International Research Projects

Indonesian Hospital research collaboration

Supporting the University of Sydney's position as one of Australia's leading research institutions, the Office for Global Health aims to further improve our international position by encouraging high-quality and high-impact research with international partners and leading universities from around the world. We also aim to contribute to building research capacity in developing countries in our region. A number of the research projects and activities emanating from the Office for Global Health can be found below.

International research projects by country

Brazil
Cambodia
Canada
China
Germany
Hong Kong
India
Indonesia
Kenya
Papua New Guinea
Sweden
Singapore
Switzerland
Timor Leste
Vietnam
UK
USA
 


BRAZIL

Brazilian Centre for evidence based physiotherapy

Funded by: International Project Development Fund and Sydney Medical School

Project: Collaborate with the Universidade Cidade de São Paulo to develop the Brazilian Centre for Evidence-Based Physiotherapy (CEBP_Brazil) by: (1) integrating Portuguese- and Spanish-language content developed by the CEBP_Brazil into the Physiotherapy Evidence Database (PEDro), (2) providing a series of workshops on evidence-based practice for academics and senior clinicians in Brazil.

Partner: University Cidade of Sao Paulo

University of Sydney staff: Professor Christopher Maher, Dr Anne Moseley, Dr Leonardo O P Costa


CAMBODIA

Prevalence of Rheumatic Heart Disease in Children in Rural Cambodia. An Echocardiography-based Pilot Study
Funded by: International Project Development Fund and Sydney Medical School


Project: This collaborative program comprises a pilot echocardiographic (echo) study of Rheumatic Heart Disease (RHD) in children from rural Cambodia. Previous research has detected a 10-fold increase in the prevalence of RHD in urban areas by echo. Rural incidence is likely to be higher and may be the highest prevalence yet detected world-wide. This pilot will inform preventive and management strategies.

Partners: National Institute of Public Health, Phnom Penh; Angkor Hospital for Children; Centre de Cardiologies de Phnom Penh; Imperial College, Umea University; University of East Anglia; Baylor College of Medicine; Baker IDI Heart & Diabetes Institute

University of Sydney staff: Dr Louise Shewan, Professor Chris Semsarian


CANADA (with UK & USA)

WUN Public health and climate change network; combining climate change and chronic disease prevention
Funded by: International Project Development Fund and Sydney Medical School


Project: The funding will be used to conduct a follow up workshop of the research network created at the inaugural WUN Public Health and Climate Change (PH&CC) Workshop hosted by U/ Bristol in February 2010. The objectives of the proposed workshop include identifying a discrete research agenda, defining research projects and possible funding sources and applying for grants to pursue the goals of the PH&CC. The PH&CC Network is currently considering a NIH call for EOI in climate change and health.

Partners: Bristol University; University of Alberta; University of Bergen; University of Leeds; Penn State University; University of Western Australia

University of Sydney staff: A/Prof Ruth Colagiuri


CHINA

China-Australia Collaborations in Diabetes and Obesity Research

Funded by: International Project Development Fund and Sydney Medical School

Project: A collaboration between Peking University and University of Sydney (CTC and BIONE) will establish a clinical trials centre in Beijing for diabetes and obesity, initially in adolescence. This will focus on national registry initiatives (type1DM, adolescent obesity, type2DM with harmonised data collection), clinical intervention trials, and health economics and health policy.

Partner: Peking University

University of Sydney staff: Professor Anthony Keech, Professor Stephen Colagiuri, A/Prof Alicia Jenkins, A/Prof Stephen Twigg, Professor Ian Caterson


Process evaluation of cardiovascular disease (CVD) interventions in Anhui province China

Funded by: International Project Development Fund and Sydney Medical School

Project: The University of Sydney will lead a process evaluation and policy study of a community based cardiovascular disease (CVD) reduction program in rural China. The project will be conducted in collaboration with Lanzhou University, Gansu Province. CVD is a serious health, economic and social issue in rural China and an area of increasing need and research investment. The Menzies Centre has expertise in process evaluation and a knowledge exchange in this area will be of tremendous benefit to both Lanzhou and Sydney Universities.

Partner: Lanzhou University

University of Sydney staff: Professor Stephen Leeder, Dr Justin McNab


Development of Novel Anti-tumour Agents: chelator-nanoparticles

Funded by: International Project Development Fund and Sydney Medical School

Project: The project funded by this IPDF grant application aims to expand and strengthen the established relationship between the Iron Metabolism and Chelation Program (IMC), Discipline of Pathology Program, Sydney Medical School and the National Centre for Nanoscience and Technology of China (NCNST) through a project to unite the expertise of the two institutions.

Partner: National Centre for Nanoscience and Technology of China (NCNST), Beijing

University of Sydney staff: Professor Des Richardson, Dr David Lovejoy, Ms Louise Freckelton


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Perinatal health in rural Shaanxi: a background survey for a large-scale community trial of the impact of micronutrient supplements in pregnancy on neonatal mortality

Funded by: International Project Development Fund and Sydney Medical School

Project: A survey to assess perinatal health, and health care services, is proposed for 10 poor rural counties in Shaanxi, north-western China, to provide a research training experience for post graduate students, and to gather background information to plan a large scale community trial of the impact of micronutrient supplements in pregnancy on neonatal survival. We will apply innovative survey methods to identify counties with the highest neonatal mortality rates and the poorest perinatal health care services, as sites for the future trial. It is planned for a University of Sydney MIPH/MPH student to join the field work and to use the experience for an honours project. A postgraduate student from XJTU will visit Australia for one month to also work o the survey data analysis.

Partners:
Xi’an Jiao Tong University

University of Sydney staff:
Associate Professor Michael Dibley - School of Public Health
Professor Heather Jeffery - School of Public Health
Dr Mu Li - School of Public Health
Ms Louise Freckelton - Office for Global Health


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Breakthrough collaborative research project to reduce mortality from cardiovascular disease

Funded by: International Project Development Fund and Sydney Medical School

Project: The University of Sydney will lead a Breakthrough Collaborative Project developed under the auspices of the APRU World Institute (AWI). The project aims to lower Cardiovascular Disease mortality in the Asia Pacific through the development of collaborative learning in the participating institutions’ teaching hospitals. The project will be overseen by a steering group of cardiology experts.

Partners:
Chinese University of Hong Kong
Peking University
Nanjing University

University of Sydney staff:
Professor Stephen Leeder - School of Public Health, and the Menzies Centre for Health Policy


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Primary healthcare and the General Practitioner in China and Australia

Funded by: International Project Development Fund and Sydney Medical School

Project: We will develop a strong relationship with Fudan University and the Shanghai Medical Association on the theme of primary care by presenting at the Train the Trainer program and the Annual Conference of General Practitioners – Shanghai in Nov ‘09. By profiling our expertise in Primary Care we will enable innovative research with quality partners generating long term, sustainable relationship and research outcomes and training consultancies. A return symposium in Sydney in 2010 will also be held.

Partners:
Fudan University
Shanghai Medical Association

University of Sydney staff:
Ms Louise Freckelton
Dr Lyndal Trevena


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Capacity building for international Nursing and Midwifery research collaboration

Funded by: International Project Development Fund and the Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery

Project: The aim of this program to initiate an exchange visit between staff of the Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery and nurses at the Shanghai Jiao Tong University in China. The Office for Global Health at the University of Sydney already has a significant research and teaching relationship with the medical and science faculties of Shanghai Jiao Tong. This program proposes to extend capacity for collaborative health research and professional development by initiating a research and teaching relationship with other members of the health team from Shanghai Jiao Tong, namely the nurses and/or midwives.

Partners:
Shanghai Jiao Tong University

University of Sydney staff:
Professor Jill White - Sydney Nursing School
Associate Professor Donna Waters - Sydney Nursing School
Ms Louise Freckelton - Office for Global Health


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Physical activity and food energy intake during pregnancy: the ponderal index and its predictive value for BMI in the offspring

Funded by: The University’s International Project Development Fund and Sydney Medical School.

Project: This project will allow for a collaboration with the School of Public health at Fudan University on the detailed analysis of data collected on physical activity and food energy during pregnancy and the resultant impact on the child.

Partners: Fudan University

University of Sydney staff:
Dr Li Mu - School of Public Health
Associate Professor Michael Dibley - School of Public Health
Louise Freckelton - Office for Global Health


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Glial-vascular dysfunction in a primate model for macular telangiectasis

Funded by: The University’s International Project Development Fund and Sydney Medical School.

Project: This project will allow for joint research into glial-vascilar dysfunction in a primate model for macular telanggiectasis.

Partners: Peking University

University of Sydney staff:
Professor Mark Gillies – Save Sight Institute
Dr Shen Weiyong – Save Sight Institute


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The 1st Sino-Australian Symposium: Cancer research in the 21st century - A joint research symposium of the University of Sydney and Shanghai Jiao Tong University

Funded by: The University’s International Project Development Fund and Sydney Medical School.

Project: These funds support the holding of a joint cancer research symposium in Shanghai.

Partners: Shanghai Jiao Tong University

University of Sydney staff:
Professor Nicholas King - Discipline of Pathology
Louise Freckelton - Office for Global Health


GERMANY and USA

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Imaging Receptor Tyrosine Kinase signalling in cardiovascular disease and diabetis

Funded by: The University’s International Project Development Fund and Sydney Medical School.

Project: This project aims to develop and apply advanced imaging approaches to cell surface receptor signaling systems in cellular animal models of vascular disease and diabetes.

Partners:
European Molecular Biology Lab (Germany)
University of California – David (USA)

University of Sydney staff:
Dr Sabine Wimmer-Kleikamp - Discipline of Pathology


HONG KONG

Role of adiponectin on liver cancer cell behaviour

Funded by: International Project Development Fund and Sydney Medical School

Project: The project will further deepen and extend our relationship with The University of Hong Kong through a joint project on liver cancer cell behaviour. We wish to further characterise the role of adiponectin in liver cancer with the establishment of a collaboration with Prof Aimin Xu of HKU, an international authority on adiponectin biology

Partner: The University of Hong Kong

University of Sydney staff: Dr Lionel Hebbard, Dr Liang Qiao, Dr Jacob George


INDIA

Assessment of opportunities for collaborative research for maternal, neonatal, and child health and nutrition in India
Funded by: International Project Development Fund and Sydney Medical School


Project: The NHMRC Clinical Trials Centre is a major academic research organisation committed to improving health outcomes, policy and practice in Australia and internationally. The Neonatal Clinical Trials Group in NHMRC CTC aims to co-host a workshop in India with leading Indian academic neonatal units to develop collaboration in international trials in high risk newborns.

Partner: The Indian Council for Medical Research (ICMR)

University of Sydney staff: Professor Michael Dibley, Dr Camille Raynes-Greenow, Professor Heather Jeffery

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Indo-Australian collaboration in non-communicable disease and injury research.

Funded by: International Project Development Fund and the George Institute for International Health

Project: Two research workshops (diabetes: New Delhi, Nov 2009; road traffic injury: Sydney, March 2010) are proposed, with a detailed collaborative study protocol suitable for major funding as the outcome of each. These initial workshops will serve as a sustainable model for funded, truly collaborative and major research activities between University of Sydney and a range of Indian scientists.

Partners: Indian Council for Medical Research

University of Sydney staff:
Associate Professor Anushka Patel
Associate Professor Chris Cowell
Associate Professor Rebecca Ivers


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Developing instruments for conducting low back pain research in India

Partners: All India Institute of Medical Sciences

University of Sydney staff: Professor James Mc Auley


INDIA and USA

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Building a cancer prevention partnership for women in Tamil Nadu, India-linking Sydney Medical School, Weill Cornell Medical College (USA), Cancer Council Australia and Christian Medical College Vellore, India

Funded by: The University’s International Project Development Fund and Sydney Medical School.

Project: This project will allow for a collaboration that will extend and evaluate a cerical and breast cancer prevention program in Vellore, Tamil Nadu India.

Partners:
Weill Cornell Medical College (USA)
Christian Medical College (India)
Cancer Council Australia (Australia)

University of Sydney staff:
Dr Lyndal Trevena - Office for Global Health and School of Public Health

View the video: "Cancer Prevention Programme for Women" - Ruhsa Department, Christian Medical College, Vellore


INDONESIA

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Funded by: International Project Development Fund and Sydney Medical School

Project: A multidisciplinary Research Forum and Showcase to extend partnerships with Universities of Airlangga, Indonesia and Gadjah Mada and the Eijkman Institute; to fulfill resolutions of the USyd delegation Roundtable held in Indonesia April 2010 (led by DVC (International). Key outcomes: USyd-UAir/UI /UGM/EI study groups in Viral, Bacterial, Parasitological, Fungal diseases (incl. socio/behavioural study) for educational exchange and collaborative, multidisciplinary research in public and animal health.

Partners: University Airlangga; University of Indonesia; University of Gadjah Mada; Eijkman Institute; Ministry of Health Indonesia

University of Sydney staff: Dr Monica Lahra, Professor Tania Sorrell, Professor Peter McMinn, Professor Michael Ward, Professor Lyn Gilbert, A/Prof Alison Kesson

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A Biosafety and Biosecurity symposium with the University of Indonesia

Funded by: International Project Development Fund and the Sydney Medical School

Project: The University of Sydney has been invited to participate in a workshop on Biosafety and Biosecurity by the University of Indonesia. Indonesian Ministries of Health, Agriculture and Research and Technology will be participating and attending providing the opportunity to develop high-impact relationships in Indonesia and to position the University of Sydney as a quality partner in developing innovative responses to biothreats.

Partners:
University of Indonesia

University of Sydney staff:
Professor Tania Sorrell
Ms Louise Freckelton


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An evaluation of the communication strategies used between health practitioners and teams in Cipto Mangunkusumo Hospital, Jakarta

Funded by: The University’s International Project Development Fund and Sydney Medical School.

Project: This project will establish a collaboration with Universitas Indonesia. A sharing of expertise and information around the interactional and intercommunicative skills used between clinicians and their teams to provide quality care for patients will lead to sustainable medical education training programs in communication, cultural competencies of health practitioners, exchanges of expertise and students between the universities.

Partners: Universitas Indonesia

University of Sydney staff:
Dr Cynthia Hunter - School of Public Health
Louise Freckelton - Office for Global Health


KENYA

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Building Kenya’s capacity to respond to non-communicable diseases

Building on partnerships with the University of Nairobi and the Kenyan Ministry of Health, this program will work to build Kenya’s capacity to response to the increasing non-communicable disease burden through the development and delivery of short-courses for health workers.

Funded by:
The University’s International Project Development Fund
The School of Public health, Sydney Medical School

Partners:
University of Nairobi
Ministry of Health, Kenya
Millennium Development Goals Centre, Kenya
Earth Institute at Columbia University, USA

University of Sydney staff:
Professor Robert Cumming - School of Public Health, Sydney Medical School
Mr Joel Negin - School of Public Health, Sydney Medical School


TMOR LESTE

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Working with the Timorese Health system to develop a systematic, practical and team-orientated critical care education program for health professionals

Funded by: International Project Development Fund and Sydney Medical School

Project: Using IPDF, Sydney Medical School and AusAID PSLP funding, a successful adult patient critical care education program was developed and implemented in 2009 with the National Hospital and Ministry of Health in Timor Leste. We propose to strengthen existing strategic collaborative relationships as well as establish new linkages with district referral hospitals and community health centres by expanding the program to include up-skilling of staff in the districts as well as developing and implementing a paediatric critical care skills component to complement the adult critical care component of the program.

Partners: Dili National Hospital of Guido Valadares

University of Sydney staff:
Dr Dilhani Bandaranayake
Dr Lyndal Trevena
Dr Kirsty Forster
Dr Roger Harris
Dr Andrea Marshall


Building a health education collaboration with Dili National Hospital and the Ministry of Health, Timor Leste

Funded by: AusAID's Public Sector Linkage Program (PSLP), the University’s International Project Development Fund and Sydney Medical School.

Project: This project will assist the team in building a health education collaboration with the partners in the area of critical care (emergency medicine and intensive care).

Partners:
Dili National Hospital (Timor Leste),
Ministry of Health (Timor Leste),
The Institute of Health Sciences (Timor Leste)

University of Sydney staff:
Dr Dilhani Bandaranayake – Office for Global Health
Dr Kirsty Foster – Northern Clinical School
Dr R Harris – Department of Emergency Medicine
Dr Lyndal Trevena – Office for Global Health and School of Public Health


VIETNAM

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Developing capacity of the diagnostic microbiology laboratory in Dien Bien Provincial Hospital to optimise maternal and child health outcomes, support clinical teaching and enable research.

Funded by: International Project Development Fund and Sydney Medical School

Project: This multidisciplinary project, to develop sustainable laboratory capacity through equipment and education, advances our 2005-7 IDPF projects. Key outcomes include enabling safe laboratory diagnosis of infection, antibiotic susceptibility testing, optimal antibiotic use, infection control and improved public health in Dien Bien Province, Vietnam. Collaborative research will provide novel epidemiological data on infection in the region. The project interrelates with existing and planned projects in Vietnam.

Partners:
Dien Bien Provincial Hospital, Pasteur Institute of Ho Chi Minh City, WHO, National Institute of Infectious and Tropical Disease, National Institute of Paediatrics, Hanoi, Hanoi Medical University, Hoc Mai Australia Vietnam Foundation, Australian Paediatric Surveillance Unit, Childrens’ Hopsital Westmead, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital

University of Sydney staff:
Dr Monica Lahra
Professor Elizabeth Elliott
Professor Peter McMinn
Professor Heather Jeffery


Evaluating and enhancing the national mortality registration system in Vietnam

Funded by: The project is funded through AusAID’s Australian Development Research Awards.

Project: This project will evaluate and enhance the national mortality registration system in Vietnam.

Partners:
Hanoi Medical University
Ministry of Health Vietnam

University of Sydney staff:
Professor Mark Stevenson - George Institute for International Health


USA

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Global health and development collaboration with the Earth Institute of Colombia University.

Funded by: International Project Development Fund and Sydney Medical School

Project: Building on existing partnerships between the University of Sydney and the Earth Institute at Columbia University, the program will support collaboration on the Millennium Villages Project in Africa and in Papua New Guinea as well as the newly established Global Food Systems Initiative. Areas of activity include faculty visits and collaborative operational research.

Partners: Colombia University

University of Sydney staff:
Dr Joel Negin - School of Public Health
Professor Stephen Leeder - School of Public Health and Menzies Centre for Health Policy


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Hemichannels and gap junctional communication in astrocytes: The supportive cells in the central nervous system

Funded by: The University’s International Project Development Fund and Sydney Medical School.

Project: This project will allow for collaboration between Australia and the US in glia cell physiology as it relates to stroke.

Partners: University of Washington

University of Sydney staff: Associate Professor Tailoi Chan-Ling - School of Medical Sciences


Imaging Receptor Tyrosine Kinase signalling in cardiovascular disease and diabetis

This project can be found in the GERMANY section above.


Building a cancer prevention partnership for women in Tamil Nadu, India-linking Sydney Medical School, Weill Cornell Medical College (USA), Cancer Council Australia and Christian Medical College Vellore, India

This project can be found in the INDIA section above.