Professor David Cameron-Smith


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Associate Director


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)

  • Albert, B. B., Vickers, M. H., Gray, C., Reynolds, C. M., Segovia, S. A., Derraik, J. G. B., ... Cutfield, W. S. (2017). Fish oil supplementation to rats fed high-fat diet during pregnancy prevents development of impaired insulin sensitivity in male adult offspring. Scientific reports, 7 (1)10.1038/s41598-017-05793-0
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Mark Vickers, Ben Albert, Clare Reynolds, José Derraik, Paul Hofman, Wayne Cutfield
  • Parker, L., Caldow, M. K., Watts, R., Levinger, P., Cameron-Smith, D., & Levinger, I. (2017). Age and sex differences in human skeletal muscle fibrosis markers and transforming growth factor-β signaling. European journal of applied physiology, 117 (7), 1463-1472. 10.1007/s00421-017-3639-4
  • Figueiredo, V. C., Markworth, J. F., & Cameron-Smith, D. (2017). Considerations on mTOR regulation at serine 2448: implications for muscle metabolism studies. Cellular and molecular life sciences : CMLS, 74 (14), 2537-2545. 10.1007/s00018-017-2481-5
  • Dale, M. J., Coates, A. M., Howe, P. R. C., Tomkinson, G. R., Haren, M. T., Brown, A., ... Buckley, J. D. (2017). No Effect of a Whey Growth Factor Extract during Resistance Training on Strength, Body Composition, or Hypertrophic Gene Expression in Resistance-Trained Young Men. Journal of sports science & medicine, 16 (2), 230-238.
  • D Souza, R. F., Bjørnsen T, Zeng, N., Aasen, K. M. M., Raastad, T., Cameron-Smith, D., & Mitchell, C. J. (2017). MicroRNAs in muscle: Characterizing the powerlifter phenotype. Frontiers in Physiology, 810.3389/fphys.2017.00383
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Cameron Mitchell, Nina Zeng
  • Mitchell, C. J., D'Souza RF, Fanning, A. C., Poppitt, S. D., & Cameron-Smith, D. (2017). Short communication: Muscle protein synthetic response to microparticulated whey protein in middle-aged men. Journal of dairy science, 100 (6), 4230-4234. 10.3168/jds.2016-12287
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Cameron Mitchell, Sally Poppitt
  • Doynova, M. D., Markworth, J. F., Cameron-Smith, D., Vickers, M. H., & O'Sullivan JM (2017). Linkages between changes in the 3D organization of the genome and transcription during myotube differentiation in vitro. Skeletal Muscle, 7 (1)10.1186/s13395-017-0122-1
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Mark Vickers, Justin O'Sullivan
  • Milan, A. M., Pundir, S., Pileggi, C. A., Markworth, J. F., Lewandowski, P. A., & Cameron-Smith, D. (2017). Comparisons of the Postprandial Inflammatory and Endotoxaemic Responses to Mixed Meals in Young and Older Individuals: A Randomised Trial. Nutrients, 9 (4).10.3390/nu9040354
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Amber Milan, Shikha Pundir