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Dr Brian Meade
Doctor of Philosophy 1987
Bachelor of Science (Honours) 1983 and
Former Deakin staff member
Deakin graduate Dr Brian Meade has travelled widely, devoting more than thirty years of his life to researching rural community health issues.
‘My specialty was the monitoring of patients with chronic illness who live in remote areas. With my wife Elizabeth (also a Deakin graduate), I have been lucky to have travelled and worked in various countries to further my research as a medical scientist. These countries include Sierra Leone, Vanuatu and Ireland,’ says Dr Meade.
‘More recently, I was chief investigator for ‘The Virtual Clinic’ - a model for training volunteer lay people in remote areas of Australia using satellite video-conferencing and peripheral diagnostic tools. This was sponsored by the Flinders/Deakin University Department of Rural Health.
‘Although officially retired, I am currently undertaking medical research as an Honorary Senior Research Fellow with the National Institute of Integrative Medicine. My area of interest is the impact of lifestyle and especially nutrients on the biochemistry and endocrinology of prostate cancer.’
Dr Meade completed his PhD with Deakin in 1987 and then worked for a number of years as demonstrator and lecturer in physiology and endocrinology at the University, and it seems that Dr Meade still has fond memories of his time at Deakin.
‘Being from the country, I think the Geelong Campus at Waurn Ponds is like a home-away-from-home for country students,’ he says.
‘In my case, as a very mature-age student at the time, the tremendous help and consideration I received from the staff was really great. I did my honours and PhD research (using sheep as a model for embryo transfer and semiochemistry) from our farm in Port Fairy and that was only possible because Deakin helped me stock a laboratory which we built on the property.’
Also an author, Dr Meade has written four novels over the years, with another book due out soon – one he explains that is about a topic a little closer to home.
‘So You Have Prostate Cancer Too is due out in May. This publication holds particular significance for me, as I too am battling this disease - although it is currently under control. The book is about the journey my wife and I have undertaken so far with this cancer,’ he says. ‘But primarily it is about the profound (even genetic) impact which lifestyle changes involving mind-body medicine, nutrition, supplements and exercise can have on the condition.’