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Men express less satisfaction with their quality of life after suffering a fracture.

Heavy metal and the blues

IMPACT researchers find a connection between cadmium and depression.

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Deakin expert sets her sights on the food industry in 'The Conversation.'

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

Our Team

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Dr Adrienne O'Neil

Dr Adrienne O'Neil

Position: Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Phone: +61 3 4215 3304
Campus: Geelong - Barwon Health


Brief Biography

Dr Adrienne O'Neil is a NHMRC Early Career Fellow with the School of Medicine, Deakin University and holds an honorary appointment with the School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, Monash University where she undertook her doctoral training.

Dr O'Neil's expertise lies in the development and evaluation of novel and contemporary approaches to the management of chronic disease including depression, diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Recently, she led the first randomised controlled trial to evaluate the efficacy and cost-effectiveness of a tele-health intervention for the management of depression in myocardial infarct patients. She is currently expanding her research program to extend on her work in the secondary prevention of these conditions to focus on primary prevention including developing new risk factor equations and 'early programming' interventions.

Dr O'Neil has an impressive publication record, relative to opportunity, which exhibits the range of life-style based, behavioural medicine interventions with which she has been involved, including the first diabetes prevention program to be developed and trialled in the Australia conxtext, and the world-first 'SMILES' trial which evaluates the impact of a Mediterranean dietary intervention on major depression. Dr O'Neil is currently a peer reviewer for the top ranking CVD journal, Circulation, as well as the American Heart Journal, British Journal of Psychiatry, Translational Behavioral Medicine, the Health Promotion Journal of Australia, BMC Geriatrics and the Journal of Affective Disorders.

Dr O'Neil has received funding from a range of competitive schemes including the National Heart Foundation and National Health and Medical Research Council. Previously, she has been awarded funding to travel overseas to the United States, Japan and Taiwan to present her research. Dr O'Neil has published in a range of high impact factor medical journals including the Archives of Internal Medicine, Diabetes Care, Circulation, BMC Medicine and the Medical Journal of Australia. In 2009, she was named the National Heart Foundation Highest Ranked Scholar in Public Health. In 2014, she will be undertaking post-doctoral training at Stanford University in the USA.

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27th February 2015