LAM Australasia Reasearch Alliance (LARA)
A not-for-profit organisation, the LAM Australasia Research Alliance, LARA, is run by a small group of volunteers. LARA raises funds for research to discover effective treatments and, ultimately, a cure for lymphangioleiomyomatosis (LAM), a debilitating lung disease. LARA is currently funding LAM research at the Woolcock Institute under the guidance of Professor Judy Black AO.
LAM is caused by a random gene mutation which causes smooth muscle cells to proliferate in the lungs. It mostly affects young women who are 20 to 40 years of age, gradually taking their breath away. The kidneys can be threatened by growths called angiomyolipomas.
Because LAM is rare, LARA also aims to raise awareness of LAM within the medical profession and wider community. We are guided in our efforts by a Medical and Scientific Advisory Board comprising leading experts on LAM in Australia and New Zealand.
Centre for Integrated Research and Understanding of Sleep (CIRUS)
CIRUS aims to investigate the biology of sleep, and to prevent and to treat disorders of sleep through a uniquely interdisciplinary approach.
CIRUS supports world-class interventional sleep health research aimed to inform clinical practice and alter health policy. Their goal is to foster the next generation of sleep researchers and create research leaders.
Bupa Health Foundation
The Bupa Health Foundation is one of the largest corporate foundations dedicated to health in Australia and is committed to improving the health of all Australians. They Achieve this through active engagement and by making available the incredible resources of Bupa.
The Bupa health foundation is currently working with the Woolcock institute on a project, to assess whether early sleep interventions help to reduce the risk of post-natal depression in new mothers.