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2017 ACMD Research Week 

The Research Directorate is now calling for abstracts to be considered for 2017 ACMD Research Week, in the categories of oral presentation and poster presentation.

The 2017 Aikenhead Centre for Medical Discovery Research Week will be held from Monday 7 to Friday 11 August 2017. ACMD Research Week is a celebration of research activity across the campus. The broad aims of the ACMD Research Week are to:

  • Encourage excellence in on-campus research
  • Promote interaction between clinicians and scientists on the campus
  • Provide opportunities for researchers in different disciplines (allied health,clinical, nursing and scientific) to present their work at the same forum
  • Contribute to evidence-based healthcare and highlight the range of research technologies and resources that draw the campus together


Key dates

Abstract Submissions Open: Monday 3 April 2017, 9:00am
Abstract Submissions Close: Monday 15 May 2017, 5:00pm
Notification to Authors: Monday 3 July 2017


For more information on ACMD Research Week and to submit your abstract, please visit the event website.

Contact for any queries.


2016 Research Endowment Fund Announcement

Congratulations to the following recipients and team on receiving funding for projects commencing 2017:

Category A: Research Buy-Out Time for Clinicians (part-time)
Allied Health
Name Department Title of Project
Natalie de Morton Physiotherapy A multicentre randomised controlled equivalent trial - community gym based compared to hospital based cancer rehabilitation program for thoracoabdominal cancer survivors - a pilot feasibility study
Carlee Holmes   Assessment of the common postural characteristics in young adults with cerebral palsy
Name Department Title of Project
Beth Russell Palliative Care Responding to urgency of need: Consumer priorities for palliative care triage
Lucy Gately Oncology Clinical, molecular and psychosocial profiling of long term survivors of glioblastoma
Sybil McAuley Endocrinology Feasibility of co-infusion of ultra-low dose heparin with insulin to extend insulin line durability
Michael Kamm Gastroenterology Improving the Management and Outcomes of Functional and Inflammatory Gut Disorders
Category B: Support or Seeding Grants for Research Projects
Allied Health
Name Department Title of Project
Kim Brock   Regaining control of the upper limb in severe stroke: the ePreFULT, a new tool to measure, provide feedback and enable independent practice.
Anna Whitley   Frailty and malnutrition in older subacute patients
Samantha Bunzli   'Failed' Total Knee Replacement: Patient and surgeon perspectives
Category B: Support or Seeding Grants for Research Projects
Name Department Title of Project
Matthew Choy Gastroenterology PREDICT UC: Developing Biomarkers to Optimise Infliximab Induction therapy for patients with Acute Severe Ulcerative Colitis
Melissa Lee Endrocrinology Closed Loop Insulin Delivery in Adults with Type 1 Diabetes Mellitus and Severe Hypoglycaemia: An Evaluation of Glycaemia, Counter-Regulatory Hormones, Hypoglycaemia Awareness, and Psychosocial and Physical Well-
Brett Knowles Surgery Functional Segmental Liver Volumetry
Joy Sha Sleep and Respiratory Medicine Treatment of delirium in the elderly using melatonin to promote the sleep wake cycle: double-blind randomised controlled pilot trial
Kristian Bulluss Neurosurgery Precise Electrode Localisation for Adaptive Deep Brain Stimulation Therapy in Parkinson's Disease
Darren Wong Medicine The B Cell Response in Chronic Hepatitis B Infection: On the Road to Cure
Yvonne Bonomo Addiction Medicine An open label pilot study of lorcaserin in the management of substance use disorder
Mandana Nikpour Rheumatology Quantifying the burden of musculoskeletal manifestations of systemic sclerosis in Australia: a nationwide data linkage project
Adrian Fox Surgery A randomised controlled trial investigating the effect of humidified warm carbon dioxide insufflation during laparoscopic and open abdominal surgery
Lih-Ming Wong Urology Prospective evaluation of 68-Gallium Prostate Specific Membrane Antigen Positron Emission Tomography/Computed Tomography to replace conventional staging imaging in prostate cancer
Geetha Theverkalam Endocrinology Fibrocyte Project
Wendyl d’Souza Neurology Cognitive disability, silent epileptiform activity and dysfunctional brain networks in the Genetic Generalized Epilepsies - identifying potentially modifiable risk factors
Martyn Lloyd-Jones Addiction Medicine Examining compulsory treatment while protecting human rights and dignity of severe substance dependent individuals
Tuong Phan Anaesthesia A pilot study of goal directed fluid therapy for major abdominal surgery in all high-risk patients
Alex Thompson Gastroenterology Do rapid hepatitis C point-of-care tests in community clinics increase hepatitis C testing and treatment uptake in people who inject drugs?
Eric Tan Mental Health Characterizing the neurocognitive and neurobiological profile of chronic kidney disease: towards more effective treatment
Peter Bosanac Mental Health Deep brain stimulation in treatment refractory Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
Adam Pastor Addiction Medicine Alcohol and Drug Use in Young Adults with Type 1 Diabetes
Category B: Support or Seeding Grants for Research Projects
Basic Science
Name Department Title of Project
Hang Quach Haematology Using laser scanning cytometry to study multiple myeloma
Jessica Howell Gastroenterology Overcoming barriers to survival in Liver Cancer:  Circulating free tumour DNA-guided treatment of hepatocellular carcinoma
Kumar Visvanathan Immunology Research Centre Bioengineered Human Hepatocyte Organoids: Validating a New Ex Vivo Model of Chronic HBV Infection
Justin Bourke   Development of integrated functional multi-tissue constructs for disease modelling
Shiang Lim OBI/SVI Protecting the heart with new drugs that promote mitochondrial fusion
Geraldine Mitchell OBI/SVI Attaching a pre-vascularized scaffold to a vascular pedicle, in vitro and in vivo 
Robert Kapsa Univ Wollongong Scaffolds for enhanced muscle regeneration by induced neuromuscular junction formation
Narelle Skinner Medicine Innate Immunological Response to Sepsis in ICU Patients
Category C: The Margaret Young Bequest: Funding for a research project related to arthritis research
Basic Science
Name Department Title of Project
Serena Duchi Surgery The Biopen: a surgical 3D bioprinter for cartilage regeneration
Category D: SVHA Inclusive Health Innovation Fund
Name Department Title of Project
Victoria Alguera-Lara Mental Health Antipsychotic choice: understanding shared decision making
David Goodman Renal Medicine Overcoming barriers for Indigenous Australians gaining access to Kidney transplant waiting list (Clinician Buy Out)
Richard MacIsaac Endocrinology Kidney Disease in Indigenous Australians with and without Type 2 Diabetes: Evaluating the Usefulness of Novel Biomarkers  (Clinician Buy Out)
Lisa Braddy Social Work Beyond discharge - Can we improve the health and well-being of homeless patients discharged from acute hospital care?
Genni Newnham Oncology A descriptive study of cancer in prisoners treated at SVHM over the past 20 years
Stephanie Fry Gastroenterology Improving linkage to care for patients living with Hepatitis C Virus: An Emergency Department based Pilot Program involving targeted screening, diagnostic testing, and referral