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Influenza vaccine is one of the most cost-effective interventions to prevent disease, hospitalisation and death, yet coverage rates are variable...

Project Aims: Identify genetic markers that predict the risk of valproate-induced birth defects. It is recognised that women with epilepsy who...

Gliomas are the most common type of intrinsic brain tumour and a major cause of morbidity and mortality for those afflicted by these highly invasive...
Supervisor: Dr Mastura Monif

Compromised antioxidant defences, together with increased production of reactive oxygen species (ROS), drives the oxidative stress that accompanies...
Supervisor: Dr Judy De Haan-Klein

This project will explore the hypothesis that people with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) have an altered immune cell response to Vitamin D compared to...

The JAK-STAT signalling pathway is critical for propagation of signals from the engagement of cytokines with receptors on the surface of blood cells...

The glymphatic pathway has been proposed as a key contributor to the clearance of fluid and metabolic waste products, such as amyloid beta and tau,...
Supervisor: Mr David Wright

Antiretroviral therapy (ART) improves life expectancy of people living with HIV (PLHIV) and prevents onward HIV transmission. Despite this HIV...
Supervisor: Dr James McMahon

Multiple sclerosis, an autoimmune, neurodegenerative condition, is the most common cause of non-traumatic neurological disability in young adults....
Supervisor: Dr Vilija Jokubaitis

Ageing affects everyone and everything. It is now recognised that reactive intermediates generated by metabolism contribute to biological ageing and...

Crohn’s disease is a debilitating chronic auto-inflammatory disorder that affects the intestinal tract with a peak onset in young people. Australia...

Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is the sixth most common cancer and incidence is increasing worldwide, including in Australia. Currently, people with...
Supervisor: Dr Joseph Doyle

Mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) is a serious medical and societal issue. Of particular concern are individuals at high risk of suffering...

Blurred vision is a common complaint in the community, occurring in patients with no discernible ophthalmic abnormality, sometimes in older people...

Fibromyalgia is a complex chronic disorder, characterised primarily by musculoskeletal pain and additional health complaints including, such as...

Little is known about the effects of lifelong brain infections on the neurological health of the host. Toxoplasma gondii is a parasite infects...

Epilepsy is associated with an increased risk of sudden unexplained death (SUDEP), possibly due to cardiac arrhythmias, although the precise...
Supervisor: Dr Kim Powell

The National Register of Antipsychotic Medications in Pregnancy (NRAMP) is an ongoing study with data collected from 300+ women across Australia who...

Many peptide hormones act inside a cell, regulating intracellular events. These peptide/protein hormones, which have intracellular functions, are...

Sexually transmitted infection (STI) cases have been increasing significantly in Australia over the last decade. A dramatic increase in infectious...
Supervisor: Dr Eric Chow

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