Intestinal inflammatory conditions have been at the forefront of medical research due to the lack of effective treatment options. These conditions include ulcerative colitis (large intestinal damage), non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug enteropathy (small intestinal damage) and mucositis (damage to normal cells of the digestive tract caused by cancer drugs). Dr Mashtoub’s research is looking into the use of Emu Oil, first used by Indigenous Australians to provide relief from pain, promote wound healing and to treat inflamed joints, as a suitable treatment option for intestinal inflammatory digestive conditions.
Dr Mashtoub is a current committee member of the Nutrition Society of Australia (SA Branch), has been an active member of the Australian Society for Medical Research (SA and WA committees), organised events for National Science week and was a member of Healthy Development Adelaide. After hours, Dr Mashtoub is a private tutor for years 5-12 Mathematics, General Sciences, Physics, Chemistry, Biology and UMAT and runs a tutoring school on weekends.
Dr Mashtoub was awarded her PhD from the University of Adelaide in 2013 and currently holds a NHMRC Postdoctoral (Peter Doherty) Fellowship conjointly at the Women’s and Children’s Hospital & University of Western Australia.