Translational Research Showcase

Facilitating the faster translation of health and medical research evidence into clinical practice is at the heart of what Sydney Health Partners (SHP) does.

In 2018, SHP provided grants to 14 research projects under the Medical Research Future Fund’s Rapid Applied Research Translation (RART) scheme. Each of these projects was chosen for its translational prospects and likelihood of delivering tangible benefits to patients within a 12-month period.

Join us at the University of Sydney on May 23 for a Showcase of our 2018 RART projects and their outcomes. Contribute to the discussion about how researchers and healthcare staff from the member organisations of the Sydney Health Partnership can collaborate - and by doing so, help to solve the health system improvement puzzle. 

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Translational Research Project


Welcome by Professor Garry Jennings
Executive Director
Sydney Health Partners



Professor Barbara Fazekas de St Groth
Ramaciotti Facility for Human Systems Biology
University of Sydney

Developing a novel blood test which can predict a lung cancer patient’s response to expensive and potentially life-threatening immune checkpoint therapy, before initiating treatment.


Professor Robyn Jamieson
Western Sydney Genetics Program
Sydney Children’s Hospitals Network

Researching the outcomes of integrating genomics testing into eye disease clinics, in order to identify potential genetic therapies and improve the ability of clinicians to provide patients with an accurate prognosis.


Professor Tim Shaw
Director of Research and Director of Digital Capacity, Digital Health CRC
University of Sydney

Using EHR data to drive translation of evidence into practice and improve cancer care provided by teams and individuals.


Dr Sarah Maguire
InsideOut Institute
University of Sydney 

Researching the extent to which the evidence-based hospital-to-community treatment pathway for children and adolescents with Anorexia Nervosa has been successfully implemented in hospitals and community health services in NSW.


Morning Tea



Professor Clara Chow
Academic Director
Westmead Applied Research Centre
University of Sydney

Testing an alternative clinic-based method of assessing patients presenting to Emergency Departments with chest pain, in order to reduce unnecessary hospital stays.    Using data to calculate the risk of patients developing coronary disease, to motivate them to make diet and lifestyle changes.


Professor Madeleine King
Cancer Australia Chair in Quality of Life
Quality of Life Office
University of Sydney

Researching the enablers and barriers to clinicians using information from patient surveys, to improve patient self-management and behaviour change, clinical care and health services.


Dr Dinny Graham
Senior Research Fellow
Westmead Breast Cancer Institute, Westmead Hospital
The Westmead Institute for Medical Research

Developing an affordable genomic test to predict which breast cancers are at higher risk of relapse and thus inform better treatment decisions for improved outcomes in disadvantaged Australian populations.





Professor Sarah Hilmer
Head of Department of Clinical Pharmacology and Senior Staff Specialist Aged Care
Royal North Shore Hospital

Developing and testing educational materials for patients and caregivers at discharge from acute geriatric services, to encourage them to discontinue the use of inappropriate medications identified during their hospital stay.


Associate Professor Nicholas Wood
Head, NSW Immunisation Specialist Service
National Centre for Immunisation Research and Surveillance 

Researching the efficacy and safety of vaccination of pregnant women who are taking bDMARDs immune-suppressant drugs and the impact on infant immune responses.


Dr Jillian Eyles
Northern Clinical School
University of Sydney

Researching the enablers and barriers to the implementation of the evidence-based Osteoarthritis Chronic Care Program at NSW hospital sites. Piloting an education and training intervention to enhance its implementation.


Dr Charmaine Tam
Fellow in Health Informatics
Centre for Translational Data Science
University of Sydney

Using cutting-edge techniques to mine de-identified data about acute chest pain patients from hospital patient records, to demonstrate that better use of data can improve health care.


Dr Tanya Nippita
Senior Lecturer
Obstetrics, Gynaecology and Neonatology

University of Sydney

Developing and testing educational materials which encourage clinicians and expectant mothers to delay planned births until full term, in order to improve newborn outcomes and reduce health service costs.


Dr Danielle Muscat
Research Fellow & Westmead Lead
Sydney Health Literacy Lab
University of Sydney

Trialling the use of smart phone technology to help chronic kidney disease patients from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds to better manage their condition and their lives.


Wrap-up by Professor Jennings



Concluding refreshments




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