Dept of Respiratory & Sleep Medicine and IBAS Winners

TSANZ Achievements

  • Professor and Director of the Department of Respiratory and Sleep Medicine, Christine McDonald was a joint recipient of the 50th Anniversary Medal for Education and Training.

The 50th Anniversary Medal was introduced in 2011 to mark the Society’s 50th Anniversary. The 50th Anniversary Medal is awarded annually in recognition of outstanding contributions to respiratory education and training in New Zealand or Australia. The award recognises an individual who has demonstrated sustained excellence in education and training. This might take the form of formal and informal teaching within a university, hospital or other health care setting; curriculum development at an undergraduate or postgraduate level; using research to enhance the efficacy of educational activities; career mentoring of junior members of the Society; integration of teaching into clinical practice; or advocacy on behalf of medical education as applied to respiratory medicine.

  • IBAS Fellow Professor Anne Holland received the Society Medal

The Society Medal was conceived as an acknowledgement of excellence in fields other than research, i.e. for the advancement of the practice of thoracic medicine in its widest sense by outstanding teaching or advocacy. The inaugural Society Medal was presented at the annual dinner in Canberra in 1992 to Dr Maurice Joseph, who ably embodied the qualities envisaged by this senior prestigious award.

  • Dr Nicole Sheers, VRSS Physiotherapist and recent PhD graduate won the Ann Woolcock New Investigator Award.
  • Dr Mariana Hoffman Barbosa, IBAS Research staff and post-doc was awarded the TSANZ Janet Elder Travel Award – Early Career. Mariana works with Anne Holland, Nicole Goh, Yet Khor and Christine McDonald on the PFOX (Pulmonary Fibrosis Ambulatory Oxygen) trial.
  • Dr Yet Khor, IBAS post-doc and Respiratory and Sleep Medicine Physician was awarded the PACT Grant-in-Aid for Investigator Led Pulmonary Fibrosis Clinical Research (Lung Foundation Australia and CRE-PF) with her collaborator from the University of British Columbia, Associate Professor Christopher Ryerson.


ANZSRS Achievements

  • Danny Brazzale, Senior Scientist for the Department of Respiratory and Sleep Medicine Laboratory won the best Oral Presentation Award from the ANZSRS for his talk entitled “Lung function abnormalities following recovery from COVID-19 infection”.
  • Peter Rochford, former Senior Scientist for the Department of Respiratory and Sleep Medicine Laboratory was awarded Life membership of ANZSRS for his services to the society.  

Please join us in acknowledging and celebrating the important achievement of these leaders in Respiratory and Sleep Medicine. These seven friends and colleagues embody the success of the Institute for Breathing and Sleep and the Department of Respiratory and Sleep Medicine across career stage, professional disciplines, clinical, research and education expertise.

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