Publish Date: 
Friday, November 22, 2019 - 09:30

Metro South Health Reward, Recognition and Research Excellence Awards (RRREA)

The announcement of the 2019 Metro South Health Board Chair Awards and the 2020 Research Support Scheme Grants recipients was held in the TRI Auditorium on Tuesday 19 November. The PA Foundation Research Awards were also announced at the annual event.

Almost 50 awards were presented on the evening totalling over $3 million in additional funding aimed to award excellence in research that translates research discoveries into health and medical outcomes.

Congratulations to all recipients, special mentions and nominees. The list below includes some of the winning recipients:

Award Title  Project Title   Recipients 

TRADIM Project Grant | up to $75,000 for one year

The Queensland Natural Disasters 2010-11 and 2019—did they influence the rate of suicide? Prof David Crompton, Dr Stuart Leske, Peter Kohleis, Prof Gerry Fitzgerald, A/Prof Dan Siskind

Novice Researcher Grants | up to $25,000 over two years

Identification and clinical validation of novel genome stability factors as predictive biomarkers for systemic treatments in non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) Dr Connor O'Leary, Prof Ken O'Byrne, Dr Elizabeth McCaffrey, Rebecca Kimberley, Ian McPherson, Derek Richard, Mark Adams

Novice Researcher Grants | up to $25,000 over two years

Pilot study on non-invasive cardiopulmonary exercise testing for early detection of complications following pulmonary embolisms Dr Chinthaka Samaranayake, Dr Gregory Keir, Prof John Upham, Dr Khoa Tran, Jarrod Warner

Innovation (Seed) Grants | up to $25,000 over two years

Genomic characterisation of sinonasal undifferentiated carcinomas Prof Sandro Porceddu, Dr Caroline Cooper, Dr Ann-Marie Patch, Dr Hon Trinh

Innovation (Seed) Grants | up to $25,000 over two years

Do patients with high risk prostate cancer harbour viable gonorrhoeae diplococci in their prostate tissue? Dr Ian Vela, A/Prof Elizabeth Williams, Dr Patrick Thomas, Dr Ben Shepherd

Innovation (Seed) Grants | up to $25,000 over two years

Cell culture models for personalised medicine in patients with renal cell carcinoma Dr Robert Ellis, Dr Simon Wood, A/Prof David Vesey, A/Prof Glenda Gobe, Dr Margaret Mansbridge, Dr Andrew Kassianos, Dr Jeffrey Goh

Early Career Researcher Grants | up to $75,000 over two years

Advancing molecular imaging of kidney tumours: biomarker discover Dr Robert Ellis, Dr Simon Wood, A/Prof Glenda Gobe, Prof Hemamali Samaratunga, Prof Graham Galloway, Dr Margaret Mansbridge

Project Grants | up to $100,000 over two years

Using microbiome associated inflammatory biomarkers to predict and enhance treatment response among people with schizophrenia A/Prof Dan Siskind, Prof Gerald Holtmann, Dr Ayesha Shah, Prof Mark Morrison, Nicola Warren, Darryl Eyles, Jake Gratten

Project Grants | up to $100,000 over two years

Personalised integrated care versus standard care for patients with severe unexplained gastrointestinal symptoms: a randomised controlled clinical trial Prof Gerald Holtmann, Prof Jeff Coombes, Prof Nancy Pachana, A/Prof Veronique Chachay, Dr Natasha Koloski, Prof Michael Jones, Dr Che-Yung Cha

Project Grants | up to $100,000 over two years

Predicting response to checkpoint inhibitor immunotherapy and associated toxicities in melanoma patients using circulating auto antibodies repertoires A/Prof Victoria Atkinson, A/Prof Andrew Barbour, Melissa Arneil, Dr Gregor Kijanka

Project Grants | up to $100,000 over two years

Investigating immune evasion as the mechanism of resistance in patients relapsing following attainment of initial complete remission Dr Colm Keane, Dr Simone Birch, Dr Greg Hapgood, Dr Jay Gunawardana

Project Grants | up to $100,000 over two years

PREBIOTIC (Prospective Randomised Evaluation of preBiotics in Organ Transplantation to prevent Infectious Complications) study Prof Carmel Hawley, Prof David Johnson, Prof Mark Morrison, Prof Katrina Campbell, Diana Leary, Elaine Pascoe, Dr Samuel Chan

Project Grants | up to $100,000 over two years

Magnetic resonance Imaging RAdiomics relationships with GEnomics and outcome of breast cancer in NeoAdjuvant Treatment setting (MIRAGE-NAT) Dr Gorane Santamaria Hormaechea, Prof Sunil Lakhani, Prof Rahul Ladwa, Dr Prabakhar Ramachandran, Dr Thomas Lloyd, Prof Ian Bennett

Project Grants | up to $100,000 over two years

Utilising health technologies to deliver specialist diet and exercise support to the homes of people with complex chronic conditions Dr Ingrid Hickman, A/Prof Graeme Macdonald, A/Prof Nicole Isbel, Dr Dev Jegatheesan, Dr Hannah Mayr, A/Prof Katrina Campbell, Prof Jeff Coombes

Program Grant | up to $300,000 over three years

A randomised placebo-controlled trial targeting the gastrointestinal microbiome in patients with Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis with and without inflammatory bowel disease: A pilot study Prof Gerald Holtmann, Prof Graeme Macdonald, Prof Mark Morrison, Dr Ayesha Shah, Dr Natasha Koloski, Prof Michael Jones, A/Prof Simon Keely

PA Research Foundation
Project Grants

Highly multiplexed, digital spatial profiling of tumour tissue to predict response to immunotherapy Prof Ken O’Byrne, Dr Arutha Kulasinghe, Dr Connor O'Leary, A/Prof Chamindie Punyadeera, Dr Rahul Ladwa, Ian McPherson, Patricia Davison

PA Research Foundation
Project Grants

Cancer Evolution Biobank Prof Andrew Barbour, Prof Mark Smithers, A/Prof Victoria Atkinson, Dr Lauren Aoude, Dr Vanessa Bonazzi

The Metro South Health Research Support Scheme (RSS) is administered by the Centres for Health Research. To view the entire list of winning recipients, mentions and nominees, please see here.