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Current Research Projects

Current clinical projects being carried out by higher degree investigators and students associated with the CRE for PAD are as follows:

  • “Predictors of outcome of patients with PAD”. Martin D. Masters project, Vascular Biology Unit, James Cook University.
  • “Association of CT assessed fat distribution and outcome for patients with PAD”. Cronin O. Honours project, Vascular Biology Unit, James Cook University.
  • “Association of CT assessed aneurysm morphology with outcome of endovascular aneurysm repair”. Rai D. Honours project, Vascular Biology Unit, James Cook University.
  • “High Density Lipoprotein and novel therapies for Peripheral Artery Disease”. Childs W. PhD project, Monash University.
  • “Acute and chronic effects of exercise on markers of angiogenesis and muscle capillarisation in people with and without peripheral arterial disease.” Walker M. PhD project, Queensland University of Technology.
  • “Muscle Fatigue in Peripheral Arterial Disease.” Stefanovic B. PhD project, Queensland University of Technology.
  • “Towards a better understanding of the skeletal muscle microvasculature in patients with peripheral arterial disease.” Clapperton R. PhD project, Queensland University of Technology.
  •  “Survey of the methods used to screen and treat PAD in primary care”. Hage K. Honours project, University of Queensland.
  • “CT features of ruptured AAA”. Ayer V. Honours project, University of Queensland.
  •  “ANKLE brachial index determination by oscillometric method in general practice (ABIDING).” Winzenberg T. Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Menzies Research Institute, University of Tasmania.
  • “ANKLE brachial index determination by oscillometric method in general practice (ABIDING).” Howes F.  PhD project, Menzies Research Institute, University of Tasmania.
  • “Peripheral artery disease management in primary care. Taking care of a patient with PAD and a population of PAD patients”. Au Bich T. Postdoctoral Researcher, Menzies Research Institute, University of Tasmania.
  •  “Management and risk assessment in peripheral arterial disease”. Shehab S. Honours project, University of Technology, Sydney.

Other current research projects include:

  • The association between exercise and angiogenesis in peripheral arterial disease.
  • Monocyte marker expression in atherosclerosis.
  • The importance of chemokines and cytokines in determining aortic smooth muscle cell phenotype.
  • The effects of direct, point of care visualisation and quantification of changes in femoral arterial wall dimension to walking programme compliance and follow-up in patients with PAD.
  • The benefits of pain management on walking performance for PAD patients.
  • An investigation of the mechanisms underlying pathophysiological vascular reactivity in patients suffering from PAD.
  • An investigation of the mechanisms of reperfusion injury.
  • Is vascular reactivity is altered in patients with peripheral arterial disease?
  • The effects of extended-release niacin on the properties of lower extremity atherosclerotic lesions.
  • The association of visceral adiposity with abdominal aortic aneurysm presence, growth and cardiovascular outcomes.
  • The predictors of post-operative outcome following endovascular aneurysm repair. 
  • Assessing the Morphological Features of Ruptured and Intact Abdominal Aortic Aneurysms using Computed Tomography Angiography: Evaluating the Role of Intraluminal Thrombus.
  • Barriers to screening and diagnosis of Peripheral Arterial Disease by General Practitioners.