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

The aim of this clinical study is to compare the long term efficacy of 3 antibiotics (topical/tablet form) namely - topical azithromycin, amoxicillin/metronidazole combination (tablet form) and azithromycin (tablet form) as an adjunct to teeth cleaning and evaluate the benefits of above antibiotic therapy compared to teeth cleaning alone. Updated - 07 Dec 2019.
Contact person: AMAR SHOLAPURKAR, COLLEGE OF MEDICINE AND DENTISTRY
This project aims to investigate the factors that allow Indigenous primary health care services to improve their quality of care. Working with 6 high improving services who have improved performance over several areas we will explore the secrets of their success and how these might apply with services in other contexts. Funder: NHMRC AUS Updated - 24 Nov 2019.
Contact person: Sarah Larkins, College of Medicine and Dentistry, James Cook University
This study will explore the factors associated with North Queensland hospital doctors following the advance care plans of people who have a neurological condition such as Dementia, ParkinsonĀ“s Disease, Motor Neurone Disease (MND) or Multiple Sclerosis (MS), when the patient is too unwell to make treatment decisions. Funder: RTPS AUS Updated - 04 Nov 2019.
Contact person: Denise Craig, Older Persons Subacute and Rehabilitation
Patients who are prescribed blood thinning drugs are commonly encountered in the dental practice. When performing invasive dental treatment on these patients, there is the question of when to stop medications to minimise bleeding. Stopping medications can cause a thromboembolic event. There is no guideline in Australia advising treatment options. Updated - 04 Nov 2019.
Contact person: Kate Kirkham-Ali, College of Medicine and Dentistry
There are disparities in surgical access and outcomes for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Australians. This thesis will examine surgical quality improvement initiatives, construct tools to measure surgical disparities and display the role of advocacy for disease and injury prevention. Updated - 27 Oct 2019.
Contact person: Elzerie de Jager, Intern Doctor
The project aims to research a novel zirconia dental implant material surface which could warrant its use as an alternative to titanium-based dental implants. Data collection methods include: topography, wettability, SEM, Adhesion, Viability, Proliferation, and Scratch Healing Assay. The project will compare these results to a titanium surface. Updated - 27 Oct 2019.
Contact person: Thomas Munro
Hospital admission for the treatment of cellulitis is common in FNQ and carries significant cost to the both the patient and health care system. This project would investigate whether the patients admitted to hospital for treatment of cellulitis could have been treated in the community? Updated - 25 Oct 2019.
Contact person: Gail Abernethy, James Cook University College of Medicine and Dentistry
Dental implants are more regularly being used to replace missing teeth in the general public. While they provide high success rates, they are still susceptible to inflammatory diseases around them, limiting their success. This study aims to identify the treatment protocols used by specialists to manage this condition, as these vary greatly. Updated - 20 Oct 2019.
Contact person: AHSEN KHAN, School of Medicine and Dentistry
Our aim is to explore which factors predict death in adult tropical Intensive care unit (ICU) patients with bacteria in the bloodstream (sepsis)? This will help us to create a prediction model that can be implemented by clinicians in tropical ICU units to treat patients better. Updated - 15 Oct 2019.
Contact person: Satyen Hargovan, JCU Medical Student
This study primarily aims to describe short- and long-term outcomes of North Queensland patients following pituitary adenoma resections and, secondarily, aims to determine the effect of travel requirement outside the Hospital and Health Service District upon these outcomes. Updated - 14 Oct 2019.
Contact person: Aakanksha Desai, Year 4 Medical Student, JCU Cairns

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