What exactly is Convalescent plasma?

Monday 21 September 2020 Written by Associate Professor Zoe McQuilten, Monash University On 23 August, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued an emergency use authorisation (EUA) for convalescent plasma collected from individuals who have recovered from COVID-19 (COVID-19 convalescent plasma). This has generated much interest in convalescent plasma as a therapy for COVID-19. Convalescent plasma is a treatment arm in ASCOT. Participants are randomised (like the flip of a coin) to either receiving convalescent plasma or the usual best standard of care without convalescent plasma. W...

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Funding needed for non-invasive treatment for prostate cancer

Thursday 3 September 2020 RBWH Foundation has launched a major fundraising campaign for ground-breaking Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital research into immunotherapy for prostate cancer. The ‘Donate for Prostate’ campaign coincides with September’s International Prostate Cancer Awareness Month and Father’s Day on September 6. “It’s a tragic statistic that more men die of prostate cancer, than women die from breast cancer,” said RBWH Foundation CEO Simone Garske. “Government funding is not available for this research so it is vital we do everything we can to protect our ...

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New COVID 19 Clinical Research Projects Now Underway

Monday 17 August 2020 The first round of Special COVID-19 Research Grants, funded by the RBWH Foundation Coronavirus Action Fund, have been awarded. The Special COVID-19 grants will fund a variety of important COVID-19 research projects. Some of the projects will analyse unprecedented changes in the way the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital (RBWH) delivers healthcare as a result of the pandemic. The research has the potential to benefit other hospitals in Australia and around the world and could lead to improved COVID 19 treatment protocols and new insights into the impacts of the ...

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You can double our chances of beating COVID-19

Tuesday 2 June 2020 Help us win the race against Coronavirus.   Keith and Glenda Drake are business people and great-grandparents who have spent their life working hard and growing a nest egg for their family, all while caring for their son who has cerebral palsy. When Coronavirus arrived on our shores, Keith and Glenda made the generous decision to donate $100,000 of their savings to support the RBWH’s efforts in combating this virus. Keith and Glenda’s donation will mean that you can double our chances of beating COVID-19, as every donation up to $100,000 will be matched ...

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Search begins for Patient Friendly Initiatives

Monday 18 May 2020 A new grant round being funded by the RBWH Foundation is seeking innovative projects to make hospital visits more patient and visitor friendly. The RBWH Foundation is providing $50,000 for the 2020-21 Patient Friendly Initiatives grants and applications close Friday May 29. Previous projects, in conjunction with the RBWH Patient Friendly Committee, include: • Establishment of the Hospital’s Pet Friendly Area for visits by furry best friends • The Stairwell Project’s live music sessions • Sound equipment and a Spotify account for the Hospital’s front ...

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RBWH plays key role in COVID-19 drug trial

Wednesday 6 May 2020 RBWH plays pivotal role in ASCOT clinical drug trial Thanks to the incredible generosity of the Australian public, the first Australian clinical drug trial (ASCOT) to test the effectiveness of two existing drugs in patients hospitalised with COVID-19 is officially underway. The Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital (RBWH) is proud to play a pivotal role. RBWH is now ready to enrol patients in the trials, while our Pharmacy Department is packing medication kits and distributing them to around 70 other Australian hospitals and more than 10 New Zealand hospitals ...

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Urgent funding release for COVID-19 Grants

Wednesday 6 May 2020 Urgent release of funding for Special COVID-19 Grant Round Research projects analysing the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital (RBWH) rapid response to COVID-19 and subsequent changes to its healthcare practices, will be the focus of a Special Grant Round being funded by the RBWH Foundation. RBWH Executive Director Research Services, Dr Merrilyn Banks, said some of the changes instituted in just weeks at the start of the pandemic, might otherwise have taken up to a year to implement. “It was amazing to watch the hospital prepare for this pandemic,” said Dr ...

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The world unites, May 5, for #GivingTuesdayNow

Tuesday 5 May 2020 Together we stand. Together we heal. Together we give. May 5 has been declared #GivingTuesdayNow - a global day of giving and an opportunity for the whole world to unite against the novel Coronavirus pandemic. Make no mistake, the race against COVID-19 affects us all. More than two million people internationally have been infected and billions of lives affected. The hard work is far from over. You can assist the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital (RBWH) Foundation fast track vital healthcare projects by donating to the Coronavirus Action Fund. Those ...

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Penthouse Auction for COVID-19

Friday 24 April 2020 Penthouse Auction to fund COVID-19 Treatment Research In a remarkable act of generosity, an 82-year-old semi-retired builder will donate the entire proceeds from the auction of his luxury coastal penthouse to the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital (RBWH) Foundation Coronavirus Action Fund. Keith Drake, who operated Drake Homes and Pryde Timbers with the assistance of his family for many years, is doing all he can to assist the expansion of national trials to test the effectiveness of two drugs in the treatment of COVID-19 and support other COVID-19 medical ...

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ASCOT Clinical Drug Trials Open for Patient Enrolments

Friday 17 April 2020 We are excited to announce that the clinical drug trials (ASCOT), which will test the effectiveness of two existing drugs in patients hospitalised with COVID-19, are open for patient enrolments. The number of hospitals involved has grown to around 70 Australian hospitals, in every state and territory, and over 10 hospitals in New Zealand. The Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital (RBWH) Pharmacy is currently distributing the drugs needed for the trials to all hospitals involved. Due to Australia's social distancing policies, there are currently less than the ...

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