Good gut bacteria to help patients to breathe easier

Jun 12 2020

HMRI respiratory researcher Kurtis Budden has received the TSANZ Ann Woolcock New Investigator Award for his work in respiratory disease.

This award acknowledges excellence in the conduct and presentation of respiratory research by early career researchers.

It is a highly sought-after accolade and Kurtis was awarded for his research into “Diet influences chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) pathogenesis by regulating microbial metabolism”.

In this study, Kurtis has shown that increasing dietary fibre can help to promote the growth of ‘good’ gut bacteria and slow the progression of chronic respiratory diseases.

“It is an incredible honour and encouragement to know that my research is being recognised by some of the leading voices in my field,” Kurtis said.

“Seeing the work of past recipients, I know that I have a lot to live up to as I turn this research into better health outcomes for patients.”

This year’s event was held virtually, and Kurtis was one of six finalists to present their work via ZOOM at the Thoracic Society of Australia and New Zealand webinar on May 27.

To watch this session, click here

As part of this award, he will now have the opportunity to present this research next year at the Congress of the Asian Pacific Society of Respirology in Kyoto, Japan.