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Why, what and how of nutrition for people experiencing chronic pain


24 March 2020


12:00 AM11:59 PM

Why, what and how of nutrition for people experiencing chronic pain

Presented on Tuesday 24 March 2020 at 7:00 EDT/ 12:00 CET/ 22:00 AEDT

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Why is nutrition important for people experiencing chronic pain?

Professor Clare Collins

Clare Collins is a Professor of Nutrition and Dietetics in the School of Health Sciences, Faculty of Health and Medicine at the University of Newcastle, NSW, Australia. Professor Collins hold a prestigious NHMRC Senior Research Fellowship. She is currently Director of Research for the School of Health Sciences and is Deputy Director of the Priority Research Centre for Physical Activity and Nutrition. As the most successful research dietitian in Australia, she has been awarded over $21 million dollars in research grants, has published over 300 manuscripts and supervised 26 Research Higher Degree candidates to completion. Her innovative and world leading research creates new technologies to evaluate nutrition and dietary intake, and how improving nutrition, diet quality, food patterns can facilitate improved weight and health across all ages and stages of life and for those with chronic health conditions. Professor Collins has developed technology based tools for dietary assessment, including the Healthy Eating Quiz and the Australian Eating Survey.

What is the current evidence on nutrition and chronic pain?

Associate Professor Tracy Burrows

Tracy is an Associate Professor in the School of Health Sciences (Nutrition and Dietetics), at the University of Newcastle and NHMRC Research Fellow. Tracy is an Advanced Accredited Practising Dietitian and was awarded her PhD in 2008. Tracy has expertise in the areas of the assessment of dietary intake and conducting high quality research trials. More recently she has initiated investigation into the area of food addiction. Tracy has > 60 peer reviewed journal publications, supervises 6 PhD, 1 masters and 3 honours students and is involved in research studies regarding dietary validation and obesity treatment and expertise in working with paediatric populations.

What is the optimal dietary pattern for chronic pain and how should it be assessed?

Dr Katherine Brain

Katherine is a Research Academic (Nutrition & Dietetics) with the Priority Research Centre for Physical Activity and Nutrition at the University of Newcastle and an Accredited Practicing Dietitian.. Katherine was awarded her PhD in 2019 which involved a collaboration between dietetic researchers at the University of Newcastle and clinicians at Hunter Integrated Pain Service and aimed to improve clinical outcomes of patients attending the service by improving their dietary intake and behaviours. Katherine is extremely passionate about improving the quality of life of people experiencing chronic pain through dietary changes. She aims to bridge the gap between dietetics and chronic pain through roles such as being the Dietitians Association of Australia’s (DAA) representative on the Australian Pain Society Relationships Committee and a member of the DAA’s Aged Care and Rehabilitation Interest Group Leadership team.

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