Research

The Department of Surgery has research interests in a number of areas. Various conditions are treated by surgery and surgical techniques and applications are being refined all the time. Many advances in surgery are underpinned by high quality research. Additionally, the underlying causes of these conditions are investigated in the research undertaken by the Department of Surgery.  For further information please contact Jacqueline Sievers on ph +61 3 9903 0190 email jacki.sievers@monash.edu.

There are research opportunities for Honours, Master of Surgery, MD and PhD students.

Research areas:

Burns Orthopaedic surgery
Cardiothoracic Plastic surgery
Colorectal Spine
Endocrine surgery Trauma
General surgery Upper Gastrointestinal
Hepatobiliary Urology
Neurosurgery  

Cardiac Surgical Research Unit, Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery

For further information contact Prof Anthony Dart, Director Cardiovascular Medicine, The Alfred Email: a.dart@alfred.org.au Ph: +61 3 9076 6525

Research Areas Include:

  • Metabolic physical and mental preparation for major surgery
  • Antioxidant Therapy for the Treatment of iron overload Cardiomyopathy in ?-Thalassaemia sufferers
  • The evaluation of hearts obtained after cardiac arrest for use as heart transplant donors
  • Mechanical and biological properties of absorbable polylactide plates for use in operative fixation of fractured ribs
  • Cardiac mitochondrial metabolism in health & disease states
  • Epidemiology-based projects
  • Thoracic/pulmonary surgery related projects

Neurosurgery Research

For further information contact Mr Martin Hunn, Director of Neurosurgery The Alfred Email: martin.hunn@monash.edu Ph: +61 3 9026 5704

Research Areas Include:

  • Traumatic Brain Injury and Spinal Injury
  • Clinical Studies in the Alfred Hospital
  • Traumatic spine and spinal cord injury
  • Intensive monitoring, including brain oxygen and micro dialysis
  • Surgery for brain injury
  • Laboratory studies in the National Trauma Research Institute
  • Traumatic brain injury models in rodents
  • Inflammation post-trauma
  • Neural precursor cells
  • Cytokine response
  • Effect of hypoxia
  • Neurosurgical Ethics including organ donation issues

Orthopaedic Surgery Research

For further information contact Miss Susan Liew s.liew@alfred.org.au

Research Areas Include:

  • Femoral fracture fixation in multi-trauma patients
  • Posterior pelvic fixation
  • Vacuum Assisted Closure (VAC) device in orthopaedic patients
  • Use of retrievable inferior vena cava filters in orthopaedic patients
  • Non-Operative treatment of type II dens fractures
  • Use of Gamma nail for the fixation of proximal femur fractures in the elderly
  • International collaborative multi-centre randomised trials

Department of General Surgery

For further information contact Professor Jonathan Serpell jonathan.serpell@alfred.org.au

Research Areas Include:

Breast Endocrine and General Surgery:

  • Involved in various areas of clinical research including: endocrine surgery, thyroid surgery, parathyroid surgery, adrenal surgery, parotid surgery and soft tissue tumour surgery.

Current Research Projects include:

  • Anatomical studies on the recurrent laryngeal nerve (Prof. Jonathan Serpell),
  • The Australian experience of isolated limb infusion for palliation intransit metastasis for melanoma. (Dr Paul Paddle, Prof Jonathan Serpell).
  • The impact of synoptic thyroid cytology reporting. (Dr Cyril Tsan, Prof. Jonathan Serpell).

Colorectal & General Surgery Unit

Involved in a diverse range of research projects which reflect the diverse interests of the members of this unit. Research areas include: colorectal cancer, management of faecal incontinence, anal intraepithelial neoplasia, transanal endoscopic microsurgery, laproscopiccolorectal surgery and endorectal ultrasound.

Current Research Projects include:

  • A study of patients with anal intraepithelial neoplasia (Dr. Robert Winn)
  • Pathology reporting for colorectal cancer (Mr. Stephen Bell)
  • The use of an electromagnetic chair for faecal incontinence ( Mr. Chip Farmer)
  • The use of dye staining to improve the lymph node yield in bowel resection specimens to increase the accuracy of pathology reporting. (Mr. Stephen Bell)

Upper Gastrointestinal & General Surgery Unit

The Upper Gastrointestinal Unit has established several databases for the collection of clinical information regarding major hepatectomies, pancreatic surgery, oesophagectomy, gastrectomy and bariatric practices.

Research Projects Include:

  • Laparoscopic hepatectomy ( Mr. Charles Pilgrim, Mr. Val Usatoff, Mr. Peter Evans)
  • Traumatic Rupture of the diaphragm (Dr. Kishani Goonewardne, Mr. Paul Burton, Mr. Peter Evans)
  • A randomized controlled trial of the effect of the lap-box trainer on laproscopic skills acquision Use of retrievable inferior vena cava filters in orthopaedic patients
  • Non-Operative treatment of type II dens fractures
  • Use of Gamma nail for the fixation of proximal femur fractures in the elderly
  • International collaborative multi-centre randomised trials

Skin regeneration

For further information contact: Dr Shiva Akbarzadeh shiva.akbarzadeh@monash.edu

See Skin Tissue Culture research projects