About

I am a clinical academic having trained and worked as a Paediatrician, specialising in Neonatal Medicine in the UK, New Zealand and Australia. More recently I have been also working in medical education.

My research interests have spanned three main areas: microvascular physiology; Opioid exposed infants; Perinatal clinical trials.

My microvacular physiology work commenced in premature neonates but now extends to using the same tools across diferent age groups, disease processes and even species, with work in a number of animal models.

My clinical interests in opioid exposed infants has led me both large scale epimiologicaql studsies of outcomes and development of animal models to understand our treatment and prevention options.

I have been involved in perinatal clinical trials for the past 20 years, leading their uptake in non-capital city centres and resulting in practice changing papers in  the highest ranking  journals.

I have a developing interest in Health Professional Education research.

Teaching
  • MD4011: Integrated Pathology and Clinical Medicine Part 1 of 3 (Level 4; TSV)
  • MD4012: Integrated Pathology and Clinical Medicine Part 2 of 3 (Level 4; TSV)
  • MD4013: Integrated Pathology and Clinical Medicine Part 3 of 3 (Level 4; TSV)
  • MD5010: Integrated Clinical Practice Part 1 of 3 (Level 5; TSV)
  • MD5020: Integrated Clinical Practice Part 2 of 3 (Level 5; TSV)
  • MD5030: Integrated Clinical Practice Part 3 of 3 (Level 5; TSV)
  • MD6010: Advanced Clinical Medicine Part 1 of 3 (Level 6; TSV)
  • MD6020: Advanced Clinical Medicine Part 2 of 3 (Level 6; TSV)
  • MD6030: Advanced Clinical Medicine Part 3 of 3 (Level 6; TSV)
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Socio-Economic Objectives
Publications

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ResearchOnline@JCU stores 65+ research outputs authored by Prof Ian Wright from 2011 onwards.

Current Funding

Current and recent Research Funding to JCU is shown by funding source and project.

Tropical Australian Academic Health Centre Limited - Research Seed Grants

Implementation of Quantified Neonatal Brain MRI at Term-Equivalent Age at Townsville University and Cairns Hospital for Infants at High Risk of Adverse Neurodevelopmental Outcomes

Indicative Funding
$50,000 over 2 years
Summary
Infants born preterm, with low birth weight, or whom have a hypoxic event are at risk for developing adverse neurodevelopmental outcomes. Currently, the timing of MRI is variable at Townsville University and Cairns Hospital?s Neonatal Units, with the infant often being at an age for which anaesthesia is required to undergo an MRI. This project aims to enable neonatal MRI (at term-equivalent age) for infants identified as high risk based, which is safer, less costly, and provides additional information for early personalized treatment plans in comparison to a later MRI (>4 months) - similar to the changes at Royal Brisbane Women?s Hospital.
Investigators
Liza van Eijk, Afroz Keramat, Roslyn Boyd, Jurgen Fripp, Ian Wright, Kerstin Pannek, Prasanna Kumar, Kandasamy Yogavijavan, Mohan Swaminathan, Neil Archer, Margot Bosanquet, Sandhya Menon, Daniel Webb, Carly Luke, Lynda McNamara, Leeann Mick-Ramsamy and Anya Gordon (College of Healthcare Sciences, The University of Queensland, Commonwealth Scientific & Industrial Research Organisation, College of Medicine & Dentistry, Townsville University Hospital and Cairns & Hinterland Hospital & Health Service)
Keywords
Neonatal MRI; Preterm; Quantitative; scoring

Tropical Australian Academic Health Centre Limited - Research Assistance Scheme

Application, evaluation and validation of the Nutrition Education and Screening Tool in Mookai Rosie Bi Bayan; nutrition profiles, their determinants, and associations with birth outcomes.

Indicative Funding
$20,000 over 1 year
Summary
This study takes a participatory action approach to inquiry using mixed traditional/weste rn and quantitative/qualitative methods. To understand the determinants of nutrition-rel ated health outcomes of pregnant Australian Aboriginal women and babies, we must not only be able to empirically measure their dietary intake but seek to understand the motives underlying their dietary decision-making and the cultural factors that influence their dietary decision-making. We aim to determine these factors using a novel digital Nutrition Education and Screening Tool (NEST) and yarning circles.
Investigators
Janelle James-McAlpine, Ian Wright and Karen Yates (College of Medicine & Dentistry and College of Healthcare Sciences)
Keywords
Nutrition; Aboriginal And Torres Strait Islanders; Child health

Australian Health Research Alliance - Women's Health Research Translation Network (WHRTN)

The Far North Queensland My Body, My Baby Project.

Indicative Funding
$15,000 over 2 years
Summary
This project examines nutrition, its determinants and associations with birth outcomes in pregnant First People of Far North Queensland (FNQ) using the Maternal Outcomes and Nutrition Tool (MONT). Successfully piloted in South-East Queensland, the MONT offers a digital data collection tool suitable for use in culturally and linguistically diverse and low-literacy populations. In conducting this research, we aim to establish the nutrition and supplementation patterns exhibited by FNQ?s pregnant First People, identify those at risk of nutrition-related adverse outcomes, inform the development of primary health strategies to mitigate their risk and validate the MONT for use in pregnant First People.
Investigators
Janelle James-McAlpine, Ian Wright and Karen Yates in collaboration with Anthony Perkins and Theresa Simpson (College of Medicine & Dentistry, College of Healthcare Sciences, Griffith University and Mookai-Rosie Bi Bayan)
Keywords
Pregnancy; Nutrition; Birth outcomes; Health Literacy

Far North Queensland Hospital Foundation - Research Grant

The Far North Queensland My Body, My Baby Project.

Indicative Funding
$10,000 over 1 year
Summary
This project examines nutrition, its determinants and associations with birth outcomes in pregnant First People of Far North Queensland (FNQ) using the Maternal Outcomes and Nutrition Tool (MONT). Successfully piloted in South-East Queensland, the MONT offers a digital data collection tool suitable for use in culturally and linguistically diverse and low-literacy populations. In conducting this research, we aim to establish the nutrition and supplementation patterns exhibited by FNQ?s pregnant First People, identify those at risk of nutrition-related adverse outcomes, inform the development of primary health strategies to mitigate their risk and validate the MONT for use in pregnant First People.
Investigators
Janelle James-McAlpine, Ian Wright, Karen Yates and Theresa Simpson in collaboration with Anthony Perkins (College of Medicine & Dentistry, College of Healthcare Sciences, Griffith University and Mookai-Rosie Bi Bayan)
Keywords
Pregnancy; Nutrition; Birth Outcomes; Health Literacy

Far North Queensland Hospital Foundation - Research Grant

Implementation of a Biostatistics, Epidemiology and Research Design support model in the Cairns Clinical Research Unit.

Indicative Funding
$5,000 over 1 year
Summary
This project aims to introduce a biostatistics, epidemiology and research design (BERD) support model into research education and development activities via the CHHHS Clinical Research Unit (CRU). The CRU has historically been central to the conduct of research incubator workshops, monthly drop-in clinics and research cohort support programs. However, researchers at the Cairns Hospital campus don?t yet benefit from an incumbent bio-statistician and epidemiologist. This project aims to provide clinicians access to high-level biostatistics and epidemiology assistance, enhance the capability of the Research Officer through collaborative consultation and assess the efficacy of the BERD model in FNQ clinical research.
Investigators
Janelle James-McAlpine, Ian Wright, Edward Strivens and Susan Richmond (College of Medicine & Dentistry and Cairns & Hinterland Hospital & Health Service)
Keywords
Biostatistics; Research Design; Research Education
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  • 1 collaboration
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