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Westcare Grant

The Alan King Westcare Project Grant

A grant for research in respiratory infections

Applications are closed for 2017

In 2017, the grant will only be available to current and honorary staff of the Institute for Respiratory Health, although non-staff members may be co-applicants so long as a significant body of the work and all funding is administered by the Institute for Respiratory Health.

One grant-in-aid of up to $50,000 for one year will be available to support laboratory, clinical and epidemiological research into the causes, diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of respiratory infections including tuberculosis.

 Applications may be submitted by medical, allied health professionals, nurses, scientists, students and other individuals who demonstrate that they are currently in, or are pursuing research into respiratory disease, and who are either staff and/or financial members of the Institute for Respiratory Health. If you are not a member, click here to join.

All applicants and co-applicants must, at the time of submission, be financial members of the Institute for Respiratory Health.

This grant is made possible by a generous donation from Westcare Inc. Since the middle of the previous century, Westcare Inc. (previously known as the Tuberculosis Association of Western Australia) has been committed to helping those afflicted with tuberculosis through promoting awareness and treatment of this disease, as well as raising money for research.  The grant is named in honour of Dr Alan King, a pioneering West Australian respiratory physician who was instrumental in establishing Westcare Inc.  This grant meets one of the major objectives of the Institute for Respiratory Health to support excellence in respiratory health research.

The Institute for Respiratory Health and Westcare Inc have formed a partnership based upon a common interest in lung disease and disability, including, tuberculosis, and their continuing impact on the community, including our indigenous populations. They have agreed to support the Institute in its aim of improving our understanding of the pathology, epidemiology and treatment of infectious lung diseases, the ultimate goal of which is to reduce their burden on society.

What has the grant achieved?

Thanks to the support of Westcare Inc, we have been able to award $300,000 towards research into infectious diseases. These have included:

Dr Holly Clifford (right), 2016 winner

2016

Dr Holly Clifford, Telethon Kids Institute
Dr Clifford will use the funding for her research project on environmental dust exposure and bacterial lung infections and their impact in remote Aboriginal Australian communities.

2015

Dr Susan Peters, School of Population Health, The University of Western Australia
Dr Peters’ research focused on WA miners’ morbidity from lower respiratory infections and the association with exposure to diesel exhaust and silica dust.

2014

Professor Y C G Lee, Institute for Respiratory Health, Pleural Medicine Group

Prof Gary Lee, 2014 winner

Prof Lee explored a translational research program in pleural infection.

2013

Professor Peter LeSouëf, School of Paediatrics and Child Health, Princess Margaret Hospital
Prof LeSouëf research focused on cytokine profiles associated with acute lower respiratory infections in African children.

2012

Professor Y C G Lee, Institute for Respiratory Health, Pleural Medicine Unit
Prof Lee’s translational research examined pleural infection and to optimize antibiotics choice and improve pus drainage.

2011

Professor Peter Richmond, Vaccine Trials Group, The University of Western Australia
Prof Richmond examined the mechanisms of bacterial persistence and the potential for vaccination in patients with COPD

2010

Professor Y C G Lee, Institute for Respiratory Health, Pleural Medicine Unit
Prof Lee’s research focused on the biological interactions of Streptococcal pneumoniae and pleural mesothelial
cells in pleural infection.

 


The story behind the grant

Banner_Fundraising_2We have formed a partnership with Westcare Inc, based on a common interest in lung disease and disability. We share a mutual concern about lung infections and in particular tuberculosis, and their continuing impact on the community, our indigenous populations, and our neighbouring countries.

The Institute for Respiratory Health and Westcare have agreed to work together to promote, support and research respiratory infections. Our aim is to improve our understanding of the mechanisms and treatment of infectious lung diseases, and reduce their occurrence.

The grant is named in honour of Dr Alan King, a pioneering West Australian respiratory physician who was instrumental in establishing Westcare Inc.

Westcare Grant was last modified: October 13th, 2017 by Sarah Cermak

Westcare Grant was last modified: October 13th, 2017 by Sarah Cermak