Dr Lathlean is a clinical researcher in gastroenterology within the Flinders Centre for Innovation in Cancer. His research focuses on the acceptability of blood biomarkers for patients experiencing gastrointestinal cancers, their carers and clinicians (oncologists, surgeons, pathologists). He is interested in how both qualitative (i.e. surveys, focus groups and concept mapping) and quantitative methods can assist in identifying knowledge, trust and barriers into the uptake of innovative technologies.
Dr Lathlean is also a clinical Accredited Exercise Physiologist (AEP), who is helping patients prevent and manage chronic disease, and helping to identify, prevent and manage injury through appropriate strength and conditioning. This has relevance to wellness approaches for individuals undergoing cancer treatment, as well as other patient populations. Dr Lathlean maintains an active interest in neurodegenerative conditions (e.g., post-polio syndrome), as an expert of exercise-based interventions for this population.
These skills are supported by Dr Lathlean’s background in the prevention and management of neuromuscular conditions. His PhD focused on the epidemiology of sports injury in elite junior team sport, where he carried out a prospective longitudinal study (562 male football players). Dr Lathlean now maintains an interest in supporting research students and junior researchers in both primary and secondary research studies. He is an active supervisor across HDR projects in both sport (injury and performance) as well as clinical areas (neuromuscular, gastroenterology). He has experience in supporting practicum students in the clinical setting, teaching for both on-campus and online learning and supporting junior clinicians in both private and public (i.e. community health) care settings. He maintains key links with accrediting bodies such as Exercise and Sports Science Australia and Sports Medicine Australia and is an active reviewer across journals and grants. Dr Lathlean is skilled in piloting of various health-based interventions and has proficiency in both sports-based and health-based technologies.
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