About us

Director of Research: Dr E. Russell Vickers PhD, MDSc, MMSc, MArt, FFPMANZCA, Dip Herbal Med.
Research Associates: Rachel Shparberg BSc(Hons), Natasha Braunsteiner BBehSc, BCouns, MCouns

We are a research and development biotech company engaged in the field of regenerative health. Our research is published in international peer reviewed medical and science journals. The research has a focus on integrating advanced scientific techniques with natural compounds for tissue regeneration. In addition, our team conducts research on the biological, clinical and psychological aspects of regenerative health. The laboratory is well equipped with state of the art biotechnology equipment including mass spectrometry, high performance liquid chromatography, separation chromatography, photodiode array and fluorescence spectroscopy, thermography, flow cytometry, multiplex assay, biosafety cabinet assays, high resolution optical microscopy, dark field and time lapse microscopy. 

Research publications:
1.    Alshelh Z, Di Pietro F, Mills EP, Vickers ER, Peck CC, Murray GM, Henderson LA. Altered regional brain T2 relaxation times in individuals with chronic orofacial neuropathic pain. NeuroImage: Clinical. 2018 Jan 1;19:167-73.
2.    Mills EP, Di Pietro F, Alshelh Z, Peck CC, Murray GM, Vickers ER, Henderson LA. Brainstem Pain-Control Circuitry Connectivity in Chronic Neuropathic Pain. Journal of Neuroscience. 2018 Jan 10;38(2):465-73. 
3.    Flavia Di Pietro, Paul M. Macey, Caroline D. Rae, Zeynab Alshelh, Vaughan G. Macefield, E. Russell Vickers, Luke A. Henderson. The relationship between thalamic GABA content and resting cortical rhythm in neuropathic pain. Human Brain Mapping. 2018 ; 39: 1945-1956.  https://doi.org/10.1002/hbm.23973
4.    Shparberg R, Braunsteiner N, Vickers ER, Laboratory Training Guidelines for Clinicians Undertaking Stem Cell Therapy. Journal of Stem Cell Research and Therapy 2018, 8:5; 1-10. DOI: 10.4172/2157-7633.1000427 
5.    NE Braunsteiner, ER Vickers, B Toole, J. Braunsteiner (2018). Psychosocial factors and addiction in chronic orofacial pain. Australian Endodontic Journal in press
6.    R. Shparberg, ER Vickers (2018). Cell based therapies and natural compounds for pain. Australian Endodontic Journal in press
7.    ER Vickers. Natural compounds for treating pain. Pain Management Today (Royal Australian College of General Practitioners) in press
8.    ER Vickers. Iatrogenic resorption of a mandibular condyle following 3rd molar wisdom tooth surgery. Journal of Arthritis 2017, 6:4 DOI: 10.4172/2167-7921.1000247 
9.    ER Vickers, AJ Moule. (2017). Referral strategies for orofacial pain cases. In Moule, Alexander J. and Hicks, M. Lamar (Ed.), Diagnosing Dental and Orofacial Pain: A Clinical Manual (pp. 130-132)  Chichester, West Sussex, United Kingdom: John Wiley & Sons. doi:10.1002/9781119155218.ch23
10.    ER Vickers, AJ Moule. (2017). Diagnosing neuropathic orofacial pain. In Moule, Alexander J. and Hicks, M. Lumar (Ed.), Diagnosing Dental and Orofacial Pain: A Clinical Manual (pp. 123-129)  Chichester, West Sussex, United Kingdom: John Wiley & Sons. doi:10.1002/9781119155218.ch22
11.    Vickers ER (2017) An Analysis of the Safety and Efficacy of Topical Zinc-Thymulin to treat Androgenetic Alopecia. Hair Therapy and Transplantation 7:147. doi:10.4172/2167-0951.1000147
12.    ER Vickers. The Science of Beauty, Journal of the Australian Society of Cosmetic Chemists. 2016. Stem Cells and cosmetic science. 2016; 6(1) August; 29-42. http://docs.wixstatic.com/ugd/46ff6c_4a779b5696b74f16a5d1d52e4843a9f4.pdf
13.    Eynab Alshelh, Flavia Di Pietro, Andrew Youssef, Jenna Reeves, Paul Macey, E.Russell Vickers, Chris Peck, Greg Murray, and Luke Henderson. Chronic neuropathic pain: it's about the rhythm. The Journal of Neuroscience, 20 January 2016, 36(3):1008-1018; doi:10.1523/JNEUROSCI.2768-15.2016
14.    Vickers ER. Neuropathic orofacial pain: Diagnosis and multimodal management. Medicine Today (Journal of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners) 2015, 16(9), 16-24.
15.    Vickers ER, Woodcock KL. Raspberry leaf herbal extract significantly reduces pain and inflammation in oral lichen planus patients – a case series analysis. Open Journal of Dentistry and Oral Medicine 2015, 3(3), 73 – 81. DOI: 10.13189/ojdom.2015.030303
16.    Vickers ER, Karsten E, Flood J, Lilischkis R. (2014). A preliminary report on stem cell therapy for neuropathic pain in humans. J Pain Res. 2014 May 8;7:255-63. doi: 10.2147/JPR.S63361. eCollection 2014. PMID: 24855388
17.    Cox S, Vickers ER, Ghu S, Zoellner H. (2010). Salivary arecoline levels during areca nut chewing in human volunteers. J Oral Pathol Med. 2010 Jul;39(6):465-9. doi: 10.1111/j.1600-0714.2009.00881.x. Epub 2010 Apr 13. 
18.    Vickers ER, Zakrzewska J. 2009. History and examination for orofacial pain (In Orofacial Pain, editor J Zakrezewska, Oxford University Press. 
19.    Vickers ER, Zakrzewska J. 2009. Dental causes of orofacial pain (In Orofacial Pain, editor J Zakrezewska, Oxford University Press. 
20.    ER Vickers (2007). Therapeutic Guidelines: Oral and Dental. Version 1. Therapeutic Guidelines Limited Australian Government and the Australian Dental Association.
21.    ER Vickers, Y Boucher (2007). Diagnosis of idiopathic orofacial pain: atypical facial pain, atypical odontalgia. Realities Clinique (France)
22.    ER Vickers, Y Boucher (2007). Treatment of idiopathic orofacial pain: atypical facial pain, atypical odontalgia. Realities Clinique (France)
23.    Vickers ER, Boocock H, Harris RD, Bradshaw J, Cooper M, Vickers P, Cannon P. (2006) Analysis of the acute postoperative pain experience following oral surgery: identification of 'unaffected', 'disabled' and 'depressed, anxious and disabled' patient clusters. Aust Dent J. 51: 69-77. 
24.    Zakrzewska JM, Woda A, Stohler CS, Vickers ER (2006). Classification, diagnosis and outcome measures in patients with orofacial pain. Proceedings of the 11th World Congress on Pain Ed. Flor H., Kalso E., Dostrovsky J.O.   IASP Press Seattle 2006: 745- 754  ISBN 0-931092-60-4. 
25.    Vickers ER, Boocock H. (2005). Chronic orofacial pain is associated with psychological morbidity and negative personality changes: a comparison to the general population. Aust Dent J.50: 21-30.
26.    Hogg CJ, Vickers ER, Rogers TL. (2005) Determination of testosterone in saliva and blow of bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) using liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry. J Chromatogr B Analyt Technol Biomed Life Sci. 25;814(2):339-46.
27.    ER Vickers Orofacial Pain: Problem Based Learning. Book (2005, Sydney University Press)
28.    ER Vickers. (2005). Sydney University Press. The scope of the problem of orofacial pain.
29.    ER Vickers. (2005). Sydney University Press. Psychosocial factors in orofacial pain.
30.    ER Vickers. (2005). Sydney University Press. The molecular and clinical progression of pain.
31.    ER Vickers. (2005). Sydney University Press. Temporomandibular disorder.
32.    ER Vickers. (2005). Sydney University Press. Neuropathic pain.
33.    ER Vickers. (2005). Sydney University Press. Neuropathic Facial Pain, Burning Mouth Syndrome, Trigeminal Neuralgia
34.    Cox S, Piatkov I, Vickers ER, Ma G. (2004) High-performance liquid chromatographic determination of arecoline in human saliva. J Chromatogr A. 2;1032(1-2):93-5.
35.    Vickers ER, Goebel C, Mather LE, Mackay L, Wells RJ (2001). High-performance liquid chromatographic determination of bradykinin in saliva: a critical review and a new method. Journal of Chromatography B 755: 101-110.
36.    Brooker C, Vickers ER. Orofacial Pain. Anaesthesia Review (2001).
37.    Vickers ER, Cousins M, Nicholas M (2000). Facial pain – a biopsychosocial problem. Medicine Today 11: 42-48. 
38.    Vickers ER, Cousins M (2000). Neuropathic orofacial pain. Part 1: Prevalence and pathophysiology. Australian Endodontic Journal 26: 19-26.
39.    Vickers ER, Cousins M (2000). Neuropathic orofacial pain. Part 2: Diagnostic procedures, treatment guidelines and case reports. Australian Endodontic Journal 26: 53-63.
40.    Goebel C, Mackay LG, Vickers ER, Mather LE (2000). Determination of defensin HNP-1, HNP-2, and HNP-3 in human saliva by using LC/MS. Peptides 21: 757-765. 
41.    Vickers ER (2001) Paget’s disease. Case report. Medical Observer 9 February: 40.
42.    Vickers ER (2001) Leukoplakia and candidiasis. Case report. Medical Observer  16 February: 38
43.    Vickers ER (2001) Torus palatinus. Case report. Medical Observer  2 March: 50.
44.    Vickers ER (2001) Oral ulceration. Case report. Medical Observer  11 May: 48-49. 
45.    Vickers ER (2001). Hairy tongue. Case report. Medical Observer (June)
46.    Vickers ER (2000). Oral infections. Medical Observer Feb: 46-47.
47.    Parashos P, Vickers ER (2000). Atypical odontalgia – case report. Australian Endodontic Journal 26: 121-123.
48.    ER Vickers (2001) Diagnosis and management of neuropathic orofacial pain (MScMed thesis University of Sydney)
49.    ER Vickers (2000) Clinical and pharmacological studies of chronic orofacial pain (PhD thesis University of Sydney)
50.    Vickers ER, Cousins MJ (1999). Case study of medical student with neuropathic pain: diagnostic and treatment guidelines. Medical Observer  Jan: 25.
51.    Vickers ER, Rix L (1999). A synopsis of oral pathology. Medical Observer April: 58-59.
52.    Vickers ER, Cousins M, Woodhouse A (1998). Pain description and severity of chronic orofacial pain conditions. Australian Dental Journal 43: 403-409.
53.    Vickers ER, Cousins M, Walker S, Chisholm K (1998). Analysis of 50 patients with atypical odontalgia: a preliminary report on pharmacological procedures for diagnosis and treatment. Oral Surgery, Oral Medicine, Oral Pathology, Oral Radiology and Endodontics  85: 24-32.
54.    Vickers ER, Marzbani N, Gerzina TM, McLean C, Punnia-Moorthy A, Mather L (1997). Pharmacokinetics of 5% EMLA cream application to oral mucosa. Anesthesia Progress 44: 32-37.
55.    ER Vickers, M Cousins. Management of chronic orofacial pain. Australian Family Physician 01/1995; 23(12).
56.    Vickers ER, Cousins M (1994). Temporomandibular Disorders. General Practitioner 20: 24-25
57.    Vickers ER, Cousins M (1994). Management of chronic oro-facial pain. Australian Family Physician 20: 2315-2321.
58.    Vickers ER, Punnia-Moorthy A (1993). Pulpal anesthesia from a eutectic topical anesthetic. Quintessence International 24: 547-551.
59.    Vickers ER, Punnia-Moorthy A (1992). A clinical evaluation of three topical anaesthetic agents. Australian Dental Journal 37: 266-270.
60.    Sved AM, Wong JD, Donkor P, Horan J, Rix L, Curtin J, Vickers ER (1992). Complications associated with maxillary nerve block anaesthesia via the greater palatine canal. Australian Dental Journal 37: 340-345.
61.    ER Vickers. (1991) Evaluation of a eutectic topical anaesthetic (MDSc thesis, University of Sydney)


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Dr Russell Vickers
Director, Clinical Stem Cells.