Children's Perioperative Lab (ChiPLab) - Department of Anaesthesia
We are a team of Anaesthetists - caring for children both during operations and in many other places in the hospital. Our research group works in several diverse areas of paediatric medicine including brain blood flow monitoring and other ways of monitoring patients during and after surgery, pre-hospital trauma management, malignant hyperthermia, and the application of virtual and augmented reality in perioperative and periprocedural care.
We support the training of medical students, registrars and fellows in research activities and assist other departments in multidisciplinary research activities. We have collaborative projects with many other national and international research groups, and aim to support the growing community of paediatric anaesthesia and perioperative medicine researchers worldwide.
For further information, please contact A/Prof Justin Skowno
Current research projects include basic science, clinical trials and collaborative research projects:
- T-Rex- Neurodevelopmental outcome after sevoflurane versus dexmedetomidine/remifentanil anaesthesia in infancy: a randomised controlled trial (Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne and multinational consortium)
- General anaesthesia in early life: effect on child cognitive and development outcomes (Menzies Centre, University of Sydney)
- Multicentre isoelectric EEG study (Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and multi-national collaborative)
- 3D Printed Airways for Paediatric Anaesthesia – collaboration with Monash University
- Cyanotic congenital heart disease- the role of nitrogen species in adaptation to hypoxaemia
- Perioperative Immersive Experiences: The PIE Study
- Children’s Co-Creation of Virtual and Augmented Reality Experiences for Peri procedural Care
- Changes in cerebral mitochondrial oxygenation during paediatric and adult cardiac surgery (University College London, Princess Alexandra Hospital, Brisbane collaboration)
- Multiple smaller research projects and audits
- Malignant hyperthermia – diagnosis and research
The research team
Associate Professor Justin Skowno
Research Group Leader, Senior Staff Specialist & Conjoint Associate Professor, University of Sydney
Justin's research interests include:
Please visit Justin's University of Sydney profile page for more information.
Dr Jonathan de Lima, Senior Clinical Lecturer, University of Sydney
Jonathan's research explores pain developmental biology and he has a continuing interest in acute pain management, paediatric cardiac anaesthesia and nitric oxide physiology in congenital heart disease
Dr Andrew Weatherall, Co-Head of the Department of Anaesthesia, Clinical Lecturer
Andrew's research Interests include:
Ms Dorothy Tse, Research Assistant
Dorothy handles recruitment for our clinical studies, and manages a diverse array of tasks within our group. She has specific interests in pain medicine and opiate pharmacology.
Ms Sophia Yao, Research Assistant
Sophia’s primary role is in the Virtual and augmented Reality in perioperative and periprocedural care projects, and our most recent team recruit.
Malignant Hyperthermia Group
Margaret is an expert in the genetics of MH, and collaborates nationally with other researchers.
Gail is the clinical leader of the Malignant Hyperthermia Group.