Cystic fibrosis and respiratory illnessesHome What we do Medical research Cystic fibrosis and respiratory illnesses Thanks to your generosity, we have been able to fund the Queensland Cystic Fibrosis Research Program. It’s Queensland’s first dedicated cystic fibrosis research program to help improve outcomes for children living with this life-limiting condition. This important work strives to deliver improved health outcomes, better quality of life and longer life expectancy for cystic fibrosis patients in Queensland and right around the world. Between 60 and 70 babies are diagnosed with cystic fibrosis in Australia every year, and about 450 children are treated for the disease at the Queensland Children’s Hospital annually. The program will focus on two new research projects – the early life origins of cystic fibrosis lung disease and the Mycobacterium abscessus pulmonary disease program. Both research projects aim to improve clinical diagnosis of lung disease and its progression across early life and adulthood. These programs will be led by Professors Claire Wainwright, Peter Sly and Scott Bell.