Dr Frederik Steyn

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

UQ Centre for Clinical Research
Faculty of Medicine
+61 7 334 65555


Awarded a PhD in Anatomy and Neuroendocrinology from the Centre for Neuroendocrinology (University of Otago) in 2007, I relocated to Australia in 2008 and commenced work as a Postdoctoral Research Officer at UQ. I am currently conducting basic and clinical-focussed research, working at within the Centre for Clinical Research and The School of Biomedical Sciences at UQ.

Research Impacts

During this time I developed methodologies central for the assessment of neuronal control of pituitary hormone release, focussing on processes that direct growth and metabolism. These methodologies formed part of the foundation for my ongoing research into mechanisms that contribute to healthy ageing. As part of an expanded research vision, I have developed a translational research focus where I am assessing the role of altered growth and metabolism on the rate of progression of neurodegenerative disease, an in particular Motor Neurone Disease (MND). Through patient and animal directed studies I aim to repurpose endocrine and metabolic-directed treatment strategies to slow disease progression and improve quality of life for those currently living with MND.


  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of Otago


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  • Doctor Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

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Book Chapter

  • Ngo, Shyuan T., Steyn, Frederik J., McCombe, Pamela A. and Borges, Karin (2015). High Caloric diets for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. In Ronald Ross Watson and Victor R. Preedy (Ed.), Bioactive nutraceuticals and dietary supplements in neurological and brain disease: prevention and therapy (pp. 355-361) London, United Kingdom: Academic Press. doi:10.1016/B978-0-12-411462-3.00036-9

  • Steyn, Frederik J. and Chen, Chen (2013). Adiponectin. In Abba J. Kastin (Ed.), Handbook of biologically active peptides 2nd ed. (pp. 983-989) Amsterdam, Netherlands: Academic Press/Elsevier. doi:10.1016/B978-0-12-385095-9.00130-5

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Conference Publication

Grants (Administered at UQ)

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor