Award recipients

Awards and grants program

We are Australia’s leading incubator of lung research

Through our Research Grants and Awards Program we are proud to invest in the best and brightest lung health researchers in Australia. For early and mid-career researchers, our program provides much needed funding for lung-focused research and enables mentorship by senior research leaders. Congratulations to our most recent Award recipients.

2022 recipients

Asthma

Award title Value Recipient Project title
Lung Foundation Australia - Ludwig Engel Research Grant  $5,000.00  Dr. Hayley Scott

University of Newcastle

Investigating the role of female sex hormones in asthma 

Bronchiectasis

Award title Value Recipient Project title
Lung Foundation Australia Andrew Harrison Bronchiectasis Fellowship $75,000.00  Prof. Julie Marchant

QUT

Improving outcomes for children with bronchiectasis: a multicentre RCT using a novel mucolytic. 

COPD

Award title Value Recipient Project title
Lung Foundation Australia John Farrell COPD Fellowship $75,000.00  Dr. Narelle Cox

Monash University

From hospital to home: remote exercise testing for pulmonary rehabilitation 
Lung Foundation Australia - Boehringer Ingelheim Fellowship in COPD  $120,000.00  Dr. Arwel Jones

Monash University

Exercise for Exacerbations and Rhinovirus Treatment (EXERT): humin in vitro and mouse in vivo COPD models 
Lung Foundation Australia - Better Breathing Foundation PhD Scholarship in Chronic Lung Disease (full) $126,000.00  Mrs. Jessica Walsh

University of Sydney

Feasibility of implementing pulmonary rehabilitation in primary care 

ILD

Award title Value Recipient Project title
Lung Foundation Australia -Ivan Cash Research Grant  $5,000.00  Dr. Sheetal Deshpande

Alfred Health/Monash University

Design and Implementation of a revised telemedicine model for ILD 
Lung Foundation Australia - Lizotte Family Research Grant $5,000.00  Dr. Peter Bell

Princess Alexandra Hospital, QLD

Prognostic Biomarkers in CTD associated Fibrosing ILD 
PACT Grant-In-Aid $30,000 Dr. Hayley Barnes & Dr. Ryan Hoy

 Alfred Health

Discovering Radiological Biomarkers in Silicosis using Artificial Intelligence
CREATE Hope Fellowship (scientific) $75,000.00  Dr. Gang Liu

University of Technology Sydney/Centenary Institute

Extracellular matrix proteins regulate inflammation and fibrosis in idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis 
CREATE Hope Fellowship (clinical) $75,000.00  Dr. Ingrid Cox

UTAS

Creating an evidence base to facilitate rapid access to early diagnosis and care for people living with PF and ILD 

Lung Cancer

Award title Value Recipient Project title
Lung Foundation Australia Tony Britton Memorial PhD Scholarship (top-up) $45,000.00  Dr. Sarita Prabhakaran

Flinders University

Improving outcomes for mesothelioma patients: Integrated data and tissue collection for research that informs therapy decisions and policy 
LUCAP PhD Topup $90,000.00  Dr. Jess Nash

Curtin University

PhD Topup for The LUng Cancer clinical quality dAta Platform (LUCAP) team to improve lung cancer care for Australians. 
PdCCRS Grant 2021 supported by Lung Foundation Australia $150,000.00  Dr. Ashleigh Poh

Olivia Newton-John Cancer Research Institute

Targeting the myeloid-specific kinase HCK in non-small cell lung cancer to improve response to therapy 

2021 recipients

Lung Cancer

Award title Value and Partner Recipient Project title
Ellen Yates Memorial Grant-in-Aid for Lung Cancer Research $20,000 over 1 year, funded by Yates family Dr Afaf Abed

Fiona Stanley Hospital

Genomic HLA heterozygosity, T-cell receptor (TCR) – repertoire diversity and tumor PD-L1 expression as predictive biomarkers of response to immunotherapy in lung cancer patients
Lung Foundation Australia Deep Manchanda Lung Cancer Fellowship $320,000 over 2 years co-funded by Manchanda family (with matched funding provided by research institution) Dr Venessa Chin

Garvan Institute of Medical Research

Utilising single cell sequencing to change the management of lung cancer

Rare Lung Disease

Award Title Value and Partner Recipient Project Title
Lung Foundation Australia Diana Cox PhD Scholarship in Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis (IPF) Research $45,000 over 3 years, funded by Diana Cox Dr Laura Glenn

University of Sydney

Novel diagnostic techniques in Interstitial Lung Disease (ILD)
Lung Foundation Australia Brian Eaton Memorial PhD Scholarship in IPF Research $90,000 over 3 years, co-funded by Eaton family (with matched funding provided by research institution) Dr Matthew Parker

University of Sydney

Novel methods to distinguish IPF from connective tissue disease-associated ILD
Lung Foundation Australia Lizotte Family Research Award for Interstitial Pulmonary Fibrosis Research $5,000 over 1 year, funded by Lizotte family Dr Yet Hong Khor

Austin Health

Understanding lung function trajectories in ILD
Lung Foundation Australia Ludwig Engel Grant-in-Aid for Physiological Research $5,000 over 1 year, funded by Ludwig Engel Dr Alexander Wong

The Children’s Hospital at Westmead

Normal day-to-day variability in oscillometry in school aged children: Defining target thresholds for future intervention studies in childhood asthma
Pulmonary Fibrosis Australasian Clinical Trials Grant-in-Aid $30,000 over 1 year, funded by CREATE Dr Lauren Troy

Royal Prince Alfred Hospital

Novel diagnostic techniques in ILD: extension of the COLDICE study findings
Lung Foundation Australia Ivan Cash Grant-in-Aid for IPF Research $5,000 over 1 year, funded by Ivan Cash Dr Paris Papagianis

RMIT University

Pathogen-induced lung remodelling during the early life period in mice
Lung Foundation Australia John Reid Prize for Physiological Research $500 funded by Reid family A/Prof Graeme Zosky

University of Tasmania

Systemic inflammation modifies the regional gene response to mechanical ventilation

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)

Avard Title Value and Partner Recipient Project Title
Lung Foundation Australia Boehringer Ingelheim COPD Fellowship $160,000 over 2 years, funded by Boehringer Ingelheim Dr Simone De Luca

RMIT University

New ways to treat vascular cognitive impairment and dementia in chronic lung disease
Lung Foundation Australia Cochrane Airways Australia Scholarship $2,500 Ms Kelsey Sharrad

University of South Australia

Psychological interventions for asthma in children and adolescents
Lung Foundation Australia A Menarini Travel Grant (American Thoracic Society Conference) $3,000 funded by A Menarini Australia Pty Ltd Ms Zoe Lear

WA Health

Poster prize
Lung Foundation Australia A Menarini Travel Grant (American Thoracic Society Conference) $3,000 funded by A Menarini Australia Pty Ltd Dr Katrina Tonga

Sydney University

Poster prize
Lung Foundation Australia A Menarini Travel Grant (Asian Pacific Society of Respirology Conference) $3,000 funded by A Menarini Australia Pty Ltd Dr Khine Khine Yin Mon

Liverpool Hospital

Poster prize
Lung Foundation Australia A Menarini Travel Grant (European Respiratory Society Congress) $3,000 funded by A Menarini Australia Pty Ltd Mr Karosham Reddy

Sydney University

Poster prize
A Menarini Travel Grant (European Respiratory Society Congress) $3,000 funded by A Menarini Australia Pty Ltd Dr Sabine Zimmermann

Woolcock Institute of Medical Research

Poster prize

Bronchiectasis

Award Title Value and Partner Recipient Project Title
Lung Foundation Australia David Serisier Memorial Award (Best Abstract) $1,000 Dr Su-Wei Khung

Alfred Health

The use of eucapnic voluntary hyperventilation as a bronchoprovocation technique for exercise induced bronchoconstriction in the clinical setting
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