Dr Bronwyn Berthon

Dr Bronwyn Berthon

Postdoctoral Clinical Researcher

School of Biomedical Sciences and Pharmacy

Career Summary

Biography

Research focus: Investigation of the metabolic, immunological and biochemical relationships between dietary intake, obesity, inflammation and respiratory diseases.

Dr Berthon is an early career researcher developing her expertise in nutrition and asthma as a clinical research Dietitian (Bachelor Nutrition & Dietetics, Hons, University Medal, 2009) within the nutrition team of the University of Newcastle's Priority Research Centre for Healthy Lungs at the Hunter Medical Research Institute in Newcastle. Since 2014, Dr Berthon has performed clinical research related to nutrition and respiratory diseases and obesity and inflammation. 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 under the supervision of Professor Lisa Wood.

Currently Dr Berthon is focused on investigating the unique nutritional needs of adults and children with asthma by performing translational clinical research with the aim to establish appropriate dietary guidelines in asthma. While there are specific dietary recommendations for conditions such as diabetes, heart and kidney disease, there are still no dietary guidelines for people living with respiratory conditions.

Future Focus: Through contributing to innovative clinical trials in nutrition, in the future Dr Berthon hopes to be able to help consolidate her teams’ research findings into practical dietary advice that can make a difference in the lives of people living with health conditions like asthma.



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
321001 Clinical nutrition 60
320103 Respiratory diseases 40

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

Title Organisation / Department
Postdoctoral Clinical Researcher 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
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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 Bec Mcloughlin, Lisa Wood

Journal article (25 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2021 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, (2021)
DOI 10.1093/nutrit/nuab059
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.', Clin Exp Allergy, 51 1144-1156 (2021)
DOI 10.1111/cea.13979
Citations Scopus - 1Web of Science - 1
Co-authors Peter Wark, Malcolm Starkey, Bec Mcloughlin, Katherine Baines, Joerg Mattes, Megan Jensen, Adam Collison, 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.', Front Immunol, 12 664668 (2021)
DOI 10.3389/fimmu.2021.664668
Co-authors Joerg Mattes, Peter Wark, Malcolm Starkey, Lisa Wood, Katherine Baines, Megan Jensen, Adam Collison, Bec Mcloughlin
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 (2021) [C1]
DOI 10.1183/13993003.00612-2020
Co-authors Lisa Wood
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 - 2Web of Science - 1
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 - 7Web of Science - 7
Co-authors Lesley Wicks, Manohar Garg, Lisa Wood, Hayley Scott
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 - 32Web of Science - 29
Co-authors Philip Hansbro, Lisa Wood, Jay Horvat, Jodie Simpson, Katherine Baines, Peter Gibson, 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 - 20Web of Science - 18
Co-authors Katherine Baines, Lisa Wood, Peter Gibson, 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 - 42Web of Science - 37
Co-authors Lisa Wood, Peter Wark, Adam Collison, 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 - 90Web of Science - 86
Co-authors Lisa Wood, Katherine Baines, Bec Mcloughlin, 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 - 65Web of Science - 61
Co-authors Lisa Wood, Katherine Baines, Peter Gibson, Lesley Wicks
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 - 20Web of Science - 18
Co-authors 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 - 48Web of Science - 42
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 - 33Web of Science - 36
Co-authors Lisa Wood, Katherine Baines, Lesley Wicks, Peter Gibson
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 - 55Web of Science - 59
Co-authors Hayley Scott, Megan Jensen, Lisa Wood
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 - 11Web of Science - 12
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 - 45Web of Science - 47
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 - 157Web of Science - 156
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 - 8Web of Science - 8
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 - 36Web of Science - 35
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 - 62Web of Science - 59
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 - 42Web of Science - 41
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 - 48Web of Science - 48
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 - 111Web of Science - 108
Co-authors Clare Collins, Philip Morgan, Alyce Barnes, Robin Callister, Ron Plotnikoff
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Conference (26 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
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 Joerg Mattes, Peter Wark, Adam Collison
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 Peter Gibson, Lisa Wood, Hayley Scott
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 Joerg Mattes, Bec Mcloughlin, Lisa Wood, Malcolm Starkey, Katherine Baines, 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
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
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 Peter Wark, Joerg Mattes, Adam Collison
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 Adam Collison, Joerg Mattes, Peter Wark
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 Lisa Wood, Peter Gibson, 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, Hayley Scott, Lesley Wicks
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 Lisa Wood, Hayley Scott, 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 Lisa Wood, Bec Mcloughlin, Katherine Baines, 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 Lisa Wood, Peter Gibson, Katherine Baines
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, Lisa Wood, Peter Gibson, 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)
Co-authors Lisa Wood, Katherine Baines, Peter Gibson
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 Lisa Wood, Katherine Baines, Peter Gibson
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
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 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 Lesley Wicks, Peter Gibson, Lisa Wood
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 - 2
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 Lisa Wood, Peter Gibson, 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 10
Total funding $208,311

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20212 grants / $68,182

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, Associate 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, Associate 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, Associate 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

Completed2
Current4

Current Supervision

Commenced Level of Study Research Title Program Supervisor Type
2018 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
2018 PhD Addressing Sarcopenia in an Aging Population PhD (Nutritional Biochemistry), College of Health, Medicine and Wellbeing, The University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor
2017 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
2017 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

Past Supervision

Year Level of Study Research Title Program Supervisor Type
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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Dr Bronwyn Berthon

Position

Postdoctoral Clinical Researcher
Priority Research Center for Healthy Lungs
School of Biomedical Sciences and Pharmacy
College of Health, Medicine and Wellbeing

Contact Details

Email bronwyn.berthon@newcastle.edu.au
Phone 40420116
Fax (02) 40420046

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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