Current Projects

Project 123: Acute exacerbation of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

31 Oct 2013

Dr Collin Chia $14,300 Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a major health issue in Australia and it is projected that it will be the third leading cause of death world wide by 2020. In the year of 2012, there were more than 480 admissions for acute exacerbation of COPD at the Launceston General Hospital.

Project 122: Calcium metabolism in acute pancreatitis

Dr Kathryn Ogden – $65,624 Acute pancreatitis is caused by a reversible inflammatory process in the pancreas, most commonly associated with alcohol abuse or gallstone disease. Its incidence varies from 5-80/100,000 population/year, with a recent Australian study demonstrating a rate of 77.3/100,000/year in a regional centre. It can present as a mild through to severe

Project 118: Weight loss support

Ms Jenny Barr, Launceston Clinical School – $8,059. Obesity is a major health problem in Australia and around the world with illnesses such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, arthritis, some cancers, and more, clearly linked to obesity. In Tasmania 65% of adults are overweight or obese.