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Associate Professor Antigone Kouris-Blazos Associate Professor Dietetics, Dietetics & Nutrition

A/Prof Antigone Kouris is an Accredited Practising Dietitian, academic/researcher, clinician, educator, author and food product developer with over 30 years experience. She has a PhD in Nutrition from the Faculty of Medicine at Monash University , Bachelor of Science with Honours (Biochemistry/ Microbiology, Melb University) and Post Graduate Diplomas in Human Nutrition & Dietetics (Deakin Uni) and Botanic Medicine (Uni Newcastle).

She was at Monash University, Faculty of Medicine for nearly 20 years where she was mentored by the renowned Professor Mark Wahlqvist MD FRACP OA and who was her supervisor for her Honours and PhD. At Monash she was involved in lecturing/ coordinating the nutrition course to 2nd and 4th year medical students and supervision of 4 PhD students. At Monash she also held the following positions: Research Fellow; Deputy Director of the International Health and Development Unit at Monash Asia Institute; Director of the Health Eating Healthy Living Program (funded by the Victorian Health Promotion Foundation). She was also the Managing Editor of the Asia Pacific Journal of Clinical Nutrition for 4 years and the Managing Editor of a website owned by Professor Mark Wahlqvist www.healthyeatingclub.org for 10 years.

Her pioneering PhD placed the Mediterranean diet pattern (MDP) on the map in 1995. It was the first study to show that adherence to a MDP in old age conferred longevity, resulting in a landmark paper in the British Medical Journal in 1995, American Journal of Clinical Nutrition in 1995 and Age and Ageing in 1996. Her research team at the time was also the first to develop a validated MDP score, enabling many researchers around the world to study the health benefits of the MDP contributing to the huge body of evidence surrounding this diet.

Her research also identified a Greek migrant paradox whereby elderly Greeks in Australia were seemingly getting away with CVD risk factors due to a return to the Mediterranean diet in old age. Dr Kouris also coordinated an international mortality follow-up study in the 1990s known as "Food Habits in Later LIfe" which involved over 800 people aged over 70 from Australia (Anglo-Celts, Greeks, Aborigines), Greece, Japan and Sweden.

She has authored 35 chapters to 7 university text books (Food and Nutrition 3 editions, ed Wahlqvist; Evidence based Integrative and Complementary Medicine ed Kotsirilos et al; Nutrition and Metabolism ed Gibney), has authored 3 of her own books (Medications: Good and Bad Interactions with Foods, Herbs and Nutrients; Food Sources of Nutrients; You are what you cook) and has over 50 published research papers (>1300 citations, h-index of 17). She has also written 10 reports collectively for the World Health Organisation (Food Based Dietary Guidelines for older adults, 1990), Australian Government (Diet Related Disorders, 1991; Dietary Guidelines for the Elderly) and Victorian Health Promotion Foundation (8 reports).

She has been in private practice as a dietitian clinician for 30 years working from various medical clinics. In 2011 she set up her own private practice in Murrumbeena called “Total Nutrition Care”.

In 2011 she joined the Department of Rehabilitation, Nutrition and Sport at La Trobe University in Melbourne to continue her research on the Mediterranean diet in collaboration with Harokopio university in Greece (MEDIS study), contribute to dietetic training and supervision of post graduate students and development/testing of functional foods and phytonutrients.

Areas of practice/research:
Mediterranean diet and other traditional diets and health, drug nutrient herb interactions, nutraceuticals/herbs/spices in the treatment/ management of health problems, food product development.

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