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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 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 completed her PhD in “Novel markers of disease progression in Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis” through the University of Sydney in early 2019.

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.

Mr David Waters - PhD student (submitted)

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

David was 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. 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 enabled David to present work at both TSANZ and ATS. Upon completion of his PhD David gained employment at the French Institute of Health and Medical Research (INSERM) where he continues to research IPF, and also allergic diseases.

Dr Atsuhito Nakazawa - Clinician & PhD student

Atsuhito Nakazawa is a respiratory physician from Japan who undertook a Masters 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. Dr. Nakazawa undertook research on pulmonary rehabilitation in ILD under the supervision of Professor Anne Holland.

Dr Gabriella Tikellis - Postdoctoral Fellow

Dr Gabriella Tikellis (PhD) is a researcher with a background in epidemiology and biostatistics across various disciplines.  Dr. Tikellis has also worked in the area of ophthalmology, diabetes and cardiovascular disease through her research at the Centre for Eye Research Australia. In the past 10 years, a main focus of her research has been the epidemiology of cancers in particular, paediatric cancer at the Murdoch Children's Research Institute in Melbourne as part of the International Childhood Cancer Cohort Consortium (I4C) and prostate cancer as Coordinator of the Australia and New Zealand Prostate Cancer Outcomes registry.  She has also spent some time working at Cochrane Australia analysing the findings from a NHMRC funded translational project.  She is now pursuing her interest in translational research as part of the Translation and Education Support (TEDS) component of the CRE in Pulmonary Fibrosis, working with Prof Anne Holland's group at Alfred Health/Monash University.