Dr Lisa Wood

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Dr Wood leads the Nutrition programme within the Centre for Asthma and Respiratory Diseases, University of Newcastle. Dr Wood is a nutritional biochemist, who has been working in the area of nutrition and inflammation for over 15 years. Dr Wood completed her PhD in 2001, in Nutrition & Dietetics, at the University of Newcastle. Her PhD studied the relationship between antioxidants and oxidative stress in respiratory disease, in particular cystic fibrosis (CF). This work has led to significant progress being made in understanding oxidative stress in CF, with dietary fat being identified as an important factor determining the extent of oxidative damage. From 2002-2006, she undertook a postdoctoral fellowship (NHMRC Australian Training Research Fellowship), in the Respiratory Research Group, Hunter Medical Research Institute, Newcastle. Throughout this fellowship, she continued her research on dietary factors influencing respiratory diseases, in particular asthma. She undertook a comprehensive evaluation of the oxidant/ antioxidant system in asthma. This work led to the filing of a provisional patent and the development of an intervention strategy, which was supported by the award of an NHMRC project grant (2005-2008) studying the effects of lycopene supplementation in asthma. Another highly significant finding from this work was the establishment of 8-isoprostane as a clinically relevant marker of airway oxidative stress, which was published in the highest impact respiratory journal, the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine. In 2007, she was awarded a Brawn postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Newcastle and during this time, she has extended her work to investigate the roles of dietary fat and obesity as promoters of airway inflammation. She was awarded an NHMRC grant (2008-2010) to develop this area. In 2010, Dr Wood took up an academic position in the School of Biomedical Sciences, University of Newcastle, in which she combines both research and teaching responsibilities. Dr Wood has established and leads a research team, including 9 PhD students, 3 Honours students and 2 postdoctoral researchers. Dr Wood's team is investigating mechanisms by which dietary factors, including antioxidants, dietary fat and obesity, affect blood lipid profiles, systemic and airway inflammation, as well as physiological outcomes such as lung function and arterial compliance. She has a strong publication record. She has >65 publications, with publications in the highest impact specialty journals, eg Am J Resp Crit Care Med (IF 9) and Am J Clin Nutr (IF 6). She has also produced >140 conference abstracts, 6 book chapters, 2 patents and 1 government report. In 2013, she co-edited a book on Nutrition and Physical Activity in Inflammatory Diseases. The excellence of Dr Wood’s research has been recognized by various prizes and awards, including 2012 University of Newcastle Vice Chancellor’s Faculty award for Research Excellence, 2011 Hunter Children’s Research Foundation Research Mentor of the Year, 2011 Nutrition Society of Australia Research Award, 2011 Nutrition Society of Australia Mid-career Travel fellowship for excellence in nutrition research, 2010 Thoracic Society of Australia and New Zealand and National Asthma Council Prize, 2009 HMRI Early Career Researcher award, 2008 NSW Young Tall Poppy award, 2008 University of Newcastle Faculty of Health Research Award, 2007 NSW Office for Science & Medical Research Postdoctoral award for Excellence in Medical Research. Dr Wood is Honorary Secretary of Nutrition Society of Australia (NSA), Newcastle Group, chaired the NSA National Conference Organizing Committee in 2009 and is an NSA National Council member. Dr Wood is a member of the Thoracic Society of Australia & New Zealand and co-convenor for the Asthma and Allergy Special interest group.