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The Hospital Research Foundation (THRF) is thrilled to announce the successful recipients in its recent funding round open to researchers in Adelaide’s Biomed City.

A total of 15 fellowships, postgraduate scholarships, and translational and project grants will go on to make a lifesaving difference in the South Australian Community.

“Open to researchers with a formal affiliation with the Royal Adelaide Hospital (RAH) or SA Pathology, we were overwhelmed with applications and extremely impressed with the quality of research projects,” THRF CEO Paul Flynn said.

“This grant round of over $3.5million is our largest grant round to date for BioMed City, only made possible thanks to the ongoing support of our donors and ticket buyers in the Hospital Research Home Lottery.

“We are extremely proud to make this record amount of funding a reality for our successful recipients, and look forward to working with them to delivering research outcomes that will save lives.”

The successful recipients:

Early-Career Fellowships

  • Dr Lee-anne Chapple
    The effect of protein on muscle atrophy, functional recovery and survival in critically ill patients
  • Dr Peer Arts
    Characterising haematological malignancies through genetic and immunological evaluation

Mid-Career Fellowships

  • Dr Christopher Wong
    Characterising the effects of sodium-glucose co-transporter-2 inhibition on adiposity, cardiometabolic health, and outcomes in patients with atrial fibrillation
  • Dr Damon Tumes
    Toward personalized medicine for allergic airway inflammation and harnessing allergic pathways to treat cancer
  • Dr Dennis Lau
    Aggressive risk factor and weight management in atrial fibrillation

Translational Grants

  • Prof Robert Fitridge, Dr Christina Bursill and Prof Stephen Nicholls
    Evaluation of the topical application of high-density lipoproteins on wound healing in patients with diabetic foot ulcers: a phase 1/2 clinical trial
  • Dr Dominik Linz, Prof Prash Sanders and Prof Jonathan Kalman
    Sleep apnoea and atrial fibrillation
  • Prof Michael Brown, A/Prof David Ziegler and Dr Tessa Gargett
    Clinical testing of new T-cell therapy for adult and paediatric patients with aggressive primary brain cancers

Project Grants

  • Dr David Ross, Prof Richard D/Andrea and Prof Angel Lopez
    A new immune therapy targeting the myelofibrosis stem cell with CD123 antibody treatment
  • Dr Michelle Sun, Dr John Wood and Prof Dinesh Selva
    Bioengineering for the Eye
  • Prof Sharad Kumar, Dr Jantina Manning and A/Prof John Finnie
    Dietary sodium as a modulator of kidney disease
  • Dr Patsy Tan and Associate Professor Ye Wang
    The role of music therapy in interventions to mitigate pain and anxiety of post-stroke patients during rehabilitation exercise at the Royal Adelaide Hospital

Postgraduate Scholarships

  • Kadhim Kadhim
    Time course of atrial remodelling in a chronic atrial tachypacing model: Is reverse remodelling possible?
  • Ned Kinnear
    Impact of Acute Surgical Unit on a local and global scale
  • Rhys Hamon
    The role of 14-3-3 protein in lung cancer initiation, progression and metastasis

Stay tuned throughout the year to read more about these newly funded researchers and their projects that will make a lifesaving difference in the community.