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Researcher: Bettiol, SS (Dr Silvana Bettiol)

Fields of Research

Public Health and Health Services
Infectious Diseases
Medical Parasitology
Nutrition and Dietetics
Infectious Agents
Veterinary Immunology
Health and Community Services
Primary Health Care
Medical Bacteriology
Higher Education
Community Child Health
Health Promotion
Residential Client Care
Biologically Active Molecules
Nephrology and Urology
Medicine, Nursing and Health Curriculum and Pedagogy
Animal Immunology
Cellular Interactions (incl. Adhesion, Matrix, Cell Wall)
Cellular Immunology
Oral Medicine and Pathology
Medical Infection Agents (incl. Prions)
Environmental and Occupational Health and Safety
Cardiology (incl. Cardiovascular Diseases)
Medical Microbiology
Veterinary Epidemiology
Respiratory Diseases
Environment Policy
Emergency Medicine
Psychiatry (incl. Psychotherapy)
Special Needs Dentistry
Clinical and Sports Nutrition
Dental Materials and Equipment
Continuing and Community Education
Cellular Nervous System
Veterinary Parasitology
Neurology and Neuromuscular Diseases
Cancer Therapy (excl. Chemotherapy and Radiation Therapy)
Ecosystem Function
Health Information Systems (incl. Surveillance)
Health Policy
Medical and Health Sciences
Stochastic Analysis and Modelling
Microbial Genetics
Tumour Immunology
Conservation and Biodiversity
Host-Parasite Interactions
Population Ecology
Aged Health Care
Intensive Care
Humoural Immunology and Immunochemistry
Optical Technology
Preventive Medicine

Research Objectives

Dental Health
Infectious Diseases
Disease Distribution and Transmission (incl. Surveillance and Response)
Behaviour and Health
Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health)
Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity at Regional or Larger Scales
Health Education and Promotion
Preventive Medicine
Respiratory System and Diseases (incl. Asthma)
Health Inequalities
Health Related to Ageing
Social Structure and Health
Learner and Learning Processes
Veterinary Biological Preventatives (e.g. Vaccines)
Education and Training Systems
Expanding Knowledge in the Environmental Sciences
Oro-Dental Disorders
Environmental Health
Education and Training Systems Policies and Development
Palliative Care
Diagnostic Methods
Cardiovascular System and Diseases
Immune System and Allergy
Ecosystem Assessment and Management at Regional or Larger Scales
Radio and Television Broadcasting
Allied Health Therapies (excl. Mental Health Services)
Mental Health Services
Rural Health
Syllabus and Curriculum Development
Expanding Knowledge in the Biological Sciences
Assessment and Evaluation of Curriculum
Endocrine Organs and Diseases (excl. Diabetes)
Health Related to Specific Ethnic Groups
Food Safety
Clinical Health (Organs, Diseases and Abnormal Conditions)
Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity of environments
Occupational Health
Education and Training Theory and Methodology
Health and Support Services
Veterinary Pharmaceutical Products
Coastal and Estuarine Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity
Women's Health
Health Status (e.g. Indicators of Well-Being)
Control of Plant Pests, Diseases and Exotic Species in Coastal and Estuarine Environments
Ecosystem Assessment and Management of Coastal and Estuarine Environments
Crop Protection Chemicals
Cancer and Related Disorders
Veterinary Pharmaceutical Treatments (e.g. Antibiotics)
Health Protection and/or Disaster Response
Human Pharmaceutical Treatments (e.g. Antibiotics)
Inherited Diseases (incl. Gene Therapy)
Evaluation of Health Outcomes

Career Best Publications

Research Publications

2001 Topical science oddities: Zoonotic helminthiases from Tasmania; 2001 - A Sciencve Odyssey
A case of probable imported Moniliformis moniliformis infection in Tasmania; Journal of Travel Medicine
A colourful history of plagues and some of the more notable victims of plagues
A framework for mapping public health learning exposures and competency alignment in undergraduate medical education; CAPHIA Teaching & Learning Forum
A preliminary study on travel health issues of medical students undertaking electives; Journal of Travel Medicine
A probable case of subcutaneous dirofilariasis acquired in Zimbabwe; Annals of the ACTM
A Public Health Response to the Poor Outcomes in Out-of-Hospital Cardiac Arrests in Australia; CSANZ 2018
A review of mercury exposure and health of dental personnel; Safety and Health at Work
A systematic literature review of the information-seeking behavior of dentists in developed countries; Journal Of Dental Education
A systematic review assessing the effectiveness of interventions to improve persistence with anti-resorptive therapy in women at high risk of clinical fracture; Family Practice
Alcohol consumption and Parkinson’s disease risk: a review of recent findings; Journal of Parkinson's Disease
Bacterial flora of Tasmanian SIDS infants with special reference to pathogenic strains of Escherichia coli; Epidemiology and Infection
Betel nut: A potential oral health problem in Australia; Australian Dental Association News Bulletin
Biosignificance of bacterial cyanogenesis in the CF lung; Journal of Cystic Fibrosis
Can you be prepared for all needle-stick injuries?; Australian Journal of Medical Science
Cannabinoids for nausea and vomiting in adults with cancer receiving chemotherapy (Review); Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
Catering to Student Demand: Bridging the Gap between Academics and Practicing Health Professionals; Improving University Teaching
Cats and toxoplasmosis; Invertebrata
Cats and toxoplasmosis; Invertebrata
Changes in the oral health of the children of Dili, Timor Leste, between 2002 and 2014; Rural and Remote Health
Children want hot food on cold days; how to investigate what influences children's food choice; Population Health Congress 2015
Chronic Periodontitis: the hidden pandemic?; 3 minute thesis presentation
Comparison of DNA extraction and quantification methods to estimate bacterial load in oral cavity; Molecular Microbiology Meeting 2018
Curse of the Devil: Devil Facial Tumour Disease; Australasian Cytometry Society 38th Annual Scientific Meeting
Dental conditions associated with preventable hospital admissions in Australia: a systematic literature review; Bmc Health Services Research
Dental education and care in Papua New Guinea; IADR/AADR/CADR General Session & Exhibition
Developing and Implementing Public Health Education in Tasmania; CAPHIA Teaching and Learning Forum
Diseases of the Eastern Barred Bandicoot (Perameles gunnii) with Special Reference to Toxoplasmosis and the Marsupial Immune System
DNA immunization might offer protection against canine distemper virus (CDV); Drug Discovery Today
Do preventable hospital admissions for oral health-eelated conditions vary by geographical remoteness?; National Rural Health Conference 2019
Does Alcohol Consumption Affect the Risk for Parkinson’s Disease? Survey of the Literature Finds Little Consensus, Reports the Journal of Parkinson’s Disease
Does obesity cause periodontitis? A single-mediation analysis; IADR/AADR/CADR General Session & Exhibition
Earthworms as Paratenic Hosts of Toxoplasmosis in Eastern Barred Bandicoots; Journal of Wildlife Diseases
Ecology and Control of Vector-Borne Disease Dynamics Across Australia; Presentation to the Tasmanian Department of Health and Human Services
Ecology and Control of Vector-Borne Disease Dynamics Across Australia; Presentation at Hokkaido University, Faculty of Fisheries
Ecology and Control of Vector-borne Disease Dynamics Across Australia; Presentation at the Tasmanian branch meeting for the Australian Society of Parasitology
Ecology and control of vector-borne disease dynamics across Australia; Talk presented to University of Melbourne, Department of BioSciences
Ecology and epidemiology of vector-borne disease dynamics across Australia, Ross River virus; 13th Mosquito Control Association of Australia Conference
Ecology and epidemiology of vector-borne disease dynamics across Australia, Ross River virus; 2019 Wildlife Disease Association Australasia Conference
Effect of a six-week period of evidence-based daily oral care on the oral microbiome of people with dementia living in residential aged care; Federation of European Microbiological Society Meeting - Microbiome
Effect of haemodialysis session frequency and duration on survival in Australian end-stage kidney disease patients: a retrospective cohort study; ISN World Congress of Nephrology 2019
Embedding oral health with primary health network: A Need of Tasmanian Health Care System; Tasmanian Health Conference 2018
Emergency first aid readiness in Antarctica: Australian Antarctic expeditioners’ first aid credentials and self-efficacy; Emergency Medicine Australasia
Epidemiology of Giardiasis in Tasmania: A potential risk to residents and visitors; Journal of Travel Medicine
Exposure to suicidal behaviors: A common suicide risk factor or a personal negative life event?; International Journal of Social Psychiatry
Films for public health: developing the evidence base for films to support public health goals; Perspectives in Public Health
Find a dentist
Fine-temporal forecasting of outbreak probability and severity: Ross River virus in Western Australia; Epidemiology and Infection
First record of trypanosomes in Tasmanian bandicoots; Journal of Parasitology
First report of the isolation of Escherichia coli 0157:H- in Tasmania; Australian Journal of Medical Science
Giardia infections of Tasmanian marsupials; Australasian Section, Wildlife Disease Association
Giardiasis in Native Marsupials of Tasmania; Journal of Wildlife Disease
Global Medicine, Parasites, and Tasmania; Tropical Medicine and Infectious Disease
Health Advice for Medical Student Electives; Primer of Travel Medicine. 3rd Ed.
Health Problems Associated with Electives for Medical Students; Tropical Millenium Bugs
How can information and communication technology improve healthcare inequalities and healthcare inequity? The concept of context driven care; Studies in Health Technology and Informatics
Hydatid eradication in Tasmania – a triumph for Public Health
Identification of type and load of oral microorganisms associated with ill health and aspiration pneumonia in people living in residential aged care; Tasmania Health Conference 2017
Improving resuscitation rates after out-of-hospital cardiac arrest - an implementation study; 12th International Spark of Life Conference
Independent effect of haemodialysis session frequency and duration on survival in non-indigenous Australians on haemodialysis; Nephrology
Information-seeking behaviours of dentists: a systematic review; Population Health Congress
Is overweight/obesity a risk factor for periodontitis in young adults and adolescents?: a systematic review; Obesity Reviews
Is sugar consumption an associative factor for obesity and periodontitis in Australian adults?; 2017 International Association for Dental Research conference
Isolation of a verotoxigenic Escherichia coli from the Tasmanian environment; Comparative Immunology, Microbiology and Infectious Diseases
Making healthy food desirable to children; a theoretical model; Public Health Prevention Conference
Making healthy food desirable; perspectives from children; Public Health Association Australia Prevention Conference
Making healthy food desirable; perspectives from children; Dietitians Association of Australia 35th national conference
Mercury Exposure and Health of Dental Personnel; Population Health Congress 2015
Mitogen activated Tasmanian devil blood mononuclear cells kill devil facial tumour disease cells; Immunology and Cell Biology
Mitogen-induced responses in lymphocytes from platypus, the Tasmanian devil and the eastern barred bandicoot; Australian Veterinary Journal
Molecular biology 3 : epidemiology; Annual Meeting of the Australian Society for Microbiology
Mouse Model of Devil Facial Tumour Disease Establishes That an Effective Immune Response Can be Generated Against the Cancer Cells; Frontiers in Immunology
Obesity and periodontitis in Australian adults: a population-based cross-sectional study; International Dental Journal
Obesity, dietary sugar and dental caries in Australian adults; International Dental Journal
One dose of whole mycobacterial cell vaccine will protect if the right adjuvant is used; Drug Discovery Today
Opportunities in oral health policy for Timor-Leste; WHO South-East Asia Journal of Public Health
Oral health in Timor Leste and Papua New Guinea; Australian Dental Association NT, Continuing Professional Development
Oral health policy opportunities for Timor-Leste; 2016 Primary Health Care Research Conference
Oral health policy opportunities for Timor-Leste; Timor Leste Ministry of Health and NGO meeting - Oral Health Care – Timor-Leste – Where to next?
Our Oral Health: What Does the Future Hold?; Tasmanian Health Conference Our health: What does the future hold?
Overweight/obesity is a risk factor for periodontitis in young adults and adolescents: a systematic review; 15th World Congress of Public Health
Overweight/obesity is a risk factor for periodontitis in young adults and adolescents: a systematic review; World Congress on Public Health
Parental education level and dental caries in school children living in Dili, Timor-Leste; Asia-Pacific journal of public health
Pathology of Experimental Toxoplasmosis in Eastern Barred Bandicoots in Tasmania; Journal of Wildlife Diseases
Peculiarities of host cholesterol transport to the unique intracellular vacuole containing Toxoplasma; Traffic
Physical inactivity induced obesity and periodontitis risk: A sequential mediation analysis of the National survey of Adult Oral health 2004-06; Friday seminar series at the Australian Research Centre for Population Oral Health, University of Adelaide
Plagues - Black, Red, and Rainbow; Annual ACTM/ASM Public Lecture Tasmanian Branch
Predictive forecasting of Ross River virus outbreaks and their relative severity in Western Australia; 12th Symposium of the Mosquito Control Association of Australia and Arbovirus Research in Australia
Preventable hospital admissions for oral health-related conditions in Australia: a descriptive analysis; Australian Journal of Rural Health
Preventable hospital admissions of Australians for oral health-related conditions; 96th General Session and Exhibition of the International Association for Dental Research
Protozoan infections of marsupials in Tasmania; 26th World Veterinary Congress WSA
Protozoan Infections of Marsupials in Tasmania; Tropical Millenium Bugs
Protozoon infections of Tasmanian marsupials; 10th International Congress of Protozoology
Psocids - A cause of delusional parasitosis?; Australian Society for Microbiology National Scientific Meeting
Public Health Education in Tasmania; Training, Department of Health and human Services Tasmania
Public Health Film Festivals – Lessons Learned; Population Health Congress 2015
Quality and safety of genetic testing in Australia and New Zealand: A review of the current regulatory framework; Australian Health Review
Ranunculin the antibacterial constituent in Clematis aristata, and its mode of action; Proceedings of APSA
Reducing dental caries and its impact on quality of life through application of silver diamine fluoride in residential aged care facilities; Annual Rural Health and Collaborative Research Symposium
Research On Link Between Parkinson's Disease Risk And Alcohol Consumption Remains Inconclusive
Risk factors of periodontitis in the Australian adult population; School of Health Sciences Friday seminar series
Sexually Transmitted (Venereal) Infections in older adults; Primary Health Tasmania, Australian Government’s PHN Program, at the Community Health Centre – New Norfolk Tasmania
Six Rights to a Masters in Public Health Curriculum Redesign; CAPHIA 2017 Public Health Teaching & Learning Forum
Social Determinants: Common Risk Factors for Chronic Periodontitis and Systemic Diseases
Social Media and Public Health: The Shock Verdict National CPR Campaign; Tasmanian Health Conference Our health: What does the future hold?
Socioeconomic variation in height: analysis of National Child Measurement Programme data for England; Archives of Disease in Childhood
Sustainable dentistry; toolkits and evaluations systems to improve healthcare structures; IADR/AADR/CADR General Session & Exhibition
Sustainable healthcare: The role of dentists; ADA News Bulletin
Symptomatic treatment of the cough in whooping cough; Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
Symptomatic treatment of the cough in whooping cough; Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
Symptomatic treatment of the cough in whooping cough; Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
Syphilis - a night with Venus, and a lifetime with Mercury!
Tackling health disparities through intersectoral collaboration: what works and what doesn’t and what we might do in Tasmania; Determinants of Health Advocacy Network Our Health – Who decides? Forum
Talking Point: Betel nut habit on track to escalate Tassie’s cancer rates
Talking Point: Public health focus needed for Tasmania
Talking Point: State’s health policy fails by blaming the sick for their illness
Teaching Systems Thinking for Public Health; Public Health Prevention Conference
The association of socioeconomic status and dental caries experience in children in Dili, Timor-Leste; Asia-Pacific journal of public health
The biophilia effect: Our innate love of nature
The clinical significance and epidemiology of Giardiasis in Tasmania; New images in Tropical Medicine - Australasian College of Tropical Medicine
The Clinical Significance of Escherichia Coli Alkalescensdispar in Tasmania; IMAJ
The Devil’s Details
The evolution of the Master of Public Health at the University of Tasmania; Council Of Academic Public Health Institutions Australia CAPHIA Teaching And Learning Forum
The first record of a member of the genus Hepatozoon in the Eastern Barred Bandicoot (Perameles gunnii) in Tasmania; Journal of Parasitology
The forecasting of dynamical Ross River virus outbreaks: Victoria, Australia; Epidemics
The forecasting of dynamical Ross River virus outbreaks: Victoria, Australia; EHA Tasmanian State Conference 2019
The importance of interprofessional teams in facilitating the oral health of older adults; ADOHTA 5th International Conference
The need for innovative approaches for oral health education in PNG; The Medical Society of Papua New Guinea 55th Annual Medical Symposium: Health Education
The need for innovative approaches to oral health education in PNG; 55th Annual Medical Symposium, The Medical Society of Papua New Guinea
The Next Generation: Public Health at Oxford Brookes University; Public Health Careers for the 21st Century, Oxford Deanery
The Parasitology of Foods; Foodborne Microorganisms of Public Health Significance
The Times are a'changin : Tropical Medicine - going global; Australasian College of Tropical Medicine 25th Anniversary Roadshow
The worsening crisis in aged care oral health; APHCRI Primary Health Care Research Conference
The ‘disconnect’: Public and professional perceptions on mosquito management and vector-borne diseases; Environmental Health Australia 41st National Conference
Toxoplasmosis in Tasmania; The Australasian College of Tropical Medicine
Translating research into Practice Fellowship: Where to from here?; International Association of Dental Research Geriatric Oral Research Group Symposium
Two decades of the impact of Tasmanian Devil Facial Tumour Disease (DFTD); Integrative and Comparative Biology
What motivates their food choice? children are key informants; Appetite
Why do children make the food choices they do? A participatory action research study; Dietitians Association of Australia 33rd National Conference
Working interprofessionally to improve oral health and reduce aspiration pneumonia risk; 15th National Rural Health Conference
Young people accessing sexual and reproductive healthcare supported by the Tasmania Youth Health Fund 2004-2017; Rural Health and Collaborative Research Symposium
“Hydatid eradication” in Tasmania – a triumph for public health; Public Health Association Australia, Free public lecture

Research Projects

Activation of innate immune cells to promote a protective immune response against devil facial tumour cells in murine model of DFTD; University of Tasmania Foundation Inc (UTF)
Detection of activated Tasmanian devil cytotoxic lymphocytes by a rapid RNA detection assay; University of Tasmania Foundation Inc (UTF)
Developing a protocol to predicting health outcomes through oral microbes; University of Tasmania (UTAS)
Developing a robust laboratory protocol for analyzing oral swabs for pathogenic or key microbiological flora; Australian Dental Health Foundation (ADHF)
Do mediators produced by the bacterium Pseudomonas aeruginosa prevent the immune system from 'switching off' in cystic fibrosis sufferers?; Royal Hobart Hospital Research Foundation (RHHRF)
Improving the Oral Health of Tasmanians in Residential Aged Care; Tasmanian Community Fund (TasCF)
Neutrophil function in patients with cystic fibrosis; Royal Hobart Hospital Research Foundation (RHHRF)
Novel Biologically Active Fungal Metabolites from Endophytes of Tasmanian Plants; University of Tasmania (UTAS)
Up-regulating MHC expression of DFTD cells in vivo by treating established tumours with imiquimod; University of Tasmania Foundation Inc (UTF)
Evaluation of Abalone Haemocyanin and Blood Extracts on the Immune Response and other related health parameters

Research Candidate Supervision

An Investigation into Quality of Life for Removable Dental Prostheses Treated Patients in Sydney South Local Health District - A patient centred views approach
Devil Face Tumour Disease- In vivo studies in mice
Manipulating the Immune Response of Tasmanian Devils to Target Devil Facial Tumour Disease
The Immune Responses of the Tasmanian Devil (Sarchphilus harrissi) and the Devil Facial Tumour Disease