Current Projects

Project 188 – Exploring high occurrence of childhood asthma in North West Tasmania – an in-depth study

24 Jan 2019

Dr Heinrich Weber – $54,450 Asthma is the most common chronic condition in childhood and the commonest reason for hospitalisation in childhood. Asthma and allergic reaction are generally poorly studied in regional and rural areas.

Project 187 – Prevalence of asthma- chronic obstructive pulmonary disease overlap syndrome (ACOS) in north west Tasmanian population: understanding and translation to early therapy

Dr Sukhwinder Sohal – $55,455   Asthma and COPD are typically characterised as separate diseases with different clinical features, mechanisms and strategies for treatment. However, some patients with respiratory illness appear to have features on both diseases and may exhibit, for example a history of asthma and smoking. Tasmania is the best place to start

Project 186 – Understanding immunity to influenza in children

Prof. Katie Flanagan- $43,945   Millions of people each year get infected with the influenza virus or flu, many of whom die. Young children are particularly susceptible to severe disease and death from flu. This is likely to be due to differences in the child’s immune system compared to adults who are less susceptible, however

Project 185 – CHESTY – Chest infection prevalence following surgery: an international multicentre observational trial

Ianthe Boden – $40,000   Contracting pneumonia in hospital after surgery is a serious complication and can lead to admission to intensive care, longer in hospital, and at worst, patients can die.

Project 184 – Zinc activation of enzymes responsible for insulin signalling and glucose homeostasis in type 2 diabetes

Dr Stephen Myers – $24,138   Type 2 diabetes mellitus(T2DM) is increasing globally and is approaching pandemic levels. T2DM is a debilitating and progressive disease characterised by persistent high blood glucose levels that can lead to kidney failure, blindness, heart disease and stroke.  Preceding the development of T2DM, a patient will experience insulin resistance; a