Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery Group

We are interested in understanding chronic rhinosinusitis—a condition causing the cavities around nasal passages to become inflamed and infected—and identifying new diagnostic and prognostic markers and treatment strategies that benefit patients.

Using a multidisciplinary approach, the Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery Group is taking research from bench to bedside by investigating all aspects of rhinological research, from the mechanism and progression of chronic rhinosinusitis (CRS) to the identification and validation of new treatment strategies in vitro and in vivo.

Our research covers a number of areas, including:

  • pathogenesis of CRS and specifically the role that bacteria and the local microbiome play in both the development of CRS and the recalcitrant course of some patients after surgery
  • new strategies to improve wound healing post-surgery, such as gels and new topical treatments for CRS
  • an animal model for eosinophilic sinusitis to study various aspects of the disorder
  • different hemostats in skull base surgery
  • an animal model of major vascular injury to trial new treatments and to train surgeons.
  • Lead researcher

    Professor Peter-John Wormald

    Professor Peter-John Wormald

    Professor Peter-John Wormald is a consultant ENT surgeon and the current Chairman of the Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery Group at the University of Adelaide. He is also the Professor of Skull Base Surgery at the University of Adelaide. He is recognised as a leader in sino-nasal disorders, functional endoscopic sinus surgery (FESS), and endoscopic skull base surgery. In 2005, Professor Wormald authored a bestselling textbook on FESS, titled Endoscopic Sinus Surgery: Anatomy, Three-Dimensional Reconstruction, and Surgical Technique now in its 4th edition (Thieme Medical Publishers), which has been translated into multiple languages. His medical practice is devoted to rhinology and skull base surgery and his research interests include the involvement of the immune system and biofilms as etiologies of chronic rhinosinusitis.

  • Research team

    Research team Role
    Associate Professor Alkis J Psaltis - Consultant Surgeon and Head of Department Researcher
    Dr Kien Ha - Consultant Surgeon Researcher
    Dr Steve Floreani - Consultant Surgeon Researcher
    Dr John Ling - Consultant Surgeon Researcher
    Associate Professor Hashita Pant - Consultant Surgeon Researcher
    Dr Rowan Valentine - Consultant Surgeon Researcher
    Dr John Scott - Otorhinolaryngology Fellow Researcher
    Associate Professor Sarah Vreugde - Chief Medical Scientist Researcher
    Dr Clare Cooksley Researcher
    Dr Mahnaz Ramezanpour Researcher
    Dr Katharina Richter Researcher
    Mr Andrew Hayes Researcher
    Catherine Bennett Research support
    Dr Jae Murphy - PhD candidate Student
    Dr Lisa Marie Cherian - PhD candidate Student
    Dr Mian Li Ooi - PhD candidate Student
    Dr Sathish Paramasivan - PhD candidate Student
    Dr Jake Jervis-Bardy - MSc candidate Student
    Dr Annika Mascarenhas - MSc candidate Student
    Dr Stephanie Anne Fong - PhD candidate Student
    Dr Rachel Goggin- MSc candidate Student
    Dr Michael Gouzos - MSc candidate Student
    Dr Stephen Kao - MSc candidate Student
    Dr Anna Megow - MSc candidate Student
    Dr Beula Subashini Panchatcharam - PhD candidate Student
    Dr Rajan Vediappan - PhD candidate Student
    Ms Ashley Twigger - Honours candidate Student
    Dr Hua Hu International visiting researcher
    Dr Masanobu Suzuki International visiting researcher
  • Partnerships

    • Basil Hetzel Institute collaborators and external researchers: Ehud Hauben, Susan Lester and Maureen Rischmueller, Clive Prestidge, Nicky Thomas, Stephen Kidd, Benjamin Thierry
    • International collaborators in the Netherlands, United States of America, India, Brazil, Chile, Canada, Thailand, Belgium and New Zealand
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