Alexander Tups

Assoc. Prof. Alexander Tups


Alexander’s research investigates how the hormones leptin and insulin interact in the brain to control body weight, glucose homeostasis and cognition and how circadian timing feeds back on this system. The main focus is on identifying natural and pharmacological remedies that are able to rescue the disturbed crosstalk of these hormones that occurs during metabolic disease. One nutraceutical (patent filed) that targets brain inflammation as root cause of diabetes has progressed to the clinical trial phase.

His research is funded by Return on Science, Otago Innovation, the Maurice Wilkins Centre, the Royal Society of Marsden Fund and the German Research Foundation.   


Brain Inflammation, Circadian Timing and a Novel Nutraceutical: Crucial in the Fight Against Metabolic Disease

Feng He

Prof. Feng He


Feng He is Professor of Global Health Research at the Wolfson Institute of Preventive Medicine, Barts and The London School of Medicine & Dentistry, Queen Mary University of London. Her research has focused on dietary salt and potassium intake, particularly their roles in regulating blood pressure and preventing cardiovascular disease. Feng has been involved in the UK’s salt reduction programme which has been successful in lowering salt intake, accompanied by a fall in population blood pressure and cardiovascular disease mortality. More recently, Feng has extended her salt reduction work to several Low- and Middle-Income Countries, e.g. China, Malaysia.

Phillip Calder

Prof. Philip Calder


Philip Calder is Professor of Nutritional Immunology at the University of Southampton, UK. He is an internationally recognized researcher on the metabolism and functionality of fatty acids with an emphasis on the roles of omega-3 fatty acids in immunity, inflammation and cardiometabolic disease. He has also conducted recognized research on amino acids, antioxidants, prebiotics, probiotics and natural products. His research addresses both life course and translational considerations, and includes research in cell and animal models and in healthy humans and patients. He has received many awards and prizes for his work including the prestigious Danone International Prize for Nutrition (2016). Professor Calder was President of the International Society for the Study of Fatty Acids and Lipids (2009-2012), Chair of the Scientific Committee of ESPEN (2012-2016) and President of the Nutrition Society (2016-2019). He is currently President- of the Federation of European Nutrition Societies. He was Editor-in-Chief of the British Journal of Nutrition from 2006 to 2013.

Claus Christophersen

Dr Claus T. Christophersen


Dr Christophersen is a molecular microbiologist specialising in the role and impact of the gut microbiome in health. He participates in multi-disciplinary research to understand how diets or supplements can improve health or prevent diseases. He has a special interest in the ability of resistant starches, and recently exercise, to improve gut health.

He has an MSc from the University of Copenhagen and a PhD from the University of Western Australia. He then undertook a post-doctoral appointment and later became a research scientist and team leader in CSIRO Food & Nutrition. He now leads the WA Human Microbiome Collaboration Centre at Curtin University.

Karen Best

Karen Best


Karen Best is a Post Doctoral Research Fellow and Clinical Scientist at the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI), Women and Kids Theme, based at the Women’s and Children’s Hospital in Adelaide. Formerly a midwife, Karen has worked in clinical research for the past 15 years and is committed to improving the nutrition and health of mothers and their babies through the conduct and translation of high quality clinical trials. Karen’s work focuses on nutitional interventions during pregnancy and she has managed research projects involving more than 11,000 participants enabling publications in the prestigious journals the New England Journal of Medicine, the Journal of the American Medical Association and the British Medical Journal.

Mario Herrero

Prof. Mario Herrero


Professor Mario Herrero CorrFRSE is Chief Research Scientist of Agriculture and Food at the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) in Australia. His research focuses on increasing the sustainability of food systems for the benefit of humans and ecosystems. He works in the areas of sustainable intensification of agriculture, climate mitigation and adaptation, livestock systems, and healthy and sustainable diets.

Professor Herrero is a regular contributor to important global initiatives at the heart of the sustainability of global food systems, such as the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and the EAT-Lancet Commission on healthy diets from sustainable food systems.

Maxine Bonham

Assoc. Prof. Maxine Bonham


Associate Professor Maxine Bonham is a research academic at Monash University (Department of Nutrition, Dietetics and Food) and a registered nutritionist. Maxine’s expertise is in the successful development and oversight of nutrition intervention programs that favourably impact metabolic health.  Maxine has established a research agenda in nutrition and circadian biology initiating a structured research program examining the adverse health effects associated with sleep debt, poor dietary habits and misalignment of circadian rhythms in shift workers. This work has been funded by the National Heart Foundation and NHMRC.  

Michael Skilton

Assoc. Prof. Michael Skilton


Associate Professor Michael Skilton leads the Nutrition and Cardiometabolic Disease group at the Charles Perkins Centre, University of Sydney.

He graduated from the University of Queensland (BSc Hons I) in 1998, was awarded a PhD from the University of Sydney (2005), and subsequently spent time in Lyon, France at the Centre de Recherche en Nutrition Humaine, and in Melbourne at the Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute.

His research interests lie at the intersection between nutrition and cardiometabolic diseases across the life course, age-appropriate assessment of cardiometabolic health, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health.

Nicholas Talley

Prof. Nicholas Talley


Laureate Professor Nicholas Talley is a distinguished researcher, educator, clinician, academic leader and an international authority in the field of neurogastroenterology. He specialises in unexplained gut disorders such as irritable bowel syndrome, functional dyspepsia, gastroesophageal reflux and gastroparesis. He is also the author of the highly regarded textbooks Clinical Examination and Examination Medicine and in 2017 was named Australia’s most cited academic by Google Scholar. He is the Pro Vice-Chancellor of Global Research University of Newcastle, a senior staff specialist in gastroenterology at the John Hunter Hospital, and holds adjunct research appointments at the Karolinska Institute in Sweden and Mayo Clinic in the USA.

Sarah McNaughton

Prof. Sarah McNaughton


Professor Sarah McNaughton is a nutritional epidemiologist, and an NHMRC Career Development Fellow at the Institute for Physical Activity and Nutrition (IPAN), Deakin University. She is also Discipline Leader for Dietetics, in the School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences. She completed her PhD at the University of Queensland in 2003, and since joining Deakin University in 2005, has held research fellowships from the NHMRC, Heart Foundation and Australian Research Council. Her research program includes the assessing and understanding dietary behaviours, diet quality and dietary patterns and generating evidence to inform strategies that promote health and wellbeing.

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Prof. Louise Dye


Louise Dye is Professor of Nutrition and Behaviour, School of Psychology, University of Leeds. Louise is N8 Chair in Theme 3 (Improved Nutrition and Consumer Behaviour) and Academic Lead for the University of Leeds of the N8 Agrifood Programme. She is Associate Editor of Nutritional Neuroscience and the European Journal of Nutrition. She has published a number of influential systematic reviews on the effects of nutritional status and interventions on cognition. Her research interests includes the effects of impaired glucose tolerance, type 2 diabetes and stress on cognition.