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Dr Ananda Chandrasekara joined Deakin Medical School in March 2009 as the Research Fellow of the National Centre for Farmer Health, following four years (2005-2009) of teaching biochemistry, human nutrition and dietetics at the University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka. Before moving to an academic career he worked for 10 years as a rural doctor (Registered Medical Officer) at several rural government hospitals in Sri Lanka.
Dr Chandrasekara graduated with a PhD (Sydney University) in Clinical Biochemistry and Human Nutrition with special interest in metabolic syndrome.
Dr Chandrasekara’s research interests include exploring the relationship between insulin resistance, abdominal adiposity, mental health and physical activity. His current research includes an intervention clinical trial study on overweight/obese farm men and women (at National Centre for Farmer Health, beyondblue research grant), and investigating the mechanism of up-regulation of the hypothalamus pituitary adrenal (HPA) axis on development of obesity.
Dr Chandrasekara contributed to a successful grant application, for the National Centre for Farmer Health, which has been awarded funds of $99 300 from beyondblue, Victorian Centre of Excellence in Depression, Anxiety and Related Disorders for 2010/11
Registered Nutritionist (R Nutr.), Nutrition Society Australia
Australasian Association of Clinical Biochemists(AACB)
Nutrition Society of Australia (NSA)
Australian Institute of Medical Scientists (AIMS)
The Australian and New Zealand Obesity Society(ANZOS)
International Association for the Study of Obesity (IASO)