Dr Venkat Vangaveti completed his PhD at James Cook University in 2011.  Dr Vangaveti is one of the founding members of research group TREAD- Translational Research in Endocrinology and Diabetes. Dr Vangaveti is actively involved in research in the area of diabetic foot ulcers investigating the markers of inflammation in the pathogenesis of foot ulcers, providing diabetic foot care services through telemedicine. The focus of foot ulcer research has been on prevention and management and focussing on using novel technologies in treatment of diabetic foot ulcers. To date, Dr Vangaveti received collaborative funding of over $1.8 Million.

As a research officer at College of Medicine and Dentistry. Dr Vangaveti  provides research support for staff and students of JCU Clinical School and staff of The Townsville Hospital. The area of support included project design, advice on ethics and governance submissions, statistical analysis and writing towards publications and grants. 

His research interests include cholesterol metabolism, role of macrophage-lipid derivatives interaction in atherogenesis. Dr Vangaveti has a Graduate Certificate in Academic Practice. Other areas of research interest include smooth transition of students from school  into year one of university  and identifying barriers for research among clinicians in a university-hospital setting.  

  • Member of Townsville Health Symposium organising Committee since 2013
  • Member of Research and Research Education Committee Meeting, College of Medicine and Dentistry since November 2014
  • Chair of the Abstracts Sub committee for Townsville Health Symposium for the years 2014 and 2015.
  • Research & Research education committee , College of Medicine and Dentistry since Feb 2015
  • Member of the Human Research Ethics Committee, Townsville Hospital and Health Service since April 2017
  • Assessor for National Health and Medical Research Council Postgraduate Scholarship Applications since 2016. Chair of the assessment panel for 2020.
  • Cholesterol metabolism, Macrophage-lipid interactions in atheroma
  • Diabetic Foot Ulcers, Telemedicine in management of Diabetic Foot ulcers.
  • Member of Honours Committee Meeting , College of Medicine and Dentistry Since Feb 2015
  • Small Group Teaching, Home Group program since 2007
  • Research Support for MBBS Honors Projects and The Townsville Hospital and Health Service staff.
  • 2021 to present - Research Officer, James Cook University (Douglas)
  • 2020 to present - Medical Research Support Officer, Townsville University Hospital (Douglas)
  • 2019 to 2021 - Research Fellow, James Cook University (Douglas)
  • 2016 to 2018 - Senior Research Officer, James Cook Universito (Douglas)
  • 2013 to 2015 - Research Officer, James Cook University (Douglas)
  • 2011 to 2013 - Postdoctoral Researcher, James Cook University (Douglas)
  • 2007 to 2011 - Graduate Student, James Cook University (Douglas)
  • 2006 to 2007 - Research Student, James Cook University (Douglas)
  • 2003 to 2004 - Masters Research, Sri Sathya Sai University (India)
Research Disciplines
Socio-Economic Objectives
  • 2022 to 2023 - Diabetes Australia- General Grant; Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy for Prevention of Diabetic Foot Ulcer Recurrence: A Pilot Study, Co-investigator, $69,500
  • 2021 to 2023 - - Townsville Health Service District - Study Education Research Trust Account: Extended Extracorporeal Shockwave and Electromagnetic Stimulation Therapies for Effective Treatment and Prevention of Diabetic Foot Ulcers, Co-investigator, $140,000
  • 2019 to 2022 - Townsville Health Service District - Study Education Research Trust Account: Exploring medical professionals' motivation to undertake research in tropical North Queensland , Co-investigator, $24,000
  • 2018 to 2020 - Townsville Health Service District - Study Education Research Trust Account: Fibrin Glue in Skin grafts for Skin cancer (FiGSS), Co-investigator, $15,000
  • 2018 to 2020 - Townsville Health Service District - Study Education Research Trust Account: Use of Procalcitonin in Diagnosing and Monitoring Diabetic Foot Cellulitis and Osteomyelitis at The Townsville Hospital-A Pilot Study, Co-investigator, $50,000
  • 2018 to 2020 - Townsville Health Service District - Study Education Research Trust Account: Smoking and its Impact on Treatment Outcome and Survival in Head and Neck Cancer Patients: A Longitudinal Observational Study, Co-investigator, $48,732
  • 2015 to 2019 - TB and Diabetes in PNG –AITHM, JCU, co-investigator, $95,000
  • 2015 to 2019 - World Diabetes Foundation for TB and Diabetes in PNG, co-investigator, $307,331
  • 2016 to 2018 - Management of Diabetic Foot Ulcer by Electromagnetic Stimulator Therapy at The Townsville Hospital, co-investigator, $39,944
  • 2015 to 2018 - BUPA for Telemedicine DM foot care in rural areas, co-investigator, $465,514
  • 2014 to 2018 - Australian Diabetes Society for Telemedicine in rural areas, co-investigator, $55,000
  • 2014 to 2018 - Queensland Health for Innovative diabetic foot therapy , co-investigator, $254,040
  • 2015 to 2017 - Townsville Hospital and Health Service Research Trust Fund, Clinical And Economic Impact of Medicine in management of Diabetes of Foot Ulcer in Rural and remote areas of North Queensland, Associate Investigator, $29,940
  • 2015 to 2017 - Townsville Hospital and Health Service Research Trust Fund, Management of Chronic Diabetic foot Ulcer by Shockwave Therapy at the Townsville Hospital, Associate Investigator, $18,597
  • 2013 to 2017 - Novartis: Vildagliptin effects on foot ulcer , Co investigator, $180,000
  • 2015 to 2016 - Research Infrastructure block grant (RIBG), James Cook University, Co-investigator, $4800
  • 2014 to 2016 - Research Infrastructure block grant (RIBG), James Cook University, Co-investigator, $17,400
  • 2014 to 2015 - JCU Faculty Grant for new diagnostic DM foot infection test, $8500
  • 2013 to 2015 - Research Infrastructure block grant (RIBG), James Cook University, Co-investigator, $28,629
  • 2013 to 2014 - JCU Block Grant to purchase 3-D DM foot camera, Co-investigator, $8000
  • 2013 to 2014 - Awarded grant of $8000 for the project "Foam Cell Formation in Macrophages"
  • 2012 to 2014 - Private Practice Trust Fund: Topical sodium thiosulphate in foot ulcer, co-investigator, $19,600
  • 2012 to 2014 - Regional Diabetes Support Scheme for foot ulcer risk assessment, co-investigator, $14,500
  • 2011 to 2012 - Awarded grant of $9200 to study “Association between G2A and Conjugated Linoliec Acids”
  • 2011 - Best poster award at North Queensland Research Festival, James Cook University, Townsville
  • 2011 - Doctoral Completion Grant of $3000
  • 2008 to 2011 - Recipient of School of Medicine & Dentistry fee waiver scholarship for Doctoral program
  • 2008 to 2011 - Recipient of James Cook University School Scholarship for the doctoral program,
  • 2009 - Travel grant for Presentations at Australian Society of Medical Research for 2009 and 2010
  • 2008 - Awarded Graduate Research Studies research grant, James Cook University of value $2430

These are the most recent publications associated with this author. To see a detailed profile of all publications stored at JCU, visit ResearchOnline@JCU. Hover over Altmetrics badges to see social impact.

Journal Articles

ResearchOnline@JCU stores 106+ research outputs authored by Dr Venkat Vangaveti from 2007 onwards.

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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
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.
Usman Malabu, Venkat Vangaveti, Erik Biros, Ramesh Velu, Kunwarjit Sangla and Haleagrahara Nagaraja (College of Medicine & Dentistry)
Diabetes Mellitus; Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy; Diabetic Footlu cers; Prevention

Bupa Health Foundation - Grant Program

Telemedicine: New Horizon in Management of Diabetic Foot Ulcer in Rural/Remote Australia

Indicative Funding
$465,514 over 7 years
Diabetic Foot Ulcer (DFU) is a serious complication causing >80% of diabetic lower limb amputations. Compared to Australian major cities, rural/remote areas experience two to three times higher rate of hospitalisation and limb amputation. A program that effectively manages foot ulcers and reduces hospital admissions could substantially reduce the cost of care in diabetes. Supervised care of trained rural nurses with the help of information technology may help solve the scarcity of diabetes would care specialists in the underserved communities. This proposal seeks to assess clinical and economic impact of telemedicine in the management of foot ulcers in rural/remote Australia.
Usman Malabu, Venkat Vangaveti, Kunwarjit Sangla, Holger Jansen and Rafiuddin Ahmed in collaboration with John Piette, Amy Langely and Yogesan Kanagasingham (College of Medicine & Dentistry, Townsville Hospital and Health Service, College of Business, Law & Governance, Ann Arbor Centre for Clinical Management Research and Australian e-Health Research Centre)
Diabetic Foot Ulcer; Wound Healing; Diabetes; Tele Medicine

World Diabetes Foundation - Research Grant

Increased awareness of and access to diabetes and tuberculosis care in New Ireland Province of Papua New Guinea

Indicative Funding
$307,331 over 5 years
The 3-year project is intended to (1) raise awareness of Diabetes and TB among the general populationin New Ireland Province (2) Train doctors, nurses, pharmacists and community health workers to effectively treat Diabetes and TB (3) Establish better monitoring of Diabetes and TB in remote areas with the help of electronic registry and mobile phone technology (4) conduct public health campaigns by the local health professionals and to screen and monitor the diseases with the help of mobile phone technology.
Usman Malabu, Emma McBryde, Venkat Vangaveti, Matthew McLee and Frank Apamumu (Australian Institute of Tropical Health & Medicine, College of Medicine & Dentistry and Kavieng General Hospital)

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These Higher Degree Research projects are either current or by students who have completed their studies within the past 5 years at JCU. Linked titles show theses available within ResearchOnline@JCU.

  • Study of Consent and Refusal at Birth: Obstetric and Midwifery Perspectives on Normal Birth and its Impact on Information Provision, Intervention, Choice and Refusal in Pregnancy and Childbirth (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • Exploring Medical Professionals' Motivation to Undertake Research in Tropical North Queensland (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • Fibrin Glue in Skin Grafts for Skin Cancer (PhD , Primary Advisor)

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  • 1 collaboration
  • Indicates the Tropics (Torrid Zone)

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