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Tapsell, Linda C. Professor

Professor

  • Illawarra Health and Medical Research Institute
  • Smart Foods Centre
  • Faculty of Science, Medicine and Health
  • Health Impact Research Cluster
  • School of Medicine

Overview


Professor Tapsell  has a long established legacy in research  on the effects of food and dietary patterns on chronic disease risk. She has supervised over 20 PhD graduates and mentored numerous post doctoral academics. She continues to contribute to the scientific literature and science advisory panels, particularly in relation to food and nutrition issues and the significance of lifestyle intervention.
Professor Tapsell is a leading Australian researcher in Medical and Health Sciences with discipline expertise in Nutrition and Dietetics. In 2015 she was named a member of the Order of Australia for ‘significant service to health science as an academic and clinician specialising in diet and nutrition’. Her professional and scientific contributions were recognised when made an inaugural Fellow of the Dietitians Association of Australia (DAA) and in 2018 a Fellow of the Nutrition Society of Australia in 2018, a first in Australia to hold Fellowships in both societies. She has built international links through her long standing membership of the American Society of Nutrition and as an international affiliate of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
Professor Tapsell has provided leadership in food and nutrition research as Director of the Australian Research Council Key Centre for Smart Foods and National Centre of Excellence in Functional Foods (linking industry with science); she has contributed as a discipline expert for National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) grant review panels, the Australia India Strategic Research Fund, and the Medical and Health Sciences panel of Excellence in Research Australia (ERA). She has also contributed significantly to nutrition research translation including a 2010 PMSEIC report, Australia and Food Security in a Changing World, the NHMRC/DoHA Australian Dietary Guidelines 2012, and the revisions of the Nutrient Reference Values (NRVs) for Sodium (Australian Department of Health and New Zealand Ministry of Health).
She currently serves on the Expert Working Group for the next stage of Sodium NRVs (NHMRC), is an academic member of the Consumer and Public Health Dialogue of Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) and an international member on the Science Advisory Council of the McCormicks Science Institute (USA).In 2019 she was given the Excellence in Research Award from the International Nut Council (INC).
Professor Tapsell has a strong track record in dietary trials addressing lifestyle and chronic disease risk. She has received over $15M in research funding from the NHMRC, ARC, food research and development corporations and contract research and has produced over 250 publications in scientific journals. She is on the Editorial board of Nutrition Today and for 16 years served as Editor in Chief of Nutrition and Dietetics (the journal of the DAA; Wiley Publishers). She is lead author/editor of the textbook Food, Nutrition and Health (Oxford University Press,2013; 2nd Edition 2019). Professor Tapsell has trained a generation of dietitians, supervised 24 PhD graduates and supported many post-doctoral fellows. Professor Tapsell retired from her position of discipline leader in 2016 and is currently a part time Senior Professor in the School of Medicine, University of Wollongong.

Top Publications


Research Overview


  • Professor Tapsell's  main research focus has involved dietary trials addressing lifestyle and  chronic disease risk. This has extended to fundamental areas of food and nutrition research, particularly relating to research design in establishing the evidence for effects of food consumption on health.  From this she has developed a body of work  arguing that rather than isolated causative agents, nutrients, foods and dietary patterns are interdependent dietary parameters.  Synergies exist between nutrients in foods and between foods in diets and this must affect the way we review the evidence for health claims on foods and for policy related to dietary guidance. This has formed part of a major shift in emphasis on food and dietary patterns now seen in the nutrition and health literature.

Selected Publications


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Impact Story


Advisees


  • Graduate Advising Relationship

    Degree Research Title Advisee
    Doctor of Philosophy The influence of dietary fibre intake on the gut microbiota and the implication for metabolic disease
    Doctor of Philosophy Exploring the implementation of nutritional evidence-based guidelines for patients with head and neck cancer Hazzard, Emily
    Doctor of Philosophy Investigating the Role of the Therapeutic Alliance within Dietetic Practice to Improve Outcomes for Weight Loss Nagy, Annaliese
    Doctor of Philosophy Exploring Dietetic Practice with patients undergoing alcohol withdrawal: developing a new approach towards recommendations for practice McLean, Cameron
    Doctor of Philosophy Studies in Dietary Patterns and Nutritional Requirements Following Gastric Bypass Surgery Zarshenas, Nazy

Education And Training


  • M.Ed. in Health Personnel, University of New South Wales, School of Medicine 1982 - 1985
  • B.S. in Biochemistry and Pharmacology, The University of Sydney, Science and School of Public Heath and Tropical Medicine, followed by Post Graduate Diploma in Nutrition and Dietetics 1972 - 1975
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Nutrition and Public Health, University of Wollongong, Public Health and Nutrition 1992 - 1996

Top Publications


Research Overview


  • Professor Tapsell's  main research focus has involved dietary trials addressing lifestyle and  chronic disease risk. This has extended to fundamental areas of food and nutrition research, particularly relating to research design in establishing the evidence for effects of food consumption on health.  From this she has developed a body of work  arguing that rather than isolated causative agents, nutrients, foods and dietary patterns are interdependent dietary parameters.  Synergies exist between nutrients in foods and between foods in diets and this must affect the way we review the evidence for health claims on foods and for policy related to dietary guidance. This has formed part of a major shift in emphasis on food and dietary patterns now seen in the nutrition and health literature.

Selected Publications


Investigator On


Impact Story


Advisees


  • Graduate Advising Relationship

    Degree Research Title Advisee
    Doctor of Philosophy The influence of dietary fibre intake on the gut microbiota and the implication for metabolic disease
    Doctor of Philosophy Exploring the implementation of nutritional evidence-based guidelines for patients with head and neck cancer Hazzard, Emily
    Doctor of Philosophy Investigating the Role of the Therapeutic Alliance within Dietetic Practice to Improve Outcomes for Weight Loss Nagy, Annaliese
    Doctor of Philosophy Exploring Dietetic Practice with patients undergoing alcohol withdrawal: developing a new approach towards recommendations for practice McLean, Cameron
    Doctor of Philosophy Studies in Dietary Patterns and Nutritional Requirements Following Gastric Bypass Surgery Zarshenas, Nazy

Education And Training


  • M.Ed. in Health Personnel, University of New South Wales, School of Medicine 1982 - 1985
  • B.S. in Biochemistry and Pharmacology, The University of Sydney, Science and School of Public Heath and Tropical Medicine, followed by Post Graduate Diploma in Nutrition and Dietetics 1972 - 1975
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Nutrition and Public Health, University of Wollongong, Public Health and Nutrition 1992 - 1996
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