Head and Neck Tumour Stream Research Group

Research Overview

This Research Group is a collaborative effort between The Otolaryngology Head and Neck (Mr Tim Iseli), Reconstructive Plastic (Mr Anand Ramakrishnan) and Oral and Maxillofacial (Associate Professor Alf Nastri) Surgical Units.  There is external collaboration with The Peter Mac Callum Cancer Centre, the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research, the Melbourne Dental School and the Erasmus Medical Centre Rotterdam NL.

Our main area of research has been in the management of mucosal head and neck cancers, with an interest in cutaneous head and neck cancer and sarcoma. There is a successful collaboration with WEHI in conducting a Phd program in oral cancer genomics and in establishing an oral cancer organoid culture.

There are opportunities for Master of Philosophy, Master of Surgery and PhD students.

Research Opportunities

This research project is available to PhD students to join as part of their thesis.
Please contact the Research Group Leader to discuss your options.

Research Publications

The accuracy of radiological examination of bone invasion in oral squamous cell carcinoma: A DeAngelis, et.al. IJOMS

Palatal fistulas complicating osseomyocutaneous reconstruction of oncological maxillary defects: N Tang, et.al.  European Journal of Plastic Surgery

The Relationship between age, comorbidities and complications in head and neck cancer patients undergoing curative surgery: S Shepherd et.al. ANZJS

Postoperative pulmonary complications following major head and neck cancer surgery: L Shaw et.al. IJOMS

The impact of delayed diagnosis in the outcomes for oral cancer patients a retrospective cohort study: A Thomas et.al. IJOMS

Impact of histological oral tongue cancer margins on locoregional recurrence: A multi-centre retrospective analysis:  J Daniell et.al. Oral Oncology

Research Projects

For project inquiries, contact our research group head.

School Research Themes

Cancer in Medicine

Key Contact

For further information about this research, please contact Professor David Wiesenfeld

Department / Centre


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