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FSANZ Fellows

(January 2017)

The FSANZ Fellows program was developed to create a network of experts who can provide FSANZ with objective expert advice and critical review. The program also helps to develop academic links and networks.

Established in 2000, the program has been valuable to the scientific work of the agency. FSANZ Fellows provide expert advice on applications, proposals and other risk assessment activities of the agency. FSANZ Fellows, within their relevant areas of expertise, also peer review FSANZ work and provide training to FSANZ staff.

There are currently 14 FSANZ Fellows, from a wide range of scientific and professional fields including nutrition, epidemiology, risk research, economics, plant breeding and genomics, food science/processing/technology/safety/surveys and microbiology.

Current FSANZ Fellows include:

Professor Ken Buckle

Emeritus Professor of Food Science and Technology, School of Chemical Engineering, University of New South Wales. Professor Buckle has teaching and research interests in food preservation, food safety, mechanisms of food deterioration, traditional food processing and food standards. He is a former Head of the UNSW Department of Food Science and Technology and School of Applied Bioscience, was Associate Dean (International Development) for UNSW’s Science faculties, and Director, China Relations. Professor Buckle is a former President of the International Academy of Food Science and Technology (IAFoST) and the Australian Institute of Food Science and Technology (AIFST), and was a member of the International Expert Panel that assisted in the review of the Codex Alimentarius Commission in 2002–03. He is a Fellow of the Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering, the [US] Institute of Food Technologists, IAFoST and AIFST, and was awarded a Centenary Medal from the Australian Government for services to food science and technology in 2002. He has had students undertake research and survey projects with FSANZ staff since 1995, and was an inaugural FSANZ Board Member (2002–05).

Dr Laurence Eyres

Heads ECG Ltd, a consultancy for the Food and Dietary Supplements Industries specialising in dairy, oils and fats and related lipids, product and business development. Dr Eyres has had a varied career in the food industry spanning 35 years. Until 2009 Dr Eyres was the Business Development Director, Food and Nutrition at Auckland University. He has held managing director (Sabre Safety) and general manager positions as well as Technical and Operations Directors’ roles with Abels Ltd. ETA Foods, APV, Bluebird Foods, New Zealand Dairy Foods, and Fonterra Brands. He has also held university roles, namely Director and Associate Professor of Food Technology and Agribusiness at Massey University (2000) and Business Development Director at Auckland University. Dr Eyres previously held a position as a Board Director for FSANZ until June 2010, and has advisory roles with the New Zealand Nutrition Foundation and New Zealand Heart Foundation, as well as Chairman of the New Zealand Institute of Chemistry oils and fats specialist group, a role he has held on and off for 28 years.

 

Professor David Fraser 

Emeritus Professor of Animal Science at the University of Sydney. Professor Fraser previously held positions at the Medical Research Council, Dunn Nutritional Laboratory, Cambridge, United Kingdom from 1964 to 1986. He was elected a Fellow of Darwin College in Cambridge in 1985. In 1986 Dr Fraser returned to the University of Sydney as Professor of Animal Husbandry, a position he held until 2007, including a period as the Dean of Veterinary Science from 1994–1998. On his retirement from the University in 2007, Dr Fraser was awarded the title of Emeritus Professor of Animal Science. Since then he has continued with full time teaching and research at the University of Sydney. Dr Fraser has published over 90 papers capturing a range of topics including the physiology of Vitamin D status in various population groups and contributing factors and the relationship of milk consumption and bone health. In 1988 he was awarded the Rank International Prize in Nutrition for his work on the metabolic conversion of vitamin D into the steroid hormone, calcitriol. In 2005 he was elected an Honorary Fellow of the Nutrition Society of Australia.



Professor Nigel French 

Professor of Food Safety and Veterinary Public Health, Director of the Infectious Disease Research Centre and Head of the Molecular Epidemiology Group at Massey University (mEpiLab), New Zealand. Professor French has an interest in molecular epidemiology and risk research including: food and environmental pathogens, particularly Campylobacter, E. coli and Salmonella. Before joining Massey University in 2004, Professor French was Chair of Veterinary Epidemiology and Head of the Defra Epidemiology Fellowship Unit at the University of Liverpool, United Kingdom.

 

Associate Professor Stephen Goodall

Deputy Director of the Centre for Health Economics Research and Evaluation, University of Technology, Sydney. Professor Goodall conducts, teaches and supervises applied research in the field of advanced economic modelling. Throughout his career he has led economic analyses and economic evaluations of health programs and services. This includes providing evidence-based health technology assessments on the safety, effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of medical procedures, diagnostic tests and services to the Medical Services Advisory Committee for funding under Medicare; and appraisal of pharmaceutical and vaccine industry submissions to the Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee for funding under the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme and the National Immunisation Program.

 

Professor Peter Langridge 

Affiliate Professor at the School of Agriculture, Food and Wine, University of Adelaide. Professor Langridge has expertise in plant genomics, cereal genetics and genetic engineering. Professor Langridge was the inaugural Research Director of the Cooperative Research Centre for Molecular Plant Breeding and was one of the Principal Investigators that established the Australian Centre for Plant Functional Genomics (ACPFG) at The Waite Precinct, serving as Chief Executive from 2003-2014. The work ACPFG scientists undertake helps improve cereal crops’ tolerance to environmental stresses such as drought, heat, salinity and nutrient toxicities; major causes of yield and quality loss throughout the world and significant problems for cereal growers. ACPFG is acknowledged globally as one of 3 pre-eminent centres undertaking this type of research. Recently, Professor Langridge’s interest has focused on food security and technology delivery to resource poor farmers in many parts of the world and on Australia’s role in supporting global food security.

Professor Brian Priestly 

Professorial Fellow (now part time) in the Department of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine  at Monash University, where he heads the Australian Centre for Human Health Risk Assessment. Professor Priestly’s primary area of expertise is in toxicology and health risk assessment. Professor Priestly is also a Fellow of the Australasian College of Toxicology & Risk Assessment.

​Associate Professor Winsome Parnell

Associate Professor in Human Nutrition at the University of Otago. Dr Parnell has wide experience in the area of national nutrition surveys having been a Principal Investigator in both adult and children’s surveys over the past 20 years. Most recently she was the Nutrition Director of the 2008/2009 New Zealand Adult Nutrition Survey, funded by the Ministry of Health. The University of Otago was responsible for data collection and partnered with the Ministry of Health in the analysis of the data and preparation of the final report. Dr Parnell’s other research interests include food security of New Zealand households, and infant, childhood and adolescent nutrition. In the area of household food security she has developed a validated method for assessing food security in the population. She has also served as a Board member of FSANZ and of the Dietitians Board of New Zealand.

Professor Seppo Salminen 

Director of Functional Foods Forum and Professor Health Biosciences, University of Turku, Finland and Visiting Professor, Food and Health, University of Life Sciences (BOKU), Vienna, Austria. Professor Salminen has a long career in the food science and food industry areas with a particular interest in food toxicology, probiotics, novel food risk assessment and health claims. Professor Salminen has served also on the European Food Safety Authority advisory panel (Panel on Dietetic Products, Nutrition and Allergies NDA) for these topics for several terms and continues with the novel foods working group.

Professor Murray Skeaff

Leads research activities that involve collaborative and multidisciplinary projects on topics ranging from cognitive function in older people, folate and neural tube defects, to assessing the vitamin D status of New Zealanders. His research focuses on population as well as individual health. Internationally, he serves as a member of the World Health Organization’s Nutrition Guidance Expert Advisory Group on Chronic Disease. Nationally, he serves on the New Zealand Heart Foundation’s Scientific Advisory Committee, and he chairs the Foundations Food and Nutrition working group.

Professor Mark Tamplin

​Leader of the Tasmania Institute of Agriculture’s Food Safety Centre, within the University of Tasmania, and co-founder of ComBase, a free web-based resource for Quantitative and Predictive Food Microbiology. Professor Tamplin’s expertise in modelling the growth and inactivation of microbial pathogens in food has led to service on expert panels for Food and Agriculture Organization /World Health Organization risk assessments.


Dr Vanessa Jordan

Dr Jordan is a methodologist specialising in systematic reviews. She currently works as a research/lecturer at the University of Auckland and is the academic coordinator for the post graduate paper on systematic review methodology run at the School of Population Health. Dr Jordan holds a PhD and specialises in systematic reviews. Dr Jordan worked as a research scientist at Fisher and Paykel Healthcare from 2000-2003 and as a lecturer at Lincoln University between 1998 and 2000. Dr Jordan has been a New Zealand Cochrane Fellow since 2003 and has been directly involved in organising and undertaking the majority of training activities held by the New Zealand Branch of the Australasian Cochrane Centre along with other promotional activities. She is also an author with the Menstrual Disorders and Subfertility Group, a member of the training working group, the statistical methods group and the consumer network.


Professor Wendy Umberger

Professor Wendy Umberger is the Foundation Executive Director of the Centre for Global Food and Resources at the University of Adelaide. The Centre’s work focuses on economic and policy issues affecting global food and agricultural value chains. She is also the current President of the Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society. She holds a B.S. in Animal Science (1996) and M.S. in Economics (1998) from South Dakota State University and a PhD in Agricultural Economics (2001) from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She serves on the Governance Board of the International Crops Research Institute for Semi-Arid Tropics and the editorial board of Applied Economic Perspectives and Policy. Wendy’s research uses innovative methods to understand drivers of consumer and producer behaviour and the implications of changing behaviour for food systems.

Professor Samir Samman

Professor Samman is the Head of the Department of Human Nutrition at the University of Otago, and previously held this position at the University of Sydney. Professor Samman is focusing his research on micronutrients and biomarkers in human nutrition and health, and has a strong and continuous collaboration and consultancy relationship with FSANZ. Professor Samman completed his PhD at the University of Sydney in human nutrition and worked as a Lecturer then Associate Professor at the School of Molecular Bioscience & Charles Perkins Centre at the University of Sydney. He is an Honorary Research Fellow in Clinical Biochemistry at the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, the University of Sydney, the chair of the Australian and New Zealand NRV joint committee and previously served on US National Institutes of Health and UN International Atomic Energy Agency committees that considered nutrient biomarkers. He has been appointed as an Honorary Professor at the University of Sydney and currently serves as the President-Elect of the Nutrition Society of Australia. He also serves on the editorial boards of several peer-reviewed journals in the field of nutrition.

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