In episode 5 I am delighted to speak to Associate Professor Adrienne O' Neil. Adrienne is a behavioural scientist and director of Heart and Mind Research at IMPACT. For over a decade she has been researching the link between mental and cardiovascular health and particularly investigating the role lifestyle plays in the onset and outcomes of depression and cardiovascular disease. More recently she was appointed as deputy director of Food and Mood Centre at Deakin. She is one of the lead investigators in the landmark SMILEs trial which is one of the first clinical trials showing a positive adjunctive role for a dietary intervention in depression. As a behavioural scientist she has a particular interest in the translation of evidence into clinical practice and is part of an International Taskforce collaborating to produce guidelines on the implementation of lifestyle interventions in practice. In this episode we discuss her fascinating research including the SMILEs trial and current and future research and the implication and application for clinicians and patients. We discuss the challenges of lifestyle research and application and Adrienne particularly emphasises and discusses equity of provision of preventative and adjunctive lifestyle interventions for communities and individuals where resources are limited. We reference the work of Professor Felice Jacka Director of The Food and Mood Centre and author of Brain Changer and There's a zoo in my poo.
I left this conversation optimistic and energised and look forward to seeing where Adrienne and her team's research work leads in the near future.
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