Dr Joanna Harnett, School of Pharmacy, The University of Sydney


Gluten related disorders necessitating lifelong exclusion of dietary gluten are indicated in 1-2% of the general population. However, an estimated 20% of the Australian general population adhere to a gluten free diet. This presentation will provide an overview of gluten related disorders and the emerging role of other dietary components and the gut microbiome.


Dr Joanna Harnett holds a Bachelor and Master of Health Science (Complementary Medicine). She completed her PhD in 2013 in the field of nutritional pharmacology. Her PhD research explored the association between the gastrointestinal microbiome and coeliac disease. Joanna is a senior lecturer (complementary medicines) within the Faculty of Medicine Health at the University of Sydney’s Pharmacy School. Her teaching and research activity include: the appropriate and safe use of complementary medicine products, integrative medicine education and communication, and gastrointestinal health and the microbiome. Joanna supervises higher degree research students in these three areas. Her teaching role includes the development and delivery of evidence-based complementary medicine education for undergraduate and post-graduate pharmacy students. She currently serves on the board of the International Society for Traditional, Complementary, Integrative Medicine Research. She is a member of the Australian TGA Advisory Committee for Complementary Medicines

About Seminar Series

The School of Pharmacy Seminar Series involves regular formal presentations of high-quality scholarly work with broad appeal.

The wider School community is invited to attend, including academic and professional staff, special guests, visitors, as well as HDR, postgraduate, masters and honours students.


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