Clare Collins

Clare Collins

Resume

Professor Clare Collins is a National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Senior Research Fellow, Professor of Nutrition and Dietetics and Director of Research for the School of Health Sciences, Faculty of Health and Medicine. She is currently Acting Director, Priority Research Centre in Physical Activity and Nutrition at the University of Newcastle, NSW, Australia. Professor Collins has published over 280 manuscripts and supervised 24 Higher Degree Research candidates to completion. She leads the largest team of dietitian researchers internationally, in assessing dietary intake and evaluating the impact of food and nutrition on eating patterns and diet-related health across key life stages and chronic disease conditions. Her team’s research focusses on using smart technologies to achieve this. Professor Collins is a Fellow of the Dietitians Association of Australian (DAA) and represented DAA in an international Practice Based Evidence in Nutrition collaboration with Dietitians of Canada and the British Dietetic Association (PEN). Professor Collins was a team leader on the evidence reviews conducted by the Dietitians Association of Australia (DAA) that informed the revision of the 2013 NHMRC Australian Dietary Guidelines. She served on the Australia and New Zealand (ANZOS) council for 6 years, with 2 years as Vice President (2007-08). Professor Collins chaired development of DAA’s Best Practice Dietetic Guidelines for the Management of Adult Overweight and Obesity and led the University of Newcastle and DAA reference group in the 2011 update. Professor Collins has been a DAA media spokesperson for 17 years and written for the Newcastle Herald for over 25 years. She is passionate about nutrition communication and has conducted over 1500 media interviews. As a sought after nutrition commentator she has demystified nutrition and health science across a range of media from Dr Karl and Triple J, to morning TV including Sunrise, and The Circle; to magazines and newspapers internationally. She is a columnist for The Conversation, Eating Science – making nutrition research digestible, with over 4 million readers. Clare was a clinical paediatric dietitian for 20 years at John Hunter Children’s Hospital, NSW.