Dr Alistair Jukes, B.LibStud, MBBS, PhD Candidate
Neurosurgery Registrar & Postgraduate Student, NRF Chair of Neurosurgical Research 2016 Student, Neurosurgical Trainee
- Neurosurgery Registrar, Women's and Children's Hospital, Flinders Medical Centre, Royal Adelaide Hospital
- Abbie-Simpson Skull Base Fellow
- Medical Officer, Royal Australian Air Force Specialist Reserve
- Definitive Surgical Trauma Care (DSTC) Course Instructor
- Harold Plant Memorial Prize, Australian Medical Association
- Dean's Commendation, University of Queensland Medical School
- University of Adelaide Prize for Clinical teaching of Medical Students
"The brain is the most fascinating part of the human body. It is the key to personality, memory, and movement. Diseases of the brain can be so profoundly debilitating but this makes any potential gains and improvements from research all that much greater. Neurosurgery has such a broad range of operations and diseases – trauma, vascular, tumours, paediatrics, spine and many others. It is full of fascinating areas; many of which we are only beginning to scratch the surface of."
Jukes continues, "the entire neurosurgical community in Adelaide has been a huge motivation. I have worked across all three neurosurgical hospitals and each and every consultant has been exceedingly generous with their time and expertise."
Jukes' intention is to return to Adelaide after his fellowship to work as an academic neurosurgeon in South Australia, focusing on skull base and paediatric neurosurgery. Alistair will also continue his commission in the Royal Australian Airforce Specialist Reserve.
Current NRF-funded projects include:
Skull Base Neurosurgery Haemorrhage & Aneurysm Research (2016)
Alistair Jukes, under the supervision of Professor Peter J Wormald and Dr Stephen Santoreneos, will be looking at haemostasis in endoscopic skull base surgery. There is a high risk of bleeding when operating within the skull base, whether endoscopically or with open surgery. This research investigates mechanisms of controlling such bleeding with self-assembling protein glues and patches. These glues and patches, when applied to bleeding vessels, form a scaffold around the point of bleeding and stop the haemorrhage. The aim of this research is to determine which of these is most effective, how best to apply them, and long-term effects on the brain itself. This research will also look at platelet aggregation and activation when using muscle patches to stop arterial bleeding.
Research project title: 'Haemorrhage control in endoscopic skull base surgery.'
Jukes A, Murphy J, Vreugde S, & Wormald PJ (2016) Nano-hemostats and a Pilot Study of Their Use in a Large Animal Model of Major Vessel Hemorrhage in Endoscopic Skull Base Surgery. Journal of Neurological Surgery, Part B.