Associate Professor Lindsay Dudley Plank


Associate Professor Lindsay Plank gained his first degrees at the University of Auckland before completing a DPhil in biophysics at the University of Waikato. Postdoctoral research followed at The Pennsylvania State University and Syracuse University. After a period teaching biostatistics in the Department of Zoology he joined the Department of Surgery and is now director of a state-of-the-art body composition laboratory established by Professor Graham Hill. Research studies carried out on patients undergoing major surgery or those with serious sepsis or major trauma have been directed at nutritional, hormonal and drug interventions designed to enhance their recovery by reducing the massive losses of body protein that occur. Current research is primarily focused on interventions designed to improve nutritional status of patients with chronic liver disease and outcome from liver transplantation.

Research | Current

  • Body composition
  • Clinical nutrition
  • Immunonutrition
  • Liver disease

Lindsay is the director of the Body Composition Unit.

Postgraduate supervision

Dr. Don Lee (PhD student)

Dr Sachin Mathur (PhD student)

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

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  • Dare, A. J., Plank, L. D., Phillips, A. R. J., Gane, E. J., Harrison, B., Orr, D., ... Bartlett, A. S. J. R. (2014). Additive effect of pretransplant obesity, diabetes, and cardiovascular risk factors on outcomes after liver transplantation. Liver Transpl, 20 (3), 281-290. 10.1002/lt.23818
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Adam Bartlett, Anthony Phillips
  • Yip, S., Plank, L. D., & Murphy, R. (2013). Gastric bypass and sleeve gastrectomy for type 2 diabetes: A systematic review and meta-analysis of outcomes. Obesity Surgery, 23 (12), 1994-2003. 10.1007/s11695-013-1030-z
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Rinki Murphy
  • Sluyter, J. D., Scragg, R. K. R., Plank, L. D., Waqa, G. D., Fotu, K. F., & Swinburn, B. A. (2013). Sizing the association between lifestyle behaviours and fatness in a large, heterogeneous sample of youth of multiple ethnicities from 4 countries. Int J Behav Nutr Phys Act, 1010.1186/1479-5868-10-115
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Boyd Swinburn, John Sluyter, Robert Scragg
  • Plank, L. D. (2013). Protein for the critically ill patient - What and when?. European Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 67 (5), 565-568. 10.1038/ejcn.2013.34
  • Turnock, A., Calder, P. C., West, A. L., Izzard, M., Morton, R. P., & Plank, L. D. (2013). Perioperative immunonutrition in well-nourished patients undergoing surgery for head and neck cancer: evaluation of inflammatory and immunologic outcomes. Nutrients, 5 (4), 1186-1199. 10.3390/nu5041186
  • Rush, E. C., Bristow, S., Plank, L. D., & Rowan, J. (2013). Bioimpedance prediction of fat-free mass from dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry in a multi-ethnic group of 2-year-old children. European Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 67 (2), 214-217. 10.1038/ejcn.2012.182
  • Lee, W. G., McCall, J. L., Gane, E. J., Murphy, R., & Plank, L. D. (2012). Oral β-blockade in relation to energy expenditure in clinically stable patients with liver cirrhosis: A double-blind randomized cross-over trial. Metabolism: Clinical and Experimental, 61 (11), 1547-1553. 10.1016/j.metabol.2012.04.001
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Rinki Murphy
  • Donges, C. E., Burd, N. A., Duffield, R., Smith, G. C., West, D. W. D., Short, M. J., ... Phillips, S. M. (2012). Concurrent resistance and aerobic exercise stimulates both myofibrillar and mitochondrial protein synthesis in sedentary middle-aged men. Journal of Applied Physiology, 112 (12), 1992-2001. 10.1152/japplphysiol.00166.2012
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Peter Shepherd


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M&HS BUILDING 507 - Bldg 507
Level 2, Room 2036
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