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Julie Pasco

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Medicine, Western Health
science & technology
life sciences & biomedicine
humans
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middle aged
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endocrinology & metabolism
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Julie Pasco

 
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Medicine, Dentistry And Health Sciences
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A/Prof

Julie Pasco

 

Summary
Research experience: A/Prof Pasco is Principal Fellow at The University of Melbourne and Head of the Epidemiology and Biostatistics Unit in the Department of Clinical and Biomedical Sciences: Barwon Health. She has eighteen years of research experience in population and clinical epidemiology.

Since 1992, A/Prof Pasco has coordinated the Geelong Osteoporosis Study (GOS), an umbrella term for a program of large case-control and prospective population-based studies in both men and women. She has developed a productive research unit working principally on a series of musculoskeletal health projects, with recent expansion into active collaborations in a range of disciplines including mental health, genetics, osteoarthritis, cancer, infectious disease, obesity and nutrition.

Research grants: Significant grant support from NHMRC ($2.95m since 2003; $1.19m as CIA) and other sources ($1.01m). NHMRC GRP member 2008.

Publications: Sustained publication productivity; 89 publications in peer-reviewed journals (34 first author). Most frequently cited first author publications: (i) J Clin Endocrinol Metab (2001) demonstrating an association between circulating leptin levels and BMD in humans, which had not been shown before, suggesting that leptin may mediate the link between body fat mass and BMD (116 citations); (ii) Arch Intern Med (2002) reporting that statins, used for treating hypercholesterolaemia, are associated with reduced fracture risk, which was not entirely explained by increased bone mineral density (BMD) – this suggested involvement of other factors and so might have therapeutical implications (95 citations); (iii) J Bone Miner Res (2004) supporting the hypothesis that bone metabolism is modulated by the adrenergic nervous system (58 citations). Highest impact factor: published in JAMA (2006), IF=31.7, the first to report that circulating high-sensitivity CRP is an independent risk factor for fracture.

Awards: Partnerships Award 2007 (Smart Geelong Network); Kaye Ibbertson Award for Metabolic Bone Disease 2006 (ANZBMS); Population Health and Well-Being Award plus Highly Commended Award 2006 (Smart Geelong Network).

Translation of research findings into health care: BMD data from the random male and female GOS cohorts accepted as the Australian BMD reference range for use on all bone densitometers in the country. GOS fracture data utilised in the preparation of the report of a Fracture Summit and in a submission to the Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee (PBAC) related to the provision of benefits for primary prevention of fractures. Vitamin D data used to prepare joint ANZBMS/OA/ESA Vitamin D Position Statement for adults and A/Prof Pasco chaired the working party for this statement; subsequently on working party for similar paediatric statement. A/Prof Pasco a scientific committee member for the Vitamin D and Calcium Forum, a joint OA/ANZBMS initiative sponsored by the Australian Government in 2005; guidelines for consumers and GPs published. GOS data submitted to PBAC related to provision of benefits for high-dose vitamin D supplements for the Australian population. The demonstration of 16-30% excess fractures in winter, associated with low vitamin D and high parathyroid hormone and bone resorption marker levels, resulted in the design of a vitamin D intervention trial known as Vital D. Findings from a case-control study investigating risk factors for M. Ulcerans on the Bellarine Peninsula, presented to the WHO in Geneva, provided evidence for developing public health guidelines for preventing transmission of the infection.

Fostering research training: Supervisor for students: 9 PhD (3 completed), 2 Masters (completed), 7 Hons (completed), 2 PgDSc (completed), 3 international and 1 DGerMed (completed). Current departmental Research Higher Degree Manager.

Projects

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Scholarly Works

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Honours, Awards and Fellowships

2008

Percy Baxter Fellowship (Barwon Health)

2007

Smart Geelong Network (Deakin University)

2007

Smart Geelong Network (Barwon Health)

2007

Travel grant (International Bone & Mineral Society)

2007

Percy Baxter Fellowship (Barwon Health)

2007

Percy Baxter Fellowship (Barwon Health)

2006

Kaye Ibbertson Award in Metabolic Bone Disease

Australian and New Zealand Bone and Mineral Society (ANZBMS)

2006

Population Health and Well-Being Award - St John of God Pathology

Smart Geelong Network (St John of God Pathology-Pathcare)

2006

Highly Commended Award - CSIRO Textiles & Fibre Technology

Smart Geelong Network (CSIRO Textile & Fibre Technology)

2006

Percy Baxter Fellowship (Barwon Health)

2005

Smart Geelong Network (Barwon Health)

2002

Percy Baxter Fellowship (Barwon Health)

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Awards

Credentials

Positions


General Member

International Federation of Psychiatric Epidemiology

General Member

Australian Society of Psychiatric Research

General Member

International Bone and Mineral Society (IBMS)

General Member

American Society for Bone and Mineral Research (ASBMR)

General Member

Australian and New Zealand Bone and Mineral Society (ANZBMS)

Education


Master of Epidemiology

University of Melbourne

Doctor of Philosophy

Deakin University

Diploma of Education

Monash University

Bachelor of Science with Honours

Monash University