Through her burgeoning media profile and prolific publication record, Professor Clare Collins needs little introduction to anyone interested in nutritional health.
She completed her PhD and accepted a research academic position in 2000, while working clinically as a paediatric dietitian at John Hunter Children’s Hospital. Promotions to senior lecturer followed in 2004, associate professor in 2007 and professor in 2010.
Professor Collins remains a passionate trailblazer within her profession, serving as co-director of the UON’s Priority Research Centre in Physical Activity and Nutrition and Director of Research for the School of Health Sciences. In addition, Professor Collins is a Fellow and spokesperson for the Dietitians Association of Australia (DAA).
Her distinguished research record includes 295 journal articles – 190 in the past 5 years alone – and more than 300 conference abstracts. Further, she has mentored more than 20 dietitians to completion and currently supervises 16 Higher Degree Research candidates.
As CI, Professor Collins has received more than $20 million in grant support. Among these are two personal fellowships and five project grants from the NHMRC, plus a recent contribution of $1.7 million from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
Professor Collins has a proven capacity to disseminate research findings, with more than 260,000 people completing her web-based Healthy Eating Quiz and a further 80 research projects purchasing her Australian Eating Survey assessment tool.
It is testament to Professor Collins’ commitment to improving nutritional knowledge and informing the development of evidence-based health policy.