2020 Clinician Research Fellowship recipients (Round 9)

The WA Department of Health and the Raine Medical Research Foundation are pleased to announce that three Clinician Research Fellowships have been awarded to clinicians who wish to develop their research capability while continuing some clinical duties.

Ms Jessica Nolan
Coordinator of Physiotherapy, Osborne Park Hospital
Project: Determining best-practice rehabilitation for lateropulsion after stroke
Amount awarded: $234,288

Lateropulsion after stroke affects almost half of stroke survivors who require rehabilitation. This condition affects the ability to sit upright and to move in space. It has negative implications for recovery.  People with lateropulsion can get better but require longer periods in rehabilitation to recover. Not enough about what happens to those who continue to have signs of lateropulsion after rehabilitation has finished is known and there is not agreement on the best treatment approaches. This study will investigate short- and long-term outcomes of stroke survivors with lateropulsion and facilitate agreement on best-practice rehabilitation among a panel of international experts.

Dr Stephen Macdonald
Staff Specialist, Emergency Medicine, Royal Perth Hospital
Project: Improving survival from sepsis: A translational research platform for the future
Amount awarded: $405,808

Sepsis is a life-threatening illness where the body's response to an infection injures its own tissues causing organ failure and shock. Each year in Australia over 8,000 people die of sepsis, and many who survive have severe permanent disability. Early diagnosis and treatment is the key to successful treatment. The vision is to embed a sepsis research program in the emergency department. This will have three elements: 1. A registry to monitor quality of care; 2. Studies to predict which patients develop shock; and 3. A trial to compare intravenous fluids or medications in septic shock treatment.

Dr Mon Ohn
Consultant Respiratory and Sleep Paediatrician, Perth Children’s Hospital
Project: NIGHTOWL
Amount awarded: $422,315

If a child snores or has pauses in breathing during sleep, it is likely that a child’s windpipe has collapsed and blocked their airway, a condition known as obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA). It is a common condition and is usually due to big tonsils. Removal of tonsils (tonsillectomy) generally improves breathing during sleep. We know that children with OSA have more breathing problems during and after surgery. This study will look at new ways (including 3D face photography, sleep activity measurement and airway floppiness measurement) to assess obstructive sleep apnoea before surgery so that we can provide safe and customised treatment.

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