Dr Astrid Rodriguez-Acevedo


Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Research Themes

Genetic Medicine
Clinical Imaging

My Research



Image Quality in Mobile Teledermoscopy

Teledermatology uses photos or videoconference to allow physician-patient interaction without being in the same physical room.  I analyze data to assess and improve the delivery of health care using teledermatology, such as quality of images, the capacity of clinicians to give a diagnosis using only photos, and the patient’s experience.    This kind of research is essential, especially now during the COVID-19 pandemic, when everyone is trying to stop the spread of the virus while ensuring adequate delivery of health services.  It is also important because, with teledermatology, rural communities or individuals located in underbudget areas can still have access to the same healthcare benefits that we, people living in metropolitan areas, enjoy.   Finally, with a growing number of people connected to the internet and having mobile devices worldwide, teledermatology can change healthcare delivery in low and middle-income countries, where rural populations are more extensive and resources scarce. 

About me

 I am a Postdoctoral Research Fellow based at the Dermatology Research Centre at the Diamantina Institute. I am a biologist from the University of Antioquia in Colombia, and I completed a Ph.D. in Genetics and Bioinformatics from QUT in 2015. I have worked as a postdoctoral fellow at QUT and QIMR Berghofer, and I have also held multiple lecturing positions, teaching Molecular Biology and Genetics, in universities from Colombia and the Caribbean.  I am also the founder and director for a  non-for-porfit organisation called "Project Huitaca" which brings together English-speaking researchers who edit manuscripts for Latin American Women in Science.  


2020 - Five-year trends in out-of-pocket medical expenses for patients with one of five common cancers in Australia.  Rodriguez-Acevedo AJ, Raymond J. Chan, Catherine M Olsen, Nirmala Pandeya, David C Whiteman for the QSKIN study, Louisa G Gordon, BMC Cancer.

2020 - Developing a gene panel for pharmaco-resistant epilepsy: a review of epilepsy pharmacogenetics. Rodriguez-Acevedo AJ, Louisa G Gordon, Nicola Waddell, Georgina Holloway, Lata Vadlamudi, Pharmacogenetics.

2020 - Estimating the cost of genomic sequencing in cancer control, Gordon LG, White NM, Elliot TM, Katia Nones, Anthony G Beckhouse, Rodriguez-Acevedo AJ, Penelope M Webb, Xing J Lee, Nicholas Graves, Deborah J Schofiled, BMC Health Serv Res. 2020 Jun 3;20(1):492.

2020 - Hospitalization costs for patients colonized with Carbapenemase-Producing Enterobacterales during an Australian outbreak, Rodriguez-Acevedo AJ, Xing J Lee, Thomas Elliot, Gordon L, Journal of Hospital Infections. 2020 Mar.

2020 - Association of Indoor Tanning Regulations With Health and Economic Outcomes in North America and Europe, Gordon L, Rodriguez-Acevedo AJ, Brian Koster, Gary P Guy, Greg Sinclair, Emilie Van Deventer, Adele C Green, JAMA Dermatology. 2020 Feb.

2020 - Consequences of banning commercial solaria in 2016 in Australia, Gordong LG, Sinclair C, Cleaves N, Makin JK, Rodriguez-Acevedo AJ, Green AC, Health Policy. 124(6):665-670.

2019 - Indoor tanning prevalence after the International Agency for Research on Cancer statement on carcinogenicity of artificial tanning devices: systematic review and meta-analysis, Rodriguez-Acevedo AJ, Green A.C, Sinclair C, Deventer E. Van, Gordon L, British Journal of Dermatology. 2019 July.

2019 - The effects of a multidisciplinary high-throughput skin clinic on healthcare costs of organ transplant recipients, Gordon L, Rodriguez-Acevedo AJ, Papier K, Khosrotehrani K, Isbel N, Campbell S, Griffin A, Green AC , J Eur Acad Dermatol Venereol. 2019 Jul.

2016 - Genetic epidemiology of migraine and depression, Yuanhao Yang, Lannie Ligthart, Gisela M Terwindt, Dorret I Boomsma, Dale R Nyholt , Rodriguez-Acevedo AJ, Cephalalgia. 2016 May. Quartile ranking in Neurology (clinical): Q1.

2016 Blood Gene Expression Studies in Migraine: Potential and Caveats., Zachary Gerring, Rodriguez-Acevedo AJ, Joseph E Powell, Lyn R Griffiths, Grant W Montgomery and Dale R Nyholt, Cephalalgia. 2016 Feb. Quartile ranking in Neurology(clinic) : Q1.

2015 Common Polygenic Variation Contributes to Risk of Migraine in the NorfolkIsland Population, Rodriguez-Acevedo AJ, Ferreira MA, Miles C Benton, Melanie A. Carless, Harald H. Goring, Joanne E. Curran, John Blangero, Lea RA, Griffiths LR, Human Genetics, 2015 Jul; 134(10):1079-87. Quartile ranking in Genetics: Q1.

2015 Case-control study of ADARB1 and ADARB2 gene variants in migraine., Claudia F Gasparini, Bridget H. Maher, Rodriguez-Acevedo AJ, Elhame Khlifi, Heidi G Sutherland, Larisa M Haupt, Lyn R Griffiths, The Journal of Headache and Pain 16:31. Quartile ranking in Medicine: Q1.

2014 Genetic association and gene expression studies suggest that genetic variants in the SYNE1 and TNF genes are related to menstrual migraine, Rodriguez-Acevedo AJ, RA Smith, B Roy, HG Sutherland, RA Lea, A Frith and A MacGregor, L Griffiths, The Journal of headache and pain, 2014 Jul; 15(1):15-62; doi: 10.1186/1129-2377-15-62. Quartile ranking in Medicine: Q1.

2014 Investigation of Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factor (BDNF) Gene Variants in Migraine., Sutherland HG, Maher BH, Rodriguez-Acevedo AJ, Haupt LM, Griffiths LR, Headache. 54(7):1184-93. Quartile ranking in Neurology: Q2.

2014 Variation H452Y in HTR2A Gene Affects Immediate Visual Memory, Nesli Avgan, Heidi G. Sutherland, Lauren K. Spriggens, Rodriguez-Acevedo AJ, David H. K. Shum, Haupt LM, Griffiths LR, J Genet Genome Res, 1:2.Quartile ranking in Neurology: Q2.

2013 Association of Estrogen Receptor Gene (ESR1) polymorphisms with migraine in the large Norfolk Island pedigree, Rodriguez-Acevedo AJ, Maher BH, Lea RA, Benton M, Griffiths LR, Cephalalgia. 33(14):1139-47. Quartile ranking in Neurology (clinical): Q1.

2013 Genetic variation in cytokine-related genes and migraine susceptibility., Stuart S, Maher BH, Sutherland H, Benton M, Rodriguez-Acevedo AJ, Lea RA, Haupt LM, Griffiths LR, Human Genetics16(6):1079-86. Quartile ranking in Genetics: Q1.

2012 Isonimy analysis in a sample of parents of cystic fibrosis patients from Antioquia, Colombia, Rodriguez-Acevedo AJ, Morales O, Durango H, Pineda-Trujillo N, Biomédica. 31:139-44.

2010 Possible implication of RNASEH1 gene in the etiology of Type 1 Diabetes, Rodriguez-Acevedo AJ, Javier Gutiérrez, Vital Balthazar, Federico Uribe, Gabriel Bedoya, Juan Manuel Alfaro y Nicolás Pineda-Trujillo , Biosalud 8:143-152.


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