George Clinical provides a broad range of clinical research services, including global scientific leadership, for studies into the world’s most prevalent airway diseases, including asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
In the Asia-Pacific, asthma and COPD are particularly relevant as risk factors such as smoking, biomass fuels, pollution, and tuberculosis (TB) are higher than in other regions. Most asthma related deaths still occur in low-to-mid income countries. COPD is currently the fourth leading cause of death, expected to become the third by 2030.
COPD patients are also severely affected by co-morbidities such as heart disease and diabetes, two of George Clinical’s key areas of expertise.
Our services in respiratory health include:
Our current respiratory network encompasses:
Christine Jenkins is Head of the Respiratory Group at The George institute for Global Health; Senior Staff Specialist in Thoracic Medicine at Concord Hospital, Sydney; Clinical Professor and Head of Respiratory Discipline at University of Sydney; and Professor of Respiratory Medicine at UNSW Sydney.
Christine has been principal investigator and has led many investigator-initiated and competitively funded clinical trials in airways disease. She has had major roles in advocacy and leadership for lung health in Australia, chairing the National Asthma Campaign, the Federal Government’s National Asthma Advisory Group and many local and international guidelines and implementation initiatives to enhance resources, skills, capacity and clinical outcomes in airways disease. She was president of the Thoracic Society of Australia and New Zealand from 2007 – 2009.
Christine is an active clinician, and teaches and supervises medical students, advanced trainees and post graduate students. Her area of research interest is the clinical management of airways disease and patient reported outcomes in response to therapeutic interventions, and she is currently implementing trials in asthma and COPD management and pulmonary rehabilitation in Australia and Asia. Christine has written two books on asthma, one for medical students and one for patients, their families and carers. In 2002 she was made a Member in the Order of Australia for recognition of service to respiratory medicine as a physician, administrator and educator, especially in the field of asthma education.
She is on the Board of the Lung Foundation Australia, and is a member of the Thoracic Society of Australia and New Zealand, the American Thoracic Society, European Respirator Society and the Asia-Pacific Society of Respirology.
Norbert Berend is Head of Respiratory Research at the George Institute for Global Health and a member of the physiology group at the Woolcock Institute of Medical Research of which he was the Director from 2000 to 2012. He holds the academic title of Professor, Faculty of Medicine, UNSW Sydney; Professor Emeritus at the University of Sydney; and is a Visiting or Honorary Professor at three Chinese Universities.
He is a past President of the Thoracic Society of Australia and New Zealand and the Asian Pacific Society of Respirology. He has also held positions with the American Thoracic Society and European Respiratory Society. Norbert’s research interests include the pathophysiology of asthma and COPD and clinical intervention studies to improve the outcome of airways disease.
Norbert is a recipient of the TSANZ Medal, the APSR Medal and has received an Award of Merit from the European Respiratory Society. In 2003 Norbert was made a Member of the Order of Australia for services to respiratory medicine.