HDR Students

Chinese Herbal Medicine for the treatment of sleep disorders, a placebo randomised control trial.
This PhD research project will review the current evidence of traditional Chinese herbal medicine for insomnia, and select a single formula for a randomised controlled trial.

Danielle Parker

Curcumin, boswellia, ginger complex for osteoarthritis.
This PhD project aims to evaluate and compare the protective effects of standardised novel mixture of turmeric, ginger and boswellia extracts with pure extracts of each herbs using in-vitro models and effect of mixture versus placebo in a pilot study.

Saumya Perera

Yoga on negative affective states, cardiovascular and cognitive function in post-cardiac rehabilitation.
After graduating from the University of Western Sydney with a Bachelor of Health Science (Honours 1st Class) and Bachelor of Applied Science (Traditional Chinese Medicine), Alan has been involved with a range of complementary and alternative therapy research project including acupuncture, herbal medicine and exercise interventions. Research into these areas focus primarily on ageing, neurocognition and cardiovascular function.

Detection and analysis of selected analytes in Curcuma Xanthorrhiza.
 The analytical research project involves method development and validation of Curcuma herbal extracts, using LC-MS and GC-MS during the method development and validation. Recovery studies on the methods will be conducted, as well as precision and stability studies. The validated methods will then be used to conduct studies on the phytochemical variability between selected Curcuma species. The relationship between pharmacological properties and phytochemical composition of the extracts will also be investigated.

Jarryd Pearson

Immunomodulatory and anti-cancer activities of polysaccharides isolated from medicinal plants

Evaluation of yoga-based interventions for depression, anxiety and subjective well-being.
The aim of this study is to investigate the benefits of a 6-week yoga-based intervention in the reduction of symptoms of depression and anxiety, and associated increases in subjective wellbeing.

Michael de Manincor

Mechanistic studies of two-herb combination of vascular disease. 
Xian (Phoebe) Zhou obtained her Master of Herbal Medicines (Honours) from The University of Sydney and is currently a PhD student at the National Institute of Complementary Medicine. Her project is entitled "The mechanistic study of a two-herb combination in vascular disease".

Simultaneous pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic evaluation of ginger extracts: A novel approach to discover biologically active compounds for the treatment of metabolic disorders.

Evaluation of the effectiveness of acupuncture treatment for antenatal and postnatal depression.
Simone is investigating whether acupuncture treatment of mild to moderately depressed primagravida will result in a reduction in the severity and duration of symptoms when compared to a usual care group. 

Identification of Novel Anti-Inflammatory Compounds from Culinary Mushrooms as Potential Therapeutic for Chronic Neuro-Inflammatory Diseases.
 My research interests focus on neuropharmacology, diabetes and natural products. Bangladesh is my home country. I have completed Bachelor and Masters degrees in Pharmacy from the University of Rajshahi, Bangladesh. I am an Assistant Professor in the department of Pharmacy, University of Rajshahi, Bangladesh.

Afia Akhtar

Pharmacological interventions on dyslipidaemia of nephrotic syndrome and chronic kidney disease: A mechanistic approach.
Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is reaching epidemic proportions worldwide and expected to climb at an alarming rate and posing a significant risk of cardiovascular diseases.

Hardik Ghelani

Evaluation of the effectiveness of intradialytic yoga for patients with End Stage Kidney Disease (ESKD).
The aim of this study is to explore, measure and understand the patient experience, quality of life and health-related outcomes for patients with ESKD, with the goal of improving outcomes via the use of yoga mind body practices when compared with usual care.

The effect of a 24-week Tai Chi intervention in improving stress, anxiety, depression, cardiovascular function and quality of life in patients with coronary heart disease.
 Ms Guoyan (Emily) Yang graduated from Master of Medicine in the Centre for Evidence-Based Chinese Medicine, Beijing University of Chinese Medicine in 2014.