Endeavour Student Summer Research Program - 2016 Projects

The Endeavour Student Summer Research Program is coordinated by the Office of Research in conjunction with research teams within the College, and provides an opportunity for students to work with a researcher in a formal research environment.

2016 Available Projects

Comparative effectiveness study of the clinical and cost outcomes on massage for the management of low back pain in Australia

Overview: This study will use a combination of observational quantitative and qualitative methods to measure the clinical and cost effectiveness of massage for low back pain.

Objectives:

  • To substantiate the cost and effectiveness of massage and massage plus other interventions for the treatment of low back pain compared to standard medical treatment
  • To compare the treatment effectiveness of massage to massage plus other interventions for low back pain in Australia

Outcome: Substantive contribution to a large research project and peer-reviewed publication
Supervisor: Dr Janet Schloss (Brisbane campus)


Systematic literature review on cancer survivorship

Overview: This study is to ascertain what is in the literature regarding cancer survivorship and identify the gaps. Currently, the number of cancer survivors is increasing dramatically and aim for the medical fraternity is to optimize post-treatment cancer care.

Objectives:

  • To conduct a systematic literature review on cancer patient survivorship
  • To identified the need for the implementation of complementary medicine into post oncology care

Outcome: Peer-reviewed publication
Supervisor: Dr Janet Schloss (Brisbane campus)


The international prevalence of complementary medicine use: a meta-analysis

Overview: This project will be conducted as part of an international team to map the prevalence of complementary medicine use throughout the world. The project involves a systematic literature search and meta-analysis of data reported in peer-reviewed literature with regards to the rates of use of complementary medicines products, treatments and practitioners in countries and global regions, as defined by the World Health Organization.

Objective:

  • To identify the prevalence of complementary medicine use across the globe

Outcome: Peer-reviewed publication with international significance
Supervisor: Dr Amie Steel (Brisbane campus)


Nutrition and insulin resistance

Overview: Type 2 diabetes is a major cause of morbidity and mortality and the prevalence continues to rise. Metabolic syndrome is a condition characterised by disturbed glucose and insulin metabolism, central obesity, mild dyslipidaemia, and hypertension. Diet and nutrition play major roles in the health and physiology of the cardiovascular and endocrine systems and maintenance of its integrity.

Objectives:

  • To investigate the link between diet, nutrition, insulin resistance and metabolic syndrome
  • To critically evaluate diets that are found to improve/impair female reproductive system health
  • To critically evaluate nutrients that are found to improve/impair female reproductive system health

Outcome: Peer-reviewed publication
Supervisor: Dr Bradley McEwen & Dr Eric Sekyere (Sydney campus)


The osteopathy workforce in Australia

Overview: The aim of the project is to explore the factors affecting workforce distribution and re-distribution for osteopathy in Australia from the perspective of osteopathy academics, practitioners and students.

Objective:

  • To explore the factors affecting workforce distribution and re-distribution for osteopathy in Australia

Outcome: Substantive contribution to a large research project and peer-reviewed publication
Supervisor: Dr Amie Steel (Brisbane campus)


Female reproductive health and nutrition

Overview: Female reproductive health is a fundamental issue for all women, affecting them at every life stage. Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) affects 12-18% of women of reproductive age and can be associated with irregular menstrual cycles, acne, pain, depression, reduced fertility, and increased risk of diabetes. Diet and nutrition play major roles in the health and physiology of the reproductive system and maintenance of its integrity.

Objectives:

  • To investigate the link between diet, nutrition and female reproductive health, particularly PCOS
  • To critically evaluate diets that are found to improve/impair female reproductive system health
  • To critically evaluate nutrients that are found to improve/impair female reproductive system health

Outcome: Peer-reviewed publication
Supervisor:  Dr Bradley McEwen & Dr Eric Sekyere (Sydney campus)