Gerald Atkins

Professor Gerald Atkins

Scientific Co-Director Head Bone Cell Biology

Adelaide Medical School

Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences

Eligible to supervise Masters and PhD - email supervisor to discuss availability.


Professor Gerald Atkins, PhD, FIOR
Scientific Co-Director of COTR; Head, Biomedical Orthopaedic Research Group

Professor Gerald Atkins graduated from the University of Adelaide with a PhD in 1998. Since then he has pursued a strong interest in musculoskeletal biology, metabolism and disease, focusing on those related to orthopaedics and trauma. He is an NHMRC Senior Research Fellow and is a Scientific Director of the Centre for Orthopaedic and Trauma Research (COTR). As Head of the Biomedical Orthopaedic Research Group, he runs an integrated research programme into the biology of human osteoclasts, osteoblasts and osteocytes. He also has an ongoing interest in bone tumour biology, including osteosarcoma, giant cell tumour of bone and multiple myeloma. The group has a particular interest in the pathobiology of orthopaedic problems, such as aseptic loosening of implants, fracture repair and osteomyelitis/periprosthetic joint infection (PJI). He has published more than 160 papers related to bone pathophysiology (Google Scholar H-index = 53). His research has attracted more than $14-million in competitive research funding. Prof. Atkins is a committee member of the Australian New Zealand Orthopaedic Research Society (ANZORS) and was previously ANZORS representative to the International Combined Orthopaedic Research Societies (ICORS). He is a previous Councillor and Honorary Secretary to the Australian New Zealand Bone and Mineral Society (ANZBMS).

I am a Professor of Orthopaedic Research and a Scientific Co-Director of the Centre for Orthopaedic and Trauma Research (COTR). My immediate team is the Biomedical Orthopaedic Research Group based in the wonderful Adelaide Health and Medical Sciences (AHMS) building. I have conducted original research into the cell biology of bone remodelling and pathobiology of its associated diseases and disorders since 1998. My group has a strong focus on human translational research into orthopaedic disorders, working closely with brilliant academic orthopaedic and trauma surgeons at the Royal Adelaide Hospital and other metropolitan hospitals. We also work closely with other scientists in a host of other disciplines including human movement, microbiology, dementia research, medicinal chemistry and nanotechnology. Our current projects concern osteomyelitis (bone infection) and periprosthetic joint infection (PJI), novel biology and treatment of bone cancers, mechanisms of fracture repair and the role of osteocytes (the major bone cell type) in health and disease. We use a combination of state-of-the-art molecular tools, cell biology, tissue culture, microbiology, imaging, study of patient-derived tissues and clinical cohort studies in our research.

Current projects are available in most areas of interest for 3rd Year undergraduate, Honours, Masters, M.Phil. and PhD, including for both science and medicine graduates.
 

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

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2020 Principal Supervisor Mechanisms of persistence, reactivation and eradication of Staphylococci in orthopaedic infections Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Ms Anja Ruth Zelmer
    2019 Co-Supervisor Investigating the Local Mechanical Environment in Surgically Repaired Tibial Plateau Fractures Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Kieran James Bennett
    2018 Co-Supervisor Nano engineered Natural Materials as New carriers for local delivery of therapeutics Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Shaheer Guirguis Maher Makar
    2017 Principal Supervisor The role of persistent Lifestyles of Staphylococcus in ureus in bone infections Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Nicholas James Gunn
    2017 Co-Supervisor Development of a Model Combining Gait Analysis, Finite-Element Analysis and Bone Biopsies to better understand Aseptic loosening Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Thomas Michael Grace
    2016 Principal Supervisor Biological Healing of the Tribal Plateau Fractures Master of Clinical Science Master Part Time Dr David Stuart Kitchen
  • Past Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2016 - 2020 Principal Supervisor A Novel Investigation into the Role of Neurotrophic Factors in the Osteocyte and Bone Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Miss Catherine Stapledon
    2016 - 2019 Principal Supervisor The Role of the Osteocyte in Periprosthetic Osteolysis Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Ms Renee Ormsby
    2012 - 2020 Principal Supervisor The Role of Vitamin D Autocrine Activity and Signalling in Osteoclast Formation and Activity Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Daniel Christopher Reinke
    2011 - 2012 Principal Supervisor The Effect of Bone Anabolic Stimuli on Human Osteoblast to Osteocyte Transition Master of Philosophy (Medical Science) Master Full Time Ms Katie Welldon
    2010 - 2014 Principal Supervisor The regulation of the sclerostin gene and the catabolic effects of sclerostin protein on bone Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Dr Asiri Wijenayaka
    2009 - 2015 Co-Supervisor The Interaction between Vitamin D and Extracellular Calcium on Osteogenic Differentiation Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Dr Dongqing Yang
    2009 - 2019 Principal Supervisor Ex Vivo Bone Culture: A Novel Method for Investigating Mechanical Loading Response and Osteocytes in Situ In Trabecular Bone Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Dr Kamarul Ariffin Khalid
    2006 - 2012 Principal Supervisor The Underlying Molecular Regulators and their Effects on Mineralisation in the Trabecular Bone Microenvironment and Osteoblast of Primary Hip Osteoarthritis Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Duminda Danajaya Kumarasinghe
    2000 - 2003 Co-Supervisor Molecular Mechanisms of Apo2L/TRAIL Induced Apoptosis In Normal and Malignant Cells Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Stelios Bouralexis
  • Position: Scientific Co-Director Head Bone Cell Biology
  • Phone: 83137214
  • Email: gerald.atkins@adelaide.edu.au
  • Campus: North Terrace
  • Building: Adelaide Health and Medical Sciences, floor 7
  • Room: WS7061
  • Org Unit: Surgical Specialties

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