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.

To access and search the data directly visit the CMD research administrative system website.

Current research

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
Reduction of TB requires working with Australia’s First Peoples to understand the sociocultural factors surrounding TB in this setting. Using a participatory action research approach this research will describe the perspectives of Australia’s First Peoples on tuberculosis (TB) and TB control strategies on the North Coast of New South Wales. Updated - 06 Oct 2019.
Contact person: Sue Devlin, Public Health Unit
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, Parkinson´s Disease, Motor Neurone Disease (MND) or Multiple Sclerosis (MS), when the patient is too unwell to make treatment decisions. Funder: RTPS AUS Updated - 28 Sep 2019.
Contact person: Denise Craig, Older Persons Subacute and Rehabilitation
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 - 22 Sep 2019.
Contact person: Samuel Smith, College of Medicine and Dentistry, James Cook University
Diabetes is a very common condition with serious complications. In North Queensland, diabetic patients often live far away from their doctors and must rely on technology to communicate with them. This study will determine how effective these communication technologies (telehealth) are in managing a patient´s diabetes. Updated - 22 Sep 2019.
Contact person: Nisha Nangrani, James Cook University
This is a small animal study investigating a new novel drug therapy for patients with a major burn injury. Updated - 16 Sep 2019.
Contact person: Lisa Davenport, JCU
This project aims to investigate the effects of continued smoking in head and neck cancer patients who are undergoing curative treatment. Smoking cessation rates will also be investigated, as well as patient´s attitudes and barriers to quitting. Updated - 14 Sep 2019.
Contact person: Justin Smith, School of Medicine & Dentistry
Doctors can find it difficult to determine if a patient with a sore throat is ill from a virus (won´t benefit from antibiotics) or from a bacteria (may benefit from antibiotics). Inspecting the throat is not much better than flipping a coin. This project aims to evaluate the usefulness of a modern test identifying bacteria in only 8 minutes. Updated - 04 Sep 2019.
Contact person: Ronny Gunnarsson, FoU Centrum Boras, Sweden
Pain is a major adverse effect associated with vaccination. Ice may be used to reduce pain. This prospective randomised controlled trial (RCT) aims to investigate the effects of applying an ice pack prior to immunisation on the outcome of pain in medical students receiving their flu vaccines. Updated - 22 Aug 2019.
Contact person: Yashodha Ediriweera
Our study will focus on understanding the clinical detection of mild TBI and working towards developing a common set of tools and assessments for mTBI that can be utilised by clinicians in the acute setting. Updated - 22 Aug 2019.
Contact person: Madhu Edirisinghege

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