Researcher profile: Associate Professor Fraser Brims
Associate Professor Fraser Brims trained as a Respiratory Physician, and is currently Head of the Occupational & Respiratory Health Unit at the Institute for Respiratory Health at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital, where part of his work entails the detection of early lung cancer using low dose CT scans. Associate Professor Brims recently joined the Curtin Medical School as Director of Early Years Clinical Training. His research interests are diverse and he is always on the look out for new collaborations!
I have recently joined the new Curtin Medical School and, as well as exciting opportunities to develop clinical aspects of the undergraduate curriculum, I have a number of areas of clinical research that I am involved in, and wish to expand.
I trained as a Respiratory Physician in the UK and moved to Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital (‘Charlies’) in 2013, where I am Head of the Occupational & Respiratory Health Unit at the Institute for Respiratory Health. Prior to this, I was a Consultant in Thoracic Medicine at University College London Hospitals, and Senior Lecturer at University College London within the Institute for Sports Exercise and Health. In 2014, I was awarded a Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Trials from the London School of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene.
I have diverse clinical and epidemiological research interests. My research degree was examining novel aspects of the coagulation cascade in airway repair in asthma. Currently, my main research interests include clinical and epidemiological aspects of occupational (particularly asbestos) related lung disease, mesothelioma (cancer of the lining of the lung from exposure to asbestos) and the detection of early lung cancer using low dose CT scans. My work in this area was featured on Today Tonight, and can be seen here.
I am Principal Investigator for a UK based multicentre randomised controlled trial examining the effects of early palliative care in mesothelioma patients, which is a really exciting and challenging clinical trial that hopefully will finish recruiting 174 participants in late 2016. I am also a lead local investigator for an NHMRC-funded Australia-wide study into lung cancer screening, with Perth as a key recruiting site.
I am always on the lookout for collaborations, with my respiratory clinical role at ‘Charlies’, there is a wealth of potential research in many areas: lung cancer screening, infection, nutrition, physical exercise, cancer biology – many diverse opportunities. If this sounds interesting, please contact me!
I have only recently joined Curtin, and already I am impressed and excited by the opportunities for research collaboration across many aspects of health sciences, and I look forward to an exciting future.