Poor diet and physical inactivity are leading contributors to the global burden of disease and accounted for 10% of global disability-adjusted life years in 20101. The Nutrition and Health Research Group aims to conduct high quality research that influences public health policy and interventions to improve the diet of populations.
Our research is focussed on:
- identifying the dietary risk factors for chronic disease, particularly obesity and cardiometabolic disease;
- identifying the determinants of dietary intake, with a focus on food environments. It is increasingly recognised that diet is not simply a function of individual choice, and that our broader food environments influence our dietary intakes. A better understanding of this influence is needed to identify ways to enable consumers to make healthier dietary choices.
- We are also able to provide scientific guidance to researchers on the most appropriate dietary assessment tools for their research.
Who we are
The Nutrition and Health Research Group is led by Associate Professor Gina Ambrosini. Details on members of the Nutrition and Health Research Group, their publications, grants, project information and contact details are available via links on the right.
We work closely with researchers at the Telethon Kids Institute and the UWA Centre for Built Environments and Health. Our international collaborators include researchers at Bristol University, Oxford University and MRC Human Nutrition Research (Cambridge).
Some of our projects include:
- identifying empirically-derived dietary patterns that describe the diet as a whole, accounting the fact that humans consume a range of foods and nutrients together and not in isolation; and the application of hypothesis-driven empirical methods to identify probable pathways between food intake and disease;
- examining different food environments (at home, school, work, neighbourhood) and their influence on dietary intakes and obesity risk;
- tracking diet and dietary patterns over the lifecourse to identify critical times for intervention;
- assessing the reliability of various dietary assessment tools e.g. food frequency questionnaires, 24 hour dietary recalls;
For further information, please contact Assoc/Prof Gina Ambrosini.
Links to Nutrition Resources
Live Lighter Australia
Harvard Nutrition Source
Diet and Physical Activity Measurement Toolkit
Better Health Channel (Food and Nutrition)
1 Lim SS et al. A comparative risk assessment of burden of disease and injury attributable to 67 risk factors and risk factor clusters in 21 regions, 1990?2010: a systematic analysis for the Global Burden of Disease Study 2010. The Lancet. 2012;380(9859):2224-60.