Conquer Cystic Fibrosis Scholarships
The success of paediatric cystic fibrosis (CF) research in guiding improved clinical care has meant that the number of adult CF patients in Western Australia now exceeds the number of paediatric patients.
In partnership with Conquer Cystic Fibrosis, a volunteer fundraising group, we have established an innovative research program centred around adults living with CF.
The program is a collaborative partnership that will be based at the Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital’s WA Adult Cystic Fibrosis Service, which provides a statewide service for the clinical care of adult CF patients.
We are offering up to three PhD Scholarships for 2017. The following categories of applications are particularly welcomed. In special circumstances applications outside of these categories will be considered.
- Conquer Cystic Fibrosis Advanced Clinical PhD Scholarship
- Conquer Cystic Fibrosis Allied Health Professional PhD Scholarship
- Conquer Cystic Fibrosis Scientist PhD Scholarship
The scholarship program
PhD scholarship support is available for clinicians and for allied health professionals interested in adult CF care for 3 years to encourage development of an ongoing stream of experienced, qualified and highly skilled physicians and allied health professionals in adult CF care in Western Australia.
Applications from research scientists interested in adult CF research with projects fulfilling the aforementioned criteria (especially direct clinical relevance of the work) will also be considered.
Recipients are expected to actively participate in CF clinics and inpatient care as part of their project, and therefore play an integral role in the SCGH CF team.
It is anticipated that current CF patients and their clinical data and bio-samples will provide an important source for research projects with the aim of making an immediate impact on clinical outcomes.
The recipients will gain experience and training to become a specialist in their field of adult CF care and in the future, capable of leading high quality clinical studies from Western Australia.
Multidisciplinary approaches (e.g. collaboration with paediatric CF, lung transplant centres, and other disciplines of allied health) in research directions are strongly encouraged.
- High quality candidates with a strong interest in adult CF care and in applying high quality research to improve its clinical management.
- Projects that address areas of adult CF care (eg. allied health) where there is a strong need for high quality data are particularly welcomed. Proposed projects must be clinically relevant and the results expected to have direct impact on day-to-day adult CF care. Priority will be given to projects that are fully integrated with patient care such that the candidate’s participation can enrich clinical service delivery.
- Scholarship students will become members of the Institute, undertake their work within the Institute and participate in the activities of the Institute.
- Projects will lead to publications in high impact journals.
- Candidates are expected to apply for, and be competitive for, other sources of funding eg. APA and/or NHMRC PhD Fellowship. Projects that bring partnership funding from other organizations (eg. joint funding from universities, grant agencies) are especially welcomed as it will release further funds to enhance the Conquer Cystic Fibrosis and Institute for Respiratory Health program.
- Individuals with interests in CF research but not necessarily with a defined project and / or supervisor are welcome to approach the Institute. In those cases the Advisory Committee responsible for selection of candidates may be able to recommend or enlist appropriate supervisors for suitable candidates who fit the profiles defined above.
- Interested parties (students or potential supervisors) should discuss the clinical feasibility of their proposed project with one or more of the SCGH team members: Dr Siobhain Mulrennan (Director of adult CF services), Sue Morey (CNS for adult CF services) or Prof Gary Lee (Head of Respiratory Services, SCGH & Clinical Director, Institute for Respiratory Health) before submitting an application.
How to apply
To express interest, email Sarah at firstname.lastname@example.org.
More about Conquer Cystic Fibrosis
Conquer Cystic Fibrosis was established in 2002 by a group of dedicated parents of children with CF and their friends to help raise much needed money and awareness for CF. In 2014, Conquer Cystic Fibrosis was named “WA Community Volunteer of the Year”. All money raised is donated to research and services and no-one at Conquer Cystic Fibrosis is paid. The Committee are passionate volunteers whose goal is to raise as much money and awareness as possible to help fund services, treatments and research in the hope of improving life expectancy and, ultimately, finding a cure for children and friends with CF. From 2016, Conquer Cystic Fibrosis Inc will commit significant funding per year towards the Institute to help develop a CF Research Program in here in WA.
More about the SCGH Cystic Fibrosis Centre
The SCGH Cystic Fibrosis Centre is the key adult site for Western Australia, caring for over 180 patients which make up >95% of the state’s adult CF population. The care provided for this patient group includes over 1,000 multidisciplinary clinic visits per year and more than 100 hospital admissions. These figures are expected to increase as the life expectancy of CF improves, resulting in higher numbers of adults attending the centre. The current CF Multidisciplinary Team has significant experience in the area of CF (80 years combined experience) and strong research backgrounds.