- Professor Martin Sillence
Faculty of Science,
School of Biology & Environmental Science
- IHBI Membership
Institute of Health Biomedical Innovation (IHBI),
IHBI Science and Engineering Projects,
IHBI Chem Physics Mech Engineering - CDA
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- Animal Production, Veterinary Sciences
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PhD (University of Leeds), Grad Cert university leadership and management (Charles Sturt University)
Endocrinology, Equine, Forensic, Hormones, Insulin, Laminitis, Livestock, Metabolism, Nutrition, Pharmacology
Martin Sillence is Academic Lead (Research), responsible for developing research capacity and capability in Biological and Environmental Sciences at QUT. He has previously served as Assistant Dean (Research) in the Faculty of Science (2007-2009), and the Faculty of Science and Technology (2009-2012), as well as Academic Program Director (2014-2018), responsible for overseeing all undergraduate science courses at QUT.
His other leadership roles have included Discipline Leader (Biological Sciences) and Acting Head of School (Environmental and Biological Sciences). He also currently serves the Australian Government, Department of Health, as a member of the Gene Technology Scheme Implementation Expert Reference Panel.
Prior to joining QUT, Professor Sillence held a personal research chair in Animal Science at Charles Sturt University NSW, where he worked for 11 years, helping to establish a new Veterinary Science course, while creating and managing a vaccine research centre. Before that, he served 9 years with CSIRO in Queensland, based in the Division of Livestock Industries.
With degrees in pharmacology and animal physiology & nutrition from the University of Leeds (UK), Sillence gained further research experience in the US, before establishing his own research team. He continues to lead an active research group focused on animal physiology and pharmacology, with particular strengths in equine health and medicine.
Dr Sillence has enjoyed a diverse research career, publishing over 100 scientific papers in the fields of pharmacology, forensic chemistry, endocrinology, animal science and equine science, winning a Literary Prize from the Journal of Veterinary Science in 2004 for his scientific writing and a Vice-Chancellor’s award from Central Queensland University for excellence in postgraduate student supervision. He has also served as a research consultant to major animal health companies, and has held several patents concerning the use of vaccines to improve the efficiency of food utilization in livestock.
Professor Sillence currently teaches undergraduate topics in pharmacology, animal biology, animal welfare and food security.
Previous teaching experience includes units in: Animal Science, Animal Health and Welfare, Veterinary Pharmacology, Physiology, Endocrinology, Nutritional Biochemistry, Biotechnology, Animal Production Systems and Advanced Animal Nutrition.
Professor Sillence has 38 years experience in research, with 30 years experience in research training and research management. He is an active researcher in the fields of veterinary and animal science, with a career total of over $12 million in research grants and three recent projects @ $1.3 million concerning laminitis, the pharmacokinetics of equine medications and metabolic syndrome.
Professor Sillence has held four provisional patents and produced more than 100 refereed publications in international scientific journals. One of his papers concerning equine laminitis has achieved a higher citation rate than any paper on this topic published in the past 15 years.
With a chief interest in animal endocrionology, growth and metabolism, Professor Sillence also has some experience in veterinary pharmacology, physiology, immunology, chemistry, forensic science, animal behaviour and animal nutrition.
As a research leader, Professor Sillence has developed some expertise in research career development, coaching and mentoring, assisting the Faculty to achieve outstanding success in research performance.
- De-laat M, Kyaw-Tanner M, Sillence M, McGowan C, Pollitt C, (2012) Advanced glycation endproducts in horses with insulin-induced laminitis, Veterinary Immunology and Immunopathology p395-401
- De-laat M, Pollitt C, Walsh D, McGowan C, Sillence M, (2012) Persistent digital hyperthermia over a 48 h period does not induce laminitis in horses, The Veterinary Journal p435-440
- De-laat M, Sillence M, McGowan C, Pollitt C, (2012) Continuous intravenous infusion of glucose induces endogenous hyperinsulinaemia and lamellar histopathology in Standardbred horses, The Veterinary Journal p317-322
- De-laat M, van Eps A, McGowan C, Sillence M, Pollitt C, (2011) Equine Laminitis: Comparative histopathology 48 hours after experimental induction with insulin or alimentary oligofructose in standardbred horses, Journal of Comparative Pathology p399-409
- Tinworth K, Harris P, Sillence M, Noble G, (2010) Potential treatments for insulin resistance in the horse: A comparative multi-species review, The Veterinary Journal p282-291
- Tinworth K, Boston R, Harris P, Sillence M, Raidal S, Noble G, (2012) The effect of oral metformin on insulin sensitivity in insulin-resistant ponies, The Veterinary Journal p79-84
- Asplin K, Patterson-Kane J, Sillence M, Pollitt C, McGowan C, (2010) Histopathology of insulin-induced laminitis in ponies, Equine Veterinary Journal p700-706
- Asplin K, Sillence M, Pollitt C, McGowan C, (2007) Induction of laminitis by prolonged hyperinsulinaemia in clinically normal ponies, The Veterinary Journal p530-535
- Asplin K, Curlewis J, McGowan C, Pollitt C, Sillence M, (2011) Glucose transport in the equine hoof, Equine Veterinary Journal p196-201
- De-laat M, McGowan C, Sillence M, Pollit C, (2010) Equine laminitis: Induced by 48 h hyperinsulinaemia in Standardbred horses, Equine Veterinary Journal p129-135