Current research

A list of current research being undertaken by the College of Medicine or in partnership from our online research system managing project grants, a database of research opportunities and a database of current research projects.

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Current research

Mycoplasma genitalium is an STI. The study found that 4.5% of patients at the Mackay STI clinic who got tested for it during a 15-month period tested positive for the infection. Being Updated - 17 Jan 2018.
Contact person: Laura Koefler, James Cook University
Currently no research exists which examines the publics´ opinion of a dentists´ ability to manage a medical emergency. Members of the public attending JCU Dental for dental services are surveyed for their opinion of a general dentists´ ability to manage a medical emergency within a dental surgery. Updated - 15 Jan 2018.
Contact person: Matthew Vaughan, College of Medicine and Dentistry
Readmission to hospital after surgical procedures is costly for the patient and health system, and has been linked to increased mortality. This project will examine risk factors for readmission in surgical patients with peripheral artery disease (PAD), a condition where arteries of the lower limb become narrowed due to atherosclerosis or plaque. Updated - 12 Jan 2018.
Contact person: Samuel Smith, College of Medicine and Dentistry, James Cook University
With the rise of refugees and immigrants from Eastern countries, female genital mutilation (FGM) is becoming evident among the increasing diversity of people accessing the healthcare system in Australia. This study explores the attitudes and knowledge of clinicians in North Queensland and aims to gather data to influence management of FGM. Updated - 12 Jan 2018.
Contact person: Shreyansi Sharma, James Cook University - MBBS
This project aims to do a systematic review of scientific studies to find out the relation between Group G Streptococcus and the sore throat. Updated - 09 Jan 2018.
Contact person: Lynne Reid, Medicine
Classification of shoulder fractures has poor reliability. This study will investigate if 3D printing can improve the reliability in comparison to current imaging methods. To do this specialist doctors will classify 30 fractures according to their level of complication, by look at a 3D model, 2D CT scan, 3D CT scan and x-rays of each fracture. Updated - 08 Jan 2018.
Contact person: Hannah Bougher, Medicine
Osseointegration refers to the direct connection between the human body and an artificial implant. The primary goal of dental implant insertion is to achieve successful osseointegration. The aim of this project is to investigate the effects of common anti-inflammatory medications on this process. Updated - 08 Jan 2018.
Contact person: Jie Denny Luo, School of Dentistry and Medicine
Tongue tie is believed to have effects on breast feeding, swallowing, speech development, maxillofacial development and development of sleep disordered breathing. Tongue tie treatment is considered an invasive procedure by some and there is discordance in the medical profession regarding when infants might benefit from undergoing this treatment. Updated - 08 Jan 2018.
Contact person: Ciara Ross, James Cook University, School of Medicine
It is difficult to sort out if a patient attending for a sore throat is ill from a virus (with no benefit from antibiotics) or from a bacteria (with a potential benefit of antibiotics). Inspecting the throat is not much better than flipping a coin. This project aim to evaluate the usefulness of a modern test identifying bacteria in only 8 minutes. Updated - 15 Dec 2017.
Contact person: Ronny Gunnarsson, James Cook University Australia and R&D unit for primary health care Sodra Alvsborg County Sweden
There is currently an absence of high grade evidence regarding the treatment of chronic sciatica (CS). Whilst gabapentin (GBP) and pregabalin (PGB) are both currently used to treat CS, equipoise exists regarding their individual use. In particular, no head-to-head study of GBP and PGB in CS exists. Updated - 14 Dec 2017.
Contact person: Kelvin Robertson, The Townsville Hospital - Pharmacy Department

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