ECU researcher de-livers with winning thesis


Winner Catherine Properzi.
Winner Catherine Properzi.

A RESEARCHER who found a change in diet can drastically reduce the build up of dangerous fat in the liver has won the Three Minute Thesis competition held at ECU Joondalup recently.

Held as part of Research Week, the competition challenges early career researchers to present their work in three minutes.

School of Medical and Health Sciences PhD candidate Catherine Properzi won the competition with her presentation A Fatty Liver Could Break Your Heart.

“We know the build-up of fat on a person’s liver greatly increases their chances of suffering heart disease,” she said.

“So what I wanted to look at was: can a change in diet reduce the amount of fat on a person’s liver?”

Ms Properzi recruited 59 patients with fatty livers with half assigned to eat a Mediterranean diet and the other half to eat a diet based on the Australian Guide to Healthy Eating for three months.

“I’m still finishing up the data analysis but the early results are very promising, with both groups losing a significant amount of fat from their livers,” she said.

Also from the School of Medical and Health Sciences, Julie Sartori came second with the presentation Such is life! and Marcin Lipski came third with All in one exercise.

Also coming third was Albert Amankwaa from the School of Business and Law with Leadership styles, employee turnover intentions and innovative work behaviour, which also won the people’s choice award.