Assault on stroke

Mon, 27 Feb 2012 09:35:00 +1100

Worldwide three million women and 2.5 million men die from stroke every year.

In Australia, stroke is the second largest cause of death.

Salt is the major factor that raises blood pressure and high blood pressure is the single most important risk factor for stroke. 

That's why this year World Salt Awareness Week 2012 (26th March-April 1st) will focus on salt reduction and the prevention of stroke.

And Deakin University will play a huge role in raising that awareness.

The University’s Centre for Physical Activity and Nutrition Research CPAN), along with the National Stroke Foundation and the Australian Division of World Action on Salt and Health (AWASH), is co-hosting a free seminar.

It will be held at the Deakin University Melbourne City Centre in Bourke Street, Melbourne on March 26th from 3.30pm to 6.30pm.

The speakers are: 

Professor Caryl Nowson (PhD, APD) - Holds the chair of Professor of Nutrition and Ageing,School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences and  is a member of the Centre for Physical Activity and Nutrition Research at Deakin University. Her research program spans more than 25 years with a key area being assessing the role of dietary minerals and electrolytes in the control of blood pressure. She has published widely and demonstrated the effectiveness for dietary interventions,particularly reduction of dietary sodium and increasing dietary potassium in community settings.She was the founding chairperson of AWASH (Australian Division of World Action on Salt and Health) in 2005 and continues as a member of the secretariat.

Dr Bruce Bolam  FFPH. PhD,MPH,MSc(Psych),PGCE,BSc(Hons) - Is Divisional Director of Prevention & Awareness at the National Stroke Foundation and an Honorary Research Fellow in the School of Population  Health at Melbourne University. Bruce is a Fellow of the UK Faculty of PubIic Health and has led numerous pubIic health initiatives  for government and health services in Australia and the UK.Bruce is the 2012 President of the Public Health Association of Australia (Victorian Branch).

Dr Karen Campbell - Is a Senior Lecturer and Researcher in the Centre for Physical Activity and Nutrition Research at Deakin University.  Her research has focused on describing the correlates of young children's eating behaviours,and subsequently on the trialing of family based interventions to support parents to promote their own and their child's nutrition and health. The assessment of  nine and 18 month old children's salt intakes within the Melbourne Infant Feeding Activity and Nutrition Trail (lnFANTI Program provides unique insights into the early adoption and trajectories of salt intakes in Australian children.

Ms Carley Grimes - Is an Accredited Practicing Dietitian in the final year of completing her PhD titled,"Dietary salt intake in Australian children". Throughout her PhD Carley has used national nutrition data from Australia and the US,to explore the association between salt,sugar-sweetened beverage consumption and obesity risk in children and adolescents. To obtain an accurate measure of salt intake,she has collected 24-hr urine collections in 260 primary school aged children. Carley is interested in developing strategies to lower salt intake and improve the diets of Australian children.

Mr Paul Jeffery - Started a PhD in mid-2010 with the School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences at Deakin University.He is responsible for coordinating a study to assess salt intake in 600 Victorian adults.The primary aims for his PhD are to investigate the salt consumption of Victorian adults and to validate more efficient methods of measuring salt intake in large population groups.The assessment of salt intake study and his scholarship are sponsored by an NHMRC Partnership Project based in Sydney.

Dr Roger Bektash - Is Director,Scientific Affairs for Mars Asia-Pacific's operations in Australia and Asia. He is responsible for regulatory and scientific affairs and policy development in the Asia Pacific region,focusing on health and nutrition,food labeling,and safety and sustainability. Dr Bektash is currently the deputy Chair of the Australian Food and Grocery Council's Health, Nutrition and Scientific Affairs committee which has coordinated the industry's response to category salt reduction through the Department of Health and Ageing's Food and Health Dialogue.

RSVP by Friday March 16th, 2012, to:

email: cpan@deakin.edu.au

Or register online


Dr Karen Campbell
Dr Karen Campbell's research provides unique insights into the early adoption and trajectories of salt intakes in Australian children.
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20th August 2012