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PROFESSOR MICHAEL NILSSON

DIRECTOR - HMRI

The Hunter Medical Research Institute (HMRI) has a strong tradition of cultivating young research talent, which its Director, Professor Michael Nilsson is keen to continue.

Michael's research profile

SCHOOL OF BIOMEDICAL SCIENCES AND PHARMACY

ANATOMY

PROFESSOR ALAN BRICHTA

BALANCE AND THE VESTIBULAR SYSTEM

Professor Alan Brichta's primary research interest is balance and the vestibular system.  His recent research has focused on the efferent branch of the vestibular system – the pathway by which the brain can modulate inner ear sensitivity.

Alan's research profile

ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR CHRIS DAYAS

ANATOMY

A contemporary contributor to understandings of the central nervous system, Associate Professor Chris Dayas is proving – and, at times, disproving – ideas about the brain’s structure and its influence on motivation and emotion.

ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR BRETT GRAHAM

ANATOMY

The primary theme of A Prof Graham's research is spinal sensory coding, a topic he has been focused on since completing his Honours year studying inhibitory synaptic transmission between spinal dorsal horn neurons in 2001.

Brett's research profile

DR REBECCA LIM

BALANCE AND THE VESTIBULAR SYSTEM

Dr Rebecca Lim is primarily interested in balance and the vestibular system.  She also has a strong background in auditory (hearing) research, which involves neighboring regions in the inner ear and brain stem.

Rebecca's research profile

DR DOUG SMITH

ANATOMY

Dr Doug Smith is investigating the impacts of ageing on the nervous system, with the aim of identifying interventions that will extend healthspan.

ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR ROHAN WALKER

NEUROBIOLOGY OF STRESS

Associate Professor Rohan Walker is advancing a scientific premise that could transform treatment for mood disorders.

Rohan's research profile

HUMAN PHYSIOLOGY

PROFESSOR ROBIN CALLISTER

HUMAN PHYSIOLOGY

Professor Callister’s current research focusses on the role of exercise in the prevention, treatment and management of health disorders including obesity, cardiovascular disease, stroke, Type 2 diabetes, depression, and asthma as well as relationships with immune function and dizziness.

Robin's research profile

ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR NEIL SPRATT

NEUROSCIENCE - STROKE

Delivering cutting-edge treatments to patients is a key motivation for neurology expert Associate Professor Neil Spratt.

Neil's research profile

IMMUNOLOGY AND MICROBIOLOGY

LAUREATE PROFESSOR PAUL FOSTER

IMMUNOLOGY AND MICROBIOLOGY

Acutely aware of the burden presented by progressive and disabling chronic airway conditions, Laureate Professor Paul Foster is working to cement a universal, scientific understanding of breathing's pathological spinoff – breathlessness.

Paul's research profile

PROFESSOR PHIL HANSBRO

RESPIRATORY DISEASES

Professor Phil Hansbro is an internationally recognised research leader in the study of respiratory diseases, such as asthma, chronic obstructive airway disease (COPD, aka emphysema) and infections and is developing interests in lung cancer.

DR JAY HORVAT

IMMUNOLOGY AND MICROBIOLOGY

Dr Jay Horvat's preclinical research is cementing a scientific, nuanced understanding of our bodies' harmful and helpful immunological processes.

Jay's research profile

DR STEVEN MALTBY

IMMUNOLOGY AND MICROBIOLOGY

Steven's current research is focussed on characterizing changes in the bone marrow during disease and infection. During a virus infection, an immune response is rapidly induced.

Steven's research profile

DR MALCOLM STARKEY

IMMUNOLOGY AND MICROBIOLOGY

Dr Malcolm Starkey is a National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Early Career Postdoctoral Fellow who is using transgenic animal technology to investigate – and manipulate – the immunological mechanisms underpinning the onset and progression of multiple chronic illnesses.

Malcolm's research profile

DR FATEMEH MOHEIMANI

Dr Fatemeh Moheimani is investigating how the structure and function of airway epithelium contribute to respiratory disease, with the end goal of developing novel interventions for asthma.

Fatemeh's research profile

MEDICAL BIOCHEMISTRY

DR KATHRYN SKELDING

CANCER CELL BIOLOGY

Dr Kathryn Skelding's research focuses on understanding cancer cell biology, specifically how cancer cells proliferate, metastasise, and develop resistance to chemotherapeutics.

Kathryn's research profile

DR NIKKI VERRILLS

BIOCHEMISTRY AND CELL BIOLOGY - CANCER

Dr Nikki Verrills' research into a key signalling switch in cancer cells could provide an important breakthrough in treatment.

Nikki's research profile

DR PRADEEP TANWAR

CANCER CELL BIOLOGY

Dr Pradeep Tanwar is an ARC Future Fellow, a Cancer Institute NSW Career Development Fellow and an investigator of the Hunter Cancer Research Alliance.  Throughout his research career, Dr Tanwar’s research work has focussed on defining molecular footsteps involved in the pathogenesis of the reproductive tract cancers.

Pradeep's research profile

MEDICAL GENETICS

PROFESSOR RODNEY SCOTT

INFORMATION BASED MEDICINE

Professor Rodney Scott's research interest is in inherited forms of cancer. His research focuses on the identification of genes associated with with inherited forms of cancer and better defining these inherited entities such that more appropriate intervention strategies can be developed.

Rodney's research profile

PROFESSOR XU DONG ZHANG

ONCOLOGY AND CARCINOGENESIS - MELANOMA

One of the world's most eminent researchers in skin cancer, Professor Xu Dong Zhang is a driving force in mapping the molecular pathways of melanoma.

DR NIKOLA BOWDEN

ONCOLOGY AND CARCINOGENESIS

Dr Nikola Bowden uses next-generation genetic profiling techniques to unlock the mysteries of melanoma.

Nikola's research profile

DR KELLY AVERY-KIEJDA

ONCOLOGY AND CARCINOGENESIS - BREAST CANCER

Dr Kelly Avery-Kiejda hopes to improve diagnosis and treatment for breast cancer sufferers by identifying new biomarkers for the disease.

PHARMACY AND EXPERIMENTAL PHARMACOLOGY

ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR MURRAY CAIRNS

NEUROSCIENCE - SCHIZOPHRENIA

Associate Professor Murray Cairns believes tiny molecules in the brain may be the key to understanding the causes of a perplexing neuropsychiatric disorder.

Murray's research profile

ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR PAUL TOONEY

NEUROSCIENCE - SCHIZOPHRENIA

Associate Professor Paul Tooney regards his research into schizophrenia as one piece of a complex puzzle that spans many disciplines.

Paul's research profile

PROFESSOR MANOHAR GARG

NUTRITION AND DIETETICS

Professor Manohar Garg is one of the University's leading Health and Nutrition researchers and has recently been heralded as a revolutionary in his field with two important industry honours.

Manohar's research profile

ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR LISA WOOD

NUTRITION AND INFLAMMATION IN RESPIRATORY DISEASES

Turning familiar anecdotes into effective antidotes, Associate Professor Lisa Wood's nutritional biochemistry research is proving there are crucial links between what we eat and how we breathe.

Lisa's research profile

DR SUSAN HUA

PHARMACY AND EXPERIMENTAL PHARMACOLOGY

Dr Susan Hua's research focus is on therapeutic targeting utilising novel drug delivery platforms in biomedical applications. She is particularly interested in using nanotechnology to study novel mechanistic pathways, as well as to develop more efficient therapeutic delivery systems.

Susan's research profile

DR KIRSTY PRINGLE

PHARMACY AND EXPERIMENTAL PHARMACOLOGY

Dr Kirsty Pringle is acquiring and sharing critical knowledge about pregnancy and women’s reproductive health.

Kirsty's research profile

DR CRAIG GEDYE

Proving cancer to be as unique as its sufferers, Dr Craig Gedye’s fastidious, thoughtful and well-executed scientific research is pursuing a tailored approach to patient care, rather than a ‘one-size-fits-none’ mentality.

Craig's research profile

DR RACHEL WONG

NUTRITIONAL PHYSIOLOGY

Dr Wong's research focuses on the effects of bioactive nutrients in human circulatory function and cognitive performance.

Rachel's research profile

DR JESSIE SUTHERLAND

REPRODUCTIVE BIOLOGY

Dr Jessie Sutherland's research focus is within the field of reproductive biology, infertility and disease.

Jessie's research profile

DR ANDREW REID

RESPIRATORY DISEASES

Dr Andrew Reid's research is playing a role in the development of new pharmaceuticals, which aim to improve the quality of life for those with respiratory disease.

Andrew's research profile

DR HOCK TAY

IMMUNOLOGY AND MICROBIOLOGY

Dr Hock Tay’s research examines how and why airway infections can be so problematic for patients with chronic respiratory diseases.

Hock's research profile

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SCHOOL OF HEALTH SCIENCES

FAMILY STUDIES

DISTINGUISHED PROFESSOR ALAN HAYES

LIFE PATHWAYS OF CHILDREN

Professor Alan Hayes is a distinguished national and international academic researcher in the life pathways of children and the role of families in sustaining development, fostering resilience and reducing vulnerabilities across life. He has had a particular focus on prevention and early intervention and effective policies to support families through the life-course.

Alan's research profile

ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR RICHARD FLETCHER

SUPPORT FOR FATHERS

Associate Professor Richard Fletcher is building support systems for new fathers using text, internet and peer-designed video to deliver information to dads on their mobile phones and to locate and link dads with depression or anxiety to treatment.

Richard's research profile

MEDICAL RADIATION SCIENCE

ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR HELEN WARREN-FORWARD

DIAGNOSTIC RADIOGRAPHY

Associate Professor Helen Warren-Forward is a medical physicist. Her core research is to ensure that the rapid advances in imaging systems afford the best patient management with regards to diagnostic outcomes and patient safety.

Helen's research profile

ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR SHANE DEMPSEY

RADIATION THERAPY CANCER TREATMENT

Associate Professor Shane Dempsey attempts to improve radiation therapy cancer treatment by evaluating new and advanced clinical practice methods. He was a leader in establishing a multi-university Australian approach to national radiation therapy clinical practice assessment standards for students, and he is active in health professional curriculum design and the scholarship of teaching and learning.

Shane's research profile

ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR PETER STANWELL

MAGNETIC RESONANCE IMAGING

Associate Professor Stanwell is an active clinical researcher in the area of mild traumatic brain injury and sport-related concussion. He has published and presented extensively on sport-related concussion and other neurological disorders (stroke and chronic pain).

Peter's research profile

NUTRITION AND DIETETICS

PROFESSOR CLARE COLLINS

DIET QUALITY AND HEALTHY LIFESTYLE

Nutrition and Dietetics Professor Clare Collins is breaking new ground with her innovative approach of translating complex diet quality data predicting the risk of disease and death, into  web-based tools and practical healthy lifestyle programs that people of all ages can access.

Clare's research profile

ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR SURINDER BAINES

NUTRITION AND DIETETICS

Associate Professor Surinder Baines' research is in the areas of obesity, diabetes and diet; nutrition and metabolic consequences of cancer; plant-based diets and health; and food microbiology, food safety and consumer practices.

Surinder's research profile

ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR TRACY BURROWS

NUTRITION AND DIETARY ASSESSMENT METHODS

Dr Tracy Burrows shows there's no 'one size fits all' approach to mainstream nutrition, combining psychology, medical radiation imaging, and biochemistry in the hunt for more effective dietary assessment methods and treatment

Tracy's research profile

OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH AND SAFETY

ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR CAROLE JAMES

WORKPLACE INJURY MANAGEMENT AND MENTAL HEALTH

Associate Professor Carole James research interests centre upon work; specifically in the areas of functional capacity evaluation, ergonomics, work and mental health and workplace injury management. Her experience as a practicing occupational therapy clinician within occupational rehabilitation informed her research directions.

Carole's research profile

OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY

PROFESSOR SHELLY LANE

PAEDIATRIC SENSORY MODULATION DISORDERS

Professor Shelly Lane has clinical and research expertise in paediatrics, specifically striving to understand the interplay between physiologic responses and behavioural manifestations of sensory modulation disorders. She speaks nationally and internationally, and has authored multiple manuscripts, chapters and books.

Shelly's research profile

ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR ALISON LANE

AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDER

Occupational Therapist Associate Professor Alison Lane has identified specific sensory subtypes in children with Autism Spectrum Disorder that relate to distinct neural profiles and patterns of challenging behaviour.

Alison's research profile

ORAL HEALTH

PROFESSOR JANE TAYLOR

FORENSIC ODENTOLOGY

Associate Professor Jane Taylor's research expertise are in forensic odontology including identification techniques, disaster victim identification and age assessment.

Jane's research profile

PHYSIOTHERAPY

PROFESSOR DARREN RIVETT

NECK PAIN AND CERVICOGENIC DIZZINESS

Professor Rivett is an internationally recognised leader in Physiotherapy research. His main research interests are in neck pain and cervicogenic dizziness, the benefits and risks of manual therapy and spinal manipulation, clinical reasoning and clinical prediction rules, and innovations in allied health professional education.

Darren's research profile

ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR CORALIE ENGLISH

HEALTH AND WELL-BEING OF STROKE SURVIVORS

Associate Professor Coralie English is passionate about improving the health and well-being of stroke survivors through physical activity. Her research program focuses on the role of exercise, physical activity and task-specific intensive training in stroke recovery and long-term survivorship.

Coralie's research profile

ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR SUZANNE SNODGRASS

MUSCULOSKELETAL PAIN

Associate Professor Snodgrass' research focuses on understanding the mechanisms that define and modulate musculoskeletal pain, investigating treatments for patients with chronic pain that improve movement dysfunction and induce neuroplasticity.

Suzanne's research profile

PODIATRY

ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR VIV CHUTER

MUSCULOSKELETAL AND VASCULAR PATHOLOGY

Associate Professor Viv Chuter's research focusses on diagnosis and treatment of musculoskeletal and vascular pathology of the lower extremity including lower extremity biochemical function and injury management, foot function in people with diabetes.

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SCHOOL OF MEDICINE AND PUBLIC HEALTH

DR KELVIN KONG

Dr Kelvin Kong, an otolaryngology, head and neck surgeon, is passionate about addressing the disparity in health outcomes between Indigenous and non-Indigenous children.

Kelvin's research profile

PROFESSOR JULIE BYLES

AGEING AND GENDER

Professor Julie Byles is the Director of the University of Newcastle's Priority Research Centre for Gender, Health and Ageing. A key activity of the Centre is the Australian Longitudinal Study on Women's Health which aims to identify biological, psychosocial and environmental factors affecting the health of women from all walks of life.

Julie's research profile

PROFESSOR MARJORIE WALKER

ANATOMICAL PATHOLOGY

Professor Walker’s work explores several facets: pathology in the gut in dyspepsia and irritable bowel syndrome, the relationship between brain and gut health in gastroenterology, coeliac disease and also unique biomarkers in prostate cancer.

Marjorie's research profile

DR REBECCA WYSE

BEHAVIOURAL SCIENCE - CHILDHOOD OBESITY

Dr Rebecca Wyse is a behavioural scientist with the career objective of reversing increasing population rates of childhood obesity. Her applied research involves settings-based interventions in schools and childcare services to facilitate healthy behaviours in the people within them.

DR LUKE WOLFENDEN

BEHAVIOURAL SCIENCE - CHRONIC DISEASE

Dr Luke Wolfenden's research into the modifiable risks of chronic health conditions and injury is helping the community to improve their overall wellbeing.

Luke's research profile

PROFESSOR BILLIE BONEVSKI

BEHAVIOURAL SCIENCE - SMOKING CESSATION

Professor Billie Bonevski is a National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Career Development Fellow and Behavioural Scientist whose smoking cessation programs are being implemented by Cancer Councils across the nation.

Billie's research profile

CONJOINT PROFESSOR PETER GIBSON

CARDIOVASCULAR MEDICINE AND HAEMATOLOGY

Professor Peter Gibson is a world leading authority in asthma, respiratory physician at the John Hunter Hospital and co-director of the Priority Research Centre for Asthma and Respiratory Diseases.

Peter's research profile

DR GEOFF ISBISTER

CINICAL TOXICOLOGY

Clinical researcher Dr Geoff Isbister courts controversy as he challenges time-honoured beliefs about the treatments given to envenomed patients.

PROFESSOR JOHN ATTIA

CLINICAL EPIDEMIOLOGY

Professor Attia's research expertise includes clinical, molecular, and genetic epidemiology methods. He is also Director of the Clinical Research Design, IT and Statistical Support (CReDITSS) Unit.

PROFESSOR JENNIFER MARTIN

CLINICAL PHARMACOLOGY

Optimising choice, dose and timing of medicines for a particular patient are the focus of Professor Jennifer Martin's clinical work and research career.

LAUREATE PROFESSOR NICK TALLEY

GASTROENTEROLOGY

Laureate Professor Nick Talley is a neurogastroenterologist, a specialist in unexplained gut disorders affecting nerves and muscles such as irritable bowel syndrome, severe indigestion and slow stomach emptying, conditions which affect millions of people.

PROFESSOR CHRISTINE PAUL

HEALTH BEHAVIOUR SCIENCES

A/Prof Chris Paul is an NHMRC Career Development Fellow with the School of Medicine and Public Health, Priority Research Centre for Health Behaviour and Hunter Medical Research Institute. Her work spans preventive health issues and provision of patient care.

DR MARIKO CAREY

HEALTH BEHAVIOUR INTERVENTIONS

Dr Mariko Carey is a NHMRC Translating Research into Practice (TRIP) Fellow working within the Priority Research Centre for Health Behaviour. Key research interests include health behaviour interventions, measurement of patient reported outcomes, multidisciplinary care, systems of care, evidence-based practice and quality of care.

Mariko's research profile

DR KYM RAE

INDIGENOUS HEALTH

As Director of the Gomeroi gaaynggal Arts Health and Research Programs, Dr Kym Rae creates a link between community and research scientists, working together to facilitate tangible improvements to Indigenous perinatal outcomes.

Kym's research profile

DR GILLIAN GOULD

INDIGENOUS HEALTH

Dr Gould’s primary research focus is strategies to improve the risks from tobacco smoking for Indigenous Australians. She is an NHMRC Early Career Research Fellow (Australian Public Health and Health Services). The focus of the fellowship is improving cessation strategies for pregnant Indigenous smokers

Gillian's research profile

PROFESSOR AMANDA BAKER

MENTAL HEALTH AND SUBSTANCE USE

Professor Amanda Baker is a National Health and Medical Research Council Senior Research Fellow at the University of Newcastle. An award winning innovator, she specializes in the treatment of co-existing mental health and substance use problems.

Amanda's research profile

DR EMMA BECKETT

MOLECULAR NUTRITION

Dr Emma Beckett is exploring the genetic secrets behind microbiomes and whether you really are what you eat.

Emma's research profile

DR ANDREW BIVARD

NEUROLOGY

Dr Andrew Bivard is an award-winning imaging expert who is working on an HMRI clinical trial of the clot-busting drug Tenecteplase involving 20 stroke centres across Australia, and 50 world-wide.

Andrew's research profile

CONJOINT PROFESSOR CHRIS LEVI

NEUROLOGY

Working on eight ground-breaking research projects, internationally renowned researcher Conjoint Professor Chris Levi is on a medical mission to cure stroke.

DR ANDREW GARDNER

NEUROPSYCHOLOGY

Dr Gardner is an early career research clinician, working in a full-time capacity as a Neuropsychologist for the Hunter New England Local Health District in the Neuropsychiatry Service. He is also a Co-Director of the Hunter New England Local Health District's Sport Concussion Clinic, an Executive Committee Member of the Priority Research Centre for Stroke and Brain Injury, and serves as a member of the Australian Rugby Union's (ARUs) Concussion Advisory Group.

Andrew's research profile

PROFESSOR JOHN FORBES

ONCOLOGY AND CARCINOGENESIS - BREAST CANCER

Professor John Forbes AM is an internationally renowned researcher in the field of breast cancer prevention and treatment, with a number of pioneering breakthroughs credited with saving millions of women's lives over his 40 year career.

John's research profile

DR ADAM COLLISON

PUBLIC HEALTH

Dr Adam Collison’s research explores why some people develop allergies, while others, who are exposed to the same triggers don’t. His work is focussed on the exposures that occur in the first years of life, including in-utero.

Adam's research profile

ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR DEB LOXTON

PUBLIC HEALTH

Associate Professor Deb Loxton examines the health and wellbeing of women who have lived with violent partners, and the impact of reproductive health options and choices on women.

DR ALEXIS HURE

PUBLIC HEALTH

Dr Alexis Hure's research expertise are in the areas of fetal growth, breastfeeding, child nutrition, nutrition during pregnancy, diabetes, cardiovascular disease and obesity, developmental origins of health and disease and methyl metabolism and epigenetic programming.

Alexis's research profile

PROFESSOR JOHN WIGGERS

PUBLIC HEALTH

Professor Wiggers focuses on population health research, particularly in the area of re-orientating health and other agencies towards the adoption of policies and practices that have a disease prevention and health risk reduction focus. This work has primarily involved research in changing the service delivery practices of agencies with regard to the prevention of obesity, and to reducing alcohol and tobacco related harms.

John's research profile

LAUREATE PROFESSOR ROB SANSON-FISHER

PUBLIC HEALTH AND HEALTH SERVICES

Laureate Professor Robert Sanson-Fisher is an internationally recognised cancer care and health behaviour expert. His latest ground-breaking research aims to reshape thinking surrounding death and chronic illness, so that end-of-life preparations are as thorough as preparing for the birth of a child.

Rob's research profile

PROFESSOR ROGER SMITH

REPRODUCTIVE MEDICINE

A self-described 'specialised zoologist,' Professor Roger Smith is keen on understanding the idiosyncrasies, interactions and inner workings of multiple animal species but especially human.

Roger's research profile

DR JONATHAN PAUL

REPRODUCTIVE MEDICINE

An emerging leader in the field of reproductive medicine, Dr Jonathan Paul has been internationally recognised for his work on targeting therapeutic nanoparticles to the muscle cells of the uterus.

Jonathan's research profile

ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR JODIE SIMPSON

RESPIRATORY DISEASES

Associate Professor Jodie Simpson's pioneering research has changed the focus of asthma treatment and promises new relief for many who suffer from the disease.

Jodie's research profile

PROFESSOR ULLI SCHALL

SCHIZOPHRENIA RESEARCH

Professor Ulrich (Ulli) Schall investigates cerebral activity to better understand the riddles of the brain.

Ulli's research profile

PROFESSOR BRIAN KELLY

CLINICAL SCIENCE - NEUROLOGY & PSYCHIATRY

Professor Brian Kelly believes mental illness is not the sole domain of psychiatrists and psychologists but the responsibility of many in the health system.

Brian's research profile

DR CHRIS WILLIAMS

MUSCULOSKELETAL PAIN

Dr Chris Williams is an HMRI Postdoctoral Research Fellow working with Hunter New England Population Health and the University of Newcastle's School of Medicine and Public Health in the field of musculoskeletal pain.

DR MEREDITH TAVENER

SOCIAL GERONTOLOGIST

As a social gerontologist, Dr Meredith Tavener's research encompasses identity in older age, women's health across the life course, baby boomers, narrative analysis, and qualitative methodologies.

Meredith's research profile

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Professor Sally Chan

Dean of School

The University of Newcastle's Professor Sally Chan believes the human mind is more important than the physical self.

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Professor Vanessa McDonald

Professor

Falling under the umbrella term of 'multidimensional assessment and individualised management,' Professor Vanessa McDonald's clinical research is helping to engineer a shift in the way patients with long-term respiratory problems are diagnosed and treated.

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Dr Amanda Wilson

Senior Lecturer

Passionate about health literacy, Dr Amanda Wilson is at the international forefront of the critical analysis of media reporting on new health treatments.

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