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22 May 2020
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RMH Researchers working across cancer, respiratory illnesses, infectious diseases, heart disease and more have been awarded $12,253,659.79 dollars in the National Health and Medical Research Council’s latest round of Investigator Grants.

One of the major grant recipients, RMH Respiratory Physician Fellow Associate Professor Natasha Smallwood, has received over $645,000 to fund her project Targeted approaches to improve health outcomes in severe respiratory disease.

A/Prof Smallwood’s study will look at how severe lung disease affects mental health and wellbeing among patients and explore new treatment options, including an integrated palliative care program and at-home Nasal High Flow Therapy; a modern, non-invasive type of oxygen therapy.

"Despite receiving optimal treatment, people with severe lung disease experience distressing symptoms, reduced quality of life and wellbeing, and poor health outcomes,” A/Prof Smallwood said.

“This transformational research will investigate new treatment approaches: an integrated palliative care program to identify benefits for people with lung disease.”

The Investigator Grants acknowledge highest-performing researchers across all career stages, providing flexibility to pursue important new research directions as they arise and to form collaborations as needed.

The Royal Melbourne Hospital congratulates the following staff who have received Investigator Grant Recipients.

Professor Benjamin Howden

Genomics for combating antimicrobial resistant bacterial pathogens

Professor Christos Pantelis

Developing Novel Preclinical Models for Neurodevelopmental Disorders - From Bedside to Bench


Professor Mark Dawson

Improving outcomes for cancer patients by targeting the epigenome


Professor Roland Bammer

Harnessing Imaging and IT Strategies to Expedite Targeted Treatment and Improve Outcomes in Cerebrovascular Diseases


Associate Professor Justin Denholm

Tuberculosis elimination in Australia through targeting latent infection


Associate Professor Marie Bismark

Caring for clinician health and wellbeing; Protecting patients from harm


Associate Professor Natasha Smallwood

Targeted approaches to improve health outcomes in severe respiratory disease


Associate Professor Luke Burchill

LIFESPAN-CHD – Leading Innovation by Finding and Eliminating gaps in research, SPecialist care ANd Mental Health services for People with CHD.




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