Dr Antigone

Dr Antigone Kouris

Associate Professor

College of Science, Health and Engineering

School of Allied Health

Department of Rehabilitation, Nutrition and Sport

Melbourne (Bundoora)

Qualifications

BSc (Biochem) (Melb), Honours Nutrition (Deakin), Grad Dip Diet (Deakin), PhD (Monash), Dip Botanic Med (Newcastle)

Role

Academic

Membership of professional associations

Dietitians Association of Australia, Australasian Integrative Medicine Association

Area of study

Dietetics

Brief profile

  • A/Prof Antigone Kouris is an Accredited Practising Dietitian with over 30 years experience.
  • She was at Monash University, Faculty of Medicine for nearly 20 years where she was involved in lecturing/coordinating the nutrition course to 2nd and 4th year medical students and where she did her PhD and supervised 4 PhD students.
  • She was also actively involved in research at Monash as a Research Fellow, as the  Deputy Director of the International Health and Development Unit at Monash Asia Institute and as the Director of the Health Eating Healthy Living Program (funded by the Victorian Health Promotion Foundation) at Monash University.  
  • She was also the Managing Editor of the Asia Pacific Journal of Clinical Nutrition for 4 years and the Managing Editor of a website owned by Professor Mark Wahlqvist  www.healthyeatingclub.org  for 10 years.  
  • She was the first researcher to show in 1995 that adherence to the Mediterranean diet pattern in old age reduces mortality. Her research team was also the first to develop a validated Mediterranean diet score which is now used by many other researchers around the world working in this area. Her findings and the Mediterranean diet score resulted in a landmark paper in the British Medical Journal in 1995, American Journal of Clinical Nutrition in 1995 and Age and Ageing in 1996.  Dr Kouris also coordinated an international mortality follow-up study known as "Food Habits in Later LIfe" which involved over 800 people aged over 70 from Australia (Anglo-Celts, Greeks, Aborigines), Greece, Japan and Sweden.  
  • She has contributed to 5 university text books (Food and Nutrition 3 editions, ed Wahlqvist; Evidence based Integrative and Complementary Medicine ed Kotsirilos et al; Nutrition and Metabolism ed Gibney), has authored 3 of her own books (Medications: Good and Bad Interactions with Foods, Herbs and Nutrients; Food Sources of Nutrients; You are what you cook) and has over 45 published research papers. She has also written 10 reports collectively for the World Health Organisation (Food Based Dietary Guidelines for older adults, 1990), Australian Government (Diet Related Disorders, 1991; Dietary Guidelines for the Elderly) and Victorian Health Promotion Foundation (8 reports).  
  • She has also developed a novel range of functional food products (cookies) using lupin flour and lowfodmap spelt flour. Preliminary studies have shown that lupin flour can reduce hunger, lower blood pressure, cholesterol and blood glucuse and improve the gut microbiome.  www.skinnybik.com  

Areas of practice/interests: drug nutrient herb interactions, nutraceuticals/herbs/spices in the treatment/management of health problems, food product development, author (text books, ready reckoners, recipe book), speaker/educator 

Research interests: mediterranean diet and other traditional diets and health, nutraceuticals/herbs/spices and health, gastrointestinal health, metabolic syndrome  

Research Projects:  PhD supervision of 2 students at Latrobe University who are studying the Cardiovascular and health benefits of the Mediterranean diet and cuisine in elderly Greek Australians and also their hydration status.

Recent publications

BOOKS

Kouris-Blazos A. Food sources of nutrients. www.lulu.com/spotlight/medications  2011  (ebook and hard copy)     

Kouris-Blazos A.  Medications: Good  and Bad Interactions with Foods, Herbs and Nutrients. www.lulu.com/spotlight/medications  2011  (ebook and hard copy)

Kouris-Blazos A. You are what you cook! My delicious recipes for wellness using Mediterranean and South Asian flavours www.lulu.com/spotlight/medications 2012

CHAPTERS IN TEXT BOOKS

Kouris-Blazos A. Food sources of macronutrients, micronutrients, phytonutrients and chemicals. Appendix 1.  In: Kotsirilos V, Vitetta L, Sali A. A guide to evidence-based integrative and complementary medicine. Elsevier, Sydney 2011; 837-860

Kouris-Blazos A. Drug-nutrient-herb intractions for commonly prescribed medications.Appendix 2. In: Kotsirilos V, Vitetta L, Sali A. A guide to evidence-based integrative and complementary medicine. Elsevier, Sydney 2011; 901-922.  

Kotsirilos V, Vitetta L, Sali A, Kouris-Blazos A. Herb-nutrient-drug interactions. Chapter 37. In: Kotsirilos V, Vitetta L, Sali A. A guide to evidence-based integrative and complementary medicine. Elsevier, Sydney 2011; 835-848.  

Kouris-Blazos A, Kotsirilos V, Vitetta L, Sali A. Nutritional assessment and therapies. Chapter 37. In: Kotsirilos V, Vitetta L, Sali A. A guide to evidence-based integrative and complementary medicine. Elsevier, Sydney 2011; 14-47.  

Kouris-Blazos A. Evaluating the reliability of Nutrition Information. In: ML Wahlqvist (ed).  Food & Nutrition: Australia & New Zealand. 3rd edition. Allen & Unwin, Sydney: 2011; 11-20.  

Kouris-Blazos A. Nutrition for activity, sport and survival. In: ML Wahlqvist (ed). Food & Nutrition: Australia & New Zealand. 3rd edition. Allen & Unwin, Sydney: 2011; 443-469.  

Wahlqvist ML, Kouris-Blazos A, Nutrition for maturity and ageing. In: ML Wahlqvist (ed). Food & Nutrition: Australia & New Zealand. 3rd edition. Allen & Unwin, Sydney: 2011; 474-499

Kouris-Blazos A. Overweight, obesity and eating disorders. In: ML Wahlqvist (ed). Food & Nutrition: Australia & New Zealand. 3rd edition. Allen & Unwin, Sydney: 2011; 523-566.

Kouris-Blazos A. Disordered eating and eating disorders. In: ML Wahlqvist (ed). Food & Nutrition: Australia  & New Zealand. 3rd edition. Allen & Unwin, Sydney: 2011; 567-577.  

Savige G, Kouris-Blazos A, Wahlqvist ML. Iodine and thyroid function. In: ML Wahlqvist (ed). Food & Nutrition: Australia & New Zealand. 3rd edition. Allen & Unwin, Sydney: 2011; 671-686.  

Wahlqvist ML, Kouris-Blazos A. Nutrition assessment and monitoring. In: ML Wahlqvist (ed). Food & Nutrition: Australia & New Zealand. 3rd edition. Allen & Unwin, Sydney: 2011; 687-715.  

Wahlqvist ML, Kouris-Blazos A. Nutritional standards of reference. In: ML Wahlqvist (ed). Food & Nutrition: Australia & New Zealand. 3rd edition. Allen & Unwin, Sydney: 2011; 716-732.  

Kouris-Blazos A. Dietary Advice & Food Guidance Systems. In: ML Wahlqvist (ed). Food & Nutrition: Australia & New Zealand. 3rd edition.  Allen & Unwin, Sydney: 2011; 745-776.  

Kouris-Blazos A. Evaluating the reliability of Nutrition Information. In: ML Wahlqvist (ed).  Food & Nutrition: Australia & New Zealand. 2nd edition. Allen & Unwin, Sydney: 2002.  

Read R, Kouris-Blazos A. Nutrition for activity, sport and survival. In: ML Wahlqvist (ed). Food & Nutrition: Australia & New Zealand. 2nd edition. Allen & Unwin, Sydney: 2002.  

Read R, Kouris-Blazos A. Overweight, obesity and eating disorders. In: ML Wahlqvist (ed). Food & Nutrition: Australia & New Zealand. 2nd edition. Allen & Unwin, Sydney: 2002.  

Wahlqvist ML, Kouris-Blazos A, Requirements in maturity and ageing. In: ML Wahlqvist (ed). Food & Nutrition: Australia & New Zealand. 2nd edition. Allen & Unwin, Sydney: 2002  

Wahlqvist ML, Kouris-Blazos A, Nutrition and Cancer. In: ML Wahlqvist (ed). Food & Nutrition: Australia & New Zealand. 2nd edition. Allen & Unwin, Sydney: 2002.  

Wahlqvist ML, Kouris-Blazos A, Genetic individuality, diet and disease. In: ML Wahlqvist (ed). Food & Nutrition: Australia & New Zealand. 2nd edition. Allen & Unwin, Sydney: 2002.  

Wahlqvist ML, Kouris-Blazos A, Immune function, infection and diseases of affluence. In: ML Wahlqvist (ed). Food & Nutrition: Australia & New Zealand. 2nd edition. Allen & Unwin, Sydney: 2002.  

Wahlqvist ML, Kouris-Blazos A, Food and Nutrition Policies in the Asia Pacific region: Nutrition in transition. In: ML Wahlqvist (ed). Food & Nutrition: Australia & New Zealand. 2nd edition. Allen & Unwin, Sydney: 2002.  

Wahlqvist ML, Kouris-Blazos A, Ross K, Setter T, Tienboon T. Growth and Ageing. In: Nutrition and Metabolism. Ed M.Gibney. British Nutrition Society. Chapter 9, Oxford, 2002.  

Wahlqvist ML, Kouris-Blazos A, Savige G . Food Security and the Aged in Development: Its Governance. In: Not by Bread Alone. Food Security and Governance in Africa. Editors A. Ogunrinade, R Oniango, J May. Toda Institute for Global Peace and Policy Research. Witwatersrand University Press. 1999.  

Wahlqvist ML, Kouris-Blazos A, Crotty P, Worsley T, Harvey P, Tieru H, Cavalli-Sforza LT.  Development of Food-Based Dietary Guidelines for the Western Pacific Region. World Health Organisation, Regional Office for the Western Pacific, Manila, 1999 . Short on-line article  

Wahlqvist ML, Kouris-Blazos A, Savige G. Food-based Dietary Guidelines for Older Adults. In: Ageing and Nutrition: a growing global challenge. A Joint WHO/Tufts University Consultation,  Boston, USA 26-29 May 1998, WHO.

PAPERS

Kouris A. Drug Nutrient Interactions. Geriatric Medicine in General Practice 2009; July vol 2: 26-27. Kouris A. Can cinnamon lower blood sugars and lipids in people with diabetes? JAIMA 2009; 14 (1): 12-13

Raschke V, Oltersdorf U, Elmadfa I, Wahlqvist ML, Kouris-Blazos A, Cheema BSB. Investigation of the Dietary Intake and Health Status in East Africa in 1960s: A Review of the Historic Oltersdorf Collection. Ecology of Food and Nutrition 2008; 47 (1): 1-43.

Omar A, Wahlqvist ML, Kouris-Blazos A, Vicziany M. Wellness management through web-based programmes.  J Telemed Telecare 2005;11 Suppl 1:8-11.

Wahlqvist ML, Darmadi-Blackberry I, Kouris-Blazos A, Jolley D, Steen B, Lukito W, Horie Y. Does diet matter for survival in long-lived cultures? Asia Pac J Clin Nutr 2005; 14 (1): 2-6.

Darmadi-Blackberry I, Wahlqvist ML, Kouris-Blazos A, Steen B, Lukito W, Horie Y and Horie K. Legumes: the most important dietary predictor of survival in older people of different ethnicities Asia Pac J Clin Nutr 2004; 13 (2): 217-220.

Wahlqvist ML, Darmadi-Blackberry I, Savige GS, Kouris-Blazos A, Trichopoulos D. Age-fitness. How achievable with food? Forum Nutr. 2003;56:258-61.

Wood B, Kouris-Blazos A. The 1995 national nutrition survey - date for persons 16 years and over, by socio-economic index of disadvantage for areas (SEIFA). Asia Pac J Clin Nutr 2002; 11 (Supp): S231-S322.

Wahlqvist M, Kouris-Blazos A. Nutrition - is diet enough? J Complementary Medicine 2002: 1 (3) Nov-Dec; 46-48.

Kouris-Blazos A.  Morbidity Mortality paradox of 1st generation Greek Australians.  Asia Pac J Clin Nutr 2002: 11 (suppl): S569-S575.

Kouris-Blazos  A, Setter TL, Wahlqvist ML. Nutrition and Health Informatics.  Nutrition Research 2001; 21 (1-2): 269-278. On-line abstract.  

Purba M, Kouris-Blazos A, Wattanapenpaiboon N, Lukito W, Rothenberg E, Steen B, Wahlqvist ML. Can skin wrinkling in a limited sun exposed site be used as a marker of health status and biological age in the  elderly ? Age Ageing, 2001; May 30 (3): 227-234.

Purba M, Kouris-Blazos A, Wattanapenpaiboon N, Lukito W, Rothenberg E, Steen B, Wahlqvist ML.  Skin Wrinkling: Can food  make a difference. Am Coll Nutr, 2001: 20 (1); 71-80

Wahlqvist ML, Setter TL, Savige GS, Kouris-Blazos A. Role of Physical Activity in Ensuring Nutritional Well-being in  the elderly.  World Rev Nutr Diet, 2001.

Kouris-Blazos A, Wahlqvist ML. Indigenous Australian food culture on cattle stations prior to the 1960s and Food Intake  of Older Aborigines in a community studied in 1988. Asia Pac J Clin Nutr 2000: 9  (3), 224-231

Wahlqvist ML, Kouris-Blazos A, Darmadi I, Purba M. Nutrition and the elderly a global perspective.  South  African J Clin Nutr 2000; Feb Vol. 13 (1); on-line full text article

Darmadi I, Horie Y, Wahlqvist ML, Kouris-Blazos A, Horie K, Sugase K, Wattanapenpaiboon N.  Food and nutrient intakes and Overall  survival of elderly Japanese. Asia Pac J Clin Nutr 2000; 9 (1): 7-11.

Wahlqvist ML, Kouris-Blazos A.  International Union of Nutritional Sciences Committee 11/4 on Nutrition and Ageing: Food Habits in Later Life (FHILL) Program. Asia Pac J Clin Nutr 1999; 8 (4): 282-4.

Horwath C, Kouris-Blazos A, Savige G, Wahlqvist ML. Eating your way to a successful old age, with special reference to older women. Asia Pac J Clin Nutr 1999; 8 (3): 216-225.

Purba M, Lukito W, Wahlqvist ML, Kouris-Blazos A, Hadisaputro S, Lestiani L, Wattanapenpaiboon N, Kamso S. Food intake and eating patterns of Indonesian Elderly before the 1998 economic crisis. Asia Pac J Clin Nutr 1999; 8 (3): 200-206.

Kouris-Blazos A, Gnardellis C, Wahlqvist ML, Trichopoulos D, Lukito W, Trichopoulou A. Are the advantages of the Mediterranean diet transferable to other populations? A cohort study in Melbourne, Australia.  British Journal Nutrition 1999; 82: 57-61

Wahlqvist M, Kouris-Blazos A, Wattanapenpaiboon N. The significance of eating patterns: an elderly Greek case study. Appetite  1999; 32: 23-32

Kouris-Blazos A, Wahlqvist M, Wattanapenpaiboon N.  'Morbidity mortality paradox' of  Greek-born Australians:  possible dietary contributors. Australian Journal Nutrition and Dietetics, 1999; 56 (2): 97-107

Kouris-Blazos A, Wahlqvist ML. The traditional Greek food pattern and overall survival of elderly people. Aust J Nutr Diet 1998; 4 Supp: 20-23

Wahlqvist M, Wattanapenpaiboon N, Kannar D, Dalais F, Kouris-Blazos A. Phytochemical Deficiency Disorders:Inadequate intake of  protective foods.Current Therapeutics 1998;39:53-60.

Wahlqvist ML, Kouris-Blazos A, Hsu-Hage BH-H. Ageing, Food Culture & Health. SE Asian J Trop Med Pub Health 1997; 28 (2): 100-112; on-line abstract

Kouris-Blazos A, Wahlqvist ML, Trichopoulou A, Polychronopoulos E, Trichopoulos D.  Health & Nutritional Status of elderly Greek migrants to Melbourne, Australia. Age Ageing 1996; 25: 177-189.

Trichopoulou A, Kouris-Blazos A, Vassilakou T, Gnardellis Ch, Polychronopoulos E, Venizelos M, Lagiou P, Wahlqvist ML & Trichopoulos D. The diet and survival of elderly Greeks: A link to the past. Am J Clin Nutr 1995; 61 (6S): 1346-1350

Trichopoulou A, Kouris-Blazos A, Wahlqvist ML,  Gnardellis Ch, Lagiou P, Polychronopoulos E, Vassilakou T, Lipworth L,  & Trichopoulos D. Diet and overall survival in elderly people. British Medical  Journal 1995; 311 (7018): 1457-1460

Wahlqvist ML, Hsu-Hage B, Kouris-Blazos A, Lukito W. Food Habits in Later Life - An Overview of Key Findings. Asia Pacific J Clin Nutr 1995 ; 4 (2): 1-11.

Wahlqvist ML, Hsu-Hage B, Kouris-Blazos A, Lukito W. Food Habits in Later Life: A Cross-Cultural Study. Preliminary Results from communities in Australia, Greece, China & Sweden. Age & Nutrition 1992; 3: 151-154.

Wahlqvist ML, Kouris-Blazos A, Trichopoulou A & Polychronopoulos E. The Wisdom of the Greek Cuisine and Way of Life: Comparison of the Food and Health Beliefs of Elderly Greeks in Greece and Australia. Age & Nutrition 1991; 2 (3): 163-173.

Kouris A, Wahlqvist ML, Trichopoulou A & Polychronopoulos E. Use of Combined Methodologies in Assessing Food Beliefs and Habits of Elderly Greeks in Greece. Food & Nutr Bull  1991; 13 (2): 139-144

Wahlqvist ML, Kouris A, Gracey M & Sullivan H. An Anthropological Approach to the Study of Food &  Health in an Indigenous Population. Food & Nutr Bull 1991;13(2):145-149.

Wahlqvist ML & Kouris A. Trans-Cultural Aspects of Nutrition in Old Age. Age Ageing 1990; 19 (supp): 43-52.

Kouris A, Wahlqvist ML & Worsley A. Characteristics that enhance adherence to high carbohydrate/ high fibre diets by persons with diabetes. J Amer Diet Assoc 1988; 88 (11): 1422-25.  

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Research projects

PhD supervision of 2 students at Latrobe University who are studying the Cardiovascular and health benefits of the Mediterranean diet and cuisine in elderly Greeks.