Current Projects

Project 142 – Preliminary development of a probiotic to minimise respiratory infection with Haemophilius influenzae

28 Jan 2016

Dr Stephen Tristram – $19,400 Can we use “Good Bacteria” to minimise the incidence of respiratory infections?The bacterium Haemophilus influenzae commonly colonises the upper airways of healthy people yet under certain predisposing conditions it is also able to cause various lower respiratory tract and ear infections.

Project 138: Outcomes and cost effectiveness of two procedures for the treatment of Dupuytren’s Disease

12 Nov 2014

Dr Michael Thomson – $110,500 This study aims to add to the knowledge regarding two relatively new, less invasive treatments for Dupuytren’s Disease.  Dupuytren’s Disease is a condition which affects the fascial layer of tissue of the palms of the hands most commonly, but also can affect the facial layers of the feet and the

Project 137: The use of a steroid in Hip & Knee arthroplasty

Dr Jonathan Mulford  – $70,503 Joint replacement surgery is an increasingly common procedure which uses significant hospital resources. An important aspect of the surgery, which results in post-operative pain and difficulty mobilising, is the inflammation that occurs as a result of the surgery. This study aims to determine whether the administration of a drug called

Project 136: Establishment of a Patient Reported Outcome Measures Database for Hip and Knee Arthroplasty at the Launceston General Hospital

Dr Jonathan Mulford  – $29,212 project aim is to set up a database that collects information about patients undergoing hip and knee replacement surgery in Launceston. Pre- and post-operative information about how patients are functioning and their quality of life will be collected prior to surgery and for at least 2 years after surgery. If

Project 134: Preparing Patients for haemodialysis

Leanne Evans – $14,300 In order to perform haemodialysis, one needs to obtain access to large blood flows. These are not easily available in peripheral veins. Therefore, doctors usually create an artificial fistula in the arm, joining together a deeper artery and a more superficial vein, resulting in good blood flows in the latter.