Tanya Little

Dr Tanya Little

NHMRC Career Development Fellow

Adelaide Medical School

Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences


Dr Little is a biomedical scientist who was awarded her PhD in gastrointestinal physiology and appetite regulation from the University of Adelaide in 2007. Since that time, she has been a full-time researcher, supported by prestigious fellowships from the NHMRC. Her research has yielded discoveries that have contributed significantly to current concepts of the role of small intestinal mechanisms in the regulation of appetite and food intake, and she has an emerging international reputation for her work in this area. Her current research is focused on understanding the role of oral and gastrointestinal fat sensing receptors in mediating appetite, gastrointestinal motility and postprandial triglyceride responses in health and obesity, with the aim to develop more effective targeted strategies for weight loss and metabolic health.

Dr Little is a biomedical scientist who was awarded her PhD in gastrointestinal physiology and appetite regulation from the University of Adelaide in 2007. Since that time, she has been a full-time researcher, supported by prestigious fellowships from the NHMRC. Her research has yielded discoveries that have contributed significantly to current concepts of the role of small intestinal mechanisms in the regulation of appetite and food intake, and she has an emerging international reputation for her work in this area. Her current research is focused on understanding the role of oral and gastrointestinal fat sensing receptors in mediating appetite, gastrointestinal motility and postprandial triglyceride responses in health and obesity, with the aim to develop more effective targeted strategies for weight loss and metabolic health.

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  • Appointments

    Date Position Institution name
    2013 - 2014 NHMRC Career Development Fellow University of Sydney
    2013 - 2014 Adjunct Senior Lecturer University of Adelaide
    2012 - 2018 NHMRC Career Development Fellow University of Adelaide
    2012 NHMRC Career Development Fellow (Level 1) University of Adelaide
    2010 - 2013 Honorary Research Associate University of Manchester
    2010 - 2011 NHMRC Overseas Clinical Research Postdoctoral Training Fellow University of Adelaide
    2008 - 2009 NHMRC Overseas Clinical Research Postdoctoral Training Fellow University of Manchester
    2007 Postdoctoral Research Officer University of Manchester
    2003 Research Assistant University of Adelaide
  • Awards and Achievements

    Date Type Title Institution Name Country Amount
    2012 Award Academic Promotion to Senior Lecturer (Level C) University of Adelaide
    2012 Award Discipline of Medicine Travel Grant University of Adelaide $5000
    2011 Award BUPA Faculty of Health Sciences Travel Grant University of Adelaide $5000
    2010 Award Academic Promotion to Lecturer (Level B) University of Adelaide
    2009 Award Meeting grant £1500
    2004 Scholarship Research Abroad Scholarship University of Adelaide $2500
    2003 Scholarship Faculty of Health Sciences Divisional PhD Scholarship University of Adelaide
    2003 Award Terumo Prize for Excellence in Biomedical Science with Honours University of South Australia
  • Education

    Date Institution name Country Title
    2007 University of Adelaide Australia PhD
    1999 - 2002 University of South Australia Australia Bachelor of Biomedical Science with Honours (First class)
  • Research Interests

Current
2012-April 2018

NHMRC Career Development Fellowship Grant No. 1022706

Fat sensing in the gut: role in appetite regulation in health and obesity. Little TJ. (currently 0.5 FTE).

$391,076
2015-2016

Royal Adelaide Hospital Research Committee Clinical Project Grant

Effects of intraduodenal fat infusion on intestinal permeability, intestinal and systemic inflammation, and gut hormone secretion in lean and obese humans. Little TJ.

$50,000
2015-2017

Investigator Initiated Grant from Novartis Pharmaceuticals Australia Pty. Ltd.

Defining the role of endogenous glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1) in the glycaemic, triglyceride and energy expenditure responses to fat in patients with Type 2 Diabetes (T2D) using Galvus (vildagliptin) and the GLP-1 receptor antagonist exendin (9-39). Little TJ.

$218,000
Previous
2014

Diabetes Australia Research Trust 

Little TJ.

$60,000
2012 - 2014

Investigator-initiated funding from Novartis Pharmaceuticals Pty. Ltd

Horowitz M, Little TJ.

$150,000
2013

Royal Adelaide Hospital Clinical Project Grant

Little TJ.

$35,036
2012 - 2013

University of Adelaide Faculty of Health Sciences Research New Appointment Funding.

Little TJ.

$15,000
2012

Royal Adelaide Hospital Clinical Project Grant

Little TJ.

$25,000
2011 - 2012

Investigator-initiated funding from Novartis Pharmaceuticals Pty. Ltd.

Little TJ, Horowitz M.

$157,940
2012

Royal Adelaide Hospital Clinical Project Grant

Little TJ.

$25,000
2008 - 2011

NHMRC Overseas Clinical Research Postdoctoral Training Fellowship Grant No. 519349

Little TJ.

$332,634
Teaching
2013

Guest lecture for the course Lifespan Nutrition, University of Adelaide

2 lectures and 1 tutorial for Nutrition and Metabolism 3002, University of Sydney.

2012 Guest lecture for the course Lifespan Nutrition, University of Adelaide
2010 Tutoring 2nd year undergraduate students in the Human Nutrition HLTH 2001 course, University of South Australia. 

   

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  • Current Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2017 Co-Supervisor Effects of the non-nutritive bitter agonist, quinine, alone and in combination with dietary nutrients, on energy intake and blood glucose in humans Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Miss Vida Bitarafan
  • Past Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2012 - 2017 Co-Supervisor Gastrointestinal Nutrient Sensing in Obesity and type 2 Diabetes: Role in Appetite Regulation and Glycaemic Control Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Ms Nada Cvijanovic
    2010 - 2019 Co-Supervisor Insight into Appetite and Blood Glucose Regulation in Anorexia Nervosa and Health: Examining Gastrointestinal Changes in Starvation and with Short-term Refeeding Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Ms Gabriella Alexandra Heruc
  • Position: NHMRC Career Development Fellow
  • Phone: 83132999
  • Email: tanya.little@adelaide.edu.au
  • Campus: North Terrace
  • Building: Adelaide Health and Medical Sciences, floor 5
  • Room: WS5062.23
  • Org Unit: Medical Specialties

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