Biomedical Science News
PhD award to Cliffton Chan
Congratulations to Cliffton Chan who was recently awarded a degree of Doctor of Philosophy. Cliffton is a sport and musculoskeletal physiotherapist with broad experiences in both the public sector and private practice. He is a lecturer in functional anatomy at the Discipline of Biomedical Sciences, The University of Sydney, and continues to consult as a Senior Physiotherapist at Five Dock Physiotherapy.
Cliffton’s doctoral thesis is entitled ‘Fit to Play: Physiotherapy-Based Interventions for Professional Orchestral Musicians. Alongside the ‘Sound Practice’ research team led by Dr Bronwen Ackermann, Cliffton worked exclusively with the eight premier state orchestras of Australia to reduce performance-related musculoskeletal disorders in professional musicians. He implemented a range of onsite physiotherapy triage clinics, quick recovery treatment services and developed targeted exercise programs via different delivery methods to address the common spinal and upper extremity problems in this population. During his candidature, he won the ‘Best Clinical Research Presentation’ award at the 2011 Australian Physiotherapy Association Conference (Sports stream). Cliffton has also recently won the ‘Alice G. Brandfonbrener Young Investigator Award’ and has been invited as a speaker to present his paper on “The effect of a musicians’ exercise intervention on performance-related musculoskeletal disorders” at the 2014 Performing Arts Medicine Association Conference in Colorado, U.S.A.
Congratulations to Zaynab Al-Eisawi, Meher Un Nessa and Mohammed Ehsanul Hoque Mazumder who graduated with PhD on 13 December 2013. For her PhD, Zaynab worked on combinations between platinum drugs and bortezomib and changes in nature of administration in ovarian tumour models. Meher worked on combinations between platinum drugs and phytochemicals to overcome drug resistance in ovarian tumour models. Ehsan worked on designing new palladium compounds and drug combinations to overome resistance in ovarian tumour models.
Dr Joanna Diong was awarded a 2014 National Stroke Foundation (NSF) Small Project Grant ($18,308). This project will investigate changes in mechanical properties of the forearm and hand muscles after stroke to determine the mechanisms of contracture (loss of joint range of motion), a common secondary musculoskeletal complication in stroke and other neurological conditions. This project will be conducted in collaboration with Prof Simon Gandevia and Prof Rob Herbert at Neuroscience Research Australia (NeuRA).
A/Prof. Kay Double - Telegraph article and radio interviews about link between PD and insecticide sprays
Associate Professor Kay Double was quoted in a Parkinson's story in the front page of the Daily Telegraph 9th Dec 2013 - "Landmark legal case will probe the link between Parkinson's disease and insecticide sprays used on long-haul flights". Kay Double also gave two radio interviews on this issue on the same day.
Associate Professor Kay Double was also quoted in a article by Amy Corderoy in the Sydney Morning Herald website - Flight attendants seek legal advice over Parkinson's disease fear.
Associate Professor Kay Double's work on developing ultrasound as a diagnostic method for Parkinson's disease was featured in the Sydney Morning Herald (SMH) website on Friday Nov 1st. Click link to video below.
Many Parkinson's disease patients have told Kay that knowing that research is happening and making progress gives them hope.