Results of Round 1 National Blood Sector Research and Development Pilot

The NBA was impressed with the number and quality of submissions for Round 1. The NBA’s new grant assessment process ran smoothly and has provided important information to support improvements for Round 2.  The NBA was grateful to have received high quality input from clinical, research and government experts who participated in the review process and assisted the NBA in determining the mix of projects to be funded within the limited pilot budget.  The NBA is confident that the funded research will provide significant inroads towards achievement of the blood sector’s research outcomes. An overview of the successful applications is presented below:

PBM Project Grants

Principal Chief Investigator

Administering Institution

Amount

Scientific Project Title

Professor Jane Ford The University of Sydney $146,300 Determination of 1) the haemoglobin (Hb) and ferritin levels during pregnancy associated with adverse
outcomes and 2) transfusion effects on patient-centred outcomes.
Dr James Winearls The University of Queensland $172,977 FEISTY: Fibrinogen Early In Severe Trauma study. Fibrinogen Concentrate vs Cryoprecipitate in Traumatic
Haemorrhage: A Pilot Randomised Controlled Study
Professor Bernd Froessler The University of Adelaide $139,123 Iron need in pregnancy and after birth.

PBM Seed Grants

Principal Chief Investigator

Administering Institution

Amount

Scientific Project Title

Mr Geoff Simon University of Sunshine Coast $49,820 For geriatric patients presenting to the Emergency Department, how much blood is used; why is blood used
and can we reduce red cell use and improve outcomes?
Dr Deborah Long Griffith University $49,162 Evaluation of a closed loop-blood sampling system in critically ill children undergoing cardiac surgery: a pilot randomised controlled trial.

PBM Early Career Research Grant (Scholarship)

Early Career Researcher

Administering Institution

Amount

Scientific Project Title

Dr Julie Lee The University of Queensland $30,000 ROTEM® thromboelastometry in obstetrics

Ig Project Grants

Principal Chief Investigator

Administering Institution

Amount

Scientific Project Title

Professor David Burgner Murdoch Childrens Research Institute $246,645 A national study of Kawasaki Disease epidemiology and management: a combined retrospective and prospective study of incidence and immunoglobulin resource utilisation to guide appropriate cost-effective  management.
Associate Professor Erica Woods Monash University $394,958 The RATIONAL project: A feasibility trial of the role of  prophylactic antibiotics or intravenous immunoglobulin to prevent infections in patients with haematologic malignancies to inform a phase III randomised controlled study, and supported by a systematic review and survey of ‘real world’ current Australasian and international practice.

Ig Seed Grants

Principal Chief Investigator

Administering Institution

Amount

Scientific Project Title

Professor Russell Dale The University of Sydney $46,216 Intravenous immunoglobulin in paediatric neurology: safety, adherence to guidelines and long-term outcome

Applications for round 2 are invited from 1 December 2016 to 10 February  2017.