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Jon Golledge

Centre Director

Professor Jonathan Golledge is Head of the Queensland Research Centre for Peripheral Vascular Disease and its pre-clinical arm The Vascular Biology Unit (VBU) at the College of Medicine and Dentistry, James Cook University. Professor Golledge joined JCU in 2002 and established the Vascular Biology Unit with the aim of carrying out research intended to be translated into improved management of aortic aneurysm and other peripheral vascular conditions.

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Corey Moran

Senior Research Scientist

Dr Corey Moran has nine years postgraduate research experience in the field of vascular biology, with scientific training to date geared to develop a solid research foundation in artery disease. Dr Moran was awarded his PhD from James Cook University (JCU) in 2005 upon completion of a research project investigating the role of Osteoprotegerin (OPG) in the development of abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA). In 2006, he commenced a postdoctoral appointment within the Vascular Biology Unit at JCU after winning the National Heart Foundation of Australia’s John Shaw Postdoctoral Fellowship as the highest ranked applicant. Dr Moran is currently a postdoctoral research Fellow within the QRC-PVD after being awarded the prestigious Queensland Government Smart Futures Fellowship in 2010. The primary focus of Dr Moran’s research is to further understanding of AAA pathogenesis and progression, with the aim of contributing to the development of drug-based treatment for the disease.

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Dylan Morris

Clinical Research Associate

Role and responsibilities within the QRC-PVD:

  • Quantitative CT analysis
  • Systematic Reviews and Meta-analysis
  • Clinical research on peripheral artery disease
  • Previous QRC-PVD Honours student
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Eric Biros

Senior Research Officer

Responsibilities include planning, managing, and conducting research activities towards the better understanding the genetic and genomic basis for peripheral vascular diseases (PVD).

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Joseph Moxon

Senior Research Scientist

My research focuses on PAD, predominately complications arising from lower limb atherosclerosis and abdominal aortic aneurysm. Upon joining JCU, I was surprised to learn how common PAD is within the general population. Approximately one quarter of the adult population will develop PAD and this significantly increases the risk of suffering major cardiovascular events (such as heart attack) and increases the rate of functional decline. Despite this, there are no effective drugs to treat patients, many of whom will ultimately require invasive surgery to treat their condition. My research primarily focuses on identifying novel drug or diagnostic targets for PAD with a specific emphasis on translating findings from the laboratory to the patient.

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Rene Jaeggi

Clinical Trials Manager

Dr Rene Jaeggi is the Clinical Trials Manager at the QRC-PVD, within the College of Medicine and Dentistry at James Cook University. He has a background in research, R&D, drug development, project and clinical trial management with a PhD in Biochemistry.

In his current role at JCU, Rene is managing all aspects of multi-centre clinical trials in the indication of peripheral vascular disease.

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Smriti Krishna

Senior Research Scientist

I lead one of the preclinical team within the QRC-PVD with a special focus on development and use of preclinical models of blocked arteries (peripheral arterial diseases; PAD) and weakened arteries (abdominal aortic aneurysms; AAA).

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Glenys Standley

Research Assistant

I previously worked as a RN training at TTH in 1991, followed by postgrad work as a qualified RN at TTH for the next 15 years. After leaving Nursing, my husband and I owned/operated our own business. I commenced with the QRC-PVD in 2011 assisting with data collection and entry of patient information.

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Jenna Pinchbeck

Senior Clinical Research Worker and Clinical Trial Coordinator

Jenna is an accredited exercise physiologist with experience in conducting clinical research, in particular clinical trials. Her current role is to set up and coordinate clinical trials run at the Queensland Research Centre for Peripheral Vascular Disease.

Jenna is also a sessional lecturer for the degree of exercise physiology for the department of Sport and Exercise Science, James Cook University.

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Lisan Yip

Clinical Research Worker

My main role is recruiting, coordinating and assessing participants for the Brief Behavioural Counselling Intervention for Peripheral Artery Disease (BIP).  I am also involved with two other pharmaceutical trials: FAME2 and TEDY which investigates different drug treatments for Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (AAA).

In addition, I use my dietetic experience and skills to conduct dietary assessments on patients with peripheral vascular disease. The role of nutrition in this condition is not well understood and I aim to further increase knowledge in this area so that a greater understanding can be achieved and a dietary treatment can be developed.

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Sharon Lazzaroni

Senior Research Worker

My current role within the QRCPVD is to manage the biobank.  This includes the collection, processing and storage of tissue and blood samples from patients with vascular disease.

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Susan Morton

Senior Research Worker

I am a scientist within the pre-clinical team at the QRC-PVD and work closely with Dr Joseph Moxon, Dr Smriti Krishna and Ms Sharon Lazzaroni on a number of projects. I have got my fingers in a couple of pies up here at JCU, however my main focus of research involves investigating how a freely available supplement may alleviate AAA growth and development.

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Theophilus (Iyke) Emeto

Lecturer and Researcher

Research methodology and student supervision

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Emily Callander

Health economic modelling of the costs of PVD to government, health systems, patients and their families, and quantifying the benefits of treatment and prevention.

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Georgina Anderson

Clinical Research Worker

Georgina started at the QRC-PVD in November 2015. Her role is to recruit participants onto the Biobank and assist in the recruitment and coordination of the clinical trial IMAGEN

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Alexandra Trollope

Lecturer

My research is centralised around cerebral ischemia and gene regulation though epigenetic mechanisms. My current project is using a middle cerebral artery occlusion (MCAO) model for stroke in order to identify novel targets for therapeutic intervention.

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Alexandra Golledge

Senior Research Worker

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Cindy Matthews

Clinical Research Worker

Cindy joined the QRC-PVD team in November 2016. Cindy oversees ethics and governance requirements for all clinical trials. Cindy also coordinates and provides interventions within the Brief Behavioural Counselling Intervention for Peripheral Artery Disease (BIP) study.

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Vikram Iyer

Junior Research Fellow

I am currently investigating DNA variations in AAA and PAD compared to healthy controls, as well as looking at the role of circulating miRNAs in AAA development and growth and their use as prognostic biomarkers. I am also involved in a project assessing peak wall stress in ruptured and intact AAA through software analysis of CT scans in collaboration with the KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Sweden. My other research interests are medical management of AAA and PAD and the molecular basis for AAA and PAD progression.