About

Nagaraja Haleagrahara is the Associate Professor at the College of Medicine and Dentistry. His Research Portfolio interests are diverse including oxidative stress; antioxidants; animal models of human diseases; neurodegeneration; diabetes mellitus and rheumatoid arthritis. Currently, his research team at JCU utilize a multidisciplinary approach to research novel anti-inflammatory therapies for rheumatoid arthritis. Nagaraja has managed several peer-reviewed research grants from research institutions in Malaysia and Australia in the past fifteen years.  Nagaraja proves extensive experience teaching physiology and pathophysiology in the tertiary setting since 1989. He has taught Physiology across a range of undergraduate, and postgraduate subjects and content areas. Passionate about supporting students at all levels to become intensely engaged in learning as a lifelong endeavour he aims to focus beyond final grades. Nagaraja has been consistently active in Tertiary Education Research with a keen interest in medical education focusing on problem-based learning, blended learning, and learning technologies. 

Teaching
  • BM3000: Advanced Projects in Biomedicine (Level 3; TSV)
  • MD1010: Introduction to Integrated Medical Studies Part 1 of 2 (Level 1; TSV)
  • MD2011: Integrated Human System Pathophysiology Part 1 of 2 (Level 2; TSV)
  • MD2012: Integrated Human System Pathophysiology Part 2 of 2 (Level 2; TSV)
  • MD3000: Selective Study (Level 3; TSV)
  • MD3011: Introduction to Clinical Healthcare Part 1 of 2 (Level 3; TSV)
  • MD3012: Introduction to Clinical Healthcare Part 2 of 2 (Level 3; TSV)
Interests
Research
  • Rheumatoid arthritis; Bioflavonoids and collagen-induced arthritis; Anti-rheumatoid arthritic activity of flavonoids; Anti-rheumatoid arthritic activity of hookworm proteins; Diabetes; Diabetic foot ulcer; Growth factors in diabetic foot ulcer
  • Immunotherapy for Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Bioflavonoids and inflammatory pathways in Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Neuroprotective effects of palm phytonutrients in Parkinson’s disease (Primary Advisor -International Medical University, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia)
  • Neuroprotective effects of Vitamin E on oxidative stress-induced dopaminergic neuronal dysfunction in Parkinson’s disease (Secondary Advisor -International Medical University, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia)
  • Biomarkers of diabetic foot ulcer
Teaching
  • Physiology, Pathophysiology, Endocrinology, Neurophysiology, Hematology and Renal Physiology
  • Learning styles and approaches of undergraduate medical students
  • Evaluating the impact of an integrated blended e-learning program on learning delivery and enhancement in medical education
  • Evaluating the impact of mobile integrated learning resources on medical student learning outcomes
Experience
  • 2018 to present - Associate Professor, James Cook University (Australia)
  • 2011 to 2020 - Adjunct Associate Professor, International Medical University (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia)
  • 2011 to 2017 - Senior Lecturer, James Cook University (Australia)
  • 2009 to 2011 - Associate Professor, International Medical University (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia)
  • 2004 to 2009 - Senior Lecturer, International Medical University (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia)
  • 2002 to 2004 - Associate Professor, Manipal University (Manipal, India)
  • 1998 to 2002 - Assistant Professor, Manipal University (Manipal, India)
  • 1989 to 1998 - Lecturer, Manipal University (Manipal, India)
Research Disciplines
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Honours
Fellowships
  • 2020 - $ 4250 - CMT Researcher Grant, JCU
  • 2018 - $ 1,416 - JCU - Biomedicine Staff Research Enhancement Scheme
  • 2018 - Fellow, Royal Society of Biology (UK)
  • 2017 - $3, 000 - JCU Learning and Teaching Blended Learning and Innovation Grant (AI)
  • 2017 - $ 3,000 - JCU Learning and Teaching Peer Review of Teaching Grant
  • 2017 - $ 50,000 - Malaysian Palm Oil Board (MPOB), Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (AI)
  • 2017 - $ 3,660 - JCU - Biomedicine Staff Research Enhancement Scheme
  • 2016 - $ 10,000 - JCU – Bridging the Gap Research Grant
  • 2015 - $ 30,000 - Arthritis Australia – National Research Project Grant
  • 2014 - $ 30, 600 - JCU Research Infrastructure Block Grant (RIBG) (AI)
  • 2013 - $ 12,000 – JCU - Research Infrastructure Block Grant (RIBG) (AI)
  • 2013 - $ 15, 000 - JCU – AITHM Funded Faculty Research Grant
  • 2012 - $ 6,000 - International Medical University, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Faculty Research Grant (AI)
  • 2012 - $ 5,000 – JCU - Faculty Research Grant (AI)
  • 2011 - $ 15,000 - International Medical University, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Faculty Research Grant (AI)
  • 2011 - $ 15,000 - International Medical University, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Faculty Research Grant
  • 2010 - $ 12,000 - International Medical University, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Faculty Research Grant
  • 2009 - $ 12,000 - International Medical University, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Faculty Research Grant
  • 2009 - $ 15,000 - Ministry of Health (MOH) Research Grant, Malaysia (AI)
  • 2008 - $ 15,000 - E-Science Fund, Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MOSTI), Malaysia (AI)
  • 2008 - $ 6,000 - International Medical University, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Faculty Research Grant
  • 2007 - $ 12,000 - International Medical University, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Faculty Research Grant
  • 2006 - $ 6,000 - International Medical University, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Faculty Research Grant
Memberships
  • 2017 - Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia (HERDSA)
  • 2017 - Biomedicine – Discipline Research Committee Member
  • 2017 - Nutrition Society of Australia (NSA)
  • 2012 - JCU School of Medicine 1 Foundation Studies Committee Member
  • 2012 - Australian Physiological Society (AuPS)
  • 2012 - JCU School of Medicine-Year 1 Assessment Committee Member
  • 2012 - Australian Neuroscience Society (ANS)
  • 2011 - JCU School of Medicine-Year 2 Assessment Committee Member
  • 2008 - Society for Neuroscience (SFN)
  • 2007 - Society for Free Radical Biology and Medicine (SFRBM)
  • 2005 - American Physiological Society (APS)
Other
  • 2008 - The Society for Free Radical Biology and Medicine (SFRBM) – Annual Meeting Abstract Judge
Publications

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Diabetes Australia - General Grant

Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy for Prevention of Diabetic Foot Ulcer Recurrence: A Pilot Study.

Indicative Funding
$69,500 over 1 year
Summary
Diabetic foot ulcer (DFU) is a common complication of diabetes with a recurrence of up to 40% within one year after initial healing. The common cause for recurrence of DFUs is impaired perfusion of lower extremities due to diabetes. This study aims to determine whether extracorporeal shockwave therapy (ESWT) can prevent the recurrence of previously healed DFUs since it has been shown that low-energy ESWT can improve microcirculation blood flow of ischemic limbs.
Investigators
Usman Malabu, Venkat Vangaveti, Erik Biros, Ramesh Velu, Kunwarjit Sangla and Haleagrahara Nagaraja (College of Medicine & Dentistry)
Keywords
Diabetes Mellitus; Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy; Diabetic Footlu cers; Prevention
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Current
  • Growth Factors and their response to Medication in Diabetic Foot Ulcer healing (Masters , Primary Advisor)
  • The Effect of Shockwave Treatment on the Circulation of the Diabetic Foot (Masters , Secondary Advisor)
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