Professor Rachel Thomson

Head, Greenslopes Clinical Unit

Greater Brisbane Clinical School
Faculty of Medicine

ATH - Professor

Greenslopes Clinical Unit
Faculty of Medicine
r.thomson@uq.edu.au
+61 7 3847 8890

Overview

Professor Rachel Thomson is a Thoracic Physician and clinical researcher working at Greenslopes Private Hospital and the Gallipoli Medical Research Institute.

She has an international reputation in the area of Pulmonary Nontuberculous mycobacterial disease. She has published widely in the area and is regularly invited to speak at international and national meetings.

Her current research focuses on immunological and environmental aspects of susceptibility to NTM infection, characteristics of the lung microbiome in NTM, and improving treatment outcomes.

In a clinical capacity, Professor Thomson is able to offer patients expert management of their disease at Pulmedica, Greenslopes Private Hospital, at public clinics at The Prince Charles Hospital and the MetroSouth Clinical TB service of the Princess Alexandra Hospital and via telehealth for patients across Australia. Patients can also access novel treatments through clinical trials in both the private and public sector.

Prof Thomson also has a special interest in respiratory problems of the elite athlete. This includes asthma management, vocal cord dysfunction, and the requirements of national and international doping organisations for asthma medications.

Prof Thomson also has a special interest in respiratory problems of the elite athlete. This includes asthma management, vocal cord dysfunction, and the requirements of national and international doping organisations for asthma medications.

Research Interests

  • Pulmonary nontuberculous mycobacterial disease
  • Genetic relatedness of mycobacterial strains
  • Environmental ecology of mycobacteria

Publications

  • Karunathilaka, Amali, Halstrom, Samuel, Price, Patricia, Holt, Michael, Lutzky, Viviana P., Doolan, Denise L., Kupz, Andreas, Bell, Scott C., Thomson, Rachel M., Miles, John J. and Ratnatunga, Champa N. (2022). CD161 expression defines new human γδ T cell subsets. Immunity and Ageing, 19 (1) 11, 1-8. doi: 10.1186/s12979-022-00269-w

  • Wang, Yiming, Taylor, Steven L., Choo, Jocelyn M., Papanicolas, Lito E., Keating, Rebecca, Hindmarsh, Kate, Thomson, Rachel M., Morgan, Lucy, Rogers, Geraint B. and Burr, Lucy D. (2022). Carriage and Transmission of Macrolide Resistance Genes in Patients With Chronic Respiratory Conditions and Their Close Contacts. Chest. doi: 10.1016/j.chest.2022.01.045

  • McD Young, Ross, Lawford, Bruce, Mellor, Rebecca, Morris, Charles P, Voisey, Joanne, on behalf of the PTSD Initiative, McLeay, Sarah, Harvey, Wendy, Romaniuk, Madeline, Crawford, Darrell, Colquhoun, David, McD Young, Ross, Dwyer, Miriam, Gibson, John, O'Sullivan, Robyn, Cooksley, Graham, Strakosch, Christopher, Thomson, Rachel, Voisey, Joanne and Lawford, Bruce (2021). Investigation of C reactive Protein and AIM2 Methylation as a marker for PTSD in Australian Vietnam veterans. Gene, 803 145898, 1-6. doi: 10.1016/j.gene.2021.145898

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Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

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Publications

Journal Article

Conference Publication

Grants (Administered at UQ)

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

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