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Professor Renuka Visvanathan, Centre Director & Academic Lead

Professor Renuka Visvanathan

Centre Director

Professor Renuka Visvanathan is an academic geriatrician with the University of Adelaide, a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians and is the Clinical Director of the Aged & Extended Care Services at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Central Adelaide Local Health Network.

Professor Visvanathan features in a video about her work here. 

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Dr Neha Mahajan, Senior Lecturer

Dr Neha Mahajan

Senior Lecturer

Dr Mahajan has held various senior academic and research position both in Australia and abroad. She is a practicing clinical psychologist as well as an academic health psychologist with primary clinical and research interest in the provision of culturally and spiritually sensitive care for older adults.

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Dr Kareeann Khow

Dr Kareeann Khow

Senior Lecturer

Dr Kareeann Khow is a consultant geriatrician and newly joined the team as a senior lecturer. She is currently undertaking her Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) study on “Fractures and Outcomes in Older People” under the supervision of Professor Renuka Visvanathan and Associate Professor Solomon Yu. The focus of her research is to identify effective ways of improving the outcomes of fragility fractures in older people.
Dr Joanne Dollard

Dr Joanne Dollard

Research Fellow -Gerontology and Technology

Dr Joanne Dollard's PhD was in psychology, using a mixed methods approach to examine the common belief held by many community dwelling older people that they have a lower chance of falling than other older people. Jo’s research continues to focus on health related issues for older people. Currently, Jo is coordinating the clinical trial called Ambient Intelligent Geriatric Management (AmbIGeM) system, which aims to prevent falls in hospitalised older people, through the use of wearable technology. She is also investigating sedentary behaviour and strategies to reduce to this in hospitalised older people. Jo is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the the Adelaide Geriatric Training and Research Care (G-TRAC) Centre,University of Adelaide, based at The Queen Elizabeth Hospital and in the NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence in Frailty and Healthy Ageing.

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Dr Agathe Daria Jadczak

Dr Agathe Daria Jadczak

Research Fellow- Exercise Physiology & Frailty

Dr Agathe Daria Jadczak is an exercise physiologist and sports scientist from Germany. She holds a postdoctoral position within the Adelaide Geriatric Training and Research Care (G-TRAC) Centre. She is currently coordinating the FIRST Study (Frailty In Residential Sector Over Time), a prospective cohort study in cooperation with Resthaven Inc. The study will help to validate a new frailty screening tool for residential aged care and investigate residents’ health over time, associated health outcomes and health care costs. Agathe just finished coordinating the EXPRESS Study (EXercise and PRotein Effectiveness Supplementation Study), a community based intervention study in cooperation with CSIRO. She investigated the feasibility and the effects of exercise in combination with protein supplementation on physical function in frail older adults. The results are currently being analysed. Agathe also continues her research into exercise advice provided by general practitioners and the impact of medical education programs.

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Dr Danielle Taylor

Dr Danielle Taylor

Research Fellow- Health Geography & Demography

Dr Dr Danielle Taylor is a health geographer at the University of Adelaide, with experience in the application of Geographical Information Systems (GIS) for health research. Her research interests include the application of spatial technology to: health inequalities; spatial epidemiology; accessibility analysis; improving strategic service planning and resource allocation. She is the recipient of the 2017 Hospital Research Foundation Mid-Career Fellowship, based at the Basil Hetzel Institute. Her fellowship research seeks to understand the influence of social and environmental factors, in particular local measures of accessibility, as enablers or barriers to healthy ageing and indicators of frailty risk. The research aims to produce valuable geographic information and evidence to inform policy, resource allocation and planning initiative that aim to treat and reverse frailty and support healthy ageing across all Australian regions and communities.

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Dr Azmeraw Amare

Dr Azmeraw Amare

Research Fellow- Epidemiologist

Dr Azmeraw Amare is a clinical epidemiologist with expertise across the disciplines of genetic epidemiology, public health and healthy ageing. He completed a PhD in medicine at the University of Adelaide (awarded the 2018 University Doctoral Research Medal for Outstanding research at PhD level).

Dr Amare’s research focusses on understanding the role of genetic and environmental factors on complex health conditions related to healthy ageing, longevity, frailty and mental health. In CRE, he applies advanced statistical methods on big data collected from Older Australians and provide scientific evidence for an informed clinical and policy decisions, ultimately enabling healthy ageing”.

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Dr Mark Thompson

Dr Mark Thompson

Research Fellow- Occupational Therapy & Frailty

Dr Mark Thompson is an occupational therapist with extensive experience in ageing and rehabilitation. He is a managing director of Inspire Therapy, a private allied health and therapy service [mark.thompson@inspiretherapy.com.au]. Mark's research is focused on the epidemiology of frailty and factors associated with improvement or worsening of frailty status. He also has an interest in evidence informed practice, and Aboriginal healthy ageing. He holds a Master of Public Health, and was awarded his PhD on April 6th 2020 for his thesis entitled “Frailty in Older Adults: Findings from Longitudinal Studies”. Mark is a research fellow with the the Adelaide Geriatric Training and Research Care (G-TRAC) Centre  and the CRE Frailty and Healthy Ageing.

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Aged & Extended Care Services, The Queen Elizabeth Hospital

Clinical Title Holders


Dr Solomon Yu

Associate Prof Solomon Yu

Deputy Director

Associate Professor Yu is currently a senior consultant geriatrician and Deputy Director of Aged and Extended Care Services (AECS) at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Central Adelaide Local Health Network.

He is also a clinician researcher and completed his PhD study with Dean’s commendation, University of Adelaide, in 2014 on the topic of “Sarcopenia in Older People” under the supervision of Professor Renuka Visvanathan. The focus of his study looks at developing a tool for detecting sarcopenia at an early stage, so that preventive intervention can be introduced before detrimental effects set in. He has presented his study both nationally and internationally and is continuing to refine his work in this area.

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Dr Shailaja Nair

Dr Shailaja Nair

Consultant Geriatrician

Dr Shailaja Nair (FRACP, M Phil (Med Sc), FGM, MRCP, MBBS) is currently a consultant geriatrician within the Aged and Extended Care Services (AECS) at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Central Adelaide Local Health Network.

She completed a research based Masters in 2016 on Postprandial Hypotension in Older People under the supervision of Professor Renuka Visvanathan & Dr DIana Gentilcore. Her current interest is in mindfulness and she is an associate teacher with the Mindful Self Care Programs offered to staff within the Central Adelaide Local Health Network.


Dr Bavand Bikdeli

Dr Bavand Bikdeli

Advanced Training Coordinator

Dr Bavand Bikdeli (MD, FRACP) is a clinical title holder with the Adelaide Geriatric Training and Research Care (G-TRAC) Centre within the Adelaide Medical School at The University of Adelaide and an Advanced Training Coordinator in the Aged and Extended Care Unit at The Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Central Adelaide Local health Network. He is also a Consultant Physician within the Division of Medical Sub-specialties for the Northern Adelaide Local health Network.

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  • J Ng FRACP MBBS (Head of General Medicine)
  • P Shibu FRACP MD CCT UK MRCP MBBS
  • F Ibrahim FRACP CCT UK MRCP MBBCh LRCPSI
  • S Nair MPhil FRACP MBBS MRCP Fellowship Geriatric Medicine (Malaysia)
  • K Tham Dip PalMed FRACP MBBS
  • F Cai FRACP MBBS
  • Dr Shasti Smith
  • Dr Zanatt Fatema

Advanced Trainees in Geriatric Medicine

Dr David Yu

Dr David Yu

Dr David Yu  recently moved to Adelaide from the United States of America. Dr. Yu has completed his post-graduate year training in internal medicine and geriatric medicine in Philadelphia. After this he began practicing academic hospital medicine with an interest in geriatric medicine for the last several years in Chicago and Denver. Dr Yu’s clinical and academic interest is primarily in inpatient geriatric medicine.



Primary and Aged Care Clinicians

  • Grant Edwards, Manager Aged Care Alternatives Regional Assessment Service at Resthaven
  • Donna Preston, Nurse Practitioner, Primary Health / Gerontology
  • Dr Barbara Allan, General Practitioner
  • Dr Sorayya Martin, General Practitioner

Current Postgraduate Candidates

PhD Candidates


Dr Kareeann Khow Sok Fun

Dr Kareeann Khow Sok Fun

Geriatrician and PhD Candidate

Dr Khow has completed a MBBS and is undertaking a PhD under the supervision of Professor Renuka Visvanathan, Dr Solomon Yu and Dr Pazhvoor Shibu. She is investigating frailty, hip fractures and health outcomes in older people.

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Dr James Smyth

Dr James Smyth

Senior Consultant - Emergency Medicine and PhD Candidate

Dr James Smyth is an emergency physician who is undertaking research on the utility of frailty and activities of daily living (ADL) assessments in the management of emergency department patients from nursing homes in the context of the growing aged population, associated emergencies and multi-disciplinary care. His supervisor is Professor Renuka Visvanathan.

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Dr Anupam Gupta

Dr Anupam Gupta

Senior Consultant, Senior Clinical Lecturer and PhD Candidate

Dr Anupam Gupta is a Senior Consultant in Rehabilitation Medicine with The Queen Elizabeth Hospital and has been a Senior Clinical Lecturer at the University of Adelaide for the past 8 years. He is currently undertaking a PhD on 'Lower limb spasticity and dystonia' under the supervision of Professor Renuka Visvanathan, Professor Simon Koblar and Professor Ian Cameron.

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Unyime Jasper

Unyime Jasper

Physiotherapist and PhD Candidate

Unyime Jasper is a Physiotherapist with extensive experience working with older people. Jasper’s research is focused on preventing frailty, immobility and sedentary lifestyle in older people. He also has interest in healthy ageing over the life course. He holds a Master of Science in Gerontology, and is currently working towards a Doctor of Philosophy with supervisors Professor Renuka Visvanathan, Associate Professor Solomon Yu and Dr. Agathe Jadczak.

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Masters Candidates

Master of Philosophy – Clinical Medicine


Dr Sally Suriani Ahip

Dr Sally Suriani Ahip

Family Physician and M.Phil Candidate

Sally Suriani Ahip is a family physician with extensive experience in primary and preventive care medicine. She is a clinical head and manager of public-primary health care centres in Sarawak, Borneo. Sally has a deep passion for preventive care in the older persons and has a strong focus on the development and implementation of primary healthcare policies in the older persons in Sarawak, Borneo. She holds a Master in Medicine and is currently working towards a Master of Philosophy in Medical Science on “The Malaysian Pictorial Fit Frail Scale (M-PFFS): Development and Testing of Feasibility, Validity and Reliability” with supervisors Professor Renuka Visvanathan, Dr Olga Theou and Assc. Professor Solomon Yu.

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Completed Higher Degree Students


Bachelor of Health Sciences Honours - First Class

  • Ms Zoe Kopsaftis - Thesis: Postprandial hypotension and falls in the elderly

PhD - With Deans Commendation

  • Dr Solomon Yu - Thesis: Sarcopenia In Older People.
  • Dr Elsa Dent -Thesis: An Investigation into Under-nutrition and Frailty in Hospitalised Older Persons.
  • Mr WMASB Wickramasinghe - Thesis: Highly Accurate Human Activity Classifier to Mitigate the Risk of Falls in Elderly Based on Wearable RFID Technology.
  • Dr Mark Thompson - Thesis: Frailty in Older Adults: Findings from Longitudinal Studies.
  • Dr Beatriz Martins - Thesis: Physical Activity and Frailty: Exploring Cross- cultural and Neighbourhood Influences 

MPhil

  • Dr Shailaja Nair -Thesis: Post-prandial Hypotension, Gait and Exercise In The Elderly.

PhD

  • Dr Agathe Jadczak - Thesis: Exercise and Older People: Strategies to Prevent, Treat and Delay Frailty.
  • Dr Clare McNally - Thesis: An Exploratory Investigation of the Oral Health of Hospitalised Older People.
  • Dr Rachel Ambagtsheer - Thesis: Assessing the Appropriateness of Frailty Screening in the Australian General Practice Context: Ethics, Accuracy, Feasibility and Acceptability.
  • Dr Michael Lawless - Thesis: 'Mind your Mind': Representations of Dementia Risk-prevention in News and Digital Media.
  • Dr Ruth Teh - Thesis: A Health Information Tool To Prevent Falls


Professional Staff


Leonie Baker

Leonie Baker

Centre Manager

Leonie is the centre manager providing research and administrative support for the research team. She has a background in molecular biology and worked as a researcher in surgical, immunology and population health research before becoming a CRE and Program Grant Manager in public health with UniSA and a Research Manager at SAHMRI.

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Dr Anna Ali

Dr Anna Ali

Biostatistician

Dr Anna Ali is a dental surgeon and a qualified epidemiologist and biostatistician with more than 5 years of clinical research experience. In 2018 Dr Anna Ali relocated to Adelaide, Australia and worked part-time as a research officer in the Health Performance and Policy Research Unit at the Basil Hetzel Institute for one and a half years. Currently Dr Anna Ali is enrolled in a PhD offered by University of Adelaide and is working part-time as a research officer in the the Adelaide Geriatric Training and Research Care (G-TRAC) Centre and the Centre for Research Excellence – Frailty located at the Basil Hetzel Institute. Within this group Dr Anna Ali will be working on projects aim to report epidemiology of frailty by using different validated tools.

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