ICN THEME CO-ORDINATORS
Associate Professor Jane Nikles is a registered Medical Practitioner who conducts research at The University of Queensland. Jane has 20 years’ experience in conducting N-of-1 trials and has a particular interest in improving the science of N-of-1 trials and exploring the applications of these trials to maximise patient health outcomes. Jane was involved in the development of the CONSORT Extension for N-of-1 Trials and SCRIBE reporting guidelines. Jane is co-chair of the ICN
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Dr Suzanne McDonald is a Research Methodologist and Chartered Health Psychologist interested in the development and application of N-of-1 trials, SCEDs and Single-Case Observational Designs (SCODs) in medicine and psychology. Suzanne has applied these methods to study a range of health-related behaviours and chronic disease symptoms. With colleagues, Suzanne developed a novel statistical technique for analysing data from studies using SCODs. Suzanne is co-chair of the ICN.
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Professor James McGree is the Discipline Leader for Statistics and Operations Research in the School of Mathematical Sciences at Queensland University of Technology. He has expertise in the field of Bayesian statistics with interests in computational algorithms, design of experiments/clinical trials and big data. Much of his research is focussed on methodological developments in statistics and relevant applied areas including medical research. He is currently the statistician for a number of on-going N-of-1 trials, and has published in this area, including chapters on using statistics for N-of-1 trials in the book The Essential Guide to N-of-1 trials in Health.
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Associate Professor Eric Hekler, is an Associate Professor in the Department of Family Medicine & Public Health in the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), the Director of the Center for Wireless & Population Health Systems within the Qualcomm Institute at UCSD, and the faculty member of the Design Lab at UCSD. His research is broadly focused on advancing methods in the design, creation, optimization, evaluation, and reuse (scaling up and out) of digital health technologies.
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Dr Kerrie Evans is the Chief Education and Research Officer for Healthia Limited Australia and works both as an academic and as a clinical physiotherapist. She is a part-time Senior Research Fellow at The University of Sydney and, prior to commencing this role, was a Senior Lecturer at Griffith University for 15 years +. Kerrie completed her PhD in 2007 from The University of Sydney and her research continues to focus on ways to improve outcomes for people with neck and low back pain. Kerrie also practises clinically and was awarded the title of Specialist Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist by the Australian College of Physiotherapists in 2007. It was her interest in providing individualised care to people with musculoskeletal issues that first drew her to N-of-1 trials.
Dr Veronique Chachay is a Lecturer in Nutrition Science at The University of Queensland and first became interested in N-of-1 and Single-Case Experimental Designs after learning about the inadequacy of Randomised Controlled Trials and the discovery of individual responses due to genetic variants. Veronique is interested in using these methods to improve the rigour of investigations when targeting personalised response to care.
Associate Professor Nick Ralph (PhD, Monash) is a health researcher at the School of Nursing & Midwifery and Centre for Health Research, University of Southern Queensland. He is interested in the use of N-of-1 trials, SCEDs and Single-Case Observational Designs (SCODs) in nursing. Nick has a particular interest in the use of SCODs to observe individual-level symptom profiles over time and N-of-1 trials to for evaluating nurse-led interventions in the area of cancer survivorship.
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Professor Sandra Grace is a Professor of Osteopathy and Integrative Medicine at Southern Cross University. Her research interests include models of primary care, program evaluation and interprofessional education and practice. She is a member of the SA Health Practitioner Tribunal, Chiropractic Australia Research Foundation, Osteopathy Australia Research Committee, chairs the Australian Traditional Medicine Society Research Committee and founder of the Osteopathic Research Alliance. In 2017 she established the SCU N-of-1 Clinical Trials Group. She has conducted a number of N-of-1 trials with natural medicine practitioners, contributing to the evidence-base of their practices and building their research capacity.