PhD Scholars and Other Students
Dr Helen Ackland PhD
In 2012, Helen completed her PhD, under the supervision of Professors Peter Cameron and Jamie Cooper, and Associate Professor Rory Wolfe. Her PhD focused on the detection of occult cervical discoligamentous trauma, and the value of magnetic resonance imaging following normal acute CT findings in patients with persistent midline cervical tenderness. The study had three main components: (1) the assessment of cervical MRI findings in the acute phase, and the correlation of these findings with demographic, injury mechanism, radiographic and clinical factors, (2) the post-discharge review of these patients in the neurosurgical and orthopaedic outpatient clinics and follow-up to 12 months, including spine-specific clinical and functional outcomes, psychological status, timing of return to work and the use of post-acute medical and allied health resources and (3) the correlation of acute and post-acute health resource utilisation costs with acute and follow-up findings.
The publications related to the PhD are:
Ackland HM, Cameron PA, Varma DK, Fitt GJ, Cooper DJ, Wolfe R, Malham GM, Rosenfeld JV, Williamson OD, Liew SM. Cervical spine magnetic resonance imaging in alert, neurologically intact trauma patients with midline cervical tenderness and negative computed tomography. Annals Emerg Med. 2011; 58,6:521-530.
Ackland HM, Cameron PA. Cervical spine assessment following trauma. Aust Fam Physician. 2012; 41,4:196-201.
Ackland HM, Cameron PA, Wolfe R, Malham GM, Varma DK, Fitt, GJ, Cooper DJ, Rosenfeld JV, Liew SM. Outcomes at 12 months following early MRI in acute trauma patients with persistent midline cervical tenderness and negative CT. Spine. 2012 (E-Pub ahead of print: DOI:10.1097/BRS.0b013e31825e6442).
Ackland HM, Wolfe R, Cameron PA, Cooper DJ, Malham GM, Varma DK, Fitt, GJ, Rosenfeld JV, Liew SM. Health resource utilisation costs in acute patients with persistent midline cervical tenderness following road trauma. Injury. 2012; 43,11:1908-1916.
Dr Elizabeth Moore PhD MPH PGDipNurs(Crit Care)
In 2014, Liz completed her PhD with the Australian and New Zealand Intensive Care (ANZIC) Research Centre investigating potential treatments for, and early markers of acute kidney injury in patients with traumatic brain injury. This involved the management of the Renal Substudies of the EPO-TBI and POLAR multicentre clinical trials. She has also completed a biostatistics/epidemiology streamed Master of Public Health involving investigation of the effect of renal function on outcomes of coronary bypass surgery. Liz is currently a Research Fellow with ANZIC Research Centre. At the Royal Melbourne Hospital, Liz is Principal Investigator of the THIRST study investigating the effect of chloride-rich intravenous fluids on renal function and acid-base homeostasis in the critically ill, and is an investigator of a randomised, phase II study to determine the safe and effective use of aspirin to reduce inflammation in sepsis patients. She has been involved in all aspects of the projects that she initiated, from conception to publication and she has an ongoing interest in improving the outcomes of critically ill patients. Liz has extensive experience as a critical care nurse and has more recently worked as Research Coordinator in the Royal Melbourne Hospital ICU and Victorian Infectious Diseases Service. She is a member of the Management Committee of the Australian College of Critical Care Nurses (ACCCN), Scientific Nurse Chair for the ANZICS/ACCCN Annual Scientific Meeting 2014, and member of the Monash Human Research Ethics Committee. Her research interests include neurocritical care, intravenous fluid therapy in critical illness, acute kidney injury, renal biomarkers and cardiac surgical outcomes.
Dr Antoine Schneider PhD
Antoine completed his PhD with the ANZIC-RC in 2015 under the supervision of Professor Rinaldo Bellomo. His thesis title was "Renal Perfusion Evaluation with Contrast Enhanced Ultrasonography". He now works in Switzerland.
Associate Professor Daryl Jones BSc(Hons) MBBS FRACP FCICM MD PhD
In 2015, Daryl completed his PhD thesis entitled "The Rapid Response Team: Patient characteristics and resource implications" under the supervision of Professors Rinaldo Bellomo and Graeme Hart. The first area of investigation involved assessment of the uptake of MET services in intensive care unit (ICU) equipped hospitals in Australia and New Zealand, particularly in relation to published literature supporting their effectiveness. In conjunction with the Australian Commission for Quality and Safety in Health Care (ACQSHC) and Australian and New Zealand Intensive Care Society Centre for Outcomes and Resources Evaluation (ANZICS-CORE), a 40 hospital study was conducted to assess: 1) the changes in MET call rates with time, and 2) the in-hospital mortality of MET patients in comparison to hospitalized patients. The second major area of the PhD involved assessment of the epidemiology of the MET patient. A seven hospital study was completed to perform a detailed analysis of the role of METs in end-of-life care planning in hospitalized patients. It also assessed the circadian activation of MET calls to confirm or refute the findings seen at the Austin Hospital. Finally, the thesis included several reviews related to MET systems and the broader concept of deteriorating patients. This thesis has provided new insights into the causes and outcomes of deterioration in hospitalized Australian patients, and will lead to strategies to improve the outcomes and safety of hospital admissions.
Mr Ralph Tramm MAppSc (Research) RN PhD
In 2016, Ralph completed his PhD under the supervision of Dr Carol Hodgson and Dr Dragan Ilic. He investigated short and longer term health related outcomes in patients receiving extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO). He has a critical care background and worked as a Research Associate after completing a Master of Applied Science (Research) program with the Queensland University of Technology.
Dr Nor'azim Mohd Yunos PhD
In 2017, Azim completed his PhD investigating the biochemical and clinical outcome effects of restricting chloride-rich fluids in critically ill patients, under the supervision of Professors Anuar Zaini and Rinaldo Bellomo, and Associate Professor Michael Bailey. He is a Senior Lecturer with the Monash University Sunway Campus, Malaysia and an intensivist at the Sultanah Aminah Hospital, Johor Bahru.
Dr Neil Glassford BSc MedSci(Hons) MBChB MRCP(UK) PhD
In 2017, Neil completed his thesis on the "Epidemiology of fluid administration, accumulation and balance in the critically ill and relationship between intravenous fluid therapy amd patient-centred outcomes". His supervisors were Prof Rinaldo Bellomo and A/Prof Michael Bailey. He has a Bachelor's degree in Physiology, and trained in Medicine at the University of Edinburgh. Neil was a Registrar in Acute Care Medicine on the West of Scotland training rotation. He previously completed projects looking at monitoring in cardiothoracic anaesthesia, and is specifically interested in clinical audit. He is working as a Research Fellow and Clinical Trainer at the Austin Hospital, and as a Clinical Fellow in Intensive Care at Epworth Eastern Hospital. Current research interests include systematic review, renal biomarkers and the importance of fluid balance in the critically ill.
Dr Rafidah Atan MBBS MAnaes FANZCA EDIC GCCS GCHE
Rafidah's PhD, under the supervision of Professors Rinaldo Bellomo and Anuar Zaini, is on cytokine removal using extracorporeal techniques. The main trial which is central to her thesis is a double blind randomised controlled trial comparing high cut off hemofiltration with standard hemofiltration. The primary outcome of the study is nor adrenaline free time but the study will also look at effects of cytokine removal, toll-like receptor expression, nucleosome levels, apoptosis indices, urinary biomarkers and albumin loss. Rafidah is based in Malaysia and divides her time between working as a specialist in intensive care and her teaching commitments as a senior lecturer with the Malaysian campus of Monash University.
Dr Matt Brain MBBS FCICM FRACP DDU
Matt's PhD, under the supervision of Professor John McNeil and Dr Owen Roodenburg is on Using data linkage in critical care to improve process performance and outcome analysis. Matt completed his intensive care fellowship at The Alfred ICU and is now a full time Intensivist at the Launceston General Hospital in Northern Tasmania and an adjunct clinical lecturer at Monash University and the University of Tasmania. Matt has taught at the Monash/Alfred ICU post graduate courses since 2011 and has a wide interest in echocardiography, extra-corporeal support and renal replacement therapy. He has ongoing research involvements within the Tasmanian Health Service and The Alfred ICU through a PhD candidature with Monash University.
Dr Aidan Burrell
Aidan is currently undertaking a PhD entitled Investigation of right ventricular dysfunction in critical unwell patients.
Dr Dashiell Gantner BSc MBBS
Dashiell is currently undertaking a PhD entitled Knowledge Translation in the Management of Acute Traumatic Brain Injury and is the recipient of a Centre for Excellence in Traumatic Brain Injury Research (CETBIR) Fellowship at the National Trauma Research Institute (NTRI). In 2012 Dashiell was a Senior Research Fellow with the ANZIC-RC and was actively involved in the TRANFUSE-RCT (sTandaRd issue trANfusion versuS Fresher red blood cell Use in intenSive carE - Randomised Controlled Trial) study as well as a clinical advisor on POLAR (Prophylactic hypothermia trial to Lessen traumatic bRain injury). He is an Intensive Care Registrar, a member of the College of Intensive Care Medicine and the Royal Australian College of Physicians, and was shortlisted in the 2007 Young Voices in Research for Health, Global Forum for Health Research competition. In addition to extensive clinical experience, he previously undertook a research fellowship with The George Institute for Global Health, China, working with the Critical Care and Trauma and Neurological and Mental Health Divisions. His research interests include neurocritical care, transfusion medicine, sepsis, and fluid resuscitation.
Ms Lisa Higgins BPhysio(Hons) MPH GDipBiostat
Lisa's PhD thesis is entitled "The economics of severe sepsis in Australasia - a cost-effectiveness analysis alongside the ARISE RCT". Lisa has a background in intensive care physiotherapy, and previously worked as an intensive care research coordinator at The Alfred Hospital in Melbourne. More recently she worked at the NHMRC Clinical Trials Centre at the University of Sydney conducting systematic reviews and economic evaluations in addition to teaching epidemiology and biostatistics to Master in Public Health (MPH) students. Lisa has an MPH majoring in epidemiology and biostatistics and a Graduate Diploma in Biostatistics. She is also a Research Fellow with the ANZIC-RC.
Ms Bianca Levkovich BPharm(Hons) CertPharmPrac MSc(Critical Care) FSHPA
Bianca is undertaking a PhD entitled Medicines and the deteriorating patient. Her supervisors are Prof Michael Dooley and Prof Carl Kirkpatrick of the Centre for Medication Use and Safety and Prof Jamie Cooper at the ANZIC-RC. Bianca is a critical care pharmacist based at The Alfred ICU and has previously completed an MSc(Critical Care) examining the pharmacokinetics of extended infusions of cefepime in critically ill patients. In 2015, Bianca was awarded Fellowship of the Society of Hospital Pharmacists of Australia.
Dr Neil Orford MBBS FCICM FANZCA PGDip Echo
Neil has commenced a PhD on "The effect of critical illness on bone metabolism and bone mineral density". He has been an intensive care specialist since 2003, and the Director of Intensive Care at The Geelong Hospital since 2008. He is actively involved in clinical research as a member of the ANZICS Clinical Trials Group, the coordinator of research and clinical trials in critical care at The Geelong Hospital since 2003, and a member of the Barwon Health Human Research Ethics Committee since 2007.
Mr Eldho Paul BSc MSc
Eldho is currently undertaking a PhD on "Improving mortality prediction in Australian and New Zealand intensive care units" under the supervision of Associate Professors Michael Bailey and David Pilcher. He has a background in biostatistics and has previously worked as a biostatistician. Eldho concurrently works in Monash University's Department of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine as a Research Fellow.
Ms Emma Ridley BNutrDietet MPH APDPhD Scholar
Emma is a current NHMRC supported PhD Candidate and the ICU Nutrition Program Manager at the ANZIC-RC. Emma's PhD is titled "Clinical and functional consequences of energy provided by nutrition in critically ill adults" and is supervised by Professor Jamie Cooper, Dr Carol Hodgson and Dr Adam Deane (University of Adelaide). As part of her PhD, Emma project managed a 100 patient RCT titled ‘Supplemental Parenteral Nutrition in the Critically Ill'. Emma has worked as a clinical dietitian in the ICU at The Alfred for 8 years and has a particular interest and expertise in the clinical application and research of indirect calorimetry, a technology which can measure energy utilisation in critically ill patients.
Associate Professor Ravi Tivuroipati
Ravi is currently undertaking a PhD entitled Clinical effects and management of hypercapnia in critically ill patients. Ravi is an Intensivist in the Department of Intensive Care at the Frankston Hospital, and is an Adjunct Associate Professor with the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences, School of Public Health at Monash University.
Mr Simon Landes BMedSc(Hons)
Simon completed his BMedSc in 2012 as part of his medical course, investigating the use of diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) for improved outcome prediction in severe traumatic brain injury patients, under the supervision of Professor Jamie Cooper, Dr Jerome Maller and Ms Lynne Murray. He completed his MBBS in 2013.
Mr Edward Quine BMedSc(Hons)
Ed completed his BMedSc in 2014 as part of his medical course, investigating the impact of therapeutic hypothermia and anti-platelet therapies on coagulation function in patients with traumatic brain injury using point of care testing in the ICU, under the supervision of Professor DJ (Jamie) Cooper and Ms Lynne Murray.
Ms Madeline (Maddie) Cenedese BSc(Physiology) BHSc(Hons)
In 2015, Maddie completed a Bachelor of Health Science (Honours) at the ANZIC-RC entitled "Haemostatic complications of therapeutic hypothermia in traumatic brain injury; a systematic review, under the supervision of Professor (DJ) Jamie Cooper, Dr Dashiell Gantner and Ms Lynne Murray. In 2014, she completed a Bachelor of Science (major Physiology) at the University of Melbourne.
Mr Zach O'Brien BMedSc(Hons)
In 2016, Zach O'Brien completed his Bachelor of Medical Science (Hons) on "The Effect of Prophylactic Hypothermia on Traumatic Brain Injury Haemorrhage Progression" under the supervision of Professor Jamie Cooper and Ms Lynne Murray.
Mr Chun Sang (CS) Kwan BBiomedSc(PharmSc)
In 2016, CS completed a Bachelor of Biomed Science (Pharm Sci) student placement year at the ANZIC-RC, under the supervision of Lynne Murray.