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IMPACT Strategic Research Centre (Barwon Health)
School of Medicine
PO Box 281
Geelong Victoria 3220
Professor Pasco's research expertise and interests include: the role of body composition (body fat, muscle and bone) in the development of chronic disease; contemporary changes in the epidemiology of obesity, sarcopenia, osteoporosis and fracture; identification of modifiable risk factors for low bone mass, fragility fracture and loss of muscle mass and function; and the role of inflammation in linking comorbid physical and mental ill-health. Major research projects include:
The Geelong Osteoporosis Study (GOS), a prospective, population-based cohort study of men and women, originally designed to describe the epidemiology of osteoporosis and identify risk factors for fracture, but evolved over time to study a broad range of metabolic disorders, infectious diseases and psychiatric disorders.
The Geelong Osteoporosis Study Fracture Grid (GOS-FracGrid), a comprehensive catalogue of radiologically-confirmed incident fractures in the Barwon Statistical Division.
The Vitamin D in Pregnancy (VIP) study, a prospective study of mother-child dyads, designed to investigate maternal vitamin D status during pregnancy and offspring growth and development.
Researcher output profile for Prof Julie Pasco
Professor Julie Pasco heads the Epidemiology Unit for Healthy Ageing in the School of Medicine, and is Deputy Director of the Innovation in Mental and Physical Health and Clinical Treatment (IMPACT) Strategic Research Centre. Professor Pasco holds a BSc(Hons) First Class in Biochemistry and a Diploma of Education from Monash University, together with a Master of Epidemiology from The University of Melbourne. Her PhD is from Deakin University.
Professor Pasco's population-based research focuses on healthy ageing and understanding the genesis and progression of chronic disease. An important component of her program of epidemiological research is to facilitate knowledge transfer from research into clinical practice and into the community.
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