Musculoskeletal

Musculoskeletal diseases are identified as the second greatest cause of disability throughout the world and include conditions such as osteoporosis, sarcopenia and arthritis. Researchers are part of cross-functional and collaborative teams to study conditions related to disorders of the bone, muscle and joint for improvement in disease prevention and evidence-based care.

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Projects Supervisor(s) Department Research Opportunity
Analysis of synovial fluid and peripheral blood samples from patients with rheumatoid arthritis and using patients with osteoarthritis as controls. Keith Lim Medicine and Radiology PhD, Masters by Research
BioFabrication of the osteo-chondral interface using multimodal 3D bioprinting Peter Surgery Honours, Master of Biomedical Science
Bioink development for cartilage tissue engineering Dr Romane Blanchard
Dr Cathal O’Connell
Surgery Honours, Master of Biomedical Science
Bone Substrate Composition Affecting Bone Cell Formation, Function and Bone Turnover Damian Medicine and Radiology PhD, Masters by Research, Honours
Characterization of Osteosarcopenia in Older Persons: A Bench to Bedside Approach Characterization of Osteosarcopenia in Older Persons: A Bench to Bedside Approach David Scott Medicine and Radiology PhD, Masters by Research, Honours
Cognitive impairment and its interference with Activities of Daily Living Julian Sacre Medicine and Radiology PhD, Masters by Research, Honours, Master of Biomedical Science
Controlled mechanical stimulation for cartilage regeneration modelling with 3D bioprinting techniques Dr Carmine Onofrillo
Dr Serena Duchi
Surgery PhD, Masters by Research
Design of tensile strength tests for very soft materials Dr Cathal O’Connell
Dr Romane Blanchard
Surgery PhD, Masters by Research, Honours, Master of Biomedical Science
Determining the role of CCL17 in arthritis and inflammation Andrew Cook Medicine and Radiology PhD, Masters by Research, Honours, Master of Biomedical Science
Developing a patient reported outcome measure for joint replacement patients A/Prof Michelle Dowsey
Dr Darshini Ayton
Surgery PhD, Masters by Research
Development and characterisation of an animal model of neurological heterotopic ossification Rhys Brady Medicine and Radiology Honours
Development of mechanical testing protocols for very soft tissues Dr Cathal O’Connell
Dr Romane Blanchard
Surgery PhD, Masters by Research, Honours, Master of Biomedical Science
Development of scaffolds for restoration of myotendous junctions A/Prof Robert Kapsa Medicine and Radiology PhD, Masters by Research, Honours, Master of Biomedical Science
Diffusion properties in hydrogel materials Dr Cathal O’Connell
Dr Romane Blanchard
Surgery PhD, Masters by Research, Honours, Master of Biomedical Science
Dynamic microfluidic in vitro differentiation of stem cells for cartilage regeneration in surgical 3D bioprinting Dr Carmine Onofrillo
Dr Serena Duchi
Surgery PhD, Masters by Research
Effects of Vitamin D Status on DEXA Femoral Neck BMD in Children and Adolescents Christine Rodda Medicine and Radiology PhD, Masters by Research, Honours
Effects of Vitamin D Status on Forearm Fracture Healing Rates in Children and Adolescents: A Pilot Study Christine Rodda Medicine and Radiology Honours
Elucidating molecular signalling pathways controlled by anti-inflammatory steroids Adrian Achuthan Medicine and Radiology PhD, Masters by Research, Honours, Master of Biomedical Science
Elucidating the Effect of Hyperglycaemia (Short and Long Term) on Bone and Muscle Quality and Metabolism Itamar Levinger Medicine and Radiology PhD, Masters by Research, Honours
EMPOWER the power of human muscle Kwang Lim Medicine and Radiology PhD, Masters by Research, Honours, Master of Biomedical Science
Evaluating the clinical and cost effectiveness of total joint replacement Prof Philip Clarke
A/Prof Michelle Dowsey
Surgery PhD
Gait, Cognition and Decline (The GOOD Project) Gustavo Medicine and Radiology PhD, Masters by Research, Honours
Generation of an ex vivo regeneration model for 3D bioprinting applications Dr Carmine Onofrillo
Dr Serena Duchi
Surgery PhD, Masters by Research
GM-CSF-mediated molecular signalling pathways contributing to inflammation Adrian Achuthan Medicine and Radiology PhD, Masters by Research, Master of Biomedical Science
HDAC6 inhibitors as a treatment for Rett syndrome: Resolving neuronal trafficking deficits Dr Nicole Van Bergen
Professor John Christodoulou
Paediatrics Honours
How does bone matrix composition determine bone strength? A/Prof Natalie Sims Medicine and Radiology Honours, Master of Biomedical Science
Investigating lipotoxic impacts of fatty acid synthesis on: (1) osteoblasts, and (2) osteoclast, in vitro and (3) Skeletal Muscle Damian Myers Medicine and Radiology Masters by Research, Honours
Investigating the effects of GM-CSF and M-CSF derived human macrophages on phagocytosing P. falciparum infected erythrocytes and cytokine production Adrian Medicine and Radiology PhD, Masters by Research, Honours, Master of Biomedical Science
Mid-Thigh Bone and Muscle Mass Measurements as an Assessment Tool for Diagnosis of Osteoporosis/penia, Sarcopenia and Osteosarcopenia: A Longitudinal Validation Study Ebrahim Bani Hassan Medicine and Radiology PhD, Masters by Research, Honours
Molecular signalling pathways controlling gene expression during chronic disease progression Adrian Achuthan Medicine and Radiology PhD, Masters by Research, Honours, Master of Biomedical Science
Musculoskeletal Health: Associations with Inflammation and Social Determinants in Young Adults Sharon Brennan Medicine and Radiology PhD, Masters by Research, Honours
Neural modelling of epileptic dynamics Dr Andre Peterson Medicine and Radiology PhD, Masters by Research, Honours, Master of Biomedical Science
Novel biological marker combinations to determine physical biological age Camilla Tuttle Medicine and Radiology PhD, Masters by Research, Honours, Master of Biomedical Science
Optimal Pain Assessment in Joint Replacement Patients Adjunct A/Prof Maria Inacio
A/Prof Michelle Dowsey
Surgery PhD, Masters by Research
Optimising Recovery Following Fracture in Older Adults – What Does the Evidence Tell Us? Kerrie Sanders Medicine and Radiology PhD, Masters by Research, Honours
Osteosarcopenia in Older Adults Attending a Fracture Liaison Service David Scott Medicine and Radiology PhD, Masters by Research, Honours
Pre-clinical Analysis of Effects of Lamin A Overexpression on Mesenchymal Stem Cell Differentiation into Myocytes Damian Myers Medicine and Radiology PhD, Masters by Research, Honours
Pre-Clinical Studies Identifying Novel Molecular Regulators of Skeletal Muscle Growth and Atrophy Alan Hayes Medicine and Radiology PhD, Masters by Research, Honours
Predicting outcomes for people with knee osteoarthritis in general practice Prof Jane Gunn
A/Prof Michelle Dowsey
General Practice PhD
Probing the complexity of cartilage using the Atomic Force Microscope Dr Cathal O’Connell
Dr Romane Blanchard
Surgery Honours, Master of Biomedical Science
Quantitative Measure of Effusions Keith Lim Medicine and Radiology PhD, Masters by Research
Re-Purposed Pharmacological Agents for Rapid Therapeutic Translation in Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy Alan Hayes Medicine and Radiology PhD, Masters by Research
Refining the comprehensive geriatric assessment Kwang Lim Medicine and Radiology PhD, Masters by Research, Honours, Master of Biomedical Science
Structural biology of proteins involved in bone diseases Brett Bennetts Medicine and Radiology PhD, Masters by Research, Honours, Master of Biomedical Science
The blood pressure drop makes you fall Julian Sacre Medicine and Radiology PhD, Masters by Research, Honours, Master of Biomedical Science
The Correlation between Knee Effusions and Clinical Presentation in Patients with Knee Osteoarthritis Keith Lim Medicine and Radiology PhD, Masters by Research
The Effect of Antidepressants on Human Mesenchymal Stem Cell Osteogenesis and Adipogenesis Gustavo Duque Medicine and Radiology PhD, Masters by Research, Honours
The effect of epilepsy on bone Rhys Brady Medicine and Radiology Honours
The intra-individual rate of ageing Andrea Maier Medicine and Radiology PhD, Masters by Research, Honours, Master of Biomedical Science
The role of a novel GM-CSF-CCL17 pathway in osteoarthritis Andrew Cook Medicine and Radiology PhD, Masters by Research, Honours, Master of Biomedical Science
Towards a biological geriatric assessment Camilla Tuttle Medicine and Radiology PhD, Masters by Research, Honours, Master of Biomedical Science
Type I interferon regulation of macrophage metabolism and activation Andrew Medicine and Radiology Honours
Understanding Patient Capacity to Adhere to Prescribed Treatment Regime Post-Fracture Sharon Medicine and Radiology PhD, Masters by Research, Honours
Using health-related quality of life scores as predictor of outcomes and to advance health economic evaluation methodologies in lower limb arthroplasty patients Michelle Dowsey
Philip Clarke
Surgery PhD
Using Wearable Activity Trackers to Monitor Physical Activity in Older Adults Undergoing Exercise Interventions for Falls David Medicine and Radiology PhD, Masters by Research, Honours
Vitamin D deficiency and balance Cassandra Medicine and Radiology PhD, Masters by Research, Honours, Master of Biomedical Science
What controls the development of strong cortical bone? A/Prof Natalie Sims Medicine and Radiology PhD