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World-First ‘Back to the Future’ Research Set To Boost Pandemic Protection  

A world-first research project by two Queensland professors is set to offer a blueprint for developing more effective vaccines and therapies specifically tailored to safeguard the health of children and young adults in times of global health crises.  Spearheaded by Professor John Fraser, Dr Arutha Kulasinghe and Associate Professor Kirsty Short, this pioneering study, funded […]

Coeliac Research Network Night a Great Success

Last Thursday evening, on the 6th of June, the Wesley Hospital Auditorium saw a community of coeliac disease advocates come together to learn more about coeliac disease, and hear about the latest research, clinical trial updates and advocacy efforts within Wesley Research Institute Coeliac Disease and Immune Health Research Program.

AI Initiative Targets ‘Beeps and Bongs’ to Revolutionise ICU Care 

A research initiative aiming to leverage Artificial Intelligence’s capabilities to detect early signs of patient deterioration, especially in those undergoing mechanical ventilation, is receiving significant backing from the Wesley Research Institute. At the helm of this innovative project are Dr James Winearls and Professor John Fraser.

Pioneering Research to Advance Pandemic Protection for Youth

A novel research initiative spearheaded by Professor John Fraser and Associate Professor Kirsty Short, is set to lay the groundwork for vaccines and treatments aimed at protecting children and young adults during health crises.

Empowering Cancer Survivors Through Innovative Exercise Therapy 

Dr Janine Porter-Steele and Professor Alexandra (Sandie) McCarthy are leading the FOXTROT project, focusing on delivering telehealth exercise therapy to cancer survivors living with ostomies.  

Researchers on Quest to Perfect Mitral Valve Repair in Cardiac Patients

A pioneering study led by Dr Christopher Raffel and Professor John Fraser is focusing on advancing the treatment of heart valve diseases, specifically targeting mitral regurgitation, a condition that significantly impacts the quality of life of around 200,000 Australians.

Breathing New Life into Cancer Care 

In a crucial study aimed at transforming post-operative care, Dr Luke Garske and Professor Ian Stewart are exploring a non-invasive method designed to strengthen the breathing muscles of patients undergoing talc pleurodesis for malignant pleural effusion. 

Breakthrough Project Set To Transform Early Alzheimer’s Disease Detection 

Led by Associate Professor David Wong and Dr Sepinoud Firouzmand from I-MED Radiology Wesley at The Wesley Hospital in Brisbane, this innovative project focuses on enabling early and accurate detection for millions of Alzheimer's Disease patients. 

Isaac Navicare Pilot Evaluation

Our new study published this week in PLOS ONE demonstrated how supportive mental health care navigation can help reduce healthcare inequities faced by people living in rural and remote Queensland. Kelly McGrath, Care Navigator, and Dr Olivia Fisher, Senior Research Fellow led an evaluation of Isaac Navicare’s uptake and effectiveness during the initial 12-month pilot.

Lung Cancer METASPATIAL Study awarded $1 million by the Australian Government

We’re delighted to announce that Dr Arutha Kulasinghe is leading the Lung Cancer METASPATIAL Study that has been awarded nearly $1m by the Australian Government. The project is supported by the Wesley Research Institute and the University of Queensland. The METASPATIAL Study will be undertaken over the next 4 years at Wesley Research Institute’s new Queensland Spatial Biology Centre (QSBC).

Leading the way for Virtual Hospital Research

Dr Olivia Fisher has recently assumed the role of Senior Research Fellow, directing her efforts towards leading the Virtual Hospital Research Program. Meanwhile, Dr Elizabeth Martin is transitioning into the position of Health Services Research Program Lead.
Wesley Research Institute's Queensland Spatial Biology Centre (QSBC)

Research breakthrough set to personalise treatment for Cancer, Heart and Lung Disease

At Wesley Research Institute's Queensland Spatial Biology Centre (QSBC), a team of researchers has made a significant breakthrough in pathology, set to revolutionise treatments for cancer, heart and lung disease.

Mitsubishi Development announces largest Australian partnership

On Thursday 6 July Wesley Research Institute and Mitsubishi Development signed a new partnership, the largest for Mitsubishi Development in Australia, which will provide significant funding for Navicare over the next two years.
Maureen Stevenson accepting her 2023 Queensland Community Philanthropist of the Year Award

Maureen Stevenson Award

Maureen Stevenson received the 2023 Community Philanthropist of the Year Award at the Queensland Philanthropy Awards (QCF) held at Brisbane Town Hall.
Andrew Barron, Mandy Maysey and Dr Phil Mosley

Australian scientists prove medicinal cannabis can be a lifechanging treatment for people with Tourette Syndrome

Imagine the pain and embarrassment of violent movements and uncontrollable outbursts at school or work…that’s what life was like for Chris Wright (35) before he started a ground-breaking clinical trial of medicinal cannabis.

PARIS 2 research findings

World first research study outlines best practice for treating children with oxygen therapy

PARIS on Country

Respiratory treatment for children in remote areas set to improve
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Wesley Research Institute Launches New Coeliac Research Network

OMG! Decadent Donuts was privileged to be invited to attend and supply donuts at the Wesley Research Institute’s launch of their new Coeliac Research Network

Coeliac Disease and Immune Health Advocates Event a Great Success

Last Thursday evening, on May 11th, the Wesley Hospital Auditorium was filled with people who were eager to learn more about all things coeliac disease, including the latest research, and advocacy efforts.
James Daveson in a hospital

Community Urged To Back New Coeliac Research Network

Thousands of Australians with coeliac disease are being urged to get behind a new research network launched in Brisbane last night ahead of International Coeliac Awareness Day next week (16 May).

Wesley Research Institute Celebrates Successful Open Day

Wesley Research Institute celebrated the launch of its new brand with two open day events held at St Andrews War Memorial Hospital on May 3rd, and at The Wesley Hospital on May 5th.

Governor of Queensland Celebrates Ataxia Telangiectasia Clinical Trial

The Ataxia Telangiectasia (A-T) clinic at the Wesley Research Institute recently received a visit from Her Excellency the Honourable Dr Jeanette Young AC PSM, Governor of Queensland.

New Insights to Understand the Neurobiology of COVID-19

In a groundbreaking collaboration, St Andrew’s War Memorial Hospital, The University of Queensland, and John Hopkins University have joined forces to generate a digital pathology assessment of cellular COVID-19 neural tissue data.
Dr Shanthi Kanagarajah

Women in Medicine with Dr Shanthi Kanagarajah

Dr Shanthi Kanagarajah is a specialist geriatrician and general physician specialising in the health problems of older people and people who need specialist care. She is a visiting physician at the Wesley Hospital and also works at the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital and member of the board at Wesley Research Institute.

Advocates Event 2022

The Rosalie Martin Advocates Event 2022 held Thursday 8 December marks the 28th anniversary for Wesley Research Institute.
Pictured, from left: NHMRC acting CEO Clare McLaughlin; Wesley Research Institute CEO Andrew Barron; Emma McBride, Assistant Minister for Mental Health and Suicide Prevention, Assistant Minister for Rural and Regional Health; Dr Zephanie Tyack, QUT; Dr Bridget Abell, QUT

Navicare Press Release

NHMRC Funding to Continue Supporting Rural and Remote Mental Health Program
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