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Effective treatments for hay fever

In an interview with Jon Faine (774 ABC), Professor Robyn O'hehir commented on effective treatments for hay fever.  She said that the warmer the temperatures, the more pollens are dumped in melbourne and sufferers could use anti-histamines, nasal sprays and eye drops that are available from chemists for relief.  To listen to Robyn's interview, please play the file below.  Audio file link.  Posted 15/10/14

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Goat’s milk moisturizer induces goat’s cheese allergic reaction

A woman has experienced a life-threatening allergic reaction after eating goat’s cheese, which Alfred-based researchers show was triggered through repeated use of a moisturiser containing goat's milk. The case study, published this week in The Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology: In Practice, pinpoints goat’s milk as the offending ingredient, and highlights the argument for skin care preparations to be bland and to avoid "agents capable of sensitisation, especially foods." See detail. Posted 19/06/14

Lung tissue bank to be established at the Alfred from a CSL grant

Associate Professor Glen Westall has received a support grant of $216,000 from the Commonwealth Serum Laboratories to establish a lung tissue bank for Interstitial Lung Disease (ILD) at the Alfred. This is a significant development in research capacity for a disease affecting many thousands of Australians. See more about A/Prof Westall's work and research here. Posted 23/05/14

Allergy, Immunology & Respiratory medicine Department May 2014 news

The Department of Allergy, Immunology and Respiratory medicine (AIRmed) in Central Clinical School and Alfred Health regularly produce a news bulletin highlighting their recent achievements including grants, publications, prizes, conference presentations and other news. They have won some large grants recently, from national and international granting bodies. See the May 2014 issue and previous editions at here. Posted 08/05/14


Thoracic Society of Australia & New Zealand awards for COPD research

Dr Nicholas Chin won the prize for best Oral presentation at the Nov 2012 TSANZ Vic Branch meeting, presenting "Clinical utility of venous blood gases in the management of acute exacerbations of COPD". Dr Jeremy Wrobel won two awards at the 2013 TSANZ Annual Scientific Meeting. These were the Ann Woolcock Young Investigator Award and best oral presentation, for his research on the role of pulmonary pressure in COPD. Mr Christian Osadnik, a PhD student with a physiotherapy background, won the COPD prize awarded by TSANZ, for his research on positive expiratory pressure therapy. Posted 12/04/13

Prof Robyn O'Hehir

Dec 5 Public Lecture on Allergy & Anaphylaxis

Professor Robyn O'Hehir gave a public lecture on Allergy & Anaphylaxis, on December 5 at the Alfred Lecture Theatre, MC'd by Alfred Foundation board member Tony Charlton. The lecture was highly successful, attended by a capacity audience. See details on the public lecture web page. For more details about Robyn's research, see Allergy lab. Robyn will also be presenting at the 29 April 2013 Day of Immunology public lecture. Posted 12/12/12

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BUPA grant for research into sleep apnea

Adjunct Professor Matt Naughton is co-investigator on a BUPA Health Foundation Grant, Addressing the Growing Burden of Sleep Apnea – A Screening Pathway. The investigator team is: Zimmet P, Shaw J, Naughton MT, Schlaich M, Kaye DM, Dixon J. Period and amount of grant: 2012-2014, $299,800. Posted 09/08/12

Dr Glen Westall

Grant success for transplant research

Dr Glen Westall (pictured, left) was awarded a grant of $20,000 at the recent Transplantation Society of Australia and New Zealand. The grant was the "Roche Enabling Grant for Novel Initiatives in Transplant Research", and is for a multi-centre Australian study investigating CMV prophylaxis following lung transplantation. For more detail of Glen's research, see his web page. Posted 09/08/12

Dr Sara Prickett

Sara Prickett wins travel grant and presentation prize

Dr Sara Prickett, a senior research fellow in the Allergy Labs, won the Central Clinical School Travel Grant 2012 and a Monash University Gender Equity Award to support presentation of her research towards a peanut allergy vaccine at the European Academy of Allergy and Clinical Immunology Meeting in Geneva, Switzerland, in June, 2012. Her oral presentation (CD4+ T-cell epitope peptides with MHC-restriction diversity: candidates for a peanut allergy therapeutic) won the best presentation prize in a session on "Immunotherapies: Immunological Mechanisms". Posted 09/08/12

Dr Glen Westall

Glen Westall presents at Day of Immunology public lecture

Dr Glen Westall (pictured, left), lung transplant specialist with the Alfred and researcher/clinician in AIRMed, presented at the International Day of Immunology public lecture on 26 April. His topic was "From the darkest hour to the gift of life: a journey in transplantation". Other speakers were Prof Sharon Lewin and Prof Jim McCluskey. The event was hosted by the Australasian Society for Immunology. Reference Day of Immunology. Posted 30/4/12

Professor Matt Naughton

Matt Naughton on NHMRC Development Grant

Adjunct Prof Matt Naughton (pictured, left) is CIC on an NHMRC Development Grant, "Treatment of sleep disordered breathing in patients with heart failure". The grant is administered by MIMR, and CIA is Dr Phil Berger. Other CIs: CIB Hamilton, CID Edwards, CIE Sands, CIF Cooke. The grant is for $584,700 over 2012-2014. Reference NHMRC Development Grants starting in 2012. Posted 30/4/12

Assoc Professor Bronwyn Levvey

Bronwyn Levvey wins Churchill Fellowship

Adjunct A/Prof Bronwyn Levvey (pictured, left) won the Dr Dorothea Sandars Churchill Fellowship, presented in July at Government House, Melbourne. The award recognises her significant contribution to the field of lung transplantation and in particular donation after cardiac death. See detail of A/Prof Levvey's Fellowship at Churchill Fellowship.

Professor Robyn O'Hehir

NHMRC & ARC Grant successes for 2012

Professor Robyn O’Hehir (pictured, left) was awarded an NHMRC grant for 2012-2014. She is CIA on the project "Impaired respiratory tolerance In obesity - the link with asthma?", receiving $644,685. Other CIs on Prof O'Hehir's project are Prof Jenny Rolland & Dr Charles Hardy, in collaboration with Dr Clinton Bruce at the Baker IDI. Prof O'Hehir is CIB on the ARC funded project "Designing new generation adjuvants for allergy and parasite vaccines", receiving $315,000. The project is administered through Physiology. See detail of Prof O'Hehir's research at Allergy Laboratory.

A/Professor Bruce Thompson


AIRMED was well represented by staff receiving prestigious awards at the recent Thoracic Society of Australia and New Zealand (TSANZ) and Australia and New Zealand Society of Respiratory Scientists (ANZSRS) Annual Scientific Meetings held in Perth. Adjunct A/Prof Bruce Thompson (pictured, left) was awarded the ANZSRS Fellowship and Society Research Medal for exceptional contribution to the advancement of knowledge in respiratory science. Other winners were A/Prof Anne Holland (Physiotherapist) who won an Australian Lung Foundation ALF-COPD grant & Prof Michael Abramson (co-joint winner with Bill Musk) of the TSANZ Lifetime Research Award. See ANZSRS Honour Board.

Aislin Meehan

Aislin Meehan awarded Dora Lush PG Research Scholarship

Aislin Meehan, a PhD student in CCS's Department of Medicine, was awarded the Dora Lush Postgraduate Research Scholarship from the NHMRC in January 2011, to fund the next two years of her PhD entitled ’Investigating the function of natural killer cells during immunological responses following human lung transplantation’. Aislin is supervised by Dr Glen Westall, A/Prof Tom Kotsimbos and Dr Nicole Mifsud. See detail of the Kotsimbos lab research at Respiratory Medicine.

Professor Greg Snell

Order of Australia Medal awarded to Greg Snell

Congratulations to Adjunct Professor Greg Snell OAM, Head, Lung Transplant (Medical) Service, Alfred Health, and Monash Adjunct Professor, for the 2011 Australia Day award of a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for service to medicine in the field of respiratory science, to education and to professional organisations. Reference: 2011 Australia Day Honours