Dr Hal Rice and Dr Laetitia de Villiers
Interventional Neurovascular Radiologists, School of Medicine, Griffith University and Gold Coast University Hospital
“At the Gold Coast University Hospital, we perform internationally recognised, minimally invasive endovascular treatments of severe life threatening brain aneurysms, vascular malformations and strokes every week.”
“We utilise the latest medical imaging technology and software guidance systems to safely navigate within each patient’s brain to successfully repair and reconstruct bleeding blood vessels or restore blood supply and flow to blocked blood vessels in patients with severe stroke.”
“The Gold Coast Health and Knowledge Precinct provides our team with unprecedented access to world class onsite research facilities and exceptional partnership opportunities to support our globally recognised excellence in Interventional Neurovascular expertise.”
Professor Mark von Itzstein
Director, Institute for Glycomics, Griffith University, co-inventor of world-first anti-flu drug Relenza
"The Gold coast is now establishing itself as a biomedical research hub and all of the translational facilities are in place. Within the next 10 years I have no doubt that the Gold Coast Health and Knowledge Precinct will be seen as a world-leading research precinct."
Professor Suzanne Chambers
Director, Menzies Health Institute Queensland, Griffith University
"Menzies Health Institute Queensland Researchers are leveraging the collaborative environment of working with other researchers and health professionals in the Gold Coast Health and Knowledge Precinct and the exciting opportunities that creates for world-class health innovation."
Professor Huijun Zhao, BSc, MSc, PhD
Professor, Griffith School of Environment Director, Centre for Clean Environment and Energy Deputy Director, Environmental Futures Research Institute
“The amazing thing about the Gold Coast is the opportunity to work on internationally recognised programs in a city known for its natural beauty and biodiversity. We are introducing solutions that resolve some of the most challenging issues of our generation – clean energy, environment and water.”
“The Centre for Clean Environment and Energy focuses on innovative chemical, microbiological and nano-technological approaches to develop enabling technologies for water treatment, environmental remediation and new sources of renewable energy, contributing to a clean, resilient and sustainable future.”
Professor Nam-Trung Nguyen, Dipl. Ing, Dr. Ing., Dr. Ing. habil.
Director of Queensland Micro and Nanotechnology Centre Fellow ASME Member IEEE
The Griffith Advanced Design and Manufacturing Institute (AdAM) will be an exciting new industry focused facility to provide a nexus for innovative digitally enabled design, new material development and usage, prototype development and foster skills growth in 3D printing and advanced manufacturing.
“We have developed world-class capabilities in micro and nano technologies. The inclusion of this world-leading work within the proposed AdAM facility will enable direct and transferable technologies for health care such as a three-dimensional cell culture platform for bio printing and implants. We recently developed a unique bioreactor that opens a new avenue to advance a therapy to repair the paralysed spinal cord.”
Professor Sonya Marshall-Gradisnik and Professor Don Staines
Co-directors, National Centre of Neuroimmunology and Emerging Diseases (NCNED), Menzies Health Institute Queensland, Griffith University, world leading research into Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (CFS/ME)
“The Queensland Government has funded NCNED continuously since 2008, totalling about $1.6 million all up, enabling the research centre to be a world leader in chronic fatigue research. This is the largest direct contribution of any government anywhere in the world to chronic fatigue syndrome research," says Professor Marshall-Gradisnik.
The NCNED has also received a $4 million grant from the Stafford Fox Medical Research Foundation – the largest grant ever provided for CFS/ME research.
“This is a huge boost to our research effort, enabling us to really look at how we can overcome this debilitating illness,” Professor Staines says.
Professor David Lloyd
Centre for Musculoskeletal Research, Menzies Health Institute Queensland, Griffith University
“We are creating digital humans by integrating sophisticated motion capture with different types of medical imaging. These digital models are helping to optimise treatment of paediatric movement disorders and musculoskeletal conditions. The digital humans are being integrated with smart wearable devices to provide people with sensory augmentation to prevent and rehabilitate injuries to the musculoskeletal system.”
Professor Michael Good, AO
Research Leader, Laboratory of Vaccines for the Developing World, Institute for Glycomics, Griffith University
Professor Good leads a groundbreaking team that is responsible for vaccine development for both a broad spectrum malaria vaccine, PlasProtecT™, currently in full human clinical trials, and a nasal-delivery vaccine for the deadly Group A Streptococcus (Strep A) bacteria, entering human clinical trials in partnership with Chinese company Olymvax Biopharmaceuticals Inc.
Associate Professor Julia Crilly
Emergency Care Research, Menzies Health Institute Queensland, Griffith University and Gold Coast University Hospital
“People come to the Gold Coast for its reputation – the natural beauty of its beaches and hinterland and the array of health and lifestyle activities available. People stay for the opportunities – to work with some of the brightest minds on world-leading research. The Gold Coast Health and Knowledge Precinct is making this a reality.”
“Our collaborative research with Gold Coast University Hospital’s emergency department focuses on innovative ways health care can be delivered for patients in a safe, timely and cost-effective manner.”
Luke Haseler and Brent Richards
Critical Care Research Group, Griffith University and Gold Coast University Hospital
“We have a laboratory space in the intensive care unit – Griffith University’s first laboratory in the Hospital – aimed at researching point-of-care interventions in traumatic coagulopathy, health rate variability in patients and mechanical assist devices and patient-device interaction.”
Dr Nick West
Mucosal Immunology Research Group, Menzies Health Institute Queensland, Griffith University
“We are working with the Gold Coast University Hospital to understand the relationships between gut bacteria and the immune system. This will provide opportunities to better manage obesity associated disease.”
Duncan Free, OAM
Sports College, Griffith University
“We are in a fortunate position to enable innovative sports research. Our partnership with the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth GamesTM is a great opportunity to be engaged with a global event that will broaden research opportunities.”
Professor James St John
Clem Jones Centre for Neurobiology and Stem Cell Research
“Our team is very much focused on the needs and expectations of the people living with spinal cord injury. While we believe this approach will be successful, we must be very careful to ensure we get the best outcomes so there is still a long road to go. What is most encouraging is that we have assembled a highly motivated team with diverse skills and we have outstanding facilities and support here at Griffith University.”
Professor Andrea Marshall
Acute and Complex Care Nursing, Griffith University and Gold Coast University Hospital
“In collaboration with the Gold Coast University Hospital, my work aims to develop interdisciplinary partnerships to improve nutrition intake for acutely and critically ill hospitalised patients.”
Dr Jessica Vanderlelie and Dr Olivia Holland
Understanding Pregnancy Disorders, Menzies Health Institute Queensland, Griffith University
“Through our collaboration with the Gold Coast University Hospital we aim to better understand the molecular mechanisms responsible for some of the most important diseases of pregnancy and develop successful therapeutic strategies.”