Liggins Institute

Professor David Cameron-Smith


Professor of Nutrition

Contact details
Phone: +64 9 923 1336

Research interests
Understanding how nutrition regulates genes and the biochemical pathways that are essential for optimal human health. Research is directed towards understanding:

  • The importance of nutrition in the maintenance of optimal health in an ageing population.
  • The impact of nutrition in regulating the function of muscles to promote muscle growth and minimize fat gain.
  • Where nutrients go after a meal and how these nutrients control genes and regulate metabolism.

Professor Cameron-Smith obtained his PhD in nutritional biochemistry from Deakin University, Australia. He undertook postdoctoral training at the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Sydney, investigating endocrine disturbances and lipid metabolism in obesity. Returning to Deakin University, he established a clinical research programme focusing on the dynamic gene and signaling responses to nutrition and exercise.

His appointment to the Chair in Nutrition at The University of Auckland complements the diverse nutritional research interests within the LigginsInstitute and adds to the strategic growth of the University’s trans-disciplinary Food and Health Programme.

Teaching, affiliations and collaborations

Teaching in several papers, including:
BIOSCI 358 Nutrition, Diet and Gene Interactions
MEDSCI 710 – Nutrition Mechanisms
MEDSCI 712 – Critical Evaluation of Nutritional Therapies

Current collaborations

New Zealand - with researchers at Massey University, Plant and Food Research, Gravida: National Centre for Growth and Development, School of Biological Sciences University of Auckland.

International Collaborations
Australia - with Deakin University, University of South Australia, Edith Cowen University, RMIT (Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology) University, LaTrobe University, Victoria University (Melbourne), Queensland Academy of Sport (QAS) and the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS).
Further International collaborations include Wayne State University (USA), McMaster University (Canada) and University of Vienna (Austria).

Recent key publications
  1. Farnfield MM, Breen L, Carey KA, Garnham A, Cameron-Smith D. Activation of mTOR signalling in young and old human skeletal muscle in response to combined resistance exercise and whey protein ingestion. Applied Physiology, Nutrition, and Metabolism. Accepted Sep 28, 2011.
  2. Thanuthong T, Francis DS, Manickam E, Senadheera SD, Cameron-Smith D, Turchini GM. Fish oil replacement in rainbow trout diets and total dietary PUFA content: II) effects on fatty acid metabolism and in vivo fatty acid bioconversion. Aquaculture. Accepted Sept 22, 2011.
  3. Levinger P, Caldow MK, Feller JA, Bartlett JR, Bergman NR, McKenna MJ, Cameron-Smith D, Levinger I. The association between skeletal muscle inflammatory markers and walking pattern in people with knee osteoarthritis. Arthritis Care and Research. Accepted Sept 8, 2011.
  4. Petersen AC, McKenna MJ, Medved I, Murphy KT, Brown MJ, Della Gatta P, Cameron-Smith D. Infusion with the antioxidant N-acetylcysteine attenuates early adaptive responses to exercise in human skeletal muscle. Acta Physiol (Oxf). Accepted Aug 9, 2011.
  5. Kaur G, Sinclair A J, Cameron-Smith D, Barr DP, Molero-Navajas JC, Nicky Konstantopoulos N. Docosapentaenoic acid (22:5n-3) down-regulates the expression of genes involved in fat synthesis in liver cells. Prostaglandins, Leukotrienes & Essential Fatty Acids. 85(3-4):155-61, 2011.

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Inaugural lectures 2013

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