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Academics, Clinicians & Researchers

The Gold Coast Health and Knowledge Precinct is building a reputation for cutting edge research and innovation.

Globally competitive niche research and commercial investment as well as business location opportunities and strengths have been identified within the precinct.

Dr Hal Rice and Dr Letitia de Villiers - Griffith University and Gold Coast University Hospital

Dr Hal Rice and Dr Laetitia de Villiers

School of Medicine, Griffith University and Gold Coast University Hospital

“At the Gold Coast University Hospital, we perform internationally recognised, minimally invasive endovascular treatments of severe life threatening brain aneurysms, vascular malformations and strokes every week.”

“We utilise the latest medical imaging technology and software guidance systems to safely navigate within each patient’s brain to successfully repair and reconstruct bleeding blood vessels or restore blood supply and flow to blocked blood vessels in patients with severe stroke.”

“The Gold Coast Health and Knowledge Precinct provides our team with unprecedented access to world class onsite research facilities and exceptional partnership opportunities to support our globally recognised excellence in Interventional Neurovascular expertise.”


Professor Andrea Marshall

Acute and Complex Care Nursing, Griffith University and Gold Coast University Hospital

“In collaboration with the Gold Coast University Hospital, my work aims to develop interdisciplinary partnerships to improve nutrition intake for acutely and critically ill hospitalised patients.”

Professor Huijun Zhao - Professor, Griffith School of Environment

Professor Huijun Zhao, BSc, MSc, PhD

Professor, Griffith School of Environment
Director, Centre for Clean Environment and Energy
Deputy Director, Environmental Futures Research Institute

“The amazing thing about the Gold Coast is the opportunity to work on internationally recognised programs in a city known for its natural beauty and biodiversity. We are introducing solutions that resolve some of the most challenging issues of our generation – clean energy, environment and water.”

“The Centre for Clean Environment and Energy focuses on innovative chemical, microbiological and nano-technological approaches to develop enabling technologies for water treatment, environmental remediation and new sources of renewable energy, contributing to a clean, resilient and sustainable future.”


Professor Nam-Trung Nguyen, Dipl. Ing, Dr. Ing., Dr. Ing. habil.

Director of Queensland Micro and Nanotechnology Centre
Fellow ASME
Member IEEE

The Griffith Advanced Design and Manufacturing Institute (AdAM) will be an exciting new industry focused facility to provide a nexus for innovative digitally enabled design, new material development and usage, prototype development and foster skills growth in 3D printing and advanced manufacturing.

“We have developed world-class capabilities in micro and nano technologies. The inclusion of this world-leading work within the proposed AdAM facility will enable direct and transferable technologies for health care such as a three-dimensional cell culture platform for bio printing and implants. We recently developed a unique bioreactor that opens a new avenue to advance a therapy to repair the paralysed spinal cord.”


Luke Haseler and Brent Richards

Critical Care Research Group, Griffith University and Gold Coast University Hospital

“We have a laboratory space in the intensive care unit – Griffith University’s first laboratory in the Hospital – aimed at researching point-of-care interventions in traumatic coagulopathy, health rate variability in patients and mechanical assist devices and patient-device interaction.”


Dr Nick West

Mucosal Immunology Research Group, Menzies Health Institute Queensland, Griffith University

“We are working with the Gold Coast University Hospital to understand the relationships between gut bacteria and the immune system. This will provide opportunities to better manage obesity associated disease.”


Dr Jessica Vanderlelie and Dr Olivia Holland

Understanding Pregnancy Disorders, Menzies Health Institute Queensland, Griffith University

“Through our collaboration with the Gold Coast University Hospital we aim to better understand the molecular mechanisms responsible for some of the most important diseases of pregnancy and develop successful therapeutic strategies.”


Professor David Lloyd

Centre for Musculoskeletal Research, Menzies Health Institute Queensland, Griffith University

“We are creating digital humans by integrating sophisticated motion capture with different types of medical imaging. These digital models are helping to optimise treatment of paediatric movement disorders and musculoskeletal conditions. The digital humans are being integrated with smart wearable devices to provide people with sensory augmentation to prevent and rehabilitate injuries to the musculoskeletal system.”


Associate Professor Julia Crilly

Emergency Care Research, Menzies Health Institute Queensland, Griffith University and Gold Coast University Hospital

“People come to the Gold Coast for its reputation – the natural beauty of its beaches and hinterland and the array of health and lifestyle activities available. People stay for the opportunities – to work with some of the brightest minds on world-leading research. The Gold Coast Health and Knowledge Precinct is making this a reality.”

“Our collaborative research with Gold Coast University Hospital’s emergency department focuses on innovative ways health care can be delivered for patients in a safe, timely and cost-effective manner.”


Professor Saso Ivanovski

Regenerative Medicine Centre, Menzies Health Institute Queensland, Griffith University

“The Regenerative Medicine Centre utilises expertise in tissue engineering, 3D printing, biomaterials and surgery to develop individualised solutions for replacing missing body parts that have been lost to trauma or disease, especially in the craniofacial region.”


Duncan Free, OAM

Sports College, Griffith University

“We are in a fortunate position to enable innovative sports research. Our partnership with the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth GamesTM is a great opportunity to be engaged with a global event that will broaden research opportunities.”

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