Our Research

The St George & Sutherland Medical Research Foundation supports the varied research work of the medical staff and researchers at St George and Sutherland hospitals. Both hospitals have a rich tradition of successful medical research that has positively impacted the lives of people in the local and wider communities.

Keep reading below, to discover the specific research projects that have attracted the financial support of SSMRF. Or, click here to read about the areas that SSMRF is committed to funding.

NOTE: Individual research reports are added in the year following the end of the research award.

The Capacity Building Grant Scheme

The St George & Sutherland Medical Research Foundation is excited to launch a new initiative in 2014 – the Capacity Building Grant Scheme. By providing substantive major grant support its purpose is to strengthen and grow a team of quality researchers who will enhance our overall research capacity and thereby increase the quantity and quality of innovative, internationally competitive research at St George & Sutherland Hospitals. In keeping with this strategy the Foundation has committed to award, through a highly competitive process subjected to a rigorous external review, a grant of $300,000 to an established and productive research team that has been able to demonstrate that the funds will truly build further research capacity within that group.

Professor Ian Cook

Chair, Scientific Advisory Committee, St George & Sutherland Medical Research Foundation

 

2016

Capacity Building Grant Award was presented to:

Professor John Myburgh AO

Department of Intensive Care Medicine, St George Hospital

“St. George and Sutherland Critical Care Research Program: thermoregulation in acute brain injury (ABI) program.”

 

Seed Research Grant awarded to:

Dr Bill Giannakopoulos

Department Infectious Diseases, Immunology & Sexual Health, St George Hospital

“Beta 2-glycoprotein I: An important modulator of Gram-negative sepsis.”

 

Professor Marissa Lassere

Department of Rheumatology, St George Hospital

“A comparative effectiveness randomised placebo controlled pilot trial of the management of acute lumbar radicular pain: evaluate route versus pharmacology of intervention, and feasibility in public hospital and community practice settings.”

 

Dr Freda Passam

Department of Haematology, St George Hospital

“Functional disulphides of the platelet receptor alpha IIb beta 3 in health and disease.”

 

Scholarship Grant awarded to:

Dr Peter Iung-Chiang Wu

Department of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, St George Hospital

“Pharyngeal and oesophageal compliance – the clinical utility of Endolumenal Functional Lumen Imaging Probe in managing dysphagia.”

 

Clinician Researcher Grant awarded to:

Dr Fernando Roncolato

Department of Haematology, St George Hospital

“A pilot study of a randomised control trial assessing the impact of a supervised exercise program on the quality of life of lymphoma patients treated with chemotherapy – the EXEL study.”

 

2015

Women’s and Children’s Health Targeted Grant awarded to:

Associate Professor Greg Davis

Women’s and Childrens Health, St George Hospital

“Postpartum Physiology, Psychology and Paediatric follow up Study (P4 Study).“

 

Sutherland Shire Council Grant awarded to:

Associate Professor Peter Gonski

Southcare, Department of Aged and Extended Care, The Sutherland Hospital

“The effect of exercise with and without manual therapy as an early intervention in mild chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.”

 

2014

Capacity Building Grant Award was presented to:
Professor Steven Krilis

Department of Immunology, Infectious Disease and Sexual Health, St George Hospital

“Novel mechanisms in the control of thrombosis and inflammation.”

 

New Investigator Grant awarded to:

Fatima El-Assad

Department Immunology and Infectious Diseases, St George Hospital

“The role of βeta2-glyocoprotein-1 in cerebral malaria.”

 

Seed Research Grant awarded to:

Professor Beng Chong

Haematology, St George Hospital

“Development of a novel anti-platelet and anti-anticoagulant bifunctional molecule for targeted treatment of coronary artery disease.”

Professor Marissa Lassere

Department Rheumatology, St George Hospital

“Serial biomarker profiling for risk-stratification and disease monitoring in rheumatoid arthritis.”

 

Clinician Researcher Grants awarded to:

Dr Kim-Chi Phan-Thien

Department Colorectal Surgery, St George Hospital

“Colonic motility in diverticular disease.”

Dr Peter Wu

Department Gastroenterology & Hepatology, St George Hospital

“Clinical utility of Endoluminal Functional Imaging Probe in diagnosis and management of patients with eosinophilic oesophagitis.”

 

2013

The 2013 Dr Barry Pearson AM research award – Clinician Researcher Grant:
Dr Amanda Henry

Womens’ and Childrens’ Health, St George Hospital

“Evaluation of the myocardial performance index in ultrasonography of normal and complicated pregnancy.”

 

New Investigator Grant awarded to:

Dr Freda Passam

Department of Haematology, St George Hospital

“Role of the thiol isomerase ERp5 in thrombus formation.”

Ms Sue Polis

Department of Gastroenterology & Hepatology, St George Hospital

“The impact of a nurse directed model of outpatient care on health outcomes, quality of life and service delivery for patients diagnosed with advanced liver disease.”

 

New Investigator – Inaugural Macedonian Cancer Research Award:

Dr Jingli (Helen) Hao 

Cancer Care Centre, St George Hospital

“Using proteomic approaches to identify novel biomarkers associated with prostate cancer radioresistance in in vivo animal models.”

 

Seed Research Grant awarded to:

Associate Professor Konstantin Yastrebov

Department of Intensive Care Medicine, St George Hospital

“Comparative Haemodynamic Assessment: InvaSive and Echocardiographic techniques.”

 

Interim Support Grant awarded to:

Professor Steven Krilis

Department of Immunology, Infectious Disease and Sexual Health, St George Hospital

“The role of beta 2 glycoprotein 1 in vascular health.”

Professor Steven Krilis

Department of Infectious Disease, Immunology and Sexual Health & Department Gastroenterology & Hepatology, St George Hospital

“The role of mast cell specific serine proteases in inflammatory bowel disease.”

 

2012

New Appointee Grant awarded to:

Dr James Weaver

Department of Cardiology, St George Hospital

“Endothelial dysfunction and platelet activation in the setting of coronary disease.”

 

Seed Research Grant awarded to:

Dr Nicholas Cordato

Department of Aged Care, St George Hospital

“The impact of routine post-discharge evaluation medical evaluations of nursing home patients following acute hospital admission.”

 

Clinician Researcher Grant awarded to:

Aparna Padinjareveettil

Mental Health Rehabilitation Unit, The Sutherland Hospital

“Does transcranial Direct Current Stimulation (tDCS) enhance computerised cognitive remediation in patients with Schizophrenia? A randomised controlled trial in a rehabilitatory setting.”

 

 

2011

New Appointee Grant awarded to:

Dr Bill Giannakopoulos

Department of Immunology and Infectious Diseases, St George Hospital

“Analysis of the in vivo modulating role of beta 2-glycoprotein I on atheroma formation and apoptotic cell clearance in the lupus/autoimmune setting.”

 

Seed Research Grant awarded to:

Dr Michal Szczesniak

Department of Gastroenterology & Hepatology, St George Hospital

“Development and validation of novel fibre-optic strain sensors for evaluation of longitudinal shortening of the human oesophagus.”

 

The Paul Campbell Research Award – Interim Support Grant:

Associate Professor Yong Li

Cancer Care Centre, St George Hospital

“CD44 and CD147 in prostate cancer metastasis and chemoresistance.”

 

Scholarship (Medical) Grant awarded to:

Dr Philip Choi

Department of Haematology, St George Hospital

“Heparin-induced thrombocytopenia (HIT): Characterization of the pathogenic and non pathogenic antibodies, and studies to improve laboratory diagnosis and treatment.”

 

Scholarship (Biomedical) Grant awarded to:

Annie S Luo

St George Clinical School, UNSW Inflammation and Infection Research Centre

“Appendicitis and Intestinal Inflammation.”

 

The 2011 Dr George C. Wilson AM Award was presented to: Dr Justine Wang. Our thanks go to the family of Dr Wilson for their contribution to, and support of this award. Dr Wang’s research report will appear later in 2012.

 

2010

New Appointee Grant awarded to:

Dr Sharon Ong

Renal & Hypertension Unit, St George Hospital

“Masked hypertension in chronic kidney disease, dialysis and renal transplant patients.”

 

The Paul Campbell Research Award – New Appointee Grant:

Dr Chris Weatherall

Department of Immunology, St George Hospital

“The role of mast cells in innate immunity.”

 

New Investigator Grant awarded to:

Associate Professor Kate Curtis

Department of Trauma Services, St George Hospital

“The cost of major trauma in NSW: Linkage analysis and recommendations health service planning.”

 

Seed Grant in Aid awarded to:

Ms Anthea Reus

Pelvic Floor and Bladder Unit, St George Hospital

“Intermittent self-catheterisation: comparison of single use vs reuse of Nelaton catheters – health and cost implications.”

 

Foundation Travel Grant:*

Dr Terrence Chua

Department of Surgery, St George Hospital

“Clinical Studies in Metastatic Gastrointestinal Cancer.”
*To enable recipient to present his research at a major international meeting

 

2009

New Investigator Grants awarded to:

Dr Phil Dinning

Department of Gastroenterology & Hepatology, St George Hospital

“Automated analysis of colonic manometry: creating a diagnostic tool for patients with severe constipation.”

Dr Bill Giannakopoulos

Department of Immunology, St George Hospital

“Investigations into the modulatory activity of B2GPI on coagulation in vitro and in vivo.”

Dr Simon Liang

Department of Haematology, St George Hospital

“Characterisation of the anticancer effects of She-Xiang-Bao-Xin, a Chinese medicine on human leukaemic and prostate cancer cells.”

Dr Manoj Saxena

Department of Intensive Care Medicine, St George Hospital

“Prospective cohort study of temperature management after traumatic brain injury.”

 

The Paul Campbell Research Award – New Investigator Grant:

Dr Peter Galettis

Department of Medical Oncology, St George Hospital

“A quantitative assay for novel compounds that show promise as oral treatments for advanced prostate cancer.”