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IMPACT Strategic Research Centre (Barwon Health)
Deakin University
School of Medicine
PO Box 281
Geelong Victoria 3220

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Prof Julie Pasco

Prof Julie Pasco

Position: HDR Coordinator
Phone: +61 3 4215 3331
Campus: Geelong (Barwon Health)


Research interests:

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, diabetes, sarcopenia, osteoporosis and fracture; identification of modifiable risk factors for metabolic disease, 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, then evolved over time to study a broad range of chronic metabolic conditions, infectious diseases and psychiatric disorders.

  • The 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.

  • The Western Alliance project, designed to establish the extent and influence of ageing on chronic disease and injury across western Victoria.

University recorded publications

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Brief Biography

Professor Julie Pasco heads the Epi-Centre 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 is focused on understanding the progression of chronic metabolic and musculoskeletal disorders including obesity, diabetes, osteoporosis and sarcopenia, and the nexus between physical and mental health. 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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