Research Internationally Recognised for Dr Sukhwinder Sohal

Research Internationally Recognised for Dr Sukhwinder Sohal

Story courtesy of The Examiner Newspaper, Emily Baker, Health Reporter,
29th June, 2016

University of Tasmania Faculty of Health researcher’s work into the links between smoking and lung cancer may help prevent the disease.
For 12 years Dr Sukhwinder Sohal, better known as Romy, has investigated a process called Epithelial-Mesenchymal Transition in the airways of people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

The process sees the airway lining or epithelium reprogrammed by smoking to do lethal damage, including scarring and narrowing of the airways, as well as promoting malignant change.

Dr Sohal’s dedication to researching Epithelial-Mesenchymal Transition in smokers and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease saw him recently recognised by the American Thoracic Society as an outstanding young investigator.

“It is a great honour being recognised for research and for it to bring recognition to the university and Tasmania,” Dr Sohal said.
“We’ve found the mechanism and we do know it’s responsive to current therapeutics in at least 50 per cent of cases. We now wish to focus especially on teasing out what are the key drivers of these changes, what aspects are amenable to current therapy and which will require new therapeutic modalities.”
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