The Emergency Medicine Foundation has announced the successful grant recipients for the latest round of its Queensland Research Program, funded by the Queensland Government.
The Foundation awarded 10 grants (two Trainee, three Staff Specialist, four Project and one Research Scholarship) for emergency medicine related research, totaling more than $930,000 – see table below.
They included two pilot trials, one for a new treatment for severe, traumatic bleeding and the other for a new method that could cut complications when intubating (putting a tube into the windpipe) children in the emergency department.
EMF General Manager, Beth Chapman, said 10 grants were awarded for projects which covered a broad spectrum of emergency medicine, including cardiac, trauma, paediatrics, rural and remote and emergency care technology.
“EMF received applications requesting more than $4 million dollars in research funding, which was more than five times the funding we had available,” said Mrs Chapman.
“Our research programs are highly competitive and successful applications are assessed by a Research Evaluation Panel as well as our Strategic Grants Committee. In this round, both review panels were impressed with the quality of applications and the growing depth of research capacity in Queensland.
“As an organisation, we want to continue to support the increasing appetite for high-quality emergency medicine research in Queensland and we are actively looking at securing additional funding to expand our grant program.”
EMF has also noted a growing trend in grant applications from rural and regional hospitals. This grant round, these was a 15 per cent increase in applications from researchers based at rural and regional hospitals. They also requested more than 60 per cent of the funding, which was double the request in previous application rounds.
Mrs Chapman said the rise in rural and regional research was pleasing and reflected the impact of EMF’s Research Support Network, which was launched in late 2015.
“EMF has dedicated Research Development Managers working with frontline emergency clinicians interested in conducting research as part of the Research Support Network.
“Our Managers are rapidly building research capacity in Queensland, particularly in regional centres. They’re also helping to foster multi-disciplinary and multi-site collaborations aimed at improving patient care across the State.”
EMF Qld Research Program, Round 25 grant recipients:
|Principal investigator||Project title||Site||Amt ($)|
|1||Dr Gary Mitchell||Diagnosis of Acute Coronary Occlusion in patients with a Ventricular Paced Rhythm||Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital||16,866.11|
|2||Dr Richard Pellatt||Effect of Buddy Taping vs Plaster in Boxer’s Fractures (5thMC) –Buddy Study||Gold Coast University Hospital||17,425.00|
|3||Dr Jacob Crosdale||Head and Neck Trauma Transfers for Scanning||Toowoomba||8620.00|
|4||Dr Sheree Conroy||Patients transfers from rural hospitals – are we getting it right?||Toowoomba||5940.00|
|5||Dr Mark Scott||The Value of Avoiding the Pain of IV Catheter Failure||Caboolture||30,550.00|
|6||Dr Don Campbell||FEISTY – Fibrinogen Early In Severe Trauma studY||Gold Coast University Hospital||292,937.00|
|7||Prof Louise Cullen
|Too much of a good thing; Does fluid resuscitation worsen septic shock?||The Prince Charles Hospital & The Royal Brisbane & Women’s Hospital||77,233.00|
|8||Dr Shane George
|Preventing Low Oxygen Levels During Emergency Intubation in Children.||Gold Coast University Hospital||282,290.00|
|9||Dr Mark Edwards||A data linkage and patient outcome study of aeromedical retrieval services in Central Queensland||Rockhampton & James Cook University||50,00.00|
|10||Dr Jeremy Furyk||Management of Paediatric Status Epilepticus in Australia and New Zealand||The Townsville Hospital||150,000.00|