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Emergency medicine and vital cancer research advanced

Thanks to the altruism of their donors, supporters, and corporate partners, the PA Research Foundation proudly announced more than $410,000 in funding for health research this week.

Dr Katharine Cuff and research team member Dr Adrian Wiegmans.

Foundation Chief Executive officer Damian Topp announced the funding for 10 separate projects at the Metro South Health Research Awards and PA Research Awards at the Translational Research Institute on the PA Hospital campus.

The grants announced at the awards evening on 22 November included a significant commitment to research in the field of emergency medicine, with five of the 10 projects announced centred around studies in the often overlooked area.

This is the second straight year the Foundation has pledged funds to research designed to benefit patients and staff in the Emergency Department with three grants handed out through the organisation’s PA Emergency Medicine Small Grant Program and two grants given out through the Rethinking Emergency Medicine Research Program.

Grant recipients Professor Nikolas Haas, A/Prof Pascal Duijf and Professor Andrew Barbour.

The Foundation also committed $350,000 towards research into the key cancer areas of melanoma and skin cancer, breast cancer and prostate cancer. Grants were awarded to a collaborative team led by A/Prof Pascal Duijf into a novel approach to personalised melanoma treatment, and a collaborative team led by Dr Katharine Cuff into therapy resistant triple-negative breast cancer.

The University of Queensland’s Dermatology Research Centre were also awarded funding for their ongoing work in the treatment and prevention of skin cancer while A/Prof Fiona Simpson and her research Lab received a grant to continue their promising research into the treatment of breast cancer with combination therapies. The final grant announced on the night went to the PA Hospital based Australian Prostate Cancer Research Centre of Queensland.

PA Research Foundation Chief Executive Officer Damian Topp said the Foundation can’t make the difference it does for the PA’s patients and in funding health research based on the campus without their valued relationships with their supporters and the wider PA Community.

“Our role at the Foundation is to facilitate research that translates from the researcher’s bench to the bedside of our patients, but we can’t do that without our amazing community of supporters,” he said.

Rethinking Emergency Medicine Research Program (REMR) grant recipient Turgut Acikara.

“They include all of our valued donors whose generosity continues to amaze me each day and valued corporate supporters who are as passionate as we are about driving breakthroughs in cancer research.

“Many of our donors and supporters are current and former patients and their families who just want to give back and say thank you for the excellent care they received at the PA.

Rethinking Emergency Medicine Research Program (REMR) grant recipient Thilini Nisansala Egoda Kapuralalage.

“I also have to thank the wider PA Community of doctors, nurses, allied health staff and volunteers who support our campaigns like PA Giving Day with enthusiasm each year and raise vital funds to help their patients have better outcomes.”

PA Research Foundation 2022 Research Awards

  • A novel approach to personalised melanoma treatment. 

Collaborative Team: P. Duijf, N. Haass, H. Schaidier, A. Barbour, F. Ahmed, P. Leo

  • PROCURE cohort: Prospective longitudinal study of CircRNA liquid biopsy biomarker unique to therapy resistant triple-negative breast cancer.

Collaborative Team: K. Cuff, X. Wu, A. Wiegmans, E. Ivanova

The PA Emergency Medicine Small Grant Program

  • Exploring legal consequences of physical violence against nurses in the workplace (PROVEN)

Cara Joyce Cabilan

  • Exploring clinician’s knowledge and attitudes toward the care needs of complex adult users of the Emergency Department

Amy Johnston

  • Accuracy of plant identification applications to identify plants in suspected poisoning cases referred to the Queensland Poison Information Centre

Iain McNeil

The Rethinking Emergency Medicine Research Program

  • The utilisation of crowd sourcing data to create emergency response scenarios provided by PAH Emergency Department

Turgut Acikara

  • Behavioural economic insights to reduce non-urgent ED presentations at emergency departments

Thilini Nisansala Egoda Kapuralalage

  • Aveo Project Pink Breast Cancer Grant

A/Prof Fiona Simpson Research Lab

  • Australian Venue Co MANDATE Prostate Cancer Grant

Australia Prostate Cancer Centre – Queensland

  • Skin Cancer Research Grant

University of Queensland Dermatology Research Centre



23 November 2021
Category: News