The Hospital Research Foundation was thrilled to award our largest ever grants funding in 2018. Scroll through the list below to view the successful projects.

  • Dr Ravi Vissapragada (Flinders University / Flinders Medical Centre)
    Identifying odorant biomarkers for detection of oesophageal and gastric cancers.
  • Jose Javier Estevez (Flinders University / Flinders Medical Centre)
    Understanding the determinants of blinding diabetic retinopathy in indigenous Australians: Epidemiology, biology and clinical management.
  • Dr Timothy Surman (The University of Adelaide / Royal Adelaide Hospital)
    The structural apparatus of the aortic valve and risk stratification and patient outcomes for transapical and open aortic valve surgery.
  • Bradley Pitman (The University of Adelaide / Royal Adelaide Hospital)
    Comprehensive evaluation of clinical care in patients with Cardiac Implanted Electronic Devices and Arrhythmias: Action towards improved workflow and outcomes.
  • Jessica Maddern (Flinders University)
    Chronic visceral pain in endometriosis.
  • Christine Gayen (The University of Adelaide)
    Developing and characterising a survival model of thoracic contusion spinal cord injury in pigs.
  • Gus Nwosu (University of South Australia)
    Targeting sphingosine kinase 1 to sensitise acute myeloid leukaemia to BH3 mimetic therapy.
  • Emma Solly (The University of Adelaide)
    miR-181c – a novel therapeutic target for the rescue of diabetes-impaired angiogenesis.
  • Claire Dunbar (Flinders University)
    Establishing the physiological and sleep disruption characteristics of wind turbine and traffic noise in sleep using quantitative electroencephalography (qEEG).

Early Career Fellowships

  • Dr Cher-Rin Chongm
    A new strategy to prevent heart failure in diabetes
  • Dr Katharina Richter
    Improving effectiveness of infection control after surgery
  • Dr Kevin Fenix
    Using Tissue-Resident T cells to develop new prognostics and treatments against bowel cancer

Mid-Career Fellowships

  • Dr Nicky Thomas
    A Trojan Horse strategy for antimicrobial biologicals
  • Dr Helen Stallman
    Improving sleep and coping in inpatients to improve clinical outcomes and reduce hospital readmissions

Translational Grants

  • Professor PJ Wormald, Associate Professor Sarah Vreudge and Dr Hesham Saleh
    A new treatment for cystic fibrosis chronic relapsing upper airway infections
  • Dr Isuru Ranasinghe, Associate Professor Martin Gallagher and Associate Professor Ian Scott
    Safety, effectiveness of care and resource use among Australian hospitals (SAFER HOSPITALS)

Development Grant

  • Professor PJ Wormald, Professor Guy Maddern and Associate Professor Sarah Vreugde
    A novel medicated resorbable adhesion barrier device for use in abdominal surgery

Project Grant

  • Dr Sarah Appleton, Professor Robert Adams and Professor John Beltrame
    Broken Sleep – Broken Heart?: Longitudinal follow-up of cardiovascular and cognitive outcomes in middle aged and older men in North-West Adelaide.

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


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


  • Jessica Stranks
    Creating a tissue bank for novel genomic analysis of pathogens in diabetic foot infection.
  • Gregory Crawford
    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.
  • Rajvinder Singh
    Automated characterisation of colon polyps using deep learning models.
  • Margaret Arstall
    The NALHN cardiovascular biobank: revolutionising research in Northern Adelaide.
  • Bernd Froessler
    The impact of iron treatment for iron deficiency and iron anaemia in pregnancy on maternal and neonatal physiology.


  • Peter Mullen
    Provision of video conferencing to connect LMH Lecture theatre and Modbury Hospital auditorium.
  • Melanie Wittwer
    SphygmoCor XCEL – a cuff-based oscillometric device used to non-invasively assess blood pressure, vascular tone and vascular stiffness.
  • Hamish Philpott
    Mcompass Anorectal Manometry platform, including biofeedback capability, to achieve functional outcomes for patients with both incontinence and constipation.
  • Alemayehu Duga
    Utilisation of perhexaline as an adjuvant to anti-cancer therapy
  • Dr Linh Ngo
    Outcomes of catheter ablation for treatment of atrial fibrillation in Australia: a population-wide study
  • Gohar Shaghayegh
    Development of targeted nanoparticles as preventative therapy for liver metastasis
  • Dr Rajan Sundaresan Vediappan
    Chitosandetran (Chitodex) gel with and without deferiprone and GalliumProtoporphyrin: wound healing and postoperative outcomes in chronic rhinosinusitis

Look through the THRF Impact Report to see the full extent of research and patient care initiatives funded in 2018.