Expert Library

 

There are many researchers, scientists and healthcare professionals across the globe who have a specific expertise related to olive nutrition, health and wellness. Here, we have compiled some of the key people in this space, including some of the Olive Wellness Institute Expert Contributors.

The experts listed in this library have developed expertise in their relative area, as listed below. Their expertise is well aligned with the Olive Wellness Institute mission and promise.

As we are always building our expertise and resources, if you would like to apply or recommend someone to be listed in our expert library, please email us at info@olivewellnessinsitiute.com

Name

Role

Professor Catherine Itsiopoulos

Advisory Panel Member, Expert Contributor

Qualifications: BSc BSc (Hons) Grad Dip Diet MPH PhD APD AN

About: Head of School, School of Allied Health at LaTrobe University.

Catherine has more than 25 years of clinical, academic and project management experience. Recent positions Catherine has held include Associate Professor and Head of Discipline Nutrition and Dietetics at the University of Canberra, Accreditation, Recognition and Education Services Manager with the Dietitians Association of Australia and Fellow of the Centre of Clinical Research Excellence in Clinical Science in Diabetes at the University of Melbourne.

Catherine has extensive experience and a strong research interest in dietetic training, dietetic competency evaluation and implementation, and international benchmarking of dietetic examination systems. In her role at the Dietitians Association of Australia Catherine led projects in international benchmarking of dietetic systems and was instrumental in establishing the formal mutual recognition agreement with the New Zealand Dietitians Board. In this role she also championed the review of the examination systems for dietetic skills recognition and credentialing and led the development of an enhanced model of examination utilizing an on-line multiple choice questionnaire format.

Catherine’s major research interests include randomised controlled clinical intervention studies in diabetes, cardiovascular disease and the metabolic syndrome utilizing the Mediterranean diet as a model of intervention. Catherine is also investigating the positive health and mortality profile of Greek born migrants to Australia who have retained their positive CVD mortality profile despite more than 50 years since migration.

Research/Areas of Interests: Mediterranean diet in the prevention and management of cardiovascular diseases, and diabetes.

Website: http://www.latrobe.edu.au/she/staff/profile?uname=citsiopoulos

Email: Not available

Associate Professor Mary Flynn

Advisory Panel Member, Expert Contributor

Qualifications: Bachelors, masters, and doctorate in nutrition; registered dietitian and licensed in Rhode Island, USA

About:  Mary is a research dietitian at The Miriam Hospital and an Associate Professor of Medicine at Brown University.

Mary M. Flynn, PhD, RD, LDN is an Associate Professor of Medicine (Clinical) at Brown University and a research dietitian at The Miriam Hospital, where she has worked since 1984. She is the outpatient dietitian at TMH for oncology, Men’s Health, Kidney Stone Center, and the medical clinic. Her main research interest is how food can be used as medicine and her main food of interest is extra virgin olive oil, which she has been researching since 1998. In 2013, she founded The Olive Oil Health Initiative of The Miriam Hospital at Brown University that has a mission of educating the public and medical community on the health benefits of olive oil. She has developed a plant-based, olive oil diet that she has tested for weight loss in women diagnosed with invasive breast; in men with prostate cancer for weight loss and improvement in components of the metabolic syndrome; and to decrease food insecurity in food pantry clients. She has been on the board of the RI Community Food Bank since 2005. She collaborated with the RICFB in a study that provided a cooking program of her plant-based, olive oil recipes to food pantry clients. The study showed that use of the recipes for 2-3 main meals per week decreased food insecurity, body weight, and money spent on groceries. She received a strategy grant from the RI Foundation to develop the cooking program for type 2 diabetes. The results of the pilot study showed significant decreases in fasting blood glucose and body weight after three months of follow-up.

She is co-author of the books LOW-FAT LIES, high fat frauds and the healthiest diet in the world (Lifeline Press, 1999) and A Pink Ribbon Diet (Da Capo Press, October 2010) which is a weight loss program and cookbook for women who have had breast cancer based on her research of the plant based, olive oil diet that she has developed. Her website is: www.medfooddiet.com.

Research/Areas of Interest:  Health benefits of Extra Virgin Olive Oil, including improvement in body weight; how food can be used as medicine; improving food security in low-income populations

Website: www.medfooddiet.com, https://vivo.brown.edu/display/mflynnph

Email: Not available

Dr. Flavia Fayet-Moore

Advisory Panel Member, Expert Contributor

Qualifications: Registered Nutritionist and Accredited Practising Dietitian

About: Flavia is a registered nutritionist and accredited practising dietitian. Her research focuses on the assessment of diet and nutritional status in large population studies and in the field of nutrigenomics. She graduated from the University of Toronto with an Honours Bachelor of Science (Nutritional Sciences Specialist) obtained her Master of Nutrition and Dietetics and a PhD in nutrition from the University of Sydney. Currently, she is the director of Nutrition Research Australia and the director of operations of Nutrigenomix Australia. She is an active member of the Nutrition Society of Australia, the Dietitian’s Association of Australia, and a founding board member of the Australasian Society of Lifestyle Medicine.

Research/Areas of Interest: Assessment of diet and nutritional status in large population studies, Nutrigenomics

Website: www.nraus.com

Email: Not available

Dr. Simon Poole

Advisory Panel Member, Expert Contributor

Qualifications: MBBS DRCOG

About: Dr Simon Poole MBBS DRCOG is a Cambridge based medical doctor, author, broadcaster and commentator and is an internationally renowned authority on the science and application of the Mediterranean diet and lifestyle, explaining and celebrating the combination of wonderful ingredients in this beautiful cuisine which can add years to life. He is an expert scientific consultant on extra virgin olive oil.

He is a member of Council of the highly influential US based True Health Initiative. He is a member of the Public Health Medicine Committee and General Practitioners Committee of the British Medical Association as well as a Council member of the Royal College of General Practitioners and a founding member of the British Society of Lifestyle Medicine and the European Lifestyle Medicine Organisation

Simon has regularly published on the subject of nutrition and lifestyle and public health in scientific journals including Nutrition and Food Science and the International Journal of Clinical Practice in addition to articles in the Guardian, for magazines such as Cook Vegetarian and Body Language and local, as well as international, radio and television appearances.

His new book The Olive Oil Diet takes a fresh and exciting look at diet, foods, cooking and health, on a gastronomic journey which tells the story of ingredients from around the Mediterranean – from different olive oils, mountain herbs and near eastern spices to regional vegetables and fruits, cheeses and wine. Unlocking the secrets of this most healthy of diets. The book has just been awarded the accolade of national 2017 winner in the international Gourmand Prize for food and cookery writing, and shortlisted for the “Best of the World” which is described as the food writing equivalent of the “Oscars”.

Conference addresses in recent years have included institutions such as;

The National Association of Primary Care, The Royal College of General Practitioners and the International Congress of the European Society of Cardiology, The Food and Drink Network, The Italian Trade Commission, the Fine Food Fair at OIympia as well as the Institute of Health Sciences of the USA , The Boston Common Ground Convention, Food Matters Live, London 2016.

Simon was co-organiser and chair, in association with the University of Florence, of the Food Values 2017 conference at the Academy of Pontifical Sciences, privileged to be hosted at the Vatican.

Research/Areas of Interest: Mediterranean Diet, Lifestyle Medicine

Website:  http://fletcherassociates.net/, www.oliveoildiet.org

Email: Not available

Professor Russell Keast

Advisory Panel Member, Expert Contributor

Qualifications: PhD in flavour science at University of Otago (NZ)

About:Professor Russell Keast leads the Food Innovation Discipline in the School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences at Deakin University, Melbourne Australia.  Prior to this Russell trained as a Chef in the Royal New Zealand Airforce, then completed a PhD in flavour science at University of Otago (NZ) , and spent five years at the Monell Chemical Senses Center in Philadelphia (USA).

Russell is involved with a number of local and international Boards including Chair of the Standards Australia Food Technology committee FT022 and The International Food Science Certification Commission.  He also has roles on international journals including Editorial Board of Chemical Senses, Chemosensory Perception and the Journal of Food Science.

Research/Areas of Interest: Russell leads the Centre for Advanced Sensory Science (CASS) at Deakin University.  The majority of Russell’s published research has focused on the relationship between taste and diet and his group have been key in identifying both fat and carbohydrate as new taste modalities.  Russell co-discovered the natural non-steroidal anti-inflammatory compound in virgin olive oil named oleocanthal.

Website: http://www.deakin.edu.au/about-deakin/people/russell-keast

Email: Not available

Dr. Michael Kingsley

Advisory Panel Member, Expert Contributor

Qualifications: Lead academic for the discipline of Exercise Science and Exercise Physiology at La Trobe University.

About: Michael has held academic positions for over 20 years in the United Kingdom and Australia. As an Accredited Sport & Exercise Scientist and Chartered Scientist from 2006 to 2016, a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine his academic skills and experience have been broadly recognised.

In addition to his passion for sports nutrition and high-performance sport, Michael has extensive experience in exercise testing and prescription for participants with pre-existing conditions, including cardiac disease, diabetes, peripheral neuropathy, renal disease and transplant recipients. Michael serves as an editorial board member of three international journals ‘Nutrition’, ‘Oxidative Medicine and Cellular Longevity’ and ‘Research Quarterly in Exercise and Sport’ and he reviews regularly for various national and international funding agencies.

As an expert in the measurement and evaluation of cardiovascular responses to stress and oxidative stress, his research in the areas of lifestyle interventions and health, heart rate variability analysis, applied nutritional supplementation has culminated in the publishing more than 100 peer-reviewed publications in leading international medical, nutrition and sports medicine journals. His research group strives to understand the mechanisms responsible for disease and disorders and to develop evidence-based interventions for patients with a range of chronic disease (e.g., cardiovascular disease, arthritis, diabetes, kidney disease) and elite performers with the aim to enable more people to be more active and to live longer and stronger.

Research/Areas of Interest: Sport’s Nutrition, High-Performance Sport

Website: http://www.latrobe.edu.au/she/staff/profile?uname=mkingsley

Email: Not available

Dr. Selina Wang

Advisory Panel Member, Expert Contributor

Qualifications: Ph.D., Department of Chemistry, University of California, Davis, 2008B.A., Chemistry with Honors, University of California, Santa Cruz, 2003

About: Selina Wang is the research director of the UC Davis Olive Center and an adjunct faculty at the Department of Food Science and Technology.

Research/Areas of Interest: Dr. Wang is interested in many aspects of food science and chemistry using olives and olive oil as study cases.

Website: http://www.selinawang.com/

Email: Not available

Abby Dolphin

Expert Contributor

Qualifications: BHSc Naturopathy (ECNH) – Registered ANPA member

About: Abby Dolphin is a practising naturopath with particular interest in gut, women’s and skin health. Combining evidence based knowledge and naturopathic principles in her practice with the main focus on nutrition as medicine to establish the best health outcomes for her patients.

Research/Areas of Interest: Gut health, women’s health and skin health, nutrition as medicine, olive leaf extract and the human microbiome

Website: Not available

Email: purehealthnaturopathy@gmail.com.au

Ana Florencia De Alzaa

Expert Contributor

Qualifications: Chemical Engineer

About: Florencia came to Australia and joined to Modern olives team in September 2016 where she is working as a R&D scientist. She finished her degree in Chemical Engineering in 2015 at Universidad Nacional de Cordoba, Argentina.

Research/Areas of Interest:  Recent research in the food industry has included: Chemical and physical changes to fried chicken and Preliminary Results of Chemical and physical changes in oils during heating

Website: http://modernolives.com.au/ 

Email: f.dealzaa@modernolives.com.au

Dr. Chloe Goldsmith

Expert Contributor

Qualifications: Bachelor (Food Science & Nutrition) (Hon), PhD (Food Science)

About: In recent years, Chloe has been researching the utilization of olive waste products for its biophenol content. Additionally, Chloe is interested in investigating the potential applications of olive biophenols in health, medicine and food.

Research/Areas of Interest: Food Science, Waste Utilization, Chemistry, Biochemistry, Biophenols, Molecular Biology, Pancreatic Cancer

Website: Not available

Email: Chloe.D.Goldsmith@uon.edu.au

Claudia Guillaume

Expert Contributor

Qualifications: Food Scientist, Olive Oil Specialist, Approved Chemist of the AOCS

About: Claudia came to Australia in 2006 to head up Modern Olives Laboratory. She has had over 15 years’ experience in olive oil testing. She finished her studies in Argentina as Food Scientist and olive oil specialist. After working for several years in the area of quality, authenticity and sensory testing in a commercial food laboratory, Claudia completed a Post Graduate Course in the Fats & Oils Institute in Seville, Spain; where extensive experience in olive oil analysis was gained.  Claudia is an approved chemist of the AOCS, participate as technical members for the Australian Standard for Olive Oil (AS 5264-2011) committee and is a NATA technical assessor. She has extensive experience in sensory evaluation of olive oil carrying out many training and judging in this matter. Claudia has been invited to many national and international conferences as speaker and she has published numerous scientific papers in national and international journals.

Research/Areas of Interest: Olive Oil Sensory Analysis, Olive Oil Chemistry

Website: http://modernolives.com.au/

Email: c.guillaume@modernolives.com.au

Francesca Van Soest

Expert Contributor

Qualifications: Bachelor of Liberal Arts and Sciences with a self-designed major in olive oil, focusing on organic chemistry, nutrition and Greek and Roman Classics studies. worked as a technical officer in both Australia and USA olive groves and laboratories.

About: I love everything olive. From the tree, to the fruit, to the oil, and especially all its various health benefits. I have also done extensive studies in Greek and Roman mythology, archaeology of the Mediterranean basin, and even a bit of ancient Greek.

Research/Areas of Interest: My research interests fall into the nutrition category focusing on food as medicine and how we can learn from ancient tradition and use them alongside modern medicine.

Website: N/A

Email: f.vansoest@boundarybend.com 

Jacqui Plozza

Expert Contributor

Qualifications: Bachelor of Science, Masters of Nutrition & Dietetics

About: Jacqui is a well esteemed industry and primary care dietitian with a specific interest in the health benefits of Extra Virgin Olive Oil. Jacqui is the Nutrition Strategy and Education Manager at Cobram Estate Extra Virgin Olive Oil.

Research/Areas of Interest: Mediterranean Diet, Olive Oil

Website: Not available

Email: j.plozza@olivewellnessinstitute.org

Joanna Baker

Expert Contributor

Qualifications: Accredited Practising Dietitian, Accredited Nutritionist, Registered Nurse
Master of Dietetics | Grad Cert Nutrition | Bachelor of Health Science

About: Joanna Baker is an accredited practising dietitian and a registered nurse who is passionate about helping people achieve their best health, whatever that is for them.

Research/Areas of Interest: IBS, Low FODMAP diets

Website: http://www.everydaynutrition.com.au/

Email: Not available

Kathleen Alleaume

Expert Contributor

Qualifications: BAppSc (ExSc) M. Human Nutrition (MSc)

About: Kathleen Alleaume is an Exercise Physiologist and Nutritionist, Author, founder of The Right Balance Consultancy Ltd. Having dedicated almost 20 years to running her company, Kathleen has established herself as a leading figure among health and fitness professionals in Australia where she continues to develop and deliver fresh, cutting edge health content to millions via her publications and as a spokesperson across print, broadcast and online media.

Research/Areas of Interests: Integrative health and wellness, gut health, dietary patterns, exercise physiology

Website: www.therightbalance.com.au

Email: not available

Leandro Ravetti

Expert Contributor

Qualifications: Agricultural Engineer; Olive and Olive Oil Post Graduate Specialist

About: Leandro Ravetti graduated as an Agricultural Engineer in Argentina achieving the second highest academic score in the country. He worked for the National Institute of Agricultural Technology in olive production research and advised many of the country’s largest olive developments from 1995 until he moved to Australia in 2001.

Leandro has also studied and worked as an invited researcher at the Olive Growing Research Institute of Perugia, Italy and at different Governmental Olive Institutes in Andalusia, Spain where he completed a postgraduate degree on olive growing.

In Australia, Leandro leads the Modern Olives technical team, which provides horticultural and olive specific technical advice to most of the largest olive groves and olive oil processing plants in the country. These companies represent more than 70% of the Australian olive industry by production. Leandro has also been involved as adviser, researcher and invited speaker in most other new olive industries such as New Zealand, Japan, Peru, South Africa, Chile and USA.

Leandro was an alternate director of the Australian Olive Association between 2009 and 2012. During that period, Leandro covered the position of Drafting Leader for the new Australian Standard for Olive Oil (AS 5264-2011) receiving the 2011 Standards Award for outstanding contribution to standardisation in Australia.

Leandro has been Executive Director of Boundary Bend Limited, Australia’s leading fully integrated olive company since 2005. As part of his role with Boundary Bend, Leandro has overseen the production of multi award winning oils for the company’s flagship brand, Cobram Estate, including a large number of gold medals, best in class and best in show trophies in national and international competitions such as New York, Los Angeles, Olive Japan, Australian Olive Association, etc.

Research/Areas of Interest: Olive growing, olive physiology, mechanisation, olive oil quality

Website: http://www.boundarybend.com/

Email: l.ravetti@modernolives.com.au

Peter McFarlane

Expert Contributor

Qualifications: BAgrSc.(Hons) University of Melbourne,  DipEd, LaTrobe University

About:Peter McFarlane is currently a  Director and Company Secretary of Australian Food Integrity Certification Services Pty Ltd trading as au-thentic services, a market development, B2B and B2C export facilitation, quality-provenance-authenticity certification company.

Peter has responsibility for risk management, product quality, provenance & authenticity certification, information and technology transfer, and research and development project management, his current roles include:

Au-thentic Export and OliveCare® Code Administrator
AOA Agri-Chemicals Committee Co-ordinator
AOA Biosecurity Representative
AOA National Table Olive Committee Convenor
AOA Tastebook™ Co-ordinator
Strategic consultant to the Australian Olive Association Ltd

Peter has over 25 years of experience servicing government agencies, national, state and regional industry associations and business entities in the olive, citrus, mango, stone fruit, herb & spice, potato, dried fruits and other agricultural industries.

Research/Areas of Interest: Olive production best practice extension & training, olive product testing and certification

Website: (Aust): www.au-thentic.net  (China): www.au-thentic.cn

Email: peter@au-thentic.net, peter@mc.com.au

Roy Hardman

Expert Contributor

Qualifications: BSc, MAppSc (Pharmacy), MWellness (Dist) ,Grad Dip Business Admin/Marketing, Cert Sales Mgt, Cert 4 WTA, Phd Candidate

University Association: Centre for Human Psychopharmacology Faculty of Health, Arts and Design School of Health Sciences Swinburne University Hawthorn Campus

About: Roy is a PhD candidate within the faculty of Health, Arts & Design at Swinburne University of Technology working within the Centre for Human Psychopharmacology. To be completed in 2017. The focus of Roy’s research is in the field of wellness aspects of diet in relation to the cognitive ability of 60-90 year old humans living independently or in a supported accommodation environment. The current PhD project is the” LIILAC” study,(Life Style Intervention, Independently living Aged Care) a study based on site within independent aged care facilities around Melbourne. The focus of Roy’s work is the assessment of a Mediterranean diet intervention assessing cognitive outcomes .The protocol for this study has been published, together with a substantial systematic review on the Adherence to a Mediterranean-Style Diet and effects on Cognition in Adults: A Qualitative evaluation and Systematic Review of Longitudinal and Prospective Trials. .Roy has a research background in Biochemistry and Drug Metabolism with the combination of Wellness Research together over 30 years of working within the health care industry experience is a unique combination of interests.

Research/Areas of Interest: Mediterranean Diet and Cognition, Mind Body Medicine

Website: www.swinburne.edu.au/lss/chp/

Email: rhardman@swin.edu.au

Sarah Gray

Expert Contributor

Qualifications: Bachelor of Pharmacy, Master of Human Nutrition

About: Sarah is the General Manager of the Olive Wellness Institute, and is a passionate health and wellness professional, with experience in primary care settings, medical writing and food and drug industries.

Research/Areas of Interest: Integrative health and wellness, pharmacy, nutrition, food-drug interactions, nutrient-drug interactions

Website: Not available

Email: s.gray@olivewellnessinstitute.org

Stefanie Valakas

Expert Contributor

Qualifications: BSci (Adv) (Nutr & Metab), MNutrDiet, Accredited Practising Dietitian (APD)

About: Stefanie is an Accredited Practising Dietitian & Nutritionist with a special interest in early life nutrition from pre-conception & pregnancy all the way through to infant and childhood nutrition. Stefanie is a private practice dietitian based in Sydney and regularly contributes her expert comment in both print and digital media articles. As a second generation Greek-Australian, Stefanie loves pouring extra virgin olive oil over traditional Mediterranean dishes and modern favourites alike.

Research/Areas of Interests: pregnancy nutrition, fertility & pre-conception nutrition, paediatric nutrition and the Mediterranean diet across the lifespan

Website: www.thedietologist.com

Email: thedietologist@gmail.com

 

Dr. Syed Haris Omar

Expert contributor

Qualifications: Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Pharmacology

About: Dr. Haris is working as a part time lecturer in Biosciences at Endeavour College of Natural Health (2017), Melbourne, and having 7 years of lectureship experiences. Moreover, he is also working as quality assurance person in the canola oil industry. He received Bachelor of Pharmacy, Master of Pharmacy (Pharmacology) degree from Jamia Hamdard and awarded his PhD in Alzheimer’s disease prevention and treatment by using natural olive biophenols from the School of Biomedical Sciences, Charles Sturt University, Australia in 2016. Dr. Haris uses transgenic mice models to contribute to a better understanding of the olive biophenols role as an alternative approach against the amyloid-beta toxicity in Alzheimer’s disease. He is an author of several peer-reviewed scientific publications, including research, reviews, book chapters and conference papers, as well as serving in the journal’s editorial board member of repute. He is a member of various domestic and international scientific societies including, Human research Ethics Committee Member at Endeavour College of Natural Health, The Australian Society of Clinical and Experimental Pharmacologists and Toxicologist (ASCEPT), American Chemical Society (ACS), American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), and American Oil Chemist Society (AOCS). His international experience as speaker and presenter includes conferences and workshop in Italy, UK, Thailand and Malaysia.

Research/Areas of Interest: Oxidative stress, Alzheimer’s disease, Neuroscience, Ageing, Olive biophenols, Neuroblastoma Cell Line, Transgenic mice.

Website: Not available

Email: syedharisomar@gmail.com

Dr. Tim Crowe

Expert Contributor

Qualifications: Bachelor of Science, Monash University, 1991; Doctor of Philosophy, Monash University, 1995; Master of Nutrition & Dietetics, University of Sydney, 2000

About: Dr Tim Crowe is a career research scientists and educator.

Research/Areas of Interest: Medical writing

Website: Not available

Email: Not available

Dr. Tom Karagiannis

Expert Contributor

Qualifications: BSc (Hons), PhD (Pathology)

About: Dr Tom Karagiannis is head of the Epigenomic Medicine Laboratory and Principal Investigator of the McCord Research Group in Melbourne, Australia.  He has a long history of teaching in the Department of Pathology at the University of Melbourne and more recently in the Human Pathology courses at Monash University.

Research/Areas of Interest: Epigenetics, Chromatin Biology, Dietary antioxidants and chromatin modifying compounds

Website: Not available

Email: Not available

Dr. Amal Kaddoumi

Expert

Qualifications: Professor of Biopharmaceutics, Department of Drug Discovery and Development, Harrison School of Pharmacy, Auburn University

About:Dr. Kaddoumi received her B.Sc. in Biochemistry from Kuwait University in 1985 and her M.S. in Pharmaceutical Sciences from Nagasaki University in 2001. Kaddoumi went on to complete her Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical Sciences from Nagasaki University in 2004.

Upon graduation, Kaddoumi took a positions as a postdoctoral research associate at the University of Michigan College of Pharmacy (2004-05) and the University of Washington School of Pharmacy (2005-06). In 2007, she joined the faculty at the University of Louisiana at Monroe School of Pharmacy (2007-17) in the Department of Basic Pharmaceutical Sciences.

Kaddoumi is an active member of the American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists (AAPS), Society of Neuroscience (SfN), and the Oleocanthal International Society (OIS).

Research/Areas of Interest: Amal’s laboratory has extensive experience in drug development, preclinical research and bioanalysis in the fields of biopharmaceutics, neuropharmacology and brain research. The goal of Amal’s research is to enhance our knowledge and understanding of the contribution of vascular factors to neurological diseases, with a focus on Alzheimer’s disease (AD) and cerebral amyloid angiopathy (CAA), in order to minimize the risk and to develop treatments that specifically target brain vasculature function.

Websitehttp://www.auburn.edu/academic/pharmacy/directory/amal-kaddoumi.html

Email: kaddoumi@auburn.edu

Associate Professor Antigone Kouris

Expert

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

Website: www.skinnybik.com

Email: Not available

DR. Elena George

Expert

Qualifications: BFSc&N (Hons), MDiet, PhD

About: Elena is an Accredited Practising Dietitian (APD) carrying out research assessing the effect of the Mediterranean diet and management and reversal of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. Her interests are in translatable research, in particular looking at whole of diet to prevent and manage chronic diseases.

Research/Areas of Interest: Mediterranean diet, dietary patterns, biophenols, clinical trials, metabolic health, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease.

Website: Not available

Email: elena.george@deakin.edu.au

Hannah Mayr

Expert

Qualifications: BHsc (Nutrition and Dietetics) with Honours, APD/AN

About: Hannah Mayr is an Accredited Practising Dietitian completing her PhD at La Trobe University. She is investigating the effects of a Mediterranean diet versus low fat diet on body composition and inflammation for patients with diagnosed coronary heart disease. A key interest of her work is whether a multi-ethnic population such as in Australia can adhere to traditional dietary patterns and especially the high healthy fat content of a Mediterranean diet. Hannah actively engages in research trials by administering dietetic advice for a Mediterranean diet to patients and consulting other nutrition professionals on translating this to practice.

Research Interests: Dietary patterns, Mediterranean diet, Cardiovascular disease, inflammation, dietary inflammatory index, body composition, clinical trials

Website: Not available

Email: H.Mayr@latrobe.edu.au

DR. Joanna McMillan

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Qualifications: PhD qualified dietitian, nutritionist, author and health presenter. Adjunct senior research fellow, La Trobe Univesity

About: Scottish-born Dr Joanna McMillan has become one of Australia’s favourite and best-known nutrition and lifestyle specialists. She is a PhD qualified nutrition scientist, dietitian and former fitness instructor, giving her the sound credentials to help us make sense of the increasingly confusing and conflicting health messages we hear in the media.

Research/Areas of Interest: Health and nutrition

Website: www.drjoanna.com.au

Email: not available

Joe Leech

Expert

Qualifications: Dietitian and Nutritionist
About:  Joe Leech is a qualified dietitian who believes that conventional medicine and natural medicine do not have to be mutually exclusive. He draws from the best of both areas when giving nutrition advice.

Research/Areas of Interest: Main interest areas are food intolerance and gut health.

Website: www.DietvsDisease.org.

Email: hello@dietvsdisease.org

Dr. Jose A Amerigo

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Qualifications: License in Medicine and Surgery 1969 (MD)- Doctor in Medicine and Surgery 1974 (PhD) Specialist in Dietetic and Nutrition, Journalist

About: Work, Tenacity and Good. We must remember: Without food, life is not possible. Science is based on evidence, not in legends.

Research/Areas of Interest: Oleocanthal Clinical Research and Gastronomic Clinic Essays

Website: www.oleocanthalsociety.com, www.evoo.academy

Email: joseantonio@amerigo.org

Karen Murphy

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Qualifications: Bachelor of Applied Science – Deakin University, Bachelor of Food Science and Nutrition (Honours) – Deakin University, Doctor of Philosophy – RMIT University, Masters of Dietetics – University of South Australia

About: Accredited Practising Dietitian and Senior Research Fellow at the University of South Australia. Karen has extensive experience in clinical trials, particularly assessment of dietary intake, body composition, cardiovascular health, biochemical analyses and cognitive performance and psychological wellbeing. She is currently leading the Mediterranean dietary patterns research group at the Alliance for Research in Exercise and Nutrition and Activity which explores the effect of a Mediterranean dietary pattern on cognitive performance and cardiovascular function in Australians.

Karen is a recipient of 25 research and travel awards one of which is the prestigious South Australian Young Tall Poppy Science Award (2009) which recognises future leaders in science.

Karen practices privately as a dietitian with clinical interests in healthy ageing, weight loss and weight maintenance, improving cardiovascular health, managing type 2 diabetes and cancer care.

Research/Areas of interest: As a Research Fellow, her research goal is to understand and scientifically substantiate the impact of dietary patterns including the Mediterranean diet, as well as healthy foods and bioactive nutrients on cardiometabolic health and cognitive performance through dietary intervention trials. She has consolidated her research into studying the Mediterranean diet which contains a range of healthy foods and bioactive nutrients on cardiovascular risk and cognitive performance.

Website: Facebookhttp://people.unisa.edu.au/Karen.Murphy

Email: Not available

Dr. Natalie Parletta

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Qualifications: PhD, BPsych(Hons), MDiet

About: Dr Parletta is a Senior Research Fellow at the University of South Australia. Her research has included mental and heart health benefits of a Mediterranean Diet. Her team recently completed one of the first randomised controlled trials worldwide of the Mediterranean-style diet in people with depression (results to be published soon).

Research/Areas of Interests: nutrition, mental health, children’s diets, Mediterranean diet

Website: http://people.unisa.edu.au/Natalie.Parletta

Email: Not available

Rachelle Opie

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Qualifications: Bachelor Science, bachelor nutrition and dietetics, bachelor nutrition dietetics honours, PhD

About: Since graduating as a Dietitian in 2005, Rachelle has worked as a research and clinical dietitian. The majority of Rachelle’s work has been in the outpatient setting working with individuals from socioeconomically disadvantaged backgrounds and those with mental health issues. Over the past few years Rachelle has been involved in designing and delivering dietary intervention studies to obese pregnant women and to individuals with major depression.

Research/Areas of interest: Mediterranean dietary patterns, mental health, intervention studies

Website: http://www.latrobe.edu.au/news/articles/2017/release/la-trobe-diet-plan-for-depression

Email: Not available

Sue Radd (Sue Radd-Vagenas)

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Qualifications: Advanced Accredited Practising Dietitian, (BSc, GDD, PhD Candidate 2015-2019, The University of Sydney)

About: Sue Radd is one of Australia’s leading nutritionists and health communicators and Director of the Nutrition and Wellbeing Clinic in Sydney, Australia. She is frequently sought out for comment by the media and has conducted thousands of print, radio and TV interviews worldwide. An internationally published author and speaker, her latest work is Food as Medicine: Cooking for Your Best Health, which was awarded Best Health & Nutrition Cookbook in the World for 2016 by Gourmand, France.

Research/Areas of Interest: Traditional plant based dietary patterns, Mediterranean diet, cognition, brain function, dementia prevention, chronic disease management through lifestyle medicine

Website: www.sueradd.comhttp://foodasmedicine.cooking/

Email: Not available

Professor Vicki Flood

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Qualifications: Professor of Allied Health, BAppSc, GradDipNutr&Diet, MPH, PhD, APD

About: Professor Flood holds a conjoint appointment as Professor of Allied Health with Western Sydney Local Health District and Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Sydney. Vicki has a background in nutrition and dietetics, epidemiology and public health, and research areas include population-based cohort studies and intervention studies to reduce chronic disease.

Research/Areas of Interest: Nutrition and ageing, nutrition and eye disease, food security of vulnerable population groups, micronutrient research (e.g. folate, Vitamin B12, sodium, carotenoids), nutrition and neurological diseases, improving food environments to increase the availability of healthy foods and supporting aboriginal health research.

Website: http://sydney.edu.au/health-sciences/about/people/profiles/vicki.flood.php 

Email: vicki.flood@sydney.edu.au

Dr. Wolfgang Marx

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Qualifications: Bachelor of Health Sciences, Master of Dietetic Studies, PhD

About: Wolfgang is a post-doctoral research fellow within the Mediterranean Diet Research Group at La Trobe University. Wolfgang is trial coordinator for three ongoing randomized controlled trials that are evaluating the use of high polyphenol foods (such as olive oil, ginger) and diets for the prevention of cardiovascular disease and cognition impairment.

Research/Areas of Interests: Polyphenol and bioactive food compounds for cardiovascular, microbiome, and cognitive outcomes

Website: Not available

Email: w.marx@latrobe.edu.au

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