PhD Scholarships Announced

In partnership with the Institute of Respiratory Health, CCF has established an innovative research program centred around adults living with CF.

The program is a collaborative partnership that is based at the Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital’s WA Adult Cystic Fibrosis Service, which provides a statewide service for the clinical care of adult CF patients.  Through this program we offer up to three PhD Scholarships each year in the following categories

Conquer Cystic Fibrosis Advanced Clinical PhD Scholarship

Conquer Cystic Fibrosis Allied Health Professional PhD Scholarship

Conquer Cystic Fibrosis Scientist PhD Scholarship

The PhD scholarship support is available to clinicians and allied health professionals interested in adult CF care to encourage development of an ongoing stream of experienced, qualified and highly skilled physicians and allied health professionals in adult CF care in Western Australia.

The recipients of the scholarships gain experience and training to become a specialist in their field of adult CF care and in the future, will be capable of leading high quality clinical studies from Western Australia.

We are thrilled to announce the 2016 scholarship Winners:

Alishum Ali
University of Western Australia
Clinical Research Fellowship
PhD project title:
Molecular microbiology of complex respiratory infections: in cystic fibrosis and empyema

Abbey Sawyer
Curtin University
Allied Health PhD Scholarship
PhD project title:
What is the most appropriate form of High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) in the Cystic Fibrosis (CF) population and does this type of training improve exercise capacity and adherence to exercise in adults with CF?

Dr Anna Tai
Respiratory Consultant
Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital, Respiratory Medicine Department
Research Project
Project title:
Clostridium difficile infection in adult patients with cystic fibrosis in Western Australia (WA): disease burden and clinical impact.

Conquer Cystic Fibrosis Chairperson Wendy Endebrock-Brown said the partnership between the Institute for Respiratory Health and Conquer Cystic Fibrosis allows funds raised to stay in WA.

“We are thrilled that the money we have raised is being used to fund these important research projects and help retain top quality clinicians in WA,” she said.

Pictured below are the 2016 winners with CCF Chairperson Wendy Endebrock-Brown and also include Wendy handing over the cheque to Peter Gunzburg, Chair of the Institute of Respiratory Health’s Board.


We would like to extend a huge congratulations to all the winners, but more importantly Thank You!! Without your support we could not fund the scholarships and subsequent research that is being completed right here in Western Australia. We all hope that this research will one day lead to the cure for Cystic Fibrosis.