WOOLCOCK EMPHYSEMA CENTRE

New Hub to Fight COPD

The Woolcock Emphysema Centre is the new ‘go-to’ hub for Australia’s 300,000 sufferers and top researchers wanting to change the way this respiratory condition is treated.

The Centre, run from the Woolcock Institute of Medical Research headquarters in Glebe, Sydney, works to improve the lives of patients by ensuring earlier diagnosis, better treatment options and ultimately a cure which will allow thousands of people to avoid these conditions altogether.

By integrating clinical and basic research, the facility is able to innovate rapidly and revolutionise the way these respiratory diseases are both studied and treated.

Research for a Brighter Future

The Centre has three dedicated research themes, the first theme is devoted to developing diagnostic tools that can be used to manage the disease and predict emphysema at an early stage. Work is already underway to build a test that can pick up lung changes before any wheeze or breathlessness symptoms appear.

The second theme is focused on understanding how the disease operates at a molecular and genetic level with the aim of developing new approaches to halt and reverse the disease rather than just maintaining it. Breakthroughs in this field will be among the first in the world.

A third theme specialises in building innovative technologies for people already suffering from emphysema. These researchers are working closely with clinicians to develop novel inhalation therapies to treat recurring chest infections and shortness of breath in patients.

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The Woolcock Emphysema Centre is possible thanks to the generosity of our donors. If you would like to support our mission to understand and eradicate emphysema and COPD, please click the donate button.


Meet our team

Prof. Alaina Ammit (Director) Novel anti-inflammatory targets

Prof. Alaina Ammit (Director)
Novel anti-inflammatory targets

Prof. Carol Armour Clinical management

Prof. Carol Armour
Clinical management

Prof. Ron Grunstein Circadian rhythm and quality of life

Prof. Ron Grunstein
Circadian rhythm and quality of life

Prof. Guy Marks Early diagnosis and treatment

Prof. Guy Marks
Early diagnosis and treatment

Prof. Daniela Traini Innovative drugs

Prof. Daniela Traini
Innovative drugs

Prof. Paul Young Respiratory technology and delivery devices

Prof. Paul Young
Respiratory technology and delivery devices

Prof. Greg King Early diagnosis and treatment

Prof. Greg King
Early diagnosis and treatment

A/Prof. Brian Oliver Cell biology and isolation

A/Prof. Brian Oliver
Cell biology and isolation

Prof. Helen Reddel Clinical practice guidelines

Prof. Helen Reddel
Clinical practice guidelines

Dr. Claude Farah     Respiratory Physician

Dr. Claude Farah    
Respiratory Physician

Dr. Brett Toelle Epidemiology

Dr. Brett Toelle
Epidemiology