Current Projects

Project 183 – Radiostereometric Analysis (RSA) of two uncemented tibial components in total knee arthroplasty

24 Jan 2019

Dr Jonathan Mulford The knee is a hinge joint involving the thigh bone (femur) and the shin bone (tibia). Knee replacement surgery is a technique that removes a diseased knee joint and replaces it with an artificial joint (prosthesis). The most common reason for this operation is severe osteoarthritis, which causes relentless pain, joint deformity

Project 182 – Evaluation of new therapeutic targets in idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF): insights from Australian IPF registry tissue analysis

Dr Sukhwinder Sohal- $80,000 IPF is a highly destructive disease of the lungs with underlying pathological processes poorly understood. IPF is the commonest of the idiopathic interstitial diseases and the condition is fatal with a median survival rate of 3-5 years following diagnosis.

Project 181 – The REACH IT Project: Platform Development and Feasibility Study

Dr Matthew Schmidt – $10,000 Worldwide stroke is a common cause of disability resulting in long term deficits in motor function. It is common for most people to have not regained full function up to six months later. Given the importance of upper limbs in many activities of daily living these deficits in motor function

Project 177 – Honours Scholarship – Bachelor of Biotechnology and Medical Research

21 Mar 2018

In 2018 Alice Harper was awarded a scholarship for: a research project –  Effect of diphtheria-tetanus-acellular pertussis vaccination on seasonal influenza vaccine antibody responses in young and old adults. This project is part of the VITAL trial and overseen by Dr Katie Flanagan  (Project 145). Many studies show that vaccines can have broader effects on the immune system

Project 176 – Basic understanding of Tasmanian older adult gut microbiota

21 Jan 2018

Dr Raj Eri & Assoc Prof Katie Flanagan – $7,000 Tasmania has the highest percentage of elderly people in Australia. The elderly group also represents a rapidly increasing proportion of the world’s population. The gut microbiota changes with increasing age and becomes more abnormal – something called dysbiosis. Recent research links such changes in gut