Clinical Nutrition Research Centre

About us

The Clinical Nutrition Research Centre (CNRC) is a unique multi-institutional collaboration in preventive health research. It seeks to capitalise on the collective strengths, commonality of purpose and outstanding track records of research concentrations at University of Newcastle, University of South Australia, University of Southern Queensland and Swinburne University of Technology.

Clinical Nutrition Research Centre

Its primary goal is to generate evidence underpinning healthy diet and lifestyle choices which can optimise physical and mental fitness and counteract chronic non-communicable diseases.

The CNRC has brought together scientists from four Australian Universities with outstanding individual track records of multidisciplinary research for the purpose of:

  • consolidating existing research strengths
  • building partnerships with stakeholders
  • delivering translational research outcomes
  • setting a benchmark for research excellence

It comprises leading Australian expertise in the design and conduct of human intervention trials to evaluate cardiovascular, metabolic, anti-inflammatory and mental health benefits of specific diet modifications (functional foods and supplements) and physical activity programs.

Volunteers needed

We are currently recruiting for a new study comparing type-1 diabetics who were diagnosed in childhood and healthy controls without either type-1 or type-2 diabetes.


This study aims to boost awareness of the importance of maintaining optimal brain health among those living with diabetes.

You will visit our Clinical Nutrition research unit at the University of Newcastle on two occasions. We will measure blood flow in your brain while you perform a series of mental tests. Your hearing will also be tested. Participants are required to provide a small blood sample. Each visit will last approximately 2 hours.

Investigators: Dr Rachel Wong, Emeritus Professor Peter Howe and Dr Ryu Takechi. This project has been approved by the UON Human Research Ethics Committee: approval no. H-2018-0038.

For more information, please contact 02 4921 6691 or for an information package.

Female volunteers wanted for research study

We are seeking premenopausal women aged between 25 years and the menopause (>6 months since last menses) to participate in a study examining links between blood flow in the brain and menstrual headache.

We need women who have suffered from headaches or migraine lasting for at least 4 hours just before or during their period or during ovulation (mid-cycle) in their last 3 menstrual cycles but were free from headaches at other times. We also need women who don’t experience headaches associated with their menstrual cycle.

Suitable volunteers will be asked to visit our research unit on one occasion for a 2.5 hour assessment which includes questions about their health and migraines, tests of arterial and cognitive function and an ultrasound examination of blood flow in the brain. A small blood sample will be taken.

Investigators: Emeritus Prof Peter Howe (02) 4921 7309, Dr Rachel Wong (02) 4921 6408, Prof Lyn Griffiths (07) 3138 6102. This project has been approved by the University of Newcastle Human Research Ethics Committee: approval No: H-2018-0167

For more information, please contact 02 4921 6691 or for an information package.

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