Qualifications: Associate Professor, School of Allied Health in the Department of Rehabilitation, Nutrition and Sport at La Trobe University, Accredited Practising Dietitian
About: Antigone Kouris is an Associate Professor, School of Allied Health in the Department of Rehabilitation, Nutrition and Sport at La Trobe University. She is an Accredited Practising Dietitian with over 30 years experience and with over 50 papers (mainly on Mediterranean diet) in peer-reviewed journals (>1300 citations, h-index of 16). Her pioneering PhD put the Mediterranean diet pattern (MDP) on the map in the 1990s. It was the first study to show that adherence to a MDP in old age conferred longevity, resulting in a landmark paper in the British Medical Journal in 1995.
Her research team at the time was also the first to develop a validated MDP score, enabling many researchers around the world to study the health benefits of the MDP contributing to the huge body of evidence surrounding this diet. At La Trobe she has supervised 2 PhD students who have studied the MDP and cuisine in older Greek Australians with respect to hydration, depression, successful aging and CVD risk factors.
She has also co-authored 7 university text books and 3 of her own books (including a cook book of ‘Mediterrasian’ dishes).
Recently she has turned her expertise to the development of Mediterranean inspired functional foods based on a legume (lupin), extra virgin olive oil, herbs and spices.
Research/Areas of Interest: Mediterranean Diet
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