Project Team – Coordinating centre (Peter MacCallum)

Prof. Penelope Schofields
Chief Investigator A

Penelope is Head of Behavioural Science in Cancer, the Department of Cancer Experiences Research at Peter Mac, and Professor of Health Psychology in the Department of Psychology at Swinburne University. Professor Schofield has amassed over $19 million in funding for 56 peer-reviewed grants where she was Chief Investigator for 40 of them.

Ms Natalie Richards
Project Manager

Project Manager and Research Nurse in cancer trials and supportive care of the patient and carer experience. Interest in digital health and novel online recruitment methods including use of social media.

Ms Sherine Sandhu
Research Assistant

PHD Candidate at The University of Melbourne/Royal Women’s Hospital

Ms Elizabeth Todio
Research Assistant

Research Assistant at Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre

Mr Alan White
Consumer Representative

Alan is a passionate advocate for men's health and wellbeing. With over twenty-five years' experience as a natural therapist, Alan is particularly keen to assist men in dealing with major health issues. Prostate cancer is a key focus of his volunteer work. Alan has been involved for around ten years in delivering presentations to a wide variety of organisations about prostate cancer, nutrition and the importance of looking after your own health.

Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre

Prof. Declan Murphy
Site Coordinating Principal Investigator

Declan is a Consultant Urological Surgeon and Director of Genitourinary (GU) Oncology and Robotic Surgery at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre. He has a strong academic background and has published extensively in the field of minimally-invasive urology for the management of prostate, renal and bladder cancer.

Alfred Health

Prof. Jeremy Grummet
Site Coordinating Principal Investigator

Jeremy is a Consultant Urologist and Director of Clinical Research of the Urology Unit at Alfred Health. He has conducted practice-changing research and published widely on performing prostate biopsy via the skin instead of the rectum, reducing the infection risk to near-zero.

Prof. Jeremy Millar
Urologist and Professor of Surgery

Jeremy is the Director of the Radiation Oncology Unit at Alfred Health. In recent years, his focus has been on clinical aspects of prostate brachytherapy, and on cancer quality outcomes registries, especially in prostate cancer. He has published more than a hundred papers in peer-reviewed journals, and has been awarded millions of dollars in research grants.

Ms. Ashley Baring
Senior Research Assistant

Cabrini Hospital / Australian Urology Associates

Prof. Mark Frydenberg
Chief Investigator C, Site Coordinating Principal Investigator

Mark is a urologist and uro-oncologist within the multidisciplinary urology group Australian Urology Associates. He is also chairman of the Urological Oncology Special Advisory Group of the Urological Society of Australia and New Zealand. He is a board member of Andrology Australia, and the uro-oncology representative on the Education Sub-committee of the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia.

Ms Joanne Brooker
Research Fellow

Ms. Ashley Baring
Study Coordinator

Austin Health

A/Prof. Nathan Lawrentschuk
Site Coordinating Principal Investigator

Nathan is a urological surgeon and oncologist at the Olivia Newton-John Institute for Cancer Research at the Austin Hospital. He also has appointments at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre and at The University of Melbourne Department of Surgery.

Ms Carla D’Amico
Prostate Cancer Specialist Nurse

Western Health

Mr Kevin Chu
Site Coordinating Principal Investigator

Kevin is a member of the Urology Society of Australasia, holds a significant public appointment at the Western Hospital and has a key interest in training the urology surgeons of the future.

Ms Cindy Ogluszko
Prostate Cancer Specialist Nurse

Wesley Urology Clinic

Dr John Yaxley
Urological Surgeon

John is sub-specialised in the surgical management of prostate and bladder cancer. He is involved in the academic teaching program of students at Wesley Hospital and Royal Brisbane Woman’s Hospital and is also a surgical supervisor for urology training registrars at the Royal Brisbane & Women’s Hospital.

Dr Geoffrey Coughlin
Urological Surgeon

Geoffrey is a urological surgeon who specialises in robotic prostatectomies. He has published many peer reviewed journal articles, book chapters on prostate cancer and robotic surgery. He is also on the editorial board of the Journal of Robotic Surgery and a reviewer for the Journal of Endourology and the British Journal of Urology International.

University of Sydney

A/Prof. Ilona Juraskova
Chief Investigator B

Ilona is a trained clinical psychologist and has over 20 years’ experience conducting research in the field of health psychology and psycho-oncology.

Prof. Suzanne Chambers
Chief Investigator D

Suzanne is Dean of the Faculty of Health at the University of Technology Sydney. She is a health psychologist and registered nurse who has worked as a practitioner and researcher in psychological support for people with cancer for over 30 years.

RMIT University

A/Prof. Lawrence Cavedon

Lawrence is an Professor in the School of Science, and the Associate Dean and Discipline Head of Computer Science and IT at RMIT University. His research interests include spoken dialogue and speech interfaces, biomedical and health analytics, and Artificial Intelligence in general.

Mr Byron Fisher
Honorary Researcher

Byron Fisher is an ICT professional specialising in Data analysis and DevOps. Byron catalogues business processes into digestible chunks, works an abacus as if it were a mandolin and massages big analytical data into relevant, factual reports. He is an integral member of the technical team for the Navigate trial.

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Mr Ben Luxford
DevOps Engineer

Ben Luxford is an ICT professional specialising in Systems development and DevOps. Ben solves wicked problems in complex systems, builds performant applications and designs crazy fast data transportation processes. He is an integral member of the technical team for the Navigate trial.

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Mr Lauchlan Irwin
Frontend Engineer

Lauchlan Irwin is an ICT professional specialising in Frontend development and DevOps. Lauchlan designs the prettiest of things, crops images like a boss and fine tunes front-end systems for professional applications. He is an integral member of the technical team for the Navigate trial.

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QIMR Berghofer

A/Prof. Louisa Gordon
Chief Investigator E

Louisa is a mid-career researcher with 15 years’ experience as a health economist and public health researcher. Her research is focused on economic evaluation, economic modelling, statistical analysis of cost data, study design and research methods for health economics.

University of Queensland

Prof. Frank Gardiner
Chief Investigator F

Frank is an urologist and academic in the field of prostate cancer. He has been instrumental in supporting the development of a strong research culture in prostate cancer in Australia and in developing collaborative research programs between clinicians, molecular and behavioural scientists.

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