Public Seminar

Join us for a free public seminar and learn about the latest information in sleep and respiratory research, presented by the Woolcock’s leading researchers!

When: 2pm on Tuesday, 11 April 2017 

Where: Lecture Room 1, Level 5, 431 Glebe Point Road, Glebe NSW 2037


  • Respiratory health and the ageing lung presented by A/ Prof Sinthia Bosnic-Anticevich PhD Principal Research Fellow and Director of Development
  • The Ageing Brain: Sleep Disturbance and Risk of Dementia presented by Dr Angela D'Rozario Research Leader, Sleep Neurobiology Theme CIRUS, Sleep and Circadian Research Group

The seminar will be followed by light refreshments.

If you’d like to attend the seminar, due to limited seating, please register by contacting Development Manager Joshua Kim. 

Phone: 02 9114 0414



Angela D'Rozario

Dr Angela D'Rozario  Research Leader, Sleep Neurobiology Theme CIRUS, Sleep and Circadian Research Group

Sinthia Bosnic-Anticevich

A/ Prof Sinthia         Bosnic-Anticevich  PhD Principal Research Fellow and Director of Development

Institute Celebrates Trailblazing Women Scientists

Australia’s top respiratory health institute will mark International Women’s Day with a lecture from one of the world’s most esteemed women scientists in honour of its own celebrated female founder.

The Woolcock Institute of Medical Research in Sydney has invited world-leading respiratory physician Dirkje Postma, Professor of Pathophysiology at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands, to speak on March 8.

The Ann Woolcock Lecture commemorates the institute’s own trailblazing female founder, whose work revolutionised asthma treatment worldwide. With four women on its board and a female director at its helm, the Woolcock has shown it’s serious about nurturing and promoting women in science.

“We’re excited to be able to host such an eminent female researcher at the Woolcock on such important occasion as International Women’s Day,” Executive Director Professor Carol Armour says.

“Like our own Ann Woolcock, Dirkje Postma enjoys international recognition as a scientist who revolutionised our understanding of respiratory illnesses and how to treat them. Thanks to their work, and the work of a growing number of influential women scientists around the world, we’re closer than ever to beating these diseases.”

Professor Postma will use the lecture to talk about exciting developments in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease or COPD, the generic term for a number of lung diseases, including emphysema and chronic bronchitis that cause coughing, wheezing and shortness of breath.

The disease affects 14 per cent of Australians aged 40 or over, and 29 per cent of those aged 75 or over.[i] There is no cure and while cigarettes are recognised as a key trigger, one in five patients have never smoked.

Professor Postma will detail exciting new developments in the field that are revealing just how complex the condition is. Far from a simple ‘smoker’s disease’, COPD can also be triggered by chemical exposure, premature birth, genetics, ageing, or a combination of these factors. She will explain how this deeper understanding of COPD and its many faces will pave the way to personalised treatment that better suits the individual patient’s disease history.

“To consider a time when patients with COPD will get tailored care specific to their disease is exciting indeed,” Professor Armour. “It heralds the beginning of better, faster, more effective treatment that helps sufferers retain good quality of life for longer.”

The Ann Woolcock Lecture series honours the contribution of Professor Woolcock to the research community. Invited researchers share their ideas with industry, policy makers, fellow academics, doctors, specialists and patients with a view to prompting new collaborations to improve respiratory health.

The lecture, COPD: A Disease With Many Faces, will be held on Wednesday, 8 March at 5.30pm, at the Woolcock Institute of Medical Research headquarters in Glebe, Sydney. RSVP to or phone 02 9114 0408.

[i] Toelle, B. G., Xuan, W., Bird, T. E., Abramson, M. J., Atkinson, D. N., Burton, D. L., James, A. L., Jenkins, C. R., Johns, D. P., Maguire, G. P., Musk, A. W., Walters, E., Wood-Baker, R., Hunter, M. L., Graham, B. J., Southwell, P. J., Vollmer, W. M., Buist, A., & Marks, G. B. (2013). Respiratory symptoms and illness in older Australians: The Burden of obstructive Lung Disease (BOLD) study. Medical Journal of Australia, 198(3), 144-148.

GP Education


Join the Woolcock clinicians as we consider and discuss patients suffering from chronic refractory cough. We will explain what Chronic Refractory Cough is, the physiology of cough, common causes of chronic cough (upper vs lower airways), neuropathic causes of cough, sleep apnoea and the larynx, respiratory assessment and treatment, ENT assessment and treatment and give practical case studies.

Learning Outcomes

  • Identify the common causes of Chronic Refractory Cough

  • Describe the basic investigations and treatments useful in patients presenting with CRC

  • Identify baseline tests/treatments GP can perform to improve chronic cough in their patient

About this Course: This Category 2 activity has been approved by the RACGP QI&CPD Program. Total Points: 4 CPD points. Activity Number: 89961.

When: Wednesday, 29 March 2017 from 6pm to 9pm. 

Location: Woolcock Institute of Medical Research - 431 Glebe Point Road, Glebe NSW 2037  

Cost: $50

chronic cough

Education for Healthcare Professionals 2017

The Woolcock Institute of Medical Research strives to improve the respiratory and sleep health of Australians through world-class research, care and education.

We regularly hold symposia and seminars for healthcare professionals including general practitioners, nurses, pharmacists and dentists. At these events, our Woolcock researchers and clinicians present the latest scientific evidence sourced from both the institute’s own research and from leading experts around the globe. Assessment, management and treatment of respiratory and sleep disorders are discussed in an engaging and relevant format, allowing healthcare professionals to learn about advances in respiratory and sleep health, and effectively integrate this new knowledge into their medical practice.

Please find a summary of our Breathe Easy 2016 symposium for healthcare professionals below:   

Our aim was to improve patient health through a positive change in healthcare professional performance and knowledge. To assess the value healthcare professionals gained from this educational event all attendees were given feedback forms after completion of the activity. Results were as follows:  

  • 100% of attendees indicated they would recommend this course to others
  • 98% of attendees rated “good” for this course meeting their expectations
  • 83% of attendees rated their learning needs as entirely met
  • 80% of attendees rated this activity as entirely relevant to their practice
  • 46% of attendees rated they are likely and 54% rated very likely to change their follow-up care procedures as a result of attending this course.

This demonstrates a highly positive response rate from healthcare professionals in evaluating the quality of the education we delivered and knowledge gained. 

We are proud to have successfully delivered this highly relevant educational event and thank GlaxoSmithKline Australia for their support and enabling us to deliver high quality content to a large audience.


“I think Woolcock Institute is one of the best respiratory institutes in NSW.”

“Excellent speakers and highly relevant topics for primary care.”

“May I take this opportunity to thank you and the Woolcock Institute for organising such a high quality education seminar for GPs which is extremely useful.  I particularly appreciate the trouble you have taken to make the contents of the talks available online so that we don’t have to take notes. To top it all you now have the videos as well which is even better. I have never been to a seminar which is as well organised as yours. Congratulations! Please keep me posted about your future seminars.”

For our upcoming 2017 educational dates visit  or email to register your interest.