Speaker: Dr Suzanne Mashtoub, NHMRC Early Career (Peter Doherty) Fellow, Gastroenterology Department, Women’s and Children’s Hospital, Adelaide
Title: Emu oil promotes intestinal repair in pre-clinical models of enteric inflammation
Chair: Dr Prue Cowled, Principal Medical Scientist, Discipline of Surgery University of Adelaide. Located Level 2 BHI, TQEH.
Speaker biography: Dr Suzanne Mashtoub is a National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Early Career (Peter Doherty) Fellow based at the Gastroenterology Department, Women’s and Children’s Hospital. Suzanne’s Fellowship aims to determine whether orally-administered Emu Oil can reduce the severity of chronic Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis and prevent the development of colon cancer. Furthermore, Suzanne has been appointed as a Research Assistant Professor at the School of Medicine and Pharmacology, The University of Western Australia, and an Adjunct Lecturer at the School of Medicine, The University of Adelaide.
Previously, following a Bachelor of Science (Biomedical Science) degree and First Class Honours in Physiology, Suzanne was awarded a PhD in Medicine in 2013 with the prestigious Adelaide University’s Dean’s Commendation for Doctoral Thesis Excellence. Suzanne’s thesis demonstrated the anti-inflammatory and reparative properties of Emu Oil in intestinal inflammatory diseases, including ulcerative colitis, chemotherapy-induced mucositis (side effects of cancer treatment) and NSAID-induced enteropathy.
Suzanne has supervised 11 Honours and PhD projects and 37 3rd year Physiology students, published 12 research articles and presented at 18 international and 30 national conferences. Moreover, Suzanne has been the recipient of over 32 awards, scholarships and travel grants, including the 2008 Top Honours in Physiology Cohort Award, 2010 & 2013 Trevor Prescott Freemasons Memorial Scholarships, Channel 9 SA Young Achiever Awards for Leadership (2011) and Science and Technology (2015), and the SA Young Tall Poppy Award (2015).
Suzanne is passionate about science communication and has been engaged in public outreach through the Nutrition Society of Australia SA committee (2015-present), Australian Society for Medical Research SA (2009, 2012) & WA (2013) committees, Healthy Development Adelaide Education Program (2008-2013) and the Consumer Reference Group, General Practice Network South (2010-2012).