Prof Manny Noakes

Senior Principal Research Scientist

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Professor Manny Noakes, BSc, Dip Nut&Diet, PhD is a Senior Principal Research Scientist, Nutrition and Health, CSIRO Health and Biosecurity. Her research focusses on 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 current member of the Heart Foundation Food and on the Nutrition Advisory Panel for Lion.
Professor Noakes has current and past professional appointments as follows:.
• Member: National Committee for Nutrition; Australian Academy of Sciences
• Member of the National Heart Foundation; Food and Nutrition Advisory Committee
• Executive Member; Lion Nutrition Advisory Panel
• Member: Nutrition Society of Australia
• Former Member: Food and Health Dialogue; Australian Federal Department of Health and Aging
• Formerly Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ); High Level Health Claims Committee.
• Adjunct Professor with the Sansom Institute at the University of South Australia
• Expert advisor; Health and Nutrition Steering Committee for Australian Wine Research Institute

She is the recipient of 3 CSIRO Medals, is an adjunct Professor with the University of South Australia, 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

  • Senior Principal Research Scientist
    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