Staff, Students and Monash Collaborators

Meet the Bone and Muscle Health Research Group

Researchers

Professional and Academic Support Staff

Ruth Fantozzi
Executive Assistant Ms Ruth Fantozzi provides high-level Executive Assistant support to Professor Peter Ebeling in his role as the Head of the Department of Medicine, as well as for his role as Chair of the Division of Medicine at Monash Health. In 2017 she was recognised for her outstanding work – winning the Dean’s Award for Excellence in Administration. Find out more about Ms Ruth Fantozzi
Cat Shore-Lorenti
Research Co-ordinator Mx Cat Shore-Lorenti completed a Master of Philosophy in endocrinology and epidemiology in 2015 whilst also working part-time as a Research Assistant on projects centred around musculoskeletal health in older adults – community members and hospital patients. Now, as Clinical Trials Coordinator for the Bone and Muscle Research Group, Cat is involved in:
  • translational research, trying to prevent age-related muscle wasting (InvestiGAIT);
  • the expansion, maintenance and development of our international atypical femur fracture registry (TRAFFIC), and;
  • post-marketing medical research observing quality of life and refracture rates in severe osteoporosis treated with Forteo (ALAFOS).
Cat also manages the Clinical Imaging Service, providing access to inexpensive DXA, HR-pQCT and pQCT for researchers external to our group. If you would like to incorporate the Service into your research, email: med-bmrg@monash.edu
Chris Fone
Research Assistant Mr Christopher Fone provides research support across our studies and clinical trials in musculoskeletal health. His current research interests comprise reducing and delaying the loss of mobility and function with age.  Returning to his scientific interests following a 15 year career in business and management spanning financial services, IT and coffee production, Chris joined our team while he studies a Bachelor of Science in biomedical science and psychology as his first step towards becoming a doctor. He also holds a Bachelor of Commerce.

Students

PhD Students

Hanh Nguyen
Dr Hanh Nguyen is a Consultant Endocrinologist at Monash Health who's clinical and research interest is in osteoporosis and optimising skeletal health in under-recognised populations. She is currently undertaking her PhD in the Bone and Muscle Research Group with a particular focus on rare anti-resorptive therapy related atypical femur fractures and has helped established the NHMRC funded international collaborative TrAFFiC Study (https://trafficstudygroup.org/) to assess the clinical, genetic and bone material risk factors associated with this condition. Her clinical experience in the Menopause Clinic and Adult Turner Syndrome Clinic at Monash Health has stimulated an interest in bone health in women with Premature Menopause and Turner Syndrome, and she has received multiple research awards and presented internationally in this field.  Supervisors:
  • Prof Peter R Ebeling, AO
  • A/Prof Frances Milat
  • A/Prof Amanda Vincent
Jakub Mesinovic
PhD student Mr Jakub Mesinovic's research is focused on type 2 diabetes and how this effects musculoskeletal health in older adults. This encompasses the effects of type 2 diabetes on falls and fracture risk, bone microarchitecture, geometry and density as well as physical performance. Jake is also interested in the role different types of exercise may have on these relationships, as it serves as a low-cost preventative and ongoing treatment for some of the detrimental effects type 2 diabetes has on musculoskeletal health.  Supervisors:
  • Dr David Scott
  • Prof Peter Ebeling
  • A/Prof Barbora de Courten
  • Dr Ayse Zengin
Mavil Cervo
PhD student Ms Mavil Cervo has conducted clinical research studies on the effects of food on the immune system, cognitive and psychomotor skills, and on the nutritional status of children, as well as on body fat loss and blood glucose levels in adults. She also did a study to determine the nutrient composition of street foods and co-authored a book on High Value Fruits and Vegetables. Currently, Mavil’s research focuses on the inflammatory potential of diets and their effects on musculoskeletal health and sarcopenia. She is also interested in the bioactive substances in foods and their roles in the prevention of osteoporosis, inflammation and frailty.  She is keen to develop new dietary and clinical nutrition guidelines for bone health promotion and disease prevention which will help reduce the prevalence of osteoporosis and other chronic diseases.  Supervisors:
  • Dr David Scott
  • Dr Tracy McCaffrey
  • Prof Kerrie Sanders
  • Prof Peter Ebeling
Eleanor Thong
PhD student Dr Eleanor Thong is a Consultant Endocrinologist with interests in metabolic bone disorders, diabetes and obesity management. Her research aims to explore the impact of autoimmune conditions, specifically Type 1 diabetes and coeliac disease, on reproductive and bone health in adults. She intends to utilise novel techniques such as trabecular bone score (TBS) and high-resolution peripheral quantitative computed tomoraphy (HR-pQCT) to further explore mechanisms of autoimmunity on skeletal fragility.  Supervisors:
  • Prof Helena Teede
  • A/Prof Fran Milat
  • Prof Peter Ebeling
Carrie-Anne Ng
PhD student Ms Carrie-Anne Ng's research surrounds the use of exercise targeted at improving bone health, particularly to prevent the insidious development of osteoporosis. She is particularly interested in the intricacies of individualising exercise training for osteoporosis in populations with other chronic conditions.  Supervisors:
  • Dr David Scott
  • Prof Peter Ebeling
Anoohya Gandham
PhD student Ms Anoohya Gandham
Carol Alonso
Physiotherapy placement student Ms Carol Alonso
Juan Rodriguez
Physiotherapy placement student Mr Juan Rodriguez

Alumni

  • Dr Amar Lakhani
  • Dr Lachlan McMillan
  • Mr Theo Di Pauli von Treuheim

Monash Health Collaborators

Peter Fuller

Professor Peter Fuller, AM
NHMRC Senior Principal Research Fellow

Barbora de Courten

Professor Barbora de Courten

Amanda Vincent

Associate Professor Amanda Vincent
Adjunct Research Fellow

Alexander Rodriguez

Dr Alexander Rodriguez
Adjunct Research Fellow

Phillip Wong

Dr Phillip Wong
NHMRC Early Career Research Fellow

Jasna Aleksova

Dr Jasna Aleksova
Monash Health Endocrinologist

Anne Trinh

Dr Anne Trinh
Monash Health Endocrinologist

Dr Wei-Ling Chiu
PhD student

National Collaborators

  • Dr Shoshana Sztal-Mazer, Alfred Health
  • Associate Professor Christopher Yates, University of Melbourne
  • Professor Richard Sinnott, University of Melbourne
  • Associate Professor Rory Clifton-Bligh, University of Sydney
  • Dr Christian Girgis, University of Sydney
  • Professor Louise Maple-Brown, Menzies Institute of Medical Research, Darwin

International Collaborators

  • Professor M Carola Zillikens, Erasmus University
  • Professor Rajesh Thakker, May Professor of Medicine, University of Oxford
  • Associate Professor Kate Ward, University of Southampton
  • Professor Bo Abrahamsen, University of Southern Denmark