Dr Fraser Russell

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Dr Fraser Russell


Teaching areas

  • Pharmacology
  • Pharmacokinetics
  • Pharmacodynamics
  • Drugs that affect body systems
  • Biochemistry

Research areas

  • omega-3 fatty acids: mechanism for cardiovascular benefits in hypertension
  • omega-3 fatty acid metabolites and their effect on abdominal aortic aneurysm
  • anti-inflammatory and vascular effects of Australian stingless bee propolis

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Dr Fraser Russell obtained his PhD in the laboratory of Prof. Roger Summers, Dept. of Pharmacology, University of Melbourne (1994), where he investigated regulation of β-adrenoceptors in the heart.

He completed successful post-doctoral studies in the Clinical Pharmacology Unit, University of Cambridge, UK (1994-1998) working with Dr Anthony Davenport, and then in the Dept. of Anatomy and Structural Biology, University of Otago, NZ working with A/Prof. Ian McLennan (1998-2000).

He returned to Australia in 2000 as a Research Fellow in the Dept. of Medicine, University of Queensland, investigating the cardiostimulatory effects of urotensin-II in human heart with A/Prof. Peter Molenaar.

Dr Russell is currently a Senior Lecturer in Biochemical Pharmacology at the University of the Sunshine Coast (2005-present).

His research group is investigating the anti-inflammatory and pro-resolving properties of omega-3 fatty acids and their metabolites, and their ability to attenuate the progression of abdominal aortic aneurysm, and the wound-healing potential of Australian stingless bee cerumen.

Dr Russell is the Biomedical Science Program Coordinator at USC, Member of the University Research Committee; Animal Ethics Committee; Inflammation and Healing Research Cluster; and Sunshine Coast Hospital Institute Research Lab Working Group, and member of the Australasian Society for Clinical and Experimental Pharmacologists and Toxicologists (ASCEPT, 1989-present), and the Australian Vascular Biology Society (AVBS, 2015-present).

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