A large collection of research projects will get underway at RNSH following generous funding through the Ramsay Research Grants Program.
The scheme has directed more than $10 million to research on the campus over the last 19 years.
This year over $700,000 is being invested in a total of 14 innovative studies, all aimed at improving our research impact and the care delivered to our community.
A diverse range of projects have received backing, including studies investigating cancer treatment, renal transplant care and the link between cardiovascular disease and sleep apnoea.
Researchers will also examine new techniques to reduce pain, biomarkers for multiple sclerosis and programs to help clinicians identify and care for those with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder.
One of the studies will investigate support for adolescents with diabetes as they transition from paediatric to adult services.
Study lead Dr Shihab Hameed said this is often a very challenging time, marked by a deterioration in health and a loss of contact with treating teams.
“Managing the condition requires a big commitment from patients to prevent long-term problems such as blindness, kidney failure, heart attacks, or early death, so it’s important to especially support young people as they become more independent and move into adult services,” he said.