Groundbreaking new research projects to transform the health of Tasmanians

Published on
8 April 2024
Peter Dargaville and Andrew Marshall in neonatal intensive care unit

Thanks to the unwavering support of our local community, the Royal Hobart Hospital Research Foundation is thrilled to be funding a range of new medical research projects in 2024. These ground-breaking studies are designed to improve the health and wellbeing of Tasmanians, focusing on conditions that impact many of us.

These research projects, which began earlier this year, are led by dedicated researchers committed to enhancing patient care and expanding our knowledge of diseases prevalent within our community. This year’s research projects include investigations into innovative blood pressure monitoring techniques for stroke recovery patients, assessments of shockwave therapy on chronic plantar heel pain and the development of new tools for detecting breathing conditions in premature babies.

A highlight among these projects is the "More than a Dream" study, generously supported by Huon. This pioneering research aims to find ways of detecting Parkinson's disease decades earlier, potentially transforming the lives of many individuals and their families.

Study participant Brodie West and sleep scientist, PhD Candidate Samantha Bramich at the Wicking Dementia Research and Education Centre, UTAS. Picture: Chris Kidd, The Mercury Newspaper

Interim CEO, John Stubley, shared his enthusiasm for these projects noting that "The Foundation is incredibly proud to support such a diverse array of research projects. These efforts will not only broaden our understanding of critical health issues but also have a profound impact on the lives of thousands of people in our community."

The success of these projects is a testament to the generosity of our community of donors and corporate partners. "We are truly grateful for the continuous support from our community, who band together to drive significant change and innovation in medical research," John added.

We eagerly anticipate sharing the progress and outcomes of these transformative projects with you. Their potential to improve health outcomes and the quality of life for Tasmanians is immense.

If you are inspired by the groundbreaking work being achieved and wish to contribute to the advancement of medical research in Tasmania, please consider making a donation online or contact our office on (03) 6166 1319. Your support can help us continue to fund life-changing research projects well into the future.