COPD research

COPD Research Living with COPD People living with COPD experience a progressive decline in lung function, even with current treatments and giving up smoking. They can also experience severe flare-ups, resulting in increased breathlessness and irreversible damage to their lungs. These flare-ups are often associated with lung infections due to viruses and bacteria suggesting a […]

2017 Grant winners announced

2017 GRANT WINNERS ANNOUNCED We announced the winners of the 2017 Westcare and Glenn Brown Memorial Grants at our Partnership event last week. Dr Alan King Westcare Grant Prof Steve Mutsaers, Institute for Respiratory Health Research project: The effects of infection on mesothelial gene transcription: a role for immune check point regulation in chronic disease The Alan King […]

Feeling breathless?

Do you feel breathless even with your current treatment? Breathlessness can be a frightening and overwhelming problem that is difficult to treat. The Palliative Care Clinical Studies Collaborative are currently looking for people who have COPD (emphysema) and continue to feel breathless even with current treatment. The outcome of this study may enable better management of […]

Fibrosis Research

Fibrosis Research Millions of people are affected by fibrosis each year, leading to disability and death. It affects many parts of the body, including the lung, heart, liver, brain and skin. Fibrosis is the thickening of connective tissue leading to scarring. Current treatments are limited in efficacy and there is a need to better understand the […]

Bacterial infection deadly for cystic fibrosis patients

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 […]

Grant win for Lung Fibrosis Research

Grant win for Lung Fibrosis Research Our researchers are among a group of Australian scientists who have been awarded $2.5 million by the NHMRC to support a Centre for Research Excellence focusing on pulmonary fibrosis. Pulmonary fibrosis is a group of lung diseases that are characterised by the build up of scar tissue in the lungs, which […]

Lung regeneration

Lung regeneration Lung cancer if the 5th most commonly diagnosed cancer in Australia, with thousands of people being treated each year. When diagnosed at an early stage, treatment can include the surgical removal of the tumour. If a large portion of the lung is also removed this has life-long consequences for a patient. We are seeking […]

Research Trial for Cancer Patients

Research Trial for Cancer Patient’s Our Clinical Director Professor Gary Lee and his team have been awarded a $100,000 Cancer Council WA Grant for a research trial into malignant pleural effusion. What is malignant pleural effusion? Malignant pleural effusion is the build up of fluid around the chest cavity causing breathlessness for some cancer patients. […]