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BACKGROUND Excessive daily sitting time (of which 60% is accrued at the workplace) is an independent risk factor for cardiovascular disease and type...
Supervisor: Dr David Dunstan

Epigenetics describes dynamic molecular modifications ‘above the level of the DNA’ which do not alter the genetic code but influence the way the...
Supervisor: Dr Joanne Ryan

Intrauterine growth restriction complicates 8% of pregnancies and increases risk for preterm birth and adverse brain development. Although there is...
Supervisor: Dr Beth Allison

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

Does the implementation of a care plan, for patients with rib fractures, improve patient outcomes. They project will be a prospective observational...
Supervisor: Dr Teresa Howard

Caspases are critical mediators of programmed cell death. We recently demonstrated that they are not only involved in killing cells, but in...

Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) is a common and costly cause of chronic morbidity in the developed world, which currently affects 85,000 Australians...
Supervisor: Dr Rimma Goldberg

Many bacterial pathogens have acquired the capacity to replicate inside human cells by avoiding cell intrinsic innate immune pathways. Pathogens such...

Injuries to the nervous system can cause lifelong disabilities due to ineffective repair of the damaged nerve fibres and thus, understanding the...
Supervisor: Dr Brent Neumann

The risk of persistent Human Papillomavirus (HPV) infection, cervical dysplasia and HPV-related cancers is unknown in women with multiple sclerosis (...

Knee osteoarthritis is a major public health problem. The role of bone, integral to the pathogenesis of knee OA, is receiving increasing attention as...

We have discovered a new cytokine exclusively expressed in the female reproductive tract, which is essential for the optimal response to Sexually...

Our research is focussed on understanding how viruses and bacteria cause exacerbations of inflammatory lung diseases, such as asthma and chronic...
Supervisor: Dr Belinda Thomas

Proteins containing a PHIST (Plasmodium helical interspersed sub-telomeric) domain constitute a multi- member family that are present in the most...
Supervisor: Professor Brian Cooke

The mechanisms by which Babesia bovis causes severe disease in susceptible cattle are not well understood, however, it is clear that alterations to...
Supervisor: Professor Brian Cooke

For the majority of DSD cases the underlying genetic aetiology is unknown. In males Sox9 is a critical ‘hub’ gene involved in sexual development. We...

Our lab is interested in immune cells within the central nervous system (CNS), and how these cells contribute to neuroinflammation and neurological...
Supervisor: Dr Samantha Dando

Acinetobacter baumannii has been identified as one of the top three dangerous Gram-negative hospital pathogens as it can cause a range of life-...

Research Aims: 1. to evaluate splenic function in patients labelled as congenital asplenics 2. to describe the clinical and immunological function...
Supervisor: Dr Ian Woolley

Our research program is focused on fibroblast-like stromal cells found in secondary lymphoid organs and tumours. These cells create the structure on...
Supervisor: Dr Anne Fletcher

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