“As researchers, we’ve got lots of ideas. Your donations allow our ideas to progress to fruition”
Ian Chao, recipient of the Robert C Bulley Surgical Research Grant

Awards event

The 2017 Eastern Health Foundation Research Grants awards event on 16 February was a fantastic opportunity to congratulate our 2017 investigators (pictured) and celebrate the generous support of individuals, community groups and businesses.

“Eastern Health Foundation is committed to supporting research that maximises patient wellbeing, improves our practices and policies and enhances our quality of care – it’s all about putting patients first,” explains Anne Gribbin, Director, Eastern Health Foundation.

“Our 2017 Grant recipients represent a wide range of disciplines and areas of research, from oncology to Borderline Personality Disorder to smartphone application.”

“We sincerely thank our most generous donors for their invaluable support of this program. Our donors are members of our local community, including families, Clubs, businesses and individuals,” explains Anne.

“By supporting this program, our donors enable Eastern Health to increase our research capabilities and translate our findings into real-world outcomes for the patients we care for. We simply could not achieve this without donor support.”

“Our goal is to have a long lasting and direct impact on improving the health of our local community through research outcomes,” says Anne.
Grants17Find out more about the Eastern Health Foundation Research Grants program. 

2017 recipients and donors

Congratulations to the following staff and a heartfelt thank you to the donors who made each grant possible:

Recipient Department Research project
Professor Ian Davis Medicine - Oncology Linda Williams Memorial Oncology Research Grant
Characterisation of the properties of a novel molecule that specifically binds to estrogen receptor alpha
Professor Christopher Gilfillan Medicine - Endocrinology Linda Williams Memorial Oncology Research Grant
Isolation and molecular characterization of thyroid-origin cells and circulating thyroid cancers cells from peripheral blood by flow cytometry
Dr Matthew Jiang Department of General Medicine John Funder Research Mentoring Award
Gluten free (GF) meals in cafes and restaurants. Are they truly GF? An Australian analysis of GF meals in cafes and restaurants in Melbourne
A/Prof Stephen Ting Medicine - Haematology Eastern Health Foundation Oncology Grant 
STATs as a biomarker for poor prognosis in Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.
Professor Chris Bladin Medicine - Neurology Irene Mary Sammons Research Grant
Does Exenatide attenuate blood-brain barrier derangement in acute ischaemic stroke? An MRI permeability study
Dr Patrick Carney Medicine - Neurology Rotary Club of Box Hill Bruce McKenzie Scholarship
Depression in epilepsy: Does medication induced changes in brain connectivity contribute to depression?
Dr Patrick Carney Medicine - Neurology House Husbands Research Grant
Does medication change brain connectivity following a new diagnosis of epilepsy?
Dr Jillian Broadbear Mental Health - Spectrum House Husbands Research Grant
Burden of suicide and self harm in Emergency Department presentations arising from a probable diagnosis of Borderline Personality Disorder
Dr Catherine Brumby Medicine - Renal Elaine and Frank Derwent Memorial Research Grant
Screening for hypertension and other risk factors after pregnancy (SHORAP Study)
Dr Ming li Yee Medicine - Endocrinology Elaine and Frank Derwent Memorial Research Grant
Sarcopenia and its relationship to bone mineral density, metabolism, and outcomes in post-menopausal women with hip fracture
Dr Ian Chao Surgery Robert C Bulley Surgical Research Grant
The Application of 3D-printing technology for the purposes of anaesthesia education
Dr Daniel Van Langenbe Medicine - Gastroenterology Wandin Rustic Dinner Research Grant
Reinduction as preferred first-line compared to dose interval shortening for loss of response to infliximab in patients with inflammatory bowel disease: an effective, sustainable approach to a growing problem
Dr Eliza Hawkes Medicine - Oncology Carolyn Goodie Memorial Melanoma Research Award
Role of on treatment PET scanning in melanoma patients receiving immunotherapy

Dr Judi Porter

Allied Health Research office Box Hill Golf Club Research Grant
Pilot study of doubly-labelled water to develop international equations of total energy expenditure in the older elderly
Dr Andrew Teh Medicine -Cardiology Team FORE (Fundraising and Office of Research & Ethics) Research Grant
Utilization of mobile smart phone based electrocardiogram and smart watches in assessment of arrhythmias
Dr Olga Skibina Medicine - Neurology MS Research Grant
Understanding pregnancy outcomes in Multiple Sclerosis
Mr Kevin McMillan Medicine - Urology Eastern Health Foundation Oncology Research Grant
An assessment of PSA referral trends from community GP's to Eastern Health: how can it be improved?
Dr Victoria Manning Turning Point Buddha Vihara Temple Research Grant
Can novel computerised brain training reduce relapse among methamphetamine users?
Ms Natalie Heynsbergh Deakin University 1 year top up scholarship
Development of a smartphone application for carers of people with colorectal cancer: a pilot study
Mr David Snowdon La Trobe University Top up scholarship
Does effective clinical supervision of Allied Health professionals improve quality of care
Mr Jithin Sajeev Monash University 1 year top up scholarship
Atrial Myopathy: Analysing the link to cryptogenic stroke

The 2018 application process will open in approximately October 2017 and close November 2017.