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2021 PARF Research Awards

Wednesday 02 December 2020

PA Research Foundation announced more than $1.4 million in funding for transformational medical research projects at the Metro South Health Research Support Scheme Awards Night on 30 November.

Among the award recipients of the Foundation's 2021 research awards were six new $100,000 research award projects, in addition to continued funding of $100,000 each to three separate ongoing projects.

More than $590,000 in funding was also allocated among several other collaborative health research initiatives, including skin cancer, head and neck cancer, prostate cancer, breast cancer and more. The Foundation also announced $75,000 thousand in funding for novel emergency medicine research in a first for the organisation.

Each awardee and their collaborative teams were chosen for the potential of their work to improve outcomes for thousands of Queenslanders and millions of Australians.

PA Research Foundation Chief Executive Officer Damian Topp said PA Research Foundation prided itself on funding work that has a translational or 'bench to bedside' approach.

"Some of the brightest minds and most dedicated health researchers in the country are based right here at the PA Hospital, and it is our absolute privilege and pleasure to support them," he said.

"Their mission is the same as ours, to help improve the health and wellbeing of patients here at the PA Hospital and right around the world."

Mr Topp said it was the commitment of the Foundation's donors and supporters that enabled the Foundation to provide the increased level of funding, despite tough economic conditions presented through 2020.

"Our supporters big or small continue to amaze us each and every day with their generosity and passion for helping others, everything we do is made possible by their altruism."

2021 PA Research Foundation Awards:

NEW Awards

Other Health Project Award

An RCT of Cannabidiol for Clozapine Refractory Schizophrenia (CanCloz).

Collaborative Team: Prof D Siskind, Dr N Warren, A/Prof S Suetani, Prof S Kisely, Dr V De Monte, Prof I Macgregor, M Shine.

Other Health Project Award

Diabetes and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease: implementing the right care, in the right place , at the right time (NAFLD-RRR Study).

Collaborative Team: Prof E Powell, Prof T Russell, Dr K Hayward, Prof S McPhail, Prof P Valery.

Skin Cancer Project Award

Cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma and tumour MICroenvironment Multiplex Spatial Profiling – cMIC.

Collaborative Team: Dr R Ladwa, Dr A Kulasinghe, H Liu, G Belz, Prof S Porceddu, A/Prof H Schaider, J Bowman.

Other Cancer Project Award

High-resolution mapping of oropharyngeal squamous cell carcinomas to allow personalisation of immunotherapies.

Collaborative Team: Prof B Panizza, Dr J Gonzalez-Cruz, A/Prof C Perry, Prof I Frazer, Q Wright, Dr Q Nguyen.

Other Cancer Project Award

Delivering supervised group exercise to patients with cancer via telehealth: an implementation study.

Collaborative Team: Dr E Gane, E Pinkham, Prof E Ward, Prof R Chan, A/Prof M Pinkham, J Foo, Dr N Hart.

Skin Cancer Project Award

Assessment of predictors of response to checkpoint blockade.

Collaborative Team: Dr A Mehdi, Prof I Frazer, A/Prof Euan Walpole, Dr J Chandra, Dr T Hossain, Dr E McCaffrey.


Jason Marianoff Memorial Award

Queensland Bladder Cancer Initiative

Dr I Vela, A/Prof E Williams, A Tariq, M Trau, K O'Byrne, P Morrison, S Khan.

JJ Richards In Vitro Award

Highly multiplexed, digital spatial profiling of tumour tissue to predict response too immunotherapy.

Prof O'Byrne, Dr A Kulasinghe, Dr C O'Leary, A/Prof C Punyadeera, Dr R Ladwa, I McPherson, P Dawson.

Other Cancer Award

Cancer Evolution Biobank

Prof A Barbour, Prof M Smithers, A/Prof V Atkinson, Dr L Aoude, Dr V Banazzi

Donor Directed Grants Funding Acknowledgments

Aveo Project Pink Breast Cancer Grant

A/Prof Fiona Simpson Research Lab

Australian Venue Co MANDATE Prostate Cancer Grant

Australian Prostate Cancer Centre Queensland

Allianz Skin Cancer Research Grant

UQ Dermatology Research Centre

William White Memorial Grant

Cancer Services Research Fellowship

Natalia Fernandez Memorial Grant

Metro South Health Breast Cancer Institute

Emergency Medicine Awards

Rethinking Emergency Medicine Research (REMR)

  • 1.Understanding race within medicine – R Creado
  • 2.Towards overcoming language barriers to the risk and certainly in an emergency health context – V Nissan
  • 3.The Art of Being here: An exploration of encounters of care by emergency staff – K West

Emergency Medicine Small Grant Project (EMSG)

Assessing the implementation of a nursing care pathway for opioid poisoned patients in the

ED; a before and after study – K Isoardi.

Zaraffa's Foundation Queensland Head and Neck Cancer Centre Award

Allied Health Higher Degree Support Program