Real Research

Ongoing medical research helps us to: understand disease, develop new treatments, find the most effective way of using available treatments, and discover ways of preventing disease occurring in the first place. Countless people owe their lives, and quality of life, to the ground-breaking research conducted at the Princess Alexandra Hospital.


Bringing research from the "bench to bedside"

The Princess Alexandra Hospital is Queensland's leading teaching and research hospital with a strong culture and active programs in basic science and clinical research - bringing research from the "bed to bedside".

The funds raised by the PA Research Foundation directly benefit the Princess Alexandra Hospital's ground-breaking research projects in areas such as heart disease, prostate cancer, skin cancer, diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, immunology, kidney disease, liver disease, transplantation, spinal injury and cervical cancers.


Enquiries regarding the PA Research Support Scheme are to be directed to:
Dr Megan Probyn, PA Research Grants Administration Officer
Tel: (07) 3443 8057

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World class health and medical research

The PA Research Foundation's funding rationale is to raise real funds for real researchers to discover real outcomes. The PA Hospital Campus is currently home to over 1300 researchers engaged in world class health and medical research with the aim to develop new treatments and therapies to improve the health of the community. The entire continuum of bench to bedside research is being conducted at PAH campus – from understanding the basis of disease to implementing clinical trials testing new therapies.

The health research programs that the PA Research Foundation raises funds for are undertaken independently and with affiliated universities on the campus which means that research produced here can translate into real outcomes - advancing the research process from a practioner to patient setting.

Support scheme

2015 PA Research Support Scheme

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

Cancer research

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
Research areas

Other 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 Moe Thuzar – regulating the metabolic significance of brown fat


  • Dr Aidan Woodward – assessing muscle mass, functions and outcomes in patients waiting for liver transplants


  • 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


  • Prof Gerald Holtmann – testing new behavioural and microbe procedures prior to diagnostic colonoscopies