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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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 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.

 

Emily Yang

Effects on Tai Chi on stress and cardiovascular function in patients with coronary heart disease and/or hypertension: a randomised, international, multi-centre, controlled trial.

This PhD project will assess 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.

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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 and Blackmores Institute Scholarship Program.

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Jessie (Jie) Hao

Chinese herbal medicine for peripheral neuropathy after chemotherapy.

This PhD project will test the effectiveness of Chinese herbal medicine for the management of chemotherapy induced peripheral neuropathy.

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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 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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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

Culturally appropriate lifestyle medicine model for managing PCOS: the role of Ayurveda and Yoga.

This PhD project will investigate the efficacy of Yoga and Ayurvedic diet in women with 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 and Blackmores Institute Scholarship Program.

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