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Dr Sharleen O’Reilly is a lecturer within the School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences in the area of nutrition and dietetics. She teaches at postgraduate level and also co-ordinates student dietetic placements and supervises research and honours degree students. Dr. O’Reilly is a member of the Centre for Physical Activity and Nutrition Research (C-PAN) and has an active research interest in a range of issues relating to food choice, micronutrients and disease associations especially inflammation, salt and chronic disease
Course Director Postgraduate Human Nutrition and Public Health Nutrition courses (H511, H517, H616, H714)
Unit Chair HSN745 Community Nutrition
Unit Chair HSD720 Nutritional Issues in Diabetes
Lecturer HSN744 Principles of Dietetics
Lecturer HSN747 Clinical Dietetic Practise
Co-supervision 1 PhD student
Dr. Sharleen O’Reilly’s research is primarily related to food choice and its impact on health in certain at-risk groups within the community. This extends into looking at strategies that may be effective in altering inflammation status, modifying lifestyle-related behaviours, reducing salt intake or changing micronutrient levels to promote health.
Her current research looks at whether community pharmacists can help reduce heart disease risk through tailored lifestyle behaviour change advice, the level of salt consumed by the Australian population and lifestyle-related behaviour change for diabetes prevention. Previous research has focused on the role of folate in the health of the large intestine and whether folic acid supplementation can help promote better bowel health.
Faculty of Health (Deakin University) 2011 Award for Innovation
FASEB (Folic acid, vitamin B12 and one-carbon metabolism section) 2004 outstanding young scientist award invited short presentation.
TCD Directors Award 1999 for the best presentation of dissertation/thesis.
Dietitians Association of Australia and Accredited Practising Dietitian program
Nutrition Society of Australia
Dr O’Reilly is involved in a wide range of departmental committees:
• Postgraduate Dietetics Advisory Board
• Postgraduate Nutrition Advisory Board
• School Academic Progress Committee
• School Teaching and Learning Committee
• Faculty Academic Progress Committee
O’Reilly SL, Dunbar J, Bailey M, George J, McNamara KP. (2010). ‘A community pharmacist-led primary care intervention can effect change in dietary behaviours’ (poster presentation). Nutrition Society of Australia Annual Meeting, Perth.
Huggins CE, O'Reilly SL, Brinkman M, Giles G, English D, Nowson CA. (2009). ‘Dietary sodium and sodium potassium ratio predicts blood pressure in an Australian population sample’ (oral presentation). Nutrition Society of Australia Annual Meeting, Newcastle.
O’Reilly SL, Brinkman M, Giles G, English D, Nowson CA. (2009). ‘Ethnic variations in salt intakes in an Australian population sample’ (oral presentation). Nutrition Society of Australia Annual Meeting, Newcastle.
Newgreen V, Riddell L, O'Reilly S, Margerison C, Nowson C. (2008). ‘Relationship between fruit and vegetable intake and antioxidant capacity’ (oral presentation). Nutrition Society of Australia Annual Meeting, Adelaide.
O'Reilly SL, McGlynn AP, Wasson GR, Bradbury I, McNulty H, Strain SS, Weir DG, Mahmud N, McKelvey-Martin V, Downes CS, Scott JM. (2007). ‘The effect of folic acid supplementation on DNA biomarkers of colorectal cancer risk (uracil misincorporation, global and gene-specific DNA hypomethylation): a randomised intervention study.’ Nutrition Society of Australia and New Zealand Meeting, Auckland.