Medicine at Royal Melbourne Hospital

The objectives of Medicine @ Royal Melbourne are to provide clinical and research leadership from the interface of basic science and clinical medicine across the medical disciplines, to teach undergraduate and postgraduate students, to perform high quality research, and to provide leadership in national medical and scientific bodies.

ACRF Translational Research Laboratory

The ACRF Translational Research Laboratory is focused on translational and biomarker research in cancer.

Academic site: Medicine @ Royal Melbourne Hospital/ Victorian Cancer Comprehensive Centre

Group Leader: Professor David S Ritchie

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Acute Spinal Therapeutics

The acute spinal therapeutics research group has a primary focus on acute care for spinal cord injured patients. Traumatic spinal cord injury (SCI) generally affects young people, many of whom have severe paralysis and functional deficits with ongoing complex social, psychological, and medical needs.

Academic Site: Medicine @ Royal Melbourne Hospital

Group Leader: Dr Peter Batchelor

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Boussioutas Laboratory: Gastrointestinal Cancer

My research team investigates translational aspects of gastrointestinal oncology. My research disciplines span population health and epidemiology of gastric and colorectal cancer, integrative genomic analysis of gastric and oesophageal cancer, cell biology of invasion and metastasis with respect to the tumour microenvironment, early detection and biomarkers of gastric cancer and genetic aspects of gastrointestinal malignancies.

Academic site: Medicine @ Royal Melbourne Hospital

Group Leader: Associate Professor Alex Boussioutas

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Computational Genomics

Research in the Petrovski group explores the use of computational genetic approaches to study human disease.

Academic site: Medicine @ Royal Melbourne Hospital

Group Leader: Dr Slave Petrovski

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Epilepsy and Neuropharmacology

The Research of the Epilepsy and Neuropharmacology Research Group is broad based, covering both basic and clinical studies relevant to epilepsy and related areas, including traumatic brain injury and dementing disorders.

Academic site: Medicine @ Royal Melbourne Hospital

Group Leader: Professor Terence O'Brien

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Hamilton Laboratory

Research in the Hamilton Laboratory has a major focus on inflammation. Inflammation is increasingly being seen to have a significant impact on many chronic diseases such as arthritis, atherosclerosis and cancer.

Academic site: Medicine @ Royal Melbourne Hospital

Group Leader: Professor John Hamilton

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Healthy Ageing Program

Academic site: Medicine @ Royal Melbourne Hospital

Group Leader: Associate Professor Cassandra Szoeke

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International and Immigrant Health

This group focuses on infectious diseases, maternal and child health, and immigrant health.

Academic site: Medicine @ Royal Melbourne Hospital

Group Leader: Professor Beverley-Ann Biggs

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Jones Laboratory: Epilepsy and Behaviour

Our research utilises basic science approaches to explore animal behaviour in the context of health and disease. The primary goal of the lab is to understand the pathophysiological mechanisms which cause neurological and neuropsychiatric disorders, particularly epilepsy, cognitive disorders and mental health conditions.

Academic site: Medicine @ Royal Melbourne Hospital

Group Leader: Associate Professor Nigel Jones

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Molecular Epilepsy

The overriding aim of the Molecular Epilepsy Group is to identify potential molecular targets that could be the basis of much more specific and effective treatments for patients who have epilepsy, and the prevention of epilepsy in those at risk.

Academic site: Medicine @ Royal Melbourne Hospital

Group Leader: Dr Kim Powell

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Motor Control and Rehabilitation

Research in the Galea lab encompasses basic neuroscience research in both animals and humans, and clinical research on the control of movement in healthy and impaired populations, including those with spinal cord injury, stroke and multiple sclerosis.

Academic site: Medicine @ Royal Melbourne Hospital

Group Leader: Professor Mary Galea

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MS and Comorbidities Team

This team is interested in researching interventions for disabling symptoms of MS. Current projects include the development of novel treatments for arm shaking (tremor) in MS and the implementation of a computerized monitoring tool to detect cognitive (memory) changes in MS.

This team is part of the Multiple Sclerosis and Neuroimmunology Research Group, headed by Professor Helmut Butzkeuven.

Group Leader: Anneke van der Walt

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Multiple Sclerosis and Neuroimmunology Clinical Research Group

The Multiple Sclerosis and Neuroimmunology Research Group focuses on two key areas: outcomes and prognostics, and multiple sclerosis and comorbidities.

Academic site: Medicine @ Royal Melbourne Hospital

Group Leader: Professor Helmut Butzkueven

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Multiple Sclerosis Outcomes and Prognostics Team

The team's research revolves around multiple sclerosis outcomes, including real-world effect of different treatment strategies, definition of disease outcomes and long-term effect of immunomodulatory therapies.

This team is part of the Multiple Sclerosis and Neuroimmunology Research Group, headed by Professor Helmut Butzkeuven.

Co- group Leaders: Dr Tomas Kalincik, Dr Vilija Jokubaitis and Dr Melissa Gresle.

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Rogerson Laboratory: Pathogenesis of malaria and immunity in children and pregnant women

The Rogerson laboratory studies several aspects of the pathogenesis and immunity of malaria infection in the human host.

Academic site: Medicine @ Royal Melbourne Hospital

Group Leader: Professor Stephen Rogerson

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Savige Laboratory

We work on inherited renal disease, and look for new genes in families with interesting but undiagnosed real diseases. In addition we look at ocular features in inherited renal disease, and what they tell us about disease pathogenesis. We also use the retinal photographs to test for uncontrolled hypertension.

Academic site: Medicine @ Royal Melbourne Hospital

Group Leader: Professor Judy Savige

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Semple Laboratory: Developmental Neurotrauma

Our research goal is to better understand how the immature brain responds to injury, with a particular focus on the sub-acute and chronic periods after an injury. Ultimately, this knowledge will allow us to develop novel therapeutic interventions aimed at improving outcomes and quality of life for brain-injured patients.

Academic site: Medicine @ Royal Melbourne Hospital

Group Leader: Dr Bridgette Semple

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Stroke Imaging and Treatment

This research group investigates the advanced imaging of ischemic stroke and intracerebral hemorrhage to improve diagnosis and identify patients likely to respond to treatments. We apply this imaging to clinical trials of new stroke treatments.

Academic site: Medicine @ Royal Melbourne Hospital

Group Leader: Associate Professor Bruce Campbell

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Stroke Research Group

The stroke research group works to improve acute stroke management and secondary stroke prevention through a variety of research projects, as well as improving the rehabilitation and recovery from stroke.

Academic site: Medicine @ Royal Melbourne Hospital

Group Leader: Professor Stephen Davis

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The National Centre for Antimicrobial Stewardship (NCAS)

The National Centre for Antimicrobial Stewardship (NCAS) is a multidisciplinary collaborative funded by the National Health and Medical Research Council, with a strong track record of innovation and successful translation into clinical practice. The core work of NCAS will be dominated by six streams of research over the next 5 years, four related to antimicrobial prescribing in humans, and two streams dedicated to antimicrobial prescribing in animals.

Academic site: Medicine @ Royal Melbourne Hospital

Group Leader: Professor Karin Thursky

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The Vascular Bionics Laboratory

The Vascular Bionics Laboratory is a group of multi-disciplinary researchers collaborating across 11 departments in the Parkville Precinct. These include the Dept. of Medicine, the Dept. of Electrical and Electronic Engineering and the Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health. The Lab is developing a novel model for minimally-invasive brain machine interfacing, capable of recording neural activity. Our primary interest lies in feature extraction of motor cortical signals for the ultimate purpose of thought directed machine control. One of its major achievements is the development of Stentrode devices.

Academic site: Medicine @ Royal Melbourne Hospital

Group Leaders: Dr Nicholas Opie and Dr Thomas Oxley

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Translational Traumatic Brain Injury Laboratory

The overall objective of the translational Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) laboratory is to improve our understanding and treatment of this devastating condition. Research projects involve studying the underlying pathophysiological mechanisms of TBI, TBI biomarkers, and potential treatments by utilizing a translational research approach that incorporates both animal models and patients.

Academic site: Medicine @ Royal Melbourne Hospital

Group Leader: Dr Sandy Shultz

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