Professor Hope Jahren is an American geochemist, geobiologist and best-selling author.
She has been named one of Time magazine’s 100 most influential people (2016) and one of Popular Science’s “Brilliant 10” young scientists (2005). Professor Jahren has also been awarded three Fulbright Scholarships, and currently holds the J. Tuzo Wilson professorship at the University of Oslo in Norway
Responsible for the first extraction and analysis of DNA found in paleosol and the first discovery of stable isotopes existing in a multicellular organism’s DNA, she is in fact an ‘Isotope detective”.
Spanning disciplinary boundaries, her research uses stable isotope to answer some of the world’s biggest science questions, including how prehistoric forests can inform us about climate change, how understanding the isotopic composition of plants can tell us about where our food comes from, and how much food, in particular sugar, we are consuming.
Professor Jahren is co-author of a study on the amount of corn in fast food. Following corn’s chemical markers through processing or being eaten as cattle feed, the study found that, in the United States, on a chemical level, most fast food meat is derived from corn, with implications for human health.
In an interview with Time Magazine, she said, “Diet-related diseases are on the rise. If you’re suffering from them, your doctor is going to tell you that you’ve got to make informed decisions about what you eat. If you go and try to get this information in order to make these decisions, it’s pretty much impossible. You’ve got to wonder why you have to do nuclear chemistry to get a very simple answer on how your food is made.”
Identifying a connection between basic research into soil, plants and seeds and population health issues associated with excessive calorie and sugar consumption (obesity, type II diabetes, heart disease, cancer) is a clear example of not just the value of, but the necessity for, trans-disciplinary research.
Jahren’s work, as well as predicting the environmental impact of heavily fertilized, unsustainable crops on our food supply into the future, can give us an objective measure of how much sugar is actually consumed by a population, informing people and policy to improve health.
Professor Jahren will speak at Gala Dinners across the country and at the National Press Club of Australia.
ASMR Medical Research Week® Online Schools Quiz 2018
The Australian Society for Medical Research (ASMR) is committed to fostering excellence in health and medical research and promoting community understanding and support for the sector. Health and medical research includes efforts that focus on new modes of disease prevention, as well as making advances in understanding the biological basis of disease and the development and testing of new treatments for disease. The ASMR Queensland Awards for Health & Medical Research are an initiative of the ASMR and are made annually to recognise the outstanding efforts and contributions of Queensland researchers.
Four Award categories will be considered:
Postgraduate Student Award
Postdoctoral Researcher Award
Senior Research Award
Clinical Researcher Award
Finalist Presentations will be held on May 25th at Translational Research Institute
Winners of these prestigious awards will be announced at the Gala Dinner on Friday June 1st.
The Tasmanian Postgraduate Student Research Awards aims to recognise outstanding contributions to medical research by Postgraduate students, and provide an opportunity for them to share their research with the medical research community. The award recognises scientific excellence and achievement, as well as the ability of the candidate to communicate his/her research at a level understandable to the wider scientific community, and the potential value of the research to health and medicine.
A showcase symposium where all Victorian health and medical research students can present their work to an audience of their peers, and network with and listen to some of Victoria’s top medical researchers in a friendly, approachable and cooperative scientific environment.
Participating students foster collaborations and network, increasing the awareness of the expertise and research being conducted around Victoria.
During the symposium, research students participate in oral or poster presentations, as well as the popular ‘3 minute thesis’ styled presentations – where students must effectively explain their research, with one PowerPoint slide, in three minutes, in a language appropriate to a non-specialist audience.
Presentations are judged by a panel of senior academics and post-docs, with attractive monetary prizes awarded for outstanding work.
Please pay for your registration at Trybooking (opening soon). A link to the event payment page will also appear after you have submitted your registration.
Tune in with Dr Shane Huntington on 3RRR’s Einstein-a-go-go (1-2.7FM) during ASMR Medical Research Week® for fantastic discussion and dissection of science ideas made digestible for public consumption.
ASMR NSW Annual Scientific Meeting is a multi-disciplinary event which showcases health and medical research in the state. Participants are students (Honours, Master, PhD) and staff (Research Assistants, Post-docs, Professors).