Peter L. McLennan
Peter L. McLennan was born in Melbourne, Australia, in 1954. He graduated with a B.S. degree from Monash University, Australia, with first class honors in 1977, and a Ph.D. degree in pharmacology in 1981. Working in the area of nutritional physiology for 25 years, he has published over 75 original research papers and reviews specifically linking dietary fatty acids, membrane composition, and heart function, and he has attracted numerous invitations to speak at international and national conferences. His special interest in omega-3 fatty acids continues from his team’s discovery of the link between omega-3 fatty acids in the heart and nutritional prevention of serious heart rhythm disorders that underlie sudden fatal heart attacks. He has established dietary omega-3 fatty acids as essential for healthy heart and muscle function. His research is aimed at translating observations from original animal research to human application for nutritional preconditioning and treatment of heart failure and muscle fatigue and the optimization of healthy heart and muscle metabolism to enhance daily living and exercise capacity for the benefit of the aging population. After 15 years at CSIRO, Human Nutrition, Adelaide, Australia, he returned to academia in 1997 at the University of Wollongong, Australia, where in 2006 he was instrumental in curriculum development in physiology for the newly formed Graduate School of Medicine, which opened its doors in January 2007. He is currently an Associate Professor in medical sciences (physiology and pharmacology), Academic Team Leader in Research and Critical Analysis, and the Foundation Director of Research at the Graduate School of Medicine, University of Wollongong.
Biography Updated on 22 November 2009