Dr Honor Hugo - University of the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia

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Dr Honor Hugo

PhD, FHEA, BaAppSci (Med Lab Sci) Hons

  • Lecturer, Anatomy
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+61 7 5456 3143
Office location
SD-T-3-3.05
Campus
Sunshine Coast
Dr Honor Hugo

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Dr Honor Hugo has enjoyed a dual role as university lecturer and breast cancer researcher for over 4 years, both at QUT and USC. Prior to this, she worked as a postdoctoral research fellow in breast cancer metastasis in Melbourne, having graduated from her PhD from the University of Melbourne. Her current research in understanding the molecular and biophysical contribution of mammographic density to breast cancer risk and progression is multidisciplinary, linking radiology, medical physics, with culture of human breast mammary tissue ex vivo. Honor brings her passion and knowledge of human health and disease to her teaching.

Honor’s research focuses on understanding the molecular and biophysical contribution of mammographic density, the white areas on a mammogram, to breast cancer risk but also spread. Honor takes a multidisciplinary approach to understanding what it is that makes up this fibrous tissue, and what regulates its abundance. She collaborates closely with clinicians, radiologists, medical physicists and biologists to obtain and cultivate human mammary tissue ex vivo from female donors undergoing preventative surgery. Her research projects have been consistently funded for the past 4 years by hospital industry partners. Honor is widely published in her field in journals such as Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Breast Cancer Research, and PloS One (for a full list of publications refer to the USC Research Bank).

Honor has co-ordinated a number of large cohort 1st year undergraduate units in biomedical sciences, and is keen to use and develop new technologies to enhance student engagement in online teaching. Honor has also supervised research higher degree students to completion in a variety of areas including physical force associated with mammographic density and subsequent mechanotransduction effects, development of NMR technology to measure mammographic density change in human breast tissue explants influenced by hormonal treatments, and the role of E-cadherin in the promotion of cancer cell growth in mice, a study overlapping with concepts of epithelial-to-mesenchymal transition (EMT).

Professional Memberships

  • Australian Society of medical Research (ASMR)
  • Australian Institute of Medical and Clinical Scientists

Awards/Fellowships

  • Princess Alexandra Hospital Research Foundation Transitional Research Innovation Award (2018-2020)
  • Early Career Seed Grant, Victorian Cancer Agency, 2009
  • Postdoctoral Training Fellowship, National Breast Cancer Foundation, 2009-2012

Professional Social Media

Research Concentrations

  • Sunshine Coast Health Institute
  • Sunshine Coast University Hospital
  • Queensland University of Technology at the Translational Research Institute, Woolloongabba
  • Princess Alexandra Hospital, Radiology Department
  • University of California San Francisco Center for Bioengineering and Tissue Regeneration, Weaver Laboratory

Research Grants

Grant/Project Name

Investigators

Funding body & A$ value

Year(s)

Focus of Research Grant

Transitional Research Innovation Award

Prof Erik W. Thompson, Dr Konstantin I. Momot, Dr Honor J. Hugo, Dr Thomas Lloyd

Princess Alexandra Hospital

2019-2020

Use of single-sided MRI technology for the detection of mammographic density

Engaging Science grant INPSIRE - Implementing Novel Stem Partnerships in Rural Education

Dr Honor Hugo, Dr Derek Richards

Advance Qld

$10,000, QUT co-funded to $20,000 total

2018

to support scientists, researchers, science communicators, journalists, teachers, organisations and community groups to deliver science engagement and communication projects, events and activities that align with this vision (from Advance QLD site). To support a STEM Schools’ outreach program led by Dr Hugo called INSPIRE – Implementing Novel STEM Partnerships in Rural and Indigenous Education.


Engaging Science grant

Dr Honor Hugo, Dr Kerry Manton, Dr Derek Richards

Advance Qld

$10,000

QUT co-funded to $14,000 total

2017

To support scientists, researchers, science communicators, journalists, teachers, organisations and community groups to deliver science engagement and communication projects, events and activities that align with this vision (from Advance QLD site). To support a STEM Schools’ outreach program led by Dr Hugo called INSPIRE – Implementing Novel STEM Partnerships in Rural.


Research areas

  • Mammographic Density
  • Carcinogenisis
  • Mechanotransduction
  • Extracellular matrix

Teaching areas

  • Human Anatomy
  • Pathophysiology
  • Development of interactive learning media for anatomy teaching