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Professor Kerin O'Dea

Division of Health Sciences, University of South Australia, GPO Box 2471
Adelaide SA, 5001
Tel: (08) 8302 2113


QUALIFICATIONS : B.Sc. (University of Melbourne), 1967
Ph.D. (University of Melbourne), 1971

CURRENT POSITION: Director, Sansom Institute for Health Research, University of South Australia

Between 1971 and 1988 Kerin O'Dea held full-time research positions in Europe, USA and Australia. Between 1988-98 she held positions of Professor of Human Nutrition, Dean of the Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences, and Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research) at Deakin University. In 1998 she was appointed to a Personal Chair in Nutrition and Preventive Medicine at Monash University. For just over 5 years (2000-2005) she was Director of the Menzies School of Health Research in Darwin, NT. She was a Professorial Fellow in the Department of Medicine (St Vincent's Hospital) University of Melbourne and Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute from 2006-2009. Early in 2009 she took up her current position at the University of South Australia.

Kerin O'Dea is a nutrition scientist and public health researcher who has made major contributions to understanding the relationship between diet and chronic diseases, particularly type 2 diabetes and related conditions.
She is best known nationally and internationally for her work on:

She is active on numerous national committees advising government on nutrition, health and health research - including the Research Committee of NHMRC, and the National Indigenous Health Equality Council. She has published extensively in national and international peer-reviewed journals and is frequently invited to present her work at national and international conferences. In 2004 she was awarded an AO, for "service in the areas of medical and nutrition research, to the development of public health policy, and to the community, particularly Indigenous Australians through research into chronic disease and prevention methods."


Last updated: 3 February 2009
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