Dr Charmaine Woods

Academic Status

College of Medicine and Public Health

place Flinders Medical Centre (3E:111.3)
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia

Dr Woods was appointed as the Flinders ENT Medical Scientist in 2010 and coordinates the units clinical and laboratory research investigations. With a background in physiology Dr Woods is currently involved in the following ENT projects: (1) investigation of water transport and cationic antimicrobial peptides in chronic rhinosinusitis, (2) discovery of biomarkers for laryngopharyngeal reflux and laryngeal cancer, (3) evaluation of surgcial techniques for sleep disordered breathing in children and adults, (4)evaluation of the effectiveness of sinus irrigation solutions. Dr Woods' role in these projects involves preparation of ethics applications, patient recruitment, management of the Flinders ENT TissueBank, qRT-PCR, immunohistochemistry, microbial assays, as well as collating clinical and laboratory data, statistical anlaysis and preparation of manuscripts and research grants.

Bachelor of Biotechnology (Honours)
Research expertise
Medical biotechnology
Medical microbiology
Research interests
Otorhinolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery (ie diseases affecting the ear, nose and throat).
Particular interests are with the following themes:
  1. Chronic rhinosinusitis (sinusitis) - investigation of water transport mechanisms leading to production of (thickened) nasal secretions, the antimicrobial activity of innate peptides in nasal secretions
  2. Investigation and evaluation of surgical treatments for sleep disordered breathing (sleep apnoea) in children and adults
  3. discovery of biomarkers for laryngopharyngeal reflux (reflux into the throat) and laryngeal cancer
Supervisory interests
Biomarker discovery for screening purposes
Laryngopharyngeal reflux
Obstructive sleep apnoea
Higher degree by research supervision
Associate supervisor: chronic rhinosinusitis (1)

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