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Exposure to fire smoke in early life


   Menzies Institute for Medical Research

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About the Project

Exposure to fire smoke in early life

What are the long-term cardio-respiratory effects of exposure to smoke from a coalmine fire in early life?

About the research project

https://www.utas.edu.au/research/degrees/available-projects/projects/menzies-institute-of-medical-research/exposure-to-fire-smoke-in-early-life/_nocache

Exposure to air pollution causes more than 7 million premature deaths every year. Inhaling poor quality air has been shown to cause significant respiratory and cardiovascular morbidity and mortality. However, most of the data comes from chronic exposure to air pollution over long periods of time. The health effects of exposure to short-duration, high-intensity air pollution are less clear and there are very few studies that have assessed the long-term health effects of exposure when it occurs early in life. This is particularly important as extreme air pollution events, such as landscape fires, will increase in frequency in the coming years as a result of climate change.

The Hazelwood coal mine fire in the Latrobe Valley, Victoria, was ignited by an ember from a local fire on February 9th, 2014. Due to the underground nature of the fuel source, and the low oxygen environment, the fire caused extremely poor air quality in the local community and was difficult to extinguish. The Early Life Follow-up (ELF) study was established to assess the long-term health effects of early life (in utero and in the first year of life) exposure to emissions from this fire. We have assessed lung and vascular function in children in the ELF cohort in 2017 and 2020. The aim of this PhD project is to collect additional clinical data in the ELF cohort in 2023 to determine whether there were longitudinal developmental impacts of exposure to the coalmine fire in early life. The project will involve collecting lung function data in young children and analysing these data, along with vascular function, to map growth trajectories in these critical physiological systems. The project requires a sound understanding of physiology and capability in quantitative data analysis.

Primary Supervisor

MEET PROF GRAEME ZOSKY

Funding

Applicants will be considered for a Research Training Program (RTP) scholarship or Tasmania Graduate Research Scholarship (TGRS) which, if successful, provides:

  • a living allowance stipend of $28,854 per annum (2022 rate, indexed annually) for 3.5 years
  • a relocation allowance of up to $2,000
  • a tuition fees offset covering the cost of tuition fees for up to four years (domestic applicants only)

If successful, international applicants will receive a University of Tasmania Fees Offset for up to four years.

As part of the application process you may indicate if you do not wish to be considered for scholarship funding.

Eligibility

The project is open to domestic (Australian and New Zealand) and international applicants.

Applicants should review the Higher Degree by Research minimum entry requirements.

Additional eligibility criteria specific to this project/scholarship:

  • Applicants must be able to undertake the project on-campus

Selection Criteria

The project is competitively assessed and awarded.  Selection is based on academic merit and suitability to the project as determined by the College.

Additional essential selection criteria specific to this project:

  • Honours/Masters (Research) Degree with a background in biomedicine, physiology or similar

Additional desirable selection criteria specific to this project:

  • Strong analytical capacity

Application process

After checking and ensuring that you meet the eligibility and selection criteria contact the project supervisor.


Funding Notes

Applicants will be considered for a Research Training Program (RTP) scholarship or Tasmania Graduate Research Scholarship (TGRS) which, if successful, provides:
• a living allowance stipend of $28,854 per annum (2022 rate, indexed annually) for 3.5 years
• a relocation allowance of up to $2,000
• a tuition fees offset covering the cost of tuition fees for up to four years (domestic applicants only)
If successful, international applicants will receive a University of Tasmania Fees Offset for up to four years.
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