Clinical academic advisors are UQ-affiliated academics with both research and research supervision experience. They'll provide you with guidance as you complete your research project.

Dr Mark Coulthard

Dr Mark CoulthardDr Mark Coulthard has been a paediatric intensive care specialist at the Royal Children's Hospital, Brisbane since 1996 following training in Melbourne and Dallas, Texas. He was awarded a PhD in 2008 for his thesis “The characterisation, genomic organisation, expression and function of the mEphA1 receptor tyrosine kinase”, which he completed in Professor Andrew Boyd's laboratory at the Queensland Institute of Medical Research. He was appointed Head of the Discipline of Paediatrics and Child Health in November 2008 and remains in this role at Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital. He also works as a paediatric intensive care specialist in PICU at the Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital. His research interests include medical education, telemedicine in intensive care and the basic science of critical illness.

Professor Darrell Crawford

Professor Darrell CrawfordDarrell Crawford recently stepped down from the role of Head, School of Clinical Medicine, The University of Queensland, Brisbane Australia. He remains as the Mayne Professor of Medicine and Director of Research, Gallipoli Medical Research Institute. He is a past president of the Asian Pacific Association for Study of the Liver. His past appointments including directorship of the Department of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Princess Alexandra Hospital (1996-2006) and consultant hepatologist to the Queensland Liver Transplant Service.  Professor Crawford is a past president of the Australian Liver Association (2004-2008) and the Gastroenterological Society of Australia (2008-2009) which is the peak clinical, research and professional body representing gastroenterologists in Australia.  His research interests include disorders of iron metabolism, interactions between alcohol, fat and iron, prognostic factors in liver transplantation, the cellular basis and therapy of hepatic fibrosis, and the management of chronic viral hepatitis. 

Associate Professor Ruth Hubbard

Associate Professor Ruth HubbardRuth E. Hubbard is an Associate Professor in Geriatric Medicine at the University of Queensland, Consultant Geriatrician at the Princess Alexandra Hospital and Head of School for PA-Southside Clinical Unit. As a clinical academic, she has always combined hospital practice with research and teaching. While training as a physician and geriatrician in Cardiff, Wales, she completed an MSc in Medical Education and an MD on pathophysiological changes in frail older people. She then undertook a 2 year post-doctoral fellowship in Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia with Professor Ken Rockwood. Here, she was able to test hypotheses regarding the determinants and manifestations of frailty through the interrogation of large datasets. She has published widely on the inflammatory aetiology of frailty, the difficulties of measuring frailty in clinical practice and the relationships between frailty and obesity, smoking, socioeconomic status and exercise and is currently ranked number 3 in a list of the world’s leading experts in frail elderly research ( 

Along with colleagues at CRGM, she is promoting academic geriatrics among Advanced Trainees, students and Allied Health colleagues. She is currently supervising 3 PhDs, 4 MPhils and numerous medical student projects. She has also generated more than $4.6 million in grant income in the last 4 years, including an NHMRC Project Grant to derive a measure of frailty from the interRAI assessment instrument.

Professor Jeffrey Lipman

Professor Jeffrey LipmanProfessor Jeffrey Lipman received his medical degree (MBBCh) from the University of Witwatersrand, South Africa and has specialist qualifications in anaesthesia (DA, FFA) and intensive care (FFA Crit Care, FCICM).

For over 20 years he was Director of the Intensive Care Services, Royal Brisbane and Womens’ Hospital and has recently stepped aside to concentrate more on research.

He is Professor and Head of Anaesthesiology and Critical Care, University of Queensland and also is the Executive Director of the Burns, Trauma, Critical Care Research Centre at this University. He has Professorial attachments at QUT, University of New South Wales, Chinese University of Hong Kong and his Alma Mater, University of Witwatersrand. 

Professor Lipman is a career Intensivist, having worked full-time in Intensive Care Units since 1979. His research interests include all aspects of infection management in intensive care. He has a special interest in the pharmacokinetics of antibiotics, an area in which he completed his MD through the Chinese University of Hong Kong where he still holds an Adjunct Professorial position.

He has published over 30 book chapters and over 500 peer-reviewed articles including in high impact journals like NEJM, JAMA and Lancet Infectious Diseases.

He has collaborations with almost 200 ICUs across the world and has supervised over 20 Higher Degree students. 

He currently holds dozens of peer-reviewed grants including 3 from NHMRC. Over the recent past the accumulated worth of these grants is over $10 million. 

He has been an invited speaker to over 100 Congresses Nationally and Internationally, being a Keynote speaker in many countries around the world.

He has been the recipient of a number of National and International awards for his service to Intensive Care Medicine and was awarded 2017 Researcher of the Year by Metro North HHS.

He sits on a number of local (Hospital and University), regional and International Committees and with his new job as Research Ambassador for Royal Brisbane and Womens’ Hospital is an integral part of collaboration across the various organisations’ on the Herston Complex.

Professor David McIntyre

Professor David McIntyreProfessor David McIntyre trained in Endocrinology in Australia and Belgium.  He maintains an active clinical profile as Director of Obstetric Medicine at Mater Health.  He is Head of the Mater Clinical Unit at the University of Queensland (UQ) and has previously served as Head of Academic Discipline of Medicine for UQ.   David also serves as a Director of the Mater Medical Research Institute.

David has published over 160 papers (>9000 citations), primarily in the field of medical complications of pregnancy with a focus on diabetes and obesity.  Recent research studies have examined the effects of diabetes, obesity and high blood pressure during pregnancy on the health of Mothers and Babies, both during pregnancy and with long term follow up.  David is the Immediate Past Chair of the International Association of Diabetes in Pregnancy Study Groups (IADPSG).  In 2016, he became the first Australian trained clinician to receive the Norbert Freinkel Award from the American Diabetes Association for his contributions to diabetes in pregnancy.

David established advanced training in Endocrinology and Obstetric Medicine at Mater Health and was the Foundation Director of the Queensland Diabetes Centre at the Mater.  He has been closely involved in the translation of clinical research findings into clinical practice, in particular through the re-definition of gestational diabetes and promotion of intensive insulin therapy in Type 1 diabetes through the DAFNE programme. 

Professor Mieke van Driel

Professor Mieke van DrielProfessor Mieke van Driel was appointed to the Chair in General Practice at The University of Queensland in November, 2011. She is Head of the Primary Care Clinical Unit and Head of the Discipline of General Practice in the Faculty of Medicine.

After training as a General Practitioner in The Netherlands Mieke worked in primary health care assistance projects for Médecins Sans Frontières in Asia and Africa. With a Master's degree in Public Health from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, she embarked on an academic career at the University of Ghent, Belgium in 1998. Her PhD thesis on the implementation of evidence in clinical care explored the medical, contextual and policy related aspects of evidence that can facilitate its use in day to day patient care. She has published on the implementation of evidence in clinical practice and conducted trials and systematic reviews that support recommendations for appropriate use of medicines and other interventions. Prof van Driel is a member of the Oxford University Leadership in Primary Care Research Program and editor of the Cochrane Collaboration’s Acute Respiratory Infections Review Group and several other international journals.

Mieke's main interests are in translating evidence into practice with a special focus on vulnerable populations and global health. Her work in antimicrobial stewardship in primary care has contributed to a better understanding of the drivers of antibiotic use in the community and how to preserve them for future generations. She collaborates with colleagues nationally and internationally and regularly hosts international students for research electives in primary care. She is committed to enabling and inspiring younger colleagues to embark on a journey in primary care research.

Mieke practices as General Practitioner in an Aboriginal Medical Service.

Professor Ian Yang

Professor Ian YangMBBS (Hons), PhD, FRACP, FAPSR, FThorSoc, Grad Dip Clin Epid

Thoracic Physician and Director of Thoracic Medicine, The Prince Charles Hospital;

Professor, The University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia.

Professor Ian Yang is a Thoracic Physician and Director of Thoracic Medicine at The Prince Charles Hospital, Metro North Hospital and Health Service; Head of the UQ Northside Clinical Unit and Professor, Faculty of Medicine, The University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia.

His clinical work is in the field of thoracic medicine, and his research team is studying gene-environmental interaction in COPD, asthma, lung cancer and air pollution, and approaches to improving prevention, diagnosis and treatment of respiratory diseases. He is involved in the training of higher degree students in translational research into lung diseases.

He is the Chair of the national COPD Guidelines Committee of Lung Foundation Australia. He is a member of the editorial boards of Respirology, the Cochrane Airways Group, and Annals of the American Thoracic Society, and serves as one of two Co-Chairs of the Brisbane Diamantina Health Partners Chronic Disease Theme.

Dr Fabiola Zandjani-Martin

Dr Fabiola Zandjani-MartinFabiola obtained her undergraduate degree in Medicine at the University of Vienna in 1995 and entered her training in Genitourinary and HIV Medicine after passing the membership exams of the Royal College of Physicians, London. She completed her specialist clinical training and obtained her MD(Res) in Human T Leukaemia Virus Type 1 medicine at Imperial College London in 2009. In 2014 she became the Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA) and was invited to join the Royal College of Physicians (FRCP) as a fellow in 2015. She has the joined the Faculty as the Head of MD Program Admissions and works as a sexual health and HIV physician at RBWH, Queensland Health.

She has experience in biomedical, observational cohort and clinical trial research, has led systematic reviews and epidemiological studies and the MD Program Admission Review 2017. She is experienced in supervising PhD and Honour students. Fabiola is also a patient advocate and supervises the webpage and conceived and lead the Open HTLV Letter to World Health Organisation to improve the implementation of HTLV-1 prevention strategies internationally.