Current Students

Masters of Philosophy

Dr Johanna Birrell

Project: Geographic variations in the epidemiology of kidney failure in Aotearoa New Zealand

Johanna is a medical doctor and Master of Philosophy student researching treatment access and equity for people with kidney failure in Aotearoa New Zealand. Johanna is undertaking specialist training in general and acute care medicine / public health medicine. She has a diversity of medical experience from working in South Australia, the Northern Territory and New Zealand. Johanna is the current Ross Bailey Fellow at the Nephrology Department at Christchurch Hospital, a position that allows her to combine her passion for clinical medicine and public health research.


Coursework Masters of Medicine (Clinical Epidemiology)

Dr Rachel Preece

Project: TBA

Bio and picture to come.

Renal Advanced Trainees

Dr Laia Oliveras-Pages

Project: Relative survival in people with cancer and kidney failure; an Australian and New Zealand population-based cohort study, 1980-2019

Laia is a Nephrology Trainee at Hospital Universitari de Bellvitge, in Barcelona, Spain. She is interested in glomerular diseases, kidney transplant and clinical epidemiology. She is currently visiting and collaborating with CODE at the University of Sydney.


Dr Prasad Ravi

Project: Mental illness in patients with kidney failure in Aotearoa New Zealand: a descriptive analysis

Prasad is a Registrar in Adult Renal Medicine and Transplant at Te Toka Tumai Auckland, Te Whatu Ora (Health New Zealand). As a component of specialist training Prasad is undertaking a research project with ASSET NZ.

Other Medical Trainees

Nick Chan

Project: Effect of Donor Type on Health Service Utilisation and Outcomes

Nicholas grew up in Hong Kong where he completed high school before completing a Bachelor of Science majoring in Data Science and Finance at the University of Sydney before commencing his medical studies also in the University of Sydney. In his free time, he enjoys powerlifting and trying different foods and restaurants in Sydney.

Andew Brodzeli

Project: Equitable access to kidney transplant waitlisting for people with mental illness

Andrew completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Sydney, majoring in neuroscience, philosophy, and political economy. He is currently completing his MD.

Past Students

Dr Victor Khou

Projects: Epidemiology of cardiovascular death in kidney failure: An Australian and New Zealand cohort study using data linkage

Cause of death for people with end-stage kidney disease withdrawing from treatment in Australia and New Zealand

Victor is a qualified medical doctor and completed a Masters of Philosophy at the Sydney School of Public Health. During his Masters, his research focused on causes of death in patients with end-stage kidney disease, particularly while on the waiting list for a transplant, and when withdrawing from treatment. His research interests include cohort studies, data linkage and survival analysis techniques.


Dr Zoe Campbell

Project: Interventions for improving health literacy in people with chronic kidney disease

Zoe is a medical doctor working at St Vincent’s Hospital Sydney and was a Master of Philosophy student at the Sydney School of Public Health. She completed an undergraduate in psychology and continues to have an interest in behavioural and health sciences. Therefore, it fits that her research has been largely focused on communication and behaviour within healthcare.


Dr Imogen Thomson

Project: Potential organ donors with primary brain tumours: missed opportunities for donation and transplantation identified in Australian cohort study 2010–2015

Imogen is a medical doctor and was a Master of Philosophy student researching opportunities to increase organ donation rates and improve our organ donation system. Her projects included evaluation of potential donor referrals’ comorbidities and consideration of referrals with primary brain tumours. She has presented research at numerous national and international conferences, and in 2017 received The Transplantation Society Mentee-Mentor Award in partnership with Angela, her primary supervisor. Imogen is also interested in the policy applications of the CODE team’s research and has previous experience in policy through working with the World Health Organization, Centre for Policy Development and McKinsey & Company. Alongside her research, Imogen works as a junior doctor in the Hunter New England Local Health District and has a career interest in surgery and rural medicine.