Dr Dave Coman

ATH - Senior Lecturer

Children's Health Queensland Clinical Unit
Faculty of Medicine


David is a Consultant Paediatrician, Metabolic Physician, Clinical Geneticist and clinician researcher. His area of expertise is the diagnosis and management of children with rare diseases. David is involved in multiple ongoing research projects aimed at novel disease discovery, improved diagnostic testing and treatments for children with inherited genetic disorders. He is director of a national clinic for Ataxia Telangiectasia brashat.org.au and has recently been awarded a $2.5 million NHMRC research grant for a phase 2/3 trial for treatment of this disorder.

Research Impacts

David has close relationships with research colleagues both in Australia and internationally. He has multiple ongoing research projects investigating novel disease identification, the genetics of paediatric speech disorders and the development of new therapeutic possibilities for children and adults with rare diseases.


  • Society for the Study of Inborn Errors of Metabolism, Society for the Study of Inborn Errors of Metabolism
  • Royal Australasian College of Physicians, Royal Australasian College of Physicians
  • Human Genetics Society of Australasia, Human Genetics Society of Australasia
  • Australian Medical Association, Australian Medical Association
  • Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency, Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency


  • Demetriou, Kalliope, Nisbet, Janelle, Coman, David, Ewing, Adam D., Phillips, Liza, Smith, Sally, Lipke, Michelle, Inwood, Anita, Spicer, Janette, Atthow, Catherine, Wilgen, Urs, Robertson, Thomas, McWhinney, Avis, Swenson, Rebecca, Espley, Brayden, Snowdon, Brianna, McGill, James J. and Summers, Kim M. (2024). Molecular genetic analysis of candidate genes for glutaric aciduria type II in a cohort of patients from Queensland, Australia. Molecular Genetics and Metabolism, 142 (4) 108516, 108516. doi: 10.1016/j.ymgme.2024.108516

  • Bernhardt, Isaac, Frajman, Leah E., Ryder, Bryony, Andersen, Erik, Wilson, Callum, McKeown, Colina, Anderson, Tim, Coman, David, Vincent, Andrea L., Buchanan, Christina, Roxburgh, Richard, Pitt, James, De Hora, Mark, Christodoulou, John, Thorburn, David R., Wilson, Francessa, Drake, Kylie M., Leask, Megan, Yardley, Anne-Marie, Merriman, Tony, Robertson, Stephen, Compton, Alison G. and Glamuzina, Emma (2024). Further delineation of short-chain enoyl-CoA hydratase deficiency in the Pacific population. Molecular Genetics and Metabolism, 142 (3) 108508, 108508. doi: 10.1016/j.ymgme.2024.108508

  • Pérez Baca, María del Rocío, Jacobs, Eva Z., Vantomme, Lies, Leblanc, Pontus, Bogaert, Elke, Dheedene, Annelies, De Cock, Laurenz, Haghshenas, Sadegheh, Foroutan, Aidin, Levy, Michael A., Kerkhof, Jennifer, McConkey, Haley, Chen, Chun-An, Batzir, Nurit Assia, Wang, Xia, Palomares, María, Carels, Marieke, Agrawal, Pankaj, Armstrong Scott, Daryl, Barkoudah, Elizabeth, Bellini, Melissa, Beneteau, Claire, Bjørgo, Kathrine, Brooks, Alice, Brown, Natasha, Castle, Alison, Castro, Diana, Chorin, Odelia, Cleghorn, Mark ... Callewaert, Bert (2024). Haploinsufficiency of ZFHX3, encoding a key player in neuronal development, causes syndromic intellectual disability. American Journal of Human Genetics, 111 (3), 509-528. doi: 10.1016/j.ajhg.2024.01.013

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