BTCCRC offers unique opportunities for students to work alongside researchers who are leaders in their field, on projects that directly translate to improved patient outcomes. We also encourage international students to study with us as a means of creating and sustaining collaborative links with overseas institutions.

We offer our students:

  • Access to patients in leading quaternary level intensive care and burns units
  • Access to quality assured bioanalytical laboratory with the latest HPLC/LCMS equipment
  • A large array of clinical research equipment
  • Supervision by experienced internationally recognized researchers
  • Multidisciplinary seminars
  • Funds to attend national or international conferences
  • Access to computers and office space

Burns, intensive care and trauma management

  • Inhalation injury post burns – how does this affect right heart function? Suitable for Masters
  • Cardiovascular health in patients post burns. Suitable for Masters
  • Mortality in long term burn survivors Honours or undergraduate project
  • IMPOSE: The effect of a multidisciplinary follow up service on health related quality of life in patients post sepsis syndromes, a double blinded randomized controlled trial. Suitable for Masters or PhD
  • Factors resulting in mucous plugging in ventilated patients Honours or undergraduate project


Dr Jennifer Paratz

Antibiotic dosing and pharmacokinetics in critical illness

  • Validation of dosing nomograms for optimising antibiotic prescription in critically ill patients receiving renal replacement therapy. Suitable for PhD
  • Characterising the relationship between antibiotic exposure and bacterial clearance in critically ill patients. Suitable for PhD
  • Dose optimisation of antifungals and antivirals in post-lung transplant patients. Suitable for PhD
  • Beta-lactam antibiotic dose optimisation in critically ill patients. Suitable for PhD


Prof Jason Roberts

Military medicine and surgery

Suitable for Defence Force Officers including sponsored university Long Term Schooling officers – Postgraduate Nursing, MBBS (Hons), MPhil, PhD or Specialist College Formal Project (would require approval from Service Commanding Officer)

A variety of projects relevant to military trauma care, including those involving:

  • Preclinical models of trauma / haemorrhage / coagulopathy (for example, examining the effects of various resuscitation fluids on the endothelial glycocalyx)
  • Observational studies of administrative and clinical databases (for example, examining the effects of prehospital treatment decisions using the Queensland Ambulance Service database)
  • Quantitative quality assurance studies (for example, examining variations in severity-adjusted trauma case fatality by region and time)
  • Observational studies using detailed chart audits (for example, examining antecedents and consequences of deterioration in patients during interhospital transport)
  • Small prospective clinical studies (for example, a comparison of capillary lactate vs venous lactate vs. arterial lactate as a marker of shock in trauma and critical illness)
  • Clinical trials


Prof Michael Reade
Telephone: +61 7 3365 5114


  • Videolaryngoscopy - has several advantages over classic laryngoscopy in that the anaesthetist sees a wider angle and there are less failed laryngoscopic views of the vocal cords. The first attempt intubation success rate is better, the use of extra instruments is less, the number of traumatized intubations is less and the number of failed intubations is decreased. The study will use mannikins where junior and senior anaesthesia staff members practice this intubation technique in the anaesthesia simulator lab. The medical student will relay the first instructions and measure data (number of attempts before successful intubation; number of first attempt successful intubations; intubation time). The medical student also scores the image obtained by the intubator (according the score of Cormack-Lehane). Suitable for Masters or PhD
  • Centre of Excellence and Innovation in Anaesthesia (CEIA) - Recently we have set up the CEIA. One of the research disciplines of the CEIA is SABEA (systematic analysis of basic equipment in anaesthesia). We'll discuss which medical device (anaesthesia related) you will explore to research 1) the history of the medical device, 2) what different models of the device are currently available, 3) features of the medical device and 4) produce a table in which the models and the features are listed. Suitable for Masters or PhD


Prof André Van Zundert
Telephone: +61 7 3646 5673

Critical care endocrinology

  • Mechanics of glucocorticoid resistance in critical illness. Suitable for Masters or PhD


Assoc. Prof  Jeremy Cohen

Epidemiology of pneumonia

PneumoINSPIRE study - The study aims to provide up-to-date and generalisable information on current worldwide epidemiology and clinical practice associated with diagnosis and management of nosocomial pneumonia in ICU patients.

Specifically, the study aims to:

a) evaluate the global epidemiology of nosocomial pneumonia in the ICU setting, analysing responsible pathogens, time course of resolution, ICU and hospital outcome, and

b) describe on a global scale, current clinical practice regarding diagnosis (and concordance with official guidelines) as well as management of ICU nosocomial pneumonia, including, type, dosing and appropriateness of administered antimicrobials, de-escalation strategies and treatment duration. Suitable for Masters or PhD


Dr Despoina Koulenti
0426 905 505