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Biography

Rachel recently obtained her doctorate degree at the University of South Australia. She is currently a postdoctoral research fellow at the Clinical Nutrition Research Centre, The University of Newcastle. She is a member of International Society of Hypertension, High Blood Pressure Research Council of Australia and the Nutrition Society of Australia. Her research focuses on the effects of bioactive nutrients in human circulatory function and cognitive performance. She was among the first to investigate the acute effects of trans-resveratrol supplementation in human vascular function. Since then Rachel has evaluated effects of chronic consumption of an oat extract on vasodilator function in systemic and cerebral arteries of older adults and its relationship with cognition. Her most recent work follows on from the acute resveratrol study to look at chronic resveratrol supplementation on vasodilator function and its impact on cognitive performance in obese adults. Rachel is currently investigating the relationships between ceberal blood flow haemodynamics and cognitive performance in adults with type 2 diabetes. 

Qualifications

  • PhD (Health Sciences), University of South Australia, 05/06/2013
  • Bachelor of Health Sciences (Honours), University of South Australia, 22/12/2009
  • Bachelor of Applied Science (Human Movement), University of South Australia, 19/12/2008

Research

Research keywords

  • Cardiovascular health
  • Cognition
  • FMD
  • Nutrients
  • Transcranial Doppler ultrasound

Research expertise

Dr Rachel Wong was already recognised as a high performing student during her undergraduate and subsequent Honours research on the clinical evaluation of cardiovascular benefits of a nutrient intervention and subsequently extending into clinical assessment of cognitive functions during her PhD training. Nutrients evaluated were trans-resveratrol and wild green oat extract. Rachel has expertise in vascular imaging of the systemic and cerebral arteries using ultrasound techniques (flow-mediated dilatation of the brachial artery and transCranial Doppler ultrasound) that enable quantification of the responsiveness of blood vessels to meet specific demands of the body. She also has extensive experience in clinical trials management including knowledge on subject recruitment and retention, ability to conduct clinical trials in accordance with principles of Good Clinical Practice and maintaining rigour in all aspects of research performance and analysis. She has recently completed a clinical evaluation of the olive leaf extract combination on 24-hr ambulatory blood pressure in hypertensive adults.

Languages

  • English
  • Mandarin

Fields of Research

CodeDescriptionPercentage
111103Nutritional Physiology40
110201Cardiology (Incl. Cardiovascular Diseases)30
170299Cognitive Science Not Elsewhere Classified30

Memberships

Committee/Associations (relevant to research).

  • Member - Nutritional Society of Australia

Collaboration

N/A

Administrative

Administrative expertise

Clinical Research Coordinator (CCRC, Association of Clinical Research Professionals)

  • conduct clinical trials under ICH-GCP guidelines.

Teaching

Teaching keywords

  • Human Nutrition
  • Human Physiology

Teaching expertise

Undergraduate teaching: (1) Appointed as a tutor and practical demonstrator for Human Physiology and Human Nutrition courses offered to undergraduate students in the Division of Health Sciences. (2) Examined an honours thesis: ‘Effects of exercise on systemic and cerebral vascular function’.

Training of research students in: (1) ultrasound imaging and analysis of flow-mediated dilatation in the brachial artery and cerebrovascular responsiveness to hypercapnic and cognitive stimuli using transCranial Doppler ultrasound. (2) administration of dementia status test and cognitive tests. (3) clinical trial management in accordance with the ICH-GCP Standard.

Co-Supervision at University of Newcastle: (1) Neuropsychology Research Masters graduate (thesis: 'Cerebral blood flow and cognition in diabetes’). (2) PhD candidate in ‘Cerebral hemodynamics following visuo-vestibular-invoked nausea’. (3) Overseas exchange undergraduate students

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Highlighted Publications

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YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2011Wong RH, Howe PRC, Buckley JD, Coates AM, Kunz I, Berry NM, 'Acute resveratrol supplementation improves flow-mediated dilatation in overweight/obese individuals with mildly elevated blood pressure', Nutrition Metabolism and Cardiovascular Diseases, 21 851-856 (2011) [C1]

Co-authors: Peter Howe

Publications

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Journal article (5 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2013Wong RHX, Coates AM, Buckley JD, Howe PR, 'Evidence for circulatory benefits of resveratrol in humans', Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, 1290 52-58 (2013) [C1]

Co-authors: Peter Howe

2013Wong RHX, Berry NM, Coates AM, Buckley JD, Howe PRC, Bryan J, Kunz I, 'Chronic resveratrol consumption improves brachial flow-mediated dilatation in healthy obese adults', Journal of Hypertension, 31 1819-1827 (2013) [C1]
2013Wong RHX, Howe PR, Buckley JD, Coates AM, Berry NM, 'Chronic consumption of a wild green oat extract (Neuravena) improves brachial flow-mediated dilatation and cerebrovascular responsiveness in older adults', Journal of Hypertension, 31 192-200 (2013) [C1]

Co-authors: Peter Howe

2012Wong RH, Howe PRC, Bryan J, Coates AM, Buckley JD, Berry NM, 'Chronic effects of a wild green oat extract supplementation on cognitive performance in older adults: A randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled, crossover trial', Nutrients, 4 331-342 (2012) [C1]

Co-authors: Peter Howe

2011Wong RH, Howe PRC, Buckley JD, Coates AM, Kunz I, Berry NM, 'Acute resveratrol supplementation improves flow-mediated dilatation in overweight/obese individuals with mildly elevated blood pressure', Nutrition Metabolism and Cardiovascular Diseases, 21 851-856 (2011) [C1]

Co-authors: Peter Howe

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Grants and Funding

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Number of grants4
Total funding$283,860

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2014 (3 grants)

Pork consumption and serum irisin levels in type 2 diabetes$50,300
Funding Body: CRC for High Integrity Australian Pork

Project Team
Professor Manohar Garg, Professor Peter Howe, Doctor Rachel Wong
SchemeRole
Innovative ResearchInvestigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$50,30020142015
GNo:G1400612

Dose response evaluation of resveratrol supplementation on cerebrovascular function, mood and cognitive performance in type 2 diabetes mellitus$45,000
Funding Body: NHMRC (National Health & Medical Research Council)

Project Team
Professor Peter Howe, Doctor Rachel Wong, Professor Andrew Scholey
SchemeRole
Dementia Collaborative Research Centres (DCRC)Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$45,00020142014
GNo:G1400899

Dose response evaluation of resveratrol supplementation on cerebrovascular function, mood and cognitive performance in type 2 diabetes mellitus$23,560
Funding Body: DSM Nutritional Products AG

Project Team
Professor Peter Howe, Doctor Rachel Wong, Professor Manohar Garg, Professor Andrew Scholey
SchemeRole
Research ProjectInvestigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$23,56020142014
GNo:G1400950

2013 (1 grants)

Clinical evaluation of a novel olive leaf formulation for heart health$165,000
Funding Body: Newcastle Innovation

Project Team
Professor Peter Howe, Professor Manohar Garg, Doctor Rachel Wong, Associate Professor Lisa Wood
SchemeRole
Administered ResearchInvestigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$165,00020132014
GNo:G1401244
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Research Supervision

Number of current supervisions0

No Supervisions.

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Dr Rachel Wong

Work Phone(02) 4921 6408
Email
PositionResearch Associate
Clinical Nutrition Research Centre
School of Biomedical Sciences and Pharmacy
Faculty of Health and Medicine
The University of Newcastle, Australia
Office
Medical Sciences ,
Level 5 Room 514
URL:www.newcastle.edu.au/profile/rachel-wong