Miss Katherine Brain

Miss Katherine Brain

Research Academic

School of Health Sciences

Career Summary

Biography

Katherine is a Research Academic (Nutrition & Dietetics) with the Priority Research Centre for Physical Activity and Nutrition at the University of Newcastle and an Accredited Practicing Dietitian. She is also the Dietitians Association of Australia's representative on the Australian Pain Society Relationships Committee. Katherine has experience in a number of research methodologies including systematic review processes, qualitative research and managing intervention studies. 

Katherine is extremely passionate about improving the quality of life of people experiencing chronic pain through dietary changes. She actively advocates to raise awareness about the importance of nutrition in chronic pain management. Katherine's PhD involved a collaboration between dietetic researchers at the University of Newcastle and clinicians at Hunter Integrated Pain Service and aimed to improve clinical outcomes of patients attending the service by improving their dietary intake and behaviours. 


Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Nutrition and Dietetics (Honours), University of Newcastle

Keywords

  • Chronic pain
  • Diet
  • Nutrition
  • Telehealth
  • Translational Research

Fields of Research

Code Description Percentage
111199 Nutrition and Dietetics not elsewhere classified 70
111799 Public Health and Health Services not elsewhere classified 30

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

Title Organisation / Department
Research Academic University of Newcastle
School of Health Sciences
Australia
Casual Academic University of Newcastle
School of Health Sciences
Australia

Membership

Dates Title Organisation / Department
1/01/2018 -  Dietitians Association of Australia Representative on the Australian Pain Society Relationship Committee Australian Pain Society
1/01/2015 -  Membership - Australian Pain Society Australian Pain Society
1/01/2014 -  Membership - Nutrition Society of Australia Nutrition Society Australia
Australia
1/01/2012 -  Membership - Dietitians Association of Australia Dietitians Association of Australia
Australia

Awards

Research Award

Year Award
2018 School Health Science Research Day: Best Poster
School of Health Science, Faculty of Health & Medicine, The University of Newcastle
2018 School of Health Science Research Day: One minute pitch
School of Health Science, Faculty of Health & Medicine, The University of Newcastle

Scholarship

Year Award
2015 Felicity Thompson Rainbow Foundation Top-Up Scholarship
Hunter Medical Research Institute (HMRI)
2015 Australian Postgraduate Award
Australian Government

Invitations

Speaker

Year Title / Rationale
2019 The role of nutrition in chronic pain management
2018 Nutrition for chronic pain in the older population
2017 Chronic pain and the role of nutrition
2016 Weight loss & food: What works
2016 Conducting a systematic review

Teaching

Code Course Role Duration
NUDI1000 Fundamentals in Nutrition 1
School of Health Sciences, Faculty of Health and Medicine, University of Newcastle
Tutor 1/02/2019 - 31/07/2019
NUDI1000 Fundamentals in Nutrition 1
School of Health Sciences, Faculty of Health and Medicine, University of Newcastle
Tutor 1/02/2018 - 31/07/2018
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Publications

For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.


Journal article (8 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2019 Brain K, Burrows TL, Rollo ME, Hayes C, Hodson FJ, Collins CE, 'The effect of a pilot dietary intervention on pain outcomes in patients attending a tertiary pain service', Nutrients, 11 (2019) [C1]

© 2019 by the authors. Licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland. The aim of this study was to examine the effect of a six-week 2 × 2 design on pain scores, quality of life, and dietary i... [more]

© 2019 by the authors. Licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland. The aim of this study was to examine the effect of a six-week 2 × 2 design on pain scores, quality of life, and dietary intake in patients attending an Australian tertiary pain clinic. The two intervention components were (1) personalized dietary consultations or waitlist control, and (2) active or placebo dietary supplement (fruit juice). Sixty participants were randomized into one of four groups at baseline (68% female, mean age 49 ± 15 years) with 42 completing the study (70% retention). All groups had statistically significant improvements in three of five pain outcomes. The personalized dietary consultation groups had clinically important improvements in three of five pain outcomes compared to the waitlist control groups. All groups had a statistically significant improvement in six of eight quality-of-life categories post intervention. All groups increased percentage energy from nutrient-dense foods (+5.2 ± 1.4%, p < 0.001) with a significant group-by-time effect for percentage energy from total fat (p = 0.024), with the personalized dietary consultations plus placebo fruit juice reporting the largest reduction (-5.7 ± 2.3%). This study indicates that dietitian-delivered dietary intervention can improve pain scores, quality of life, and dietary intake of people experiencing chronic pain. Future research should evaluate efficacy in a full-powered randomized control trial.

DOI 10.3390/nu11010181
Co-authors Tracy Burrows, Megan Rollo, Clare Collins
2019 Chai LK, Collins C, May C, Brain K, Wong See D, Burrows T, 'Effectiveness of family-based weight management interventions for children with overweight and obesity: an umbrella review', JBI database of systematic reviews and implementation reports, 17 1341-1427 (2019) [C1]

OBJECTIVES: The objective of the review was to synthesize the effectiveness and strategies used in family-based behavioral childhood obesity interventions in improving child weigh... [more]

OBJECTIVES: The objective of the review was to synthesize the effectiveness and strategies used in family-based behavioral childhood obesity interventions in improving child weight-related outcomes. INTRODUCTION: Family-based interventions are common practice in the treatment of childhood obesity. Research suggests that direct parental involvement can improve child weight-related outcomes. However, challenges remain in assessing the effects of family-based interventions on child weight and weight-related behavior due to the lack of quality programs and diversity of treatment strategies. INCLUSION CRITERIA: The review included systematic reviews and/or meta-analyses of family-based behavioral interventions in children aged =18 who were classified as overweight and/or obese, and which reported child weight related outcomes, such as body mass index (BMI), body fat percentage and waist circumferences. METHODS: Seven databases were searched from 1990 to May 2016 to identify English language publications. Reference lists of included reviews and relevant registers were also searched for additional reviews. All included systematic reviews were critically appraised by two reviewers independently. Data extracted included characteristics of included systematic reviews and weight-related outcomes reported. Data synthesis involved categorizing the interventions into seven categories and presented findings in narrative and tabular format. Quality of evidence was assessed using the Grading of Recommendations Assessment, Development, and Evaluation (GRADE) approach. RESULTS: The umbrella review included 14 systematic reviews (low to moderate methodological quality), published between 2004 and 2015, including 47 independent trials ranging from one month to seven years follow-up conducted in more than 16 countries. The majority of reviews (93%) reported weight outcomes of children aged six to 13 years. All reviews except one indicated that family-based interventions were successful in improving child weight and/or weight-related behavior. Five reviews highlighted that parent-only interventions had similar (n¿=¿4) or greater (n¿=¿1) effectiveness compared to parent-child interventions. Effective interventions employed parent-targeted strategies, including nutrition and physical activity education sessions, positive parenting skills, role modelling and child behavior management to encourage positive healthy eating/exercise behaviors in children and/or whole family. CONCLUSIONS: Family-based interventions targeting parents, alone or with their child, are effective for child weight management. Due to the lack of high quality evidence, especially in emerging parent-only interventions, further research is warranted. Health practitioners can work with parents as agents of change and focus on fostering positive parenting skills, such as monitoring, reinforcement, role modelling, and providing a nurturing environment, in order to support health behaviors in their children. Future research needs to explore whether parent-only interventions are more cost-effective compared to parent-child interventions, and to include larger populations, longer intervention duration and follow-up.

DOI 10.11124/JBISRIR-2017-003695
Citations Scopus - 2
Co-authors Clare Collins, Li K Chai, Tracy Burrows
2019 Brain K, Burrows TL, Rollo ME, Chai LK, Clarke ED, Hayes C, et al., 'A systematic review and meta-analysis of nutrition interventions for chronic noncancer pain', Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics, 32 198-225 (2019) [C1]

© 2018 The British Dietetic Association Ltd. Background: This systematic review aimed to evaluate the impact of nutrition interventions on participant reported pain severity and i... [more]

© 2018 The British Dietetic Association Ltd. Background: This systematic review aimed to evaluate the impact of nutrition interventions on participant reported pain severity and intensity in populations with chronic pain. Methods: Eight databases were systematically searched for studies that included adult populations with a chronic pain condition, a nutrition intervention and a measure of pain. Where possible, data were pooled using meta-analysis. Seventy-one studies were included, with 23 being eligible for meta-analysis. Results: Studies were categorised into four groups: (i) altered overall diet with 12 of 16 studies finding a significant reduction in participant reported pain; (ii) altered specific nutrients with two of five studies reporting a significant reduction in participant reported pain; (iii) supplement-based interventions with 11 of 46 studies showing a significant reduction in pain; and (iv) fasting therapy with one of four studies reporting a significant reduction in pain. The meta-analysis found that, overall, nutrition interventions had a significant effect on pain reduction with studies testing an altered overall diet or just one nutrient having the greatest effect. Conclusions: This review highlights the importance and effectiveness of nutrition interventions for people who experience chronic pain.

DOI 10.1111/jhn.12601
Citations Scopus - 5Web of Science - 9
Co-authors Erin Clarke Uon, Megan Rollo, Tracy Burrows, Li K Chai, Clare Collins
2017 Hayes C, Brain K, Rollo M, Burrows T, Hodson F, Collins C, 'Population Characteristics in a Tertiary Pain Service Cohort Experiencing Chronic Non-Cancer Pain: Weight Status, Comorbidities, and Patient Goals', Healthcare, 5 1-13 (2017) [C1]
DOI 10.3390/healthcare5020028
Citations Web of Science - 3
Co-authors Tracy Burrows, Megan Rollo, Clare Collins
2017 Brain K, Burrows T, Rollo M, Hayes C, Hodson F, Collins C, 'Population Characteristics in a Tertiary Pain Service Cohort Experiencing Chronic Non-Cancer Pain: Weight Status, Comorbidities, and Patient Goals', Healthcare, 5 (2017)
DOI 10.3390/healthcare5020028
Co-authors Megan Rollo, Clare Collins, Tracy Burrows
2016 Chai LK, Burrows T, May C, Brain K, Wong See D, Collins C, 'Effectiveness of family-based weight management interventions in childhood obesity: an umbrella review protocol', JBI database of systematic reviews and implementation reports, 14 32-39 (2016)

REVIEW QUESTION/OBJECTIVE: The main objective of this umbrella review is to identify the effectiveness of family-based interventions that target overweight or obesity in children ... [more]

REVIEW QUESTION/OBJECTIVE: The main objective of this umbrella review is to identify the effectiveness of family-based interventions that target overweight or obesity in children aged 18 years and under. The umbrella review intends to compare and summarize existing systematic reviews of experimental studies that address a range of family-based interventions for overweight children. Family-based is defined as the involvement of first- or second-degree relatives or carers who are cohabiting under one roof. The second objective of this umbrella review is to identify strategies that are effective in improving children's body weight or body mass index (primary outcomes) and, where applicable, changes in child/family behavior, including dietary intake or physical activity.The review questions are as follows: What is the effectiveness of family-based behavioral or lifestyle weight management interventions for overweight children? What are the strategies or characteristics of effective interventions in combating child obesity?

DOI 10.11124/JBISRIR-2016-003082
Citations Scopus - 3
Co-authors Clare Collins, Tracy Burrows, Li K Chai
2016 Chai L, Burrows T, May C, Brain K, Wong See D, Collins C, 'Effectiveness of family-based weight management interventions in childhood obesity: an umbrella review protocol.', JBI Database of Systematic Reviews and Implementation Reports, 14 (2016)
DOI 10.11124/JBISRIR-2016-003082
Co-authors Tracy Burrows, Clare Collins
2014 Pursey KM, Stanwell PT, Callister RJ, Brain K, Collins CE, Burrows TL, 'Neural responses to visual food cues according to weight status: a systematic review of functional magnetic resonance imaging studies', Frontiers in Nutrition, 1 1-11 (2014) [C1]
DOI 10.3389/fnut.2014.00007
Co-authors Peter Stanwell, Robert Callister, Tracy Burrows, Clare Collins
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Conference (7 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2019 Brain K, Bruggink L, Collins C, 'Nutritional considerations for pain management in vulnerable populations.', The Gold Coast (2019)
Co-authors Clare Collins
2018 Brain K, Burrows T, Rollo M, Chai LK, Hayes C, Hodson F, Collins C, 'A systematic review and meta-analysis of nutrition interventions for chronic non-cancer pain.', A SYSTEMATIC REVIEW AND META-ANALYSIS OF NUTRITION INTERVENTIONS FOR CHRONIC NON-CANCER PAIN, Sydney (2018)
Co-authors Clare Collins, Megan Rollo, Tracy Burrows
2018 Brain K, Burrows T, Hayes C, Collins C, 'Why, what and how of nutrition for people experiencing chronic pain.', Sydney (2018)
Co-authors Clare Collins, Tracy Burrows
2017 Chai LK, Burrows T, May C, Brain K, Wong See D, Collins C, 'Effectiveness of Family-based Childhood Obesity Interventions with Parental Involvement: An Umbrella Review.', Victoria, Canada (2017)
Co-authors Clare Collins, Li K Chai, Tracy Burrows
2017 Chai L, Burrows T, May C, Brain K, Wong See D, Collins C, 'Effectiveness of family-based weight management interventions in childhood obesity: an umbrella review (systematic review of reviews)', Tasmania, Australia (2017)
Co-authors Tracy Burrows, Li K Chai, Clare Collins
2016 Brain K, Rollo M, Burrows T, Hayes C, Hodson F, Collins C, 'THE NUTRITIONAL STATUS OF PATIENTS ATTENDING HUNTER INTEGRATED PAIN SERVICE', THE NUTRITIONAL STATUS OF PATIENTS ATTENDING HUNTER INTEGRATED PAIN SERVICE, Melbourne (2016)
DOI 10.1111/1747-0080.12774
Co-authors Clare Collins, Megan Rollo, Tracy Burrows
2016 Brain K, Rollo M, Burrows TL, Hayes C, Hodson F, Collins C, 'THE NUTRITIONAL STATUS OF PATIENTS ATTENDING HUNTER INTEGRATED PAIN SERVICE', Yes, Melbourne (2016)
Co-authors Megan Rollo, Tracy Burrows, Clare Collins
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants 1
Total funding $4,200

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20191 grants / $4,200

School of Health Sciences 2019 Strategic Pilot Grant Scheme$4,200

Funding body: 2019 School Health Science - Strategic Pilot Grant

Funding body 2019 School Health Science - Strategic Pilot Grant
Scheme The University of Newcastle
Role Lead
Funding Start 2019
Funding Finish 2019
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Type Of Funding Internal
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Miss Katherine Brain

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Research Academic
School of Health Sciences
Faculty of Health and Medicine

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Casual Research Assistant
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Research Assistant
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Casual Student Success Assistant
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Casual Research Assistant
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Casual Research Assistant
School of Health Sciences
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