Researchers at the University of Newcastle will work with an international expert on the overload of iron in the body, a condition that can potentially affect one in 200 Australians.
High iron levels can lead to serious conditions including cancer, liver damage, arthritis, diabetes, heart problems and chronic fatigue.
An international leader in the field of iron overload and its effects on the body, Professor John Olynyk, will visit the University of Newcastle this week to speak about his work and discuss ongoing research projects with School of Biomedical Science researchers.
Professor Olynyk is a leading international expert on iron disorders and diseases of the liver and gastrointestinal tract. He is the Director of Gastroenterology, Health Service Western Australia, Deputy Director of the Western Australian Institute of Medical Research and Professor, Curtin Health Innovation Research Institute, Curtin University and Professor of Medicine St Louis University, Missouri, USA.
Professor Olynyk will give a free public lecture on iron overload at Newcastle City Hall on Wednesday 18 May at 7pm. The lecture is organised by the University of Newcastle and the Haemochromatosis Society of Australia.
For more information and interviews with Professor Olynyk contact Dan Johnstone, University of Newcastle Priority Research Centre for Bioinformatics and Information Based Medicine, on 02 4921 6175.