Professor Helen Truby

Professor &Chair in Human Nutrition

School of Human Movement and Nutrition Sciences
Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences

Overview

My research career has been informed by my clinical practice in nutrition science and dietetics. I trained as a paediatric dietitian at the Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne and completed my PhD at the University of Melbourne in 1999. I gained international experience in education and research at the University of Surrey, UK, where I coordinated the dietetics program, led the first evaluation in simulated practice and managed several large clinical trials. I returned to Australia in 2006 and spent a couple of years at the Children’s Nutrition Research Centre at Herston before I was appointed to the Chair of Nutrition and Dietetics at Monash University and the inaugural head of department. In 2020, I returned to Queensland to become the Discipline lead for the Dietetics program at UQ. \

I am an Honorary Professor at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim, Norway and I am a Senior Collaborator at the NNedPro Global Centre for Nutrition and Health, located at Wolfson College, Cambridge, UK.

With 107 peer reviewed publications in the past 5 years, I have an H-index of 30 and a Field-Weighted Citation Impact score is above average for my discipline, in particular for weight gain, obesity excessive gestational weight gain (FWCI 1.63), Exercise, obesity and daily energy FWIC 2.19 and Malnutrition and Nutrition Screening (FWCI = 1.85).

Research Interests

  • child health
  • weight management
  • prevention of chronic disease

Research Impacts

Social impact

Measurement Instruments: I developed and tested the Children’s Body Image Scale, which met the criteria as an outcome measure for the evaluation of obesity treatments by the UK National Institute for Health Research in 2013. (https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1348/014466502163967) This scale has been adopted for use in 4 international child growth and development cohorts (Norway, the Netherlands, Japan and USA

Consumer health communication: I am committed to supporting the public's understanding of how their diet can impact on their health and well-being. To that end, I led the development of the FutureLearn MOOC 'Food as Medicine' (https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/food-as-medicine), delivered to over 140,000 learners across the world since 2016, it was voted by learners in the Top 1000 MOOCs of All Time in 2019. I regularly communicate with the public via the print and social media.

Clinical Impact

My sustained body of original research is being used to inform the current Best Practice Guidelines for Allied Health and Nursing Assessment for the management of Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy.Specifically, this body of work has been examining body composition, energy requirements and nutritional needs in children with neuromuscular diseases. My previous work has also contributed to the best practice guidelines in the management of cystic fibrosis.

I contributed to the evidence synthesis to update the Australian Dietary Guidelines in 2013. This resulted in 15 graded evidence statements and have been subsequently cited in the Dietary Guideline recommendations for the USA, Canada and UK. The evidence synthesis on the relationship between dairy foods and blood pressure responses have informed the International recommendations for the management of metabolic syndrome ; cited in the US National Comprehensive Cancer Network Clinical Practice Guidelines for Rectal Cancer (V2.2015) and were used to inform the 2015 Dutch Food-based dietary guidelines.

Commitees Participation

  • Deputy Chair, Australian Academy of Science, Member of the National Committee for Nutrition
  • Member of the Council of Deans of Nutrition & Dietetics Australia and New Zealand
  • Advisory Board: the Oceania Nutrition Leadership Program (www.onlp.org)

Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Science (Honours), AUST
  • Master of Human Nutrition, AUST
  • Doctor of Philosophy, AUST

Publications

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Publications

Journal Article

Conference Publication

Other Outputs

  • Truby, Helen (2020). Children's Body Image Scale. The University of Queensland. (Dataset) doi: 10.14264/uql.2020.781

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Completed Supervision