University of Western Australia Representative

Professor Hugh Barrett is a NHMRC Senior Research Fellow in the School of Medicine & Pharmacology and the Faculty of Engineering, Computing and Mathematics, University of Western Australia. His research has contributed to understanding lipid and lipoprotein metabolism in a variety of dyslipidemias and under various interventions designed to reduce cardiovascular disease burden. Using tracer methodologies his research has described the mechanism of action of statins, fibrates, CETP inhibitors, new PPAR agonists and other lipid lowering agents on lipoprotein kinetics, primarily in subjects with the metabolic syndrome. In addition, his research and modelling of tracer data in human, animal and in vitro systems has provided insight into the pathways that are responsible for the regulation of lipid metabolism.

Hugh has published more than 200 research papers in specialist lipid and general endocrinology journals, including Journal of Lipid Research, Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis and Vascular Biology, American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, Diabetes, Diabetes Care, Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism, and Journal of Biological Chemistry. He has been invited to speak at numerous national and international meetings in the USA, Canada, Mexico and Europe including the American Heart Association satellite on Lipoprotein Kinetics, ATVB Satellite Meeting, European Atherosclerosis Society, and American Diabetes Association. He is an Associate Editor for Atherosclerosis and is on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Lipid Research. He had served on NHF and NHMRC GRPs in 2006-2008, 2010, 2014 and the NHMRC CDA panel in 2008-10. He was Deputy Chair of the ARC’s ERA panel on Biomedical and Clinical Health Sciences Committee in 2010, Chair of the Medical and Health Sciences Panel in 2012 and panel member in 2015. Hugh is the past WA representative of the National Association of Research Fellows, the University of Western Australia Research Committee and Director of Research for the School of Medicine and Pharmacology.

Hugh received his BAgSc (Hon) from Latrobe University and PhD from the University of Adelaide for studies of lipoprotein kinetics and metabolism with Prof Paul Nestel at the Baker Heart Research Institute and CSIRO Division of Human Nutrition. He studies mathematical modelling as a fellow at the University of Washington and was, subsequently on the faculty in that department. In 1998 he was a Senior International Fogarty Fellow of the NIH and spent a sabbatical in Perth, prior to moving there in 1999. In 2002 he was awarded a Career Development award from the National Heart Foundation of Australia. In 2005, he was awarded a 5-year NHRMC Senior Research Fellowship; this was renewed in 2011.