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

Transition rites are full of risks. This study aims to assess the possibility of replacing risky traditional penile operations with medical circumcision. Updated - 05 Dec 2018.
Contact person: Clement Manineng, College of Medicine and Dentistry
Queensland has the highest number of notified cases of Q fever in Australia. Q fever is no longer restricted to the traditional “at-risk” populations of livestock handlers and farmers as notifications of Q fever cases without direct animal contact are increasingly reported. This study would investigate the knowledge of Q fever on the Tablelands. Updated - 18 Nov 2018.
Contact person: Gail Abernethy, James Cook University College of Medicine and Dentistry
Airway foreign body inhalation (AFBI) is a serious and potentially life-threatening condition in the paediatric age group. This study aims to identify the risk factors, morbidity, and mortality associated with AFBI. These findings may then provide information that will improve outcomes for children undergoing bronchoscopy for suspected AFBI. Updated - 16 Nov 2018.
Contact person: Lua Saylany, College of Medicine and Dentistry
In this project, I will develop a mathematical model for drug-susceptible and multi-drug resistant tuberculosis in Bangladesh and perform a rigorous analytical analysis of the system properties and solutions. I will then perform an economical analysis to identify the most cost effective strategies to control tuberculosis epidemics in this region. Updated - 16 Nov 2018.
Contact person: Md Abdul Kuddus, College of Medicine and Dentistry
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 - 13 Nov 2018.
Contact person: Sarah Larkins, College of Medicine and Dentistry, 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 - 09 Nov 2018.
Contact person: Matthew Vaughan, College of Medicine and Dentistry
Braces work by placing force upon a tooth in a prescribed direction. This results in ligamental trauma causing inflammation. This inflammation can cause irreversible resorption of the tooth root unless it is controlled by the orthodontist. This study seeks to determine the method most used by orthodontists to control root resorption during braces. Updated - 08 Nov 2018.
Contact person: Scott D Currell, College of Medicine and Dentistry
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 - 30 Oct 2018.
Contact person: Justin Smith, School of Medicine & Dentistry
Strongyloidiasis is a parasitic infection that can persist chronically and is potentially endemic to Far North Queensland. This study aims to determine the prevalence of strongyloidiasis in pregnant women, and hopes to assess what the burden of this disease is on mothers and children throughout Cairns and the Cape Region. Updated - 29 Oct 2018.
Contact person: Matthew Paltridge, MBBS
Task shifting is one of the solutions being applied to alleviate medical workforce shortages and respond to other health care needs. This research project aims to investigate the role of task shifting in a hospital outpatient department using the principles of systems analysis to determine the intervention, research outcomes and instruments. Updated - 25 Oct 2018.
Contact person: Ando Kerlen, College of Medicine and Dentistry

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