NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence in Pulmonary Fibrosis

About Us

Pulmonary Fibrosis encompasses a group of lung disorders which share the hallmark of fibrosis or scarring of the lung. The single most prevalent and devastating of these disorders is idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF), a severe and progressive lung disorder with a median survival of only 2-5 years from diagnosis – worse than many cancers.

Funded in 2017 by the Australian National Health and Medical Research Council, our Centre of Research Excellence in Pulmonary Fibrosis (CRE-PF) aims to build research capacity in this area. The CRE-PF will enable our nationally coordinated, clinically focused research program to address the urgent need for more effective, personalised approaches to identify and better manage fibrotic lung diseases, as well as to educate the public and train future generations of researchers in pulmonary fibrosis.

Research aims

  1. Generate the first complete epidemiological map of disease burden and natural history in Australia and extend current efforts to develop a model to predict patient outcomes in pulmonary fibrosis.
  2. Develop strategies to enhance and extend Quality of Life, reduce patient/family suffering, develop cost-effective adjunct therapies and reduce burden on healthcare.
  3. Ensure consistent implementation of world’s best practice for diagnosis, clinical phenotyping and disease management for PF across Australia.
  4. Develop and maintain educational support resources for patients and community partners.
  5. Develop a national training scheme for Respiratory Research.
CRE-PF Research Program

Our team

Chief Investigators



CREATE Fellows

  • Dr Helen Jo
  • Dr Jade Jaffar
  • Dr Yet Khor
  • Dr Jyotika Prasad


Postgraduate students

  • Dr Adelle Jee
  • Dr Alan Teoh
  • Dr Claire Thompson
  • Dr David Waters
  • Dr Atsuhito Nakazawa
  • Dr Kaj Blokland

CREATE - CRE Advanced Traininig Environment

The NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence in Pulmonary Fibrosis is dedicated to building research capacity in the area of Pulmonary Fibrosis Research, and CREATE (CRE-Advanced Training Environment) represents a unique opportunity for students and clinicians interested in pursuing research in this field. In particular, our focus is on providing high quality supervision to postgraduate research students undertaking PhD degrees and training to postdoctoral researchers.

The aims of this training scheme include:

  1. Enhance clinical and basic science research training to produce the next generation of outstanding respiratory scientists using formalized mentoring and training environments.
  2. Enhance the training relevance to career progression through the use of novel curriculum elements including ethics and professional skills such as grant & manuscript writing.
  3. Focus on the translational pathway from basic biomedical discoveries to clinical research and to clinical practice. We will add innovative curriculum content to teach effective translation to colleagues, students, decision makers, and the public. We propose to include practical collaborative exposure to commercialization pathways for translating discoveries from bench-to-bedside.

Our vision is to train CREATE fellows who can enter the workforce skilled up and capable of developing and translating knowledge from bench-to-bedside with the outcome of improving cardiopulmonary health status of the Australian population.

If you are interested in undertaking further postgraduate training with us, please contact Jennifer Walsh for more information. We also invite you to read more about the current research and projects happening in our research streams on our website (coming soon!).

How to apply

Applicants interested in pulmonary fibrosis will be considered more favourably if the following are met:

  • Academic Record: In order to enrol for a PhD, you will need a 1st class Honours degree or a Masters degree with a major research component.
  • English Skills: IELTS (International English Language testing System) minimum score of a Band 7. Find out more about English language proficiency requirements.
  • Scholarship/funding: Unsolicited applicants are normally expected to apply for a competitive scholarship. Find out more about Postgraduate research entry requirements.
  • Publications: Need to be in ISI-listed English language journals of good standing.
  • Referees: Ideally, identify at least two academic referees who are familiar with your work and training and who have published in international research journals of good standing.
  • Demonstrate research interest in Pulmonary Fibrosis: Explain why you wish to undertake research in this field and what you could contribute to the group’s research. Or an outline of a potential research proposal.
  • A current CV: Be sure to include your personal, educational and work experience details. Also include previous research experience and publication outputs.

PhD and Post Doctoral research candidates need to have excellent English skills and a strong research background relevant to one or more of our chief investigators (see profiles above). Please email your CV, referee list and research outline to jennifer.walsh@sydney.edu.au and this information will help us to try and link you with suitable research groups.

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