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Melanie Blackhall

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Melanie Blackhall

Lecturer in Human Physiology

Room 242-04 (Level 2), Medical Sciences 2, Hobart CBD Campuses

+61 3 6226 7638 (phone)

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Melanie.Blackhall@utas.edu.au

Ms Blackhall is a researcher and lecturer in Physiology and Nutrition. As a qualified nutritionist, Melanie is engaged in research to expand our knowledge of nutrition in human health and disease prevention. In addition she is working on increasing our understanding of allergy and anaphylaxis in the community.

Career summary

Qualifications

  • MPhil, University of Queensland, Australia, 2005. Thesis: Antioxidant supplementation in renal transplant recipients
  • BHM, University of Tasmania, Australia. 1998

Biography

Ms Blackhall graduated with a Research Masters degree from University of Queensland in 2005 - following an undergraduate degree in Sport and Exercise Science from the University of Tasmania in 1998. Her Masters research was in the use of antioxidant supplementation in oxidative stress.

Ms Blackhall is currently practicing as a Registered Nutritionist and came to the University of Tasmania in 2008 is a lecturer in Physiology and Nutrition. She coordinates CHP330 Applied Physiology - a third year unit which focuses on the integrative nature of physiology and whole body systems.

Research Themes

Melanie's research is well aligned with the University's key theme of Better Health. Her primary research is in the area of bioactive food and nutrition. The primary aim is to understand the impact of bioactive food components, specifically anthocyanins and the impact these compounds have on health and human disease.  Melanie is particularly interested in inflammation and how functional foods may impact this. This research is currently being undertaken in partnership with industry.

Melanie's work as part of the allergy and anaphylaxis research group (AARG) aims to build a greater understanding of the presentation of anaphylaxis in the community.  How anaphylaxis is managed following diagnosis, how members of the community affected by anaphylaxis are supported, as well as patient and community education, are particular focuses. The overarching aim of the group is to improve current practice by aiding the development of evidence-based clinical practice guidelines for health professionals and members of the wider community responding to anaphylaxis and severe allergy.

Memberships

Professional practice

  • Nutrition Society of Australia (NSA) (Co-chair of Tasmanian Chapter and national committee member) – is a group of qualified, practising scientists and educators from diverse disciplines who are brought together by a common interest in the research and application of nutrition.   Our focus is mutual scientific support of members and the science of nutrition. Our aim is to be at the hub of Australian nutrition related sciences and industries.
  • Eat Well Tasmania Inc (President of the Board) – Eatwell Tasmania is a community organisation that provides support and assistance for activities or projects that promote enjoyable healthy eating.EWTi aims to improve the nutritional wellbeing of all Tasmanians and contribute to the reduction of diet-related health problems, such as cardio-vascular disease, diabetes, obesity and some cancers, by maximising the impact of nutrition promotion.  'Enjoy healthy eating, support local produce'.

Teaching

Nutrition, Physiology, Functional Foods.

Teaching responsibility

Units Coordinated
Units Taught 

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Expertise

  •  Functional foods and bioactive food compounds
  •  Nutrition 
  • Exercise Physiology 
  • Allergy/ Anaphylaxis

Collaboration

  • Reid Fruits
  • Essential Oils of Tasmania

Current projects

  • Allergy & Anaphylaxis 
  • Nutrition in Human Health

Fields of Research

  • Nutritional Physiology (111103)
  • Allergy (110701)
  • Nephrology and Urology (110312)
  • Biologically Active Molecules (030401)
  • Clinical and Sports Nutrition (111101)
  • Emergency Medicine (110305)
  • Public Nutrition Intervention (111104)
  • Respiratory Diseases (110203)
  • Gastroenterology and Hepatology (110307)
  • Preventive Medicine (111716)

Research Objectives

  • Nutrition (920411)
  • Immune System and Allergy (920108)
  • Cardiovascular System and Diseases (920103)
  • Clinical Health (Organs, Diseases and Abnormal Conditions) (920199)
  • Health (929999)
  • Pome Fruit, Pip Fruit (820210)
  • Respiratory System and Diseases (incl. Asthma) (920115)
  • Urogenital System and Disorders (920119)
  • Digestive System Disorders (920105)
  • Preventive Medicine (920412)

Publications

 Melanie is currently a reviewer for Australasian Journal of Paramedicine.

Total publications

34

Journal Article

(3 outputs)
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2016Edwards D, Blackhall M, Berry R, 'Community presentations of anaphylaxis in Tasmania: Who is administering the adrenaline?', Australasian Journal of Paramedicine, 13, (1) pp. 1-7. ISSN 2202-7270 (2016) [Refereed Article]

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Co-authors: Edwards D; Berry R

2015Blackhall ML, Edwards D, 'Incidence and patient demographics of pre-hospital anaphylaxis in Tasmania, Australia', Australasian Journal of Paramedicine, 12, (3) Article 1. ISSN 2202-7270 (2015) [Refereed Article]

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Co-authors: Edwards D

2005Blackhall ML, Fassett RG, Sharman JE, Geraghty DP, Coombes JS, 'Effects of antioxidant supplementation on blood cyclosporine A and glomerular filtration rate in renal transplant recipients', Nephrology, Dialysis and Transplantation, 20, (9) pp. 1970-1975. ISSN 0931-0509 (2005) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1093/ndt/gfh875 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 21Web of Science - 21

Co-authors: Fassett RG; Sharman JE; Geraghty DP; Coombes JS

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Review

(1 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2004Blackhall ML, Coombes J, Fassett RG, 'The relationship between antioxidant supplements and oxidative stress in renal transplant recipients; a review', ASAIO Journal, 50, (5) pp. 451-457. ISSN 1058-2916 (2004) [Substantial Review]

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Co-authors: Coombes J; Fassett RG

Conference Publication

(6 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2016Blackhall ML, Berry R, Walls JT, 'The impact of storage conditions and growing season on the anthocyanin content of sweet cherry varieties', Nutrition Society of Australia Annual Scientific Meeting, 29 November - 2 December, 2016, Melbourne, Australia (2016) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Berry R; Walls JT

2015Blackhall ML, Berry R, Walls JT, 'Ripe for the picking: anthocyanin content of waste fruit versus first grade fruit in Australian sweet cherries', 39th Annual Scientific Meeting of the Nutrition Society of Australia in conjunction with the Nutrition Society of New Zealand, 1-4 December, 2015, Wellington, New Zealand (2015) [Conference Extract]

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2015Blackhall ML, Berry R, Walls JT, ''Physiological' temperature found to be prime for extracting sweet cherry anthocyanins', 39th Annual Scientific Meeting of the Nutrition Society of Australia in conjunction with the Nutrition Society of New Zealand, 1-4 December, 2015, Wellington, New Zealand (2015) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Berry R; Walls JT

2015Edwards DG, Blackhall ML, Berry R, 'Anaphylaxis and Allergy Research (AARG)', Paramedics Australasia, Tasmania Chapter, State Conference, 21 November, 2015, Hobart, Tasmania (2015) [Plenary Presentation]

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Co-authors: Edwards DG; Berry R

2013Blackhall ML, 'Clinical Trials in Tasmania: Health Benefits of Anthocyanins', 2013 FGT Annual May Conference, 23 - 25 May 2013, Hobart, Tasmania (2013) [Plenary Presentation]

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2012Blackhall ML, Parker K, Sainter D, Fisher P, Walls JT, 'Patient demographics, disease severity and compliance of individuals seeking advice from the Asthma Foundation of Tasmania', Respirology 17 (Suppl 1), 30 Mar - 4 Apr, Canberra, pp. 9 (AP-14). ISSN 1323-7799 (2012) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Parker K; Walls JT

Contract Report, Consultant's Report

(1 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2015Blackhall ML, 'A contribution to Melanie Blackhall's PhD 'The physiological benefits of anthocyanins (flavonoids) as a functional food', Fruit Growers Tasmania (2015) [Contract Report]

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Thesis

(1 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2005Blackhall ML, 'Effects of Antioxidant Supplementation in Renal transplant Recipients' (2005) [Masters Research]

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Other Public Output

(22 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2017Blackhall ML, 'How to get more vegetables on your plate - interview with Paul MacIntyre', ABC Radio 936 Hobart (2017) [Media Interview]

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2016Blackhall ML, 'Research bid to save lives', The Examiner, Australia, Feb 24, 2016 (2016) [Media Interview]

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2016Blackhall ML, 'Cherry treatment value to be tested', The Australian, 6 April, 2016 (2016) [Media Interview]

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2016Blackhall ML, 'Can cherries help alleviate obesity related inflammation?', ABC News Online, 6 April, 2016 (2016) [Media Interview]

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2016Blackhall ML, 'Hobart research funding epi pens', Soundcloud (2016) [Media Interview]

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2015Blackhall ML, 'Get ready to take the Veg Pledge as part of Eat Well Tasmania's latest campaign', The Mercury, The Mercury, Tasmania, Australia, February 18, 2015 (2015) [Media Interview]

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2015Blackhall ML, 'The University od Tasmania is kicking off a crowd sourcing campaign for a study into EpiPens', WIN Hobart, WIN News (2015) [Media Interview]

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2012Blackhall ML, 'Can energy drinks for kids: experts', The Examiner (2012) [Newspaper Article]

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2012Blackhall ML, 'Sports nutrition part 2: Foundation nutrition and fuelling', Active Education, pp. 39-40. (2012) [Magazine Article]

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2012Blackhall ML, 'How to give yourself a health check', Australian Business Solutions, p. 93. (2012) [Magazine Article]

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2011Blackhall ML, 'Sports nutrition Part 1: Foundation and fuelling', Active Education, pp. 51-52. (2011) [Magazine Article]

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2011Blackhall ML, 'The benefits of breakfast', Active Education, pp. 49-50. (2011) [Magazine Article]

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2011Blackhall ML, 'Teaching children why junk food is junk', Active Education, pp. 37-38. (2011) [Magazine Article]

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2011Blackhall ML, 'What you need to know about coffee', Australian Business Solutions (2011) [Magazine Article]

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2011Blackhall ML, 'Food from nine to five: healthy ideas from breakfast and lunch in the office', Australian Business Solutions, p. 102. (2011) [Magazine Article]

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2011Blackhall ML, 'Boost your wellness: motivation tips to get you started', Australian Business Solutions, p. 98. (2011) [Magazine Article]

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2011Blackhall ML, 'The truth about superfoods', Australian Business Solutions, p. 96. (2011) [Magazine Article]

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2011Blackhall ML, 'Food on the go: the lesser of two evils', Australian Business Solutions, p. 100. (2011) [Magazine Article]

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2011Blackhall ML, 'Large lunch versus large dinner: the science behind the debate', Australian Business Solutions, p. 91. (2011) [Magazine Article]

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2010Blackhall ML, 'A healthy diet - getting back to basics', Active Education, pp. 53-54. (2010) [Magazine Article]

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2010Blackhall ML, 'Cooking with kids', Active Education, pp. 47-48. (2010) [Magazine Article]

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2009Blackhall ML, 'Energy Drinks', Stateline, ABC TV (2009) [Media Interview]

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Grants & Funding

Funding Summary

Number of grants

4

Total funding

$232,472

Projects

Impact of cherry anthocyanins on gout and inflammation (2017 - 2018)$55,955
Description
This project funds are to assess attenuation of inflammation and disease symptoms through two different models. One is to identify the impact of sweet cherry anthocyanins on markers of gout. The second is to investigate the effect of sweet cherry anthocyanins on acute, exercise-induced inflammation in humans.
Funding
Reid Fruits ($55,955)
Scheme
Contract Research
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Blackhall ML; Walls JT; Berry R; Ahuja KDK
Period
2017 - 2018
Bioactive Food and Nutrition Research PHASE 2 (mouse trial and cycling trial) (2016 - 2017)$98,296
Description
Utilising the optimised cherry extract from Phase 1 of the project, an animal model (mice) will be used to investigate the impact on inflammatory markers through a standard 28-day supplementation protocol. Blood samples will be obtained and prepared to enable serum analysis of inflammatory markers utilising Luminex xMap technology. The supplementation protocol will entail animals fed in two stages: - Firstly, the animals will be fed cherry extract (to determine impact as a preventative treatment); - Secondly, the animals will be fed cherry extract once inflammation already exists (to determine effect as reversal treatment)
Funding
Department of Industry, Innovation and Science ($49,148); Essential Oils of Tasmania ($49,148)
Scheme
Contract Research
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Blackhall ML; Berry R; Walls JT
Period
2016 - 2017
The bioactivity of Reid Fruits cherries and their potential as functional foods (2015)$70,721
Description
This project will test Reid Fruits cherries to characterize the bioactive food compounds, specifically anthocyanins, and determine the impact these may have on health. The project will also involve the development of novel protocols for optimising nutrient extraction.
Funding
Department of Industry and Science ($32,076); Essential Oils of Tasmania ($38,645)
Scheme
Contract Research
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Blackhall ML; Walls JT
Year
2015
The physiological benefits of anthocyanins as a functional food (2013)$7,500
Description
The overall aim of this project is to investigate the impact and to contribute to the evidence base for anthocyanins as a functional food.
Funding
Fruit Growers Tasmania Inc ($7,500)
Scheme
Contract Research
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Walls JT; Geraghty DP; Keske MAV; Blackhall ML
Year
2013