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)

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  • Bharmal, S. H., Pendharkar, S. A., Singh, R. G., Cameron-Smith, D., & Petrov, M. S. (2020). Associations between ketone bodies and fasting plasma glucose in individuals with post-pancreatitis prediabetes. Archives of physiology and biochemistry, 126 (4), 308-319. 10.1080/13813455.2018.1534242
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Sakina Bharmal, Max Petrov, Sayali Pendharkar
  • Pundir, S., Gridneva, Z., Pillai, A., Thorstensen, E. B., Wall, C. R., Geddes, D. T., & Cameron-Smith, D. (2020). Human Milk Glucocorticoid Levels Are Associated With Infant Adiposity and Head Circumference Over the First Year of Life. Frontiers in Nutrition, 7.10.3389/fnut.2020.00166
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Avinesh Pillai, Eric Thorstensen, Clare Wall
  • Galante, L., Pundir, S., Lagstrom, H., Rautava, S., Reynolds, C. M., Milan, A. M., ... Vickers, M. H. (2020). Growth Factor Concentrations in Human Milk Are Associated With Infant Weight and BMI From Birth to 5 Years. FRONTIERS IN NUTRITION, 710.3389/fnut.2020.00110
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Mark Vickers, Amber Milan
  • Galante, L., Reynolds, C. M., Milan, A. M., Alexander, T., Bloomfield, F. H., Cameron-Smith, D., ... Vickers, M. H. (2020). Preterm human milk: associations between perinatal factors and hormone concentrations throughout lactation. PEDIATRIC RESEARCH10.1038/s41390-020-1069-1
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Mark Vickers, Amber Milan, Frank Bloomfield, Tanith Alexander, Yannan Jiang, Clare Wall, Jane Harding, Jane Alsweiler
  • Peake, J. M., Markworth, J. F., Cumming, K. T., Aas, S. N., Roberts, L. A., Raastad, T., ... Figueiredo, V. C. (2020). The Effects of Cold Water Immersion and Active Recovery on Molecular Factors That Regulate Growth and Remodeling of Skeletal Muscle After Resistance Exercise. Frontiers in Physiology, 11.10.3389/fphys.2020.00737
  • Rettedal, E. A., Cree, J. M. E., Adams, S. E., MacRae, C., Skidmore, P. M. L., Cameron-Smith, D., ... Merry, T. L. (2020). Short-term high-intensity interval training exercise does not affect gut bacterial community diversity or composition of lean and overweight men. Experimental physiology10.1113/ep088744
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Cherie Blenkiron, Troy Merry, Nick Gant
  • Woodhead, J. S. T., D'Souza RF, Hedges, C. P., Wan, J., Berridge, M. V., Cameron-Smith, D., ... Merry, T. L. (2020). High-intensity interval exercise increases humanin, a mitochondrial encoded peptide, in the plasma and muscle of men. Journal of applied physiology (Bethesda, Md. : 1985), 128 (5), 1346-1354. 10.1152/japplphysiol.00032.2020
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Chris Hedges, Troy Merry, Randall D'Souza
  • D'Souza RF, Woodhead, J. S. T., Hedges, C. P., Zeng, N., Wan, J., Kumagai, H., ... Mitchell, C. J. (2020). Increased expression of the mitochondrial derived peptide, MOTS-c, in skeletal muscle of healthy aging men is associated with myofiber composition. Aging, 12 (6), 5244-5258. 10.18632/aging.102944
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Randall D'Souza, Chris Hedges, Troy Merry


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Primary office location

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

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