Current Projects

Project 172 – Zinc controls glucose metabolism independent of insulin in human skeletal muscle: implications for type 2 diabetes

21 Jan 2018

Dr Stephen Myers – $23,606  Type 2 diabetes mellitus is increasingly common, undeniably epidemic, and largely due to an increase in the prevalence of sedentary behaviour and obesity. Prevention is a key issue because of the premature morbidity and mortality associated with the disease.

Project 171 – Epithelial mesenchymal transition (EMT) in the lungs and airways in Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis (IPF)

Dr Sukhwinder Sohal – $48,353 Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis (IPF) is a relatively common and highly destructive lethal disease of the lungs in late middle age and elderly people with an average survival of just three years. There is currently very little known about the underlying mechanisms of IPF.

Project 170 – Potential therapeutic value of normal throat bacteria that produce a novel inhibitory substance for the prevention of respiratory infections

Dr Stephen Tristram – $20,900  The bacterium Haemophilus influenzae commonly colonises the upper airways of healthy people yet under certain predisposing conditions, it also causes various lower respiratory tract and ear infections. These infections cause significant disease in individuals, frequently become chronic, are a major burden on the healthcare system and are difficult to control

Project 169 – Improving bariatric surgery outcomes: innovations in assessment and treatment matching processes

Dr John Mercer – $39,823  Obesity has a major impact on individuals, communities, health services, and State and National health budgets and finding solutions is becoming a national priority. Obesity is a complex, multifaceted phenomenon which overlaps physiological, dietetic and psychological domains.

Project 167 – Investigating tools for preoperative predication of rehabilitation for patients undergoing elective hip or knee arthroplasty

Mrs Mimi Churchill – $23,375 Patients with hip and knee osteoarthritis have distinct challenges within the Tasmanian Health Service. The challenges currently faced are the length of time to be reviewed by an orthopaedic surgeon, limited preoperative planning for patients, the length of time on the waiting list, and the average length of stay in