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Dr Joshua Luke Ameliorate

Lecturer, Human Medical Anatomy


Dr. Joshua Luke Ameliorate is a passionate, clinically trained anatomist, traumatologist and medical education focused university lecturer, with special research interests in attenuating the pathologies underlying acute neurological trauma (TBI, SCI, Stroke), as well as the use of innovative and digitally augmented approaches to surgical training, clinical simulation and anatomy education. Throughout the course of his career Joshua has taught and convened at various undergraduate and postgraduate levels in clinical, functional, visceral, applied, regional and developmental anatomy, neuroanatomy, clinical neuroscience, medical pathology, histology, anatomy for dentistry and medical imaging and the scientific basis of medicine. At a programme level, Joshua has also held key and leading positions in academic boards charged with reshaping, evaluating and coordinating medicine and biomedical undergraduate programmes across multiple disciplines and schools. From a position of disciplinary direction, Joshua has pioneered the formulation and structure of cohesive anatomy curricula across relevant departments; equipping students with a deep knowledge of human structure, function, development and pathology.

Dr. Ameliorate's lecturing and research roles have also enabled him to explore and develop highly novel emerging techniques in the learning and teaching of anatomy and surgical skills to medical and allied health practitioners alike. In particular, his work within field of virtual, mixed and augmented reality technologies has successfully communicated the often highly integrated nature of anatomical structures to students in an informative, innovative and engaging medium. More recently Joshua's strategic partnerships with key industry leaders has also facilitated the creation and ongoing development of unique 3D printed, multimaterial anatomical models for surgical training and mixed reality hybrid simulation devices; with current potential to expand into clinical anatomy phantoms and trauma models of research. In parallel to his academic teaching roles, Joshua has have also been extensively involved in cadaver teaching work, significantly contributed to maintaining and creating prosection specimen collections and participated in various surgical workshops in anatomy (ENT/Orthopaedic/Gynaecology & Obstetrics/Neuro).

In 2014 Joshua received his doctorate in medicine, with a dissertation focused on the development and application of novel pharmaceuticals and surgical techniques targeting post injury cerebral oedema. This work, in conjunction with his subsequent postdoctoral research, notably changed the way researchers within the field of neurotrauma perceived to be the best treatment practices to post injury brain swelling; with the timing of surgical and pharmacological inventions being a key factor to improved clinical outcomes. In 2011, Joshua received first class honours in anatomy (neuroanatomical pathology), with a research emphasis in ameliorating trauma-induced disruption to the blood brain barrier via the synergistic activity of pharmacological compounds administered post injury.

Research interests

Anatomy; Pathology; Neurotrauma; Neuropathology; Traumatic Brain Injury; Virtual Reality; Augmented Reality; Anatomy Education; Surgical Training

PhD candidate and honours supervision


Available to supervise honours students.

Fields of Research

  • Clinical Sciences - 110300
  • Virtual Reality And Related Simulation - 080111
  • Medical Physiology - 111600

Teaching areas

Anatomy;Pathology;Neuroanatomy;Clinical Neuroscience;Scientific Basis of Medicine


  • 2013, National, Research with the Greatest Commercialization Potential, ARC


Also published as: Ameliorate, Joshua; Ameliorate, J.; Ameliorate, J. L.; Ameliorate, Joshua L.; Ameliorate, Joshua Luke; Burton, J.; Burton, Joshua
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