Associate Professor Robyn Alders

Robyn Alders

Robyn Alders, AO, Principal Research Fellow, Faculty of Veterinary Science and Charles Perkins Centre, University of Sydney. Major research interests: domestic and global food and nutrition security, One Health/Ecohealth, gender equity and Science Communication. Robyn leads the joint Charles Perkins Centre/Marie Bashir Institute Project Node on “Healthy Food Systems: Nutrition • Diversity • Safety”.

Professor Annie Anderson


Annie S. Anderson BSc PhD RD FRCP is Professor of Public Health Nutrition and  Co-director of the Centre for Research into Cancer Prevention and Screening at the School of Medicine, University of Dundee. Her main research areas focus on theory based, behaviourally focused dietary and obesity (population and individual) interventions.

Professor Kaarin Anstey


Kaarin J. Anstey is a Professor of Psychology and Population Health at the Australian National University, Director of the Centre for Research on Ageing, Health and Wellbeing and Director of the Dementia Collaborative Research Centre, Early Diagnosis and Prevention. Her substantive research interests focus on the prevention of cognitive decline, and dementia. Anstey has worked extensively with longitudinal studies and leads the PATH Through Life study, a 16-year population-based study of three cohorts. Anstey is also involved in several interventions to prevent cognitive decline and reduce risk of dementia focussing on lifestyle factors such as physical activity, nutrition, and social and cognitive engagement.

Dr Dennis Bier


Dennis M. Bier, M.D., is Professor of Pediatrics and Director of the Children’s Nutrition Research Center at Baylor College of Medicine. He is a member of the National Academy of Medicine (USA), a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and a Fellow of the American Society for Nutrition.

Dr. Bier serves as Editor-in-Chief of The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. He was formerly an Associate Editor of the Annual Review of Nutrition, Chairman of the Food and Nutrition Board of the Institute of Medicine (USA), and President of the American Society for Nutrition (with Dr. Naomi Fukagawa), of the American Society for Nutritional Sciences, and of the American Society of Clinical Nutrition.

Professor John Black


John Black is a Research Management Consultant. He worked in the CSIRO Division of Animal Production for 23 years, becoming Assistant Chief of the Division, before starting his research management advisory company. His research has specialised in comparative physiology and nutrition across animal species and in the development of computer simulation models. John has a strong desire to understand underlying mechanisms, but then to integrate this knowledge into whole systems, which can be applied in industry.

Professor Graham Burdge

Graham Burdge

Professor Burdge is Professor of Nutritional Biochemistry at the University of Southampton. His research is focussed on the interaction between nutrition and the epigenome. He has published over 130 peer reviewed articles and is Editor-In-Chief of the British Journal of Nutrition and of the Journal of Nutritional Science.

Dr Dana Cordell


Dr Dana Cordell

Research Principal, Institute for Sustainable Futures, University of Technology Sydney

As a global food security expert, Dr Cordell leads and undertakes international and national research projects on sustainable food and resource futures. She co-founded the Global Phosphorus Research Initiative in 2008 which led to numerous prestigious recognitions including one of Australia’s top science prize, the Eureka Prize for Environmental Research and a position in the 100 Women of Influence.


Professor Frank Dunshea




Professor Frank Dunshea
Redmond Barry Distinguished Professor
Chair of Agriculture
Associate Dean – Research
Director – ARC Food Value Chain Research Hub
Faculty of Veterinary & Agricultural Sciences
The University of Melbourne

Professor Dunshea has an extensive research career spanning 30 years in functional food and nutrition research, sensory and other quality characteristics of meat. He is a Fellow of the Nutrition Society of Australia and Chair of the National Committee for Nutrition of the Australian Academy of Science. Professor Dunshea’s research has an impressive breadth and quality with over 700 published journals, conferences, books, patents/technical articles.

Professor John Furness


John Furness is Professor of Anatomy and Neuroscience at the University of Melbourne and Professorial Research Fellow, Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health. He leads the Digestive Physiology and Nutrition Laboratory.

His laboratory has worked for many years on the physiology of digestion, particularly its neuronal and endocrine control. The current emphasis of his work is on the relationships between diet, environment and gut health, and their implications for animal production and for human well-being.

He is also investigating therapies for the treatment of inflammatory bowel disease.

He is one of the most highly cited Australian scientists. Google Scholar (March 2016) gives his h-index as 98, including 33,020 citations overall.

Honours and Awards include:

Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science, 1989

Fellow, Academy of Science of Bologna (L’accademia delle scienze dell’istituto di Bologna), the second oldest scientific academy in existence, 2005

Centenary Medal, Govt of Australia, 2003

Professor Mark Lawrence

Mark Lawrence rsz

Mark is a Professor in Public Health Nutrition at Deakin University. He has > 30 years’ experience as a practitioner and academic in nutrition policy. Mark’s research interests include investigating the science and politics of evidence use in policymaking, particularly for Dietary guidelines, NRVs, food regulation and food system sustainability.

Professor Paul Moughan

Paul Moughan rsz

Paul Moughan holds the position of Distinguished Professor, Massey University, and is Director of the Riddet Institute.  His research has encompassed the fields of human and animal nutrition, food chemistry, functional foods, mammalian growth biology and digestive physiology.  He has published in excess of 400 scientific works.  He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry, Cambridge, England. In 2012 he received the New Zealand Prime Minister’s Science Prize.

Ms Elizabeth Owens


After completing an honours degree in Agricultural Science at the University of Western Australia, Elizabeth has been employed as an animal nutritionist throughout Australia for over 30 years providing least cost feed formulations and technical services to a range of intensive and extensive livestock industries for some of Australia’s leading animal health and nutrition companies.

Research in areas of broiler and equine nutrition has seen Elizabeth publish multiple articles in her career with several book chapters to her credit. Elizabeth is also an adjunct lecturer in animal nutrition at the University of Qld, a member of Standards Australia Committee for stockfeed and previously served on the RIRDC Research Committee. Elizabeth is currently Technical Sales Manager at Symbio Alliance, looking after the stockfeed, AgVet, grain and livestock industries.


Professor Dennis Savaiano


Dennis Savaiano is the Virginia Meredith Professor of Nutrition at Purdue University.  For the past 30 Years, Professor Savaiano has studied numerous factors which influence lactose digestion and tolerance including lactose load, gastric and intestinal transit, lactose digestive aids, colon fermentation and the consumption of yogurts and lactic acid bacteria.


Professor Emeritus A. David Smith


Professor Smith was Chairman of Pharmacology from 1984-2005 at the University of Oxford. He co-founded the Oxford Project to Investigate Memory and Aging (OPTIMA) in 1988. He showed that raised homocysteine is a risk factor for dementia and that lowering homocysteine by B-vitamin supplements markedly slows brain atrophy and cognitive decline.

Professor Mimi Tang


Professor Tang is a Paediatric immunologist allergist at the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne, Australia; Group Leader of Allergy and Immune Disorders Research at the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute; and a Professor in the Department of Paediatrics at the University of Melbourne. She graduated from Medicine (with Honors) at The University of Melbourne in 1986, where she also completed her PhD in 1995. She went on to complete her Allergy and Immunology training through the Royal Australasian College of Physicians and Royal College of Pathologists Australasia in 1997.

Professor Tang has received national and international awards in recognition of her achievements in allergy immunology research and clinical care, including the prestigious Victorian Department of Health Public Health Care Silver Award (Category – Most Appropriate Care), the Pharmacia International Allergy Fellowship and the American Academy of Allergy Asthma and Immunology President’s Grant-in-Aid Award.

Professor Tang has authored more than 220 peer reviewed journal articles, invited reviews, and book chapters. She has been invited to speak at major international scientific meetings in the field of Allergy and Immunology including the American Academy of Allergy Asthma and Immunology (AAAAI), European Academy of Allergy Asthma and Clinical Immunology (EAACI), and World Allergy Congress (WAC).

Professor Tang is committed to improving the lives of children with allergic and immune disorders through providing evidence based clinical practice and a focus on research. Her research investigates the role of intestinal microbiota in early life immune programming and the immune mechanisms leading to allergic disease; with the ultimate aim of identifying new approaches to treatment or prevention of allergic disease.

Professor Mark Wahlqvist


Prof Mark L. Wahlqvist AO,

BMedSc, MBBS, MD (Adelaide), MD (Uppsala), FRACP, FAIFST, FACN, FAFPHM, FTSE

Emeritus Professor, Monash University; Visiting Prof, Centre for Health Policy Research and Development, National Health Research Institutes; Prof and Director, Fuli Institute, Food and Nutritional Science, Zhejiang University.

He was educated at Adelaide and Uppsala Universities, is a Consultant Physician and has held chairs in Human Nutrition, Medicine, Epidemiology & Preventive Medicine between Melbourne’s Deakin and Monash Universities, Chair of Internal Medicine at Prince Henry’s Hospital, then the Monash Medical Centre, in Melbourne, Director of the APHNC (Asia Pacific Health & Nutrition Centre) at the MAI (Monash Asia Institute) and of the FAO Centre of Excellence in Food Safety at Monash University

He was President of the International Union of Nutritional Sciences, Chair of the Australian Nutrition Foundation (Nutrition Australia), Foundation Chair of the WMCACA (Weight Management Code Administration Council of Australia) , a Board member of ANZFA, the Australian and New Zealand Food Authority (now FSANZ) ,Foundation Chair of the Food Safety Council of Victoria, chair of the Australian Academy of Science National Nutrition Committee, Foundation Editor-in-Chief of the Asia Pacific Journal of Clinical Nutrition. His advisory board memberships have included the Harvest Plus program (International Food Policy Research Institute in Washington DC), the Riddet Food Research Institute at Massey University, New Zealand and the WHO Nutrition Advisory panel.

He has been recognised with awards by the nutrition societies in Australia, Britain, the USA, Taiwan, Indonesia and China. He was awarded he Charlotta Medal by the Swedish Emigrants Research Institute and made an honorary Bataknese.


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