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Participants sought for research studies

See Gastroenterology research studies index page. Not all studies listed are to do with low FODMAP.



Monash Uni Low FODMAP Diet app launched for Android users

An Android version of the highly successful Monash University FODMAP smartphone application is now available, see link. In December 2012 the FODMAP app for the iPhone platform was launched by the research team at the Department of Gastroenterology at Monash University, providing accurate information about foods that trigger irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) for the first time using this technology. See CCS blog story. Posted 08/11/2013.

2013 CCS Public lecture

2013 CCS Public Lecture packed out

Professor Peter Gibson, HOD Gastroenterology, gave Central Clinical School's public lecture on 30 October 2013 on "Beating the Bloat: Irritable Bowel Syndrome and the low FODMAP diet". The event attracted a large audience. In brief, research shows that once the low FODMAP diet is followed for a certain period, symptoms will settle down for a high proportion of people, and there can be a careful reintroduction of higher FODMAP foods to ensure good nutrition including micronutrients.

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Photos: Alex Bogatyrev (top), Michelle MacFarlane (bottom)

Posted 31/10/2013

Australian Gastrointestinal Week

High rates of bowel cancer in cystic fibrosis

Dr Ilana Gory, a PhD student in the Department of Gastroenterology, reported on her research at the Australian Gastrointestinal Week. Her topic was "Cystic Fibrosis is associated with an increased risk of colorectal malignancy and adenomas". As a practitioner, she and her team at Alfred Health had anecdotally observed high rates of cancer in patients with cystic fibrosis. Her scientifically based study found that patients with cystic fibrosis (CF) may be up to ten times more likely to develop colorectal cancer. Posted 15/10/2013.

Research update: FODMAP content of hot beverages

The Nutrition Translational Science group has completed analysing a range of tea, coffee and hot chocolate beverages, see detail at Research updates. The information will be added to the Monash smart phone FODMAP app. Posted 18/10/2013.

Consumer driven crops: the growing gluten-free harvest for IBS sufferers

Gluten free food has become a way of life for hundreds of thousands of Australians, and their dietary needs are driving the market. Dr Jane Muir, Head of the Nutrition Translational Science group, was interviewed for the ABC television program 'Landline', broadcast Sunday 6 Oct 2013. She said that it may not be gluten so much as a type of carbohydrate called fructans which was causing the problem. Older wheat types such as spelt had lower fructans levels and did not cause such a problem for those with irritable bowel syndrome. Jane Muir at 18:40 mins. Transcript: Posted 10/10/2013.

Nutrigenetics, Nutrigenomics and Epigenetics symposium very successful

The Nutrition Society of Australia (Melbourne), Monash University and MyGene held a fully subscribed symposium for dietitians on how to design genetic research projects and implement nutrigenetics in their practice on 27 August. For more see Symposium flier. See also Workshops/Seminars page. Enquiries & RSVP to Updated 10/10/2013.

Research study: Use of glucose in IBS fructose malabsorbers to assist fructose absorption and eliminate symptoms

Participants, both healthy and with IBS, are sought to investigate whether glucose helps in fructose absorption, thereby eliminating symptoms of fructose malabsorption. See Research study page or contact Caroline Tuck, email, ph +61 3 9903 0264. Posted 07/08/2013.

The Monash University Low FODMAP Booklet new edition now out

The Monash University Low FODMAP diet booklet has been revised and is now in being distributed in its fourth edition. The booklet contains 10 new recipes and includes information about the new traffic light system that has been used successfully in the Monash University Low FODMAP diet iPhone app. A new reference table has also been included that lists the major FODMAPs (fructans, GOS, excess fructose, sorbitol, mannitol and lactose) found in a wide range of foods. See Educational resources page. Posted 09/07/2013.

Low FODMAP foods

FODMAP study: Effects of carbohydrates of differing molecular size on IBS-D

The low FODMAP diet is the best diet therapy to control gastrointestinal symptoms in people with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS). The restriction of FODMAPs aids in preventing these symptoms from occurring. However, some FODMAPs are known to have health benefits as they can promote the growth of beneficial bacteria, and bacterial fermentation can have anti-inflammatory and anti-carcinogenic properties. Individuals with diarrhoea predominant IBS, with good symptom control on the low FODMAP diet are invited to participate in a study investigating whether certain aspects of the low FODMAP diet can be liberalised without symptoms. The study was conducted by Honours student Ms Frances Burns, and closed for recruitment in October 2013. Updated 18/10/2013.

Debbie King

31 May 2013 FODMAP Workshop for Dietitians very successful

The CCS Department of Gastroenterology held a workshop for dietitians on 31 May. Entitled 'Manipulating FODMAP Intake, Gut Microflora and the Brain Gut Axis for IBS Management', this workshop provided valuable updates following recent departmental developments in the area of Translational Nutrition. The workshop, attended by over 60 people, attracted great feedback, particularly regarding the catered food which was all FODMAP friendly and prepared by our own research chef Debbie King (pictured). Posted 22/06/2013


Dr Jessica Biesierski wins Rome Foundation Ray Clouze Prize

Dr Jessica Biesiekierski recently graduated, having completed her PhD with the Department of Gastroenterology. The Rome Foundation Board has selected her paper entitled "Gluten causes gastrointestinal symptoms in subject without celiac disease: A double-blind randomized placebo-controlled trial" to receive the Rome Foundation Ray Clouse Prize for the Paper Most Cited on Functional Gastrointestinal and Motility Disorders, 2011. The prize will be awarded on 18 May. Posted 15/05/13

Peter Gibson

2012 NHMRC grant success

Professor Peter Gibson was awarded an NHMRC grant starting 2013, to investigate adjunct therapy to the low FODMAP dietary treatment of irritable bowel syndrome. His co-investigators are Dr Jane Muir and Associate Professor Ben Boyd. For further information about Peter Gibson, see his Monash Researcher page. See NH&MRC Project grants starting 2013 for more detail of the grant. Posted 6/12/12


iPhone App to make life easier for IBS sufferers

The Department of Gastroenterology, Central Clinical School has collaborated with Monash University application developer James Eunson to create the Monash University Low FODMAP diet App. Some of the App's features which are based on world leading research include comprehensive food lists, recipes and a symptom diary to complement dietary advice. An Android version is under development. For more about the app, see Low FODMAP iPhone app. Posted 6/12/12, updated 26/3/13

Simone Peters

Clinical Hypnotherapy as a treatment for IBS receives public recognition

PhD Student Simone Peters was invited to comment on the use of clinical hypnotherapy as a treatment for Irritable Bowel Syndrome. Her article appeared in the online academic news publication The Conversation. Posted 6/12/12