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With the generous support of philanthropists, Eastern Health Foundation and the Office of Research and Ethics are proud to award Research and Innovation Grants for 2020.

The breadth of research conducted through this program extends across all aspects of healthcare including surgery, aged care, emergency, drug and alcohol, oncology and mental health.

Thank you to the philanthropic individuals, businesses and community groups who provide seed funding, ongoing financial support and significant donations so our researchers can focus on enhancing patient care.

Their generosity means our researchers are better able to understand diseases, discover treatments, and explore medical practices that can have immediate benefits to patients today.

The 2020 Research and Innovation Grants recipients are:

  • Ms Lynne Allison from the Child and Youth Mental Health Service received the 2020 William Alfred Gray Research and Innovation Grant for the project ‘Infancy access project (IAP) – maximising the optimal social and emotional development of at risk infants, toddler and preschoolers through accessible mental health service assessment and intervention’

  • Mr Peter Brann from the Child Youth Mental Health Service received the 2020 Pam and Alfred Lavey Research and Innovation Grant for the project ‘How do young people with serious mental health difficulties perceive emergency departments and their mental health treatment?’

  • A/Prof Jillian Broadbear from Spectrum service for personality disorder received the 2020 Bruce McKenzie Research and Innovation Grant for the project ‘Recognising and treating men who experience borderline personality disorder’

  • Dr Paul Buntine from the Emergency Department received the 2020 Zen Cafe Research and Innovation Grant for the project ‘Management of acute low back pain in hospital emergency departments: adherence to evidence-based guidelines’

  • Dr Peter Chan from Intensive Care services received the 2020 Robin Bowes Research and Innovation Grant for the project ‘Contactless monitoring using infrared thermography’

  • Dr Patrick Carney from Neurosciences received the 2020 Irene Mary Sammons Research and Innovation Grant for the project ‘Optimisation of first seizure management’

  • Dr Philip Choi from Neurosciences received the 2020 Hoscat Research and Innovation Grant for the project ‘Laboratory testings in patients prescribed a direct oral anticoagulant (DOAC) presenting with acute stroke – the SODA (Stroke On DOAC) pilot study’

  • Mrs Stephanie Clarke from Physiotherapy received the 2020 Eastern Health Foundation Research and Innovation Grant for the project ‘The experience of pain and its relationship to breathlessness in people experiencing an acute exacerbation of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease’

  • Dr Amy Dennett from Allied Health Clinical Research Office received the 2020 Eastern Health Foundation Research and Innovation Grant for the project ‘Getting the timing right: prehabilitation to improve outcomes after autologous stem cell transplantation (PIRATE)’

  • Dr Simon Gibbs from Haematology and Oncology received the 2020 Henk De Jong Myeloma Research Grant for the project 'The SUBLIME Project - Self administration of subcutaneous Bortezomib in multiple myeloma and AL-amyloidosis at home'

  • Dr Chantal L'Abbate from Neuroscience received the 2020 Greek Orthodox Community of Box Hill Research and Innovation Grant for the project ‘Does an animated video in addition to standard consent procedure improve participant understanding and satisfaction in acute stroke trials? – A pilot study.’

  • Dr Will Lee  from Ambulatory Care and Neurology received the 2020 Sau Ng Research and Innovation Grant for the project ‘A multidisciplinary Parkinson’s Disease Strategy Training Program: Measuring the impact on client’s quality of life and carer stress’

  • Ms Hannah Mitchell from Gastroenterology received the 2020 Wandin Rustic Dinner Research and Innovation Grant for the project ‘Prevalence of sucrase-isomaltase genetic hypomorphic variants in patients with irritable bowel syndrome in Australia’

  • Ms Cathy Ngo from Pharmacy received the 2020 Irene Mary Sammons Research and Innovation Grant for the project ‘Exploring barriers to hepatitis C virus (HCV) screening and specialist referral for patients under care of EH mental health program’

  • Prof Amanda Nicoll from Gastroenterology received the 2020 Gastroenterology Research and Innovation Grant for the project ‘Biomarkers for early diagnosis and prognosis of hepatotoxicity’

  • Dr Denise O'Driscoll from Department of Respiratory & Sleep Medicine received the 2020 Robert Bulley Research and Innovation Grant for the project ‘Does ethnicity contribute to clinical outcomes and therapeutic responses to treatment of obstructive sleep apnoea?’

  • Prof Shomik Sengupta from Surgery received the 2020 Robert Bulley Research and Innovation Grant for the project ‘Development & validation of a method for detection of circulating tumour DNA in muscle-invasive urothelial cancer of the bladder’

  • A/Prof Andrew Teh from Cardiology received the 2020 Hayward Cardiology Research and Innovation Grant for the project ‘Smart Wars II: Apple watch versus implantable loop recorder for diagnosing atrial fibrillation after unexplained stroke’

  • Mr Enoch Wong from General Surgery received the 2020 Nowell Research and Innovation Grant for the project ‘Assessing the role of sarcopaenia and frailty in upper gastrointestinal malignancy: Can we do better?’

  • A/Prof Rachel Wong from Oncology - cancer services received the 2020 Nowell Research and Innovation Grant for the project ‘Pancreatic cancer: understanding routine practice and lifting end results (PURPLE) registry. A prospective pancreatic cancer clinical registry’

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