$1.7M awarded to ENT Surgery and collaborators for The AIRSPACE Trial

Professor PJ Wormald, Associate Professor Sarah Vreugde, Professor Alkis Psaltis (R-L in photo) and Dr Oveis Pourmehran from ENT Surgery at the BHI, TQEH, and their fellow chief investigators (listed below this article) have been awarded a Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF) grant in the "Rare Cancers Rare Diseases and Unmet Need" category. Their grant (#2014977) which is valued at $1,712,341 will run from 2022 until 2025. It is called The AIRSPACE Trial as it involves "AntI-MRSA PhAge Cocktail treatment via Acoustic Enhanced Nebulisers"..

NHMRC Ideas Grant awarded to Associate Professor Wendy Ingman

Congratulations to Associate Professor Wendy Ingman, Research Leader of the Breast Biology and Cancer Unit at the Basil Hetzel Institute, TQEH, for receiving a National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) of Australia Ideas Grant. Wendy's grant, valued at $946,417, is titled "A paradigm shift in lactational mastitis". Lactation mastitis is a debilitating inflammatory breast disease occurring in 1 in 5 Australian breastfeeding women. The disease causes lactation insufficiency, localised pain and rapid onset of fever, muscle aches, chills and fatigue, leading many women to use supplementary formula or cease breastfeeding altogether. This project will address key gaps in our understanding of the biological causes of mastitis and lead to improved prevention and treatment of this disease. Wendy says "I’m absolutely thrilled to have the funding to get this project underway. Lactation mastitis is a very poorly understood condition, I’m hoping to make huge progress on improving treatment and prevention in the next 3 years." She will be employing a postdoctoral researcher and a research assistant to work on this project with her. Her collaborators on this grant are Professor Lisa Amir (CIB) from La Trobe University, and four associate investigators, Associate Professor Luke Grzeskowiak and Dr Tim Chataway from Flinders University and Dr Emma Knight and Professor Mark Hutchinson from The University of Adelaide. .

Congratulations to 30th TQEH Research Expo award winners

Every October for the past 30 years TQEH Research Expo has been held. This event now forms part of CALHN Research Week. Congratulations to all research students and trainees at the Basil Hetzel Institute for Translational Health Research (BHI), The Queen Elizabeth Hospital (TQEH), who presented their results at the 30th TQEH Research Expo. Eight prizes were awarded across different categories thanks to our generous sponsors and were presented by the Minister for Health and Wellbeing, the Honourable Stephen Wade MLC. These awards followed a day and a half of presentations, and the 30th Plenary Lecture, delivered by SA Chief Medical Officer, Dr Michael Cusack. Full details of the prize winners and their sponsors can be found here. .

Celebrating 60 years of research at TQEH

Photo L-R: Mr Paul Flynn, CEO THRF Group, Professor John Beltrame AM, Director of Research CALHN, Professor Richard Ruffin, Her Excellency the Honourable Frances Adamson AC, Mr Raymond Spencer, Chair CALHN, Dr Prue Cowled and Professor Guy Maddern, Director of Research BHI, TQEH. [taken by Andrew Beveridge, ASB Creative].

Vascular surgeon Professor Robert Fitridge leads new telemedicine project

Professor Robert Fitridge is Professor of Vascular Surgery at The University of Adelaide and Consultant Vascular Surgeon for CAHLN (Central Adelaide Local Health Network) and the Lyell McEwin Health Service. Rob is the lead investigator on a new grant aimed at “Improving telemedicine delivery for Aboriginal people with diabetes-related foot complications using Virtual and Augmented Reality (VR/AR).”.

PhD student Amita Ghadge wins ASMR Ross Wishart Memorial Award

Congratulations to Amita Ghadge, a PhD student in the Breast Biology and Cancer Unit,  for being awarded one of two Ross Wishart Memorial Awards at the SA Australian Society for Medical Research (ASMR) Annual Scientific Meeting held on Wednesday 9th June. Amita gave a 3 minute overview of her research at the Gala Dinner on Monday night in addition to her formal presentation at the conference. Her talk "The developmental origins of mammographic density and breast cancer risk" is based on her PhD research which she is completing at the Basil Hetzel Institute, TQEH under the supervision of Associate Professor Wendy Ingman, Professor Rebecca Robker and Dr Pallave Dasari. Amita is currently finalising her thesis and aims to submit it in a few months..

Congratulations to all students who graduated from The University of Adelaide

The University of Adelaide has held a series of graduation ceremonies over the last week or so. To see a full list of the BHI, TQEH students who had their degrees conferred in 2020, see pages 20-21 of the BHI Research Report 2020. This photo shows 4 of the 12 students who completed their Bachelor of Health and Medical Science Honours degrees at the Basil Hetzel Institute, The Queen Elizabeth Hospital in 2020. All 12 students were awarded First Class Honours. In addition, Sophie Camens was awarded a University Medal for 2020 for outstanding academic merit throughout her undergraduate studies (read more). Of these 12 Honours students, 5 have commenced their PhDs at the BHI, TQEH (Olivia Girolamo, Joshua Kovoor, Michelle Sims, Dawn Whelan and Kenny Yeo)..

NHMRC Partnership Project Grant for the PAMICO Project

A National Health and Medical Research Council Partnership Project Grant, providing $1,499,233 in funding over 3 years has been awarded for the PAMICO Project - Personalising Acute Myocardial Infarction Care to improve Outcomes. Chief Investigators for this project are:.