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Russ Chess-Williams


  • Bond University, Faculty of Health Sciences and Medicine

    4229 Gold Coast


  • 7767 Citations
  • 33 h-Index
1988 …2020

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Research interests

Laboratory studies to enhance our knowledge of the lower urinary tract, with the aim of developing new treatments, or enhancing current treatments of the following conditions:

  • Overactive bladder
  • Cancers of the lower urinary tract
  • Stress incontinence
  • Ureteral stones
  • Benign prostatic hyperplasia
  • Erectile dysfunction

Statement for HDR students

The research group specialises in studies of the lower urinary tract using isolated tissues to examine contraction, biochemical assays to measure release of ATP, acetylcholine and prostaglandins, histological techniques to examine structure and protein distribution, molecular biology techniques to measure proteins and radioligand binding to measure receptor densities and characteristics.

Current projects examine the receptors and ion channels of the bladder, urethra, ureter, prostate and cavernosum to identify new targets for drugs to treat overactive bladder, stress incontinence, renal stones, and enlarged prostate and erectile dysfunction.

Recent studies also include the effects of cytotoxic drugs and metabolites on bladder function to identify the causes of side effects, interactions between anti-cancer drugs, and treatments to enhance the effects of radiotherapy and other cytotoxic drugs.


Education/Academic qualification

Pharmacology, PhD, University of Wales

Award Date: 29 Jan 1984

External positions

University of Sheffield

1990Mar 2006

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Research Output

Alterations in histamine responses between juvenile and adult urinary bladder urothelium, lamina propria and detrusor tissues

Stromberga, Z., Chess-Williams, R. & Moro, C., 5 Mar 2020, In : Scientific Reports. 10, 1, 9 p., 4116.

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Open Access
  • 2 Citations (Scopus)
    30 Downloads (Pure)

    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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    Open Access
  • 28 Downloads (Pure)
  • 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.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

  • Open Access
  • 21 Downloads (Pure)


    • 1 Oral presentation

    Speed Research Presentations

    Elisabeth Isenring (Speaker), Jaimon T Kelly (Speaker), Christian Moro (Speaker), Mark Morgan (Speaker), Anna V. Lorimer (Speaker), Vernon G Coffey (Speaker), Rae Louise Thomas (Speaker), Alexandra Bannach-Brown (Speaker), Ray N Moynihan (Speaker), Daniel Maupin (Speaker), Rob Marc Orr (Speaker), Nigel L Barnett (Speaker) & Russ Chess-Williams (Speaker)

    21 Nov 2018

    Activity: Talk or presentationOral presentation

    Press / Media

    Bond establishes new Centre for Urology Research

    Russ Chess-Williams


    1 item of Media coverage

    Press/Media: Expert Comment