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Dr Matthew Stephenson

Telephone +61 8 8313 8094
Position Research Fellow
Building WCH - Norwich Centre
Floor/Room 3
Campus Womens & Childrens Hospital
Org Unit Joanna Briggs Institute

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Biography/ Background

My background is in cellular and molecular biology research.  For my PhD I worked on a research project investigating glucose metabolism in the liver.  This included studying causes of insulin resistance within the liver and identifying potential mechanisms for improving insulin sensitivity.  The aim of this research was to gain further insight into the involvement of the liver in obesity-related conditions, such as Type 2 diabetes, and to identify possible therapeutic targets within hepatocytes. After completing my PhD I worked as a Senior Research Scientist in the Transplantation Immunology Laboratory at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital.  The research projects I worked on focussed largely on strategies to improve the success of kidney transplantation.  My research studies looked at modulating specific components of the immune system to reduce the likelihood of organ rejection. Since 2012, I have been working as a Research Fellow at the Joanna Briggs Institute, contributing to evidence-based healthcare as a member of the Implementation Science team.  A major focus of my research is in the field of Cancer Care and Renal Care. I am passionate about medical science and the translation of high quality research into positive improvements in healthcare practice and patient outcomes.



PhD (Medical Science) - The University of Queensland

BBiotech (Hons) - The University of Adelaide


Refereed journal articles:

Stephenson MD, Slyer JT, Ferrara LR. The effectiveness of group visits for patients with heart failure on knowledge, quality of life, self-care, and hospitalizations. JBIBPTR. 2014;18(1).

Davis KM, White S, Stephenson MD. The influence of workplace culture on nurses’ learning experiences: a systematic review protocol of qualitative evidence. JBISRIR. 2013;11(12).

Whiteford CL, White S, Stephenson MD. Effectiveness of nurse-led clinics on service delivery and clinical outcomes in adults with chronic ear, nose and throat complaints: a systematic review protocol. JBISRIR. 2013;11(8).

Stephenson MD, Lim SH, He HG, Mackey S. Parental involvement in their children’s postoperative pain management in hospital. JBIBPTR. 2012;16(3).

Rogers NM, Stephenson MD, Kitching AR, Horowitz JD, Coates PT. Amelioration of renal ischaemia-reperfusion injury by liposomal delivery of curcumin to renal tubular epithelial and antigen-presenting cells. Br J Pharmacol. 2012 May;166(1):194-209.

Richards AA, Colgrave ML, Zhang J, Webster J, Simpson F, Preston E, Wilks D, Hoehn KL, Stephenson MD, Macdonald GA, Prins JB, Cooney GJ, Xu A, Whitehead JP. Sialic acid modification of adiponectin is not required for multimerization or secretion but determines half-life in circulation. Mol Endocrinol. 2010 Jan;24(1):229-39.



Kireta S, Stephenson MD, Rojas DM, Bennett GD, Coates PT.  Effect of alloantibodies on human mesangial cells: Implication for transplant glomerulopathy. Nephrology 2011;16(Suppl. 1):54.

Stephenson MD, Cooke D, Kireta S, Drogemuller C, Kitching AR, Coates PT.  Do urinary dendritic cell markers CD209 and CD83 correlate with renal allograft rejection? A pilot study.  Nephrology 2010;15(Suppl. 4):40.

Stephenson MD, Chen J, Russell C, Bennett GD, Coates PT.  Successful kidney transplantation in a highly sensitised recipient: ability of combined liver transplant to deplete donor-specific anti-HLA antibodies.  Nephrology 2010;15(Suppl. 4):41.

Rogers NM, Stephenson MD, Coates PT.  Liposomal curcumin ameliorates renal ischaemia-reperfusion injury by inhibiting NFκB and reducing oxidative stress.  Nephrology 2010;15(Suppl. 4):27.

Stephenson MD, Bridle KR, Whitehead JP, Macdonald GA.  Optimising conditions for assessing glucose output from isolated rat hepatocytes in response to insulin.  Gastroenterol Hepatol 2005;20(Suppl. 1):A77.



Entry last updated: Thursday, 4 Aug 2016

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