Prof Manny Noakes

Research Director

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Professor Manny Noakes, BSc, Dip Nut&Diet, PhD is currently the Research Director for Nutrition and Health in CSIRO Health and Biosecurity. She currently leads a multidisciplinary research program of 70 staff in translational science, developing effective nutritional programs and strategies for lifestyle management for community uptake. She is considered a key opinion leader and trusted advisor in nutrition and health, has extensive media and public speaking experience. She has over 25 years’ experience in many fields of nutrition and health has undertaken numerous clinical dietary intervention trials in weight management, functional foods and cardiovascular health.
She has also undertaken research on diet and sustainability and redefined the environmental agenda from a food and health perspective.

Dr Noakes has authored over 200 peer reviewed publications which have been cited over 9000 times, and has an H index of 52.

Over the past 10 years her research focus has extended to understanding how to deliver effective lifestyle programs in the community through the use of information and communication technologies as well as understanding the environmental impacts of dietary patterns. She was instrumental in the development and release of five editions of the CSIRO Total Wellbeing Diet (TWD), which was launched in 2004 and has been translated into 17 languages and sold over 1 million copies in Australia. The program has been further commercialised to an online program.

Professor Noakes is former executive member of the Federal Government Food and Health Dialogue and a current member of the Heart Foundation Food and Nutrition Advisory Committee.

She is the recipient of 3 CSIRO Medals, is a Distinguished Alumni of Flinders University, holds a research excellence award from the University of Adelaide and is a recipient of the Zonta Club Woman of International Achievement award. She has also been a nominee for Australian of the Year as well as being named in the top 100 most influential women in South Australia.

Fields of Research

Current Roles

  • Research Director
    Nutrition and Health

Academic Qualifications

  • 2000

    Doctor of Philosophy(Ph.D.)
    Flinders University

  • 1977

    Diploma in Nutrition and Dietetics
    Flinders University

  • 1973

    Bachelor of Science
    The University of Adelaide