Previous Doctoral Scholars
Dr Lisa Doyle MBBS
Project title: The impact of weight loss on the metabolic syndromeThe metabolic syndrome is a collection of features each of which is an important risk factor for cardiovascular disease. This research project addresses the challenge of obesity control and its relationship to changes in the metabolic syndrome. It seeks to improve understanding of how much weight loss is required to achieve a significant improvement in the features of metabolic syndrome, and in which order these features resolve. It also seeks to better define the changes in gut hormones and adipokines that may underpin the improvement in the metabolic syndrome. With this knowledge, optimal treatments for metabolic syndrome, and realistic weight goals for our patients, may be defined.
Ms Kristine Egberts BBiomedSci(Hons), GradDipEBM
Project Title: The Role of Lifestyle Factors in Surgically Induced Weight Loss
The aim of this project is to determine optimal permanent lifestyle changes characterized by optimal eating, maximal acceptable exercise and activity and an appropriate pattern of clinic visits and adjustments. To do so, four randomised controlled trials have been designed. The first of these, tests an intensive exercise and daily activity program against the routine advice and support which is traditionally provided. The second will look at three different approaches to eating after the LAGB. The third will compare the relative effectiveness of liquid versus solid food diet. The final study will measure the relationship between clinic visits and adjustments and outcomes.
Katrina Parker BA (Hons) (Psychology) D. Psych (Clinical) Candidate
Project title: Comprehensive assessment of pre- and post-surgery disordered eating characteristics in adults seeking LAGB
Katrina is a Doctor of Clinical Psychology candidate at Monash University and has previously completed an Honours degree in Psychology. Katrina's research at CORE focuses on the exploration of disordered eating and biopsychosocial outcomes both before and following bariatric surgery. Key aims of Katrina's research are to develop a better understanding of how disordered eating presents in the bariatric surgery population and to inform future research and practice in the accurate assessment of disordered eating.
Christina Prickett BA BHSci BAppSci(Psychology) (Hons) D.Psych (Clinical) Candidate
Project title: Cognitive function in obese adults
Christina is a Doctor of Clinical Psychology candidate at Monash University and has previously completed an Honours degree in Psychology. Christina's research at CORE aims to examine the relationship between obesity and cognitive function in obese adults. This study will include a combination of systematic literature reviews and neuropsychological testing of adult participants prior to weight loss achieved with gastric banding surgery. This project will be part of a broader research program investigating the impact of weight-loss on cognitive function in obese adults over a five year period.
Kymberlie Preiss BBSc, PGrad-Dip (Psychology) D.Psych (Clinical) Candidate
Project Title: Examining the Relationship between Depression, Obesity & Weight Loss
Kymberlie is a Doctor of Clinical Psychology candidate at Monash University. Kymberlie's research at CORE aims to examine the moderators and mediators of the relationship between obesity, weight-loss and depression in adults. This study will include a combination of systematic literature review and a battery of psychological assessments of adult participants prior to undergoing gastric banding surgery and on a monthly basis over a period of 12 months. This project will be part of a broader research program investigating the relationship of weight-loss, obesity and depression in adults.
Are you interested in completing a PhD with CORE?
Please contact one of the stream leaders to discuss potential PhD projects at CORE. Students will be enrolled through the School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine and will be based at the Alfred site.
Clinical Research - Prof Wendy Brown at email@example.com
Physiological Research - Mr Paul Burton at firstname.lastname@example.org
Psychological and Psychosocial Research - Dr Leah Brennan at email@example.com
For further information on the School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, please visit the SPHPM page.
Past Doctoral Students
Mr Paul Burton MBBS(hons) PhD FRACS
The physiology and pathophysiology of laparoscopic adjustable gastric bands
Supervisors: Prof Wendy Brown and Prof Paul O'Brien
Burton PR, Brown WA, Laurie C, Lee M, Korin A, Anderson M, Hebbard G, O'Brien PE. Outcomes, Satiety, and Adverse Upper Gastrointestinal Symptoms Following Laparoscopic Adjustable Gastric Banding. Obesity Surgery. 2011. 21(5):574-81.
Burton PR, Yap K, Brown WA, Laurie C, O'Donnell M, Hebbard G, Kalff V, O'Brien PE. Changes in Satiety, Supra- and Infraband Transit, and Gastric Emptying Following Laparoscopic Adjustable Gastric Banding: A Prospective Follow-up Study. Obesity Surgery. 2011;21(2):217-23.
Burton PR, Yap K, Brown WA, Laurie C, O'Donnell M, Hebbard G, Kalff V, O'Brien PE. Effects of Adjustable Gastric Bands on Gastric Emptying, Supra- and Infraband Transit and Satiety: A Randomized Double-Blind Crossover Trial Using a New Technique of Band Visualization. Obesity Surgery. 2010; 20(12):1690-7.
Burton PR, Brown WA, Laurie C, Hebbard G, O'Brien PE. Predicting Outcomes of Intermediate Term Complications and Revisional Surgery Following Laparoscopic Adjustable Gastric Banding: Utility of the CORE Classification and Melbourne Motility Criteria. Obesity Surgery. 2010; 20(11):1516-23.
Burton PR, Brown WA, Laurie C, Hebbard G, O'Brien PE. Mechanisms of Bolus clearance in patients with Laparoscopic Adjustable Gastric Bands. Obesity Surgery. 2010; 20(9):1265-72.
Burton PR, Brown WA, Laurie C, Hebbard G, O'Brien PE. Criteria for Assessing Esophageal Motility in Laparoscopic Adjustable Gastric Band Patients: The Importance of the Lower Esophageal Contractile Segment. Obesity Surgery. 2010, 20(3): 316-25.
Burton PR, Brown WA, Laurie C, Korin A, Yap K, Richards M, Owens J, Crosthwaite G, Hebbard G, O'Brien PE. Pathophysiology of Laparoscopic Adjustable Gastric Bands: Analysis and Classification Using High-Resolution Video Manometry and a Stress Barium Protocol. Obesity Surgery. 2010, 20(1):19-29.
Burton PR, Brown WA, Laurie C, Richards M, Hebbard G, O'Brien PE. Effects of Gastric Band Adjustments on Intraluminal Pressure. Obesity Surgery. 2009; 19(11):1508-1514.
Burton PR, Brown W, Laurie C, Richards M, Afkari S, Yap K, Korin A, Hebbard G, O'Brien PE. The Effect of Laparoscopic Adjustable Gastric Bands on Esophageal Motility and the Gastroesophageal Junction: Analysis Using High-Resolution Video Manometry. Obesity Surgery 2009, 19(7):905-914.