Professor Geoff Nicholson

Professorial Research Fellow

Rural Clinical School
Faculty of Medicine

Overview

Professor Geoff Nicholson joined UQ Rural Clinical School in 2011 as the Director of Research, moved to the position of Head of the Rural Clinical School School in October 2011. Since 2015 he has been a part-time Professorial Research Fellow. Prior to joining The University of Queensland, he was with The University of Melbourne at The Geelong Hospital where he established a productive multidisciplinary academic department, and a regional endocrinology service.

Professor Nicholson’s research areas include Indigenous health, mental health, osteoporosis, diabetes, cell biology, epidemiology, clinical research and research translation, with particular interest in diseases of bone and metabolism.

Research Interests

  • Epidemiology and Public Health
  • Rural and Indigenous Health
  • Mental Health
  • Osteoclast Biology

Research Impacts

Professor Nicholson is a senior academic physician-researcher who is internationally recognised for his multidisciplinary outputs in clinical research, epidemiology and research translation. He has been an investigator on more than 80 RCTs. He is the instigator of and Senior Investigator on the Geelong Osteoporosis Study (GOS), which has evolved to encompass other disciplines including mental health, obesity and metabolism, diabetes, arthritis, gastroenterology, and infectious disease.

Qualifications

  • Fellow of Royal College of Physicians of London, Royal College of Physicians
  • Fellow, Royal Australian College of Physicians
  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of Melbourne
  • Bachelor of Medicine Bachelor of Surgery, The University of Western Australia

Publications

  • Nasir, Bushra, Hides, Leanne, Kisely, Steve, Geetha Ranmuthugala, Nicholson, Geoff, Black, Emma, Gill, Neeraj, Kondalsamy Chennakes, Srinivas and Toombs, Maree (2016) The need for a culturally-tailored gatekeeper training intervention program in preventing suicide among Indigenous peoples: a systematic review. BMC Psychiatry, 16 1: . doi:10.1186/s12888-016-1059-3

  • Pasco, Julie A., Nicholson, Geoff C. and Kotowicz, Mark A. (2012) Cohort profile: Geelong Osteoporosis Study. International Journal of Epidemiology, 41 6: 1565-1575. doi:10.1093/ije/dyr148

  • Estrada, Karol, Styrkarsdottir, Unnur, Evangelou, Evangelos, Hsu, Yi-Hsiang, Duncan, Emma L., Ntzani, Evangelia E., Oei, Ling, Albagha, Omar M. E., Amin, Najaf, Kemp, John P., Koller, Daniel L., Li, Guo, Liu, Ching-Ti, Minster, Ryan L., Moayyeri, Alireza, Vandenput, Liesbeth, Willner, Dana, Xiao, Su-Mei, Yerges-Armstrong, Laura M., Zheng, Hou-Feng, Alonso, Nerea, Eriksson, Joel, Kammerer, Candace M., Kaptoge, Stephen K., Leo, Paul J., Thorleifsson, Gudmar, Wilson, Scott G., Wilson, James F., Aalto, Ville, Alen, Markku, Aragaki, Aaron K., Aspelund, Thor, Center, Jacqueline R., Dailiana, Zoe, Duggan, David J ., Garcia, Melissa, Garcia-Giralt, Natàlia, Giroux, Sylvie, Hallmans, Göran, Hocking, Lynne J., Husted, Lise Bjerre, Jameson, Karen A., Khusainova, Rita, Kim, Ghi Su, Kooperberg, Charles, Koromila, Theodora, Kruk, Marcin, Laaksonen, Marika, Lacroix, Andrea Z., Lee, Seung Hun, Leung, Ping C., Lewis, Joshua R ., Masi, Laura, Mencej-Bedrac, Simona, Nguyen, Tuan V., Nogues, Xavier, Patel, Millan S., Prezelj, Janez, Rose, Lynda M., Scollen, Serena, Siggeirsdottir, Kristin, Smith, Albert V., Svensson, Olle, Trompet, Stella, Trummer, Olivia, van Schoor, Natasja M., Woo, Jean, Zhu, Kun, Balcells, Susana, Brandi, Maria Luisa, Buckley, Brendan M., Cheng, Sulin, Christiansen, Claus, Cooper, Cyrus, Dedoussis, George, Ford, Ian, Frost, Morten, Goltzman, David, Gonzalez-Macias, Jesús, Kahonen, Mika, Karlsson, Magnus, Khusnutdinova, Elza, Koh, Jung?Min, Kollia, Panagoula, Langdahl, Bente Lomholt, Leslie, William D., Lips, Paul, Ljunggren, Östen, Lorenc, Roman S., Marc, Janja, Mellstrom, Dan, Obermayer-Pietsch, Barbara, Olmos, José M ., Pettersson-Kymmer, Ulrika, Reid, David M., Riancho, José A., Ridker, Paul M., Rousseau, François, Slagboom, P. Eline, Tang, Nelson L.S., Urreizti, Roser, Van Hul, Wim, Viikari, Jorma, Zarrabeitia, Maria T., Aulchenko, Yurii S., Castano-Betancourt, Martha, Grundberg, Elin, Herrera, Lizbeth, Ingvarsson, Thorvaldur, Johannsdottir, Hrefna, Kwan, Tony, Li, Rui, Luben, Robert, Medina-Gomez, Carolina, Palsson, Stefan Th, Reppe, Sjur, Rotter, Jerome I., Sigurdsson, Gunnar, van Meurs, Joyce B. J., Verlaan, Dominique, Williams, Frances M.K., Wood, Andrew R., Zhou, Yanhua, Gautvik, Kaare M., Pastinen, Tomi, Raychaudhuri, Soumya, Cauley, Jane A., Chasman, Daniel I., Clark, Graeme R., Cummings, Steven R., Danoy, Patrick, Dennison, Elaine M., Eastell, Richard, Eisman, John A., Gudnason, Vilmundur, Hofman, Albert, Jackson, Rebecca D., Jones, Graeme, Jukema, J. Wouter, Khaw, Kay?Tee, Lehtimaki, Terho, Liu, Yongmei, Lorentzon, Mattias, McCloskey, Eugene, Mitchell, Braxton D., Nandakumar, Kannabiran, Nicholson, Geoffrey C., Oostra, Ben A., Peacock, Munro, Pols, Huibert A. P., Prince, Richard L., Raitakari, Olli, Reid, Ian R., Robbins, John, Sambrook, Philip N., Sham, Pak Chung, Shuldiner, Alan R., Tylavsky, Frances A., van Duijn, Cornelia M., Wareham, Nick J., Cupples, L. Adrienne, Econs, Michael J., Evans, David M., Harris, Tamara B., Kung, Annie W. C., Psaty, Bruce M., Reeve, Jonathan, Spector, Timothy D ., Streeten, Elizabeth A., Zillikens, M. Carola, Thorsteinsdottir, Unnur, Ohlsson, Claes, Karasik, David, Richards, J. Brent, Brown, Matthew A., Stefansson, Kari, Uitterlinden, André G., Ralston, Stuart H., Ioannidis, John P. A., Kiel, Douglas P. and Rivadeneira, Fernando (2012) Genome-wide meta-analysis identifies 56 bone mineral density loci and reveals 14 loci associated with risk of fracture. Nature Genetics, 44 5: 491-501. doi:10.1038/ng.2249

  • Sanders, Kerrie M., Stuart, Amanda L., Williamson, Elizabeth J., Simpson, Julie A., Kotowicz, Mark .A, Young, Doris and Nicholson, Geoffrey C. (2010) Annual high-dose oral vitamin D and falls and fractures in older women: A randomized controlled trial. JAMA - Journal of the American Medical Association, 303 18: 1815-1822. doi:10.1001/jama.2010.594

  • Jacka, Felice N., Pasco, Julie A., Mykletun, Arnstein, Williams, Lana J., Hodge, Allison M., O'Reilly, Sharleen Linette, Nicholson, Geoffrey C., Kotowicz, Mark A. and Berk, Michael (2010). Association of western and traditional diets with depression and anxiety in women. In: 12th International Congress of the International Federation for Psychiatric Epidemiology, Vienna, Austria, (305-311). 16-18 April 2009. doi:10.1176/appi.ajp.2009.09060881

  • Cornish, J., Callon, K. E., Bava, U., Lin, C., Naot, D., Hill, B. L., Grey, A. B., Broom, N., Myers, D. E., Nicholson, G. C. and Reid, I. R. (2002) Leptin directly regulates bone cell function in vitro and reduces bone fragility in vivo. Journal of Endocrinology, 175 2: 405-415. doi:10.1677/joe.0.1750405

  • Holloway, Wayne R., Collier, Fiona McL., Aitken, Cathy J., Myers, Damian E., Hodge, Jason M., Malakellis, Mary, Gough, Tamara J., Collier, Gregory R. and Nicholson, Geoffrey C. (2002) Leptin inhibits osteoclast generation. Journal of Bone and Mineral Research, 17 2: 200-209. doi:10.1359/jbmr.2002.17.2.200

  • Takahashi, Naoyuki, Akatsu, Takuhiko, Sasaki, Takahisa, Nicholson, Geoff C., Moseley, Jane M., Martin, T. John and Suda, Tatsuo (1988) Induction of calcitonin receptors by lα, 25- dihydroxyvitamin D3 in osteoclast-like multinucleated cells formed from mouse bone marrow cells. Endocrinology, 123 3: 1504-1510.

  • Nicholson, G.C., Moseley, J.M., Sexton, P.M., Mendelsohn, F.A.O. and Martin, T.J. (1986) Abundant calcitonin receptors in isolated rat osteoclasts. Biochemical and autoradiographic characterization. Journal of Clinical Investigation, 78 2: 355-360. doi:10.1172/JCI112584

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Featured Publications

  • Nasir, Bushra, Hides, Leanne, Kisely, Steve, Geetha Ranmuthugala, Nicholson, Geoff, Black, Emma, Gill, Neeraj, Kondalsamy Chennakes, Srinivas and Toombs, Maree (2016) The need for a culturally-tailored gatekeeper training intervention program in preventing suicide among Indigenous peoples: a systematic review. BMC Psychiatry, 16 1: . doi:10.1186/s12888-016-1059-3

  • Pasco, Julie A., Nicholson, Geoff C. and Kotowicz, Mark A. (2012) Cohort profile: Geelong Osteoporosis Study. International Journal of Epidemiology, 41 6: 1565-1575. doi:10.1093/ije/dyr148

  • Estrada, Karol, Styrkarsdottir, Unnur, Evangelou, Evangelos, Hsu, Yi-Hsiang, Duncan, Emma L., Ntzani, Evangelia E., Oei, Ling, Albagha, Omar M. E., Amin, Najaf, Kemp, John P., Koller, Daniel L., Li, Guo, Liu, Ching-Ti, Minster, Ryan L., Moayyeri, Alireza, Vandenput, Liesbeth, Willner, Dana, Xiao, Su-Mei, Yerges-Armstrong, Laura M., Zheng, Hou-Feng, Alonso, Nerea, Eriksson, Joel, Kammerer, Candace M., Kaptoge, Stephen K., Leo, Paul J., Thorleifsson, Gudmar, Wilson, Scott G., Wilson, James F., Aalto, Ville, Alen, Markku, Aragaki, Aaron K., Aspelund, Thor, Center, Jacqueline R., Dailiana, Zoe, Duggan, David J ., Garcia, Melissa, Garcia-Giralt, Natàlia, Giroux, Sylvie, Hallmans, Göran, Hocking, Lynne J., Husted, Lise Bjerre, Jameson, Karen A., Khusainova, Rita, Kim, Ghi Su, Kooperberg, Charles, Koromila, Theodora, Kruk, Marcin, Laaksonen, Marika, Lacroix, Andrea Z., Lee, Seung Hun, Leung, Ping C., Lewis, Joshua R ., Masi, Laura, Mencej-Bedrac, Simona, Nguyen, Tuan V., Nogues, Xavier, Patel, Millan S., Prezelj, Janez, Rose, Lynda M., Scollen, Serena, Siggeirsdottir, Kristin, Smith, Albert V., Svensson, Olle, Trompet, Stella, Trummer, Olivia, van Schoor, Natasja M., Woo, Jean, Zhu, Kun, Balcells, Susana, Brandi, Maria Luisa, Buckley, Brendan M., Cheng, Sulin, Christiansen, Claus, Cooper, Cyrus, Dedoussis, George, Ford, Ian, Frost, Morten, Goltzman, David, Gonzalez-Macias, Jesús, Kahonen, Mika, Karlsson, Magnus, Khusnutdinova, Elza, Koh, Jung?Min, Kollia, Panagoula, Langdahl, Bente Lomholt, Leslie, William D., Lips, Paul, Ljunggren, Östen, Lorenc, Roman S., Marc, Janja, Mellstrom, Dan, Obermayer-Pietsch, Barbara, Olmos, José M ., Pettersson-Kymmer, Ulrika, Reid, David M., Riancho, José A., Ridker, Paul M., Rousseau, François, Slagboom, P. Eline, Tang, Nelson L.S., Urreizti, Roser, Van Hul, Wim, Viikari, Jorma, Zarrabeitia, Maria T., Aulchenko, Yurii S., Castano-Betancourt, Martha, Grundberg, Elin, Herrera, Lizbeth, Ingvarsson, Thorvaldur, Johannsdottir, Hrefna, Kwan, Tony, Li, Rui, Luben, Robert, Medina-Gomez, Carolina, Palsson, Stefan Th, Reppe, Sjur, Rotter, Jerome I., Sigurdsson, Gunnar, van Meurs, Joyce B. J., Verlaan, Dominique, Williams, Frances M.K., Wood, Andrew R., Zhou, Yanhua, Gautvik, Kaare M., Pastinen, Tomi, Raychaudhuri, Soumya, Cauley, Jane A., Chasman, Daniel I., Clark, Graeme R., Cummings, Steven R., Danoy, Patrick, Dennison, Elaine M., Eastell, Richard, Eisman, John A., Gudnason, Vilmundur, Hofman, Albert, Jackson, Rebecca D., Jones, Graeme, Jukema, J. Wouter, Khaw, Kay?Tee, Lehtimaki, Terho, Liu, Yongmei, Lorentzon, Mattias, McCloskey, Eugene, Mitchell, Braxton D., Nandakumar, Kannabiran, Nicholson, Geoffrey C., Oostra, Ben A., Peacock, Munro, Pols, Huibert A. P., Prince, Richard L., Raitakari, Olli, Reid, Ian R., Robbins, John, Sambrook, Philip N., Sham, Pak Chung, Shuldiner, Alan R., Tylavsky, Frances A., van Duijn, Cornelia M., Wareham, Nick J., Cupples, L. Adrienne, Econs, Michael J., Evans, David M., Harris, Tamara B., Kung, Annie W. C., Psaty, Bruce M., Reeve, Jonathan, Spector, Timothy D ., Streeten, Elizabeth A., Zillikens, M. Carola, Thorsteinsdottir, Unnur, Ohlsson, Claes, Karasik, David, Richards, J. Brent, Brown, Matthew A., Stefansson, Kari, Uitterlinden, André G., Ralston, Stuart H., Ioannidis, John P. A., Kiel, Douglas P. and Rivadeneira, Fernando (2012) Genome-wide meta-analysis identifies 56 bone mineral density loci and reveals 14 loci associated with risk of fracture. Nature Genetics, 44 5: 491-501. doi:10.1038/ng.2249

  • Sanders, Kerrie M., Stuart, Amanda L., Williamson, Elizabeth J., Simpson, Julie A., Kotowicz, Mark .A, Young, Doris and Nicholson, Geoffrey C. (2010) Annual high-dose oral vitamin D and falls and fractures in older women: A randomized controlled trial. JAMA - Journal of the American Medical Association, 303 18: 1815-1822. doi:10.1001/jama.2010.594

  • Jacka, Felice N., Pasco, Julie A., Mykletun, Arnstein, Williams, Lana J., Hodge, Allison M., O'Reilly, Sharleen Linette, Nicholson, Geoffrey C., Kotowicz, Mark A. and Berk, Michael (2010). Association of western and traditional diets with depression and anxiety in women. In: 12th International Congress of the International Federation for Psychiatric Epidemiology, Vienna, Austria, (305-311). 16-18 April 2009. doi:10.1176/appi.ajp.2009.09060881

  • Cornish, J., Callon, K. E., Bava, U., Lin, C., Naot, D., Hill, B. L., Grey, A. B., Broom, N., Myers, D. E., Nicholson, G. C. and Reid, I. R. (2002) Leptin directly regulates bone cell function in vitro and reduces bone fragility in vivo. Journal of Endocrinology, 175 2: 405-415. doi:10.1677/joe.0.1750405

  • Holloway, Wayne R., Collier, Fiona McL., Aitken, Cathy J., Myers, Damian E., Hodge, Jason M., Malakellis, Mary, Gough, Tamara J., Collier, Gregory R. and Nicholson, Geoffrey C. (2002) Leptin inhibits osteoclast generation. Journal of Bone and Mineral Research, 17 2: 200-209. doi:10.1359/jbmr.2002.17.2.200

  • Takahashi, Naoyuki, Akatsu, Takuhiko, Sasaki, Takahisa, Nicholson, Geoff C., Moseley, Jane M., Martin, T. John and Suda, Tatsuo (1988) Induction of calcitonin receptors by lα, 25- dihydroxyvitamin D3 in osteoclast-like multinucleated cells formed from mouse bone marrow cells. Endocrinology, 123 3: 1504-1510.

  • Nicholson, G.C., Moseley, J.M., Sexton, P.M., Mendelsohn, F.A.O. and Martin, T.J. (1986) Abundant calcitonin receptors in isolated rat osteoclasts. Biochemical and autoradiographic characterization. Journal of Clinical Investigation, 78 2: 355-360. doi:10.1172/JCI112584

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