The University of Newcastle is positioned at the forefront of nutraceuticals, dietary supplements and functional foods research. Leveraging a multi-disciplinary research team in Respiratory Medicine, Cardiology, Nutrition and Dietetics, Human Physiology, Medical Biochemistry, Human Nutrition and Food Science, the University provides internationally recognised expertise to design and conduct health claims testing via clinical trial management.
Companies considering clinical trials which require state of the art facilities, dedicated contract research and key opinion leader involvement need look no further. Through Newcastle Innovation, locally-based experts are able to provide comprehensive, turnkey research and development solutions that support nutraceutical claims.
Experts have partnered with companies well known both domestically and internationally, including:
The Hunter region is located close to Sydney, and is home to a stable and well characterised population featuring a mixture of ages, socio-economic statuses and urban/rural locations, making the Hunter an ideal microcosm for population based studies in Australia.
The Newcastle Medical Nutrition Unit is founded upon a strong technical, educational and infrastructured base, across a well established multi-campus research hub. It brings together researchers and medical professionals from the University of Newcastle, Hunter New England Health and the Calvary Mater Newcastle Hospital in order to work across the full spectrum of research, nurturing translational outcomes with commercial value and benefit to the community.
Professor Manohar Garg, who is internationally recognised with extensive experience in the design and management of health claims trials, leads clinical trials management services. The objective of his group is to bring researchers working in the area of nutrition, dietary supplements and functional foods together under one umbrella, for companies who need nutritional trials and expert academic advice.
The comprehensive services include:
1. Protocol and Clinical Trial Design
2. Ethics Committee Management
3. Literature Review and Reporting
4. Recruitment and Site Management
5. Blood Testing and Tissue Sampling
6. Anthropometry and Body Composition
7. Bone density testing
8. Data Management and Statistical Analysis
9. Reporting and Dissemination
Product health claims are essential for commercial success. Clinical trials and metabolic studies on nutraceuticals, dietary supplements and functional foods have become essential in supporting marketing strategies. All of these requirements can be facilitated by Newcastle Innovation through our facility network, our resource base and our world class research team.
Established trials for functional foods and nutritional supplements are available to companies as contract research. The University has access to a wide demo-graphic base including diabetics, obese patients with hyperlipidemia, and inflammatory health problems.
Companies needing nutritional trials, expert academic advice and specifically trained personnel to design, conduct and analyse experiments have the University of Newcastle at their disposal for clinical trial management.
Established trials for nutrition include:
Current research projects include:
Core Research Capabilities:
Tools and equipment:
Collaborators and Facilities: