Centre for Clinical Research in Emergency Medicine

The Centre for Clinical Research in Emergency Medicine (CCREM) is a unique research unit established at Royal Perth Hospital. Our research involves collaboration between academic emergency physicians working in the Emergency Department (ED), a team of research nurses recruiting patients presenting to the ED with acute illnesses, and scientists analysing samples in the laboratory using immunological and molecular biological techniques.

CCREM investigates a number of conditions within the spectrum of disease treated by EDs including:

  • sepsis
  • trauma
  • anaphylaxis
  • geriatric syndromes
  • chest pain
  • snake and spider envenoming
  • drug overdose.

Clinical information and special blood samples are collected from patients while they are in the ED, providing an invaluable tool for investigating the underlying mechanisms of disease.

CCREM research includes observational studies and laboratory work designed to uncover the mechanisms of disease, and randomised controlled trials designed to improve clinical care. We also endeavour to integrate laboratory and clinical research, using laboratory studies to help us understand the results of clinical trials.

CCREM provides opportunities for both laboratory and clinical post-graduate honours and PhD students, and research terms for Emergency Medicine Advanced Trainees at Royal Perth Hospital.

About Us

The Centre for Clinical Research in Emergency Medicine (CCREM) is a Centre within the Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research, established in 2008 with start-up and ongoing funding from Royal Perth Hospital, the Royal Perth Hospital Medical Research Foundation and the University of Western Australia. Our academics hold appointments within the Discipline of Emergency Medicine, University of Western Australia.

Our philosophy is that good clinical research is an essential core activity that should run 24 hours a day and is integral to the function of our Emergency Departments. Structured research protocols bring high quality evidence-based practice to the bedside right now to benefit our patients, and help us to improve treatments and outcomes in the future.

Our principal aim is to improve patient care and clinical outcomes in the ED. This includes reducing the number of patients requiring ED care through the development of strategies to prevent serious illness, and reducing the time patients are required to stay in hospital by improving the emergency care they receive. The leadership team of CCREM have outstanding national and international profiles, and are highly regarded in delivering best practice clinical care to Emergency Departments.

Our research is achieved by working within a national and international collaborative network including (but not limited to) researchers working in the fields of toxicology, immunology, allergy, respiratory medicine, intensive care, geriatrics, cardiology, microbiology, clinical pharmacology, pharmaceutical sciences and statistics. We are the leading clinical trials centre for Emergency Medicine in Australasia, with the only wet lab within an Emergency Department. As such, our core research themes are:

  • Determining the cellular mechanisms that amplify anaphylactic, septic and haemorrhagic shock
  • Improving outcomes from severe sepsis and respiratory emergencies (specifically septic shock, pneumonia, anaphylaxis, pneumothorax and thromboembolic disease) through a series of multicentre clinical trials informed by our ongoing mechanistic research
  • Admission avoidance for elderly patients and others with complex needs
  • Evaluating the effectiveness of systems of care.

Over the last 5 years, research by CCREM has resulted in major changes and/or justifications for clinical approaches to chest pain, critical illness, anaphylaxis, snake envenoming and redback spider bite. Ongoing studies are expected to have similar impacts in the management of sepsis, respiratory emergencies and acute presentations in the elderly. Our studies focus on patient oriented outcomes, and also address economics and avoiding unnecessary (or even harmful) use of drugs and interventions.

News

The Global Sepsis Awards 2018 (July 2018)

Global Sepsis Alliance Rewards Dr. Stephen MacDonald for Outstanding Efforts in the Fight Against Sepsis.

FACEM Dr Stephen Macdonald has won a Global Sepsis Award. An initiative of the Global Sepsis Alliance, the awards recognise and honour excellent sepsis awareness and education initiatives, as well as to recognise major achievements of governments, organisations, and individuals, consistent with the aims of the World Sepsis Declaration and the World Sepsis Day Movement.

Read more on the ACEM (external link) and GSA (external link) websites.
Listen to Dr Stephen Macdonald's radio interview (external link).

Sepsis story on Channel 9 News (December 2017)

Sepsis kills more people in Australia than breast and prostate cancer combined. Dr Stephen McDonald from the Perkins Centre for Clinical Research in Emergency Medicine spoke to Channel 9 news about research undertaken at Royal Perth Hospital to save lives. Watch the clip (external link).

2016 Best Scientific Paper Award from RPH MRF (November 2017)

Dr Abbie Francis received the award for the best scientific article published arising from work undertaken at RPH. You can read an abstract of the article online (external link).

Ice addiction ages people inside and out (June 2017)

WA is infamous for ice use, but could it be damaging people in more ways than they think? Read the article (external link).

Our People

Academic Staff

Professor Daniel Fatovich

Head, CCREM (RPH)

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Dr Stephen Macdonald

Clinical Research Fellow, CCREM (RPH)

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Professor Yusuf Nagree

CCREM (Fiona Stanley Hospital)

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Dr Erika Bosio

Head, CCREM Research Laboratory

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Professor Simon Brown

Founding Head, CCREM (2008 - 2014)
Clinical Research Fellow (RPH)

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Associate Professor Glenn Arendts

CCREM (Fiona Stanley Hospital)

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Dr David McCutcheon

Clinical Research Fellow, CCREM (RPH)

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Dr Jessamine Soderstrom

Clinical Toxicologist, CCREM (RPH)


Research Staff – Clinical

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Jonathon Burcham

Clinical Nurse Manager, Emergency Research (RPH)

Bachelor of Science: Nursing
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Phone: 9224 3340

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Helen Hamersley

Clinical Nurse, Emergency Research (RPH)

Bachelor of Science: Nursing
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Phone: 9224 2672

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Jennifer Wurmel

Clinical Nurse, Emergency Research (RPH)

Bachelor of Science: Nursing
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Phone: 9224 2672

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Karyn Lim

Clinical Nurse, Emergency Research (RPH)

Bachelor of Science: Nursing
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Phone: 9224 2672

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Alannah Cooper

Clinical Nurse, Emergency Research (Fiona Stanley Hospital)

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Kerry-Lee Dyke

Clinical Nurse, Emergency Research (Armadale Hospital)

Bachelor of Science: Nursing
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Phone: 9391 2955

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Kate Hedley

Clinical Nurse, Emergency Research (RPH)

Bachelor of Science: Nursing
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Phone: 9224 2672

   

Research Staff – Administration

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Sophie Damianopoulos

Research Assistant

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Phone: 9224 8458

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Cathy Read

Registered General Nurse, BSc(Hons) Humanities, Science & Society

National Research Coordinator (Pneumothorax study)

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Phone: 9224 8458


Research Staff – Laboratory

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Claire Neil

Research Officer

Bachelor of Science (Hons)

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Phone: 9224 0356

   

Research Associates and Students

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Dr Abbie Francis

Research Associate

PhD

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Phone: 9224 0356

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Dr Lisa Smart

PhD Student
BVSc (Hons) DipACVECC

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Phone: 9224 0356

Thesis

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Francesca McGrath

PhD Student

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Contact us

Clinical Unit

Centre for Clinical Research in Emergency Medicine
Department of Emergency Medicine
Royal Perth Hospital
GPO Box X2213, Perth WA 6001

Phone: 9224 8458
Fax: 9224 1494
Email: ccrem@health.wa.gov.au

Laboratory

Centre for Clinical Research in Emergency Medicine
Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research
Perth Campus
Level 6, MRF Building (Rear)
50 Murray Street, Perth WA 6000

Phone: 9224 0356

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