Omega-3 Health Benefits – Pain and Inflammation

Presented by Professor Les Cleland, Director Rheumatology, Royal Adelaide Hospital

About Professor Les Cleland

  • Graduated MB BS and MD at the University of Adelaide
  • Director of Rheumatology, Royal Adelaide Hospital since 1982
  • Clinical Professor, University of Adelaide since 2000

The anti-inflammatory effects and cardiovascular benefits of long chain omega-3 fatty acids found in fish and fish oil is a long term clinical and research interest. Further professional interests include systems for cost-effective, safe management of rheumatoid arthritis and other inflammatory diseases and the place of anti-inflammatory doses of fish oil therein. The extent of and mechanisms underlying the cardiovascular toxicity of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) has been an interest, along with strategies for utilising anti-inflammatory/analgesic doses of fish oil to mitigate this risk and as a substitute for NSAIDs in the management of chronic musculoskeletal pain.

Erstwhile appointments include President, Australian Rheumatology Association; Honorary Medical Director, Arthritis Australia; Member, Advisory Committee to Department of Health and Ageing for National Health Priority for Arthritis and Osteoporosis; Member of the Economics Sub-committee of the Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee and membership of numerous journal and research funding review panels. Recognitions and awards include Parr Prize for Research and the Distinguished Service Medal of the Australian Rheumatology Association and Member of the Order of Australia.


Sponsored by University of Tasmania, Nutrition Society of Australia and The Omega-3 Centre.

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