May 1, 2015

Recognising Our Lifetime Heroes and Research Award Winners

Lung Foundation Australia continued its 25th anniversary celebrations at the Annual Scientific Meeting of The Australia and New Zealand Society of Respiratory Science (ANZSRS) and The Thoracic Society of Australia and New Zealand (TSANZ) in March. This exciting conference brings together health professionals and researchers from the medical community to examine the leading issues in lung health and patient care.

One of the conference highlights was the Lung Foundation Australia Dinner where we recognised those people who have made a major contribution to the Lung Foundation and the community by presenting them with a lifetime achievement award.

This year we recognised the work of four great supporters:

Myrna Wakeling has attended almost every Brisbane Patient Education Day since becoming a volunteer 17 years ago. She helped establish the Ashgrove TLC (Talk Lung Care) LungNet Support Group and has been a valuable member of the LungNet News mail-out volunteer team for 17 years.

Lyn Joseph a registered nurse from the Royal Hobart Hospital joined Lung Foundation Australia as the Tasmanian LungNet State Coordinator in 2004. Lyn organised the first Tasmanian Patient Education Seminar that same year. Together with Lung Foundation Australia National Council member Jim Markos, Lyn has been a strong advocate for both patients and health professionals.

Professor Michael Abramson was appointed as the Chair of the COPD-X Guidelines Committee in 2005 and, for more than a decade, has guided the growth and development of the guidelines and brand. There are more than 9,000 registered users of the guidelines worldwide, including pharmacists, GPs, nurses, physios, respiratory physicians and researchers. With one to three updates each year, it is safe to say that the COPD-X Guidelines are amongst the most up-to-date COPD guidelines in the world.

A familiar face for all of us, our recently retired CEO, William Darbishire, was appointed in 2002, guided the Lung Foundation through significant growth and development. When he commenced the Lung Foundation was just a small team of three staff, we are now a staff of more than 20 and are the first point-of-call for patients, their families, carers, health professionals and the community.

We also presented our 2015 Research Awards at the conference:

LFA/Ivan Cash Research Grant-in-Aid Award
Dr Helen Jo
Early identification of disease progression in IPF

LFA/LCCG Grant-in-Aid for Lung Cancer Research
Anna Tierney – University of Melbourne
Prehabilitation for individuals having lung cancer surgery

LFA/Lizotte Family Research Award
Associate Professor Anne Holland – La Trobe University, Melbourne.
Comprehensive pulmonary rehabilitation for people with IPF: an evidence-based consensus process

LFA/Ludwig Engel Grant-in-Aid for Physiological Research
Associate Professor David Johns – University of Tasmania
The concave pattern of the flow-volume curve

LFA/Australian Cochrane Airways Group Scholarship
Samantha Gardiner – Queensland Children’s Medical Research Institute.
Cough asthma airway’s research group codeine (and derivatives) for chronic cough in children

LFA COPD Research Fellowship 2015/2016
Dr Shaan Gellatly – University of Newcastle
Manipulation of the microbiome as a novel therapy for COPD

LFA/Boehringer Ingelheim COPD Research Fellowship 2015/2016
Dr Katherine Baines – University of Newcastle
Targeting neutrophil extracellular traps as a novel therapeutic option in COPD

LFA/A Menarini Australia COPD Research Top-Up Grant
Miss Kanika Jetmalani – Woolcock Institute of Medical Research
Detecting smokers at risk of developing COPD

LFA/A Menarini Australia COPD Travel Grants
– Primary Care and/or Rural/Remote – Richard Parsons
– Young Investigator – Melisa Lau
– Nursing or Allied Health – Rebecca Disler