Menzies Research Institute, University of Tasmania

Epidemiology is an area of study concerned with the study of populations. Seana’s research focuses on two aspects of the health of populations, related to heart disease and stroke. First, by looking at older people who have had a stroke, Seana has identified examples of poor health management and has helped to achieve better outcomes for doctors and patients by improving patient health management. Second, looking at healthy people in their 20s and 30s, she has demonstrated a connection between bad habits such as smoking and bad diets, and a higher amount of fat in the blood. This research shows that an approach to preventing heart disease should focus not only on the older population, but should also consider younger people.