Dr  Bronwyn Berthon

Dr Bronwyn Berthon

Lecturer

School of Biomedical Sciences and Pharmacy

Career Summary

Biography

I am an early career, clinical research Dietitian (Bachelor Nutrition & Dietetics, Hons 1, University Medal, 2009) within the Nutrition and Immunometabolism team of the Immune Health Research Program at the Hunter Medical Research Institute in Newcastle.

The foundation of my research program is clinical trials in nutrition, which investigate the metabolic, immunological, and biochemical relationships between dietary intake, obesity, inflammation, and respiratory diseases. My research is distinct, as it uses innovative interdisciplinary approaches, which combine clinical, biochemical, and molecular science to create translatable evidence to improve human health and disease.

My overarching expertise is demonstrated in clinical trial study design and execution, dietary intake and nutritional biomarker assessment and clinical assessment of airways disease. While my role is clinically focused, I  collaborate with laboratory-based scientists to interrogate the relationships between dietary and nutrient intake and disease pathology, specifically in asthma and obesity.

Since 2014, I have performed clinical research and co-supervised a team of post-graduate higher degree research students (3 current and 4 PhD completions). My role as a clinical trial coordinator encompasses study design, ethics and safety application and reporting, recruitment, data collection, statistical analysis, and publication (9 completed). The combination of my unique skills and clinical experience in both the disciplines of nutrition and respiratory medicine led to my appointment as Clinical Supervisor in my Research Team. In addition to the supervision and training of staff in my team I am responsible for the management of infrastructure and equipment, as well as grant application development and submission.

Research vision: While there are specific dietary recommendations for other chronic conditions, there are no dietary guidelines for people living with respiratory conditions. The future focus of my research is investigating the unique nutritional needs of adults and children with asthma by performing clinical research, with the aim to translate this evidence into dietary guidelines for people with asthma. My vision will be achieved through conducting novel, nutrition based clinical trials, with an emphasis on investigating biochemical and molecular mechanisms. I am currently developing a framework of independence by leading clinical research which is complimented by the pre-clinical findings of my supervisor and collaborators.


Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of Newcastle
  • Bachelor of Nutrition and Dietetics (Honours), University of Newcastle

Keywords

  • Asthma
  • Diet
  • Inflammation
  • Nutrition
  • Obesity
  • Respiratory Disease

Fields of Research

Code Description Percentage
320103 Respiratory diseases 40
321001 Clinical nutrition 60

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

Title Organisation / Department
Lecturer University of Newcastle
School of Biomedical Sciences and Pharmacy
Australia

Academic appointment

Dates Title Organisation / Department
6/1/2014 -  Postdoctoral Clinical Researcher

This postdoctoral role encompasses design, ethical and safety application and reporting, co-ordination, data collection, statistical analysis and publication of clinical trials, management of infrastructure and equipment, grant application development and submission and co-supervising a team of clinical and laboratory higher degree research students.

School of Biomedical Sciences and Pharmacy, Faculty of Health and Medicine, University of Newcastle
Australia

Awards

Award

Year Award
2021 Best Oral Presentation in Asthma and Allergy, TSANZ ASM
The Thoracic Society of Australia and New Zealand
2012 Asthma Foundation of New South Wales Khancoban International Travel Award
Asthma Foundation of New South Wales

Nomination

Year Award
2013 Ann Woolcock Young Investigator Award, finalist
The Thoracic Society of Australia & New Zealand

Scholarship

Year Award
2010 Vice Chancellors Award for Outstanding Research Candidates
The University of Newcastle
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Publications

For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.


Chapter (1 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2019 McLoughlin R, Berthon B, Williams E, Wood L, 'Vitamin E and air pollution', Vitamin E in Human Health, Springer, Switzerland 385-403 (2019)
Co-authors Evan J Williams, Lisa Wood, Bec Mcloughlin

Journal article (33 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2023 Williams LM, Berthon BS, Stoodley IL, Williams EJ, Wood LG, 'Medicinal Mushroom Extracts from Hericium coralloides and Trametes versicolor Exert Differential Immunomodulatory Effects on Immune Cells from Older Adults In Vitro', Nutrients, 15 2227-2227 [C1]
DOI 10.3390/nu15092227
Co-authors Lisa Wood, Evan J Williams
2022 Pinkerton JW, Kim RY, Brown AC, Rae BE, Donovan C, Mayall JR, et al., 'Relationship between type 2 cytokine and inflammasome responses in obesity-associated asthma', JOURNAL OF ALLERGY AND CLINICAL IMMUNOLOGY, 149 1270-1280 (2022) [C1]
DOI 10.1016/j.jaci.2021.10.003
Citations Scopus - 21Web of Science - 7
Co-authors Alexandra Brown, Philip Hansbro, Chantal Donovan, Jemma Mayall, Katherine Baines, Malcolm Starkey, Lisa Wood, Jay Horvat, Peter Gibson, Hayley Scott
2022 Eslick S, Thompson C, Berthon B, Wood L, 'Short-chain fatty acids as anti-inflammatory agents in overweight and obesity: a systematic review and meta-analysis.', Nutr Rev, 80 838-856 (2022) [C1]
DOI 10.1093/nutrit/nuab059
Citations Scopus - 16Web of Science - 7
Co-authors Lisa Wood
2022 Eslick S, Williams EJ, Berthon BS, Wright T, Karihaloo C, Gately M, Wood LG, 'Weight Loss and Short-Chain Fatty Acids Reduce Systemic Inflammation in Monocytes and Adipose Tissue Macrophages from Obese Subjects', Nutrients, 14 (2022) [C1]

Background: Chronic low-grade systemic inflammation is a characteristic of obesity that leads to various non-communicable diseases. Weight loss and SCFAs are potential strategies ... [more]

Background: Chronic low-grade systemic inflammation is a characteristic of obesity that leads to various non-communicable diseases. Weight loss and SCFAs are potential strategies for attenuating obese systemic inflammation. Methods: Blood samples were collected from 43 obese subjects (BMI = 30 kg/m2) scheduled for laparoscopic bariatric sleeve surgery, 26 obese subjects at follow-up 12¿18 months post-surgery and 8 healthy weight subjects (BMI 18.5¿24.9 kg/m2). Mono-cytes were isolated from blood and adipose tissue macrophages from visceral adipose tissue of obese subjects only. Isolated cells stimulated with 1 ng/mL LPS and treated simultaneously with 300 mM of sodium acetate or 30 mM of sodium propionate or butyrate and supernatant were har-vested after 15 h incubation. TNF-a and IL-6 cytokines were measured via ELISA and mRNA gene expression of FFAR2 and FFAR3, HDAC1, HDAC2 and HDAC9, RELA and NFKB1 and MAPK1 via RT-qPCR. Results: TNF-a and IL-6 production and NFKB1 and RELA mRNA expression were significantly decreased in follow-up subjects compared to baseline. SCFAs significantly reduced TNF-a and IL-6 and altered FFAR and HDAC mRNA expression in monocytes and macrophages from obese subjects. Conclusion: Weight loss and ex vivo SCFA treatments were successful in combatting systemic inflammation in obesity. Results highlighted molecular changes that occur with weight loss and as a result of SCFA treatment.

DOI 10.3390/nu14040765
Citations Scopus - 24Web of Science - 12
Co-authors Evan J Williams, Lisa Wood
2022 Williams EJ, Berthon BS, Stoodley I, Williams LM, Wood LG, 'Nutrition in Asthma', SEMINARS IN RESPIRATORY AND CRITICAL CARE MEDICINE, 43 646-661 (2022) [C1]
DOI 10.1055/s-0042-1742385
Citations Scopus - 3Web of Science - 2
Co-authors Evan J Williams, Lisa Wood
2022 Williams LM, Stoodley IL, Berthon BS, Wood LG, 'The Effects of Prebiotics, Synbiotics, and Short-Chain Fatty Acids on Respiratory Tract Infections and Immune Function: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis.', Adv Nutr, 13 167-192 (2022) [C1]
DOI 10.1093/advances/nmab114
Citations Scopus - 8Web of Science - 1
Co-authors Lisa Wood
2022 Williams EJ, Guilleminault L, Berthon BS, Eslick S, Wright T, Karihaloo C, et al., 'Sulforaphane reduces pro-inflammatory response to palmitic acid in monocytes and adipose tissue macrophages.', J Nutr Biochem, 104 108978 (2022) [C1]
DOI 10.1016/j.jnutbio.2022.108978
Citations Scopus - 4
Co-authors Katherine Baines, Evan J Williams, Lisa Wood
2022 Hosseini B, Berthon BS, Jensen ME, McLoughlin RF, Wark PAB, Nichol K, et al., 'The Effects of Increasing Fruit and Vegetable Intake in Children with Asthma on the Modulation of Innate Immune Responses', Nutrients, 14 3087-3087 (2022) [C1]
DOI 10.3390/nu14153087
Citations Scopus - 6Web of Science - 1
Co-authors Katherine Baines, Megan Jensen, Malcolm Starkey, Lisa Wood, Adam Collison, Joerg Mattes, Bec Mcloughlin, Evan J Williams, Peter Wark
2022 Berthon BS, Williams LM, Williams EJ, Wood LG, 'Effect of Lactoferrin Supplementation on Inflammation, Immune Function, and Prevention of Respiratory Tract Infections in Humans: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis.', Advances in nutrition (Bethesda, Md.), 13 1799-1819 (2022) [C1]
DOI 10.1093/advances/nmac047
Citations Scopus - 9Web of Science - 3
Co-authors Lisa Wood, Evan J Williams
2021 Thompson CA, Eslick SR, Berthon BS, Wood LG, 'Asthma medication use in obese and healthy weight asthma: systematic review/meta-analysis.', The European respiratory journal, 57 2000612 (2021) [C1]
DOI 10.1183/13993003.00612-2020
Citations Scopus - 13Web of Science - 10
Co-authors Lisa Wood
2021 Berthon BS, McLoughlin RF, Jensen ME, Hosseini B, Williams EJ, Baines KJ, et al., 'The effects of increasing fruit and vegetable intake in children with asthma: A randomized controlled trial', CLINICAL AND EXPERIMENTAL ALLERGY, 51 1144-1156 (2021) [C1]
DOI 10.1111/cea.13979
Citations Scopus - 14Web of Science - 13
Co-authors Adam Collison, Katherine Baines, Evan J Williams, Joerg Mattes, Peter Wark, Malcolm Starkey, Bec Mcloughlin, Megan Jensen, Lisa Wood
2021 Hosseini B, Berthon BS, Starkey MR, Collison A, McLoughlin RF, Williams EJ, et al., 'Children With Asthma Have Impaired Innate Immunity and Increased Numbers of Type 2 Innate Lymphoid Cells Compared With Healthy Controls', FRONTIERS IN IMMUNOLOGY, 12 (2021) [C1]
DOI 10.3389/fimmu.2021.664668
Citations Scopus - 8Web of Science - 5
Co-authors Adam Collison, Megan Jensen, Lisa Wood, Katherine Baines, Bec Mcloughlin, Malcolm Starkey, Peter Wark, Joerg Mattes, Evan J Williams
2021 McLoughlin RF, Berthon BS, Wood LG, 'Weight loss in obese children with asthma-is it important?', PAEDIATRIC RESPIRATORY REVIEWS, 37 10-14 (2021) [C1]
DOI 10.1016/j.prrv.2020.02.007
Citations Scopus - 7Web of Science - 5
Co-authors Bec Mcloughlin, Lisa Wood
2019 Stoodley I, Garg M, Scott H, Macdonald-Wicks L, Berthon B, Wood L, 'Higher Omega-3 Index Is Associated with Better Asthma Control and Lower Medication Dose: A Cross-Sectional Study.', Nutrients, 12 (2019) [C1]
DOI 10.3390/nu12010074
Citations Scopus - 26Web of Science - 14
Co-authors Hayley Scott, Lesley Wicks, Manohar Garg, Lisa Wood
2019 Wood LG, Li Q, Scott HA, Rutting S, Berthon BS, Gibson PG, et al., 'Saturated fatty acids, obesity, and the nucleotide oligomerization domain-like receptor protein 3 (NLRP3) inflammasome in asthmatic patients', JOURNAL OF ALLERGY AND CLINICAL IMMUNOLOGY, 143 305-315 (2019) [C1]
DOI 10.1016/j.jaci.2018.04.037
Citations Scopus - 84Web of Science - 54
Co-authors Lisa Wood, Evan J Williams, Peter Gibson, Jodie Simpson, Philip Hansbro, Jay Horvat, Katherine Baines, Hayley Scott
2019 McLoughlin R, Berthon BS, Rogers GB, Baines KJ, Leong LEX, Gibson PG, et al., 'Soluble fibre supplementation with and without a probiotic in adults with asthma: A 7-day randomised, double blind, three way cross-over trial', EBioMedicine, 46 473-485 (2019) [C1]

Background: Soluble fibre modulates airway inflammation in animal models. The aim of this study was to investigate the effects of soluble fibre supplementation, with and without a... [more]

Background: Soluble fibre modulates airway inflammation in animal models. The aim of this study was to investigate the effects of soluble fibre supplementation, with and without a probiotic, on plasma short chain fatty acids (SCFA), airway inflammation, asthma control and gut microbiome in adults with asthma. Methods: A randomised, double-blinded, placebo controlled 3-way cross-over trial in 17 subjects with stable asthma at the Hunter Medical Research Institute, Newcastle, Australia. Subjects received 3 × 7 day oral interventions in random order; soluble fibre (inulin 12 g/day), soluble fibre + probiotic (inulin 12 g/day + multi-strain probiotic >25 billion CFU) and placebo. Plasma SCFA, sputum cell counts and inflammatory gene expression, asthma control gut microbiota, adverse events including gastrointestinal symptoms were measured. Findings: There was no difference in change in total plasma SCFA levels (µmol/L) in the placebo versus soluble fibre (¿median [95% CI] 16·3 [-16·9, 49·5], p = 0·335) or soluble fibre+probiotic (18·7 [-14·5, 51·9], p = 0·325) group. Following the soluble fibre intervention there was an improvement in the asthma control questionnaire (ACQ6) (¿median (IQR) -0·35 (-0·5, -0·13), p = 0·006), sputum %eosinophils decreased (-1.0 (-2·5, 0), p = 0·006) and sputum histone deacetylase 9 (HDAC9) gene expression decreased (-0.49 (-0.83, -0.27) 2-¿Ct, p =.008). Individual bacterial operational taxonomic units changed following both inulin and inulin+probiotic arms. Interpretation: Soluble fibre supplementation for 7 days in adults with asthma did not change SCFA levels. Within group analysis showed improvements in airway inflammation, asthma control and gut microbiome composition following inulin supplementation and these changes warrant further investigation, in order to evaluate the potential of soluble fibre as a non-pharmacological addition to asthma management. Fund: John Hunter Hospital Charitable Trust.

DOI 10.1016/j.ebiom.2019.07.048
Citations Scopus - 65Web of Science - 40
Co-authors Peter Gibson, Lisa Wood, Evan J Williams, Katherine Baines, Bec Mcloughlin
2018 Hosseini B, Berthon BS, Saedisomeolia A, Starkey MR, Collison A, Wark PAB, Wood LG, 'Effects of fruit and vegetable consumption on inflammatory biomarkers and immune cell populations: a systematic literature review and meta-analysis.', The American journal of clinical nutrition, 108 136-155 (2018) [C1]
DOI 10.1093/ajcn/nqy082
Citations Scopus - 125Web of Science - 103
Co-authors Adam Collison, Lisa Wood, Peter Wark, Malcolm Starkey
2017 McLoughlin RF, Berthon BS, Jensen ME, Baines KJ, Wood LG, 'Short-chain fatty acids, prebiotics, synbiotics, and systemic inflammation: A systematic review and meta-analysis', American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 106 930-945 (2017) [C1]

Background: Prebiotic soluble fibers are fermented by beneficial bacteria in the colon to produce short-chain fatty acids (SCFAs), which are proposed to have systemic anti-inflamm... [more]

Background: Prebiotic soluble fibers are fermented by beneficial bacteria in the colon to produce short-chain fatty acids (SCFAs), which are proposed to have systemic anti-inflammatory effects. Objective: This review examines the effect of SCFAs, prebiotics, and pre- and probiotic combinations (synbiotics) on systemic inflammation. Design: Relevant English language studies from 1947 to May 2017 were identified with the use of online databases. Studies were considered eligible if they examined the effects of SCFAs, prebiotics, or synbiotics; were delivered orally, intravenously, or per rectum; were on biomarkers of systemic inflammation in humans; and performed meta-analysis where possible. Results: Sixty-eight studies were included. Fourteen of 29 prebiotic studies and 13 of 26 synbiotic studies reported a significant decrease in =1 marker of systemic inflammation. Eight studies compared prebiotic and synbiotic supplementation, 2 of which reported a decrease in inflammation with synbiotics only, with 1 reporting a greater anti-inflammatory effect with synbiotics than with prebiotics alone. Meta-analyses indicated that prebiotics reduce C-reactive protein (CRP) [standardized mean difference (SMD): -0.60; 95% CI: -0.98, -0.23], and synbiotics reduce CRP (SMD: -0.40; 95% CI: -0.73, -0.06) and tumor necrosis factor-a (SMD -0.90; 95% CI: -1.50, -0.30). Conclusions: There is significant heterogeneity of outcomes in studies examining the effect of prebiotics and synbiotics on systemic inflammation. Approximately 50% of included studies reported a decrease in =1 inflammatory biomarker. The inconsistency in reported outcomes may be due to heterogeneity in study design, supplement formulation, dosage, duration, and subject population. Nonetheless, meta-analyses provide evidence to support the systemic anti-inflammatory effects of prebiotic and synbiotic supplementation.

DOI 10.3945/ajcn.117.156265
Citations Scopus - 178Web of Science - 138
Co-authors Lisa Wood, Bec Mcloughlin, Katherine Baines, Megan Jensen
2017 Halnes I, Baines KJ, Berthon BS, MacDonald-Wicks LK, Gibson PG, Wood LG, 'Soluble fibre meal challenge reduces airway inflammation and expression of GPR43 and GPR41 in asthma', Nutrients, 9 1-11 (2017) [C1]
DOI 10.3390/nu9010057
Citations Scopus - 118Web of Science - 89
Co-authors Katherine Baines, Lesley Wicks, Peter Gibson, Lisa Wood
2017 Williams EJ, Baines KJ, Berthon BS, Wood LG, 'Effects of an Encapsulated Fruit and Vegetable Juice Concentrate on Obesity-Induced Systemic Inflammation: A Randomised Controlled Trial', NUTRIENTS, 9 (2017) [C1]
DOI 10.3390/nu9020116
Citations Scopus - 28Web of Science - 21
Co-authors Evan J Williams, Lisa Wood, Katherine Baines
2017 Hosseini B, Berthon BS, Wark P, Wood LG, 'Effects of Fruit and Vegetable Consumption on Risk of Asthma, Wheezing and Immune Responses: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis', NUTRIENTS, 9 (2017) [C1]
DOI 10.3390/nu9040341
Citations Scopus - 105Web of Science - 78
Co-authors Lisa Wood, Peter Wark
2017 Berthon BS, Gibson PG, Wood LG, MacDonald-Wicks LK, Baines KJ, 'A sputum gene expression signature predicts oral corticosteroid response in asthma', EUROPEAN RESPIRATORY JOURNAL, 49 (2017) [C1]
DOI 10.1183/13993003.00180-2017
Citations Scopus - 48Web of Science - 43
Co-authors Lesley Wicks, Peter Gibson, Lisa Wood, Katherine Baines
2017 Guilleminault L, Williams EJ, Scott HA, Berthon BS, Jensen M, Wood LG, 'Diet and Asthma: Is It Time to Adapt Our Message?', Nutrients, 9 (2017) [C1]
DOI 10.3390/nu9111227
Citations Scopus - 125Web of Science - 92
Co-authors Megan Jensen, Lisa Wood, Hayley Scott, Evan J Williams
2015 Berthon BS, Gibson PG, Mcelduff P, Macdonald-Wicks LK, Wood LG, 'Effects of short-term oral corticosteroid intake on dietary intake, body weight and body composition in adults with asthma - a randomized controlled trial', Clinical and Experimental Allergy, 45 908-919 (2015) [C1]

Background: Oral corticosteroids (OCS) are an efficacious treatment for asthma exacerbations, yet risk of adverse effects may decrease patient adherence to therapy. In particular,... [more]

Background: Oral corticosteroids (OCS) are an efficacious treatment for asthma exacerbations, yet risk of adverse effects may decrease patient adherence to therapy. In particular, changes in appetite and dietary intake, which lead to weight gain and changes in body composition, are considered undesirable. Objective: To determine whether 10-day OCS therapy in adults with asthma causes changes in leptin, appetite, dietary intake, body weight and body composition. Methods: Double-blinded, placebo-controlled randomized cross-over trial of 10 days prednisolone (50 mg) in adults with stable asthma (n = 55) (ACTRN12611000562976). Pre- and post-assessment included spirometry, body weight, body composition measured by dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry and bioelectrical impedance analysis, appetite measured using a validated visual analogue scale (VAS) and dietary intake assessed using 4-day food records. Leptin was measured as a biomarker of appetite and eosinophils as an adherence biomarker. Outcomes were analysed by generalized linear mixed models. Results: Subject adherence was confirmed by a significant decrease in blood eosinophils (× 109/L) following prednisolone compared to placebo [Coef. -0.29, 95% CI: (-0.39, -0.19) P < 0.001]. There was no difference in serum leptin (ng/mL) [Coef. 0.13, 95% CI: (-3.47, 3.72) P = 0.945] or appetite measured by VAS (mm) [Coef. -4.93, 95% CI: (-13.64, 3.79) P = 0.267] following prednisolone vs. placebo. There was no difference in dietary intake (kJ/day) [Coef. 255, 95% CI: (-380, 891) P = 0.431], body weight (kg) [Coef. -0.38, 95% CI: (-0.81, 0.05) P = 0.083] or body fat (%) [Coef. -0.31, 95% CI: (-0.81, 0.20) P = 0.230]. Symptoms including sleep and gastrointestinal disturbance were reported significantly more often during prednisolone vs. placebo. Conclusions and Clinical Relevance: Short-term OCS in stable asthma did not induce significant changes in appetite, dietary intake, body weight or composition, although other adverse effects may require medical management. This evidence may assist in increasing medication adherence of asthmatics prescribed OCS for exacerbations.

DOI 10.1111/cea.12505
Citations Scopus - 15Web of Science - 14
Co-authors Patrick Mcelduff, Lisa Wood, Peter Gibson, Lesley Wicks
2015 Berthon BS, Wood LG, 'Nutrition and Respiratory Health-Feature Review', NUTRIENTS, 7 1618-1643 (2015) [C1]
DOI 10.3390/nu7031618
Citations Scopus - 82Web of Science - 64
Co-authors Lisa Wood
2015 Wood LG, Shivappa N, Berthon BS, Gibson PG, Hebert JR, 'Dietary inflammatory index is related to asthma risk, lung function and systemic inflammation in asthma', Clinical and Experimental Allergy, 45 177-183 (2015) [C1]

Background: Asthma prevalence has increased in recent years, and evidence suggests that diet may be a contributing factor. Increased use of processed foods has led to a decrease i... [more]

Background: Asthma prevalence has increased in recent years, and evidence suggests that diet may be a contributing factor. Increased use of processed foods has led to a decrease in diet quality, which may be creating a pro-inflammatory environment, thereby leading to the development and/or progression of various chronic inflammatory diseases and conditions. Recently, the dietary inflammatory index (DII) has been developed and validated to assess the inflammatory potential of individual diets. Objective: This study aimed to examine the DII in subjects with asthma compared to healthy controls and to relate the DII to asthma risk, lung function and systemic inflammation. Methods: Subjects with asthma (n = 99) and healthy controls (n = 61) were recruited. Blood was collected and spirometry was performed. The DII was calculated from food frequency questionnaires administered to study subjects. Results: The mean DII score for the asthmatics was higher than the mean DII score for healthy controls (- 1.40 vs. - 1.86, P = 0.04), indicating that their diets were more pro-inflammatory. For every 1 unit increase in DII score, the odds of having asthma increased by 70% (OR: 1.70, 95% CI: 1.03, 2.14; P = 0.040). FEV1 was significantly associated with DII score (ß = - 3.44, 95% CI: - 6.50, - 0.39; P = 0.020), indicating that for every 1 unit increase in DII score, FEV1 decreased by 3.44 times. Furthermore, plasma IL-6 concentrations were positively associated with DII score (ß = 0.13, 95% CI: 0.05, 0.21; P = 0.002). Conclusion and Clinical Relevance: As assessed using the DII score, the usual diet consumed by asthmatics in this study was pro-inflammatory relative to the diet consumed by the healthy controls. The DII score was associated with increased systemic inflammation and lower lung function. Hence, consumption of pro-inflammatory foods may contribute to worse asthma status, and targeting an improvement in DII in asthmatics, as an indicator of suitable dietary intake, might be a useful strategy for improving clinical outcomes in the disease.

DOI 10.1111/cea.12323
Citations Scopus - 206Web of Science - 154
Co-authors Peter Gibson, Lisa Wood
2015 Berthon B, wood LG, 'Oral Corticosteroid Use in Exacerbations of Asthma', Clinical Immunology, Endocrine & Metabolic Drugs, 2 2-3 (2015) [C3]
Co-authors Lisa Wood
2015 Wood LG, Lagleva M, Shah S, Berthon BS, Galbraith S, Henry R, et al., 'Dietary changes in migrant adolescents with increasing length of stay in Australia and associated risk of wheeze - a retrospective, cross sectional study', BMC Pediatrics, 15 (2015) [C1]

Background: Recent studies have reported that asthma prevalence increases on migration to Australia. We hypothesised that changes in dietary intake contribute to this phenomenon. ... [more]

Background: Recent studies have reported that asthma prevalence increases on migration to Australia. We hypothesised that changes in dietary intake contribute to this phenomenon. The aim of this study was to assess dietary intake in relation to migration status, length of stay in Australia and the association with self-reported wheeze. Methods: Students (n = 144) in a multicultural high school in Western Sydney completed the asthma symptoms ISAAC video questionnaire (AVQ3.0), spirometry and allergy skin prick tests. A dietitian administered a'Food Frequency' and 'Food Habits' questionnaire and a dietary history interview. Results: Students who spoke a language other than English, consumed a traditional or mixed dietary pattern, with lower consumption of saturated fat, compared to students who spoke English only. Saturated fat intake increased and fibre intake decreased with length of time in Australia. Intake of foods high in saturated or trans fatty acids were positively associated with length of stay in Australia. No associations between nutrient intake or whole food intake and self-reported wheeze were observed. Conclusion: As time progressed, dietary intake of immigrant children changed. While this was not associated with the development of wheeze in the students in this cohort, these changes are likely to have negative health consequences.

DOI 10.1186/s12887-015-0420-x
Citations Scopus - 13Web of Science - 11
Co-authors Lisa Wood, Peter Gibson
2014 Berthon BS, MacDonald-Wicks LK, Wood LG, 'A systematic review of the effect of oral glucocorticoids on energy intake, appetite, and body weight in humans', NUTRITION RESEARCH, 34 179-190 (2014) [C1]
DOI 10.1016/j.nutres.2013.12.006
Citations Scopus - 57Web of Science - 45
Co-authors Lisa Wood, Lesley Wicks
2013 Berthon BS, Macdonald-Wicks LK, Gibson PG, Wood LG, 'Investigation of the association between dietary intake, disease severity and airway inflammation in asthma', RESPIROLOGY, 18 447-454 (2013) [C1]
DOI 10.1111/resp.12015
Citations Scopus - 101Web of Science - 74
Co-authors Peter Gibson, Lisa Wood, Lesley Wicks
2012 Burrows TL, Berthon B, Garg ML, Collins CE, 'A comparative validation of a child food frequency questionnaire using red blood cell membrane fatty acids', European Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 66 825-829 (2012) [C1]
Citations Scopus - 44Web of Science - 43
Co-authors Clare Collins, Manohar Garg, Tracy Burrows
2012 Morgan PJ, Collins CE, Plotnikoff RC, Cook AT, Berthon B, Mitchell S, Callister R, 'The impact of a workplace-based weight loss program on work-related outcomes in overweight male shift workers', Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, 54 122-127 (2012) [C1]
DOI 10.1097/JOM.0b013e31824329ab
Citations Scopus - 62Web of Science - 56
Co-authors Robin Callister, Ron Plotnikoff, Philip Morgan, Alyce Barnes, Clare Collins
2011 Morgan PJ, Collins CE, Plotnikoff RC, Cook AT, Berthon B, Mitchell S, Callister R, 'Efficacy of a workplace-based weight loss program for overweight male shift workers: The Workplace POWER (Preventing Obesity Without Eating like a Rabbit) randomized controlled trial', Preventive Medicine, 52 317-325 (2011) [C1]
DOI 10.1016/j.ypmed.2011.01.031
Citations Scopus - 131Web of Science - 119
Co-authors Clare Collins, Philip Morgan, Alyce Barnes, Robin Callister, Ron Plotnikoff
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Conference (35 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2023 Williams LM, Berthon BS, Stoodley IL, Williams EJ, Wood LG, 'Medicinal mushroom extracts exert differential effects in vitro on the release of inflammatory mediators by stimulated peripheral blood mononuclear cells from healthy, older adults', PROCEEDINGS OF THE NUTRITION SOCIETY (2023)
DOI 10.1017/S002966512300071X
Co-authors Evan J Williams, Lisa Wood
2023 Williams L, Berthon B, Bartlett N, Wark P, Wood L, 'Bacterial metabolites of dietary fibre fermentation, propionate and butyrate, reduce type 2 cytokine responses by peripheral blood mononuclear cells from subjects with asthma', PROCEEDINGS OF THE NUTRITION SOCIETY (2023)
DOI 10.1017/S0029665123000873
Co-authors Nathan Bartlett
2023 Berthon BS, Thompson CA, Scott HA, Gibson PG, Wood LG, 'Predictors of response to rescue inhalers in adult asthma and associations with fatty acid biomarkers and weight loss', PROCEEDINGS OF THE NUTRITION SOCIETY (2023)
DOI 10.1017/S002966512300160X
Co-authors Peter Gibson, Lisa Wood, Hayley Scott
2023 Carroll O, Brown A, Mayall J, Gomez H, Kim R, Donovan C, et al., 'A relationship between female sex hormones, cellular metabolism, and asthma', RESPIROLOGY (2023)
Co-authors Katie-Jane Wynne, Lisa Wood, Jay Horvat, Jemma Mayall, Chantal Donovan
2022 Berthon B, Williams L, Negewo N, Thompson C, McLoughlin R, Wark P, Wood L, 'Modest improvements following oral soluble fibre RCT in adult asthma', RESPIROLOGY (2022)
Co-authors Bec Mcloughlin, Peter Wark, Lisa Wood
2022 Carroll O, Brown A, Mayall J, Zounemat-Kermani N, Gomez H, Kim R, et al., 'Female sex hormones affect asthma severity by altering cellular metabolism in the airways', EUROPEAN RESPIRATORY JOURNAL (2022)
DOI 10.1183/13993003.congress-2022.597
Co-authors Chantal Donovan, Katie-Jane Wynne, Philip Hansbro, Jay Horvat, Lisa Wood
2022 Pinkerton J, Kim R, Brown A, Rae B, Donovan C, Mayall J, et al., 'Interaction between type 2 cytokine and inflammasome responses in the pathogenesis of obesity-associated asthma', EUROPEAN RESPIRATORY JOURNAL (2022)
DOI 10.1183/13993003.congress-2022.871
Co-authors Lisa Wood, Jay Horvat, Philip Hansbro, Chantal Donovan
2022 Williams L, Berthon B, McLoughlin R, Nichol K, Negewo N, Thompson C, et al., 'Soluble fibre supplementation modulates inflammatory responses in non-eosinophilic asthma', RESPIROLOGY (2022)
Co-authors Bec Mcloughlin, Lisa Wood, Peter Wark
2022 Carroll O, Brown A, Mayall J, Gomez H, Kim R, Donovan C, et al., 'A relationship between female sex hormones, cellular metabolism and asthma', RESPIROLOGY (2022)
Co-authors Philip Hansbro, Lisa Wood, Chantal Donovan, Jay Horvat
2021 Wood L, Berthon B, Mcloughlin R, Jensen M, Hosseini B, Williams E, et al., 'FRUIT AND VEGETABLES IMPROVE LUNG FUNCTION IN CHILDREN WITH ASTHMA', RESPIROLOGY (2021)
Co-authors Adam Collison, Lisa Wood, Peter Wark, Malcolm Starkey, Joerg Mattes
2020 Thompson C, Berthon BS, Scott HA, Gibson PG, Young PM, Oliver BG, Wood LG, 'Macronutrient Effects on Bronchodilator Responsiveness in Obese Asthma', AMERICAN JOURNAL OF RESPIRATORY AND CRITICAL CARE MEDICINE, ELECTR NETWORK (2020)
Co-authors Hayley Scott, Peter Gibson, Lisa Wood
2020 Wood LG, Berthon BS, McLoughlin RL, Jensen ME, Hosseini B, Williams EJ, et al., 'A Fruit and Vegetable Intervention in Children with Asthma Improved Lung Function and Decreased Asthma Related Illness', AMERICAN JOURNAL OF RESPIRATORY AND CRITICAL CARE MEDICINE, ELECTR NETWORK (2020)
Co-authors Bec Mcloughlin, Joerg Mattes, Evan J Williams, Malcolm Starkey, Katherine Baines, Lisa Wood, Megan Jensen, Adam Collison, Peter Wark
2020 Eslick S, Williams EJ, Berthon B, Wright T, Karihaloo C, Gately M, Wood LG, 'Butyrate's Anti-Inflammatory Potential in Obese Asthmatics and Non Asthmatics', AMERICAN JOURNAL OF RESPIRATORY AND CRITICAL CARE MEDICINE, ELECTR NETWORK (2020)
Co-authors Lisa Wood, Evan J Williams
2020 Wood L, Berthon B, Mcloughlin R, Jensen M, Hosseini B, Williams E, et al., 'INTERVENTION WITH A HIGH FRUIT AND VEGETABLE DIET IMPROVES LUNG FUNCTION AND DECREASES ASTHMA RELATED ILLNESS IN CHILDREN WITH ASTHMA', RESPIROLOGY (2020)
Co-authors Adam Collison, Peter Wark, Joerg Mattes, Malcolm Starkey, Bec Mcloughlin, Lisa Wood, Katherine Baines, Megan Jensen, Evan J Williams
2020 Hosseini B, Wark P, Berthon B, Williams E, Mcloughlin R, Jensen M, et al., 'INCREASING FRUIT AND VEGETABLE INTAKE MODIFIES INNATE IMMUNE RESPONSES IN CHILDREN WITH ASTHMA', RESPIROLOGY (2020)
Co-authors Adam Collison, Peter Wark, Joerg Mattes, Evan J Williams, Lisa Wood, Malcolm Starkey, Megan Jensen, Katherine Baines, Bec Mcloughlin
2020 Hosseini B, Wark P, Berthon B, Williams E, Mcloughlin R, Jensen M, et al., 'CHILDREN WITH ASTHMA HAVE IMPAIRED INNATE IMMUNE RESPONSES COMPARED WITH HEALTHY CONTROLS', RESPIROLOGY (2020)
Co-authors Evan J Williams, Joerg Mattes, Peter Wark, Adam Collison, Lisa Wood, Malcolm Starkey, Bec Mcloughlin
2020 Thompson C, Eslick S, Berthon BS, Wood LG, 'Does Obesity Increase Asthma Medication Use? A Combined Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis', AMERICAN JOURNAL OF RESPIRATORY AND CRITICAL CARE MEDICINE, ELECTR NETWORK (2020)
Co-authors Lisa Wood
2019 Thompson C, Berthon B, Scott H, Gibson P, Young P, Oliver P, Wood L, 'The effects of macronutrients on bronchodilator responsiveness in asthma', Proceedings, Canberra, Australia (2019)
Co-authors Peter Gibson, Lisa Wood, Hayley Scott
2019 Stoodley I, Garg M, Scott H, MacDonald-Wicks L, Berthon B, Wood L, 'A higher omega-3 index in associated with better asthma control', Proceedings, Canberra, Australia (2019)
Co-authors Lisa Wood, Manohar Garg, Lesley Wicks, Hayley Scott
2019 Thompson C, Berthon B, Scott H, Gibson P, Young P, Oliver B, Wood L, 'MACRONUTRIENT EFFECTS ON BRONCHODILATOR RESPONSIVENESS IN OBESE ASTHMA', RESPIROLOGY (2019)
Co-authors Hayley Scott, Lisa Wood, Peter Gibson
2019 Thompson C, Eslick S, Berthon B, Wood L, 'A SYSTEMATIC REVIEW AND META-ANALYSIS OF ASTHMA MEDICATION USE IN OBESE ASTHMA', RESPIROLOGY (2019)
Co-authors Lisa Wood
2018 McLoughlin R, Berthon BS, Baines KJ, Gibson PG, Rogers GB, Arnold D, Wood LG, 'Soluble Fibre Downregulates Airway Histone Deacetylase 9 Expression Which Is Associated with Eosinophilic Inflammation in Asthma', AMERICAN JOURNAL OF RESPIRATORY AND CRITICAL CARE MEDICINE, San Diego, CA (2018)
Co-authors Bec Mcloughlin, Katherine Baines, Lisa Wood, Peter Gibson
2018 Williams EJ, Guilleminault L, Berthon BS, Baines KJ, Gibson PG, Wright T, et al., 'Anti-Inflammatory Effects of Sulforaphane on Adipose Tissue Macrophages Isolated from Obese Subjects with and Without Asthma', AMERICAN JOURNAL OF RESPIRATORY AND CRITICAL CARE MEDICINE, San Diego, CA (2018)
Co-authors Katherine Baines, Evan J Williams, Lisa Wood, Peter Gibson
2017 Wood LG, Berthon BS, Zapirain R, Leong LEX, Baines KA, Gibson PG, et al., 'Airway Inflammation, Asthma Control And Gut Microbiome Are Improved By Soluble Fibre Supplementation', AMERICAN JOURNAL OF RESPIRATORY AND CRITICAL CARE MEDICINE, Washington, DC (2017)
Co-authors Peter Gibson, Lisa Wood, Katherine Baines
2017 Wood LG, Li Q, Scott HA, Berthon BS, Gibson PG, Baines KA, 'Saturated Fatty Acids, But Not N-6 Polyunsaturated Fatty Acids Or Carbohydrates, Increase Airway Inflammation In Non-Obese Asthmatics', AMERICAN JOURNAL OF RESPIRATORY AND CRITICAL CARE MEDICINE, Washington, DC (2017)
Co-authors Katherine Baines, Peter Gibson, Lisa Wood, Hayley Scott
2017 Wood LG, Berthon BS, Zapirain R, Leong LEX, Baines KJ, Gibson PG, et al., 'ASTHMA CONTROL, AIRWAY INFLAMMATION AND GUT MICROBIOME ARE IMPROVED BY SOLUBLE FIBRE SUPPLEMENTATION', RESPIROLOGY (2017)
Citations Web of Science - 1
Co-authors Lisa Wood, Peter Gibson, Katherine Baines
2017 Wood LG, Li Q, Berthon BS, Gibson PG, Baines KJ, 'SATURATED FATTY ACIDS, BUT NOT N-6 POLYUNSATURATED FATTY ACIDS OR CARBOHYDRATES, INCREASE AIRWAY INFLAMMATION IN NON-OBESE ASTHMATICS', RESPIROLOGY (2017)
Co-authors Peter Gibson, Lisa Wood, Katherine Baines
2017 Wood LG, Williams EJ, Berthon BS, Baines KA, 'Effects of an encapsulated fruit and vegetable juice concentrate on obesity-induced systemic inflammation', FASEB JOURNAL, Chicago, IL (2017)
Citations Web of Science - 1
Co-authors Lisa Wood, Katherine Baines, Evan J Williams
2016 Berthon B, Gibson P, Wood L, Macdonald-Wicks L, Baines K, 'A NOVEL GENE EXPRESSION SIGNATURE IN SPUTUM PREDICTS ORAL CORTICOSTEROID RESPONSE IN ASTHMA', RESPIROLOGY (2016)
Co-authors Lisa Wood, Lesley Wicks, Peter Gibson
2014 Wood LG, Shivappa N, Berthon BS, Gibson P, Hebert JR, 'Asthma Risk, Lung Function And Systemic Inflammation Are Associated With Dietary Inflammatory Index In Asthma', AMERICAN JOURNAL OF RESPIRATORY AND CRITICAL CARE MEDICINE (2014)
Co-authors Lisa Wood, Peter Gibson
2014 Berthon B, Macdonald-Wicks L, Gibson P, Wood L, 'SHORT TERM ORAL CORTICOSTEROID THERAPY DOES NOT INCREASE APPETITE, DIETARY INTAKE, BODY WEIGHT AND BODY COMPOSITION IN ADULTS WITH ASTHMA - A RANDOMIZED-CONTROLLED TRIAL', RESPIROLOGY (2014) [E3]
Co-authors Peter Gibson, Lisa Wood, Lesley Wicks
2014 Wood L, Shivappa N, Berthon B, Gibson P, Hebert J, 'DIETARY INFLAMMATORY INDEX IS RELATED TO ASTHMA RISK, LUNG FUNCTION AND SYSTEMIC INFLAMMATION IN ASTHMA', RESPIROLOGY (2014) [E3]
Citations Web of Science - 30
Co-authors Lisa Wood, Peter Gibson
2013 Berthon B, MacDonald-Wicks L, Gibson P, Wood L, 'Changes in body composition are associated with corticosteroid use in adult asthma', EUROPEAN RESPIRATORY JOURNAL (2013)
Co-authors Peter Gibson, Lisa Wood, Lesley Wicks
2013 Berthon BS, Macdonald-Wicks LK, Gibson PG, Wood LG, 'PARTIAL OR POOR ASTHMA CONTROL IS RELATED TO ANXIETY AND DEPRESSION SCORES', RESPIROLOGY (2013) [E3]
Co-authors Lisa Wood, Lesley Wicks, Peter Gibson
2010 Callister R, Morgan PJ, Cook AT, Berthon B, Collins CE, Plotnikoff RC, 'Characteristics of male shift workers as a target for a workplace-based weight loss program', Obesity Research and Clinical Practice, Sydney, NSW (2010) [E3]
Co-authors Clare Collins, Philip Morgan, Alyce Barnes, Robin Callister, Ron Plotnikoff
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants 14
Total funding $1,960,348

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20231 grants / $1,497,067

Personalising the management of obesity-associated asthma using medical nutrition therapy and physical activity prescription: The IDEAL Study$1,497,067

Funding body: Department of Health and Aged Care

Funding body Department of Health and Aged Care
Project Team Doctor Hayley Scott, Professor Lisa Wood, Doctor Sarah Valkenborghs, Professor Anne Dixon, Professor Jay Horvat, Doctor Natasha Weaver, Dr Serene Yoong, Doctor Bronwyn Berthon, Doctor Evan Williams, Doctor Alexandra Brown, Dr Sze Yoong
Scheme MRFF - PPHRI - Chronic Respiratory Conditions
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2023
Funding Finish 2024
GNo G2200660
Type Of Funding C1300 - Aust Competitive - Medical Research Future Fund
Category 1300
UON Y

20222 grants / $54,984

GE Lunar iDXA $44,500

Funding body: Hunter Medical Research Institute

Funding body Hunter Medical Research Institute
Project Team Doctor Bronwyn Berthon
Scheme Equipment Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2022
Funding Finish 2022
GNo G2201228
Type Of Funding C3300 – Aust Philanthropy
Category 3300
UON Y

Targeting the NLRP3 inflammsome to improve the immune response of obese individuals to Influenza A virus$10,484

Funding body: Hunter New England Local Health District

Funding body Hunter New England Local Health District
Project Team Doctor Evan Williams, Doctor David Arnold, Doctor Bronwyn Berthon, Professor Jay Horvat, Doctor Lily Williams
Scheme John Hunter Hospital Charitable Trust Grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2022
Funding Finish 2022
GNo G2200188
Type Of Funding C2400 – Aust StateTerritoryLocal – Other
Category 2400
UON Y

20213 grants / $268,168

Lactoferrin supplementation, Immune Function & Respiratory Virus Infection$199,986

Funding body: Freedom Foods Group Nutritionals Pty Ltd

Funding body Freedom Foods Group Nutritionals Pty Ltd
Project Team Professor Lisa Wood, Professor Nathan Bartlett, Doctor Bronwyn Berthon, Doctor Evan Williams
Scheme Entrepreneurs' Programme: Innovation Connections
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2021
Funding Finish 2022
GNo G2100982
Type Of Funding C3100 – Aust For Profit
Category 3100
UON Y

Lactoferrin supplementation, Immune Function & Respiratory Virus Infection$50,000

Funding body: Department of Industry, Innovation and Science

Funding body Department of Industry, Innovation and Science
Project Team Professor Lisa Wood, Professor Nathan Bartlett, Doctor Bronwyn Berthon, Doctor Evan Williams
Scheme Entrepreneurs' Programme: Innovation Connections
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2021
Funding Finish 2022
GNo G2101004
Type Of Funding C2200 - Aust Commonwealth – Other
Category 2200
UON Y

Investigating the role of sex hormones in obesity associated susceptibility to respiratory viral disease$18,182

Funding body: Hunter New England Local Health District

Funding body Hunter New England Local Health District
Project Team Doctor Evan Williams, Doctor Alexandra Brown, Professor Jay Horvat, Doctor Bronwyn Berthon, Doctor David Arnold
Scheme John Hunter Hospital Charitable Trust Grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2021
Funding Finish 2021
GNo G2100212
Type Of Funding C2400 – Aust StateTerritoryLocal – Other
Category 2400
UON Y

20202 grants / $42,162

How do fruit and vegetables improve lung function in childhood asthma?$30,000

Funding body: Hunter Medical Research Institute

Funding body Hunter Medical Research Institute
Project Team Doctor Bronwyn Berthon, Professor Lisa Wood, Doctor Evan Williams, Doctor Katie Baines, Professor Joerg Mattes
Scheme HCRF Project Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2020
Funding Finish 2021
GNo G2001343
Type Of Funding C3200 – Aust Not-for Profit
Category 3200
UON Y

Investigating the role of sex hormones in in obese and non-obese asthmatic females$12,162

Funding body: John Hunter Hospital Charitable Trust

Funding body John Hunter Hospital Charitable Trust
Project Team Doctor Evan Williams, Doctor Alexandra Brown, Professor Lisa Wood, Professor Jay Horvat, Doctor David Arnold, Doctor Bronwyn Berthon
Scheme Research Grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2020
Funding Finish 2020
GNo G2000392
Type Of Funding C3200 – Aust Not-for Profit
Category 3200
UON Y

20173 grants / $49,000

Therapies to reduce the damaging effects of obesity in people with asthma$20,000

Funding body: John Hunter Hospital Charitable Trust

Funding body John Hunter Hospital Charitable Trust
Project Team Professor Lisa Wood, Doctor Bronwyn Berthon, Conjoint Associate Professor Nick Saltos
Scheme Research Grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2017
Funding Finish 2017
GNo G1700208
Type Of Funding C3200 – Aust Not-for Profit
Category 3200
UON Y

Understanding the role of diet and gut bacteria in asthmatic children$20,000

Funding body: Hunter Medical Research Institute

Funding body Hunter Medical Research Institute
Project Team Professor Lisa Wood, Doctor Megan Jensen, Professor Joerg Mattes, Doctor Bronwyn Berthon, Doctor Katie Baines
Scheme Project Grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2017
Funding Finish 2017
GNo G1701528
Type Of Funding C3300 – Aust Philanthropy
Category 3300
UON Y

CoreScan Software - Dual Energy X-ray absorptiometry machine$9,000

Funding body: NSW Ministry of Health

Funding body NSW Ministry of Health
Project Team Doctor Bronwyn Berthon, Professor Lisa Wood, Doctor Katie Baines, Professor Vanessa McDonald
Scheme Medical Research Support Program (MRSP)
Role Lead
Funding Start 2017
Funding Finish 2017
GNo G1701222
Type Of Funding C2400 – Aust StateTerritoryLocal – Other
Category 2400
UON Y

20161 grants / $21,745

Epigenetic and microbiome changes induced by soluble fibre in asthma$21,745

Funding body: John Hunter Hospital Charitable Trust

Funding body John Hunter Hospital Charitable Trust
Project Team Professor Lisa Wood, Doctor Bronwyn Berthon, Doctor David Arnold, Associate Professor Geraint Rogers
Scheme Research Grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2016
Funding Finish 2016
GNo G1600247
Type Of Funding Other Public Sector - State
Category 2OPS
UON Y

20151 grants / $25,222

Dietary fibre as a modulator of airway inflammation in asthma$25,222

Funding body: John Hunter Hospital Charitable Trust

Funding body John Hunter Hospital Charitable Trust
Project Team Doctor Bronwyn Berthon, Professor Lisa Wood, Doctor David Arnold
Scheme Research Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2015
Funding Finish 2015
GNo G1500693
Type Of Funding Other Public Sector - State
Category 2OPS
UON Y

20141 grants / $2,000

Khancoban Travel Grant$2,000

Funding body: Asthma Foundation of New South Wales

Funding body Asthma Foundation of New South Wales
Project Team Doctor Bronwyn Berthon
Scheme Khancoban Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2014
Funding Finish 2014
GNo G1400703
Type Of Funding Scheme excluded from IGS
Category EXCL
UON Y
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Research Supervision

Number of supervisions

Completed6
Current1

Current Supervision

Commenced Level of Study Research Title Program Supervisor Type
2022 PhD A Study of Nutrition to Reduce Inflammation in Chronic Pain PhD (Nutritional Biochemistry), College of Health, Medicine and Wellbeing, The University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor

Past Supervision

Year Level of Study Research Title Program Supervisor Type
2023 PhD Soluble Fibre as an Anti-Inflammatory Treatment for Asthma PhD (Nutritional Biochemistry), College of Health, Medicine and Wellbeing, The University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor
2022 PhD Approaches to Reducing Inflammation in Obesity: An Investigation into the Effects of Short Chain Fatty Acids PhD (Nutritional Biochemistry), College of Health, Medicine and Wellbeing, The University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor
2022 PhD Addressing Sarcopenia in an Aging Population PhD (Nutritional Biochemistry), College of Health, Medicine and Wellbeing, The University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor
2021 PhD The Effects of Obesity and Fatty Acids on Medication Use and Bronchodilator Response in Asthma PhD (Nutritional Biochemistry), College of Health, Medicine and Wellbeing, The University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor
2020 PhD Dietary Intervention to Reduce Exacerbation in Children with Asthma PhD (Nutritional Biochemistry), College of Health, Medicine and Wellbeing, The University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor
2019 PhD Dietary Fibre as a Modulator of Inflammation in Asthma PhD (Nutritional Biochemistry), College of Health, Medicine and Wellbeing, The University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor
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News

Viral infection

News • 25 Mar 2022

Study to test anti-viral effects of Lactoferrin

Researchers from the Hunter Medical Research Institute (HMRI) and the University of Newcastle are looking for participants to take part in a new study on the immune and anti-viral effects of the dietary supplement Lactoferrin.

Dr Bronwyn Berthon

Position

Lecturer
Immune Health Research Program
School of Biomedical Sciences and Pharmacy
College of Health, Medicine and Wellbeing

Contact Details

Email bronwyn.berthon@newcastle.edu.au
Phone +61 2 4042 0116
Fax +61 2 4042 0046

Office

Room W2-027
Building HMRI
Location Hunter Medical Research Institute, Level 2, West Wing C/- University Drive, Callaghan, 2308
University Drive
Callaghan, NSW 2308
Australia
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