Dr Jacky Suen

Adv Qld Industry Research Fellow

Prince Charles Hospital Northside Clinical Unit
Faculty of Medicine

Senior Research Fellow

Prince Charles Hospital Northside Clinical Unit
Faculty of Medicine
j.suen1@uq.edu.au
+61 7 3139 4655

Overview

Critical Care Medicine focuses on supporting patients, often with one or multiple organ failures. Based at the largest Australian cardiac hospital, our research investigates better ways to support patients with heart and/or lung failure. We explore technological, pharmacological and engineering advances that could help our patients to live longer and better. Our group is world-renowned for clinically relevant large animal models, including heart failure, respiratory failure (ARDS), heart transplantation, sepsis, cardiogenic shock, and more. All our studies use hospital-grade equipment and follow the same clinical guideline to maximise translation. We actively take on honours, MPhil and PhD students from multi-disciplinary backgrounds (science, engineering, medicine, allied health), with a successful track record in supporting our students to secure their own grants and funding. Students are expected to contribute to other studies of the group. For more information about the group, please visit ccrg.org.au, and email if you are interested to join us.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Science (Hons), The University of Queensland
  • Doctor of Philosophy, The University of Queensland

Publications

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Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

  • Master Philosophy

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Available Projects

  • Blood transfusion is a very common procedure, often depicted in tv drama and movies, but unbeknown to the general public, it can carry significant risks to patients. For example, Transfusion-Related Acute Lung Injury (TRALI), is a serious respiratory condition that can happen to 1 in 5000 transfusion. In this study, we want to see if we can further decrease the risk of transfusion by looking at alternatives from blood products. This project involves large-animal, hypovolumic shock model and to investigate the efficacy and benefits of novel, protential alternatives.

  • Extra-Corporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO) is an artificial heart/lung machine that is use to support patients with severe cardiac/respiratory failure. It has been invented for more than 30 years. To date, there is a lack of systematic examination of various parameters and settings for ECMO. Many of the current clinical practise are based on convention and tradition. This project aims to research and provide empirical evidences in order to optimise ECMO usage for patients, leading to improved patient outcome and reduced length of hospital stay. The project could involve bench-top ex vivo experiments, large animal in vivo study, and, perspective and retrospective analysis of clinical studies.

  • Potential PhD students interested in critical care medicine and cardio-respiratory failure should get in contact. UQ Ear-Marked PhD scholarship available. The project will focus on developing genetic based biomarker for end organ damage, including heart, lungs, and kidneys, using our world-renowned large animal model of cardiac surgery, CPB, heart failure, respiratory failurea, mechanical assist devices and sepsis.

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Publications

Journal Article

Conference Publication

  • Wells, Matthew, Molenaar, Peter, Hoe, Louise See, Obonyo, Nchafatso, James, Lynette, Bouquet, Mahe, Bartnikowski, Nicole, Passmore, Margaret, Boone, Connie, Wilde, Karin, Weilan, Mo, Hyslop, Kieran, McDonald, Charles, Pedersen, Sanne, Suen, Jacky, Peart, Jason, McGiffin, David and Fraser, John (2020). (-)-Noradrenaline sensitivity, contractility and mitochondrial function in an ovine model of brain stem death and transplantation. 2019 ISHR World Congress, Beijing, China, 3-6 June 2019. London, United Kingdom: Academic Press. doi: 10.1016/j.yjmcc.2019.11.114

  • Wells, Matthew, Seehoe, Louise, Zechovic, Olivia, Nchafatso, Obonyo, Bouquet, Mahe, Hyslop, Keiran, Black, Deborah, McDonald, Charles, Pedersen, Sanne, Suen, Jacky, Peart, Jason, McGiffin, David, Fraser, John and Lye, India (2020). Donor brain stem death and cardiac transplantation causes mitochondrial dyscoupling and oxidative stress. World Congress of Intensive Care, Melbourne, VIC Australia, 14-18 October 2019. Philadelphia, PA USA: Elsevier. doi: 10.1016/j.aucc.2020.04.098

  • Li Bassi, G. , Colombo, S., Heinsar, S., Wildi, K., Ainola, C., Jung, J., Abbate, G., Hoe, L. See, Sato, K., Wang, X., Skeggs, K., Livingstone, S., Boquet, M., Passmore, M., Sato, N., Reid, J., James, L., Wilson, E., McGiffin, D., Suen, J. and Fraser, J. (2020). The Effects of Different Ventilatory Strategies on Pulmonary Mechanics and Gas Exchange During Heart Transplant: An Experimental Study. International Conference of the American Thoracic Society, Online, 2020. New York, NY United States: American Thoracic Society.

  • Hoe, L. See, Shuker, T., Bartnikowski, N., Passmore, M., Bouquet, M., Obonyo, N., Engkilde-Pedersen, S., McDonald, C., Wells, M., Boon, A., Hyslop, K., James, L., Wildi, K., Cullen, L., Bassi, G. Li, Suen, J., McGiffin, D. and Fraser, J. (2019). Characterisation of cardiac neurohormonal and inflammatory changes induced by brain death in a novel ovine heart transplant model. 67th Cardiac Society of Australia and New Zealand Annual Scientific Meeting, the International Society for Heart Research Australasian Section Annual Scientific Meeting and the 13th Annual Australia and New Zealand Endovascular Therapies Meeting, Adelaide, Australia, 8-11 August 2019. chatswood, NSW, Australia: Elsevier. doi: 10.1016/j.hlc.2019.06.074

  • Bartnikowski, N., Obonyo, N., Pedersen, S., Wells, M., Millar, J., Raffel, O., Suen, J., Gregory, S., Haqqani, H. and Fraser, J. (2018). Development of an ovine model of dilated cardiomyopathy to facilitate clinically translational research. 66th Cardiac Society of Australia and New Zealand Annual Scientific Meeting, the International Society for Heart Research Australasian Section Annual Scientific Meeting and the 12th Annual Australia and New Zealand Endovascular Therapies Meeting, Brisbane, QLD Australia, 2 - 5 August 2018. Chatswood, NSW Australia: Elsevier . doi: 10.1016/j.hlc.2018.06.110

  • See Hoe, L., Engkilde-Pedersen, S., Obonyo, N., Wells, M., Boon, C., Bartnikowski, N., Passmore, M., McDonald, C., Black, D., Molenaar, P., Diab, S., Suen, J., Marasco, S., McGiffin, D. and Fraser, J. (2018). Development of an ovine model of heart transplantation following 24-hour brain stem death. 66th Cardiac Society of Australia and New Zealand Annual Scientific Meeting, the International Society for Heart Research Australasian Section Annual Scientific Meeting and the 12th Annual Australia and New Zealand Endovascular Therapies Meeting, Brisbane, Australia, 2-5 August 2018. Chatswood, NSW, Australia: Elsevier . doi: 10.1016/j.hlc.2018.06.111

  • Boon, A. C., Hoe, L. E. See, Pederson, S. E., Obonyo, N. G., Wells, M. A., Bartnikowski, N. J., Passmore, M. R., Marshall, L., James, L., Tung, J., Suen, J. Y., Macdonald, P. S., McGiffin, D. C. and Fraser, J. F. (2018). Inflammatory cytokine profiles in 24-hour brain stem death model. 38th Annual Meeting and Scientific Sessions of the International-Society-for-Heart-and-Lung-Transplantation (ISHLT), Nice, France, 11-14 April 2018. Philadelphia, PA United States: Elsevier. doi: 10.1016/j.healun.2018.01.506

  • Fanning, Jonathon P., Hoe, See Louise E., Passmore, Margaret R., Barnett, Adrian G., Obonyo, Nchafatso G., Millar, Jonathan E., Suen, Jacky Y. and Fraser, John F. (2018). Neuron specific enolase and matrix metaloproteinase 9 signal silent brain infarction associated with TAVI. Philadelphia, PA, United States: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.

  • Han, Y., Ma, F., Ozols, E., Chew, P., Vesey, D., Gobe, G., Morais, C., Lohman, R., Suen, J., Fairlie, D. and Nikolic-Paterson, D. (2018). PAR-2 does not contribute to tubular damage or renal fibrosis in the obstructed kidney. 54th Annual Scientific Meeting of the Australian and New Zealand Society of Nephrology (ANZSN), Sydney, Australia, 8–12 September 2018. Richmond, VIC, Australia: Wiley-Blackwell. doi: 10.1111/nep.13441

  • Fanning, Jonathon P., Obonyo, Nchafatso G., Tung, John-Paul, Byrne, Liam, Simonova, Gabriela, Diab, Sara, Dunster, Kimble, Passmore, Margaret, Boon, Ai-Ching, Hoe, See Louise, Engkilde-Pedersen, Sanne, Esguerra-Lallen, Arlanna, Fauzi, Hashairi Mohd, Pretti, Pimenta Leticia, Millar, Jonathan, Anstey, Christopher, van Haren, Frank, Cullen, Louise, Suen, Jacky, Shekar, Kiran, Maitland, Kathryn and Fraser, John (2018). Packed red cell age associated with adverse cardiovascular changes in an ovine model of septic shock resuscitation. -, -, 2018. Philadelphia, PA United States: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.

  • Tesch, G., Han, Y., Vesey, D., Gobe, G., Lohman, R., Suen, J., Fairlie, D. and Nikolic-Paterson, D. (2016). Pharmacological Inhibition of Protease-Activated Receptor 2 (Par2) Reduces Crescent Formation in Rat Anti-Gbm Disease. 15th Asian Pacific Congress of Nephrology (APCN) and 52nd ANZSN ASM, Perth, WA, Australia, 17–21 September 2016. Richmond, VIC, Australia: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Asia. doi: 10.1111/nep.12887

  • Owens, E., Iyer, A., Morais, C., Lohman, R., Suen, J., Johnson, D., Nikolic-Paterson, D., Gobe, G., Fairlie, D. and Vesey, D. (2016). Protease activated-receptor-2 induced inflammation and fibrosis is mediated in part through activation of transforming growth factor-beta signalling. The 15th Asian Pacific Congress of Nephrology (APCN) and 52nd ANZSN ASM, Perth Western Australia, 17–21 September 2016. Richmond, VIC, Australia: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Asia. doi: 10.1111/nep.12887

  • Fairlie, David P. , Yau, Mei-Kwan , Hamidon, Johan K. , Singh, Ranee , Lim, Junxian , Suen, Jacky Y. , Rowley, Jessica A. , Lohman, Rink-Jan , Stoermer, Martin J. , Iyer, Abishek and Reid, Robert C. (2015). Downsizing Proteins Without Losing Potency or Function. American Peptide Symposium 2015, Orlando , Florida, United States, 20-25 June 2015. American Peptide Society. doi: 10.17952/24APS.2015.016

  • Yau, Annika M., Liu, Ligong, Reid, Robert C., Barry, Grant D., Suen, Jacky Y., Lohman, Rink-Jan, Le, Giang T., Cotterell, Adam and Fairlie, David P. (2011). Novel agonists and antagonists for protease activated receptor 2. National Meeting of the American Chemical Society (242nd, ACS, 2011), Denver, CO, U.S.A., 28 August-1 September 2011. WASHINGTON: AMER CHEMICAL SOC.

  • Vesey David A., Suen, Jacky Yung, Johnson, David W. and Fairlie, David (2010). A Novel Protease-Activated Receptor-2 Antagonist Targeting Inflammation and Proliferation in Human Renal Tubular Epithelial Cells. Kidney Week, American society of Nephrology, Denver Colorado USA, November 16 - 21. Journal of the American Society of Nephrology:

  • Vesey, D., Rajandram, R., Blakeney, J., Suen, J., Johnson, D., Fairlie, D. and Gobe, G. (2010). Protease-activated receptor-2 and renal carcinogenesis. 46th Annual Scientific Meeting of the Australian and New Zealand Society of Nephrology, Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre, Perth, Western Australia, 12-15 September 2010. Richmond, Vic., Australia: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Asia. doi: 10.1111/j.1440-1797.2010.01377_1.x

  • Fairlie, David P., Madala, Praveen K., Stoermer, Martin J., Suen, Jacky, Barry, Grant and Lohman, Rink-Jan (2009). Regulating protein and peptide activated GPCRs. 229th National Meeting of the American Chemical Society, San Diego, California, 13-17 March 2005. Washington DC, United States: American Chemical Society.

Other Outputs

  • Suen, Jacky Yung (2008). Regulating protease activated Receptor 2. PhD Thesis, Institute for Molecular Bioscience, The University of Queensland. doi: 10.14264/uql.2014.212

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

  • Master Philosophy — Associate Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

    Other advisors:

Possible Research Projects

Note for students: The possible research projects listed on this page may not be comprehensive or up to date. Always feel free to contact the staff for more information, and also with your own research ideas.

  • Blood transfusion is a very common procedure, often depicted in tv drama and movies, but unbeknown to the general public, it can carry significant risks to patients. For example, Transfusion-Related Acute Lung Injury (TRALI), is a serious respiratory condition that can happen to 1 in 5000 transfusion. In this study, we want to see if we can further decrease the risk of transfusion by looking at alternatives from blood products. This project involves large-animal, hypovolumic shock model and to investigate the efficacy and benefits of novel, protential alternatives.

  • Extra-Corporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO) is an artificial heart/lung machine that is use to support patients with severe cardiac/respiratory failure. It has been invented for more than 30 years. To date, there is a lack of systematic examination of various parameters and settings for ECMO. Many of the current clinical practise are based on convention and tradition. This project aims to research and provide empirical evidences in order to optimise ECMO usage for patients, leading to improved patient outcome and reduced length of hospital stay. The project could involve bench-top ex vivo experiments, large animal in vivo study, and, perspective and retrospective analysis of clinical studies.

  • Potential PhD students interested in critical care medicine and cardio-respiratory failure should get in contact. UQ Ear-Marked PhD scholarship available. The project will focus on developing genetic based biomarker for end organ damage, including heart, lungs, and kidneys, using our world-renowned large animal model of cardiac surgery, CPB, heart failure, respiratory failurea, mechanical assist devices and sepsis.