The Nutrition department provides acute and chronic disease management services across a range of clinical areas. We study the impact of disease and the outcome of disease treatment on nutritional status, body composition and energy expenditure to guide nutritional assessment and management practices.
Current areas of research include the critically ill, respiratory medicine such as cystic fibrosis (CF), stem cell transplant and surgical oncology.
We also investigate novel dietary interventions for disease, such as looking at the effect of the Mediterranean diet on non-alcoholic fatty liver disease led by Dr Audrey Tierney and PhD student Elena Papamiltiadous.
4 PhD students
2 Masters students
The Alfred Nutrition Department is a lead Australian site for a multicentre, randomised, controlled trial (RCT) investigating the role of supplemental parenteral nutrition in critically ill adults hospitalised in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU).Find out more
Dr Audrey Tierney, Rachelle Opie and Madeleine Neff completed a study examining the impact of dietary interventions on pregnancy outcomes.Find out more
The nutritional arm of a gene-therapy study in cystic fibrosis (CF) patients with G551D gene mutations (led by Dr Tierney) investigated the effects of the gene potentiator drug (KalydecoTM) on body composition. Overall, three months on the medication resulted in increased body weight, body mass index and fat mass.Find out more
Dr Susannah King and Sarah Fagan completed a pilot study investigating body composition and energy expenditure in stem cell transplant (SCT) patients with the use of indirect calorimetry.Find out more
In collaboration with the Department of Radiology and Upper Gastrointestinal Surgery, Lisa Murnane conducted a retrospective cohort study using pre-operative CT (computed tomography) scans to investigate whether low skeletal muscle mass (sarcopenia) or nutritional status is associated with postoperative outcomes after resection of gastric carcinoma.Find out more
Tatucu-Babet OA, Ridley EJ, Tierney AC
(2016), J Parenter Enteral Nutr, 40(2),
Shalit N, Tierney A, Holland A, Miller B, Norris N, King S
(2016), Nutr Diet, 73(5),
Ridley E, Gantner D, Pellegrino V
(2016), Clin Nutr, 35(1),