Creating sustained improvements for neuroimmunology and emerging diseases
The National Centre for Neuroimmunology and Emerging Diseases is a world-class research facility focusing on the etiology and pathomechanisms of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (Myalgic Encephalomyelitis).
Our research is focused towards identifying biomarkers of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and translating this research into preventative medicine, social and clinical care, and public health outcomes.
Key focus areas
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It's Not In Our Heads
A diagnostic test is a crucial first step in understanding CFS. KETRA Wooding
lives in aged care on the Gold Coast. She’s an articulate, intelligent
young woman who once enjoyed the carefree life of a sailor, working on luxury yachts and travelling to exotic places, such as the Galapagos Islands and the Caribbean.
Professor Donald Staines
- Medical and clinical aspects of ME/CFS
- Communicable diseases, environmental health and specialist physician
- Population health
Dr Leighton Barnden
Dr Leighton Barnden is a Medical Scientist who started his career in Nuclear Medicine, but for the last 25 years has specialised in medical image processing. His publications on brain ‘structural’ MRI imaging in CFS reported abnormal autonomic nervous system function.
Dr Helene Cabanas
Dr Helene Cabanas is a young emerging researcher who specializes in understanding calcium pathway signalling and their implications in physiological and pathophysiological processes. Her current research focus on the pathomechanism of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome / Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (CFS/ME).
Dr Zack Shan
Dr Shan works on neuroimaging of chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS). By integrating machine learning and advanced diagnostic imaging, he is working towards developing objective diagnosis criteria of CFS and understanding the pathophysiological mechanism of CFS.
Professor Alfred Lam
Professor Lam is the Foundation Chair Professor in Griffith University and is also a senior pathologist working at Gold Coast University Hospital. His research focus is on diagnostic and molecular pathology of cancers, in particular gastrointestinal, endocrine and head/neck tumours.
Professor Donald Stewart
Professor Stewart's work in health promotion relates to community development and hygiene in rural areas in SE Asia. He has developed international research projects for chronic and neuro-degenerative diseases, such as Parkinson's Disease and Aphasia and chronic and persistent pain.
The National Centre for Neuroimmunology and Emerging Disease is proud to be partnered with the Alison Hunter Memorial Foundation (AHMF). Donations may be made either directly to NCNED or through the AHMF. Please be assured that all donations are eligible for tax deductions. The Development and Alumni Office at Griffith University is responsible for handling all financial donations.
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