Prof Grant Brinkworth

Senior Principal Research Scientist

Contact details:

  • PO BOX 52
    NORTH RYDE NSW 1670 AUSTRALIA

Biography

Professor Grant Brinkworth, PhD, MBA, is a Senior Principal Research Scientist at CSIRO – Health and Biosecurity. Grant has a PhD in Nutrition and Exercise Science and more than 20 years' experience leading large-scale clinical trials and multidisciplinary research teams evaluating the effects of diets, foods, exercise therapies, digital technologies, and lifestyle interventions on human health, and physical and mental performance and function in healthy and clinical populations.

Professor Brinkworth’s research interests include developing, testing and translating effective lifestyle and digital technology based solutions for health and wellness including obesity, metabolic health and diabetes management. This incorporates the integrated use of behavioural change strategies, wearable technologies and measurement sensors to create tailored tailored, personalised solutions.

Professor Brinkworth has published over 100 scientific papers, received greater than $9 AUD million in research funding and is a regular invited speaker at national and international meetings and expert media spokesperson. Grant is founder and author of the No .1 best-selling CSIRO Low Carb Diet book series that translates clinical research outcomes into an easy to follow, self-help guide to minimise health risk through better nutrition and lifestyle change. https://www.panmacmillan.com.au/9781925481488/

Professor Brinkworth is an Adjunct Research Professor at the University of South Australia, and Adjunct Professor with the University of Sydney. Grant also has a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree and has built strong partnerships with government agencies, regulatory bodies, academic institutes and commercial industries both within Australia and globally to create innovation and commercialisation of IP and science outcomes to bring lifestyle programs and products to market that deliver wide-scale social and economic impact.

Current Roles

  • Adjunct Professor
    University of Sydney - School of Health Sciences, Faculty of Medicine and Health

  • Adjunct Research Professor
    University of South Australia

  • Research Affiliate
    University of Sydney

  • Research Group Leader
    Public Nutrition and Wellbeing Programs

Academic Qualifications

  • 1997

    Bachelor of Applied Science (Exercise and Sports Science)
    University of South Australia

  • 1999

    Bachelor of Applied Science (Honours) (Human Movement) - First Class
    University of South Australia

  • 2003

    Doctor of Philosophy (Nutrition and Exercise Science)
    University of South Australia

  • 2015

    Master of Business Administration
    University of South Australia

Professional Experiences

  • April 2010-Dec 2010

    Visiting Nutrition Scientist
    Kellogg Company (Battle Creek, Michigan)

  • July 2013-December 2013

    Visiting Professor
    Duke University (Durham, North Carolina)

Achievements and Awards

  • 2013-2013

    Newton Turner Award - Awarded to exceptional senior scientists at CSIRO to further their scientific careers with a view to enhancing science quality and reinforcing a culture of scientific excellence
    CSIRO

  • 2009-2009

    Hudson prize, awarded to the MBA student with the most outstanding result for the course BUSS 5246 Leading and Managing People
    University of South Australia

  • 2008-2010

    Julius Career Development Award – Awarded to outstanding early to mid-career scientists with a view to enhancing science quality and reinforce a culture of scientific excellence
    CSIRO

  • 2005-2005

    CSIRO Medal For Research Achievement
    CSIRO

Other highlights

  • 2020-2020

    Author of the 'CSIRO Low Carb Diabetes Diet and Lifestyle Solution'

  • 2019-2019

    Author of the 'CSIRO Low Carb Diet Quick and Easy' Book Publication

  • 2018-2018

    Author of the 'CSIRO Low Carb Everyday' Book Publication

  • 2017-2017

    Author of the No.1 best-selling 'CSIRO Low Carb Diet' Book Publication

  • 2010-2010

    Visiting Scientist at Kellogg Company, Battle Creek, Michigan, USA

  • 2013-2013

    Visiting Professor, Duke Medicine, Durham, North Carolina, USA

Grants

  • 2016-2017

    Almond Board of California, Advancing the metabolic health benefits of Almonds, Project Grant: $350,000 USD

  • 2016-2016

    Diabetes Australia Research Trust, Project Grant: Continuous Glucose Monitoring: a novel self-monitoring behaviour change tool to enhance self-management of type 2 diabetes, $60,000 AUD

  • 2014-2014

    Commercial Industry: The role of dairy for the management of healthy body composition – a systematic review, $40,000 AUD

  • 2014-2014

    Commercial Industry: The role of dairy foods and ingredients for the management of muscle and function in people aged 55 plus years – a systematic review, $40,000 AUD

  • 2013-2014

    Commercial Industry: A randomised controlled trial to compare the short-term effects of palm-tocotrienols and palm-carotenes on vascular function and cardiovascular disease risk in individuals with an elevated cardiovascular risk profile, $726,000 AUD

  • 2013-2014

    Commercial Industry: Acute effects of vascular function of palmolein and olive oil in the content of a high protein test diet, $265,000 AUD

  • 2012-2015

    National Health and Medical Research Council, Project Grant: Long-term effects of a very low carbohydrate, low saturated fat diet compared to a conventional high carbohydrate, low fat diet on glycemic control and cardiovascular disease risk in overweight and obese patients with type 2 diabetes, $1,267,290.00 AUD

  • 2012-2015

    Commercial Industry: Effect of long term consumption of Australian pork for weight loss and weight maintenance on cardiometabolic health, food cravings and cognition and psychological wellbeing in individuals with type 2 diabetes, $358,875 AUD

  • 2012-2013

    Commercial Industry: Optimal diets patterns for improving muscle strength in older adults, $650,000 AUD

  • 2011-2012

    Commercial Industry: Role of protein for weight management, body composition, thermogenesis, appetite, and energy intake control: Evaluation of the Evidence, $76,000 AUD

  • 2011-2011

    Commercial Industry: A randomised controlled trial to compare the effect of breakfast cereals differing in fibre content on short-term appetite and mood in 8-12 year old children, $177,000 AUD

  • 2009-2010

    National Heart Foundation, Project Grant: High protein weight loss diet and resistance exercise for improving body composition and metabolic health in type 2 diabetes, $129,000 AUD

  • 2009-2009

    Diabetes Australia Research Trust, Project Grant: (High protein weight loss diet and resistance exercise for improving body composition and metabolic health in type 2 diabetes, $60,000 AUD

  • 2006-2008

    National Health and Medical Research Council (NH&MRC) Project Grant: Long-term efficacy and safety of low-carbohydrate diets, $488,750 AUD

  • 2006-2007

    National Health and Medical Research Council (NH&MRC) Project Grant: Lifestyle strategies for the management of reproductive function in polycystic ovary syndrome, $375,500 AUD

  • 2005-2006

    Brailsford Robertson Award: Dietary and lifestyle interventions for overweight/obese women prior to and during pregnancy – safety and efficacy of low calorie and low carbohydrate diets, $200,000 AUD

  • 2005-2006

    National Heart Foundation of Australia, Project Grant: Effects of a very low carbohydrate ketogenic diet compared to a low saturated fat diet on physical capacity, mood and cardiovascular disease risk in subjects with metabolic syndrome, $120,000 AUD

  • 2005-2007

    Commercial Industry: Restoring a Health Weight with a Higher Protein High Red Meat Diet – Is it a potential strategy to decrease colon cancer risk markers as well as improving total wellbeing in men?, $565,000 AUD

  • 2005-2005

    Diabetes Australia Research Trust, Project Grant: Effect of energy restriction and exercise training on flow mediated dilatation and oxidative stress in obese subjects with type 2 diabetes, $30,000 AUD

Community and Corporate Citizenship

  • January 2018-present

    Panel Assessor of CSIRO Research Plus Post-Doc Fellowship Scheme

Publications

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