Wor­thy projects for fel­low­ships

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Health -

TWO western sub­urbs residents are among three WA Health re­searchers to re­ceive a Depart­ment of Health/Raine Foun­da­tion Clin­i­cian Re­search Fel­low­ship in the lat­est round of the pro­gram an­nounced last week.

Ned­lands res­i­dent As­so­ci­ate Pro­fes­sor Wai Lim, a Con­sul­tant Nephrol­o­gist at Sir Charles Gaird­ner Hos­pi­tal, is work­ing on im­prov­ing health out­comes of kid­ney trans­plant re­cip­i­ents.

While kid­ney trans­plan­ta­tion is the treat­ment of choice for pa­tients with end-stage re­nal dis­ease, long-term graft out­comes have re­mained un­changed, with graft loss sec­ondary to re­jec­tion and/or dis­ease re­cur­rence be­ing the most com­mon.

Pro­fes­sor Lim and his col­leagues’ projects aim to pro­mote the most ad­van­ta­geous al­lo­ca­tion poli­cies to achieve a bal­ance be­tween util­ity and eq­uity and iden­tify crit­i­cal fac­tors as­so­ci­ated with graft loss af­ter kid­ney trans­plan­ta­tion.

As­so­ci­ate Pro­fes­sor To­bias Strunk, of Shen­ton Park, is a Con­sul­tant Neona­tol­o­gist at King Ed­ward Me­mo­rial Hos­pi­tal, study­ing the po­ten­tial for Pen­tox­i­fylline to protect the pre-term brain.

Ad­vances in the treat­ment of pre-term ba­bies has led to im­prove­ments in their sur­vival but many still face health prob­lems, re­sult­ing in $2 bil­lion per year in hos­pi­tal costs.

Pen­tox­i­fylline is a promising, safe and af­ford­able med­i­ca­tion that may in­crease sur­vival with­out dis­abil­ity.

The third Fel­low­ship re­cip­i­ent, Dr Dim­i­tar Az­manov will use his fel­low­ship to “strengthen and stream­line” the ge­netic in­ves­ti­ga­tion of chil­dren with short stature who have been treated with growth hor­mone ther­apy.

The pro­gram provides fund­ing for up to three years and can be up to $150,000 a year, de­pend­ing on the ex­tent of the re­search pro­posal and the ap­pli­cant’s salary. The clin­i­cians main­tain some of their clin­i­cal du­ties dur­ing the pe­riod of their fel­low­ship.

CRF round 5 re­cip­i­ents Dim­i­tar Az­manov, To­bias Strunk and Wai Lim.

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