First-class honours to our FFCMH Honours Scholarship students

And the results are in…
Congratulations to oHonours2016ur four FFCMH Honours Scholarship students (photo from left) Phoebe Drioli-Phillips, Charlotte Gelder. Andriana Tran and Kristina Millar, who have all been awarded first class honours. Congratulations also to their supervisors for the impressive returns on their dedication to the training and development of these passionate and brilliant young researchers.

Ms Phoebe Drioli-Phillips
The School of Psychology at the University of Adelaide
Thesis:   “I Don’t Need Advice or Lectures”  A discursive psychological analysis of men’s posts in an online discussion forum for depression.
Supervisors:  A/Prof Amanda LeCoteur and Dr Camille Short
Summary: Phoebe undertook conversation analysis to examine the ways in which men manage the challenges of discussing depression in on-line forums. She found that men use these forums to seek validation of normality (which is important) and uses posts as occasions for troubles telling, rather than seeking advice or looking for lectures. These results, are consistent with how men use telephone help-line services, and have implications for how on-line forums are delivered to support men’s help seeking.

Ms Charlotte Gelder 
The School of Psychology at the University of Adelaide
Thesis:  When men with prostate cancer search the internet for information on physical activity, what do they find?
Supervisors: Dr Camille Short and Prof Deborah Turnbull
Summary: Charlotte developed a checklist to evaluate websites that men with prostate cancer were likely to land on when searching the Internet for information on physical activity. She found that few websites incorporated essential behaviour change techniques (like goal setting and ongoing support), cancer organisations and government websites were too scientific in content and lacked practical information and support to genuinely assist men to change their physical activity habits.

Ms Andriana Tran
The School of Psychology at the University of Adelaide
Thesis: Sexual health experiences of older men: Health care professionals’ perspectives.
Supervisor:  Professor Anna Chur-Hansen
Summary: Andi interviewed health care professionals who specialise in sexual health care and consult older men.  They felt that older men associate erectile function with masculine identity and this is perpetuated by social sexual expectations, may experience social stigma around their sexuality and therefore find it difficult to talk about sexual problems with their partners, let alone with a health care practitioner, and they generally feel dismissed by their health care practitioners.  Practitioners felt there is a lack of resources for older men about their sexual health.

Ms Kristina Millar
The School of Medicine at the University of Adelaide
Thesis: The sperm borne identity: The acquisition of microRNA-143 and microRNA-145 in male gametes in response to a high fat diet, and the impact on the preimplantation embryo.
Supervisors:   Dr Tod Fullston, Dr Michelle Lane, Dr Deirdre Zander-Fox
Summary: Levels of nuclear material microRNA-143 and microRNA-145 in sperm is known to be altered by high fat diet fed obese male mice and when delivered to the embryo at fertilisation, delays embryo development and reduces viability. There are two sources of sperm cells, testicular germ cells and mature sperm. The former is used in assisted reproductive technology (ART) but Kristina found that these microRNAs are increased in testicular germ cells, but not mature sperm, in obese mice and, consequently have an increased abundance in pre-implantation embryos.  These results may have implications for ART procedures.

The Centre wishes Phoebe, Charlotte, Andriana and Kristina all the best of success as they take their next step in their careers.


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