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Real Outcomes

We are pleased to announce thanks to the support of people like you in our community that 25 research projects were funded recently.

Support scheme


In 2015, over $2 million in research grants was awarded to 25 researchers based at the PAH campus in the following fields: bone regeneration, cancer research, cardiovascular disease, chronic rhinosinusitis, liver function and disease, obesity, rehabilitation, rapid response calling, and trauma and disease management.

Congratulations to all the researchers who received grant funding. We look forward to following your journey on the road to finding better treatments and cures for some of today's biggest health challenges.

Successful recipients were from a variety of disciplines, including: the PAH Departments/Divisions of Addiction and Mental Health Services, Cancer Services, Cardiology, Clinical Support Services, Diabetes & Endocrinology, Gastroenterology & Hepatology, Intensive Care, Nephrology, Occupational Therapy, Otolaryngology (Head and Neck Surgery), Surgery, and Urology, as well as UQ's School of Medicine and Diamantina Institute, QUT's Institute for Health and Biomedical Innovation; and the Australian Prostate Cancer Research Centre – Queensland.

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Cancer Researchers

  • A/Prof Sandie McCarthy – enhancing breast cancer patients knowledge and understanding with the Younger Women's Wellness After Cancer Program
  • Prof Ken O'Byrne – studying cell culture for metastasised breast cancer
  • A/Prof Andrew Barbour – understanding oesophagus cancer's response to therapy
  • Prof Colleen Nelson – developing therapeutics for advanced prostate cancer
  • Prof Elizabeth Ward – testing a home-therapy swallowing program for head & neck Cancer patients
  • A/Prof Raymond Steptoe - manipulating the immune system for patients with lymphoma
  • A/Prof Andrew Barbour - Significance of chromosome changes in oesophagus cancers
  • Dr Ian Vela – studying cell culture for metastasised prostate cancer
  • Dr Tavis Read – evaluating treatments for managing metastasised melanoma
  • Dr Paul Bullen – investigating how head and neck cancer spreads through the nervous system
  • Ms Barbara de la Pena - how proteins help prevent mutations in breast cancer
Mental health

Mental Health Researchers

  • Dr Davie Lie – managing psychological trauma in older persons following disasters
  • A/Prof Dan Siskind – managing obese and diabetic schizophrenic patients who are on antipsychotic drugs

Trauma and Emergency Researchers

  • A/Prof Eric Chung – providing healthcare service and guidelines into the management of dysfunctions sustained from pelvic traumas
  • Prof Michael Schuetz – evaluating data relating to serious bicycle-related injuries to compare circumstances, treatments, costs and outcomes.
  • Dr Mihir Shanker – investigating mechanical stimuli on bone regeneration and healing
  • Dr Vaida Glatt - Effect of bone stability after the treatment of large bone defects

Heart Researchers

  • Prof Michael Stowasser – Finding curable hypertension in post-menopausal women
  • A/Prof Gerald Kaye – assessing the use of drugs which relax blood vessels and slow the heart rate in heart failure patients
  • Prof Michael Stowasser - diagnosing salt sensitive hypertension by measuring cells within urine
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Diabetes Researchers

Dr Moe Thuzar – regulating the metabolic significance of brown fat

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Liver Researchers

  • Dr Katherine Irvine – identifying protective and infectious white blood cells in chronic liver disease to use for targeted therapy
  • Prof Elizabeth Powell – the susceptibility to infection in patients with deteriorating liver disease
Research areas


Intensive Care

  • Ms Shannon Crouch – the effect of altering rapid response calling criteria

Ear, Nose and Throat

  • A/Prof Ben Panizza – developing better adhesive methods for administering nasal drugs post chronic sinusitis surgery
  • Dr Aaron Griffin – treating chronic sinusitis using novel therapeutics with anti-inflammatory properties
  • Dr Aidan Woodward – assessing muscle mass, functions and outcomes in patients waiting for liver transplants
  • Prof Gerald Holtmann – testing new behavioural and microbe procedures prior to diagnostic colonoscopies
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Real People

Many of the research projects funded through the PA Research Support Scheme have had direct benefits to patients at the PA Hospital.

Read stories of courage and survival thanks to the remarkable medical research and medical teams at the PAH.