Bacterial infection deadly for cystic fibrosis patients
Through a partnership with Conquer Cystic Fibrosis, we have recently awarded funding to Dr Anna Tai who is part of the Cystic Fibrosis and Bronchiectisis Unit as well as a Respiratory Consultant for Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital.
Cystic Fibrosis (CF) is a genetic condition where there is an abnormality of the mucous glands, therefore causing a thickening of the mucus – this causes a build-up in the lungs and other organs creating blockage of the airways and impairing breathing.
People with CF need to undergo constant treatment in order to remove the excess mucus from their lungs. The stress placed on the lungs results in irreversible damage and regular infections. 1 in 25 Australians carry the CF gene.
Dr Tai received the funding for a number of projects centred around clostridium difficile (C.diff) and the effects this has on cystic fibrosis (CF) patients, particularly patients in hospital.
C.diff is a bacteria that attacks the stomach and bowel and can have serious consequences for CF patients who are in hospital and have a low immune system
CF patients who have an intense hospitalisation and antibiotic treatment requirement are of particular risk, especially for patients who have undergone a transplant.
As little research has been carried out in Australia, Dr Tai aims to investigate:
- How many CF patients present with C.diff when in hospital
- The impact of antibiotic related diarrhea
- The possible use of probiotics against C.dif.
The partnership between the Institute and Conquer Cystic Fibrosis allows funds raised by the volunteer-run charity to stay in WA.
2017 Conquer Cystic Fibrosis Scholarships
The next round of Conquer Cystic Fibrosis Scholarships are now open.
Up to three postgraduate PhD Scholarships will be offered in the following areas:
- Conquer Cystic Fibrosis Advanced Clinical PhD Scholarship
- Conquer Cystic Fibrosis Allied Health Professional PhD Scholarship
- Conquer Cystic Fibrosis Scientist PhD Scholarship
Successful applicants will join the Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital Cystic Fibrosis Multi-Disciplinary Team consisting of medical and allied health professionals. This team has a strong and unique research platform of both clinical and laboratory research across multiple disciplines. Recipients will be up-skilled in the area of CF for the next three years to ensure they are experienced, qualified and highly skilled. They will become an integral part of the hospital’s CF team on completion of their training.