Iron and Fatigue

Research Opportunity
PhD, Masters by Research, Honours, Master of Biomedical Science
Project Status
Medicine and Radiology
Royal Melbourne Hospital
Supervisor Email Number Webpage
Dr Steve Simpson Jr
Professor Cassandra Szoeke Personal web page

Project Details

Iron deficiency is prevalent in ageing women. Studies have shown that iron deficiency results in fatigue, reduced physical performance and impaired cognition. These symptoms are commonly reported in ageing populations. The Women’s Health Ageing Project is an epidemiological sampled longitudinal prospective study that contains 20 years’ worth of data on a number of measures including blood, cognition, diet and lifestyle, mood and wellbeing, hormones, illnesses, bone, and genes among others. This unique resource will therefore have the potential to identify new preventive health interventions and address issues relating to social determinants of health and health inequalities through social epidemiology across two decades.

Over a hundred papers on this study have been published in peer reviewed journals. The results of this study have been internationally recognised and contributed significantly to the understanding of healthy ageing.

The benefits of this project are:

  • Opportunity to publish
  • The study has data over 20 years already collected
  • Will suit a candidate with an interest in industry partnerships

Research Opportunities

This research project is available to PhD, Masters by Research, Honours, Master of Biomedical Science students to join as part of their thesis.
Please contact the supervisor to discuss your options.

School Research Themes

Women's Health

Key Contact

For further information about this research, please contact a supervisor.


Medicine and Radiology

Research Group / Unit / Centre

Healthy Ageing Program

Research Node

Royal Melbourne Hospital