2022 Webinars

The Community of Interest Webinar Series aims to create connections between clinician scientists (of all disciplines), academic health researchers and clinicians who are interested in research (but not sure where to start).

The Communities of Interest webinar series aims to connect healthcare professionals, clinician researchers and academic health researchers across northern Queensland and beyond to support research collaboration, translation and knowledge exchange.

Held the last Wednesday of each month from 1pm - 2pm, each webinar features a guest speaker who will provide a brief presentation on their research work, followed by a facilitated open discussion exploring future projects, challenges and opportunities and potential for collaboration.

Each webinar will focus on a particular health challenge of relevance to northern Queensland and aligned with the TAAHC Research Themes. Every quarter the webinar series will be hosted by the TAAHC Women's Health Research Translation Network with a special focus on women's health research.

 If you are an experienced researcher, new to research or interested in research but not sure where to start, join us at an upcoming webinar to connect with colleagues and learn more about health and medical research in northern Queensland.

Previous Webinars

30 November 2022 1pm - 2pm AEST

TAAHC Women's Health Research Translation Network (WHRTN)


  • Dr Liza van Eijk, "Using brain imaging to identify infants at high-risk for adverse neurodevelopmental outcomes."

Following Dr van Eijk's presentation, the remainder of the webinar will be dedicated to an open forum to discuss the direction of the TAAHC WHRTN in 2023 and beyond.

31 August 2022 1pm - 2pm AEST

TAAHC Women's Health Research Translation Network


  • Sara Hurren, "Exploring women's experiences of gestational breast cancer and their interactions with the health care system: a scoping review."
  •  Rebekah Lisciandro, "Understanding and applying embodiment theory when researching women and gender diverse peoples' health."

27 July 2022 1pm - 2pm AEST

Teletrials in Northern Queensland

Our speakers will share details of participating in a teletrial as a satellite site, including the patient experience and how the Australian Teletrial Program is being evaluated in the region. Questions are welcome so please join us to hear more about this important work in northern Queensland!


  • Carli Shaw, Clinical Nurse Consultant, Mackay Institute of Research and Innovation, Mackay Hospital and Health Service
  •  Jenna Pinchbeck, Research Project Manager, College of Medicine and Dentistry, James Cook University

29 June 2022 1pm - 2pm AEST

Early- and Mid-Career Panel Session: Navigating a Research Career in Health

A panel of ECMRs from a variety of disciplines will provide an overview of their research and share their pathway to research in the health sector. This will be followed by a facilitated discussion session with the audience.

Join us in this webinar to learn more about the work of ECMRs across northern Queensland and consider what your research pathway in the health sector might look like.


  • Associate Professor Alison Pighills, Mackay Hospital and Health Service


  • Dr Jennifer Mann, Co-Ordinator, Queensland Dementia, Ageing and Frailty Clinical Network, Health, Improvement Unit, Clinical Excellence Queensland, Queensland Health
  • Ms Carli Shaw, Clinical Nurse Consultant, Mackay Institute of Research and Innovation, Mackay Hospital and Health Service

Register here

25 May 2022 1pm-2pm AEST
Hosted by the TAAHC Women's Health Research Translation Network


Dr Margaret Jordan, James Cook University

"Identifying the genetic causes of Multiple Sclerosis"

Dr Jordan is currently employed as a Senior Research Fellow in Molecular and Cell Biology, College of Public Health, Medical and Veterinary Sciences, James Cook University. She worked in Cytogenetics for several years, prior to undertaking a PhD in Immunogenomics in 2011. Upon completion, she was awarded the prestigious NHMRC/MSRA Betty Cuthbert Early Career Research Fellowship. Subsequently, she has been CI and AI on Category 1 research project grants from Multiple Sclerosis Research Australia (MSRA) and NHMRC as well as having gained support from several national and international funding bodies, including a seed grant from TAAHC as well as from WHRTN. Her academic role includes both research and teaching duties, where she contributes to 2nd and 3rd year teaching to Science, Pharmacy and Medical Students. She coordinates the Honours’ programme, and contributes to the HDR student supervision, participates as HDR milestones’ Chair and Independent Academic as well as via active participation on the CPHMVS Research Education Committee. She has contributed to Human and Animal Ethics for several years. Dr Jordan is a current member of Neuroimmunology Australia, Australasian Society of Immunology and Australasian Genomic Technologies Association, and is involved in organising national and international conference meetings. Her current research focus is on the immunogenomics of MS, where she uses human-based studies and mouse models of the disease, to unravel the underlying genetic pathologies. She has published several prestigious journal articles, and she reviews for scholarly journals and granting bodies.

Associate Professor Donna Rudd, James Cook University

"Baby poo and wee, exploring the wonders of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and beyond"

Donna has been involved in Medical Laboratory Science in a variety of capacities for over thirty years. She has extensive experience in both private and public laboratories and was awarded a PhD in Physiology and Pharmacology (2012). She is currently the course coordinator Medical and Clinical Sciences at JCU. Her research interests include all things Clinical Biochemistry and she is currently involved in projects for investigating improved diagnostic markers for renal disease in neonates, neonatal and adult gut microbiome and nutritional supplementation for the improvement of mental health and the utilization of pathology services, particularly the implementation of Point of Care Testing.

30 March 2022 1pm-2pm AEST
Diabetes in northern Queensland


  • Dr Peter Donovan, Director, Clinical Pharmacology Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital and Lead of the Diabetes Network Inpatient Working Group. "Results of the Queensland Inpatient Diabetes Survey (QuIDS) results for Northern Queensland"
  • Ms Kylie Oliver, Nurse Director, Mackay Institute of Research and Innovation, Mackay Hospital and Health Service"Self-management of insulin in the acute care setting - a randomised control trial and Continuous Glucose Monitoring in the acute care setting."
23 February 2022 1pm-2pm AEST
TAAHC Women's Health Research Translation Network Seminar Series


  • Professor Cate Nagle, Professor of Nursing and Midwifery, Townsville Hospital and Health Service and James Cook University. "Introduction to the TAAHC Women's Health Research Translation Network (WHRTN)"
  • Dr Lea Merone, "Exploring androcentricity in medical research and the potential impacts on the experiences of female patients."

Dr Lea Merone is a medical Dr from the UK. After emigrating to Cairns in 2016 she completed her master of public health and tropical medicine and obtained her fellowship of the Australian Faculty of Public Health Medicine. She is about to complete her part-time PhD examining androcentricity in medicine.

  • Dr Janelle James-McAlpine, Women's Health Research Capacity Building Fellow, Tropical Australian Academic Health Centre. "The TAAHC WHRTN - the story so far."
27 October 2021 5pm-6pm AEST
Rehabilitation Research

‘"Services reaching everyone in northern Australia:The allied health student-implemented service model."


  • Dr Alice Cairns, Centre for Rural and Remote Health, James Cook University
  • Associate Professor Ruth Barker, College of Healthcare Sciences, James Cook University
29 September 2021 5pm-6pm AEST
Retrieval and Emergency Research


  • Dr Clinton Gibbs, Clinical Director - Northern Operations, Retrieval Services Queensland, Queensland Health. "Trauma Care in the Tropics - A multicentre Retrospective Analysis"
  • Dr Hayley Letson, Research Fellow, Heart and Trauma Research Laboratory, College of Medicine and Dentistry, James Cook University. "Prehospital Emergency Care in Regional, Rural and Remote Environments: Applying the Lessons of War."
28 July 2021 5pm-6pm AEST
Developing a Women’s Health and Research Workforce in North Queensland 


  • Building women’s health research capacity, presented by Prof. Cate Nagle,  Professor of Nursing and Midwifery, Townsville Hospital and Health Service and JCU 
  • The Nutrition Education and Screening Tool in pregnant women of FNQ, presented by Dr Janelle James-McAlpine, Women's Health Research Capacity Building Fellow, TAAHC and Nursing and Midwifery, James Cook University  
26 May 2021 5pm-6pm AEST
Neglected Infections in North Queensland


  • Melioidosis – An update and summary of local research, Dr Robert NortonDirector of Microbiology and Pathology, Townsville University Hospital
  • Dr Simon Smith, Infectious Diseases Specialist, Cairns Hospital

Recording link

28 April 2021 5pm-6pm AEST
Population and digital health

Population health in Mackay – the “Let’s Shape Up” initiative, presented by Associate Professor David Farlow, Executive Director Research and Innovation, Mackay Hospital and Health Service and Clinical Dean, Mackay Clinical School, James Cook University School of Medicine and Dentistry.

Updates in bio-informatics and the implications for personalised health care in NQ, presented by Dr Matt Field, Principal Research Fellow, Bioinformatics, Australian Institute of Tropical Health and Medicine, James Cook University.

31 March 2021 5pm-6pm AEST
New research developments in renal disease

Prof Andrew Mallett, Director of Clinical Research & Consultant Nephrologist at the Townsville University Hospital, Professor of Medicine at JCU College of Medicine & Dentistry.

Dr Murty Mantha, Director of Renal Medicine at Queensland Health Cairns.

Recording available upon request.

24 February 2021 5pm-6pm AEST
Allergic diseases in the north

Professor Andreas Lopata, College of Public Health Medical and Veterinary Sciences, James Cook University: “Novel diagnostics for better management of tropical allergies”

Dr Peter Bourke, Consultant Physician, Clinical Immunologist and Allergist at the Cairns Hospital:  “Clinical Allergy in FNQ”

Recording Link

27 January 2021 5pm-6pm AEST
Better health through research: How a research degree can improve your practice and career

Professor Sarah Larkins, Director of Research Development and Professor of Health Systems Strengthening at James Cook University.

Dr Michelle Redman-MacLaren, Associate Dean of Research College of Medicine and Dentistry and Public Health researcher at James Cook University.

  • Prof Sabe Sabesan - Medicine, previous student
  • Mrs Catrina Felton-Busch - Medicine, current student
  • Dr Martina Mylrea - Pharmacy, previous student
  • Erica Martin - Dentist, current student
  • Dr Sue Ireland - Paediatrician, current student
  • Tejas Singh - Doctor, current student
  • Mal Fernando - Podiatrist/Doctor, past student
  • Dr Melissa Crowe, Director, Cohort Doctoral Studies Program
  • Dr Diana Mendez, Mentor, Cohort Doctoral Studies Program

Recording Link

25 November 2020 5pm - 6pm AEST
Infectious Diseases

Featured panellists:

Professor Emma McBryde, Australian Institute of Health and Medicine, James Cook University. "Possible vaccine strategies to prevent COVID-19 in northern Australia"

Dr Josh Hanson, Cairns and Hinterland Hospital and Health Service. "Double trouble: Bacterial co-infection in adults hospitalised with malaria"

28 October 2020 5pm-6pm AEST

Featured panellists:

Associate Professor Yoga Kandasamy, Townsville Hospital and Health Service. The association between prematurity and chronic kidney disease.

Ms Michelle Rothwell, Cairns and Hinterland Hospital and Health Service. Responses to Rheumatic Heart Disease in Far North Queensland.

30 September 2020 5pm AEST
Rural and Remote Health Care Provision

Featured panellists:

Professor Sabe Sabesan, Townsville Hospital and Health Service/James Cook University. Developing, implementing and evaluating tele-chemotherapy models in NQ.

Professor Sarah Larkins and Ms Karen Johnston, James Cook University. National Evaluation of Remote Radiology Assessment Model for BreastScreen Australia - what can we learn about implementation of new models of care.

Wednesday 26 August 2020 5pm AEST
Vascular and Renal Disease

Featured panellists:

  • Professor Jon Golledge, Townsville Hospital and Health Service/James Cook University and Dr Joe Moxon, James Cook University. The MAGIC trial - Metformin in the Prevention of Abdominal Aortic Aneurysms
  • Dr Andrea Miller, Torres and Cape Hospital and Health Service. New models of renal care in the Western Cape.
Wednesday 29 July 2020 5pm AEST
Aged Care

Featured panellists:

  • Professor Eddy Strivens, Clinical Director, Older Persons Health Services, Cairns and Hinterland Hospital and Health Service. Healthy Ageing and Dementia Research in the Torres Strait
  • Dr Denise Craig, Cairns and Hinterland Hospital and Health Service. End of life care arrangements.