Current Projects

Project 174 – Effect of photobiomodulation on Cardiac and Inflammatory Bio-markers after Percutaneous Coronary Intervention

21 Jan 2018

Dr Rohit Barthwal & Dr Michael Fox – $77,900.  Cardiovascular disease is still the single greatest cause of mortality in Australia. There are more than 50,000 heart attacks in Australia each year and over 40,000 Australians die from cardiovascular disease annually.

Project 173 – A Combined Randomised and Observational Study of Surgery for Fractures in the distal Radius in the Elderly (CROSSFIRE)

Dr Jonathan Mulford – $7,469  Distal radial fractures (wrist) are the commonest fractures seen in a hospital setting. They are particularly common in the elderly (age 60 and over) due to higher rates of falls and prevalence of osteoporosis. In Australia, it is estimated that the number of osteoporotic wrist fractures (in people aged 50

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.