Alison has joined the Diabetes and Obesity research team and will be co-ordinating the Adolescent AdDIT, Aussie AdDIT Intranasal Insulin Trial and ENDIA. Previous Clinical Trials experience with Vaccine Trials Group.
Other experience includes general surgery and recovery, sleep technology and community nursing. Alison is very interested in public health and research.
Julie Dart was trained at Princess Margaret Hospital as a registered nurse and paediatric nurse. After completing her training, she worked as a registered nurse at PMH before travelling overseas for several years to work in hospitals in London.
Julie then lived and worked a registered nurse in Port Hedland, Halls Creek and Carnarvon for eight years in the 1990s. When she moved back to Perth she worked as a sleep technologist in the Sleep Lab, Respiratory Department at PMH for 12 years.
Julie became involved in diabetes research in 2004, assisting on exercise studies. She joined the team as a clinical research nurse in 2006, and has been a key personnel in the HypoMon overnight clinical trials, co-ordinating the past two HypoMon clinical trials.
Currently, Julie is the Aussi AdDIT site study co-ordinator and the TrialNet Natural History site co-coordinator for the team. These studies aim to investigate the complications of diabetes and the aetiology of diabetes, respectively.
Julie is also the team's research nurse for the Closed Loop and Predictive Low Glucose Suspend studies which are part of the JDRF artificial pancreas consortium, in which the team is actively involved.
Apart from diabetes research, Julie has a special interest in sleep disorders, Alzheimer's disease and autism.
Ly TT, Jones TW, Griffiths A, Dart J, Davis EA, Stick S, Wilson A. Hypoglycaemia does not change the threshold for arousal from sleep in adolescents with type 1 diabetes. Diabetes Technology and Therapeutics. 2012; 14(2):101-104
Clinical research nurse
Alexandra joins the Diabetes and Obesity research team as a clinical research nurse after working in a variety of areas.
After completing a degree in nursing, she went to work as an emergency nurse before going on to do a postgraduate in midwifery. Most recently she has been working as a clinical facilitator.
BSc (Nursing); MSc (Diabetes Education); CDE
Jennifer had been working as a registered nurse since 1993. She joined Royal Perth Hospital in 2007 and worked as a credentialed diabetes educator.
In 2010 she joined the diabetes and obesity research team at PMH as a research nurse, working on the 'Low Glucose Suspend' clinical trial. This trial utilises the Veo insulin pump with low glucose suspend function and continuous glucose monitoring to look at the incidence of hypoglycaemia.
In 2010 Jennifer completed a Master of Science, undertaking research which examined the various roles and responsibilities of WA general practice nurses in the care of patients with diabetes within the primary care setting.
Jennifer is a credentialed diabetes educator and member of the Australian Diabetes Educators Association.
JA Nicholas, A Tulloch, K Glaister. The Roles and Responsibilities of WA General Practice Nurses in Diabetes Care and Management. ADEA 2011
JA Nicholas, TT Ly, EA Davis, TW Jones. Patient Education and Evaluation of Real-Time Continuous Glucose Monitoring and Low Glucose Suspend using the Medtronic Veo Pump. ADEA 2011
Clinical research associate
Areas of research expertise: Clinical trials
Heather joined the research team as a research assistant in 2008. In this role, she was responsible for writing ethics applications, recruiting participants, assisting with visits, maintaining databases, and performing sample processing for a number of studies.
In 2011, Heather became actively involved in the Australian co-ordination team for the Adolescent Type 1 Diabetes Cardio-Renal Intervention Trial (AdDIT), an international drug trial. This led to her developing her interest in clinical trials and beginning her transition into her current role as clinical research associate. Since then, Heather has been involved in all stages of clinical trials including developing essential documents, initiating sites, monitoring and closing out sites.
More recently, Heather has taken on a project management role supporting the team to conduct a series of studies as part of a JDRF-awarded grant looking at ‘Reducing hypoglycaemia and glucose excursions caused by exercise and food in young people with T1DM’.
Fried L, Chetty T, Roby H, Nicholas J, Jones TW, Cross D and Davis EA. Barriers to Exercise in Youth with T1D: the Patient Experience. ADA San Diego, California 2017
Abraham MB, Nicholas JA, Ly TT, Roby HC, Paramalingam N, Fairchild J, King BR, Ambler GR, Cameron F, Davis EA, Jones TW. Safety and efficacy of the predictive low glucose management system in the prevention of hypoglycaemia: protocol for randomised controlled home trial to evaluate the Suspend before low function. BMJ Open. 2016 Apr 15;6(4):e011589. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2016-011589
Shetty VB, Fournier PA, Davey RJ, Retterath AJ, Paramalingam N, Roby HC, Cooper MN, Davis EA, Jones TW. Effect of exercise intensity on glucose requirements to maintain euglycaemia during exercise in type 1 diabetes. Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism, 2016 Mar;101(3):972-80 doi: 10.1210/jc.2015-4026
Shetty, V, Davey, R, Retterath, A, Roby, H, Paramalingam, N, Davis, E, Jones, TW, Fournier, P. Antidiuretic hormone as a mediator of the glycaemia-increasing effect of high intensity exercise in individuals with Type 1 Diabetes. APEG/ISPAD, Brisbane 2015
Shetty VB, Fournier PA, Davey RJ, Retterath AJ, Paramalingam N, Roby HC, Cooper MN, Davis EA, Jones TW. Effect of exercise intensity on carbohydrate intake to prevent hypoglycaemia during and after exercise in type 1 diabetic individuals. IDF World Diabetes Congress, Dec 2013
MBA, MInfectDis, BSc
Areas of research expertise: Clinical research laboratory management, molecular biology and omics studies
Armed with an MBA from Australian Graduate School of Management (UNSW) in which Ace was selected for an exchange program with University of Michigan, she specialises in strategy and management of the healthcare sector.
Ace has more than six years' research experience in genetics, microbiology, molecular biology, and omics studies as well as five years in managing medical research laboratories in Princess Margaret Hospital, The University of WA and Telethon Kids Institute. She currently manages the laboratory in Children’s Diabetes Centre.