Episode 86

Iron insights: homeostasis, deficiency and repletion with Professor Toby Richards


June 14th, 2022

1 hr 33 secs

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About this Episode

*The information in this podcast is intended for Healthcare Practitioners.

This week’s guest, Professor Toby Richards delivers a schooling on all things iron, including the mechanisms in place to maintain iron homeostasis, signs and symptoms of deficiency, pathology interpretation tips, and the role this essential nutrient plays in health and physical fitness. If you’re seeing clients in clinical practice or simply eager to learn more about iron, this episode confers valuable insights and updates from an expert in the field.

Professor Richards is the Lawrence Brown Chair in Vascular Surgery, Head of Division of Surgery and Director of the Clinical Trials Unit at University of Western Australia (UWA). He is also Honorary Professor at the Institute of Clinical Trials and Methodology, University College London (UCL) and Honorary Professor of Anaesthesia at Monash University.
Professor Richards has led a series of international clinical trials and supervised 16 PhD students and well over 60 graduate research projects (Masters/ MSc/BSc). He is a mentor to trainees in surgical research internationally. He is actively engaged in the international trials networks; the International VASCC & UK VERN Research Group in vascular surgery. Professor Richards has over 150 peer reviewed publications and $14M of research funding in the last decade.

*Highlights *

  • How anaemia influences physical fitness 5:00
  • Symptoms of iron deficiency (9:20)
  • Iron homeostasis (20:00)
  • Haemoglobin (36:00)
  • Iron infusion (42:00)
  • Lactoferrin and other therapeutics to treat iron deficiency (49:00)


Prof Toby Richard’s biography and link to research: