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Research and innovation


Research at the RAH ICU

At the RAH Intensive Care Unit (ICU), our research and innovation efforts are focused on three main types of projects:

  • Locally Initiated Projects: Led by our team, including trainees, with a focus on diverse topics within intensive care medicine
  • Multi-centre Studies: Collaborations with the Australian and New Zealand Intensive Care Society Clinical Trials Group (ANZICS CTG) on large-scale research initiatives
  • Pharmaceutical Company Sponsored Research: Partnering with industry for specialised investigations.


  • We're renowned nationally for our leadership in ICU research
  • Our research spans from supporting new investigators to spearheading international trials
  • Projects cover a wide range, from trainee-led initiatives to multi-disciplinary collaborations
  • We engage in translational research and support higher degree programs
  • Strong academic ties with institutions like the University of Adelaide and NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence in Translating Nutritional Science to Good Health

Key research areas

  • Stress hyperglycaemia
  • Neurocritical care
  • Nutrition and metabolism
  • Trauma and bleeding

Current trials endorsed by ANZICS CTG


Research team

Our dedicated research team includes research nurses, scientists, and clinician academics:

  • Head of Research and Innovation – Associate Professor Mark Plummer


    Mark is an academic intensivist and current NHMRC Emerging Leader fellow. His research interests include neurocritical care, sepsis, glycaemic control and clinical trials. He is on the ANZICS-CTG management committee and the steering committee for several ANZICS-CTG sponsored multi-centre trials. He has received over $11 million in Category One funding from the MRFF, NHMRC Ideas Grant and Investigator Grant Schemes.

    He is enthusiastic about sharing his passion for critical care research and is experienced in supervising PhD and Higher Degree candidates.

  • Sarah Doherty – Research Nurse Unit Manager
  • Kathleen Glasby – Research Nurse Unit Manager
  • Lisa Hinds
  • Justine Rivett
  • Nerissa Brown
  • Mahni Foster
  • Imogen Asser
  • Hope Smith
  • Matthew Summers
  • Lee-anne Chapple
  • Beth Viner-Smith
  • Timothy Webber
  • Aniket Nadkarni 

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Recent funding successes

Student research

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