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 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 (Postgraduate, Postdoctoral, Senior and Clinical Researchers) will be considered.
Finalist Presentations will be held on May 25th at Translational Research Institute and winners will be announced at at the Gala Dinner on Friday June 1st.
A unique opportunity to present your work and network with other postgraduate students in health and medical research. Click here for further information.
Tasmanian Postgraduate Student Research Awards
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.
Hadley’s Orient Hotel, 34 Murray Street, Hobart. Click here for further information.
ASMR Vic Student Symposium
Royal Melbourne Hospital Function Centre
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. Click here for further information.
Features the ASMR Medalist 201, Professor Hope Jahren and presentation of the prestigious Queensland Health & Medical Research Awards. Click here for further information.
Newcastle NSW Satellite Scientific Meeting
Hunter Medical Research Institute
This meeting provides a unique forum linking the research foci of the Hunter Region by bringing together clinicians, researchers, academics, and students, dignitaries and the community. Click here for further information.
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.