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Dianne HarkerClinical Research Nurse/Study Coordinator

MA Nursing (Victoria), DipSocSci Nursing (Massey), RN (Gynaecology Research Nurse)


Dianne joined the department in July 2001.

She works with Associate Professor Peter Sykes and coordinates the gynaecology research projects.

Her interest in women's health research is focused on gynaecological oncology.

Dianne completed an MA (Nursing) titled "Nurses as patients: The stories of two women nurse educators as recipients of nursing care" which was based in the women's health field.

Dianne has an interest in and provides professional supervision for health professionals in private practice.

Research studies

  • PRINCess - The Prediction of regression in CIN2 - A prospective multicentre trial of conservative management of CIN2 in women under the age of 25.
  • A prospective audit of sentinel node biopsy for Vulval Carcinoma in Australia and New Zealand
  • PARAGON- Phase II study of aromatase inhibitors in women with potentially hormone responsive recurrent/metastatic gynaecological neoplasms: ANZGOG 0903
  • LACE - Laparoscopic Approach to Cancer of the Endometrium: An International Multicenter Randomised Phase 3 Clinical Trial
  • Cancer Society Tissue Bank
  • EXCISE – EXcisional treatment Comparison for In Situ Endocervical adenocarcinoma
  • IPOCC - A Randomized Trial of Intravenous Paclitaxel plus IV Carboplatin versus IV Paclitaxel plus IP Carboplatin in women with Epithelial Ovarian, Fallopian Tube or Primary Peritoneal Cancer
  • AOCS - Genomic mechanisms underlying long‐term response to treatment in serous ovarian cancer.
  • FEMME - A Phase II Randomised Clinical Trial of Mirena® ± Metformin ± Weight Loss Intervention in Patients with Early Stage Cancer of the Endometrium
  • CART-WHEEL - the Center for Analysis of Rare Tumors database
  • CINƎMA - A prospective multicentre trial of observational management of CIN3 in women under the age of 25


Taghavi, K., Lamb, J., MacNab, H., Innes, C., Peddie, D., Harker, D., Williman, J., Sykes, P., & Simcock, B. (2022). Patient choice may improve adherence to follow-up in cervical screening: A randomised-control trial. New Zealand Medical Journal, 135(1550), 134-144. Retrieved from

Sykes, P. H., Simcock, B. J., Innes, C. R., Harker, D., Williman, J. A., Whitehead, M., van der Griend, R. A., … Hibma, M., … Petrich, S., … Sadler, L. (2022). Predicting regression of cervical intraepithelial neoplasia grade 2 in women under 25 years. American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology, 226, 222.e1-222.e13. doi: 10.1016/j.ajog.2021.09.009

Goyani, A. D., Innes, C. R., Simcock, B. J., Harker, D., Dudley, N. M., Eva, L., Bergzoll, C., MacNab, H., & Sykes, P. H. (2020). Trends in the diagnosis of high-grade cervical abnormalities in young women in the post-vaccination era. New Zealand Medical Journal, 133(1524), 50-63. Retrieved from

Cohen, P. A., Leung, Y., Anderson, L., van der Griend, R., Chivers, P., Bilic, S., … Harker, D., … Simcock, B., … Sykes, P., … Wrede, C. D. H. (2020). Excisional treatment comparison for in situ endocervical adenocarcinoma (EXCISE): A phase 2 pilot randomized controlled trial to compare histopathological margin status, specimen size and fragmentation after loop electrosurgical excision procedure and cold knife cone biopsy. Gynecologic Oncology, 159, 623-629. doi: 10.1016/j.ygyno.2020.09.053

Chitcholtan, K., Harker, D., Simcock, B., & Sykes, P. (2020). Sensitivity of EGFR/HER-2 positive cells isolated from ascitic fluid of advanced ovarian cancer patients to EGFR/HER-2 inhibitors. Applied Sciences, 10(7), 2343. doi: 10.3390/app10072343

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