The Intensive Care Foundation announced more than $212,000 in grants for Australian and New Zealand clinical research projects at the ANZICS/ACCCN Intensive Care Annual Scientific Meeting in Melbourne on Saturday, 11 October.

In any one year more than 165,000 people, including over 10,000 children, are admitted to Intensive Care Units in Australia and New Zealand.

"The granting program is the largest single component of the work we do at the Foundation. Since 2000 we have made grants totalling more than $2.8 million available for Australian and New Zealand pilot studies, medical trials and world-class projects.  We are really pleased at the quality of the projects and outcomes achieved over the years.” said Dr Gillian Hood, Chair of the Intensive Care Foundation

One of the main grants was for research into methods to prevent or combat antibiotic-resistant (PDR) infections to which ICU patients requiring mechanical ventilation are particularly vulnerable. These PDR infections have not yet occurred in Australia but do occur in Asia. There is substantial risk that, over time, these infections will spread to Australia and the rest of the world. This ground-breaking project will initiate a collaborative research program between Australian and Asian researchers. 

The Chief researcher for this project is Dr Steve McGloughlin  from The Alfred Hospital ICU.

The project, titled:
"Incidence, Risk Factors, Consequences and Treatment of Ventilated Patients with Nosocomial Infection with Pandrug Resistant Organisms in Hospitals in Asia"  won the Fisher & Paykel Research Grant of $34,000

That same week, the Universities of Queensland and Western Australia, jointly funded the project an additional $20,000, the largest Partnership Research Collaboration Award.

The other chief investigators are prof Steve Webb, a senior Intensivist from Royal Perth Hospital and  the immediate past Chair of the Australian and New Zealand Intensive Care Society Clinical Trials Group, and professor David Paterson, a Professor of Medicine at The University of Queensland Centre for Clinical Research (UQCCR) and a Consultant Infectious Diseases Physician, Consultant Microbiologist and Medical Advisor for the Centre for Healthcare Related Infection Surveillance and Prevention (CHRISP).Leena, put a picture of Steve please

 

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