Prize breathes life into fund push

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News -

AF­TER win­ning a pres­ti­gious award at an in­ter­na­tional cys­tic fi­bro­sis con­fer­ence, Stephen Stick says he would like to see steady fund­ing for his re­search team.

“We’ve demon­strated we’re one of the best re­search teams in the world, so we want to see fund­ing for our core ac­tiv­i­ties,” Dr Stick said.

“The value of the award is it’s prob­a­bly one of the top awards in the field for clin­i­cal re­search; it comes with en­dorse­ment from peers, pa­tients, fam­i­lies and com­mu­nity.”

The US Cys­tic Fi­bro­sis Foun­da­tion awarded Dr Stick a Richard C. Talamo Dis­tin­guished Clin­i­cal Achieve­ment Award, one of the or­gan­i­sa­tion’s high­est hon­ours.

Dr Stick was one of more than 3000 at­ten­dees at the an­nual con­fer­ence in Phoenix, Ari­zona last month.

“This is a fan­tas­tic hon­our to be recog­nised by the world's lead­ing cys­tic fi­bro­sis or­gan­i­sa­tion and really demon­strates the piv­otal role our re­search is play­ing in de­vel­op­ing new treat­ments to help chil­dren with CF live longer, health­ier lives,” he said.

Dr Stick said cys­tic fi­bro­sis re­search had been one of the most ex­cit­ing ar­eas of medicine in 25 years.

The pae­di­a­tri­cian came to Perth from Eng­land in 1987 and he has been Head of Res­pi­ra­tory Medicine at Princess Mar­garet Hos­pi­tal since 1998.

“When the gene was dis­cov­ered in 1989, it led to ther­a­pies to tar­get those genes, lead­ing to a per­son­alised ap­proach to medicine,” he said.

“The next wave of re­search occurred while I've been here and we've been at the cut­ting edge of devel­op­ments.”

Dr Stick said his team was com­mit­ted to re­duce lung dis­ease at six years of age by 50 per cent, which could ex­tend the life ex­pectancy of kids born with CF by 20 years.

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Dr Stephen Stick be­lieves a ma­jor award shows his re­search team de­serves steady fund­ing.

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