Research for ENT,Head and Neck Surgery

Learn more about our surgical research below.

The Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery Department has a commitment to high level evidenced-based clinical practice, continuing professional development and research. The collective expertise of our dynamic team is considerable with a high publication profile in high impact medical journals and textbooks. We are well-recognised nationally and internationally for clinical and research activities across the field with regular invitations to present and contribute to specialty conferences. Our primary research initiatives involve the investigation and translation of cutting edge technology and new scientific knowledge to disease control, patient well-being, quality of life and optimal functional outcomes in voice, swallowing, hearing and breathing.

We will continue to expand our research capabilities and stimulate new avenues for advancement in the delivery of clinical care and improved outcomes. We are affiliated with Monash University and our growing post-graduate research team is involved in various translational research topics, especially in the head and neck cancer, rhinology and laryngology areas. We welcome genuine expressions of interest from prospective PhD or Master of Philosophy students who are keen to join our research activities and pursue a higher degree.

Clinical Research Coordinator: Dr Debbie Phyland:
Phone 9928 8277
Email: Debra.Phyland@localhost/Joomla_2

Selected Department references (2005-2010)

Aw, H. C., Suen, L. W., Christopher, F. D., Longano, A., Mahanta, V., & Vallance, N. (2014). Cervical Langerhans cell histiocytosis (histiocytosis X). ANZ Journal of Surgery.

Arabi Mianroodi, A. A., Sigston, E. A., & Vallance, N. A. (2006). Frozen section for parotid surgery: should it become routine?. ANZ Journal of Surgery, 76(8), 736-739.

Babin, E., Sigston, E., Hitier, M., Dehesdin, D., Marie, J. P., & Choussy, O. (2008). Quality of life in head and neck cancers patients: predictive factors, functional and psychosocial outcome. European Archives of Oto-rhino-laryngology, 265(3), 265-270.

Baxter, M., Uddin, N., Raghav, S., Leong, P., Low, K., Hamza, K., … & Bardin, P. G. (2014). Abnormal vocal cord movement treated with botulinum toxin in patients with asthma resistant to optimised management. Respirology, 19(4), 531-537.

Baxter, M., Tan, K. F., Harney, M., & Suen, K. (2013). Otogenic Intracranial Abscesses: A Case Series. Journal of Case Reports, 3(2), 413-418.

Benninger, M. S., Grywalski, C., Phyland, D., Johnson, A., & Jacobson, B. (2006). Rehabilitation of head and neck cancer patients. In Medical speech language pathology: A practitioner’s guide. Ch12.
Edirisuriya, N. J., Ruane, L. E., Lau, K. K., Baxter, M., & Bardin, P. G. Breathlessness Caused by Rheumatoid Arthritis: Laryngeal Origin Diagnosed Using Dynamic 320-slice CT Larynx. Journal of Case Reports, 4(2), 446-449.

Corry, J., Rischin, D., Cotton, S., D’Costa, I., Chua, M., Vallance, N., … & Peters, L. J. (2011). Larynx preservation with primary non‐surgical treatment for loco‐regionally advanced larynx cancer. Journal of Medical Imaging and Radiation Oncology, 55(2), 229-235.

Kel, G., Tan, J., Eastwood, H., Wongprasartsuk, S . & O’Leary, S. (2013) Early cochlear response and ICAM-1 expression to cochlear implantation. Otology and Neurotology, 34 (9): 1575-1602

Khoo, J. F., Batt, M., Stimpson, P., & Safdar, A. (2014). Supraglottic immunoglobulin‐G4 related plasma cell granuloma: Case report and literature review. Head and Neck, 36(6), E57-E59.

Lim, A. M., Do, H., Young, R. J., Wong, S. Q., Angel, C., Collins, M., Sigston, E. … & Solomon, B. (2014). Differential mechanisms of CDKN2A (p16) alteration in oral tongue squamous cell carcinomas and correlation with patient outcome. International Journal of Cancer, 135(4), 887-895.

Lim, R. S. M., Flatman, S., Sigston, E., & Longano, A. (2014). Lipoblastoma: an interesting differential of paediatric lipoma. ANZ Journal of Surgery, 84(5), 387-388.

Lin, R.T., Wongprasartsuk, S., Bhimrao, S.K. & Westerberg, B.D. Otologic and Neurotologic Manifestations of Human Immunodeficiency Virus. Encyclopaedia of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery (Ed S Koutakis) 2013. Springer USA.

Low, K., Lau, K. K., Holmes, P., Crossett, M., Vallance, N., Phyland, D., … & Bardin, P. G. (2011). Abnormal vocal cord function in difficult-to-treat asthma. American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, 184(1), 50-56.

Holmes, P. W., Lau, K. K., Crossett, M., Low, C., Buchanan, D., Hamilton, G. S., & Bardin, P. G. (2009). Diagnosis of vocal cord dysfunction in asthma with high resolution dynamic volume computerized tomography of the larynx. Respirology, 14(8), 1106-1113.

Marshall, K. L., Baxter, M., & Leech, M. (2013). Myeloperoxidase Positive Wegener’s Granulomatosis with Isolated Otorhinological Involvement. Journal of Case Reports, 3(2), 291-194.
Mianroodi, A. A., Teimouri, Y., & Vallance, N. A. (2012). Foreign bodies: Aspirated or ingested? A report of two unusual cases. Iranian Journal of Otorhinolaryngology, 24(67), 91.

O’Leary, S., & Vallance, N. (2008) Otorhinolaryngology. In Textbook of Surgery, Third Edition, (eds JJ Tjandra, GJA Clunie, AH Kaye, JA Smith) ch 38; 323-331.

Pudel, E. (2011). The role of panendoscopy in head and neck cancer: is it still required? British Journal Anaesthesia, 106, 617-31.

Pham, T. A., De Freitas, R., Young, G., & Safdar, A. (2012). Laryngeal paraganglioma in an irradiated neck. The Journal of Laryngology & Otology, 126(07), 747-750.

Pham, T. A., De Freitas, R., Sigston, E., & Vallance, N. (2012). Factors leading to the use of alternate treatment modalities following transoral laser excision of T1 and T2 glottic squamous cell carcinoma. ANZ Journal of Surgery, 82(10), 720-723.

Phyland, D. J., Pallant, J. F., Benninger, M. S., Thibeault, S. L., Greenwood, K. M., Smith, J. A., & Vallance, N. (2013). Development and preliminary validation of the EASE: a tool to measure perceived singing voice function. Journal of Voice, 27(4), 454-462.

Phyland, D. J., Pallant, J. F., Thibeault, S. L., Benninger, M. S., Vallance, N., & Smith, J. A. (2014). Measuring Vocal Function in Professional Music Theater Singers: Construct Validation of the Evaluation of the Ability to Sing Easily (EASE). Folia Phoniatrica et Logopaedica, 66(3), 100-108.

Phyland, D. J., Thibeault, S. L., Benninger, M. S., Vallance, N., Greenwood, K. M., & Smith, J. A. (2013). Perspectives on the impact on vocal function of heavy vocal load among working professional music theater performers. Journal of Voice, 27(3), 390-e31.

Roth, J. A., Sigston, E., & Vallance, N. (2009). Endoscopic stapling of pharyngeal pouch: A 10-year review of single versus multiple staple rows. Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery, 140(2), 245-249.

Ruane, L. E., Lau, K. K., Low, K., Crossett, M., Vallance, N., & Bardin, P. G. (2014). Dynamic 320‐slice CT larynx for detection and management of idiopathic bilateral vocal cord paralysis. Respirology Case Reports, 2(1), 24-26.

Serpell, J., Sidhu, S., Vallance, N., Panizza, B., & Randolph, G. (2015). Re: Consensus statements in surgery: intra‐operative neural monitoring for thyroid surgery. ANZ Journal of Surgery, 85(4), 294-294.

Shilton, H., Hodgson, M., & Burgess, G. (2014). Hyperbaric oxygen therapy for sudden sensorineural hearing loss in large vestibular aqueduct syndrome. The Journal of Laryngology & Otology, 128(S1), S50-S54.

Souter, M., Eastwood, H., Marovic, P., Kel, G., Wongprasartsuk, S. , Ryan, A. & O’Leary, S. (2012) Systemic immunity influences hearing preservation in cochlear implantation. Otology and Neurotology, 33(4):532-538

Stimpson, P., Batt, M., & Vallance, N. (2014). Head and neck cancer recurrence: a prospective analysis of 401 follow‐up visits to an Australian cancer centre. Clinical Otolaryngology, 39(5), 292-296.

Truong An, P. & Sigston, E. (2013). Schwannoma of the Palatine Tonsil: A Rare Entity in an Eight Year Old Girl. Journal of Clinical & Experimental Oncology.

Vallance, N. (2006) Epistaxis. In Textbook of Surgery, Third Edition, (eds JJ Tjandra, GJA Clunie, AH Kaye, JA Smith), ch 28.

Wongprasartsuk, S. , Danks, A. & Vallance, N. (2010) Ear Nose and Throat, Head and Neck Problems. In Hunt & Marshall’s Clinical Problems in Surgery: 2nd edition (eds Julian A. Smith,, Jane G. Fox, Alan C. Saunderm & Ming Kon Yii) ch 2

Young, R. J., Lim, A. M., Angel, C., Collins, M., Deb, S., Corry, J, Sigston, E., … & Solomon, B. (2013). Frequency of Fibroblast Growth Factor Receptor 1 gene amplification in oral tongue squamous cell carcinomas and associations with clinical features and patient outcome. Oral Oncology, 49(6), 576-581.

Young, R. J., Urban, D., Angel, C., Corry, J., Lyons, B., Vallance, N., … & Rischin, D. (2015). Frequency and prognostic significance of p16INK4A protein overexpression and transcriptionally active human papillomavirus infection in laryngeal squamous cell carcinoma. British Journal of Cancer, 112(6), 1098-1104.

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