Researching today to change lives tomorrow

Vision - Innovation for a healthier world

At our core is a commitment to innovation and excellence in health research. Through leadership and collaboration, we will champion research to optimise health in our local and global communities.

Our mission is to engage in ground-breaking research aimed at making meaningful improvements to the health of our communities. We do so by advancing the knowledge of science on which health science is founded, expanding the evidence base for health outcomes and health systems, and improving health education.

Our research areas

Centre for Applied Health Economics

Clinical Medicine

Clinical Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Data Analytics

Medical Education


Public Health

Higher Degree Research

We support Higher Degrees Research students through a range of activities and programs, complementing University initiatives. Together with staff and research themes, we work hard to ensure our HDR students get the best possible support for their studies, and in pursuit of future research to improve health outcomes of our communities.


The Research Committee was established to provide advice to the School Committee on matters relating to research in the School.

The specific functions of the Committee, in relation to the School's research, include:

  • To oversee the implementation of the School Research Plan
  • Be responsible for the conduct of activities to support the development of research
  • To monitor the School's research performance

The Research Committee:

  • Keith Grimwood - Chair
  • Joshua Byrnes - Centre for Applied Health Economics
  • Cordia Chu - Centre for Environment and Population Health
  • Anne Roiko - Environmental Health
  • Mark Avery - Health Service Management
  • Sandy MacQuarrie - Paramedicine
  • Lennert Veerman - Public Health
  • Jing Sun - School of Medicine (Biostatistics)
  • Vinod Gopalan - School of Medicine
  • Eugen Petcu - School of Medicine
  • Alfred Lam - HDR Convenor (Clinical)
  • Faruk Ahmed - HDR convenor (Non-clinical)
  • Nigel McMillan - School of Medical Science
  • Andrea Marshall - Joint appointee between Griffith University and Gold Coast Health
  • Tracie Cheng - HDR Student (Clinical)
  • Festus Adams - HDR Student (Non-clinical)
  • Roianne West - First Peoples Health Unit
  • Thanya Pathirana - Sunshine Coast
  • Simon Broadley - School of Medicine (Snr researcher)
  • Teresa Russo - Secretary

Applied Health Economics - Nathan

Our School of Medicine research team based at Nathan campus, is comprised of a multi-disciplinary team of epidemiologists, biostatisticians, primary care physicians, clinical researchers, health economists, postdoctoral staff and doctoral students, research officers and administrative staff.

The group undertakes a range of clinical and population health research projects relating to improved quality of life for Australian and international populations and staff are members of the Centre for Applied Health Economics (CAHE).

Some of our projects

  • Citizens' Jury Project
  • Environments for Healthy Living
  • Personalized feedback to reduce alcohol for women and their children
  • Patients’ Preference for Participation in Patient Safety Activities
  • Promoting postpartum wellbeing and confidence
  • NBN diabetes project
  • External Evaluations of Submissions to the PBAC
  • Dealing with cognitive and related functional decline in older people
  • Telehealth in Residential Aged Care Facilities: A Pragmatic Randomised Control Trial
  • Panel provider of services to the MSAC
  • Predictors for paediatric presentations to the Emergency Department
  • Reducing inequality in Heart Disease


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Cancer Molecular Pathology Program

Cancer is a leading health problem worldwide. The goal of our program is to improve the quality of life of patients suffering from cancer through translational research involving molecular biology, pathological studies and clinical correlations. Research is conducted by internationally recognised experts in different cancer related fields.

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Our Medical Workforce research project is funded by an ARCDiscovery grant and is being administered by a team of researchers that includes Doctors and other healthcare clinicians. Career Choices for Australian Medical Students is a national longitudinal cohort study that will examine what and how medical students and new graduates make career plans and choices.

Medical workforce research will assist medical educators and medical workforce planners to better understand how to train tomorrow's doctors and build a sustainable workforce.


A range of bench studies and epidemiology studies through to clinical trials are currently underway. These include the assessment of biochemechanical and implantation mechanisms for the use of surgical mesh using animal models; examination of the prevalence of dyspareunia in the gynaecology outpatients; the assessment of risk of urinary incontinence following genito-urinary fistula repair and the measurement of the effectiveness of vaginal prolapse repair employing mesh augmentation.


We are the lead academic partner of the Brisbane South Palliative Care Collaborative. The Collaborative functions to progress clinical palliative care service delivery by implementing intersectoral palliative care research, training and education and quality improvement programs.

During the past two years, staff at the Collaborative have designed and implemented three randomised controlled trials aimed at improving symptom control, conducted numerous workshops in rural and urban Queensland to up-skill practitioners of palliative care and produced an end-of-life care pathway for palliative patients in residential and aged care facilities.

Interventional Cardiology, Cardiovascular Prevention, Genetics and Clinical Trials

Our current projects arise from the Gold Coast cardiovascular DNK bank and the Precise registry, the CHAMPION clinical trial and the CARS trial. In addition there  are projects underway in Accelerated Atherocoronary Metabolic Syndrome, functional capacity and cardiovascular outcomes and the development of new cardiovascular interventional devices.


Our team has interests covering multiple sclerosis, stroke, migraine and Parkinson's disease. Projects completed to date include a phase II clinical trial of Cpn10 in multiple sclerosis, a study of flow rates through spinal needles and a study in Parkinson's disease looking at blink rates.

Our current projects include an epidemiological, case-control, survey of autoimmune disease in patients with multiple sclerosis and their relatives, validation of the Griffith University Headache Questionnaire, the CogniMS study, studies of the effect of fatigue on balance in multiple sclerosis and surveys of headache, eye and hair colour and ancestral origin in multiple sclerosis. In conjunction with the Genomics Research Centre and several other centres around Australia we have recently joined the Multiple Sclerosis GeneBank collaboration and several other centres around

Australia we have recently joined the Multiple Sclerosis GeneBank collaboration.This project is being funded by Multiple Sclerosis Research Australia as one of its key platforms within the Epidemiology and Genetics Institute. Future directions include potential collaborations with the Griffith Institute for Drug Discovery to look at stem cell populations in multiple sclerosis and further phase II and III clinical trials of novel therapies for multiple sclerosis.

Researchers involved in this program include Professor Simon Broadley, Dr Max Williams, Sharon Quinlan, Sue Freeman, Nicola Stroud and Dr Helen Cavanaugh.


Our research is focused on the development of new speckle tracking technology in cardiac ultrasound echocardiography in the assessment of myocardial strain mechanics. Myocardial strain imaging has been shown to be more sensitive than conventional echo parameters in the detection of early subclinical myocardial dysfunction. Myocardial Strain imaging can improve early diagnosis and prognostic risk stratification in various cardiomyopathies.

Our effort is focused on evaluating potential new clinical applications and how to translate this research tool into a routine practical clinical tool by improvement in accuracy, reproducibility, and vendor compatibility, and our research personnel and resources involve multi-centre collaboration between School of Medicine Griffith University, The Prince Charles Hospital, University of Queensland, Menzies Health Institute Queensland, and Gold Coast University Hospital.

Research collaborators include cardiologists, cardiac scientists, cardiac sonographers, exercise physiologists, ICU physicians, PhD students, and postdoctoral research fellows, and our research team have established international collaboration and joint research projects with academic institutions in Japan, Hong Kong, and USA.

Professor Jonathan Chan


Ethics - Evaluation - GAMSAT (Graduate Australian Medical School Admissions Test) - Inter-professional learning - Learner analytics - MSOD (Medical School Outcomes Database) - Problem-based learning - Selection and admission - Social media

Assoc Prof Raymond Tedman