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PARF commits $1.35 million to medical research

Thursday 21 November 2019

The PA Research Foundation's 2020 Research Awards have been announced during the Metro South Health Support Scheme Research Awards Night on Tuesday, November 19.

The Foundation announced it will be distributing over $1.35 million in funding in 2020, across 10 innovative research projects, in addition to several other collaborative health research initiatives. Five of the grants were awarded to new projects, and five were continuation of funding for 2019 grants.

The Research Awards were allocated to clinically led, collaborative teams across the five specific research categories, as directed by PARF donors. These research areas include skin cancer, breast cancer, prostate cancer, other cancer areas and other health areas.

PA Research Foundation CEO, Damian Topp said the Foundation is committed to investing in research that is novel in concept, allowing us the opportunity to support the next big medical discovery.

"It is a real privilege for the Foundation to provide donor-directed grants to help facilitate translational research at the world-class PA Hospital Campus again in 2020," said Damian.

"We are so fortunate to have some of the brightest minds in research at the PA, who are firmly committed to improving outcomes for patients facing health challenges here at our Hospital, and beyond.

"Thank you to our incredible community of supporters and partners for another amazing year – we couldn't do this without your generosity and support," he said.

PARF 2020 Awarded Research Projects

Other Cancer Project Award

Project: Cancer Evolution Biobank

Collaborative team: Prof A Barbour, Prof M Smithers, A/Prof V Atkinson, Dr L Aoude, Dr V Banazzi.

Other Health Project Award

Project: Evaluation of the Adverse Inpatient Medication Event Model

Collaborative Team: A/Prof I Scott, M Barras, N Falconer, C Morris, C Snoswell, N Cottrell, A Abdel-Hafez

Cheryl Lynette Backwell Memorial Award

Project: A Telehealth Cancer-Related Fatigue Clinic Model for Cancer Survivors: A Pilot Randomised Controlled Trial (The TCRF Trial)

Collaborative Team: Dr R Ladwa, Prof R Chan, Ms E Pinkham, Dr B Brown, Prof S McPhail, Prof C Escalante, Dis Prof P Yates

In Vitro Technologies Award

Project: The development of a tumour GPS for head and neck cancer and lung cancer

Collaborative Team: Prof K O'Byrne, Dr A Kulasinghe, Dr C O'Leary, A/Prof C Punyadeera, Dr R Ladwa, I McPherson, P Davidson

MANDATE Prostate Cancer Project Award

Project: Clinical study to evaluate the impact of intensive physical training and structured exercise programs on cardiovascular health and penile erection in men with prostate cancer.

Collaborative Team: A/Prof E Chung, Dr H Rhee, A McCarthy, S McAllister, Dr T Skinner, Prof J Coombes

Winifred Merle Allen Memorial Award

Continuation of PA Research Foundation funding:

Project: Towards improving outcomes that matter to people on Haemodialysis (HD)

Collaborative Team: A Viecelli, D Johnson, C Hawley, V Oliver, R Morton

Donor Directed Bladder Cancer Award

Continuation of PA Research Foundation funding:

Project: Queensland Bladder Cancer Initiative (QBCI)

Collaborative Team: I Vela, E Williams, A Tariq, M Trau, K O'Byrne, P Morrison, P Thomas, S Khan

Project Pink Breast Cancer Project Awards

Project: Mammographic Density (MD) as a modifiable breast cancer risk factor and indicator of response to therapy

Collaborative Team: EW Thompson, T Lloyd, H Hugo, C Snell, K Momo, T Hickey, W Tilley, A Redfern, D Radisky, X Huang, T Blick

Project: Increasing the number of breast cancer therapeutic antibody possibilities, patient choices and success rates

Collaborative Team: S Joseph, B Banushi, F Simpson, B Panizza, K Cuff, E Walpole

MANDATE Prostate Cancer Project Award

Project: A multifaceted precision approach to high risk prostate cancer

Collaborative Team: E Williams, I Vela, D Humacher, B Shepherd, K Miles, M Brown, N Boock, S Alinhezhad

The Research Awards are made possible thanks to the generous support from the Foundation's donors and partners, including ALH Group, Aveo, Australian Venue Co, Coca-Cola Amatil, St George Bank, Allianz Partners, Stellarossa, Network 10, and our wonderful community of supporters.