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Jeff Beckett

Lecturer in Biomedical Science

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Jeff is a Lecturer in Biomedical Science at the School of Health Science, in the College of Health and Medicine. He teaches in the Bachelor of Laboratory Medicine and the Bachelor of Health Sciences degree programs. His primary research interest is in the area of human nutrition.

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 collaborates on clinical and laboratory based research projects in nutrition and more recently, respiratory disease and infant body composition.

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

Memberships

Professional practice

  • Nutrition Society of Australia (NSA) - Tasmanian Branch Secretary

Committee associations

  • NSA Tasmanian Branch Committee Member

Teaching

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

Teaching expertise

Jeff has 10 years of university teaching experience and teaches across a broad range of subjects including cell biology, biochemistry, immunology, anatomy and physiology, clinical chemistry and haematology to diverse student audiences from medical laboratory science, health science and nursing degree programs.

Teaching responsibility

Unit coordinator:

Teaching:

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Expertise

  • Conducting clinical trials and population-based studies
  • Nutritional interventions in cardiovascular disease and diabetes
  • Medical laboratory based research

Research Themes

Jeff's research aligns with the University's research theme of Better Health. His research interests include understanding issues in the area of nutrition and chronic disease (including cardiovascular and respiratory disease, diabetes and obesity) that affect the overall health of the Tasmanian population, but which are also pertinent in other populations.

Collaboration

Jeff has previously collaborated with the Defence Science and Technology Organisation. He currently collaborates on:

  • Asthma-chronic obstructive pulmonary disease with Dr Kiran Ahuja, Dr Sukhwinder Sohal, Dr Mai Frandsen, Dr George Mabeza and Associate Prof. Heinrich Weber.
  • Infant body composition with Dr Kiran Ahuja, Prof. Andrew Hills and Prof. Nuala Byrne.
  • various projects 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

  • Prevalence of asthma-chronic obstructive pulmonary disease overlap syndrome (ACOS) in the north west Tasmanian population: understanding and translation to early therapy
  • Developing better information globally on young children’s body composition
  • Tasmanian Pepperberry bioactivity study
  • Web-based nutrition advice for Multiple Sclerosis

Fields of Research

  • Nutrition and dietetics (321099)
  • Preventative health care (420605)
  • Infant and child health (321302)
  • Respiratory diseases (320103)
  • Nutritional science (321004)
  • Cell metabolism (310103)
  • Signal transduction (310111)
  • Higher education (390303)
  • Medical biochemistry - inorganic elements and compounds (320503)
  • Curriculum and pedagogy theory and development (390102)
  • Health services and systems (420399)
  • Analytical biochemistry (310101)
  • Nutrigenomics and personalised nutrition (321003)
  • Other biomedical and clinical sciences (329999)
  • Biologically active molecules (340401)
  • Chemotherapy (321105)
  • Other psychology (529999)
  • Solid tumours (321111)

Research Objectives

  • Nutrition (200410)
  • Clinical health (200199)
  • Neonatal and child health (200506)
  • Overweight and obesity (200411)
  • Assessment, development and evaluation of curriculum (160301)
  • Treatment of human diseases and conditions (200105)
  • Public health (excl. specific population health) (200499)
  • Prevention of human diseases and conditions (200104)
  • Women's and maternal health (200509)
  • Other health (209999)
  • Behaviour and health (200401)
  • Personnel (140110)
  • Preventive medicine (200412)
  • Nutraceuticals and functional foods (241308)

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

35

Highlighted publications

(2 outputs)
YearTypeCitationAltmetrics
2013Journal ArticlePittaway 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 - 26Web of Science - 20

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

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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 - 7Web of Science - 6

Co-authors: Ball MJ

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Journal Article

(18 outputs)
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2021Herath M, Beckett J, Hills AP, Byrne NM, Ahuja KDK, 'Gestational diabetes mellitus and infant adiposity at birth: A systematic review and meta-analysis of therapeutic interventions', Journal of Clinical Medicine, 10, (4) pp. 1-26. ISSN 2077-0383 (2021) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.3390/jcm10040835 [eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Herath M; Hills AP; Byrne NM; Ahuja KDK

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2021Herath MP, Ahuja KDK, Beckett JM, Jayasinghe S, Byrne NM, et al., 'Determinants of infant adiposity across the first 6 months of life: Evidence from the Baby-bod study', Journal of Clinical Medicine, 10, (8) pp. 1-14. ISSN 2077-0383 (2021) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.3390/jcm10081770 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Web of Science - 1

Co-authors: Herath MP; Ahuja KDK; Jayasinghe S; Byrne NM; Hills AP

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2021Herath MP, Beckett JM, Hills AP, Byrne NM, Ahuja KDK, 'Gestational diabetes mellitus and infant adiposity at birth: a systematic review and meta-analysis of therapeutic interventions', Journal of Clinical Medicine, 10, (4) Article 835. ISSN 2077-0383 (2021) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.3390/jcm10040835 [eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Herath MP; Hills AP; Byrne NM; Ahuja KDK

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2021Jayasinghe S, Herath MP, Beckett JM, Ahuja KDK, Byrne NM, et al., 'Exclusivity of breastfeeding and body composition: learnings from the Baby-bod study', International Breastfeeding Journal, 16, (1) pp. 1-10. ISSN 1746-4358 (2021) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1186/s13006-021-00389-x [eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Jayasinghe S; Herath MP; Ahuja KDK; Byrne NM; Hills AP

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2021Jayasinghe S, Herath MP, Beckett JM, Ahuja KDK, Byrne NM, et al., 'WHO child growth standards in context: The Baby-bod Project - observational study in Tasmania', BMJ Paediatrics Open, 5, (1) pp. 1-7. ISSN 2399-9772 (2021) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1136/bmjpo-2021-001123 [eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Jayasinghe S; Herath MP; Ahuja KDK; Byrne NM; Hills AP

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2021Vahidi Ferdowsi P, Ahuja KDK, Beckett JM, Myers S, 'TRPV1 activation by capsaicin mediates glucose oxidation and ATP production independent of insulin signalling in mouse skeletal muscle cells', Cells, 10, (6) pp. 1-16. ISSN 2073-4409 (2021) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.3390/cells10061560 [eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Ahuja KDK; Myers S

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2020Beckett JM, Singh NK, Phillips J, Kalpurath K, Taylor K, et al., 'Anti-heartburn effects of sugar cane flour: A double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled study', Nutrients, 12 pp. 1-9. ISSN 2072-6643 (2020) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.3390/nu12061813 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 1Web of Science - 1

Co-authors: Singh NK; Stanley RA; Eri RD

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2020Jayasinghe S, Herath MP, Beckett JM, Ahuja KDK, Byrne NM, et al., 'Anthropometry-based prediction of body fat in infants from birth to 6 months: the Baby-bod study', European Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 75 pp. 715-723. ISSN 0954-3007 (2020) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1038/s41430-020-00768-3 [eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Jayasinghe S; Herath MP; Ahuja KDK; Byrne NM; Hills AP

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2019Beckett JM, Bird ML, Pittaway JK, Ahuja KD, 'Diet and multiple sclerosis: Scoping review of web-based recommendations', Interactive Journal of Medical Research, 8, (1) ISSN 1929-073X (2019) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.2196/10050 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 6Web of Science - 11

Co-authors: Pittaway JK; Ahuja KD

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2017Beckett JM, Bird M-L, Pittaway J, Ahuja KDK, 'Online dietary advice for the symptomatic management of multiple sclerosis: a scoping review protocol', JBI Database of Systematic Reviews and Implementation Reports, 15, (2) pp. 230-235. ISSN 2202-4433 (2017) [Contribution to Refereed Journal]

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Co-authors: Bird M-L; Pittaway J; Ahuja KDK

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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. 194-210. ISSN 0968-4883 (2016) [Refereed Article]

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

Citations: Scopus - 6Web of Science - 6

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]

Citations: Scopus - 4Web of Science - 5

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 - 8Web of Science - 7

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 - 5Web of Science - 5

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

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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 - 26Web of Science - 20

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 - 7Web of Science - 6

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 - 7Web of Science - 6

Co-authors: Hartley TF; Ball MJ

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Conference Publication

(15 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2017Beckett JM, Bird ML, Pittaway JK, Ahuja KDK, 'Online dietary advice for the symptomatic management of multiple sclerosis', Proceedings of the Nutrition Society of Australia 40th Annual Scientific Meeting, 30 November - 2 December 2017, Melbourne (2017) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Bird ML; Pittaway JK; Ahuja KDK

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

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

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

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

Grants & Funding

Funding Summary

Number of grants

1

Total funding

$105,868

Projects

Prevalence of asthma-chronic obstructive pulmonary disease overlap syndrome (ACOS) in north-west Tasmanian population: understanding and translation to early therapy (2019 - 2020)$105,868
Description
Asthma and COPD are typically characterised as separate diseases with different clinical features, pathophysiological mechanisms and strategies for treatment. Some respiratory patients appear to have features of both diseases, i.e. a history of asthma and usually smoking, with marked fixed airflow obstruction, which is termed asthma-chronic obstructive pulmonary disease overlap syndrome (ACOS). Exacerbation rates are also quite high in ACOS patients compared to asthma or COPD alone. There is very little known about the disease and it is difficult to manage clinically because the underlying disease mechanisms and prevalence is poorly understood. There is high prevalence of undiagnosed asthma, COPD and even more for ACOS in the North-West (NW) Tasmanian population, where smoking rates are quite high. People from the low socio-economic population in particular experience considerably greater mortality and morbidity from such respiratory diseases compared to rest of the community. Respiratory lung function lab has now been established in the NW for identification of lung diseases. We now wish to apply for funding with an objective to identify the burden of ACOS in the NW population to inform clinical practice for better management of this ill-understood condition.
Funding
Clifford Craig Foundation ($105,868)
Scheme
Grant
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Sohal SS; Frandsen M; Ahuja KDK; Beckett JM; Mabeza FG; Weber HC; Young S; Eapen MS
Period
2019 - 2020

Research Supervision

Current

3

Current

DegreeTitleCommenced
PhDGestational diabetes mellitus, heath information seeking behaviour during pregnancy and infant body composition2018
PhDCapsaicin and Glucose Control: Mechanism of action2019
PhDThe Role of NLRP3 Inflammasome in Colitis-associated Colorectal Cancer2019