The Hospital Research Foundation (THRF) is proud to support research in South Australian hospitals dedicated to saving lives. It’s for this reason we’re excited to share the successful applicants of our inaugural grant round within the Northern Adelaide Local Health Network.

In this grant round we have directed over $733,000 to world-class research in Adelaide’s northern hospitals, spanning vital areas of research and patient care important to the community including heart disease, pregnancy complications, diabetes and palliative care.

“We’re very proud to broaden our support in South Australia with our first grant round in this part of Adelaide,” Paul Flynn.

“THRF exists to improve the treatment and care patients receive whilst in our hospitals by funding the most innovative research and equipment that will directly make an impact in our community.

“This support would not be possible without our generous THRF community and ticket buyers in the Hospital Research Home Lottery.”

We look forward to sharing more on these lifesaving grants soon – stay tuned!


In this grant round, we awarded the following fellowship, project, and equipment grants:


  • Effects of the correction of iron deficiency by iron infusion on cardiovascular function in pregnancy. Grant Recipient: Min (Susie) Kim
  • Feasibility and impact of early diagnosis and treatment of benign paroxysmal positional vertigo in older people attending falls clinics. Grant Recipient: Jane Pearce
  • A mother’s heart: breaking the cycle between pregnancy complications and future heart disease. Grant Recipient: Emily Aldridge


  • Creating a tissue bank for novel genomic analysis of pathogens in diabetic foot infection. Grant Recipient: Jessica Stranks
  • Safe and high quality palliative care in the acute hospital – a study to understand what it takes to deliver brilliant care at the end of life. Grant Recipient: Gregory Crawford
  • Automated characterisation of colon polyps using deep learning models. Grant Recipient: Rajvinder Singh
  • The NALHN cardiovascular biobank: revolutionising research in Northern Adelaide. Grant Recipient: Margaret Arstall
  • The impact of iron treatment for iron deficiency and iron anaemia in pregnancy on maternal and neonatal physiology. Grant Recipient: Bernd Froessler 


  • Provision of video conferencing to connect LMH Lecture theatre and Modbury Hospital auditorium. Grant Recipient: Peter Mullen
  • SphygmoCor XCEL – a cuff-based oscillometric device used to non-invasively assess blood pressure, vascular tone and vascular stiffness. Grant Recipient: Melanie Wittwer
  • Mcompass Anorectal Manometry platform, including biofeedback capability, to achieve functional outcomes for patients with both incontinence and constipation. Grant Recipient: Hamish Philpott