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Supporting Research in Cardiothoracic Surgery


The aim of the ASCTS Research Foundation is to foster and support research in Cardiothoracic Surgery.

The proportion of funds from national granting bodies such as the NHMRC, Heart Foundation and RACS going to support research in cardiovascular surgery is very small.  Realising the importance of research to the development and long-term welfare of the specialty of cardiothoracic surgery, the ASCTS has established a foundation to support research.

Recognising that trainees are eligible to receive RACS grants, the ASCTS Research Foundation is devoted primarily to cardiothoracic surgeons.  It is recognised that it is difficult to fund a research project completely but that obtaining funding via a competitive process such as an ASCTS Foundation grant can assist in attracting matching funds from other sources such

as hospitals or private benefactors.

Successful Applications for 2007

The foundation meeting was held on 21/10/2007 after the Annual Meeting. Eleven applications were received and 6 were of a fundable standard. Grants of $10000 each were made. The ASCTS Research Foundation Grants for 2006 went to:

  • Prof Julian Smith: Activin in Cardiopulmonary Bypass
  • Prof Franklin Rosenfeldt: Cardiac Donation after Cardiac Death
  • Mr Andrew Cochrane: Tissue Microdialysis and Direct Tissue Oxygen Measurements for the Assessment of Regional Tissue Perfusion during Cardiac Surgery in Infants and Children
  • Mr Andrew Clarke: Endothelin-1 Blockade for the Prevention of Ischaemia – Reperfusion Injury post Lung Transplantation\
  • Mr Bruce Thompson: Endothelin-1 and Matrix Metalloproteinases post Lung Transplant
  • Ms Silvana Marasco: Aprotinin in Myocardial Ischaemia-Reperfusion Injury Evaluation – AMIRE study

Previous recipients of ASCTS Research Grants
Trustees Report for 2007
Report from Trustees for 2006