The Spinnaker BLOG

Keep up to date with the latest news from Spinnaker

The Spinnaker BLOG

Keep up to date with the latest news from Spinnaker

Spinnaker’s Annual Awards Ceremony!

On Tuesday we celebrated our 2023 grant recipients at our Annual Awards Ceremony. Congratulations to all our recipients, the people who lift their eyes to the future and care enough to pause, ask the big questions and seek the support needed to answer them, you are so deserving of these grants and we wish you all the best as you embark on this research.

It was a night of wonderful celebration with so many of our researchers, supporters and friends. We heard from our incredible, inspiring guest speakers Professor Adnan Khattak and Professor Sue Fletcher who captivated their audience with their phenomenal research and vision. 

Thank you to all of our wonderful guests for making the night so very special. It’s always an honour to hear about how research has touched so many people and how passionate and committed we all are towards pioneering research for better health, together.

To see some beautiful images captured form the event head over to our Facebook page and view our most recent post!

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Spinnaker Health Research Foundation Grant Recipients 2023 pictured from left: Dr Dror Maor, Ms Kathryn Watson, Dr Rodrigo Carlessi, Ms Rebecca Hahn, Ms Sarah Clarke, Dr Duncan Purtill

 

 

Men’s Health Week- 13/06/2022

31st of May Spinnaker 2023 Grants OPEN!

 

Submit your EOI here

May 2022

The Nicholas Way top-up fund goes live today!

The Nick Way Fund has been established to support the recipients of a Spinnaker Early Career Research grant, providing additional top-up funds to ensure the success of their research project.  The annual fund will offer four grants of (up to) $5,000 to support the extension of a Spinnaker grant to achieve completion where the project needs have exceeded the initial budget; or to support the costs of open access publication of the grant outcome; or to meet unanticipated costs of a project where these costs will impede the successful completion of the research; or in any other way deemed appropriate to the support of an early career researcher in ensuring the success of their research funded by Spinnaker.

This generous fund has been established via a gift from Professor Sue Fletcher who is passionate about creating successful pathways for early career researchers. 

Use the link below to navigate to the grants page to find out more.

Spinnaker-Health Research Foundation (spinnakerhealth.org.au)

April 2022

Spinnaker Health Research Foundation awarded second grant by Telethon for Liver research.

Spinnaker Health Research Foundation was recently awarded a grant of $228,414.80 from Telethon Trust to fund research titled “A cross-sectional assessment of fatty liver in overweight and obese Western Australian” in support of early intervention health research for children in South Metropolitan Perth. 

Fatty liver is one of the early markers in long-term health problems such as Type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease and chronic liver disease. This research is made possible by the recent funding from Telethon Trust for a Fibroscan probe for measuring the amount of fat in the liver of overweight and obese children as well as the stiffness of the liver and any damage caused.

The research will provide reference data on fatty liver in WA children, identifying characteristics of those at highest risk of cardiometabolic disease who would benefit from targeted interventions. Work in this space has shown these risk factors are modifiable in children, and appropriate interventions can change the health-trajectory away from potentially accelerated clinically overt cardiometabolic complications.      

“The findings from our program will inform a better targeted, evidence-based approach to early assessment of pre-clinical cardiometabolic risk or disease in children. We expect clinicians, government and public health officials to embrace our expected findings towards informing practice and translation to new models of care.” Oyekoya Ayonrinde.

The importance of this program is it involves immediate assessment of participants that will lead to practical interventions for individuals and their families to improve their current health and well-being whilst simultaneously providing valuable data to inform health practitioners and further studies.  Children and families participating will have been identified due to risk factors and this provides a meaningful participation in an outcomes-based study.

Spinnaker Health Research Foundation partners with South Metropolitan Health Service (SMHS) to raise funds for critical health and research programs as well as fund vital research grants for the staff of Fiona Stanley Fremantle Hospitals Group and Rockingham Peel Group. 

The health research industry is unique in the fact that while it is a purpose led industry with clear outcomes, there can often be long lead times in realising the ultimate impact of the amazing work our researchers do before they are available for community benefits. This in turn creates key challenges in executing on fundraising initiatives and delivering the narrative to prospective funding partners

It is exciting to see this research happening at FSH, and we look forward to seeing the outcomes and findings of Dr Koya Ayonrinde.

December 2022

Spinnaker is proud to be a 2022 beneficiary of Telethon!

Spinnaker Health Research Foundation was recently awarded a grant of $35,000 from Telethon Trust to purchase a Fibroscan for Fiona Stanley Hospital in support of early intervention health research for children in south metropolitan Perth. 

The Fibroscan S+ probe will be supporting the Healthy Start project and provide an important equipment – and Western Australia’s first – to support early intervention for fatty liver and fibrosis in children. The Fibroscan will support data collection and early intervention supporting healthier children in WA. This equipment will be shared between Fiona Stanley and Cockburn Community Health and researchers from Murdoch, Curtin University, UWA and ECU to maximise health outcomes for the community.

Fatty liver is one of the early markers in long-term health problems such as type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease and chronic liver disease. Telethon has funded the purchase of a Fibroscan probe for measuring the amount of fat in the liver of overweight and obese children. Using the FibroScan, we will identify children with severe fatty liver early who would benefit from interventions to achieve a healthy body weight, reduce their liver fat, and live a healthier life. In this way we can improve the longer-term health of children in Western Australia. The FibroScan will be based in FSH, and will be arriving at the hospital in the next few weeks. 

Not only will this equipment support data collection and early intervention supporting healthier children in WA. This equipment will be shared between Fiona Stanley and Cockburn Community Health and researchers from Murdoch, Curtin University, UWA and ECU to maximise health outcomes for the community.