Dr Rebecca Hill

Senior Research Fellow

Child Health Research Centre
Faculty of Medicine
r.hill@uq.edu.au
+61 7 3069 7232

Overview

Broadly speaking, Dr Hill is interested in paediatric nutrition and body composition research. Her main foci are in the areas of Inflammatory Bowel Disease and other gastroenterological conditions; and food allergy and intolerance.

After the award of First Class Honours in 1998, Dr Hill commenced a PhD which was completed early 2003. Of note, one of the publications arising from this work, a review published in the British Journal of Nutrition (impact factor: 3.072) has, to date, been cited over 400 times (Google Scholar, accessed 13.11.15); which places this paper third out of all the papers cited in that journal for that year.

Dr Hill has presented her research findings at numerous International and National conferences, as well as many local research and community meetings. She regularly reviews manuscripts for international peer review journals (for example, European Journal of Clinical Nutrition, American Journal of Clinical Nutrition and Acta Paediatrica) and has been an active member of her professional societies, including Nutrition Australia (Chair – Qld Branch 2007-2008) and the Nutrition Society of Australia (Treasurer – Qld Branch 2010). Dr Hill is also a financial member of the Gastroenterological Society of Australia and a member of their IBD interest group, and the ANZ and international Developmental Origins of Health and Disease (DOHaD) Society.

Dr Hill currently supervises PhD students investigating such topics as 1) maternal dietary manipulation for the treatment of infant colic; and 2) the development of gut microbiota in the second year of life. Aside from ongoing projects in inflammatory bowel disease, Dr Hill currently manages an international clinical trial investigating the benefits of Growing Up Milk (Lite), i.e. toddler milk, on growth and development of 1-2 year olds, which is a collaboration with the University of Auckland. Dr Hill is currently working at the Children’s Nutrition Research Centre (CNRC) in Brisbane where she is a member of the Executive Committee and the Deputy Scientific Director. In addition to these roles, she is the Theme Leader for Gastroenterology, Food Allergy and Intolerance research at this centre.

In summary, Dr Hill is a Paediatric Nutritionist with a particular interest in the gut as the major immune organ of the body and how insults to the gut environment affect later health and the development of non-communicable diseases such as allergy, obesity and autoimmune conditions (e.g. IBD).

Research Impacts

Dr Hill regularly provides media comment on issues relating to paediatric nutrition, in particular infant feeding, and is active on social media, such as twitter. She also engages with industry regarding infant feeding matters including allergy and protein intake in infancy.

Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy, The University of Queensland

Publications

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Available Projects

  • Randomised controlled trial investigating dietary manipulation for symptom control in children with diarrhoea predominant irritable bowel syndrome.

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Publications

Journal Article

Conference Publication

  • Ee, Looi C., Hill, Rebecca J., Beale, Kerrie L., Fawcett, Jonathan and Cleghorn, Geoff (2011). Is weight normalization after childhood liver transplant fat?. In: 2011 DDW Abstract Supplement. Digestive Diseases Week, Chicago, IL, U.S.A., (s941-s941). May 2011. doi:10.1016/S0016-5085(11)63901-2

  • Hill, R. J. and Davies, P. S. W. (2011). Nutritional status in ulcerative colitis (UC): They look alright, but are they?. In: Australian Gastroenterology Week 2011. Australian Gastroenterology Week 2011, Brisbane, Qld, Australia, (s56-s56). 12-15 September 2011. doi:10.1111/j.1440-1746.2011.06824.x

  • Clarke, F., Hill, R. J . and Da Silva, M. M . (2010). To drink or not to drink: To obtain a clean colon. In: Abstracts. Australian Gastroenterology Week 2010. Australian Gastroenterology Week 2010, Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia, (A116-A116). 20 - 23 October 2010. doi:10.1111/(ISSN)1440-1746

  • Hill, R. J., Grange, I., Ee, L., Withers, G. D., Lewindon, P., Connor, F. L., Cleghorn, G. J. and Davies, P. S. W. (2009). Does Infliximab favourably affect growth and body composition in paediatric Crohn's disease?. In: David Branski and Eric Sibley, Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology & Nutrition. European Society for Paediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition Annual Meeting, Budapest, Hungary, (E41-E41). 3–6 June 2009.

  • Hill, R.J., Grange, I., Ee, L.C., Withers, G.D., Lewindon, P.J., Connor, F.L., Cleghorn, G.J. and Davies, P.S.W. (2009). Does infliximab favourable affect growht and body composition in pediatric Crohn's disease?. In: European Society for Paediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition Annual Meeting, Budapest, Hungary, (E41-E41). June 3-6, 2009. doi:10.1097/MPG.0b013e3181aa06ea

  • Hill, R.J., Lewindon, P.J., Ee, L.C., Withers, G.D., Connor, F.L., Grange, I., Cleghorn, G.J. and Davies, P.S.W. (2009). Does infliximab favourably affect growth and body composition in paediatric Crohn disease. In: Abstracts of the Australia & New Zealand Medical & Surgical Gastrointestinal Week 2009. Australia & New Zealand Medical & Surgical Gastrointestinal Week 2009, Sydney, NSW, Australia, (A313-A313). 21-24 October 2009. doi:10.1111/j.1440-1746.2009.06056.x

  • Hill, R. J., Lewindon, P. J., Ee, L. C., Withers, G. D., Connor, F. L., Grange, I., Cleghorn, G. J. and Davies, P. S. W. (2009). Does infliximab favourably affect growth in paediatric Crohn's disease?. In: Abstracts of the Australia and New Zealand Medical and Surgical Gastrointestinal Week 2009. Australia and New Zealand Medical and Surgical Gastrointestinal Week 2009, Sydney, N.S.W., Australia, (A313-A313). 21-24 October 2009. doi:10.1111/j.1440-1746.2009.06056.x

  • Hill, R. J., Lewindon, P. J., Ee, L.C., Withers, G.D., Connor, F.L., Grange, I., Cleghorn, G. J. and Davies, P. S. W. (2009). Does infliximab favourably affect growth in paediatric Crohn's disease?. In: Journal of gastroenterology and hepatology. Abstracts of the Australia & New Zealand Medical & Surgical Gastrointestinal Week 2009. Australia & New Zealand Medical & Surgical Gastrointestinal Week 2009, Sydney, Australia, (A313-A313). 21-24 October 2009. doi:10.1111/j.1440-1746.2009.06056.x

  • Arshi, Mandana, Cardinal, John, Hill, Rebecca J., Davies, Peter S. W. and Wainwright, Claire E. (2009). Resistin and airway inflammation in children with allergic asthma. In: Philip J. Thompson, Journal of the Asia Pacific Society of Respirology. The Thoracic Society of Australia & New Zealand and the Australian & New Zealand Society of Respiratory Science 2009 Annual Scientific Meetings. The Thoracic Society of Australia & New Zealand and the Australian & New Zealand Society of Respiratory Science 2009 Annual Scientific Meetings, Darwin, NT, Australia, (A45-A45). 3-8 April 2009. doi:10.1111/j.1440-1843.2009.01503_3.x

  • Hill, R. J., Lewindon, P. J., Cleghorn, G. J., Connor, F., Ee, L. C., Withers, D. G. and Davies, P. S. W. (2008). Disease activity and nutritional status in children with Crohn's disease. In: International Journal of Body Composition Research. 8th International Symposium on In Vivo Body Composition Studies (IBC2008), New York, U.S.A., (89-89). 9-12 July 2008.

  • Bell, K. L., Davies, P. S. W., Edmiston, K., Hill, R. J., McEneiry, J. A., McLennan, K. and White, M. S. (2008). Energy expenditure following multi-trauma: A case report. In: Selected Abstracts of the 32nd Annual Meeting of the Australasian Society of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition. Australian Society for Parenteral and EnteralL Nutrition 32nd Annual Scientific Meeting, Sydney, Australia, (510-511). 9-11 November 2006. doi:10.1016/j.nut.2008.01.044

  • Arshi, Mandana, Cardinal, John, Hill, Rebecca J. and Davies, Peter S. W. (2008). Insulin resistance and inflammatory adipokines in children with asthma. In: Diabetes and Vascular Disease Research. Abstracts of : 6th Annual World Congress on the Insulin Resistance Syndrome.. 6th World Congress on the Insulin Resistance Syndrome, Los Angeles, CA, USA, (248-249). 25-27 September 2008.

  • Hill, R.J., Lewindon, P.J., Connor, F., Ee, L.C., Withers, G.D., Cleghorn, G.J. and Davies, P.C.W. (2008). Nutritional status and bone health in children with Crohn's Disease (CD). In: International Journal of Body Compostition Research. 8th International Symposium on In Vivobody composition studies, New York, (68-68). 9-12 July 2008.

  • Bell, Kristie L., White, Melinda S., Hill, Rebecca J., Edmiston, Kelli, McLennan, Kim, McEneiry, Julie A. and Davies, Peter S. W. (2007). Energy expenditure following traumatic brain injury. In: Clinical Nutrition Week 2007 Abstracts. Clinical Nutrition Week 2007, Phoenix, AZ, U.S.A., (S52-S53). 28-31 January 2007. doi:10.1177/0148607107031002S1

  • Arshi, Mandana, Hill, Rebecca J., Shafiee, Shahriar and Davies, Peter S. W. (2006). Meta-analysis of inhaled corticosteroids and short term growth in asthmatic children. In: Paediatric Respiratory Reviews. Proceedings of the 7th International Congress on Pediatric Pulmonology (CIPP VII). 7th International Congress on Pediatric Pulmonology (CIPP VII), Montreal, Canada, (S264-S264). 8-11 Jul 2006. doi:10.1016/j.prrv.2006.05.006

  • Hill, R. J. (2003). Energy requirements in elite athletes: Why is it so difficult. In: 29th Annual Scientific Meeting Australian Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition. 29th Annual Scientific Meeting Australian Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition, Yarra Valley, VIC., Australia, (). 23-25 October 2003.

  • Hill, R. J. and Davies, P. S. W. (2002). Dietary under reporting in elite athletes. In: G. Pozza and L. Luzi, The Sixth International Symposium "In Vivo Body Composition Studies". The Sixth International Symposium “In Vivo Body Composition Studies”, Rome, Italy, (180-180). 3-5 October 2002. doi:10.1007/s005920200032

  • Hill, R. J. (2000). Energy Expenditure in the LW Rower. In: Queensland Academy of Sport, Sports Medicine and Sports Science Conference. QASSM Conference, Queensland Academy of Sport Queensland, (x-x). 18 November 2000.

  • Hill, R. J. and Davies, P. S. W. (1999). Energy expenditure and energy requirements in classical ballet dancers. In: 2nd South-west Pacific Nutrition & Dietetic Conference : Weighing the evidence : Programme & Proceedings. Pacific Partners in Nutrition, Auckland, New Zealand, (153). 21-24 September 1999.

  • Hill, R. J. and Davies, P. S. W. (1998). Energy intake and energy expenditure in classical ballet dancers. In: Proceedings of the Nutrition Society of Australia. Nutrition Adelaide 98 - Challenges for the 21st Century, Adelaide Australia, (172). 29 November - 2 December 1998.

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

Possible Research Projects

Note for students: The possible research projects listed on this page may not be comprehensive or up to date. Always feel free to contact the staff for more information, and also with your own research ideas.

  • Randomised controlled trial investigating dietary manipulation for symptom control in children with diarrhoea predominant irritable bowel syndrome.