Worthy projects for fellowships
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.