ICN THEME CO-ORDINATORS

MEDICINE

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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PSYCHOLOGY

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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STATISTICS

Associate 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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DIGITAL HEALTH

Dr Farhad Fatehi is a Research Fellow of Digital Health at the University of Queensland (UQ). After finishing his PhD in the field of telemedicine at the UQ Centre for Online Health in 2014, he did a one-year postdoctoral training on Mobile Health (mHealth) at the CSIRO’s Australian E-Health Research Centre. He joined UQ’s Centre for Health Services Research in 2016 with an Advance Queensland Research Fellowship to contribute to the design and implementation of a mobile-based system for diabetes care. Farhad has a special interest in the development and evaluation of new models of care, especially for chronic diseases, using innovative digital technologies.

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PHYSIOTHERAPY

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.

NUTRITION

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.

NURSING

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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