Fiona Stanley Hospital doctors secure financial support for research


Fiona Stanley Hospital’s Dr Oyekoya Ayonrinde with Dr Nathan Harvey and Dr Andrew Martin.
Fiona Stanley Hospital’s Dr Oyekoya Ayonrinde with Dr Nathan Harvey and Dr Andrew Martin.

TWO doctors with ties to Fiona Stanley Hospital have secured a financial boost for their individual research.

Run by the Raine Foundation and WA Health, the Clinician Research Fellowships provide funding of up to $150,000 per year for three years.

Gastroenterologist and hepatologist Oyekoya Ayonrinde will use the funding to explore links between irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and various circumstances of childhood.

The aim of the research is improved IBS intervention for patients.

Specialist anaesthetist Warren Pavey is investigating supercooling – the cooling of a liquid below its freezing point without it becoming a solid – as a method of extending heart storage outside the body of a rat model.

Storing hearts for longer would allow greater organ sharing, better matching and fewer wasted organs.

Two other WA specialists also earned financial backing.

Andrew Martin, a consultant paediatrician at Princess Margaret Hospital, will trial a new approach to detecting children with inherited high cholesterol.

PathWest consultant anatomical pathologist Nathan Harvey will aim to identify which squamous cell carcinomas behave more aggressively in people who have received kidney transplants.

The aim is to give these patients, who are prone to developing aggressive cancers, extra treatment at an early stage to prevent further spread of the disease.