Research Snapshot 20212022-06-01T10:12:46+10:00
Metro North Health

Research Snapshot 2021

Professor Dan Chambers

Foreword from the Executive Director, Research

I am delighted to present the 2021 Metro North Snapshot of Research. The Snapshot provides a glimpse of the amazing research activity happening everyday across Metro North Health’s facilities.

Throughout 2021, our researchers have continued to seek answers to complex questions, always with the aim of improving health outcomes. The benefits of our research are far-reaching, with many of our studies being Australian or even world-firsts. In the 2021 Research Snapshot, you can read about investigations into improving long-term outcomes for bone marrow transplant patients, how a North Queensland rainforest tree may hold the key to treating and reversing lung fibrosis, and the new personalised, 3D printed devices designed and built in Metro North which are improving patient outcomes through better radiation dose accuracy, plus much more.

Professor Dan Chambers
Executive Director, Research
Metro North Health

A hub for world class research

20
Clinical
research
fellowships
47
Graduate
certificate
in health service
innovation graduates
191       
Good clinical
practice (GCP)
certificates
18,000
Hours
of biostatistics
support
       
     
8
Research
Coordinator
grants
193
Research
projects
in Metro
North REDCAP
28
Collaborative
research grants

Making research possible

Metro North Health’s high standard of research would not be possible without the support of the Metro North Research Coordinator Grants, Collaborative Research Grants, the RBWH Foundation and The Common Good.

Showcasing the future of research

The 2021 annual Metro North Research Excellence Awards attracted 71 phenomenal submissions that showcased the diverse and far-reaching research projects conducted by individual researchers and teams from across Metro North Health.

Research is vital in driving change in clinical practice to improve patient outcomes, and Metro North Health researchers are conducting ground-breaking research every day.

Jamieson Trauma Institute leads ePMD safety with research

Researchers at Metro North Health’s Jamieson Trauma Institute (JTI) are tackling electric Personal Mobility Devices (ePMDs) injuries head-on, with a large-scale data collection exercise set to inform further legislative reform to keep people safe.

Helping bone marrow patients live longer

New work at the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital (RBWH) is investigating how different treatment options can improve long term outcomes for bone marrow transplant patients.

Nature may hold key to life affecting lung disease

Researchers at TPCH are investigating the possibility that a North Queensland rainforest tree may hold the key to treating and reversing lung fibrosis, a serious life-threatening disease causing scarring in the lungs.

Redefining risk for heart attack patients

Research at the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital is looking into the role of advanced echocardiography in myocardial infarction (heart attack) patients and how it can be used to evaluate the risk of adverse outcomes in the future. Through identifying patients most at risk, preventative treatment can be provided – helping patients live longer, healthier lives.

Guidelines for nutrition post trans-oral robotic surgery

New research at the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital is investigating ways to improve nutritional care before, during and after head and neck cancer surgery, including for patients who have undergone trans-oral robotic surgery (TORS).