Catherine Hill

Catherine Hill

Adelaide Medical School

Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences


Professor Catherine Hill - TITLEHOLDER. Professor Hill is a clinical rheumatologist and epidemiologist with research expertise in osteoarthritis, randomised clinical trials, vasculitis and population epidemiology.

As Chief Investigator of the North West Adelaide Health Study (NWAHS), Prof Hill was instrumental in adding the musculoskeletal data collection to this study in 2004. Work from this study has been published as part of the Global Burden of Disease study published in the Lancet (December 2012), which identified musculoskeletal diseases one of the three most important diseases in terms of global disease burden.

Prof Hill previously led a multicentre NHMRC funded project grant to study the effects of fish oil supplementation on symptoms and structural progression over two years in knee osteoarthritis in a multicentre RCT and subsequent collaborations have resulted in four current NHMRC-funded multicentre Osteoarthritis trials into the role of statins and zolendronic acid in knee Osteoarthritis, methotrexate in hand OA, krill oil in hand OA. Pilot studies are underway for 2 further studies for hand and knee OA.

Prof Hill’s most recent research interest is in Giant Cell Arteritis, the most common vasculitis in the elderly that can lead to blindness and stroke. She established the South Australian Giant Cell Arteritis Registry in 2009 which has resulted in further knowledge about this condition in Australia for the first time and has resulted in both national and international collaborations. She has been involved in OMERACT (Outcome Measures in Rheumatology) which is an independent initiative of international health professionals interested in outcome measures in rheumatology since 2014. She currently co-chairs 3 SIGs for OMERACT (PMR, glucocorticoid impact, stiffness) and has recently joined the Technical Advisory Group of OMERACT.

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  • Appointments

    Date Position Institution name
    2016 Clinical Professor University of Adelaide
    2015 Staff Consultant Rheumatologist Royal Adelaide Hospital
    2011 Chair SA Health
    2010 - 2016 Clinical Associate Professor University of Adelaide
    2000 Staff Consultant Rheumatologist The Queen Elizabeth Hospital
  • Language Competencies

    Language Competency
    English Can read, write, speak, understand spoken and peer review
  • Education

    Date Institution name Country Title
    2009 - 2009 University of Adelaide Australia Doctor of Medicine (MD)
    1998 - 2000 Boston University United States Masters of Science (Epidemiology and Biostatics)
    1983 - 1988 University of Adelaide Australia MBBS
  • Postgraduate Training

    Date Title Institution Country
    FRACP Royal Australasian College of Physicians Australia
  • Research Interests

Research Funding
2018 - 2020

NHMRC Project Grant

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A randomised controlled trial of DlaCerein to treat KneE osteoarthritis with enfusioN-Synovitis

Chief Investigators: Aitken D, Jones G, Cicuttini F, Winzenberg T, Keen H 

Three year project grant $1,309,503
2018 Arthritis Australia Project Grant - 1147370 Does targeting pain-related beliefs in people with knee osteoarthritis increase physical activity. Chief Investigators: Stanton T, Moseley GL, Hill CL, Bennell K. One year project grant. $15,000
2017 - 2021

NHMRC Project Grant

Australia and New Zealand Musculoskeletal (ANZMUSC) - 1134856

Clinical Trials Network   Five year project grant. $2,497,653
2017 - 2020

NHMRC Project Grant

METHODS - 1127981

A randomised clinical trial of METhotrexate to treat Hand Osteoarthritis with Synovitis   Four year project grant $770,013
2017 - 2019 1134125 Optimising therapy in anti-neutrophil cytoplasmic antibody (ANCA) associated vasculitis   Three year project grant $124,676
2017 Arthritis Australia Project Grant. A randomised clinical trial of colchicine in inflammatory hand osteoarthritis Chief Investigators: Hill CL, Ruediger C One year project grant $40,000.
2017 Arthritis Australia Project Grant. A randomised clinical trial of colchicine in inflammatory hand osteoarthritis. Chief Investigators: Hill CL, Ruediger C. One year project grant, co-funded by The Hospital Research Foundation. $50,000
2016-7 NHMRC Project Grant 1102732 A randomised trial of krill oil for osteoarthritis of the knee, $751,491. Chief Investigators: Jones G, Cicuttini F, Hill CL Two year project grant. $569,927
  NHMRC Project Grant 1068023 Dissecting the great ophthalmic masquerade: The Global Giant Cell Arteritis Genomics Consortium. Chief Investigators: Hewitt A, Hill CL, Evans D, Merriman T, Morgan A, Smith K, McKelvie P, Martin J Two year project grant. $569,927
2013-2017 NHMRC Project Grant 1048581. Does statin use have a disease modifying effect in symptomatic knee osteoarthritis? A multicentre randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial. Chief Investigators: Wang Y, Cicuttini F, Tonkin A, Hill CL, Ding C. Three year Project Grant. $971,019.95
2013-2016 NHMRC Project Grant 1045415. A randomised trial of zoledronic acid for osteoarthritis of the knee. Chief Investigators: Jones G, Cicuttini F, March L, Hill CL, Dore D. Three year project grant. $954,596.66
2016 Arthritis Australia Project Grant. Customising pathways to self-management support for people with osteoarthritis Chief Investigators: Hoon E, Oliver F, Hill CL. One year project grant.
2015 Arthritis Australia Grant. Developing a patient reported outcome measure in polymyalgia rheumatic. Chief Investigators: Hoon E, Hill CL, Gill TK. One year project grant. $10,000.
2009 - 2014 TQEH Research Foundation The Health Observatory. Chief Investigators: Adams RJ, Wilson DW, Hill CL, Visvanathan R, Ruffin RE, Wittert G

Five year program grant. $1,250,000.

2014 NHMRC Project Grant Dissecting the great ophthalmic masquerade: The Global Giant Cell Arteritis Genomics Consortium.   Two year project grant $569,927
2014 Arthritis Australia Grant. Suprascapular nerve block for the treatment of adhesive capsulitis Chief Investigators: Shanahan EM, Hill CL, Gill TK. One year project grant. $30,000.
2013 - 2015 NHMRC Project Grant A randomised trial of zoledronic acid for osteoarthritis of the knee.   Three year project grant. $954,596
2013 - 2015   Does statin use have a disease modifying effect in symptomatic knee osteoarthritis? A multicentre randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial   Three year project grant. $971,019
2013 Arthritis Australia Grant. Genetics of Giant Cell Arteritis. Chief Investigators: Brown M, Hewitt A, Merriman T, Rischmueller M, Hill CL. $25,000.
2012 Arthritis Australia Grant-in-Aid. Pilot study of MRI in shoulder pain. Chief Investigators: Gill TK, Hill CL, Shanahan M, Allison D. $15,000.
  Arthritis Australia Grant. Association of n-3 fatty acid levels and serum COMP levels with inflammation, symptoms and cartilage volume in knee Chief Investigators: Hill CL, Cleland LG, Jones G, March LM. $35,000.
2008 - 2011 NHMRC Grant No 451900. Fish Oil in knee osteoarthritis. Chief Investigators: Hill CL, Cleland LG, Jones G, March LM. Three year project grant. $618,625
  North West Adelaide Health Study Arthritis Subgroup. Human Services Research Initiatives (HSRIP) grant. Co-investigators: A. Taylor, T. Gill, M. Shanahan  
2007 NHMRC Project Grant Fish oil in the treatment of knee osteoarthritis.   Four year project grant $702,726
2006 Arthritis Australia Grant-in-Aid. Quality of Life and disability of people waiting for joint replacement surgery’. Chief Investigators: Osborne R, Buchbinder R, Hill CL. $15,000.

 

Teaching
Undergraduate Medical students Year III clinical skills, Year IV rheumatology tutorials and Clinical Examiner, Year IV, Year V
Postgraduate basic physician trainees Written examination preparation tutorials, Clinical examination short case and long case preparation
Rheumatology Advanced Trainee Supervision Supervision of advanced trainees in rheumatology

 

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  • Current Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2019 Co-Supervisor Medication use and socioeconomic status in patients with rheumatoid arthritis Master of Clinical Science Master Full Time Oscar Kenneth Russell
    2018 Co-Supervisor The Role of Mobile Health Application in Real-Time Capture of Self-Reported Symptoms and Longitudinal Activity, and its Feasibility in Patient-focused Remote Monitoring in Musculoskeletal Disorders Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Dr Huai Leng Pisaniello
    2017 Co-Supervisor Giant Cell Arteritis - Understanding Mechanisms of Disease, Improving the Diagnostic Certainty, and Optimising Management through Fast Track Clinics Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Dr Jem Verghese Ninan
    2017 Co-Supervisor Optimising Therapy in Anca-Associated Vasculitis Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Dr Joanna Tieu
    2015 Co-Supervisor Establishment of an Automated Electronic Data Collection System for Analysis of Surgical Outcomes Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Dr James Marcus McLean
    2013 Co-Supervisor The Impact of Oral Glucocorticoid Therapy on the Risk of Cataracts and Glaucoma Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Ms Rachel Joelle Black
  • Other Supervision Activities

    Date Role Research Topic Location Program Supervision Type Student Load Student Name
    2017 - ongoing External Supervisor Allostatic Load and Osteoarthritis University of South Australia Master Part Time Sarah Schwetilik
  • Mentoring

    Date Topic Location Name
    2017 - ongoing Midfoot osteoarthritis University of South Australia John Arnold
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  • Board Memberships

    Date Role Board name Institution name Country
    2016 - ongoing Secretary Australian Rheumatology Association Australia
  • Committee Memberships

    Date Role Committee Institution Country
    2017 - ongoing Member Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee Australian Government Department of Health Australia
    2016 - 2015 Member Scientific Review Subcommittee The Queen Elizabeth Hospital Australia
    2015 - ongoing Member Drug Utilisation Subcommittee Commonwealth Government Australia
    2013 - ongoing Member Drug and Therapeutics Committee Central Adelaide Local Health Network Australia
    2011 - ongoing Chair South Australian Medicines Evaluation Panel SA Health Australia
  • Memberships

    Date Role Membership Country
    2014 - ongoing Member American College of Rheumatology United States
    1996 - ongoing Member Australian Rheumatology Association Australia
    1996 - ongoing Member Royal Australasian College of Physicians Australia
  • Editorial Boards

    Date Role Editorial Board Name Institution Country
    2017 - ongoing Board Member BMC Rheumatology United States
    2013 - 2016 Board Member Arthritis Care and Research United States

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