Current research

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

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 - 20 Oct 2018.
Contact person: Hannah Bougher, Medicine
This project aims to identify ways which we can improve health service delivery for newly-arrived refugees in North Queensland. Refugees are an underserved population with various structural, organisational and individuals factors influencing this. We will examine ways which this can be improved and propose a new model of health service delivery. Updated - 15 Oct 2018.
Contact person: MICHAEL AU, Cairns Clinical School, College of Medicine and Dentistry
This study uses questionnaires and practical CPR skill assessments to: 1. Explore relationships between laypeople’s CPR skills, confidence in performing CPR, willingness to perform CPR, CPR training history and knowledge of the correct way to perform CPR 2. Describe the overall ability of adults in Townsville to perform high-quality CPR Updated - 14 Oct 2018.
Contact person: Matthew Riggs, James Cook University
The LEAP project works with a Learning Community of 8 Indigenous primary health care services , peak bodies and governments to conduct cycles of action research. We aim to identify barriers to quality improvement across contexts, understand targeted interventions and strengthen response to quality improvement on a broad scale. Funder: NHMRC Aus Updated - 14 Oct 2018.
Contact person: Sarah Larkins, College of Medicine and Dentistry, James Cook University
This is a small animal study investigating a new novel drug therapy for patients with a major burn injury. Updated - 09 Oct 2018.
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 - 03 Oct 2018.
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 - 27 Sep 2018.
Contact person: Ronny Gunnarsson, FoU Centrum Boras, Sweden
It is hypothesized taking consideration of research in outbreak of Victoria that the insect vectors like mosquitoes and march flies might be the potential environmental reservoirs of M. ulceransin north Queensland. In addition, small mammals like bandicoots could could a major role in the ecology and transmission of M. ulcerans. Updated - 27 Sep 2018.
Contact person: Avishek Singh, College of Medicine and Dentistry, JCU, Cairns Campus, Cairns Clinical School, Cairns Hospital
The majority of Australians choose to age at home. This study explores the support that friends, families and neighbours provide each other to promote ageing at home in rural north Queensland. This project has recieved funding from the Far North Queensland Hospital Foundation. Updated - 27 Sep 2018.
Contact person: Emma Anderson, College of Medicine & Dentistry
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 - 13 Sep 2018.
Contact person: Shreyansi Sharma, James Cook University - MBBS

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