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  • Bond University, Faculty of Health Sciences and Medicine

    4229 Gold Coast


  • 3003 Citations
  • 14 h-Index

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Personal profile

Research interests

I completed my Bachelor of Science (Physiology) and PhD at University College in Cork, Ireland, before moving to Australia in 2008.

I have conducted extensive research, with a particular focus on sub-chronic toxicity of organic solvent mixtures in vitro, and also the effects of chemotherapeutic agents on normal bladder function.

As a university lecturer/researcher, I combine a clear understanding of the teaching and learning process with in-depth subject knowledge informed by my own studies and research.

Many bladder cancer patients experience local side-effects following chemotherapy which greatly affect patient quality of life and ability to tolerate treatment. One of my main research interests is to try to understand why these side-effects occur by investigating the effects of chemotherapeutic drugs on normal bladder function. To do this we use in vitro models of the human urothelium. Through these studies we also aim to assess the ability of the urothelium to recover following treatment and determine if there are other drugs that could be used to treat bladder cancer that would be more effective and more tolerable.

Statement for HDR students

These are some of the current HDR projects and students I supervise:

  • Cytotoxic drugs and their effects on bladder function - PhD student - Stanley Kang
  • Cyclophosphamide and Ifosfamide: Mechanisms of urotoxicity and consequences for normal bladder function - PhD student - Kylie Mills
  • Quinazoline based alpha 1-adrenoceptor antagonists and prostate cancer - PhD student - Amanda Forbes
  • Interactions between urothelial mediators regulating release from cultured urothelial cells and porcine urothelial tissue - PhD student - Katrina Smith


Education/Academic qualification


Award Date: 15 Dec 2005

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Research Output

A Pilot retrospective analysis of alpha-blockers on recurrence in men with localised prostate cancer treated with radiotherapy

Hart, J., Spencer, B., McDermott, C., Chess-Williams, R., Sellers, D. J., Christie, D. & Anoopkumar-Dukie, S., 18 May 2020, In : Scientific Reports. 10, 1, 7 p., 8191.

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    Hypersensitivity of bladder low threshold, wide dynamic range, afferent fibres following treatment with the chemotherapeutic drugs cyclophosphamide and ifosfamide

    Mills, K., West, E., Grundy, L., McDermott, C., Sellers, D. J., Rose’Meyer, R. & Chess-Williams, R., 1 Aug 2020, In : Archives of Toxicology. 94, 8, p. 2785-2797 13 p.

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  • The COX-2 inhibitor NS398 selectively sensitizes hypoxic HeLa cells to ionising radiation by mechanisms both dependent and independent of COX-2

    Anoopkumar-Dukie, S., Conere, T., Houston, A., King, L., Christie, D., McDermott, C. & Allshire, A., Jun 2020, In : Journal of Lipid Mediators and Cell Signalling. 148, 106422.

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  • 1 Citation (Scopus)
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    Acrolein, the toxic urinary metabolite of cyclophosphamide, causes physiological changes to bladder function

    Sellers, D. J., Chess-Williams, R., McDermott, C. & West, E., 2019, In : Australian and New Zealand Continence Journal. 25, 4, p. 96-97 2 p.

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  • Activities

    • 1 Organising a conference, workshop, ...
    • 1 Internal memberships, committees, boards and panelists

    9th National Symposium on Advances in Gastrointestinal & Urogenital Research

    Catherine McDermott (Organiser)

    4 Dec 2017

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventOrganising a conference, workshop, ...

    Bond University Sage Athena Swan Self-Assessment Team (External organisation)

    Linda H Crane (Chair), Andrew Calder (Member), Barry Burgan (Member), Catherine McDermott (Member), Christopher Andrews (Member), Duane Kelaart (Member), Gary Brady (Member), Keitha Dunstan (Member), Kenneth Richardson (Member), Michelle Markham (Member), Tanya Forbes (Member), Donna F. Henson (Member) & Ray N Moynihan (Member)

    1 Oct 201631 Mar 2019

    Activity: MembershipInternal memberships, committees, boards and panelists