Fraser Labrom

    Higher Degree Masters Student

    Multi-dimensional Analysis of the Progression that occurs in Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis during Growth

    Fraser Labrom commenced his MPhil with the BSRG in 2020, after previously working with the group in 2018 while investigating bone metabolism biomarkers in paediatric scoliosis. Now in his final year of medical studies at the University of Queensland, Fraser’s clinician-scientist MD-MPhil program has afforded him the opportunity to concurrently pursue both his medical studies and exciting new research topics in the field of spinal biomechanics. Fraser’s research with the spine research group at QUT now focuses on the growth patterns of paediatric scoliosis as it develops in the growing adolescent using a unique sequential MRI dataset provided by the BSRG team. The project hopes to characterise, for the first time, the 3D patterns of scoliosis as it is developing. This may contribute to the improvement of scoliosis screening methods and ultimately the overall healthcare outcomes for these patients. Fraser completed the first Milestone of his MPhil in December 2020 and is on track to submit his Masters Thesis for examination in 2022. His final Thesis Review milestone is planned for August 2022. Fraser’s supervisory team includes: Adjunct Professor Geoff Askin, Associate Professor Paige Little, Maree Izatt and Dr Andrew Claus.