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Anaesthetics

The Anaesthesia and Pain Management research group focuses on improving the quality of care received by children before, during and after their operations. This involves identifying and measuring how patients respond to anaesthesia. Research results can influence change in anaesthesia practice, to pursue clinical excellence. The team is committed to providing a structured program of teaching and mentoring to ensure future research in this area.

Important national and international collaborations have been formed with major hospitals to ensure the group remains a leader in anaesthesia research.

Group Leaders: 
A/Prof George Chalkiadis
Role: 
Research Associate
Dr Mike Clifford
Role: 
Research Associate
Dr Fiona Desmond
Role: 
Honorary Fellow
Dr Geoff Frawley
Role: 
Research Associate
Dr Ben Hallett
Role: 
Research Associate
Penelope Hartmann
Role: 
Research Assistant
Ms Jessica Martin
Role: 
PhD Student Swinburne Science
Dr Rob McDougall
Role: 
Research Associate
Dr Ian McKenzie
Role: 
Research Associate
Dr Catherine Olweny
Role: 
Honorary Fellow
A/Prof Greta Palmer
Role: 
Research Associate
Dr Lauren Phelan
Role: 
Honorary Fellow
Dr Philip Ragg
Role: 
Research Associate
Dr Stefan Sabato
Role: 
Honorary Fellow
Suzette Sheppard
Role: 
Research Coordinator
Cate Sinclair
Role: 
PhD student Qld University
Dr Peter Squire
Role: 
Research Associate
Dr Neda Taghizadeh
Role: 
PhD student University of Melbourne

Projects underway in the Anaesthesia and Pain Management research group include:

  • Characterisation of Gene-Environment Affecting Congenital Heart Disease Outcomes (The GECHO study)
  • A multi-site randomised controlled trial comparing regional and general anaesthesia for effects on neurodevelopmental outcome and apnoea in infants (The GAS study)
  • NIRS study: Cerebral near-infrared spectroscopy monitoring in infants during the peri-operative period: a prospective observational cohort study
  • The experience of children with autism, their carers and staff during day case procedures
  • Pharmacokinetics of Anaesthetic drugs
  • Paediatric Surgical Airway Management: A comparison of two techniques in anaesthetised rabbits
  • A retrospective audit of anaesthetic techniques and complications in patients requiring muscle biopsy
  • Clinical Audit on change in core temperature during transfer of neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) patients from the operating theatre
  • Electroencephalography in children having propofol anaesthesia
  • The topography of paediatric brain electrical activity during anaesthesia
  • A Genome-Wide Association Study on the Genetics of Anaesthetic Awareness