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Researcher: Wills, KE (Dr Karen Wills)

Fields of Research

Rheumatology and Arthritis
Respiratory Diseases
Cardiology (incl. Cardiovascular Diseases)
Ecological Impacts of Climate Change
Endocrinology
Global Change Biology
Primary Health Care
Podiatry
Epidemiology
Public Health and Health Services
Physiotherapy
Emergency Medicine
Preventive Medicine
Nursing
Cancer Genetics
Neurosciences
Health Promotion
Nutrition and Dietetics
Anaesthesiology
Geriatrics and Gerontology
Applied Statistics
Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Environmental and Occupational Health and Safety
Cardiorespiratory Medicine and Haematology
Rural Sociology
Conservation and Biodiversity
Natural Resource Management

Research Objectives

Skeletal System and Disorders (incl. Arthritis)
Respiratory System and Diseases (incl. Asthma)
Cardiovascular System and Diseases
Climate Change Adaptation Measures
Diabetes
Allied Health Therapies (excl. Mental Health Services)
Cancer and Related Disorders
Women's Health
Behaviour and Health
Preventive Medicine
Pasture, Browse and Fodder Crops
Health Related to Ageing
Social Impacts of Climate Change and Variability
Nursing
Health Education and Promotion
Nervous System and Disorders
Blood Disorders
Surgical Methods and Procedures
Nutrition
Health
Expanding Knowledge in the Environmental Sciences
Occupational Health
Health Inequalities
Rural Health
Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health)
Ecosystem Assessment and Management of Farmland, Arable Cropland and Permanent Cropland Environments

Career Best Publications

Effect of high flow oxygen on mortality in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease patients in prehospital setting: randomised controlled trial; B M J
Seasonal not annual rainfall determines grassland biomass response to carbon dioxide; Nature
Warming and free-air CO2 enrichment alter demographics in four co-occurring grassland species; New Phytologist
Warming prevents the elevated CO2-induced reduction in available soil nitrogen in a temperate, perennial grassland; Global Change Biology

Research Publications

A randomized controlled trial of inhaled corticosteroids (ICS) on markers of epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT) in large airway samples in COPD: an exploratory proof of concept study; International Journal of COPD
Associations of dietary patterns with bone mass, muscle strength and balance in a cohort of Australian middle-aged women; British Journal of Nutrition
Associations of health literacy with diabetic foot outcomes: a systematic review and meta‐analysis; Diabetic Medicine
Both baseline and change in lower limb muscle strength in younger women are independent predictors of balance in middle age: A 12-Year population-based prospective study; Journal of Bone and Mineral Research
Cancer risk management in Tasmanian women with BRCA1 and BRCA2 mutations; Familial Cancer
Cardiovascular and other competing causes of death among patients with cancer from 2006 to 2015: An Australian population-based study; Cancer
Cessation of exclusive breastfeeding: Australian Cross-Sectional Survey; International conference: Nutrition and Nurture in Infancy and Childhood
Cessation of exclusive breastfeeding; Australian cross-sectional survey; 2017 Nutrition and Nurture Conference
Clinical diaries in COPD: compliance and utility in predicting acute exacerbations; The International Journal of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (Online)
Clinical features and lung function in HIV-infected children with chronic lung disease; South African Journal of Child Health
Cumulative risks and cessation of exclusive breast feeding: Australian cross-sectional survey; Archives of Disease in Childhood
Cut-points for associations between vitamin D status and multiple musculoskeletal outcomes in middle-aged women; Osteoporosis International
Development and reliability testing of the quality clinical placement evaluation tool; Journal of Clinical Nursing
Dietary patterns and their associations with socio-demographic and lifestyle factors in Tasmanian older adults: a longitudinal cohort study; European Journal of Clinical Nutrition
Effect of health-mentoring to increase daily physical activity in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD); Respirology, 17 (Suppl. 1)
Effect of high flow oxygen on mortality in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease patients in prehospital setting: randomised controlled trial; B M J
Effects of Individualized Bone Density Feedback and Educational Interventions on Osteoporosis Knowledge and Self-Efficacy: A 12-Yr Prospective Study; Journal of Clinical Densitometry
Effects of mindfulness on psychological distress and HbA1c in people with diabetes; Mindfulness
Effects of telephone health mentoring in community-recruited chronic obstructive pulmonary disease on self-management capacity, quality of life and psychological morbidity: A randomised controlled trial; BMJ Open
Elevated CO2 and warming impacts on flowering phenology in a southern Australian grassland are related to flowering time but not growth form, origin or longevity; Australian Journal of Botany
Flowering phenology in a species-rich temperate grassland is sensitive to warming but not elevated CO2; New Phytologist
Flowering, seed production and seed mass in a species-rich temperate grassland exposed to FACE and warming; Australian Journal of Botany
Free living physical activity in community-based patients with moderate or severe COPD assessed by accelerometer
Health-mentoring in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) to reduce psychological morbidity; Respirology 17 (Suppl. 1)
How do MRI-detected subchondral bone marrow lesions (BMLs) on two different MRI sequences correlate with clinically important outcomes?; Calcified Tissue International
Individualized fracture risk feedback and long-term benefits after 10 years; American Journal of Preventive Medicine
Influence of health literacy on foot outcomes in diabetes: a systematic review protocol; 7th International symposium on the diabetic foot
Influence of warming on soil water potential controls seedling mortality in perennial but not annual species in a temperate grassland; New Phytologist
Longitudinal associations between serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D, physical activity, knee pain and dysfunction and physiological falls risk in community-dwelling older adults; Experimental Gerontology
Longitudinal associations of serum 25-hydroxyvitamin-D, physical activity, and knee pain and dysfunction with muscle loss in community-dwelling older adults; Journals of Gerontology Series A: Biological Sciences and Medical Sciences
Low intensity repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation modulates skilled motor learning in adult mice; Scientific Reports
Lower limb muscle strength is associated with poor balance in middle-aged women: linear and nonlinear analyses; Osteoporosis International
Moderate-to-vigorous physical activity but not sedentary time is associated with musculoskeletal health outcomes in a cohort of Australian middle-aged women; Journal of Bone and Mineral Research
Plant trait-environmental linkages among contrasting landscapes and climate regimes in temperate eucalypt woodlands; Australian Journal of Botany
Prospective associations of low muscle mass and function with 10-year falls risk, incident fracture and mortality in community-dwelling older adults; Journal of Nutrition, Health and Aging
Prospective outcomes in patients with acute exacerbations of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease presenting to hospital: a generalisable clinical audit; Internal medicine journal
Relationship between severe obesity and depth to the cricothyroid membrane in third-trimester non-labouring parturients: a prospective observational study; British Journal of Anaesthesia
Seasonal not annual rainfall determines grassland biomass response to carbon dioxide; Nature
Standardised training program in spinal ultrasound for epidural insertion: protocol driven versus non-protocol driven teaching approach; Anaesthesia and Intensive Care
Temporal trends in competing mortality from second and subsequent primary cancers, 1980-2014: An Australian population-based study; Cancer Epidemiology
Temporal trends in the risk of developing multiple primary cancers: a systematic review; BMC Cancer
Temporal trends in the risk of second primary cancers among survivors of adult-onset cancers, 1980 through 2013: An Australian population-based study; Cancer
The association between ambulatory activity, body composition and hip or knee joint replacement due to osteoarthritis: a prospective cohort study; Osteoarthritis and Cartilage
The TasFACE climate-change impacts experiment: design and performance of combined elevated CO2 and temperature enhancement in a native Tasmanian grassland; Australian Journal of Botany
Value of daily symptom monitoring for prediction of severe exacerbations of COPD
Warming and elevated CO2 affect the relationship between seed mass, germinability and seedling growth in Austrodanthonia caespitosa, a dominant Australian grass; Global Change Biology
Warming and free-air CO2 enrichment alter demographics in four co-occurring grassland species; New Phytologist
Warming prevents the elevated CO2-induced reduction in available soil nitrogen in a temperate, perennial grassland; Global Change Biology

Research Projects

Clinical and metabolic factors and imaging abnormalities in chronic plantar heel pain; Arthritis Australia (AFA)
Clinical and metabolic factors and imaging abnormalities in chronic plantar heel pain; Rebecca L Cooper Medical Research Foundation (RLCMRF)
Clinical, metabolic and imaging prognostic factors in chronic plantar heel pain: a 12 month longitudinal follow-up study; Physiotherapy Research Foundation (PRF)
The Southern Tasmania Health Literacy and Foot Ulcer Risk Factors in Diabetes Mellitus Study (SHELLED Study); Tasmanian Community Fund (TasCF)
The Southern Tasmanian Health Literacy and foot ulcer risk factors in Diabetes Mellitus study (SHELLED study); Australian Podiatry Education and Research Foundation (APERF)

Research Candidate Supervision

An examination of the clinical risk factors in assessing loss of protective sensation and peripheral arterial disease, and the impact of health literacy on foot ulcer development in Diabetes
Strategies to Address the Long Term Mainteance of Bone Density in Younger Women- Fracture Risk Feedback and Vitamin D
Therapeutic Interventions for Plantar Heel Pain
What Happens to th Deep Trunk Stabilising Muscles in Spondyloarthritis?- A Pilot Observational Study