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This project will investigate the machinery involved in mitochondrial fission and fusion and the relationship between mitochondrial dynamics and...
Supervisor: Professor Mike Ryan

Approximately 55% of patients with neuromyelitis optica spectrum disorder show cognitive impairment as evaluated using the Rao Brief Repeatable...

This project will require the student to examine Rey Auditory Verbal Learning Test (RAVLT) profiles. The RAVLT is one of the most common...
Supervisor: Dr Marina Downing

Background: Our group is involved in an Australia-wide program (www.kidgen.org.au) which aims to identify novel causative genes in patients with...

Endometriosis is a chronic disorder that has a major impact on quality of life. Despite its high prevalence, there is a lack of understanding of its...
Supervisor: Dr Fiona Cousins

Characterising novel virulence mechanisms in the emerging hospital-acquired pathogen; Acinetobacter baumannii (A/Professor John Boyce, Dr Faye...

Background: Over 400,000 Australians are affected by diabetic kidney disease. Current clinical therapies only delay the progression to end stage...

The extracellular matrix-associated Connective Tissue Growth Factor (CTGF) is considered a double-edged sword during organ development and repair, as...

This project involves using a large, longitudinal administrative database to understand the characteristics of individuals using a large home-based...
Supervisor: Dr Judy Lowthian

It is now well-established that the cancer stroma, including cancer-associated fibroblasts, plays a major role in development and progression of this...
Supervisor: Professor Roger Daly

The microbial communities associated with every surface of our bodies are incredibly diverse, yet we know practically nothing about the majority of...
Supervisor: Dr Sam Forster

The gastrointestinal microbiota, mediated by complex interactions between the patient’s immune system and environment, is now associated with...
Supervisor: Dr Sam Forster

NOTE: THIS PROJECT IS CURRENTLY ON HOLD DUE TO SECONDMENT - INTERESTED PhD STUDENTS ENCOURAGED TO EXPRESS INTEREST The overarching aim of the...
Supervisor: Dr Alison Crichton

A number of studies have linked mid- and late-life vascular risk factors to poorer cognitive function. However, little is known about childhood risk...

A collaborative effort between Supportive and Palliative Care, Complex Care, General Medicine and Nephrology, the Supportive Chronic Conditions...

Chronic pain is a major global health burden, affecting nearly 20% of the Australian population. This debilitating condition results in...
Supervisor: Dr Wendy Imlach

The majority of chronic pain management occurs in the primary care setting. In rural areas, there are often limited professional development...
Supervisor: Dr Eleanor Mitchell

Heart failure (HF) represents a major health and economic burden with high hospital admission rates despite significant advances in treatment and...

With increasing awareness of the potential short- and long-term effects of concussions, there is a widely accepted need to develop objective tools...
Supervisor: Dr Stuart McDonald

There is variation in coding of stroke admissions in the administrative data compared with the Australian Stroke Clinical Registry clinician-assigned...
Supervisor: Dr Monique Kilkenny

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