Research Winners

Investing in the best and brightest researchers

Building research capability and capacity offers significant opportunities to make immediate and long term improvements to the health and wellbeing outcomes for people living with lung conditions.

In collaboration with the Thoracic Society of Australia and New Zealand (TSANZ), Lung Foundation Australia funds cutting-edge research projects through a competitive, peer-reviewed awards and grants program. The program funds early- and mid-career researchers and senior leaders in research who have the potential to make significant advances in the field of lung disease and lung cancer research. It provides opportunities for researchers to further develop their skills and become champions in their fields.

Opportunities include fellowships and PhD scholarships, project grants and grants-in-aid, as well as travel grants which allow researchers to collaborate and showcase their work nationally and internationally. In 2019, more than $437,800 was raised and invested into this program, funding 22 research projects
dedicated to making advancements in the prevention, early diagnosis, treatment and potential cures for lung disease and lung cancer.

Without the support of our industry partners and community supporters, through major gifts and bequest, our awards program would not be possible. Your contributions are making real and meaningful change.

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
It was an easy decision to make a gift to Lung Foundation Australia and it makes me feel, in a small way, as if I’m involved in Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis (IPF) research and that I may see results of that research. It probably won’t help me, but it will help other people in the future.

Diana Cox, major donor living with IPF.