Infectious diseases are caused by microorganisms entering the body and can spread from one person to another. Some of these microorganisms are harmless and help our body to function properly while others (called pathogens) cause diseases. The most common types of infections are caused by viruses and bacteria.
Viral infections are difficult to treat as many are capable of mutating when they are passed from one person to the next (for example, the common cold). These infections can be prevented through vaccination. Bacterial infections are usually treated with antibiotics. However, antibiotic-resistant strains of bacteria are starting to emerge, so research in this area is rapidly required to gain better understanding in infection prevention and treatment.
‘Critical Illness’ refers to a sickness or disease that affects the general well-being and health of a person. Research in this area provides high quality, evidence-based care and management for patients with a life-threatening condition or requiring intensive medical support.
Areas of interest within this theme include infection control policies in hospitals, prevention of infections and exploring novel ways of administering antibiotics in critically ill conditions such as organ failure, low blood pressure and breathing difficulties.
Theme Leader: Ms Angela Tapuni
- Thank you to Mr Alec and Mrs Mary Peden who are accelerating research into better diagnostics for prostate cancer, funding Dr Morgan Porkorny’s project “Spurious Serum PSA Rise Caused by Systemic Viral Illness – An Investigational Study”
- St. Andrew’s War Memorial Hospital will be one of 11 hospitals in Brisbane participating in the “Researching Effective Approaches to Cleaning in Hospitals (REACH)” trial in the next 12 months.
Announcement of award recipients from the February 2016 research support round!
- Dr Morgan Porkorny and his team for investigating “Spurious Serum PSA Rise Caused by Systemic Viral Illness – An Investigational Study”.
- Prof John Fraser and his team for “Investigating Short and Long Term Changes in Respiratory Function following Obesity Surgery: A Pilot Study”
Current Research Projects
- Investigating Short and Long Term Changes in Respiratory Function following Obesity Surgery: A Pilot Study [Chief Investigator: Prof John Fraser]
- Spurious Serum PSA Rise Caused by Systemic Viral Illness – An Investigational Study [Chief investigator: Dr Morgan Porkorny]
- Adiponectin and its Association with Acute Inflammation, Critical Illness and Organ Dysfunction [Chief Investigators: Dr Katherine Robinson, Prof Bala Venkatesh]
- Researching Effective Approaches to Cleaning in Hospitals (REACH) Project [Chief Investigators: Ms Alison Farrington, Prof David Paterson]
- ATHOS 3 (ICU): Trial LJPC-501 for Catecholamine Resistant Hypotension [Chief Investigator: Prof Bala Venkatesh]
Research projects receiving services and support from WMR BioBank only
As the BioBank is an open-access research resource, these research projects are led by researchers outside of UnitingCare Health hospitals and WMR who are receiving only BioBank services for their research.
- A potent anti-HIV-1 gene therapy agent in a humanised mouse model
- Baseline bloods for lab staff storage services
– A/Prof Paul Bartley
– A/Prof Scott Beatson
– Ms Alison Farrington
– Prof John Fraser
– Dr Takayuki Okada
– Prof David Paterson
– Dr Morgan Pokorny
– Dr Katherine Robinson
– Prof Bala Venkatesh
Mr Alec and Mrs Mary Peden