Research Centre for Clinical Nutrition Research
University of Southern Queensland
Lindsay is Professor of Biomedical Sciences and heads the Functional Foods Research Centre at the University of Southern Queensland. The Centre looks at the effectiveness of foods with anti-inflammatory effects to reverse organ damage due to chronic inflammatory diseases. Using well-characterised rat models of obesity, diabetes, hypertension, chronic kidney damage, inflammatory bowel disease and osteoarthritis, they examine the development of relevant cardiovascular, liver, kidney, metabolic and joint changes and the effects of intervention. Lindsay has shown that anthocyanins from purple carrots, purple maize or Queen Garnet plums, omega3 fatty acids from linseed and chia, flavonoids such as rutin and naringin, coffee and dietary fibre from tropical seaweeds are all effective in reversing the signs of metabolic syndrome.
Dr Sunil Panchal
Dr Sunil Panchal is a Senior Research Fellow (Health and Wellbeing) within the Functional Foods Research Group at the University of Southern Queensland. Sunil’s research started with the development of a rat model of metabolic syndrome and then progressed to testing nutraceuticals in this model. He has since then developed expertise in defining functional foods and looking at whole foods in attenuating metabolic syndrome. His current research interests are to translate some of the pre-clinical outcomes to clinical benefits. He is focusing on identifying health benefits of anthocyanin-containing foods, macroalgae and microalgae and to characterise the differences between the effects of short-chain and long-chain saturated fatty acids. Sunil is an Advance Queensland Fellow and is developing clinical nutrition expertise for his current and future research.
Professor Stuart Biddle
Stuart Biddle is Professor of Physical Activity and Health and leader of USQ PALs – Physically Active Lifestyles Research Group – in the Institute for Resilient Regions at the University of Southern Queensland, Australia. He was Professor at Victoria University, Melbourne, 2014-2017, and at Loughborough University in the UK until 2014. Stuart’s research is on sedentary behaviour and physical activity behaviour change, as well as mental health. He is Past-President of the International Society for Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity (ISBNPA). He has published extensively in psychology, public health, and behavioural medicine. He has been involved in the production of national physical activity and sedentary behaviour guidelines, and has been a consultant to Weight Watchers and Fitness First.