HDR Students


Adele Cave

Effectiveness of a herbal and nutritional supplement on cognitive function in older adults with subjective cognitive complaints.

This PhD project will test the efficacy of a herbal and nutritional supplement on cognition, mood, fatigue, electrophysiology and autonomic function in a sample of older adults who report subjective cognitive complaints.

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Alison Maunder

The role of naturopathy in the management of women with diminished ovarian reserve (DOR).

This PhD project will investigate the use of naturopaths by women with DOR and their experiences, the treatment patterns of naturopaths in their management of women with DOR, and finally, the effectiveness and safety of a naturopathic treatment option for women with DOR. Alison is a recipient of the NICM HRI and Jacka Foundation of Natural Therapies Scholarship Program.

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Christine Murray

A clinical trial of a herbal medicine for the management of osteoarthritis of the knee.

This PhD project will clinically evaluate the safety and effectiveness of a novel standardised herbal formulation in reducing pain from osteoarthitis of the knee. The study will involve a 12-week randomised, double-blind, placebo controlled trial. Christine is a recipient of the NICM HRI and Blackmores Institute Scholarship Program.


Dhevaksha Naidoo

The effects of residential health and wellness retreat experiences on health and wellbeing.

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Dianna Porter

Can Chinese herbal medicine alleviate hot flushes in breast cancer survivors? A randomised, placebo-controlled, double-blind, multi-centre, cross-over trial.

This PhD project will investigate whether a Chinese herbal medicine can reduce hot flushes/night sweats in Australian breast cancer survivors.


Emma Wong

Electro acupuncture for improving erectile dysfunction after robotic assisted radical prostatectomy: A randomised controlled trial and feasibility study.

This PhD project will investigate whether electro acupuncture can improve erectile dysfunction after prostatectomy. Emma is a recipient of the NICM HRI and Blackmores Institute Scholarship Program.

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Fiona Hargraves

Evaluation of a multi-component lifestyle medicine model for treating depression.

This PhD project researches lifestyle interventions including exercise, nutrition, sleep and mindfulness for treating depression. Fiona is a recipient of the NICM HRI and Blackmores Institute Scholarship Program.

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Hezheng Lai

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Holly Ratajec

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Katerina Christofides

Exploring the neurochemistry of cognitive decline in mild cognitive impairment (MCI).

This PhD project aims to decipher the complex link between brain chemical imbalance, inflammation, and cognitive function in MCI.

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Kiran Shahbaz

Pharmacological investigation of crocin in ischemic stroke via human astrocytic signalling pathways and mechanisms.

This PhD project aims to investigate the mechanism of action and therapeutic potential of crocin.

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Kirandeep Kaur

Modification of curcumin and investigation of its bioactivity.

This MPhil project aims to assess the solubility and antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and anticancer bioactivity of modified curcumin.

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Maitreyee Banerjee

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Kylie Barr

The effectiveness of intradialytic yoga for fatigue in patients with End Stage Kidney Disease: a mixed methods approach.

This PhD project seeks 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.

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Maria Gonzalez

Evaluation of a yoga intervention on mental health in cancer patients.

Mental health issues in people diagnosed with cancer are prevalent and can cause serious consequences in those affected. This project aims to assess the effects of a yoga program on mental health symptoms and associated health measures such as quality of life.

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Muhammad Ali

Untargeted metabolomic study of synergistic herbal and/or synthetic anticancer combinations against breast cancer

Utilising the genomic information of cancer cells and chemo-informatics of various drugs, Muhammad's PhD project aims to develop and validate a novel deep learning model to predict drug combinations with optimal synergistic efficacy.

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Saumya Perera

Evaluation of synergistic effects of a multi-herb combination used for the treatment of 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 herb using in-vitro models. Saumya is a recipient of the NICM HRI and Blackmores Institute Scholarship Program.

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Seungeon Yeon

The effect and mechanisms of natural products on vascular calcification in vitro and in vivo,

This PhD project will aim to establish a cell model and animal experiments of vascular calcification to investigate the possible role of sclerostin on vascular development and progression.

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Shintu Mathew

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Simi Singh

Herbal quality assessment by chemical characterisation and study of anti-cancer activity of selected Chinese medicinal herbs.

This PhD project seeks to determine the variability of selected bio-active components in raw herbs and commercially prepared extracts.

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Vibhuti Rao

The role of Ayurveda and Yoga in managing polycystic ovary syndrome in ethnic Indian women; a mixed-method study.

This PhD project will examine a combined lifestyle intervention including Ayurvedic diet and yoga to manage symptoms of polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS).

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Yoann Birling

Investigation of the safety and effectiveness of Chinese Herbal Medicine for the treatment of insomnia.

This PhD research project will look for evidence of the safety and effectiveness of Chinese herbal medicine for insomnia with a focus on one particular formula, Zao Ren An Shen. Yoann is a recipient of the NICM HRI and Blackmores Institute Scholarship Program.

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Yu Tat Chan

Randomised sham-controlled trial to evaluate the effectiveness and safety of acupuncture for overactive bladder in Australian women population.

This PhD aims to evaluate the effectiveness of acupuncture treatment for female patients with an overactive bladder and develop a standardised acupuncture treatment protocol.

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