Iron and Fatigue

Research Opportunity
PhD, Masters by Research, Honours, Master of Biomedical Science
Number of Honour Places Available
Medicine and Radiology
Royal Melbourne Hospital
Primary Supervisor Email Number Webpage
Professor Cassandra Szoeke 83441835 Personal web page
Co-supervisor Email Number Webpage
Dr Melissa Coulson 83442458 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

School Research Themes

Ageing, Women's Health

Research Opportunities

PhD, Masters by Research, Honours, Master of Biomedical Science
Students who are interested in joining this project will need to consider their elegibility as well as other requirements before contacting the supervisor of this research

Graduate Research application

Honours application

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

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