Overview of the Bond University Nutrition & Dietetics (BUND) Research Group

The BUND Research Group works towards research excellence in the field of nutrition and dietetics by creating opportunities and supporting the research activities of its members. Specifically, the BUND Research Group has focused nutrition and dietetic areas of excellence in: oncology, ageing, cardiovascular disease, chronic kidney disease, sports and professional practice issues. This is underpinned by themes of consumer engagement and innovation. Across all these areas, the BUND Research Group is future focussed, and aims to optimise translation of evidence into practice.

The group was established in 2014 by program lead Prof. Liz Isenring and BUND Research Chair A/Prof. Katrina Campbell, with membership including BUND academic staff and higher degree researchers. The group’s research meetings provide a platform for capacity building through peer review, collaboration, continuing professional development and strategic planning and coordination.

In addition to this, the BUND Research Group has set ambitious and strategic key performance indicators for research output and dissemination. These targets have been exceeded year on year, with almost double grant income and manuscripts accepted in 2016 from 2015.

In line with BUNDs strategic goals, the key performance indicators for 2017 have increased. The group’s ongoing success can be attributed to the exceptional leadership and mentoring provided by the BUND academic staff, as well as participation by the committed and inspiring higher degree research candidates and collaborators.

For the latest updates and achievements of the group and the Master of Nutrition & Dietetic Practice students read the latest BUND Share Plate newsletter here.

BUND Research Group members

  • Gina Cleo, PhD scholar - Maintaining weight loss: a look at habits.
  • Tara Diversi, MSc scholar - Marathon Swimming: Nutrition, Health and Performance.
  • Emily Haynes, PhD scholar - Developing consensus on the strategic priorities for the prevention of obesity in Australia.
  • Cherie Hugo, PhD scholar - The Lantern Project -Illuminating the value of nutrition in older Australians.
  • Jaimon Kelly, PhD scholar - Lifestyle Management of Chronic Kidney Disease: Telehealth strategies for effective self-management.
  • Catherine MacFarlane, PhD scholar - Obesity management and kidney transplantation.
  • Kate Morgann, PhD scholar - The Australian Dietetic Workforce Preparation Study: exploring the preparation and preparedness of the dietetic workforce in Australia.
  • Brianna Salagaras, MSc (Res) scholar - Do AFL players adjust daily intake to suit training loads and how does this compare to recommendations?
  • Laisa Teleni, PhD scholar - Amino acid supplementation in cancer anorexia and cachexia syndrome.
  • Amy Bannatyne, PhD scholar - Disordered Eating in Pregnancy: The Development and Validation of a Pregnancy-Specific Screening Instrument.
  • Skye Marshall (PhD completion in 2016) - Thesis title: “Malnutrition in the Older Australian Rural Rehabilitation Community: identification, patient outcomes and the role of informal caregivers”
  • Wolfgang Marx (PhD completion in 2016) - Thesis title: “Standardized ginger (Zingiber officinale) extract as a treatment for chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting: efficacy, safety and feasibility.”
  • Kate Odgers-Jewell (PhD completion in 2016) -  Thesis title: “Exploring the attributes of group-based education for the management of chronic diseases, focusing on type 2 diabetes mellitus.”