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Dr Anna Callan

Lecturer

Contact Information Telephone: (61 8) 6304 2349, Email: a.callan@ecu.edu.au, Campus: Joondalup, Room: JO21.541
Staff Member Details
Telephone: (61 8)  6304 2349  
Email: a.callan@ecu.edu.au   
Campus: Joondalup  
Room: JO21.541  

 

Current Teaching

  • Lecturer and Unit Coordinator for SCH2232 Medical Biochemistry

Background

  • 2012-present: Lecturer, School of Medical Sciences, Edith Cowan University
  • 2009-2012: Postdoctoral Research Fellow, School of Natural Sciences, Edith Cowan University
  • 2008-2009: Research Officer, Telethon Institute for Child Health Research
  • 2006-2007: Postdoctoral Research Associate Faculty of Life Sciences, University of Manchester

Research Areas and Interests

Human Exposure to Environmental Contaminants and Associated Health Effects

  • Exposure of susceptible groups, such as children, to persistent toxic substances and the resulting effects of exposure
  • Assessment of the contribution of dietary exposure to persistent toxic substances to an individual’s total level of exposure.
  • Monitoring the biological effects of persistent toxic substance exposure as determined by the measurement of biomarkers of disease, oxidative damage and DNA modifications

I obtained my PhD in Biochemistry/Cell Biology however the focus of my research has changed and I am now involved in a number of projects relating to environmental exposures and their health effects. I have been involved in a number of research projects which include investigating the exposure of pregnant women to a range of environmental contaminants (metals, pesticides, persistent organic compounds and Bisphenol A) and children’s exposure to metals, emerging pollutants and particulate matter. Recently I have been working on a study examining exposure to metals in women aged 50 and above, and the effects o exposure on their bone density and kidney function.

My background in biological sciences means that I am keen to explore ways of investigating not just personal exposure to environmental contaminants, but also the health effects of exposure and the biological mechanisms underlying those effects. I am particularly interested in environmental contaminants relating to health outcomes in susceptible population groups such as young children and the elderly. The effect of pre-natal exposure to environmental contaminants on pregnancy and birth outcomes is also an area of considerable interest to me. In addition I am keen to explore the contribution of dietary exposure of metals and pollutants to an individual’s total exposure.

  • Environment exposure
  • Biological effects of exposure to environmental contaminants
  • Contribution of diet to exposure to metals and other contaminants

Staff Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy, England, 2006 .
  • Master, England, 2002 .
  • Bachelor of Science, England, 2001 .

Research

Recent Research Grants

  • Metals exposure and musculoskeletal and renal health in peri-menopausal Australian women,  Edith Cowan University,  ECU Early Career Researcher - Grant,  2011 - 2012,  $24,672.
  • Particulates, Metals and Human Exposure,  Telethon Institute for Child Health Research,  Grant,  2009 - 2012,  $38,885.
  • Children's exposure to PM10 and Metals in Perth,  Edith Cowan University,  ECU Industry Collaboration - Grant,  2011,  $101,242.
  • Children's dietary exposure to metals and the relationship between dietary intake and biological measures of exposure,  Edith Cowan University,  ECU Early Career Researcher - Grant,  2010 - 2011,  $24,690.

Recent Publications (within the last five years)

Journal Articles

  • Stasinska, A., Reid, A., Hinwood, A., Stevenson, G., Callan, A., Odland, J., Heyworth, J., (2013), Concentrations of polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs) in residential dust samples from Western Australia. Chemosphere, 91(2), 187-193, United Kingdom, DOI: 10.1016/j.chemosphere.2012.12.044..
  • Hinwood, A., Callan, A., Ramalingam, M., Boyce, M., Heyworth, J., McCafferty, P., Odland, J., (2013), Cadmium, lead and mercury exposure in non smoking pregnant women. Environmental Research, 126( ), 118-124.
  • Callan, A., Hinwood, A., Ramalingam, M., Boyce, M., Heyworth, J., McCafferty, P., Odland, J., (2013), Maternal Exposure to Metals ? Concentrations and Predictors of Exposure. Environmental Research, 126( ), 111-117, DOI: 10.1016/j.envres.2013.07.004.
  • Ndilila, W., Callan, A., McGregor, L., Kalin, R., Hinwood, A., (2013), Environmental and toenail metals concentrations in copper mining and non mining communities in Zambia. International Journal of Hygiene and Environmental Health , n/a(n/a), n/a, DOI: 10.1016/j.ijheh.2013.03.011.
  • Reid, A., Callan, A., Stasinska, A., Heyworth, J., Phi, DT., Odland, J., Hinwood, A., (2013), Maternal Exposure to Organochlorine Pesticides in Western Australia. Science of the Total Environment, 449( ), 208-213, DOI: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2013.01.067..
  • Callan, A., Hinwood, A., Heffernan, A., Eaglesham, G., Mueller, J., Odland, J., (2012), Urinary bisphenol A concentrations in pregnant women. International Journal of Hygiene and Environmental Health, N/A(N/A), N/A, DOI: 10.1016/j.ijheh.2012.10.002.
  • Lazenby, V., Hinwood, A., Callan, A., Franklin, P., (2012), Formaldehyde Personal Exposure Measurements and Time Weighted Exposure Estimates in Children. Chemosphere, 88(8), 966-973, United Kingdom, DOI: 10.1016/j.chemosphere.2012.03.029.
  • McQueen, HL., Callan, A., Hinwood, A., (2012), Estimating Maternal and Prenatal Exposure to Glyphosate in the Community Setting. International Journal of Hygiene and Environmental Health, 215(6), 570-576, Germany, DOI: 10.1016/j.ijheh.2011.12.002.
  • McKibbin, C., Mares, A., Piacenti, M., Williams, H., Roboti, P., Puumalainen, M., Callan, A., Lesiak-Mieczkowska, K., Linder, S., Harant, H., High, S., Flitsch, S., Whitehead, R., Swanton, E., (2012), Inhibition of protein translocation at the endoplasmic reticulum promotes activation of the unfolded protein response. Biochemical Journal, 442(3), 639-648, DOI: doi:10.1042/BJ20111220.
  • Callan, A., Winters, M., Barton, C., Boyce, M., Hinwood, A., (2011), Children's Exposure to Metals: A Community-Initiated Study. Archives of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology, N/A(N/A), N/A, DOI: 10.1007/s00244-011-9727-2.
  • Callan, A., Hinwood, A., (2011), Exposures to lead. Reviews on Environmental Health, 26(1), 13-15, DOI: 10.1515/REVEH.2011.003.
  • Cross, B., McKibbin, C., Callan, A., Roboti, P., Piacenti, M., Rabu, C., Wilson, C., Whitehead, R., Flitsch, S., Pool, M., High, S., Swanton, E., (2009), Eeyarestatin I inhibits Sec61-mediated protein translocation at the endoplasmic reticulum. Journal of Cell Science, 122(23), 4393-4400, United Kingdom, DOI: 10.1242/jcs.054494.
  • Callan, A., Milne, E., (2009), Involvement of the IGF system in fetal growth and childhood cancer: an overview of potential mechanisms. Cancer Causes and Control, 20(10), 1783-1798, The Netherlands, DOI: 10.1007/s10552-009-9378-z.
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