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Spatial localization of immunoglobulin A in the gastrointestinal tract

Project code:QIMR05Area of Research:CancerProject aims and objectives:Blood cancers, which include leukaemia, lymphoma and myeloma account for 10% of all cancers and 9.4% of cancer deaths. Stem cell transplantation (SCT) is the predominant curative therapy for these diseases. However, a major complication is graft-versus-host disease (GVHD) in which the gastrointestinal (GI) tract, skin, lung and liver are preferentially damaged by the transplanted donor immune system, limiting the therapeutic potential of this treatment. Thus, there is a pressing need for new treatment …

Study level
Vacation research experience scheme
Faculty
Faculty of Health
School
School of Biomedical Sciences
Research centre(s)

Surgery robot

Significant advances have been made in surgical assistance robots, but significant challenges remain.This project will develop new systems for surgical assistance robots, including the potential for advanced surgical localization and positioning systems.This project is part of a major Australian Research Council Industrial Transformation Training Centre for Joint Biomechanics.

Study level
PhD, Master of Philosophy, Honours, Vacation research experience scheme
Faculty
Science and Engineering Faculty
School
School of Electrical Engineering and Robotics
Research centre(s)

Medical litigation, medical law and compensation for medical negligence

Tina Cockburn is interested in supervising PhD students in the area of patient safety law — focusing on medical litigation and compensation for medical negligence, communication of information to patients (including consent and post treatment open disclosure), regulation of health care professionals and the regulation of innovative medical treatment and new technologies.

Study level
PhD
Faculty
Faculty of Law
School
School of Law
Research centre(s)

Australian Centre for Health Law Research

What makes a good expert opinion in medical litigation?

Written expert opinions have a key role in medical litigation. They are important for establishing breach of duty and causation.Anecdotally, it is reported that the quality of written opinions vary considerably. There have been recent examples of experts being disciplined in relation to their expert reports. There have also been developments in the law relating to civil liability of experts in negligence and the scope of expert immunity.This project will identify the regulatory framework governing expert witnesses and undertake a …

Study level
Vacation research experience scheme
Faculty
Faculty of Law
School
School of Law
Research centre(s)

Portable magnetic resonance imaging of biological tissues

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) provides a unique way of non-invasive investigation of the 3D organisation of biological tissues and materials.The physical basis of MRI is the intrinsic magnetism of atomic nuclei. The magnetic moment of a single atomic nucleus is extremely small and effectively undetectable. However, the collective magnetisation of nuclei in a macroscopic sample can be sufficiently large to be detected, especially in the case of nuclei that are abundant in the sample. This is the case in most …

Study level
PhD, Master of Philosophy, Honours
Faculty
Science and Engineering Faculty
School
School of Chemistry and Physics
Research centre(s)
Centre for Materials Science

Involuntary Treatment for Mental Illness: Under what circumstances is it ethically justified?

Dr Sam Boyle is looking for candidates wanting to explore the ethical and legal issues associated with providing involuntary treatment for people with mental illnesses. Candidates may explore this issue in relation to ethics, human rights, or any other relevant angle, including an international comparative approach.

Study level
PhD, Master of Philosophy, Honours
Faculty
Faculty of Law
School
School of Law
Research centre(s)

Australian Centre for Health Law Research

Voluntary assisted dying, medical practitioners and conscientious objection

Should legislation permitting Voluntary Assisted Dying (VAD) provide medical practitioners with a right to conscientiously object to VAD and, if so, what should the scope of that right be?Should it include a right not to give a person asking about VAD any information about it? In Victoria the legislation provides an unrestricted right to conscientiously object whereas in Western Australia the right to object is qualified by a requirement to give the patient information about VAD. Which position is most …

Study level
PhD
Faculty
Faculty of Law
School
School of Law
Research centre(s)

Australian Centre for Health Law Research

A biofabrication surgical referral suite to predict intracranial aneurysm rupture

Intracranial aneurysms are bulging, weak areas of an artery that supply blood to the brain which are relatively common. While most aneurysms do not show symptoms, 1% spontaneously rupture which can be fatal or leave the survivor with permanent disabilities. This catastrophic outcome has motivated surgeons to operate on approximately 30% of aneurysms despite their rate of complications arising and cost of operation.The impact of aneurysm morphology on blood flow shear stress and rupture could educate surgical decision-making and better …

Study level
PhD, Master of Philosophy, Honours, Vacation research experience scheme
Faculty
Science and Engineering Faculty
School
School of Mechanical, Medical and Process Engineering
Research centre(s)

Monte Carlo modelling in radiotherapy

Various research projects are available in the use of monte-carlo techniques in radiotherapy and medical imaging. These include:modelling radiotherapy linear acceleratorspatient dosimetric verification andin-vivo treatment verificationradiobiology and micro-dosimetry.Some of the widely available monte-carlo codes are used in our research group including TOPAS, EGSnrc, and PRIMO.

Study level
PhD, Master of Philosophy, Honours, Vacation research experience scheme
Faculty
Science and Engineering Faculty
School
School of Chemistry and Physics
Research centre(s)

The use of PET-MRI in radiotherapy treatment planning

PET/CT is frequently used to assist in the planning of radiotherapy treatments. The PET information can help with determining the extent and function of the tumour as well as possible involvement of lymph nodes. This could result in improved targeting of the radiation to the disease.PET/MRI offers a number of advantages over PET/CT for head and neck cancer radiotherapy treatment planning. The MRI offers superior soft tissue contrast and no ionising radiation dose compared to the current standard of care, …

Study level
PhD, Master of Philosophy, Honours
Faculty
Science and Engineering Faculty
School
School of Chemistry and Physics
Research centre(s)

Use of depth sensing technology in radiotherapy and medical imaging

Consumer-grade depth sensing technology has in recent years become widely available. A number of vendors have developed similar technologies.Some examples of these technologies include:Intel’s RealSense™Asus Xtion depth sensorQualcomm Spectra ISP platform, now in its second generation.The systems make use of camera technology that measures the distance to a surface. Rapid image acquisition can then enable real time motion detection of location of the surface. The infra-red transmitter and sensor use a time-of-flight method to construct a depth map, in millimetres, …

Study level
PhD, Master of Philosophy, Honours, Vacation research experience scheme
Faculty
Science and Engineering Faculty
School
School of Electrical Engineering and Robotics
Research centre(s)

Children's health law

Associate Professor Shih-Ning Then is interested in talking to students with interests in the areas of consent to treatment, special medical procedures, parental decision-making in health care, bioethics, assisted reproductive technology, pre-implementation genetic diagnosis (PGD) and embryo selection, or children as tissue donors.

Study level
PhD, Master of Philosophy
Faculty
Faculty of Law
School
School of Law
Research centre(s)

Australian Centre for Health Law Research

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