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Centre of Research Excellence in Pulmonary Fibrosis
Respiratory Medicine and Sleep Unit
Level 11, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital
Camperdown NSW 2050

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Dr Jade Jaffar

2018 recipient of the Lung Foundation Australia/Lizotte Family Research Award for Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis (IPF) Research.

Together with A/Prof. Glen Westall, Dr Jaffar's main role is establishing the Alfred Lung Fibrosis (ALF) Biobank of lung samples from patients undergoing transplantation for pulmonary fibrosis. Jade processes, stores and isolates cells from the lung tissue as well as maintains records for each patient (lung function, medication history, consent).

Dr Jaffar's career and research interests include: Interstitial lung disease, Asthma, COPD; the extracellular matrix; pulmonary fibrosis; respiratory medicine; therapy/biomarker development.

Dr Leona Dowman

Leona Dowman is a senior exercise physiologist in the pulmonary rehabilitation program at Austin Health in Melbourne. She recently completed her PhD in ‘Therapeutic interventions in interstitial lung disease. Exercise training and supplemental oxygen’ through the La Trobe University, Melbourne. For her PhD she led a multi‐site randomised controlled trial which defined the benefits of pulmonary rehabilitation for ILD across disease subgroups, published in 2017 in Thorax.

Leona Dowman is currently holds a postdoctoral position La Trobe University, under Prof Anne Holland. Her main role will be to develop and conduct the first randomised controlled trial, across 4 Australian centres, comparing the  clinical benefits of a high intensity interval training protocol to the standard continuous exercise training method used in pulmonary rehabilitation in people with fibrotic interstitial lung disease.

Dr Helen Jo

2018 and 2016 recipient of the Lung Foundation Australia/Ivan Cash Grant in Aid for Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis (IPF) Research.

Dr Jo is a respiratory and sleep physician, currently working at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital. Dr Jo's research interest is in interstitial lung disease and pulmonary hypertension. She is completing a PhD in “Novel markers of disease progression in Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis” through the University of Sydney.

Dr Jo graduated from the University of New South Wales and trained at Royal North Shore, Concord and Royal Prince Alfred Hospital.

She has an interest in teaching and is a clinical lecturer for the University of Sydney. She was also the Unit of Study co-ordinator for Respiratory Medicine for the Master of Medicine program.

Dr Yet Khor

Dr Yet Khor is a graduate of the University of Tasmania. She completed her basic physician training at the Royal Melbourne Hospital. She trained as a Respiratory and Sleep Physician at the Austin Hospital and Western Health in Melbourne. She attained her Fellowship to the Royal Australasian College of Physicians in 2014. Currently, she works at the Austin and Alfred Health. She has been actively involved in developing the Interstitial Lung Disease Service at Austin Health.

She also actively engages in research activities. She is currently pursuing her PhD on the role of supplementary oxygen therapy in interstitial lung disease at the University of Melbourne. Her main research interests are the epidemiology and management of interstitial lung disease.

Dr Adelle Jee

Recipient of the Lung Foundation Australia's David Wilson PhD Scholarship.

After completing her FRACP in Respiratory and Sleep Medicine in 2015, Dr Adelle Jee commenced her career in clinical research with a PhD at the University of Sydney and Royal Prince Alfred Hospital. Dr Jee’s project aims to validate the proposed Idiopathic Pneumonia with Autoimmune Features (IPAF) criteria as identified and defined by a European Respiratory Society/American Thoracic Society taskforce, and better characterise this fascinating but poorly understood group of patients.

Dr Jee’s motivation to pursue clinical research was shaped by her real-life experience and many unanswered questions faced when managing patients with ILD. Although her main research focus is on interstitial lung disease, particularly of an idiopathic and autoimmune aetiology, she also has interests in the clinical management of patients with general respiratory and sleep disorders.  Dr Jee is the successful recipient of the Lung Foundation Australia David Wilson PhD scholarship in idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis and looks forward to the ongoing opportunity to collaborate with physicians and scientists across multiple disciplines and integrate her research findings with clinical practice.

Mr Kaj Blokland

Kaj received his Bachelor of Applied Science in Biology and Medical laboratory research from Saxion University of Applied Science, Netherlands in 2013, during which he developed a strong interest in regenerative medicine. In 2013 he enrolled in the new jointly developed Master Programme “Regenerative Medicine & Technology” at the University of Utrecht and Technical University Eindhoven, Netherlands. The focus of his Master degree was on reinforcing biomaterials to regenerate articular cartilage and the prevention of epigenetic silencing of γ-retroviral vectors in stem cells.

In December 2016 Kaj started his Dual Degree PhD in the laboratory of Professor Darryl Knight at the University of Newcastle where his focus is on epithelial-fibroblast cross-talk in Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis (IPF) to gain a deeper understanding of IPF pathology. After 2 years, in December 2018 Kaj will commence the final two years of his PhD in the laboratory of Dr. Janette Burgess at the University Medical Centre Groningen where he is rewarded with an Abel Tasman Talent Program Scholarship.

Mr David Waters

Recipient of the Lung Foundation Australia's David Wilson PhD Scholarship.

David is currently a PhD student at the University of Newcastle researching idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis. After completing an undergraduate degree in London studying Genetics & Molecular Biology, which included a year working in industry, he relocated to Australia to work in Prof Darryl Knight’s lab at the Hunter Medical Research Institute. Currently, his research interests are centred on cellular senescence in IPF pathogenesis. David was the grateful recipient of the LFA’s David Wilson Scholarship, this funding has enabled David to present work at both TSANZ, and ATS in 2017. 

Dr Alan Teoh

Dr Alan Teoh is currently a 3rd year respiratory and sleep advanced trainee working at Westmead Hospital.

Dr Teoh completed his Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery at the University of Tasmania. He completed his BPT training at RPA hospital and continued his respiratory advanced training at Westmead Hospital. He has a special interest in interstitial lung diseases, particularly idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis which will be the focus of his PhD research in 2018.

Dr Atsuhito Nakazawa

Atsuhito Nakazawa is a respiratory physician from Japan currently undertaking a PhD at the Department of Physiotherapy, La Trobe University, Melbourne. Dr. Nakazawa’s research interests include pulmonary rehabilitation and interstitial lung disease (ILD). Dr Nakazawa has previously worked as a physician at a hospital specializing in respiratory medicine in Yokohama, Japan, particularly in the treatment, management and rehabilitation of patients with ILD. Currently, Dr. Nakazawa is undertaking research on pulmonary rehabilitation in ILD under the supervision of Professor Anne Holland.

Dr Jyotika Prasad

Dr Jyotika Prasad is a Respiratory and Sleep physician at the Alfred and Royal Melbourne hospital and is undertaking doctoral studies through Monash University. Dr Prasad's research interests include physiology of disease progression in IPF and LAM as well as understanding and improving diagnostic processes for patients with interstitial lung disease.

Dr Ingrid Cox

Ingrid is currently a PhD student at the Menzies Institute for Medical Research, University of Tasmania researching idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis in Australia. After completing her medical degree in Cuba, she worked as a physician at the national public hospital in St. Lucia for seven years after which she worked with the local Ministry of Health in public health and policy in the field of HIV. Ingrid has since then worked with regional governmental agencies in the Caribbean (Caribbean Public Health Agency and CARICOM Secretariat) in the area of public health policy and planning, taking a break in 2014 to complete a Master’s Degree in Health Economics and Policy at the University of Adelaide. Ingrid’s research during her PhD will focus on the epidemiological profile of IPF in Australia, quality of life of persons living with IPF and the economic burden with the aim of developing a disease simulation model to predict patient outcomes and evaluate the cost-effectiveness of interventions for IPF

Dr Matthew Parker

Dr Matthew Parker is a rheumatologist with a special interest in connective tissue and autoimmune diseases. He completed his FRACP in 2017 with a fellowship in Manchester, UK, funded by the Leanne Stafford Award, researching idiopathic inflammatory myopathies. He works at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital and is a Clinical Lecturer at The University of Sydney.

He considers that an early accurate diagnosis of CTD-ILD is of paramount importance in delivering appropriate management and is planning to complete a PhD studying the pulmonary manifestations of connective-tissue diseases.

Dr Britt Clynick

Dr Clynick completed a Bachelor of Science with first class Honours in Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at the University of Western Australia, where she continued on in the department to complete her PhD in 2018 in the field of Cancer Genomics. Currently, she works for the Institute of Respiratory Health at the Harry Perkins Research Institute in Perth, with a main research focus on interstitial lung disease, particularly in the molecular processes underlying idiopathic lung fibrosis.