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Laureate Professor Clare Collins AO

Laureate Professor Clare Collins
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What are your research interests?

My research interests focus on developing, validating, implementing and evaluating nutrition and healthy lifestyle programs for individuals and families. The goal is to help people make changes to their dietary patterns and decrease their risk of weight-related chronic disease, across all population groups – children, women in pregnancy, young adults and parents. I have a special interest in the use of eHealth and information technologies within my research.

Why did you get into research?

When I graduated from university as an Accredited Practising Dietitian, I was pretty sure I'd never need to do research. But it turned out that the best way to evaluate the significance of my role in the paediatric cystic fibrosis team at John Hunter Children's Hospital was to evaluate it in a clinical research project. Little did I know that this would lead me to life as a researcher and research mentor and leader of the largest group of dietitian researchers in the world.

What would be the ultimate goal for your research?

If I could have my way then everyone would have their own personal dietitian. As that is not likely to happen I will settle for using technology to novel and engaging ways, to connect people with expert nutrition advice, support and motivation. 

Healthy dietary patterns are your best insurance against developing chronic conditions like type 2 diabetes and specific diet-related cancers. By focusing on smart technologies to connect people with expert nutrition advice when they need it, I will lead my research team into the future to develop eating solutions that help people eat better, feel better and perform better. It will be a world where every person can have their own personal e-dietitian and get the sound nutrition advice and support they needed where and when they need it.

Brief Profile

Clare Collins AO is a Laureate Professor in Nutrition and Dietetics in the College of Health, Medicine and Wellbeing at the University of Newcastle and Director of the Food and Nutrition Research Program at the Hunter Medical Research Institute. Laureate Professor Collins is an internationally distinguished leader in nutrition and dietetics health, with a track record of excellence in research leadership, whose research performance places her in the top 1% of the world’s most cited scientists in her field of research.  

Laureate Professor Collins was awarded Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) in January 2023 for distinguished service to nutritional health and dietetics research, scientific organisations and science communication.  Her research focuses on developing, and evaluating the impact of nutrition interventions based on life stage including pregnancy, or on risk of nutrition-related chronic conditions including heart disease and type 2 diabetes. The personalised nutrition eHealth tools have a broad reach and impact on improving eating patterns and diet-related health and wellbeing.

Career outputs include over AUS $30 million in research funding, publication of >500 journal articles, and supervision of more than 50 Research Higher Degree candidates to date, with 39 completed. A trailblazer in her field, Professor Collins was awarded the National Health and Medical Research Council’s Elizabeth Blackburn Investigator Grant Award for Leadership in Clinical Medicine and Science in 2021, as the highest-ranked female applicant in Clinical Medicine and Science.

Specialised/Technical Skills

  • Nutrition, dietetics
  • Dietary methods
  • Nutrition assessment
  • Validation studies
  • Dietary interventions
  • Nutrition education
  • Public health nutrition
  • eHealth
  • uHealth
  • Clinical nutrition
  • Systematic reviews

Affiliations

2017

SHED-IT Recharge: Development and evaluation of a gender-tailored program designed to improve men's physical and mental health
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Phase I of this study will investigate feasibility and efficacy of a self-help, gender-tailored weight loss program for male workers with or without the provision of additional program components targeting stress and mental health  (SHED-IT only vs. SHED-IT plus SHED-IT: Recharge).

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Nutrition and Dietetics Research
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Researchers:

Prof Clare Collins, Dr Lee Ashton

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This project will undertake preliminary work to inform future grants and development of a personalised web-platform that supports pregnant women to optimise their dietary intakes. If a woman’s diet is compromised in pregnancy, evidence from the developmental origins of health and disease hypothesis indicates the foetus is programmed for a greater lifetime risk of chronic disease. Currently pregnant women are not routinely given advice on how to eat optimally as a way to give infants the best start to life. It is left to chance or the woman seeking information herself. This is a missed opportunity. 

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Award for Research Excellence - Clare Collins
HMRI Award for Research Excellence
Feasibility and acceptability of a personalised healthy diet versus a ketogenic diet in reducing migraine frequency and severity
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Researchers:

Prof Clare Collins, Neil Spratt, Rebecca Williams, Megan Rollo

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Migraine is common with 1 in 5 Australian women and 1 in 10 men regularly experiencing migraine at same stage in their lifetime. Migraines can start in childhood or adolescence but have a peak prevalence around the age of 35 to 45 years. It can be severely debilitating, often requiring time off school and work, and adversely impacting on daily activities and quality of life.

Currently, despite individuals commonly reporting dietary triggers for migraine (e.g. cheese, chocolate, alcohol or other specific foods), no dietary advice is given to those with migraine as part of usual treatment. Our review of research evidence suggests specific nutritional approaches could help manage headaches and indicates this warrants careful evaluation in a randomised controlled trial. 

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2016

eHealth research project measuring the impact of web-based feedback on dietary intake in improving eating patterns and health
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This grant will support our eHealth research project measuring the impact of web-based feedback on dietary intake in improving eating patterns and health.

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Evaluation of a type 2 diabetes risk reduction program for women with recent gestational diabetes
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Pregnancy is like a stress test, revealing a woman's long term risk to developing Type II Diabetes. Post delivery is the ideal time to address lifestyle risk factors but many women with gestational diabetes report a lack of support at this crucial time.

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2015

Emlyn and Jennie Thomas Medical Research Postgraduate Scholarship
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Ms Lisa Spencer, Professor Clare Collins, Dr Megan Rollo, Dr Melinda Hutchesson

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The aim of my PhD is to investigate effective and innovative approaches to managing weight during pregnancy and following childbirth.

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2014

The HEY MAN pilot study: using eHealth to Enhance Your Mental health, Physical Activity and Nutrition in young men.
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Consistent evidence confirms that excessive stress can adversely affect physical and mental health.

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Development and evaluation of an eHealth weight loss intervention for young overweight women
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Researchers:

Kristine Pezdirc, Professor Clare Collins and Dr Melinda Neve

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Young women are vulnerable to weight gain, which places them at risk of weight related co-morbidities, such as depression, infertility and Type 2 Diabetes. 

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2013

Using focus groups to understand young adult males motivators and barriers to participating in a Healthy Lifestyle Program
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Professor Clare Collins, Melinda Hutchinson, Megan Rollo, Philip Morgan 

Back to Basics
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Long-term follow up of the PULSE Type 2 Diabetes prevention program for men
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Type 2 Diabetes is the fastest growing chronic disease in Australia.

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Development and evaluation of an eHealth weight loss intervention for young overweight women
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Researchers:

Kristine Pezdirc,Professor Clare Collins, Dr Melinda Neve 

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Young women are vulnerable to weight gain, which places them at risk of weight related co-morbidities, such as depression, infertility and Type 2 Diabetes. 

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2012

Evaluation of a workplace-based weight-loss program for men: The POWER (Preventing Obesity Without Eating like a Rabbit) trial at Tomago
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Development and evaluation of an eHealth weight loss intervention for young overweight women
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 Kristine Pezdirc, Professor Clare Collins and Dr Melinda Neve

2011

Engaging men to maintain weight loss using innovative and cost-effective interventions: The SHED-IT weight loss maintenance pilot study
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DNA methylation in a cohort study of nutrition during pregnancy and childhood
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Feasibility and efficacy of a diet and exercise prevention program for men at high risk of Type 2 Diabetes - Lions District 2013 N3 Diabetes Foundation Diabetes Project Grant
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Evaluation of a workplace-based weight-loss program for men: The POWER (Preventing Obesity Without Eating like a Rabbit) trial at Tomago
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2010

Adult lifestyle incentives for vitality and energy (ALIVE): Supporting health professionals to assist clients with weight management through lifestyle changes
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Dr Suzanne Snodgrass, Professor Clare Collins, Carole James, Ashley Kable, Maya Guest, Samantha Ashby, Ron Plotnikof, Pat McElduff

How do high protein and/or high fat meals affect postprandial glycaemic control in children and adolescents using intensive insulin therapy?
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Researchers:

Professor Clare Collins, Carmel Smart, Bruce King, Patrick McElduff 

Evaluation of a workplace-based weight-loss program for men: The POWER (Preventing Obesity Without Eating like a Rabbit) trial at Tomago
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2009

Evaluation of a workplace-based weight-loss program for men: The POWER (Preventing Obesity Without Eating like a Rabbit) trial at Tomago
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Validation of energy intake and expenditure in young children using Food Frequency Questionnaires, doubly-labelled water and accelerometers
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Development of the SHED-IT weight loss programs for men
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Does the HIKCUPS weight management program for overweight children work in the parents' workplace or in after school care settings - PhD topup scholarship
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The Contribution of Nutrition to Achieving Healthy Pregnancy outcomes for mothers and babies - PhD Scholarship Yr 1/ PhD topup Y2 and Yr 3
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Associate Professor Clare Collins, Michelle Blumfield
 

2008

In children with type 1 Diabetes on intensive insulin therapy, can improving carbohydrate knowledge and targeted nutrition education strategies improve diabetes management?
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2006

Validating tools to assess children's' food intake to develop healthy eating programs
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Dr Clare Collins, Dr J Warren
 

2003

Diet, Nutrition and lifestyle factors in the development and treatment of overweight and obesity in children
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High Versus Low Dos nutrition to reduce malnutrition prevalence and length of stay in fractured neck of femur patients
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2002

Acting on overweight and obesity in Hunter children
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The role of nutrition in improving outcomes for people with fractures
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2000

Nutritional status of children undergoing chemotherapy; a cross sectional review
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