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Jeff Beckett

Jeff Beckett

Lecturer in Biomedical Science

Room C112, Building C, Newnham Campus

+61 3 6324 5479 (phone)

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jbeckett@utas.edu.au

Jeff Beckett is a Lecturer in Biomedical Science at the School of Health Science, in the Faculty of Health. He has teaches primarily in the Bachelor of Biomedical Science program but also in foundation units of the School's Exercise Science, Health Science and Nursing degrees. His primary research interest is in the area of human nutrition.

Publications

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Career summary

Qualifications

  • PhD, University of Tasmania, Australia, 2010. Thesis:  Selenium, zinc and copper status in Tasmania: dietary, lifestyle and some genetic associations
  • BBiomedSc (Hons 1st Class), University of Tasmania, Australia. 2005. Thesis: Selenium status of adults of Northern Tasmania
  • BBiomedSc, University of Tasmania, Australia. 2004

Biography

Prior to commencing in his current position, Jeff completed his PhD at the School of Human Life Sciences, University of Tasmania before taking up a position as a Research Fellow within the School. Here he continued research into the trace element status of the Tasmanian population that was the focus of his PhD. He has also collaborated on research projects investigating the nutritional status in older Tasmanians, the bioactivity of native plants and the postprandial effects of food on cardiovascular risk factors, were he has developed clinical research skills to complement his laboratory science background. He has authored peer-reviewed publications in international nutrition journals and regularly presents his research at National Scientific meetings of the Nutrition Society of Australia.

Research Themes

Jeff's research aligns with the University's research theme of Better Health. Although varied, his work broadly seeks to understand issues in the area of nutrition and cardiovascular health that affect the health of the Tasmanian population, but which are also applicable to other populations. His early work explored the essential trace elements, where Tasmania has a history of insufficiency in iodine, focusing on selenium and zinc which have important roles to play in chronic conditions such as cardiovascular disease and cancer. As Tasmania's population ages, the issue of the health of its older residents will grow in importance and Jeff's research has extended to explore selenium, vitamin D and Omega-3 fatty acid nutrition in this segment of the population.

He has collaborated as part of a University of Tasmania research team with the Defence Science and Technology Organisation, investigating the bioactivity of the native Tasmanian Pepper Berry, a particularly rich source of antioxidants. He continues to collaborate with School of Health Science researchers on clinical trials investigating the effects of food and specific food components on post-prandial peripheral and central blood pressure, platelet aggregation, glucose, insulin and other measures. Within this cardiovascular focus, Jeff has conducted research into the effect of sodium and non-sodium salt alternatives on post-prandial blood pressure, and more recently has begun investigating the brand specific differences in sodium content in various food products on the market.

Memberships

Professional practice

  • Member of Nutrition Society of Australia (NSA)

Committee associations

  • NSA Tasmanian Branch Committee Member

Administrative expertise

Jeff has experience in coordinating clinical trials involving up to 50 participants as well as larger observational studies with cohorts of up to 500 participants.

Teaching

Clinical Chemistry, Haematology, Cell Biology, Bioscience, Immunology, Laboratory Science.

Teaching expertise

Jeff has taught primarily in the Bachelor of Biomedical Science but contributes to other School of Health Science degree programs. Units he has lectured or tutored in include Clinical Chemistry 1 & 2, Haematology 1, Cell Biology, Immunology, Anatomy and Physiology, Medical Laboratory Practice and Fundamentals of Bioscience.

Teaching responsibility

Unit Coordinator:

Teaching:

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Expertise

-          Conducting clinical trials testing the effect of nutritional interventions on cardiovascular function, platelet function and other measures

-          Population-based nutritional epidemiological studies

-          Medical laboratory based research

Collaboration

Jeff has previously collaborated with the Defence Science and Technology Organisation on the bioactivity of native plant extracts. He continues to collaborate on various studies as part of the nutrition research group at the School of Health Science, University of Tasmania, which includes Dr Kiran Ahuja, Prof Madeleine Ball, Ms Jane Pittaway and Ms Sandra Murray.

Current projects

Current studies being conducted include clinical trials comparing the effects of chilli and aspirin on blood pressure and platelet aggregation; the effect of chilli ingestion on glycaemic response; and a comparison of the effects of sodium salt and potassium salt on blood pressure. Also being undertaken is an investigation of the sodium content of equivalent food items in generic and major label brands.

Research Fields

  • Nutrition and Dietetics (111199)
  • Preventive Medicine (111716)
  • Respiratory Diseases (110203)
  • Dietetics and Nutrigenomics (111102)
  • Higher Education (130103)
  • Medical and Health Sciences (119999)
  • Nutritional Physiology (111103)
  • Analytical Biochemistry (060101)
  • Curriculum and Pedagogy Theory and Development (130202)
  • Medical Biochemistry: Inorganic Elements and Compounds (110103)
  • Biologically Active Molecules (030401)

Research Impact

  • Nutrition (920411)
  • Assessment and Evaluation of Curriculum (930301)
  • Diabetes (920104)
  • Cardiovascular System and Diseases (920103)
  • Respiratory System and Diseases (incl. Asthma) (920115)
  • Health (929999)
  • Personnel (810109)
  • Nutraceuticals and Functional foods (860105)

Publications

Publications in refereed journals to date focus on investigations of nutritional status, and particularly the trace mineral status, of the Tasmanian population. Tasmania has long been considered at risk of insufficiencies in various minerals and Jeff's papers on selenium and zinc in Tasmanian populations are the first to attempt to investigate the issues through larger population studies in Tasmania and contribute significantly to the scarce information from this area in the Australian population in general.

Total publications

24

Highlighted publications

(1 outputs)
YearTypeCitationAltmetrics
2011Journal ArticleBeckett JM, Ball MJ, 'Marginal selenium status in northern Tasmania', The British Journal of Nutrition: An International Journal of Nutritional Science, 106, (5) pp. 718-724. ISSN 0007-1145 (2011) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1017/S0007114511000687 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 5Web of Science - 5

Co-authors: Ball MJ

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Journal Article

(8 outputs)
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2016Booth S, Beckett J, Saunders C, 'Peer Review of Assessment Network: supporting comparability of standards', Quality Assurance in Education, 24, (2) pp. 1-18. ISSN 0968-4883 (2016) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1108/QAE-01-2015-0003 [eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Booth S; Saunders C

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2015Beckett JM, Ball MJ, 'Zinc status of northern Tasmanian adults', Journal of Nutritional Science, 4 Article e15. ISSN 2048-6790 (2015) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1017/jns.2015.12 [eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Ball MJ

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2015Pittaway JK, Chuang LT, Ahuja KDK, Beckett JM, Glew RH, et al., 'Omega-3 dietary fatty acid status of healthy older adults in Tasmania, Australia: An observational study', Journal of Nutrition, Health and Aging, 19, (5) pp. 505-510. ISSN 1279-7707 (2015) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1007/s12603-015-0459-2 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 1Web of Science - 1

Co-authors: Pittaway JK; Ahuja KDK; Ball MJ

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2013Beckett JM, Ball MJ, 'Effect of hereditary haemochromatosis genotypes and iron overload on other trace elements', European Journal of Nutrition, 52, (1) pp. 255-261. ISSN 1436-6207 (2013) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1007/s00394-012-0319-3 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 1Web of Science - 1

Co-authors: Ball MJ

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2013Beckett JM, Ball MJ, 'Selenium status in a 12 month longitudinal study of older Tasmanian adults', Journal of Aging Research and Clinical Practice, 2, (4) pp. 363-368. ISSN 2258-8094 (2013) [Refereed Article]

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Co-authors: Ball MJ

2013Pittaway JK, Ahuja KDK, Beckett JM, Bird ML, Robertson IK, et al., 'Make vitamin D while the sun shines, take supplements when it doesn't: a longitudinal, observational study of older adults in Tasmania, Australia', PLoS One, 8, (3) Article e59063. ISSN 1932-6203 (2013) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0059063 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 10Web of Science - 5

Co-authors: Pittaway JK; Ahuja KDK; Bird ML; Robertson IK; Ball MJ

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2011Beckett JM, Ball MJ, 'Marginal selenium status in northern Tasmania', The British Journal of Nutrition: An International Journal of Nutritional Science, 106, (5) pp. 718-724. ISSN 0007-1145 (2011) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1017/S0007114511000687 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 5Web of Science - 5

Co-authors: Ball MJ

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2009Beckett JM, Hartley TF, Ball MJ, 'Evaluation of the Randox colorimetric serum copper and zinc assays against atomic absorption spectroscopy', Annals of Clinical Biochemistry, 46, (4) pp. 322-326. ISSN 0004-5632 (2009) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1258/acb.2009.008253 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 6Web of Science - 3

Co-authors: Hartley TF; Ball MJ

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Conference Publication

(14 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2015Beckett JM, Murray SL, Ball MJ, Ahuja KDK, 'Generic label versus popular branded products: how does the sodium stack-up?', Proceedings of the Nutrition Society of Australia 2015, 1-4 December, 2015, Wellington, New Zealand, pp. 97. ISSN 0314-1004 (2015) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Murray SL; Ball MJ; Ahuja KDK

2014Pittaway J, Ahuja KDK, Beckett JM, Bird ML, Robertson I, et al., 'Long-term follow-up of determinants of seasonal variation in vitamin D status in older adults', Thirty-Eighth Annual Scientific Meeting of The Nutrition Society of Australia, 26 - 28 November, 2014, Hobart, Tasmania (2014) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Pittaway J; Ahuja KDK; Bird ML; Robertson I; Ball M

2014Beckett JM, Ahuja KDK, Booth C, Ovenden S, Ball MJ, 'In vitro anti-platelet and antioxidant effect of Tasmania Lanceolata (native pepperberry)', Thirty-Eighth Annual Scientific Meeting of The Nutrition Society of Australia, 26-28 November, 2014, Hobart, Tasmania (2014) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Ahuja KDK; Ball MJ

2013Ahuja KDK, Beckett JM, King SG, Ball MJ, 'Chilli intake has beneficial effect on postprandial glucose in people with type-2 diabetes', Proceedings of the Nutrition Society of Australia, 4 Dec - 6 Dec, Brisbane, Australia ISSN 1836-1935 (2013) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Ahuja KDK; King SG; Ball MJ

2013Pittaway JK, Ahuja KDK, Beckett JM, Ball MJ, 'DHA and EPA in older Tasmanian adults: plasma profile and dietary contributors', Proceedings of the Nutrition Society of Australia, 4 Dec - 6 Dec, Brisbane, Australia ISSN 1836-1935 (2013) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Pittaway JK; Ahuja KDK; Ball MJ

2012Ahuja KDK, Beckett JM, Robertson IK, Ball MJ, 'Sodium versus potassium: effects on postprandial blood pressure and measures of blood vessel function', Proceedings of the Nutrition Society of Australia, 27 Nov - 30 Nov, Wollongong, Australia, pp. 661. ISSN 1836-1935 (2012) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Ahuja KDK; Robertson IK; Ball MJ

2012Beckett JM, Ball MJ, 'A 12 month longitudinal study of selenium status in older Tasmanian adults', Proceedings of the Nutrition Society of Australia, 27 Nov - 30 Nov 2012, Wollongong, Australia, pp. 712. ISSN 1836-1935 (2012) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Ball MJ

2012Pittaway JK, Ahuja KDK, Beckett JM, Bird ML, Robertson IK, et al., 'Make vitamin D while the sun shines, take supplements when it doesn't', Proceedings of the Nutrition Society of Australia, 27-30 November 2012, Wollongong, Australia, pp. 654. ISSN 1836-1935 (2012) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Pittaway JK; Ahuja KDK; Bird ML; Robertson IK; Ball MJ

2011Beckett JM, Ball MJ, 'Copper Intakes and Food Sources in Northern Tasmanians', Proceedings of the Nutrition Society of Australia, 28 Nov - 2 Dec 2011, Queenstown, New Zealand, pp. 77. ISSN 0314-1004 (2011) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Ball MJ

2011Beckett JM, Ball MJ, 'Increased Risk of Mild Zinc Deficiency in Older Male Tasmanians', Proceedings of the Nutrition Society of Australia, 28 Nov - 2 Dec 2011, Queenstown, New Zealand, pp. 77. ISSN 0314-1004 (2011) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Ball MJ

2011Beckett JM, Robertson IK, Ball MJ, 'Marginal Serum Selenium Status in Tasmania', Proceedings of the Nutrition Society of Australia, 28 Nov - 2 Dec 2011, Queenstown, New Zealand, pp. 7. ISSN 0314-1004 (2011) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Robertson IK; Ball MJ

2007Beckett JM, Ball MJ, Robertson IK, 'Evidence for marginal selenium deficiency in Tasmania?', Proceedings of the Nutrition Society of Australia, 2007, Australia, pp. S51. ISSN 0964-7058 (2007) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Ball MJ; Robertson IK

2007Beckett JM, Ball MJ, Robertson IK, 'Dietary copper and zinc intake estimates of a cohort of Northern Tasmanian adults', Proceedings of the Nutrition Society of Australia, 2007, Australia, pp. S94. ISSN 0964-7058 (2007) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Ball MJ; Robertson IK

2006Beckett JM, Robertson IK, Ball MJ, 'Selenium intake of Northern Tasmanian Adults', Proceedings of the Nutrition Society of Australia (2006) , 29th November to 2nd December 2006, Sydney Australia, pp. S76. ISSN 0964-7058 (2006) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Robertson IK; Ball MJ

Thesis

(1 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2011Beckett JM, 'Selenium, zinc and copper status in Tasmania: dietary, lifestyle and some genetic associations' (2011) [PhD]

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Other Public Output

(1 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2015Booth S, Beckett J, Saunders C, Freeman M, Alexander H, et al., 'Peer Review of Assessment Network: A sector-wide framework for assuring and calibrating achievement standards within and across disciplines and other networks', Office for Learning and Teaching, Australia, pp. 1-75. (2015) [Government or Industry Research]

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Co-authors: Booth S; Saunders C