Cys­tic fi­bro­sis team hon­oured

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Business -

SU­BI­ACO-based re­searcher Pro­fes­sor Stephen Stick was hon­oured re­cently at the in­au­gu­ral Cys­tic Fi­bro­sis Aus­tralia Gov­er­nor-Gen­eral’s Pa­tron’s Awards in Sydney.

Cys­tic Fi­bro­sis WA recog­nised his achieve­ment at the not-for-profit or­gan­i­sa­tion’s 40th an­niver­sary on Fri­day.

Cys­tic Fi­bro­sis Aus­tralia pa­tron Gen­eral Sir Peter Cos­grove hosted the awards in Sydney, where As­so­ciate Pro­fes­sor Sarath Ran­ganathan re­ceived the In­au­gu­ral Re­search Award on be­half of Pro­fes­sor Stick and the Aus­tralian Res­pi­ra­tory Early Sur­veil­lance Team for Cys­tic Fi­bro­sis (AREST CF) based at the Telethon Kids In­sti­tute in Su­bi­aco.

Pro­fes­sor Stick leads an in­ter­na­tional team of cys­tic fi­bro­sis re­searchers that has pi­o­neered early sur­veil­lance and in­ter­ven­tion in pae­di­atric re­search.

His team is on track to re­duce struc­tural lung dam­age in children un­der five by 50 per cent within five years and add 20 years to life ex­pectancy.

The awards hon­oured sev­eral peo­ple around Aus­tralia, in­clud­ing Denny Flem­ming of Tas­ma­nia for com­mu­nity fundrais­ing, Ju­dith Mor­ton of South Aus­tralia with the CF Cen­tre Star Award and Kate Daly of the ACT, and the late Carly Staite of Queens­land, who re­ceived the In­spi­ra­tion Award.

As­so­ciate Pro­fes­sor Sarath Ran­ganathan ac­cepts the award from Gov­er­nor-Gen­eral Sir Peter Cos­grove on be­half of Pro­fes­sor Stephen Stick and his team.

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