Dr Ingrid Hickman

Academic Title-Senior Lecturer

Princess Alexandra Hospital Southside Clinical Unit
Faculty of Medicine


Dr Ingrid Hickman is a Principal Research Fellow and Director of Research with the Department of Nutrition and Dietetics at the Princess Alexandra Hospital and the Mater Research Institute-UQ in Brisbane, Australia. Ingrid is an Advanced Practicing Dietitian who completed her PhD at the University of Queensland in 2004 investigating the role of lifestyle factors in the development and progression of chronic liver disease. Since then, her research work has specialised in investigating the metabolic factors that contribute to obesity-related chronic disease and translating scientific findings into improved evidence-based practice in medical care settings. Her clinical research team and collaborations are international and multidisciplinary and consists of Endocrinologist’s, Gastroenterologists, Pathologist’s, basic scientists, biomedical engineers, research nurses, Dietitans and Exercise physiologists, all working in collaboration with the expertise across the hospital and university campus to deliver scientifically robust evidence for better management of obesity-related disease.

Research Interests

  • Metabolism
    Role of lifestyle factors in the development, progression and treatment of obesity related metabolic dysfunction
  • Insulin Resistance
    Methods for measuring insulin resistance including the euglycaemic hyperinsulinemic clamp technique
  • Body composition
    Impact of obesity treatments on body composition and role of body fat and muscle in metabolic function in obesity-related chronic disease
  • Liver Disease
    Impact of nutrition on features of chronic liver disease, liver failure and liver transplantation.
  • Translational Research
    Methodologies for improving the uptake of research findings into clinical practice

Research Impacts

Ingrid is well placed to link scientific discoveries and clinical practice. Her role within an active tertiary hospital nutrition and dietetics department provides direct access with clincians who are best placed to translate the scientific discoveries of the research team into better treatments for the patients needing our care.


  • Doctor of Philosophy, The University of Queensland
  • Bachelor of Applied Science, Queensland University of Technology


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  • Master Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

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Journal Article

Conference Publication

Other Outputs

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Master Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

Completed Supervision