Higher Degree Research Opportunities

Area of Research
Supervisors
Acupuncture for weight loss in Polycystic Ovary Syndrome: a systematic review and qualitative study

The project will conduct a systematic review on acupuncture for weight loss in PCOS, including search of Chinese databases.  Focus groups/interviews of health professionals involved in care of PCOS patients to explore their views on acupuncture as an adjunct to weight loss in PCOS will also be undertaken.

Professor Caroline Smith
caroline.smith@westernsydney.edu.au
Dr Carolyn Ee
carolyn.ee@westernsydney.edu.au
Discovery of new therapeutic agents from Danshen (PDF, 41.7 KB)  (opens in a new window) The project will study the pharmacological actions of bioactive compounds of Danshen and their derivatives.  

A/Prof. Chun Guang Li  c.li@westernsydney.edu.au

Dr. Feng Li                 feng.li@westernsydney.edu.au

A/Prof. Dennis Chang  d.chang@westernsydney.edu.au

Anti-cancer actions of Chinese herbal medicines (PDF, 41.69 KB)  (opens in a new window) The project will investigate the anticancer actions of Chinese herbal medicines in vitro and in vivo. 

A/Prof. Chun Guang Li  c.li@westernsydney.edu.au

Dr. Cheang Khoo      c.khoo@westernsydney.edu.au

Dr. Henry Liang               h.liang@westernsydney.edu.au

Dr. Xiaoshu Zhu      x.zhu@westernsydney.edu.au

Mechanism of actions and synergistic effects of a standardised herbal extract for stroke (PDF, 42.05 KB) (opens in a new window) The project will investigate the neuoprotective actions of a standardised herbal extract using in vitro cell-based assays and in vivo animal model. 

A/Prof. Chun Guang Li c.li@westernsydney.edu.au

A/Prof. Dennis Chang d.chang@westernsydney.edu.au

Is the answer to malaria, HIV and cancer in a simple cup of tea? Assess the diverse bioactivities (malaria, HIV and cancer) of the Asteraceae family of plants.

A/Prof. Chun Guang Li c.li@westernsydney.edu.au

Optimising a LC-MS and NMR metabolomics platform for the investigation of herbal medicine Set up and validation of an NMR based and LC-MS based metabolomics platform for the investigation of herbal medicines.

A/Prof. Chun Guang Li     c.li@westernsydney.edu.au

Understanding the bioactivity of Australian medicinal plants Investigate the medicinal potential of a range of Australian medicinal plants.

A/Prof. Chun Guang Li c.li@westernsydney.edu.au

Dr. Joanne Packer j.packer@westernsydney.edu.au 

Prof. Gerald Muench g.muench@westernsydney.edu.au 

Assessing the feasibility of the local adoption of the quality of life instrument ChQOL (PDF, 45 KB)  (opens in a new window) This project will investigate whether the ChQOL can be adopted for local use as health-related QOL instrument for patients who attend Chinese medicine clinics.

Prof. Kelvin Chan             k.chan@westernsydney.edu.au

Dr. Henry Liang         h.liang@westernsydney.edu.au

Carnivorous plants - do they have the answer to multi-drug resistant TB? Demonstrate the level and nature of antibacterial activity of Australian Drosera sp against Mycobacterium smegmatis A/Prof. Chun Guang Li
c.li@westernsydney.edu.au
Quality control of TCM herbs Address the variation and inconsistency of active components in herbal medicines.

Prof. Kelvin Chan            k.chan@westernsydney.edu.au

A/Prof. Chun Guang Li c.li@westernsydney.edu.au  

Prof. Alan Bensoussan a.bensoussan@westernsydney.edu.au 

Neuroprotective and angiogenic effects of herbal medicine in zebrafish This project will assess the neuroprotective and angiogenic effects of herbal medicine and its key bioactive components using the zebrafish model.

A/Prof. Dennis Chang d.chang@westernsydney.edu.au

A/Prof. Chun Guang Li c.li@westernsydney.edu.au

Effect of a standardised herbal formulation on age-related memory and cognitive decline in mice This study aims to evaluate the effects of a standardised herbal formula, SLT and its bioactive components on memory and cognitive function in the mouse model of aging.

A/Prof. Dennis Chang d.chang@westernsydney.edu.au

A/Prof. Chun Guang Li c.li@westernsydney.edu.au

Prof. Gerald Muench g.muench@westernsydney.edu.au 

Prof. Alan Bensoussan a.bensoussan@westernsydney.edu.au 

Anti-glycaemic effects of a ginger preparation in rats

This project will evaluate the anti-glycaemic activities and the underlying mechanisms of action of a standardised ginger preparation and its bioactive component in rats.

A/Prof. Dennis Chang d.chang@westernsydney.edu.au 

Dr Srinivas Nammi s.nammi@westernsydney.edu.au

Regulation of tight junction proteins claudin and occluding by herbal medicine in endothelial cells This in vitro study will assess the action of herbal medicine on the expression of tight junction protein critical to the blood brain barrier function.

A/Prof. Dennis Chang d.chang@westernsydney.edu.au 

A/Prof. Chun Guang Li c.li@westernsydney.edu.au 

Documentation and investigation of bush medicines used by a remote Aboriginal community Working with Aboriginal communities to record and explore the Ethnopharmacology of bush medicines

Dr Emilie Ens

Dr. Joanne Packer j.packer@westernsydney.edu.au 

 

Clinical / Translational 

  
   
The role of acupuncture with achieving weight loss prior to gynaecology surgery

The aim of the project is to undertake a feasibility randomised controlled trial of acupuncture compared with a wait list control.

Professor Caroline Smith

caroline.smith@westernsydney.edu.au

Dr Carolyn Ee

carolyn.ee@westernsydney.edu.au

Development of a treatment protocol for pre birth treatment

The aim of the project is to:

1.To undertake focus groups with pregnant women to explore their views towards pre-birth acupuncture.

2. To develop acupuncture treatment protocols for cervical ripening for women.
Professor Caroline Smith
caroline.smith@westernsydney.edu.au
Dr Mike Armour
mike.armour@westernsydney.edu.au
Dr Debra Betts
d.betts@westernsydney.edu.au
The role of acupuncture and complementary therapies in weight loss in breast cancer survivors

The aim of the project is to:

1. To describe the prevalence of use of complementary therapies to manage weight gain in breast cancer survivors.

2. To conduct focus groups/interviews of BC survivors to assess feasibility and acceptability of acupuncture for weight loss.

 Professor Caroline Smith

 caroline.smith@westernsydney.edu.au

Dr Carolyn Ee

carolyn.ee@westernsydney.edu.au

Immunomodulation and other health benefits of traditional Chinese mushroom based medicines in palliative cancer patients This project will examine the utility of these 3 traditional Chinese mushrooms in improving the quality of life for both palliative and non-palliative cancer sufferers.

Prof. Stephen Clarke 

Prof. Andrew McLachlan

Mr Paul Fahey p.fahey@westernsydney.edu.au 

Utility of bovine colostrum for the treatment of infections and inflammatory diseases This project will conduct both lab and clinical based studies to elucidate the determine the effectiveness of colostrum as a natural anti-biotic and anti-inflammatory agent for the treatment of infection and inflammatory processes.

Prof. Alan Bensoussan a.bensoussan@westernsydney.edu.au

Validation of the SAFTEE adverse event burden monitoring system (Masters(Hons))

This project will establish the reliability and discriminative validity of a composite adverse event which takes account of the frequency, duration and severity of adverse events. This will be used as a primary endpoint in clinical studies of traditional Chinese medicine products once validated.

Prof. Alan Bensoussan a.bensoussan@westernsydney.edu.au

Working to integrate Australian Indigenous medicines in to local healthcare 

Working with specific Aboriginal communities and knowledge holders to explore ways of integration of local medicinal knowledge and culture into local healthcare practices.  

Dr Emilie Ens

Dr. Joanne Packer j.packer@westernsydney.edu.au 

Decision making and utilisation factors around the use of complementary medicines Explore the social, economic and lifestyle factors associated with the uptake of use of complementary medicines. 

Prof. Alan Bensoussan a.bensoussan@westernsydney.edu.au

Dr. Joanne Packer j.packer@westernsydney.edu.au