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Peter Hartmann

W/Prof Peter Hartmann

Senior Honorary Research Fellow
School of Chemistry and Biochemistry

Contact details
Address
School of Chemistry and Biochemistry
The University of Western Australia (M313)
35 Stirling Highway
CRAWLEY WA 6009
Australia
Phone
6488 3327
Fax
6488 1148
Email
peter.hartmann@uwa.edu.au
Location
Room 203, Bayliss Building, Crawley campus
Qualifications
BRurSc NE, PhD Syd.
Biography
Professor Peter Hartmann completed a Bachelor of Rural Sciences with Honours at the University of New England in New South Wales and a PhD at the University of Sydney. His early research on lactation focused on dairy cattle, in postdoctoral and research positions in the UK, USA and Australia. Professor Hartmann took up a lectureship at The University of Western Australia in 1972. During his time at UWA, he has founded the Human Lactation Research Group, has twice been Head of the Department of Biochemistry and was Dean of the Faculty of Science from 1990 to 1992. He is currently on the Higher Degrees Committee for the Faculty of Science. He has supervised over 45 honours students, five Masters of Science, and 33 PhDs.

As well as his work at UWA, Professor Hartmann has also contributed to other universities and institutions. From 1999 to 2008 he was a Visiting Professor at the Kagawa Nutrition Universityin Sakado, Japan; he was an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Medical Imaging Science at Curtin University of Technology from 2000 to 2004; and from 2002 to 2004 he was a Clinical Professor in Pediatrics at the Texas Tech University in Amarillo, USA.
Key research
The aim of research at the Human Lactation Research Group is under the direction of Professor Peter Hartmann the Groups research aim is to gaining a greater understanding of the synthesis and secretion of breastmilk as well as the mechanisms of removal of milk from the breast by either the suckling infant or by expression with an electric breast pump. The understanding of these mechanisms will facilitate successful breastfeeding by providing an evidence base for the clinical management of human lactation.
Publications
Journal Articles

2005

Fetherston, C., Hartmann, P.E., Excretion of lactose in urine as a measurement of increased permeability of the lactating breast during inflammation Acta obstetricia et gynecologica scandinavica (2005) in press.

Ramsay, D.T., Mitoulas, L.R., Kent, J.C., Larsson, M. and Hartmann, P.E. The use of ultrasound to characterise milk ejection using an electric breast pump. Journal of Human Lactation (2005) submitted.

Ramsay, D.T., Kent, J.C., Hartmann R.L. and Hartmann P.E. Anatomy of the Lactating human breast redefined with ultrasound imaging. Journal of Anatomy 206: 525-534 (2005).

Mizuno, K Aizawa, M Saito, S Kani K, Tanaka, S Kawamura, H Hartmann, PE and Doherty, D Analysis of feeding behaviour with direct linear transformation. Early Human Development (2005) submitted

2004
Dunstan, J.A., Roper, J., Mitoulas, L., Hartmann, P.E., Simmer, K. and Prescott, S.L. The effect of supplementation with fish oil during pregnancy on breast milk immunoglobulin A, soluble CD14, cytokine levels and fatty acid composition. Clinical Experimental Allergy 34: 1237 – 1242 (2004)

Ramsay, D.T., Kent, J.C., Owens, R.A. and Hartmann, P.E. Ultrasound Imaging of Milk Ejection in the Breast of Lactating Women. Pediatrics 113: 361 – 367 (2004)

2003
Sadleir, R.J. System for routine surface anthropometry using reprojection registration. Measurement Science and Technology 14: 1912 – 1926 (2003)

Bencini, R., Knight, T.W. and Hartmann P.E. Secretion of milk and milk components in sheep. Australian Journal of Experimental Agriculture 43: 529 – 534 (2003)

Mitoulas, L.R., Gurrin, L.C., Doherty, D.A., Sherriff, J.L. and Hartmann, P.E. Infant intake of fatty acids from human milk over the first year of lactation. British Journal of Nutrition 90: 979 – 986 (2003)

Aljazaf, K., Hale, T.W., Ilett, K.F., Hartmann, P.E., Mitoulas, L.R., Kristensen, J.H. and Hackett, L.P. Pseudoephedrine - effects on milk production in women and estimation of infant exposure via breastmilk. British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology 56: 18 – 24 (2003)

Kent, J.C., Ramsay, D.T, Doherty, D., Larsson, M. and Hartmann, P.E. Response of breasts to different stimulation patterns of an electric breast pump. Journal of Human Lactation (2003)

Kent, J.C., Kennaugh, L.M and Hartmann, P.E. Intramammary pressure in the lactating sow in response to oxytocin and during natural milk ejections throughout lactation. Journal of Dairy Research 70: 131-138 (2003)

2002
Mitoulas, L.R., Lai, C.T., Gurrin, L.C., Larsson, M. and Hartmann, P.E. Effect of vacuum profile on breast milk expression using an electric breast pump. Journal of Human Lactation 18(4): 353-360 (2002)

Mitoulas, L.R., Lai, C.T., Gurrin, L.C., Larsson, M. and Hartmann, P.E. Efficacy of breast milk expression using an electric breast pump. Journal of Human Lactation 18(4): 344-352 (2002)

Cregan, M.D., Mitoulas, L.R. and Hartmann, P.E. Milk prolactin, feed volume, and duration between feeds in women breastfeeding their full-term infants over a 24-hour period. Experimental Physiology 87.2: 207 – 214 (2002)

Mitoulas, L.R, Kent, J.C., Cox, D.B., Owens, R.A., Sherriff, J.L. and Hartmann, P.E. Variation in fat, lactose and protein in human milk over 24h and throughout the first year of lactation. British Journal of Nutrition 88: 29-37 (2002)

Cregan, M.D., de Mello, T.R., Kershaw, D., McDougall, K and Hartmann. P.E. Initiation of lactation in women after preterm delivery. Acta Obstetrica et Gynecological Scandinavica 81: 870-877 (2002)

2000
Cregan, M.D., de Mello T.R. and Hartmann P.E. Pre-term delivery and Breast Expression: Consequences for initiating lactation. Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology, 478: 427-428 (2000)

1999
Kent, J.C., Mitoulas, L.R., Cox, D.B., Owens, R.A. and Hartmann, P.E. Breast volume and milk production during extended lactation in women. Experimental Physiology 84: 435-447 (1999)

Cox, D.B., Kent, J.C., Casey, T.M., Owens, R.A. and Hartmann, P.E. Breast growth and the urinary excretion of lactose during human pregnancy and early lactation: Endocrine relationships. Experimental Physiology 84: 421-434 (1999)

Huynh, D.Q., Owens, R.A. and Hartmann, P.E. Calibrating a structured light stripe system: a novel approach. International Journal of Computer Vision 33: 73-86 (1999)

1998
Christmass, M.A., Mitoulas, L.R., Hartmann, P.E. and Arthur. P.G. A semiautomated enzymatic method for determination of non-esterified fatty acid concentration in milk and plasma. Lipids 33: 1043-1049 (1998)

Christmass, M.A., Richmond, S.E., Cable, N.T., Arthur, P.G. and Hartmann, P.E. Exercise intensity and metabolic response in singles tennis. Journal of Sports Sciences 16: 739-747 (1998)

Kent, J.C., Arthur, P.G. and Hartmann, P.E. Citrate, calcium, phosphate and magnesium in sows’ milk at initiation of lactation. Journal of Dairy Research 65: 55-68 (1998)

1997
Thompson, M.J., Arthur, P.G. and Hartmann, P.E. Bioluminescent methods for determining metabolites in micro-samples of pig plasma. European Journal of Clinical Chemistry and Clinical Biochemistry 35M: 861-866 (1997)

Kennaugh, L.M.; Arthur, P.G. and Hartmann, P.E. The concentration of creatine and creatine phosphate in sow colostrum and milk throughout lactation and weaning. Australian Journal of Agricultural Research 48 1105-1110 (1997)

Glencross, B.D.: Mullan, B.P., Tuckey, R.C. and Hartmann, P.E. A simplification of the deuterium oxide dilution technique using FT-IR analysis of plasma for estimating piglet milk intake. Australian Journal of Agricultural Research 48: 1099-1104 (1997)

1996
Cox, D.B.; Owens, R.A. and Hartmann, P.E. Blood and milk prolactin and the rate of milk synthesis in women. Experimental Physiology 81: 1007-1020 (1996)

Daly, S.E.J.; Kent, J.C.; Owens, R.A. and Hartmann, P.E. Frequency and degree of milk removal and the short-term control of human milk synthesis. Experimental Physiology 81: 861-875 (1996)

Pluske, J.R.; Thompson, M.J.; Atwood, C.S.; Bird, P.H.; Williams, I.H. and Hartmann, P.E. Maintenance of villus height and crypt depth, and enhancement of disaccharide digestion and monosaccharide absorption, in piglets fed cows’ whole milk after weaning. British Journal of Nutrition 76: 409-422 (1996)

Bird, P.H. and Hartmann, P.E. Changes in the concentration of fructose in the
blood of piglets of different ages after doses of fructose, fructose plus glucose and sucrose. British Journal of Nutrition 76: 399-407 (1996)

Backman, R.B., Pudney, C., Spadaccini, N., Wood, F., Hartmann, P. and Owens, R. Registration of anatomic landmarks during respiration using ultraviolet and structured lighting. Proceedings IEEE Symposium on Frontiers in Biomedical Visualization, Atlanta, USA, October 1995. pp 42-49 (1995)

1995
Atwood, C.S. and Hartmann, P.E. Assessment of mammary gland metabolism in the sow. III. Cellular metabolites in the mammary secretion and plasma following weaning. Journal of Dairy Research 62: 221-236 (1995)

Atwood, C.S., Toussaint, J.K. and Hartmann, P.E. Assessment of mammary gland metabolism in the sow. II. Cellular metabolites in the mammary secretion and plasma during lactogenesis II. Journal of Dairy Research 62: 207-220 (1995)

Atwood, C.S. and Hartmann, P.E. Assessment of mammary gland metabolism in the sow. I. Development of methods for the measurement of cellular metabolites in milk and colostrum. Journal of Dairy Research 62: 189-206 (1995)

Bird, P.H., Atwood, C.S. and Hartmann, P.E. The responses of blood galactose to oral doses of lactose, galactose plus glucose and milk to piglets. British Journal of Nutrition 73: 753-761 (1995)

1994
Arthur, P.G., Kent, J.C. and Hartmann, P.E. Metabolites of lactose synthesis in milk from diabetic and non-diabetic women during lactogenesis II. Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition 19: 100-108 (1994)


Ng, K.C.; Alexander, B.F.; Boey, S.H.; Kent, J.C.; Huynh, D.Q.; Owens, R.A. and Hartmann, P.E. Biostereometrics - a noncontact, noninvasive shape measurement technique for bioengineering applications. Australasian Physical & Engineering Sciences in Medicine 17: 124-130 (1994)

Bird, P.H. and Hartmann, P.E. The response in the blood of piglets to oral doses of galactose and glucose and intravenous administration of galactose. British Journal
of Nutrition 71:553-561 (1994)

1993
Atwood, C.S. and Hartmann, P.E. The concentration of fat, protein and lactose in sows’ colostrum from sucked and unsucked glands during lactogenesis II. Australian Journal of Agricultural Research 44: 1457-1465 (1993)

Daly, S.E.J.; Di Rosso, A; Owens, R.A. and Hartmann, P.E. Degree of breast emptying explains changes in the fat content, but not fatty acid composition, of human milk. Experimental Physiology 78: 741-755 (1993)

Daly, S.E.J.; Owens, R.A. and Hartmann, P.E. The short-term synthesis and infant-regulated removal of milk in lactating women. Experimental Physiology 78: 209-220 (1993)

Holmes, M.A. and Hartmann, P.E. Concentration of citrate in the mammary secretion of sows during lactogenesis and established lactation. Journal of Dairy Research 60: 319-326 (1993)

1992
Atwood, C.S. and Hartmann, P.E. Collection of fore and hind milk from the sow and the changes in milk composition during suckling. Journal of Dairy Research 59: 287-298 (1992)

Bencini, R.; Hartmann, P.E. and Lightfoot, J. Comparative dairy potential of Merino and Awassi x Merino ewes. Australian Association of Animal Breeding and Genetics. 10 114-117 (1992)

Kent, J.C.; Arthur, P.G.; Retallack, R.W. and Hartmann, P.E. Calcium, phosphate and citrate in human milk at initiation of lactation. Journal of Dairy Research 59: 161-167 (1992)

Bencini, R.; Martin, G.B.; Purvis, I.W. and Hartmann, P.E. Use of oxytocin to measure milk output in Merino ewes and its effect on fat content. Australian Journal of Experimental Agriculture 32: 601-603 (1992)

Daly, S.E.J.; Kent, J.C.; Huynh, D.Q.; Owens, R.A.; Alexander, B.F.; Ng, K.C. and Hartmann, P.E. The determination of short-term breast volume changes and the rate of synthesis of human milk using computerized breast measurement. Experimental Physiology 77: 79-87 (1992)

1991
Atwood, C.S.; James, I.R.; Keil, U.; Roberts, N.K. and Hartmann, P.E. Circadian changes in salivary constituents and conductivity in women and men. Cronobiologia 18: 125-140 (1991)

Arthur, P.G.; Kent, J.C. and Hartmann, P.E. Metabolites of lactose synthesis in milk from women during established lactation. Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition 13: 260-266 (1991)

Arthur, P.G.; Kent, J.C.; Potter, J.M. and Hartmann, P.E. Lactose in blood in nonpregnant, pregnant, and lactating women. Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition 13: 254-259 (1991)

Nicholas, K.R. and Hartmann, P.E. lactation and weaning. Milk secretion in the rat; Progressive changes in milk composition during and the effect of diet. Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology 98A: 535-542 (1991)

Cummins, J.M.; Pember, S.A.; Jequier, A.M.; Yovich, J.L. and Hartmann, P.E. A test of the human sperm acrosome reaction following ionophore challenge (ARIC): Relationship to fertility and other seminal parameters. Journal of Andrology 12: 98-103 (1991)

Huynh, D.; Owens, R.; Daly, S.; Kent, J. and Hartmann, P.E. The rapid estimation of short term changes in breast volume. Proceedings of the Sixth International Conference on Biomedical Engineering, Singapore, December 1990 pp93-96 (1990)

1990
Huynh, D; Owens, R.; Daly, S.; Kent, J. and Hartmann, P. The occlusion problem in breast volume measurement. Proceedings of the 4th Australian Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence: pp653-666 (1990)

Wilson, R.G.; Riordan, P.R. and Hartmann, P.E. Galactosæmia: Sensitive bioluminescent assays for galactose and red cell galactose-1-phosphate. Journal of Inherited Metabolic Disorders 13: 270-272 (1990)
Funding received
Medela
Women and Infants Research Foundation
Memberships
Australian Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Nutrition Society of Australia
Australian Society for Reproductive Biology
Australian Perinatal Society
International Society for Research in Human Milk and Lactation
Honours and awards
2007 La Leche League International Award of Excellence for contribution to supporting breastfeeding.
2006 Macy-Gyorgy Award by International Society for Research Human Milk and Lactation
Nominated for Teaching & Learning Award for Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry – Contribution to the Curriculum Award (Academic).
Teaching
Prof Peter Hartmann currently supervises the following students:
Danielle Prime (PhD)
Holly McClellan (PhD)
Charles Czank (PhD)
Gemma McLeod (PhD)
Ibrahim Abdul Rahman(PhD)
Sadaf Khan (PhD)
Vanessa Sakilidis(Hons)
Current external positions
Professor Hartmann is currently President Elect of the International Society for Research in Human Milk and Lactation. He is an Editorial Review Panel Member for Breastfeeding Review, Breastfeeding Medicine and the International Breastfeeding Journal, as well occasionally reviewing for various other journals. He is also a Research Grant Assessor for various research councils and corporations.
Useful links
Human Lactation Research Group
Research profile
Research profile and publications
 

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