About

Dr Nagaraja Haleagrahara is the Senior Lecturer of Physiology at the College of Public Health, Medical and Veterinary Sciences. With a Masters in Medical Physiology, his PhD explored the “Pathophysiological Changes in the Neuroendocrine System during Stress” at Manipal University, a leading university in collaborative biomedical research. His continuing research has enabled further discoveries in disease pathophysiology and novel therapeutics resulting in over 75 publications in international peer reviewed journals, over 700 citations, and an h-index of 16.  As an extensively experienced and internationally recognised Physiology Lecturer he advocates for quality medical education, receiving the College Deans Award, James Cook University (JCU), 2016 for teaching and subject excellence. Listed in the Top Ten Lecturers, JCU, 2014. Nagaraja also holds a position as an Adjunct Associate Professor at the School of Medicine, International Medical University (IMU), Malaysia.

 His Research Portfolio interests are diverse including: oxidative stress; antioxidants; animal models of human diseases; neurodegeneration; and rheumatoid arthritis. Currently his research team at JCU utilise a multidisciplinary approach to research novel anti-inflammatory therapies for rheumatoid arthritis and neurodegeneration. His most recent project investigates novel proteins as therapeutic agents to reduce knee joint pathology in rheumatoid arthritis. Recent research funded by Arthritis Australia has determined the potential beneficial effects of flavonoids as an anti-inflammatory therapy against rheumatoid arthritis. He has identified flavonoid quercetin's protective effect against physical and psychological stress-induced changes in the hypothalamus. His research team at IMU (2014) also showed the neuroprotective and therapeutic effects of tocotrienol against oxidative damage in neurodegenerative diseases like Parkinson’s disease.

Nagaraja has managed several peer reviewed research grants from research institutions in Malaysia and Australia in the past ten years. His current Research Collaborators include: International Medical University, Malaysian Palm Oil Board, Monash University Malaysia, Perdana University, and Manipal University. During his tenure at International Medical University (IMU) he was the Associate Investigator in major funded projects on Arthritis and Diabetes (Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation and the Ministry of Health).

 Nagaraja proves extensive experience teaching Physiology in the tertiary setting since 1989 where he lectured in an undergraduate medical programme at Manipal University. He has taught Physiology across the range of undergraduate, postgraduate subject and content areas. Moving to IMU, Malaysia in 2004 he held positions as a Senior Lecturer and Associate Professor. Here he developed curriculum, published and presented on learning and assessment for undergraduate medical students. Passionate about supporting students at all levels to become intensely engaged in learning as a lifelong endeavour he aims focus beyond final grades. Nagaraja has been consistently active in Tertiary Education Research since 2005 with a keen interest in medical education focussing on problem-based learning, blended learning, and learning technologies. 

Teaching
  • BM1052: Anatomy and Physiology for Speech Pathology 2 (Level 1; TSV)
  • HF1903: Independent Studies (Level 1; 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)
  • PC1002: Human Anatomy and Physiology 2 (Level 1; TSV)
  • PP2201: Medical Physiology 2 (Level 2; TSV)
  • PP3201: Contemporary Research in Physiology (Level 3; TSV)
  • PP5201: Contemporary Research in Physiology (Level 5; TSV)
  • TV1003: Animal Structure and Function (Level 1; TSV)
Interests
Research
  • Rheumatoid arthritis; Bioflavonoids and collagen-induced arthritis; Anti-rheumatoid arthritic activity of flavonoids; Neurodegenerative diseases
  • 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)
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
  • 2011 to present - Senior Lecturer, James Cook University (Australia)
  • 2011 to present - Adjunct Associate Professor, International Medical University (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia)
  • 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)
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Honours
Awards
  • 2016 - Deans Teaching Excellence Award - CPHMVS, James Cook University
  • 2016 - Deans Subject Excellence Award – CPHMVS, James Cook University
  • 2009 - Best Poster Award. 5th Annual Asian Medical Education Association (AMEA) Conference, Indonesia. 2009.
  • 2004 - Faculty Award for ‘Research Activities and Publications – 2002 - 2003’. Kasturba Medical College, Manipal University. India.
  • 2000 - Dr T M A Pai Gold Medal for Faculty Outstanding Research Activity. Manipal University, India.
  • 1998 - Faculty Award for best research in Stress Physiology. Awarded by the Indian Association of Biomedical Scientists, India.
  • 2005 to 2011 - Student Mentor – International Medical University, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Fellowships
  • 2017 - $ 50,000 - Malaysian Palm Oil Board (MPOB), Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (AI)
  • 2017 - $ 3,660 - JCU - Biomedicine Staff Research Enhancement Scheme
  • 2017 - $ 3,000 - JCU Learning and Teaching Peer Review of Teaching Grant
  • 2017 - $3, 000 - JCU Learning and Teaching Blended Learning and Innovation Grant (AI)
  • 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 - $ 15, 000 - JCU – AITHM Funded Faculty Research Grant
  • 2013 - $ 12,000 – JCU - Research Infrastructure Block Grant (RIBG) (AI)
  • 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
  • 2011 - $ 15,000 - International Medical University, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Faculty Research Grant (AI)
  • 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 - Nutrition Society of Australia (NSA)
  • 2017 - Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia (HERDSA)
  • 2017 - Biomedicine – Discipline Research Committee Member
  • 2012 to 2017 - Australian Neuroscience Society (ANS)
  • 2012 to 2017 - JCU School of Medicine-Year 1 Examination Committee Member
  • 2012 to 2017 - JCU School of Medicine 1 Foundation Studies Committee Member
  • 2012 to 2017 - Australian Physiological Society (AuPS)
  • 2011 to 2017 - JCU School of Medicine-Year 2 Examination Committee Member
  • 2008 to 2017 - Society for Neuroscience (SFN)
  • 2007 to 2017 - Society for Free Radical Biology and Medicine (SFRBM)
  • 2005 to 2017 - American Physiological Society (APS)
  • 2010 to 2011 - Medical Education Unit - International Medical University, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • 2005 to 2011 - Preclinical Examination Board - International Medical University, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
  • 2003 to 2004 - Animal Ethics Committee - Kasturba Medical College, Manipal University
Other
  • 2016 - Research Grant Reviewer for National Science Center, Poland.
  • 2016 - Ph. D., External Examiner - Annamalai University, India
  • 2016 - Student Research Mentor (External), Perdana University, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
  • 2016 - Ph. D., Examiner – International Medical University
  • 2015 - Ph. D., External Examiner – Annamalai University, India
  • 2014 - Ph. D., External Examiner – University Putra Malaysia (UPM), Malaysia
  • 2013 - M. Sc., Examiner – International Medical University, Malaysia
  • 2011 - Research Grant External Assessor, Monash University (Malaysia Campus), Malaysia
  • 2008 to 2016 - The Society for Free Radical Biology and Medicine (SFRBM) – Annual Meeting Abstract Judge
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