Professor David Cameron-Smith


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Honorary Academic


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)

  • Galante, L., Lagström H, Vickers, M. H., Reynolds, C. M., Rautava, S., Milan, A. M., ... Pundir, S. (2020). Sexually Dimorphic Associations between Maternal Factors and Human Milk Hormonal Concentrations. Nutrients, 12 (1).10.3390/nu12010152
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Mark Vickers, Amber Milan
  • Milan, A. M., Shrestha, A., Karlström HJ, Martinsson, J. A., Nilsson, N. J., Perry, J. K., ... Cameron-Smith, D. (2020). Comparison of the impact of bovine milk β-casein variants on digestive comfort in females self-reporting dairy intolerance: a randomized controlled trial. The American journal of clinical nutrition, 111 (1), 149-160. 10.1093/ajcn/nqz279
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Jo Perry, Amber Milan
  • Durainayagam, B., Mitchell, C. J., Milan, A. M., Zeng, N., Sharma, P., Mitchell, S. M., ... Wagner, K.-H. (2019). Impact of a High Protein Intake on the Plasma Metabolome in Elderly Males: 10 Week Randomized Dietary Intervention. FRONTIERS IN NUTRITION, 610.3389/fnut.2019.00180
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Amber Milan, Farha Ramzan
  • Sharma, P., Gillies, N., Pundir, S., Pileggi, C. A., Markworth, J. F., Thorstensen, E. B., ... Milan, A. M. (2019). Comparison of the Acute Postprandial Circulating B-Vitamin and Vitamer Responses to Single Breakfast Meals in Young and Older Individuals: Preliminary Secondary Outcomes of a Randomized Controlled Trial. Nutrients, 11 (12).10.3390/nu11122893
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Amber Milan, Eric Thorstensen, Pankaja Sharma
  • Figueiredo, V. C., Farnfield, M. M., Ross, M. L. R., Gran, P., Halson, S. L., Peake, J. M., ... Markworth, J. F. (2019). The Effect of Carbohydrate Ingestion Following Eccentric Resistance Exercise on AKT/mTOR and ERK Pathways: A Randomized, Double-Blinded, Crossover Study. International journal of sport nutrition and exercise metabolism, 1-7. 10.1123/ijsnem.2019-0075
  • Mitchell, S. M., Milan, A. M., Mitchell, C. J., Gillies, N. A., D'Souza RF, Zeng, N., ... Roy, N. C. (2019). Protein Intake at Twice the RDA in Older Men Increases Circulatory Concentrations of the Microbiome Metabolite Trimethylamine-N-Oxide (TMAO). Nutrients, 11 (9).10.3390/nu11092207
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Farha Ramzan, Amber Milan, Randall D'Souza, Pankaja Sharma
  • Chan, A. H., D'Souza RF, Beals, J. W., Zeng, N., Prodhan, U., Fanning, A. C., ... Cameron-Smith, D. (2019). The degree of aminoacidemia after dairy protein ingestion does not modulate the postexercise anabolic response in young men: a randomized controlled trial. Journal of Nutrition, 149 (9), 1511-1522. 10.1093/jn/nxz099
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Sally Poppitt
  • Ramzan, F., D'Souza RF, Durainayagam, B. R., Milan, A. M., Markworth, J. F., Miranda-Soberanis, V., ... Mitchell, C. J. (2019). Circulatory miRNA biomarkers of metabolic syndrome. Acta diabetologica10.1007/s00592-019-01406-6
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Farha Ramzan, Amber Milan, Sally Poppitt, Ivana Sequeira


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Primary office location

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

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