TORC Staff

Transfusion Research Unit Staff

Associate Professor Erica Wood MBBS, FRACP, FRCPA 

Associate Professor Wood is a Transfusion Medicine Specialist, and Head of the Transfusion Research Unit at DEPM.  Erica works as a Consultant Haematologist at Monash Health and holds an honorary Consultant Haematologist appointment at Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre/Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre.
Erica is a member of the World Health Organization's Expert Advisory Panel on Transfusion Medicine, and has served as a WHO regional advisor in blood safety.  She is Vice-President and member of the Board of the International Society of Blood Transfusion and a member of several working parties, including clinical practice, haemovigilance and transfusion-transmitted infections.  Erica is the current President of the International Haemovigilance Network, promoting haemovigilance world-wide and supporting haemovigilance systems in their work.  
Erica is a past President of the Australian and New Zealand Society of Blood Transfusion and in 2016, delivered the Ruth Sanger Oration at the Society's Annual Scientific Meeting - the Society's highest honour.
Between 2012 and 2015 Erica served as Chief Examiner in Haematology for the Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia, and she was Associate Chief Examiner from 2008-2012.  
Erica is a founding member of 'Blood Matters', a Victorian Department of Health transfusion practice improvement collaborative, and between 2016-2013 she chaired its Serious Transfusion Incident Reporting (STIR) haemovigilance program.  
In 2013 Erica was awarded a Churchill Fellowship to support her work in patient blood management practice and research. 
 
Mr Neil Waters - Senior Projects Manager

Neil has over thirty years blood sector experience, including roles in plasma fractionation at CSL and senior roles in laboratories, manufacturing, quality assurance and transfusion medicine at the Australian Red Cross Blood Service.  
Neil has managed projects and consulted on regulatory matters for local and international manufacturers of cellular therapeutics. He conceptualised and developed ERIC, a web-based wastage reporting system used in hospital transfusion laboratories across Australia.
As the International Humanitarian Blood Advisor at Australian Red Cross, Neil has provided advice on blood safety and effectiveness across Asia and the Pacific and managed complex programs across the region.
Neil holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of Melbourne and Graduate Diplomas in Computing and Organisational Change.

Dr Zoe McQuilten MBBS, FRACP, FRCPA - Senior Research Fellow

Dr McQuilten is a consultant haematologist at Monash Health in Melbourne, and an Australian National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Early Career Fellow at Monash University. She is the Deputy Director of the Transfusion Research Unit and a senior research fellow with the Australian and New Zealand Intensive Care Research Centre. 

Her other appointments include Co-Chair of the Supportive Care Group for the Australasian Leukaemia and Lymphoma Group, and Secretary of the Clinical Working Party of the International Society of Blood Transfusion. 

Dr McQuilten is a chief investigator on a number of ongoing studies, including three NHMRC-funded international, multi-centre randomised trials, and five national clinical registries. Her research aims to identify interventions to improve patient outcomes in areas of major blood use, including critical care, trauma and haematological malignancies.

Dr Rosemary Sparrow PhD, BSc(Hons) - Senior Research Fellow

Rosemary works on the Massive Transfusion Registry (MTR) in the Transfusion Research Unit, operating within the Critical Care Division at the Department of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine. Rosemary has a PhD in Immunology and over 30 years of experience as a research scientist in the fields of human immunology and haematology, including 20 years as the head of the Melbourne R&D laboratory at the Australian Red Cross Blood Service.  Rosemary’s research expertise is transfusion biology, particularly red blood cell transfusion. 

The Massive Transfusion Registry is a unique and important resource for clinicians in Australia, New Zealand and internationally, for Blood Services and for the broader community. It provides observational data regarding the types and frequency of conditions associated with critical bleeding requiring massive transfusion, the use of blood component therapy (i.e. ratios and quantities of different types of red cell to non- red cell components) and patient outcomes.

Dr Elizabeth Moore PhD MPH PGDipNurs (Crit Care) - Research Fellow

Liz is a Research Fellow with the Transfusion Research Unit (TRU) overseeing the Myeloma and Related Diseases Registry (MRDR) and The Myeloma 1000 Project. She was previously a Research Fellow with ANZIC-RC where she completed her PhD investigating treatments and biomarkers for acute kidney injury in patients with traumatic brain injury. This involved management of the Renal Substudies of the EPO-TBI and POLAR multicentre clinical trials. She has also completed a biostatistics/epidemiology streamed Master of Public Health. At the Royal Melbourne Hospital, Liz is Principal Investigator of a study investigating the effect of intravenous fluids on renal function and acid-base homeostasis in the critically ill, and is an investigator of a randomised, phase II study to determine the safe and effective use of aspirin to reduce inflammation in sepsis patients. She has been involved in all aspects of the projects she has initiated, from conception to publication and has an ongoing interest in improving patient outcomes. Liz has extensive experience as a critical care nurse and has more recently worked as Research Coordinator in the Royal Melbourne Hospital ICU and Victorian Infectious Diseases Service. She is a member of the Victorian Management Committee of the Australian College of Critical Care Nurses (ACCCN), the ACCCN Research Advisory Panel, and the Monash Human Research Ethics Committee. Her research interests include blood-related diseases, registries, neurocritical care, intravenous fluid therapy in critical illness, acute kidney injury, renal biomarkers and cardiac surgical outcomes.

Dr Gemma Crighton BHB, MBChB, FRACP, FRCPA - Clinical Consultant

Dr Crighton joined TRU in February 2014 as Clinical Research Fellow with the Blood Service.  Within TORC she has been involved with the NAIT and Haemogloobinopathy registries.   Gemma completed her medical undergraduate training at the University of Auckland, New Zealand in 2004.  She completed her fellowship with the Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia and Royal Australasian College of Physicians (Child Health Division) in 2013.  She is currently employed as a paediatric haematologist at the Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne.   She is a member of the Australian and New Zealand Society of Blood Transfusion and member of the Patient Blood Management, Paediatric/Neonatal Consumer Reference Group.  Her interests include paediatric blood transfusion, paediatric benign haematology, obstetric haematology and neonatal alloimmune thrombocytopenia.

Cameron Wellard  BSc (Hons) PhD - Data Manager

Cameron has joined the Transfusion Research Unit as a Data Manager and will be responsible for the data management of the various registries within TRU and provide key leadership and support for the various research projects. Cameron will work closely with TRU staff and project steering committees to ensure the accuracy and quality of the data for their registries.  Cameron has experience across a diverse range of research fields including physics, mathematical biology and cancer epidemiology, and is excited about the prospect of using the skills he has developed to help improve outcomes for patients with blood disorders.

Luke Rowsell BTech, MPH, PhD - Senior Research Officer

Luke has joined the newly established Australian and New Zealand Lymphoma and Related Diseases Registry (LaRDR) in the Transfusion Research Unit, operating within the Critical Care Division at the Department of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine. Luke has a PhD in medicine from the University of Sydney where he investigated the effect of acute oral morphine on obstructive sleep apnoea, focusing on identifying the role of opioid-induced changes in ventilatory chemoreflexes and genetic markers in predicting individual opioid response.  Luke has commenced in the role keen to work within a team of experts extending his clinical research and public health knowledge into the field of haematology.  He is excited about the future potential of the LaRDR to explore the epidemiology of disease, benchmark outcomes nationally and internationally, act as a resource for clinical trials and to improve patient care.

Mrs Helen Haysom B App Sc (Medical Laboratory Science) - Project Officer

Helen has an extensive background working as a transfusion medicine scientist in major teaching hospitals in Melbourne and the ARCBS.

Helen is working as the Project Officer on the Massive Transfusion Registry (MTR). This role involves coordinating all documentation, conducting reviews and updates, assisting with project governance and budget management and assisting with the management of splinter research groups. Helen oversees the MTR communications (newsletters, website and progress reports), liaises with hospital sites and coordinate steering committee and other meetings.

Ms Amber Degelia BSc (Hons), CCRC - Clinical Trial Coordinator, TREATT project

Amber is originally from Laguna Beach, California.  She moved to Australia in 2010 and has fallen in love with all things Australian including Vegemite.  

She started running clinical trials in Orthopaedics while in High School in 1998.  Amber studied Biology and Genetics at University California Irvine and graduated with her degree in 2005.  Amber has coordinated clinical trials in several areas of medicine including Orthopaedics, Anaesthesia, Gynaecology, Cardiology, Oncology and most recently in Haematology.  Her passion is working in the clinical setting with patients and their families. 

Ms Sally Nailon, BA - Senior Executive Officer

Sally has an extensive background in senior administration roles within the health sector, including working as Executive Assistant for the head of Gastroenterology at St Vincent's hospital Melbourne, and more recently as Executive Assistant to Dr Erica Wood and the Transfusion Medicine Services team at the Australian Red Cross Blood Service.  

Sally provides executive administrative support to A/Prof Wood and to the Transfusion Research Unit team, and is the key liaison for and representative of the TRU to its major collaborative partners. Sally has oversight of the office on a day to day basis and coordinates the team’s activities including a range of major meetings and events.