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21 July 2021
Head Respiratory and Sleep Scientist, Tom Churchward, says this is well-deserved recognition for Professor McDonald’s long-term commitment to education, training and mentoring.
“The numerous awards received by other members of our Respiratory and Sleep Medicine Department and the Institute for Breathing and Sleep reflect the culture of excellence that Professor McDonald has built at Austin Health,” said Tom.
Dr Nicole Sheers, VRSS Physiotherapist, received TSANZ's Ann Woolcock New Investigator Award which recognises early researchers and is awarded to the best conference abstract for the highest scientific quality and impact.
“It was wonderful to receive this recognition from the Society of my 5-year research journey performing the largest randomised controlled trial of its type in the world,” said Nicole.
“This work to improve treatment for patients with respiratory disorders relating to neuromuscular disease was important. I am particularly proud of the high level of participant engagement with this project, without whom this award would not have been possible."
Danny Brazzale, Senior Respiratory Scientist, was awarded best oral presentation at the ANZSRS meeting, where he presented on lung function abnormalities following recovery from COVID-19 infection.
“I was really pleased to be receive this award recognising the importance of this research conducted here at Austin Health,” said Danny.
Institute for Breathing and Sleep (IBAS) post-doctorate and Respiratory and Sleep Physician, Dr Yet Khor, was recognised by TSANZ, as well as the American Thoracic Society and the Asian Pacific Society of Respirology for her work in interstitial lung disease.
“My vision is to improve health outcomes of people with interstitial lung disease through evidence-based comprehensive patient care.
“This is a group of chronic lung-scarring conditions, with no current cure and little in the way of treatment to improve how people feel or function. These awards support my work focusing on the evaluation and management of nocturnal hypoxaemia (low oxygen levels) and sleep apnoea for better sleep health in this population,” said Dr Khor.
Thoracic Society of Australia and New Zealand (TSANZ) award recipients:
Australian and New Zealand Society for Respiratory Science (ANZSRS) award recipients: