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)

  • 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
  • Vella, L., Markworth, J. F., Farnfield, M. M., Maddipati, K. R., Russell, A. P., & Cameron-Smith, D. (2019). Intramuscular inflammatory and resolving lipid profile responses to an acute bout of resistance exercise in men. Physiological Reports, 7 (13)10.14814/phy2.14108
  • Pundir, S., Mäkelä J, Nuora, A., Junttila, N., Wall, C. R., Linderborg, K., ... Lagström H (2019). Maternal influences on the glucocorticoid concentrations of human milk: The STEPS study. Clinical nutrition (Edinburgh, Scotland), 38 (4), 1913-1920. 10.1016/j.clnu.2018.06.980
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Clare Wall, Shikha Pundir
  • Shrestha, A., Prodhan, U. K., Mitchell, S. M., Sharma, P., Barnett, M. P. G., Milan, A. M., & Cameron-Smith, D. (2019). Validity of a Portable Breath Analyser (AIRE) for the Assessment of Lactose Malabsorption. Nutrients, 11 (7).10.3390/nu11071636
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Amber Milan, Sarah Mitchell
  • D'Souza RF, Zeng, N., Markworth, J. F., Figueiredo, V. C., Hedges, C. P., Petersen, A. C., ... Mitchell, C. J. (2019). Whey Protein Supplementation Post Resistance Exercise in Elderly Men Induces Changes in Muscle miRNA's Compared to Resistance Exercise Alone. FRONTIERS IN NUTRITION, 610.3389/fnut.2019.00091
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Randall D'Souza, Chris Hedges
  • 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. The Journal of nutrition10.1093/jn/nxz099
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Sally Poppitt
  • Ramzan, F., Mitchell, C. J., Milan, A. M., Schierding, W., Zeng, N., Sharma, P., ... Roy, N. C. (2019). Comprehensive Profiling of the Circulatory miRNAome Response to a High Protein Diet in Elderly Men: A Potential Role in Inflammatory Response Modulation. Molecular nutrition & food research, 63 (8)10.1002/mnfr.201800811
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: William Schierding, Randall D'Souza, Farha Ramzan, Amber Milan, Sarah Mitchell
  • Barnett, M. P. G., Chiang, V. S. C., Milan, A. M., Pundir, S., Walmsley, T. A., Grant, S., ... Cameron-Smith, D. (2019). Plasma elemental responses to red meat ingestion in healthy young males and the effect of cooking method. European journal of nutrition, 58 (3), 1047-1054. 10.1007/s00394-018-1620-6
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Siew-Young Quek, Amber Milan, Shikha Pundir


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

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