University of South Australia

Professor Jon Buckley

Jon is Director of the Alliance for Research in Exercise, Nutrition and Activity (ARENA) at the University of South Australia. He is an authority on the effects of nutrition and exercise on cardiovascular, metabolic, mental and physical function in populations ranging from patients with chronic disease to elite athletes. His work has resulted in 11 patents for technologies which improve health and/or athletic performance. His work has also influenced nutrition policy in Australia and overseas, and resulted in changes in testing protocols for high performance athletes that have been adopted internationally. Jon is Editor in Chief of the journal Nutrients.

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Associate Professor Alison Coates

Alison is a registered nutritionist (RNutr) and nutritional physiologist who is interested in how bioactive compounds from food can impact risk factors for obesity, cardiometabolic diseases and cognitive function.  Her research ranges from individual nutrients in nutritional supplements to whole foods and dietary patterns including the timing of food consumption.

Her work has been sponsored by industry partnerships, cooperative research centres and through government grants. Her contribution to the area of cardiometabolic health and nutrition has been recognized by a South Australian Tall Poppy Award and the Nutrition Society of Australia Mid-Career Research Award. Alison serves as President-Elect of the Nutrition Society of Australia, Associate Editor for Nutrition Journal and Editorial Board member for Nutrients.

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Dr Karen Murphy

Dr Karen Murphy

Karen leads the Mediterranean dietary patterns group at UniSA. She uses an evidence-based approach to explore the effect of whole diet and lifestyle patterns on chronic disease risk. Specifically her research investigates the impact of the Mediterranean dietary pattern on cardiovascular disease and metabolic syndrome as well as mental health and wellbeing and risk of dementia.

Karen is a recognized leader of research in nutrition, chronic disease and ageing, with expertise in clinical trials, assessments of dietary intake, body composition, cardiovascular health, cognitive performance and biochemical analyses. She collaborates with national and international researchers and the food industry.

Karen is able to translate her research outcomes to clinical populations through her role as a private practice Accredited Practicing Dietitian. With over 50 articles and reports and >1500 citations, she is a recipient of 24 research and travel awards, including the prestigious South Australian Young Tall Poppy Science Award (2009).