Lung Foundation Australia and CRE-PF) - Yet Hong Khor & Christopher Ryerson, Austin Health & University of British Columbia 

CREATE Hope PhD Scholarships in Pulmonary Fibrosis (Lung Foundation Australia and CRE-PF) -Joanna Lee, Monash University

CREATE Hope PhD Scholarships in Pulmonary Fibrosis (Lung Foundation Australia and CRE-PF) -Claudia Sim, Monash University