Personal details

Name
Dr Melody de Laat
Position(s)
Senior Lecturer
Science and Engineering Faculty,
Biology & Environmental Science
Discipline *
Other Biological Sciences, Veterinary Sciences
Phone
+61 7 3138 1618
Email
Location
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Identifiers and profiles
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Qualifications

PhD (University of Queensland), BVSc (Hons) (University of Queensland)

Keywords

Animal physiology, Pharmacology, Insulin, Metabolic syndrome, Obesity, Incretin, Growth factors, Laminitis

* Field of Research code, Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification (ANZSRC), 2008

Biography

Metabolic diseases are occurring at an increasing rate, and this problem isn’t just affecting people. Animals are increasingly obese, and suffering from debilitating problems associated with over-eating. The health and welfare of these animals is a primary concern for Dr. Melody de Laat. As a clinical and research veterinarian with over 18 years experience in both clinical veterinary practice and veterinary research, she is passionate about improving animal health and welfare. Her research interests encompass novel drug development and testing, disorders of metabolism and nutrition, incretin biology, endocrine dysfunction, equine lameness and Australian wild horse health and ecology.

Currently, Melody is working on a number of diverse research questions which include: 1) what role do incretins play in equine metabolic disorders; 2) what is the recurrence rate of laminitis; 3) can dynamic feeding systems reduce obesity  and 4) how does insulin cause lameness?

Melody and her team of researchers have published extensively on disorders of metabolism and laminitis in horses and her seminal publication on insulin toxicity in horses has been listed by Thomson’s ISI among the top 1% of papers published in the plant and animal sciences category since 2010 and was the most cited article in the journal in 2012. She also received, and completed, a Discovery Early Career Research Award to continue her research into incretin biology.

A keen interest in teaching led Melody to become a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. As the Honours coordinator for Biology she enjoys working with, and developing the capabilities of, young researchers. In addition to her research and teaching commitments she is a member of the University Animal Ethics Committee.

This information has been contributed by Dr Melody de Laat.

Teaching

Under-graduate

  • Honours co-ordinator (biology)
  • Animal biology
  • Drug action

Post-graduate HDR students

  • Murad Kheder: Investigation of equine incretins
  • Danielle Fitzgerald: The effect of pasture grazing on metabolic health in ponies
  • Alexandra Meier: The efficacy of velagliflozin for preventing equine laminitis
  • Samira Rahnama: The role of the IGF-1 receptor in equine laminitis pathophysiology
  • Poppy Sibthorpe: Mechanisms for increased glucose uptake in insulin dysregulation
  • Christina Cash: Risk alleles for equine metabolic syndrome
  • Katherine Andrews: Ghrelin and appetite in ponies
This information has been contributed by Dr Melody de Laat.

Publications


For more publications by this staff member, visit QUT ePrints, the University's research repository.

Awards

Awards and recognition

Type
Academic Honours, Prestigious Awards or Prizes
Reference year
2020
Details
Best Research with Real World Impact (SEF)
Type
Advisor/Consultant for Industry
Reference year
2020
Details
Consultant
Type
Appointment to Prestigious Positions
Reference year
2020
Details
President-Elect, 2020 President 2021
Type
Committee Role/Editor or Chair of an Academic Conference
Reference year
2020
Details
Scientific committee member and Chair of meeting
Type
Academic Honours, Prestigious Awards or Prizes
Reference year
2014
Details
Voorjaarsdagen Award
Type
Academic Honours, Prestigious Awards or Prizes
Reference year
2014
Details
John Burke Literary Award
Type
Academic Honours, Prestigious Awards or Prizes
Reference year
2014
Details
Vice Chancellor's Performance Award
Type
Recipient of a Nationally Competitive Research Fellowship
Reference year
2014
Details
Discovery Early Career Researcher Award
Type
Academic Honours, Prestigious Awards or Prizes
Reference year
2012
Details
Gold Award, Best Poster
Type
Academic Honours, Prestigious Awards or Prizes
Reference year
2009
Details
Fred Z. Eager Prize for Research in Veterinary Medicine

Research projects

Grants and projects (Category 1: Australian Competitive Grants only)

Title
Improving Diagnostic Accuracy and Treatment Options for Equine PPID
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
LP180101000
Start year
2020
Keywords
Title
Gastrointestinal Hormones: Linking Insulin Dysregulation and Laminitis
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
DP180102418
Start year
2018
Keywords
Title
Treating Equine Laminitis
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
LP150101025
Start year
2016
Keywords
Title
Understanding equine incretins: a novel approach to laminitis prevention
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
DE140100135
Start year
2014
Keywords
Equine; Pharmacology; Veterinary