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

This study will focus on the professionalisation of undergraduate pharmacy students through the design, implementation and evaluation of a professional development program for first year students. The program, running over two years, will focus on professional identity formation using self-determination theory as a basis for program design. Updated - 19 Apr 2018.
Contact person: Martina Mylrea, Pharmacy
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 (telemedicine) are in managing a patient´s diabetes. Updated - 16 Apr 2018.
Contact person: Nisha Nangrani, James Cook University
In December 2017 the government renewed the National Cervical Cancer Screening Program. This project will attempt to gauge the understanding and knowledge of cervical cancer screening of female patients from selected Mackay general practices. Updated - 14 Apr 2018.
Contact person: Archana Nagendiram, College of Medicine and 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 - 12 Apr 2018.
Contact person: Shreyansi Sharma, James Cook University - MBBS
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 - 10 Apr 2018.
Contact person: Justin Smith, School of Medicine & 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. Updated - 08 Apr 2018.
Contact person: Sarah Larkins, College of Medicine and Dentistry, James Cook University
It has been noticed by numerous practitioners that there is a great number of scleroderma patients in the Cairns region. This study will attempt to discover the true prevalence of scleroderma in the Cairns region, with a direct comparison to the prevalence in South Australia and Victoria, and then hypothesise why it may be more common in Cairns. Updated - 08 Apr 2018.
Contact person: Samuel Abbot, James Cook University, Cairns Campus
This project assesses medical student preparedness for end of life care and potential interventions to improve educational outcomes. The project would look at the changing level of knowledge and skills that medical students develop. Focus groups and surveys will be used to explore the range of relevant issues across year levels. Updated - 06 Apr 2018.
Contact person: Aran Sandrasegaran, James Cook University
There is little known about transgender people in North Queensland; less is known about clinician perspectives and knowledge of this population in general. This project examines attitudes and healthcare-related perspectives of clinicians and transgender people and the influence of the North Queensland location. Updated - 05 Apr 2018.
Contact person: Audrey Heng, College of Medicine and Dentistry, James Cook University
Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is a chronic inflammatory condition of the intestines and bowel which cause the sufferer to experience diarrhoea, pain, bloating and nausea. Current treatments cause many side effects and are often ineffective. In this study, we look at how proteins from helminth parasites can prime the immune system to prevent IBD. Updated - 05 Apr 2018.
Contact person: Gerard Bray, MBBS student

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