Melanie Wittwer

Melanie Wittwer

PhD Candidate - Research Assistant

Adelaide Medical School

Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences


PhD candidate at the Lyell McEwin Hospital, Department of Cardiology investigating the incidence, management, and outcomes of out-of-hospital cardiac arrest.

Grant Funded Scientist, Department of Cardiology, Northern Adelaide Local Health Network (NALHN)

Northern Cardiovascular Research Group (Lyell McEwin Hospital)

Our research group aims to improve outcomes for people with cardiovascular disease in northern Adelaide. Our main research themes include management of coronary heart disease, heart disorders during pregnancy, and heart disease in women. We are a passionate team of clinicians and scientists who have a strong focus on collaborative clinical research in a hospital setting. The diversity of our research strengths and methods means that there are many opportunities for students to explore and develop their own research interests.    

 

My PhD Project

Out-of-hospital cardiac arrest is an extreme medical condition associated with high mortality, a diverse underlying aetiology, complex prognostication and surprisingly good outcomes for the few who survive to hospital discharge. My research will address many of the gaps in our understanding of presentation, treatment and outcomes within the North Adelaide Local Health Network.

 

Available Research Projects
Surviving Cardiac Arrest in Northern Adelaide

Project description: Our projects combine cardiology, emergency, intensive care, and SA Ambulance, with potential for broader collaboration with epidemiology, rehabilitation medicine, outcomes research and psychiatry. Projects aim to improve overall survival after cardiac arrest and include: (1) Cardiac interventions; (2) Gender disparities; (3) Physical, mental, and emotional outcomes; (4) End of life care. Small to medium projects can be adapted to suit the interests of summer research and honours students. 

Projects available for: Third Year / Honours / HDR / Masters
Location: LMH
Research project start: Semester 1 and 2

Special requirements: Police clearance and vaccinations


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