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About Karen E. Charlton

Associate Professor Karen Charlton, PhD, is an Accredited Practising Dietitian who teaches epidemiology and public health nutrition in the Public health stream of the School of Health Sciences. Her research expertise is in nutrition and chronic diseases of lifestyle across the lifespan, most recently dietary interventions in the management and prevention of hypertension. She has worked for many years in academic positions in South Africa, where she collaborated closely with the food industry to develop population-based strategies to lower salt in the food supply. These findings have been taken up by multinational food companies to improve staple foods in the country, particularly bread. Karen is interested in the role of food and dietary patterns on ageing and is conducting studies on nutrition screening and the impact of malnutrition on clinical and cognitive outcomes in older patients discharged from hospital, as well as investigating the role of fruit flavonoids on cognition in older adults with dementia. Karen continues to work in international nutrition and has ongoing projects on food security and the determinants thereof in older people in developing countries. Since relocating to Australia in 2007, she has been involved in a 12-month NHMRC-funded clinical trial on the impact of long chain omega 3 PUFA (fish oil) intake on weight loss and other metabolic outcomes, and has conducted a series of studies investigating the iodine status of various high risk groups. Karen has published widely in scientific journals (over 80 publications) and authored chapters in books and serves on international professional bodies.


Present B.Sc., PG Dip. Diet., M.Phil (Epidemiology), M.Sc., PhD, APD, Associate Professor, School of Health Sciences, University of Wollongong

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