Weight Management Research

Our lifestyles can have a major impact on our health and wellbeing and weight management research is a growing area of focus. Unhealthy eating and not enough physical activity can lead to an increased risk of chronic diseases such as some cancers, heart disease, and type 2 diabetes.

Weight Management ResearchThe University of Newcastle's Priority Research Centre for Physical Activity and Nutrition takes a comprehensive and multidisciplinary approach to understanding physical activity and nutrition with a particular emphasis on education and health promotion strategies for chronic disease prevention, treatment and wellbeing.

Newcastle Innovation supports the development and implementation of a range of ground breaking weight management research programs and initiatives focused on food, nutrition and healthy lifestyles that are assisting communities achieve healthy weight management, improved personal health and a more active lifestyle.

Programs focus on three key areas:


Obesity is a significant community health problem that requires an urgent and informed response. To successfully combat this epidemic, clinicians and health care systems require feasible, effective and evidence-based treatment options that can be provided to large numbers of people.

Professor Phil Morgan leads the development and testing of innovative weight loss education programs that 'target' and are 'tailored' to different populations in different settings. Specific programs include:

Therapeutic Nutrition

Therapeutic nutrition examines the contribution of diet, eating patterns and nutritional status to health and disease outcomes across various life stages from childhood, to pregnancy and older ages and across medical conditions including heart disease and diabetes.

The research also asks whether we can believe exactly what people tell us about what they eat and examines our ability to estimate our food intakes. The team led by Professor Clare Collins has developed novel strategies to measure dietary biomarkers to come up with an answer as to how well people can estimate what they usually eat and how this affects what we know about eating patterns including:

Clinical and Experimental Nutrition

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.

Companies considering clinical trials which require state of the art facilities, dedicated contract research and key opinion leader involvement need look no further. Through the Newcastle Medical Nutrition Unit a team of locally-based experts led by Professor Manohar Garg are able to provide comprehensive, turnkey research and development solutions that support nutraceutical claims.

For more information or to access any of the programs and services outlined, please contact Dr Nagaraj Gopisetty on 02 4921 8777 or Nagaraj [dot] Gopisetty [at] newcastle [dot] edu [dot] au