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Researcher: Wills, KE (Dr Karen Wills)

Fields of Research

Respiratory Diseases
Rheumatology and Arthritis
Ecological Impacts of Climate Change
Cardiology (incl. Cardiovascular Diseases)
Global Change Biology
Endocrinology
Podiatry
Primary Health Care
Emergency Medicine
Physiotherapy
Preventive Medicine
Nursing
Epidemiology
Public Health and Health Services
Health Promotion
Applied Statistics
Anaesthesiology
Geriatrics and Gerontology
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)
Climate Change Adaptation Measures
Cardiovascular System and Diseases
Allied Health Therapies (excl. Mental Health Services)
Diabetes
Behaviour and Health
Preventive Medicine
Pasture, Browse and Fodder Crops
Health Related to Ageing
Women's Health
Social Impacts of Climate Change and Variability
Health Education and Promotion
Nursing
Surgical Methods and Procedures
Cancer and Related Disorders
Expanding Knowledge in the Environmental Sciences
Blood Disorders
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
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
Cessation of exclusive breastfeeding: Australian Cross-Sectional Survey; International conference: Nutrition and Nurture in Infancy and Childhood
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
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 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)
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
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
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 the risk of developing multiple primary cancers: a systematic review; BMC Cancer
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