About CCRG

Critical Care research group

At the Critical Care Research Group we aim to increase understanding of the many issues that face critically ill patients and find new or improved treatment methods for hard-to-treat diseases. With our research, we aim to improve survival rates and quality of life for patients with life threatening conditions, such as heart disease, lung disease, sepsis and other critical conditions.

World Leading clinical research

Our work would not be possible without a multi-disciplinary team including scientists, clinicians, ICU nurses, and engineers. Together the CCRG team is comprised of more than 70 members across 20 countries.

Research Areas


  • Heart transplant
  • Organ preservation
  • Organ storage
  • Heart failure


  • Cell-free DNA
  • miRNA therapeutics
  • Single cell sequencing

Cardiac Assist Devices

  • Ventricular Assist Devices
  • ECMO
  • Intraventricular Balloon Pump


  • Acute respiratory distress syndrome
  • Electro-impedance tomography

ICU Patient Experience

  • Delirium
  • ECMO canulation
  • ICU of the future

VAD Patient Experience

  • Phyiological control
  • Wireless Energy Transfer
  • Driveline

Research Success

There is clear synergism between the world-leading research the CCRG conducts and the cutting-edge clinical services being trialled and improved within Queensland. CCRG is central to the investigation and development of world-first, innovative solutions designed to improve patient outcomes and reduce the significant burden of cardiovascular disease on society – collaborating with International researchers and scientists in order to deliver on this incredible objective. CCRG and its collaborators have an active and mature collaborative. Researchers, doctors and scientists are working in a silo-free manner through the Brisbane hub, in Taiwan, Korea, China, Singapore, Japan and other sites.

European, and North American centres have now joined the collaborative and staff from leading hospitals across these areas are all arriving to work with world leaders through our teams. Multiple international agreements are currently being finalised between the CCRG and China, Korea, Japan, Malaysia and Singapore, with existing partnerships established between Monash University, University of New South Wales, Griffith University, The University of Queensland and the Queensland University of Technology. The CCRG is rapidly becoming a world centre for research excellence, right here in Queensland.



CCRG is based within The Prince Charles Hospital, the leading cardiac hospital in Queensland, Australia.