From 2016, academic staff at Notre Dame can become affiliated members of the IHR. This it to help increase the exposure of individual researcher’s but also to highlight the diverse and extensive range of research being undertaken at the University.
An application form to become an Affiliate Member of the IHR can be obtained from here or call (08) 9433-0105 for more details.
Professor Gerard HoyneBSc(Hons), PhD, GCUT0
Gerard joined Notre Dame in 2009 and is Associate Dean Research in the School of Health Sciences. Gerard completed his BSc and PhD at The University of Western Australia before taking up post-doctoral positions at Imperial College in London and the University of Edinburgh in the United Kingdom. His research investigated how the immune system regulates immune responses to self and foreign proteins. This has important implications in the development of autoimmune diseases such as allergy and diabetes.
He has gained research funding both in Australia and overseas over the last 20 years. He has co-authored over 50 scientific manuscripts and has presented his work at national and international scientific conferences. He was a co-founding scientist of a biotechnology company that was established in Cambridge in the UK and is a named inventor on eight international patents that have been granted.
Gerard is a member of the Australian Society for Immunology, the Institute of Health Research Advisory Board (UNDA), Chair of The Systems & Intervention Research Centre for Health (SIRCH) Advisory Board at ECU and has been appointed as an Adjunct Senior Research Fellow in the Institute for Respiratory Health and is an Adjunct Professor at Edith Cowan University.
Phone: 9433 0236
Professor Ben WandBappSc(Physio), GradDip(ExSpSc), MAppSc(manip.physio), PhD
Ben is currently the coordinator of musculoskeletal studies for the Physiotherapy program at The University of Notre Dame Australia. He completed his original physiotherapy degree, as well as post-graduate qualifications in sports science and manipulative physiotherapy in Sydney. He undertook his PhD at Brunel University in London on the management of low back pain.
His current research interests include the role of central nervous system dysfunction in chronic low back pain and physiotherapy management of chronic spinal pain. Despite his teaching commitments, Ben has over 40 publications and several editorial articles and supervises a range of research students from Honours through to PhD.
Phone: 9433 0203
Professor Leanne MonterossoPhD, BN(Hons), GCert TerTeach, RN, RM, NNT
In 2011 Leanne become the inaugural Chair of Nursing (Clinical Nursing) at Notre Dame and St John of God Hospital Murdoch and provides leadership to promote and enable excellence in research and scholarship, teaching and learning, and innovation in nursing and multidisciplinary practice.
Previously, Leanne has held a number of positions that include a joint appointment between the Western Australian Cancer and Palliative Care Network, Curtin University/Edith Cowan University (ECU) as Associate Professor of Cancer Nursing. Prior to this she held positions as Associate Professor of Paediatric Healthcare at ECU and Bluey Day Senior Research Fellow at ECU/PMH. Prior to her academic roles, Leanne worked extensively as a registered nurse and midwife in neonatal intensive care at KEMH where she conducted a number of randomised controlled trials of nursing interventions with very low birthweight infants for her Honours and Doctoral degrees.
Leanne’s research interests include cancer, palliative care, neonates, paediatrics, midwifery, clinical ethics and translational research. She has attracted significant research funding including grants from the ARC, NHMRC and the Canadian Health Institute and published widely in peer reviewed journals. She has supervised over 16 Masters and PhD students.
Phone: 9433 0103
Professor David PlayfordMBBS, PhD, FRACP
David is Professor of Cardiology in the School of Medicine in Fremantle. He completed his medical degree in WA before doing his initial training in general medicine followed by cardiology at RPH. He has a PhD from University of Western Australia, in vascular function and diabetes, and a fellowship in echocardiography from Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School. He is currently Professor of Cardiology at the Mount Hospital in Perth.
He has been a founder and managing director of several companies including a private cardiology practice, a sleep disorders clinic, and a vascular practice. He is on several national boards, has acted as advisor for the WA Health Department.
David combines his clinical work with both enthusiastic teaching and active research program. He is coordinator of the cardiovascular teaching and founded the cardiovascular living anatomy program which received a Vice Chancellor's award for teaching. His main research interests are pulmonary hypertension and echocardiography in which he has over 36 publications. Much of his current research interests centre around a newly developed National Echo Database Australia (NEDA) which, with more than 900,000 records, is already the largest echo database in the world. This resource will enable his research team, including several HDR students, to answer a series of important questions on heart disease.
Dr Ryan AndertonBForensics, BSc (Hons), PhD
Ryan completed his undergraduate studies at Murdoch University, majoring in biomedical science, molecular biology and forensic biology, finishing with first class Honours before undertaking a PhD at UWA through the Australian Neuromuscular Research Institute and School of Medicine. His research focused on a juvenile motor neuron disease, spinal muscular atrophy, and the role of the survival of motor neuron protein.
Within the School of Health Sciences, Ryan lectures anatomy, physiology, neuroscience and molecular genetics with a passion for promoting teaching innovation, student engagement and an enjoyable tertiary experience. In addition, he continues to be involved in a range of neuroscience and genetic research projects and supervises a number of students from Honours through to PhD level. He has a number of publications resulting from his work.
Ryan is a member of the Australian Neuroscience Society, Australian Society of Medical Research, and a sits on Combined Biological Sciences Meeting (CBSM) organising committee.
Phone: 9433 0670
Dr Raoul OehmenBSc (Hons), Grad Cert Uni Teaching, PhD
Raoul is currently the Research Manager in the School of Medicine responsible for School research direction and policy, Higher Degree by Research enrolments as well as ethics and grant processes.
He has a background in Psychology, completing both undergraduate and PhD qualifications at the University of Western Australia. His doctoral research was focused on human speech rhythms, particularly in the modality of dialogue. Following this he undertook post-doctoral work investigating the psychological underpinnings of bushfire preparedness at the community level across Australia for which he still has a strong interest.
Raoul has a keen interest in research methodology and statistics, having also taught in this area previously, and is currently running the School of Medicine Honours program alongside Prof Kathryn Hird. His most recent research interests center around medical education, particularly in the areas of selection, simulation and emotional intelligence.
Phone: 9433 0231
Dr Tania SpiteriBSc, PhD
Tania is a lecturer in the School of Health Sciences. She completed both her undergraduate and postgraduate degrees at ECU. Her research focuses around athlete monitoring and investigating performance based differences in change of direction, agility, decision-making, strength, power and neuromuscular strategies between genders and level of expertise in various high performance sports. To this end, her studies involve collaborations with universities, sporting organisations and high performance institutes across Australia, the United States and England including the National Football League, National Basketball League, Major League Baseball, Purdue University, Louisville University, the English Institute of Sport and the West Australian Institute of Sport.
Tania has co-authored over 40 research articles as well as presenting her research at multiple National and International conferences and was recently awarded the Young Investigator of the Year Award by the National Strength and Conditioning Association in the United States. In addition, she is involved in a range of sport science research projects within the School supervising a total of nine honours, masters and PhD students.
Tania is a certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist with the National Strength and Conditioning Association (USA), a Level 2 Strength and Conditioning Coach with the Australian Strength and Conditioning Association, and a member of Exercise and Sport Science Australia, the Australian New Zealand Society of Biomechanics, and the Australasian Skill Acquisition Research Group, and sits on a Women is Strength and Conditioning Committee Group.
Phone: 9433 0974
A/Prof Dale EdgarBPhty (Hons), PhD
Dale is Head of the Burn Injury Research Node within the School of Physiotherapy and IHR at Notre Dame. In addition to this half-time role, Dale is also Senior Physiotherapist in the Adult Burns Unit at Fiona Stanley Hospital and Director of Clinical Research for the Fiona Wood Foundation.
For more than 20 years, Dale has been devoted to the provision and improvement of burn survivor and acute trauma rehabilitation. For his leadership, research and contributions to burn patient rehabilitation across the globe, he was awarded the Andre Zagame Rehabilitation Specialist Prize by the ISBI in 2012.
Dale has >80 peer reviewed papers and been awarded >$1.2M in grant funding, nearing $900K of that total as PI. In addition to his lecturing at Notre Dame, Dale also lectures at Curtin University of Technology (WA) and, School of Physiotherapy, James Cook University (QLD). He supervises and mentors medical, social work and physiotherapy undergraduate and postgraduate students in research. In line with his passion, Dale’s education focus is the delivery of an online curriculum for students wishing to achieve the Masters in Burn and Trauma Rehabilitation.
Phone: 9433 0639
Dr Diego MilaniMD, PhD
I am a medical doctor from Italy where I graduated in 2006 at the University
of Perugia. In 2013, I completed my post-graduated training in General
Surgery, again through the University of Perugia, during which I had the
opportunity to spend few months as a Registrar in London at the University
College Hospital. In August 2013 I moved to Australia, where I started my PhD
in Neuroscience through the School of Health Sciences in February 2014. I
completed my PhD and submitted the final thesis in March 2017 and
graduated in December 2017. At the moment I am working as a Research
Officer at the Perron Institute for Neorological and Translational Science, QEII
Medical Centre (Nedlands), and as a sessional Lecturer for the School of
During my PhD I performed my experimental work at the Perron Institute for Neurological and Translational Science. The topic of my Research is the assessment of the neuroprotective potential of poly-arginine peptides using rat stroke models.