Current Higher Degree Research Projects

Higher degree research candidates at NICM Health Research Institute are involved in research projects covering a broad range of topics.

Select a research stream below to view the current projects.

Healthy Hearts

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


Seungyeon Yeon - The effect and mechanisms of natural products on vascular calcification in vitro and in vivo.

Healthy Minds

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


Holly Eva Ratajec - Characterizing the neurodegeneration associated with alzheimer's disease using multimodal techniques.


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


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

Healthy Women

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


Justin Sinclair - The use of medicinal cannabis for the symptomatic management of endometriosis: A mixed methods project.


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


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

Healthy lives through cancer

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


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


Hezheng Lai - Can Chinese herbal medicine improve appetite loss in cancer patients receiving chemotherapy treatment.

Mind and body therapies

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


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


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

Preclinical studies

Kirandeep Kaur - Modification of curcumin and investigation of its bioactivity.


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


Shintu Mathew - Australian native plants - a source of novel anti-inflammatory compounds.


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


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