Congratulations to Professor PJ Wormald (ENT Surgery) on being awarded one of only 12 National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Investigator Grants in South Australia. 237 Leadership and Emerging Leadership Fellows received funding in the Investigator Grant scheme, the largest NHMRC scheme. Professor Wormald’s 5 year Leadership grant, valued at $2.36M, is titled “From bench to bedside: A new treatment for Chronic Rhinosinusitis” and commences in January 2021..
Dr Stephanie Fong has been awarded her PhD in addition to a Dean's Commendation for Doctoral Thesis Excellence. Her PhD thesis title was "Bacteriophage therapy for chronic rhinosinusitis: Targeting Pseudomonas aeruginosa biofilms" and she was supervised by Professor PJ Wormald and Associate Professor Sarah Vreugde (ENT Surgery). She was supported by a joint scholarship from The Hospital Research Foundation and The University of Adelaide. Stephanie is currently in the second year of specialist training in ENT Surgery at The Queen Elizabeth Hospital..
Two of the three Diabetes SA grants announced on Friday 1 May were awarded to researchers based at the Basil Hetzel Institute, The Queen Elizabeth Hospital. Each grant is valued at $100,000 over two years. Dr David Jesudason is the Director of Diabetes and Endocrinology at The Queen Elizabeth Hospital and has 20 years of experience as an endocrinologist. He is passionate about improving the care of people with Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes both in metropolitan Adelaide as well as rural South Australia. His project is titled "Addressing life threatening ketoacidosis associated with sodium-glucose cotransporter 2 inhibitors (SGLT2i) and key antidiabetic medicines". Dr Cher-Rin Chong is an NHMRC Peter Doherty Biomedical Early Career Fellow in the Cardiovascular Pathophysiology and Therapeutics Group at the Basil Hetzel Institute, TQEH. Her project is titled "For a novel strategy for cardiovascular protection in type 2 diabetes". Read more about these projects in the May edition of the BHI Winning News..