Professor David Cameron-Smith


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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 Liggins Institute and adds to the strategic growth of the University’s trans-disciplinary Food and Health Programme.

Research | Current

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.

Teaching | Current

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, The National Research 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).

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Hedges, C. P., Woodhead, J. S. T., Wang, H. W., Mitchell, C. J., Cameron-Smith, D., Hickey, A. J. R., & Merry, T. L. (2019). Peripheral blood mononuclear cells do not reflect skeletal muscle mitochondrial function or adaptation to high-intensity interval training in healthy young men. Journal of applied physiology (Bethesda, Md. : 1985), 126 (2), 454-461. 10.1152/japplphysiol.00777.2018
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Chris Hedges, Tony Hickey
  • Bjørnsen T, Wernbom, M., Kirketeig, A., Paulsen, G., Samnøy L, Bækken L, ... Raastad, T. (2019). Type 1 Muscle Fiber Hypertrophy after Blood Flow-restricted Training in Powerlifters. Medicine and science in sports and exercise, 51 (2), 288-298. 10.1249/mss.0000000000001775
  • D'Souza RF, Zeng, N., Poppitt, S. D., Cameron-Smith, D., & Mitchell, C. J. (2019). Circulatory microRNAs are not effective biomarkers of muscle size and function in middle-aged men. American journal of physiology. Cell physiology, 316 (2), C293-C298. 10.1152/ajpcell.00395.2018
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Sally Poppitt, Nina Zeng, Randall D'Souza
  • Prodhan, U. K., Milan, A. M., Thorstensen, E. B., Barnett, M. P. G., Stewart, R. A. H., Benatar, J. R., & Cameron-Smith, D. (2018). Altered Dairy Protein Intake Does Not Alter Circulatory Branched Chain Amino Acids in Healthy Adults: A Randomized Controlled Trial. Nutrients, 10 (10).10.3390/nu10101510
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Amber Milan, Utpal Prodhan, Eric Thorstensen, Ralph Stewart
  • Milan, A. M., Hodgkinson, A. J., Mitchell, S. M., Prodhan, U. K., Prosser, C. G., Carpenter, E. A., ... Cameron-Smith, D. (2018). Digestive Responses to Fortified Cow or Goat Dairy Drinks: A Randomised Controlled Trial. Nutrients, 10 (10).10.3390/nu10101492
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Amber Milan, Utpal Prodhan
  • D'Souza RF, Woodhead, J. S. T., Zeng, N., Blenkiron, C., Merry, T. L., Cameron-Smith, D., & Mitchell, C. J. (2018). Circulatory exosomal miRNA following intense exercise is unrelated to muscle and plasma miRNA abundances. American journal of physiology. Endocrinology and metabolism, 315 (4), E723-E733. 10.1152/ajpendo.00138.2018
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Nina Zeng, Cherie Blenkiron
  • Brown, E. L., Foletta, V. C., Wright, C. R., Sepulveda, P., Konstantopoulos, N., Sanigorski, A., ... Russell, A. P. (2018). PGC-1 alpha and PGC-1 beta Increase Protein Synthesis via ERR alpha in C2C12 Myotubes. FRONTIERS IN PHYSIOLOGY, 910.3389/fphys.2018.01336
  • Galante, L., Milan, A. M., Reynolds, C. M., Cameron-Smith, D., Vickers, M. H., & Pundir, S. (2018). Sex-Specific Human Milk Composition: The Role of Infant Sex in Determining Early Life Nutrition. Nutrients, 10 (9).10.3390/nu10091194
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Laura Galante, Amber Milan, Clare Reynolds, Mark Vickers, Shikha Pundir


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Primary office location

M&HS BUILDING 505 - Bldg 505
Level 2, Room 202C
New Zealand

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