The Respiratory Group at The George Institute undertakes clinical studies in chronic lung diseases, especially those affecting the airways, such as asthma and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD, also known as chronic bronchitis and emphysema). The group is led by Professors Norbert Berend, Head of Respiratory Research and Christine Jenkins, Head of Respiratory Trials.
Norbert Berend is a respiratory physiologist whose research focuses on the development and measurement of lung disease and the interventions that can alleviate symptoms, impairment and disease progression. As a physiologist he is most interested in the processes that promote or reduce lung health, and how interventions can change the course of disease.
Norbert was Director of the Woolcock Institute of Medical Research from 2000 to 2012, and is Professor Emeritus at the University of Sydney. Norbert has played a leading role in respiratory education and skills development in Asia through the Asia Pacific Society of Respirology, and has strong professional links resulting from his long interest in the burden of lung disease in our region. He is especially committed to promoting education to enhance patient care and the management of respiratory disease in Asia.
Christine Jenkins is a thoracic physician with wide experience and skills in undertaking respiratory trials, and in trial methodology, design and interpretation. She is a Senior Staff Specialist in Thoracic Medicine at Concord Hospital, Sydney, and Clinical Professor and Head of Respiratory Discipline at the University of Sydney. Her research interests in respiratory medicine are underpinned by a practical focus on delivering better quality care to people with lung disease, especially asthma and COPD. She has been Principal Investigator and has led many investigator-initiated and competitively funded clinical trials in airways disease.
These studies have a strong focus on gathering evidence for best practice and to the translation of research findings into practice, especially through guidelines and education. Christine has had leadership and advocacy roles in these settings throughout her professional life.
In recognition of this commitment, both Norbert and Christine have been awarded the Asia-Pacific Society of Respirology Medal. In 2003, both Norbert and Christine were made Members of the Order of Australia for services to respiratory medicine.
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