Professor Catherine

Professor Catherine Itsiopoulos

APD AN

Head of School, School of Allied Health, Professor

College of Science, Health and Engineering

School of Allied Health

Department of Rehabilitation, Nutrition and Sport

HS1-Room 253, Melbourne (Bundoora)

Qualifications

BSc BSc (Hons) Grad Dip Diet MPH PhD APD AN

Role

Academic

Membership of professional associations

Dietitians Association of Australia

Area of study

Dietetics

Brief profile

Catherine Itsiopoulos is the Head of School, School of Allied Health at LaTrobe University.

Catherine has more than 25 years of clinical, academic and project management experience. Recent positions Catherine has held include Associate Professor and Head of Discipline Nutrition and Dietetics at the University of Canberra, Accreditation, Recognition and Education Services Manager with the Dietitians Association of Australia and Fellow of the Centre of Clinical Research Excellence in Clinical Science in Diabetes at the University of Melbourne.

Catherine has extensive experience and a strong research interest in dietetic training, dietetic competency evaluation and implementation, and international benchmarking of dietetic examination systems. In her role at the Dietitians Association of Australia Catherine led projects in international benchmarking of dietetic systems and was instrumental in establishing the formal mutual recognition agreement with the New Zealand Dietitians Board. In this role she also championed the review of the examination systems for dietetic skills recognition and credentialing and led the development of an enhanced model of examination utilizing an on-line multiple choice questionnaire format.

Catherine’s major research interests include randomised controlled clinical intervention studies in diabetes, cardiovascular disease and the metabolic syndrome utilizing the Mediterranean diet as a model of intervention. Catherine is also investigating the positive health and mortality profile of Greek born migrants to Australia who have retained their positive CVD mortality profile despite more than 50 years since migration.

Research interests

Chronic disease

- Mediterranean diet in the prevention and management of cardiovascular diseases, and diabetes.

Teaching units

Masters by Research (Dietetics) 

PhD (Dietetics)

Recent publications

Scholarly books

Croxford, S., Itsiopoulos, C., Forsyth, A., Belski, R., Thodis A., Shepherd S., Tierney A. Food and Nutrition Throughout Life: A comprehensive overview of food and nutrition in all stages of life. Allen and Unwin 2015. ISBN: 9781743316757.

Itsiopoulos C. The Mediterranean Diet. Pan Macmillan 2013. ISBN: 9781742610825.

Itsiopoulos C. The Mediterranean Diet Cookbook. Pan Macmillan 2015. ISBN: 9781743533185.

Scholarly Book Chapters

Croxford, S.,  Itsiopoulos, C. Chapter 2: Cultures, beliefs and food habits. In: Food and Nutrition Throughout Life: A comprehensive overview of food and nutrition in all stages of life. Allen and Unwin 2015. ISBN: 9781743316757.

Itsiopoulos, C., Tierney, A. Chapter 11: Early and middle adult (26-60). In: Food and Nutrition Throughout Life: A comprehensive overview of food and nutrition in all stages of life. Allen and Unwin 2015. ISBN: 9781743316757.

Itsiopoulos C., Thodis, A. Chapter 20: Migrant Health. Food and Nutrition Throughout Life: A comprehensive overview of food and nutrition in all stages of life. Allen and Unwin 2015. ISBN: 9781743316757.

Refereed journal articles

Radcliffe, J., Thomas, J., Bramley, A., Thomas C., Itsiopoulos, C. 'Controversies in omega-3 fatty acid efficacy and novel concepts for application.' Journal of Nutrition & Intermediary Metabolism (JNIM_2016_2 accepted for publication 25 May 2016).

Kellett, J., Kyle, G., Itsiopoulos, C., Naunton, M. Nutrition screening practices amongst Australian residential aged care facilities. Journal of Nutrition, Health and Ageing (published on-line: 08 February 2016).

Papamiltiadous, E.S., Roberts, S.K.,  Nicoll, A.J., Ryan, M.C., Itsiopoulos, C., Salim, A., Tierney, A.C.  A randomised controlled trial of a Mediterranean Dietary Intervention for Adults with Non Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease (MEDINA): study protocol. BMC Gastroenterology 201616:14  DOI: 10.1186/s12876-016-0426-3 (Received: 16 December 2015, Accepted: 25 January 2016, Published: 2 February 2016).

Keel, S., Itsiopoulos, C., Koklanis, K., Vukicevic M., Cameron F., Gilbertson H., Brazionis L.  Dietary patterns and retinal vascular caliber in children and adolescents with type 1 diabetes. Acta Opthamologica (accepted 12 Jan 2016).

Keel, S., Itsiopoulos, C., Koklanis, K., Vukicevic, M., Cameron, F.,  Brazionis, L. Physical Activity, Sedentary Behaviors, and Retinal Vascular Caliber in Children and Adolescents With Type 1 Diabetes.  Asia-Pacific Journal of Ophthalmology (accepted Dec 2015).

Keel S., Brazionis, L., Vukicevic, M., Koklanis, C., Cameron, F., Itsiopoulos, C.  Physical Activity, Sedentary Behaviours, and Retinal Vascular Calibre in Children and Adolescents with Type 1 Diabetes. (Asia Pacific Journal of Opthamology, accepted 13 Nov 2015).

Keel, S., Brazionis, L., Vukicevic, M., Koklanis, C., Gilbertson, H., Cameron, F., Itsiopoulos, C. (2015). Dietary Patterns and Retinal Vascular Calibre in Children and Adolescents with Type 1 Diabetes. Acta Opthalmologica (accepted 25 Oct 2015).

Boyle, J., Vukicevic, M., Koklanis, K., Itsiopoulos, C.   (2015). Experiences of patients undergoing anti-VEGF treatment for neovascular age-related macular degeneration: A systematic review. Psychology, health & medicine 20 (3): 296-310.

Opie, R.S., Itsiopoulos, C, Parletta, N., Sanchez-Villegas, A., Akbaraly, T., Ruusunen, A., Jacka, F.N. (2015). Dietary Guidelines for the Prevention of Depression. Nutritional Neuroscience. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1179/1476830515Y.0000000043.

Andrews, M., Itsiopoulos, C.  (2015). Room for improvement in nutrition knowledge and dietary intake of male football (soccer) players in Australia. International Journal of Sport Nutrition & Exercise Metabolism DOI: 10.1123/ijsnem.2015-0064.

Tsindos, P.S., Itsiopoulos, C., Kouris-Blazos, A. (2015). Investigation into water consumption and its influence on depression, memory problems and constipation in older persons. Journal of Aging Research & Clinical Practice© (accepted Jul 2015).

*Souverein, O.W., de Vries J.H.M., Freese, R., Watzl, B., Bub, A., Miller, E.R., Castenmiller, J.J.M., Pasman, W.J., van Het Hof. K., Chopra. M., Karlsen, A., Dragsted, L.O., Winkels, R., Itsiopoulos, C., Brazionis, L., O'Dea, K., van Loo-Bouwman, C.A., Naber, T.H.J., van der Voet, H., Boshuizen, H.C (2015). Prediction of fruit and vegetable intake from biomarkers using individual participant data of diet-controlled intervention studies. British Journal of Nutrition 113(9):1396-1409.

Opie, R.S., Segal, L., Jacka, F.N., Nicholls, L., Dash, S., Pizzinga, J., Itsiopoulos, C. (2015). Assessing healthy diet affordability in a cohort with major depressive disorders. J Pub Health Epidem 7(5):159-169.

Thomas, J., Thomas, C.J., Radcliffe, J., Itsiopoulos, C. (2015). Omega-3 Fatty Acids in Early Prevention of Inflammatory Neurodegenerative Disease: A Focus on Alzheimer’s Disease. BioMed Res Int Article ID 172801, DOI:10.1155/2015/172801.

Kellett, J., Naunton, M., Bacon, R., Itsiopoulos, C., Kyle, G.  (2015). Malnutrition prevalence in aged care residents - A pilot study. Topics in Clinical Nutrition (TICN) 30(3):276-280.

Opie, R.S., O ' Neil, A., Itsiopoulos C., Jacka, F.N. (2014). The impact of whole-of-diet interventions on depression and anxiety: a systematic review of randomised controlled trials. Public Health Nutrition 18(11):074-2093.

Kouris-Blazos, A., Itsiopoulos, C. (2014). Low all-cause mortality despite high cardiovascular risk in elderly Greek-born Australians: attenuating potential of diet? Asia Pacific Journal of Clinical Nutrition 23(4):532-544.

O'Neil, A., Itsiopoulos, C., Skouteris, H., Opie, R.S., Mcphie, S., Hill, B., Jacka, F.N. (2014). Preventing mental health problems in offspring by targeting dietary intake of pregnant women. BMC Med 14(12):208.

O'Neil, A., Itsiopoulos, C. (2014). Association of dietary, circulating, and supplement fatty acids with coronary risk. Annals of Internal Medicine 161(6):458.

Boyle, J., Vukicevic, M., Koklanis, K., Itsiopoulos, C. (2014). Experiences of patients undergoing anti-VEGF treatment for neovascular age-related macular degeneration: A systematic review. Psychol Health Med 20(3):296-310.

Keel, S., Koklanis, K., Vukicevic, M., Itsiopoulos, C., Brazionis, L. (2014). Diabetes, diabetic retinopathy, and retinal vascular alterations: A systematic review. Asia Pacific J Ophthalmol 3(3):164-171.

O’Neil, A., Berk, M., Itsiopoulos, C., Castle, D., Opie, R., Pizzinga, J., Brazionis, L., Hodge, A., Mihalopoulos, C., Chatterton, M.L., Dean, O.M., Jacka, F.N. (2013). A randomised, controlled trial of a dietary intervention for adults with major depression (the “SMILES” trial): study protocol. BMC Psych 13(1):114.

Ryan, M.C., Itsiopoulos, C., Thodis, T., Ward, G., Trost, N., Hofferberth, S., O'Dea, K., Desmond, P.V., Johnson, N.A., Wilson, A.M. (2013). The Mediterranean diet improves hepatic steatosis and insulin sensitivity in individuals with nonalcoholic fatty liver disease. Journal of Hepatology 59(1):138-143.

Brazionis, L., Ting, E., Itsiopoulos, C., Wilson, A., Hodge, A. (2012). The effects of fish or fish oil on the omega-3 index. Nutrition & Dietetics 69 (1): 5-12.

Keel, S., Koklanis, K., Vukicevic, M., Itsiopoulos, C., Brazionis, L. (2012). Predictors of Retinal Vascular Calibre: A Review. 44(2):14-18.

*Brazionis, L., Walker, K.Z., Itsiopoulos, C., O'Dea, K. (2012). Plasma retinol: A novel marker for cardiovascular disease mortality in Australian adults. Nutrition, metabolism, and cardiovascular diseases 22(10):914-20.

 

Older publications

Brazionis, L., Walker, K., Itsiopoulos, C., O’Dea, K. Plasma retinol: a novel marker for cardiovascular disease mortality in Australian adults. Nutrition, Metabolism & Cardiovascular Diseases (accepted for publication 13 September 2011).

Brazionis, L., Ting, E., Itsiopoulos, C., Wilson, A., Hodge, A. The effects of fish or fish oil on the omega-3 index? Nutrition and Dietetics; 2011 (accepted for publication May 2011).

Itsiopoulos, C., Brazionis, L., Hodge, A., Stoney, R., Rowley, K., O’Dea, K. Can the Mediterranean diet explain metabolically healthy obesity? Journal of Diabetes 2011 Vol 3 (Suppl. 1):210.

Itsiopoulos, C., Brazionis, L. A Mediterranean dietary pattern associated with lower all-cause mortality in Australians. Journal of Diabetes 2011 Vol 3 (Suppl. 1):205 .

Hodge, A,, English, D.R., Itsiopoulos, C., O’Dea, K., Giles G.G. Mediterranean diet and mortality in diabetes. Nutrition, Metabolism and Cardiovascular Diseases; 2010 (accepted October 2010, published on-line December 2010).

Itsiopoulos, C., Brazionis, L, Hodge., Rowley, K., O’Dea, K. Greek migrants to Australia: Obese but metabolically healthy? Longitudinal and Life Course Studies; 2010 Volume 1 (Issue 3 Suppl):67.

Itsiopoulos, C. Mediterranean diet for optimal management of diabetes?Diabetes Management Journal 2010;32:28.

Itsiopoulos, C., Brazionis, L., Kaimakamis, M., Cameron, M., Best, J.D, O’Dea, K., Rowley, K. Can the Mediterranean diet lower HbA1c in type 2 diabetes? Results from a randomized cross-over study. Nutrition, Metabolism and Cardiovascular Diseases;2010 (in press). DOI: 10.1016/j.numecd.2010.03.005.

Brazionis, L., Rowley, K., Itsiopoulos, C., O’Dea, K. Is risk of diabetic retinopathy lower in Australia's Greek-born migrants? Diabetic Medicine. 2010;27(6):660-665.  Brazionis L, Yau J, Rowley K., Itsiopoulos C, O’Dea K. Plasminogen activator inhibitor-1 (PAI-1) activity and retinal vascular caliber in type 2 diabetes. Diabetes Research in Clinical Practice. 2009;87:192-199.

Brazionis, L., Rowley, K., Itsiopoulos, C., O’Dea, K. Plasma Carotenoids and Diabetic Retinopathy. British Journal of Nutrition (2009), 101, 270–277. Itsiopoulos C, Hodge A, Kaimakamis M. Can the Mediterranean Diet Prevent Prostate Cancer? Mol Nutr Food Res. 2009, 53:227-239.

Brazionis, L., Rowley, K., Itsiopoulos, C., Harper, C.A., O'Dea, K. Homocysteine and diabetic retinopathy. Diabetes Care. 2008 Jan;31(1):50-6.

Brazionis, L., Rowley, K., Jenkins, A., Itsiopoulos, C., O’Dea, K. Plasminogen activator inhibitor-1 (PAI-1) activity in type 2 diabetes: a different relationship with CHD and diabetic retinopathy. Atheroscl Thrombos Vasc Biol. 28: 786-791, 2008.

Brazionis, L., Itsiopoulos, C., Rowley, K., O’Dea K., Best, J. Plasma biomarkers of adherence to Mediterranean-style and Australian eating patterns. Annals of Nutrition and Metabolism 2007;51(Suppl. 1):61.

Brazionis, L., Itsiopoulos, C., Rowley, K., O’Dea, K., Best, J. Adherence to a traditional Greek Mediterranean eating pattern is characterized by the ratio of non-provitamin A to provitamin A plasma carotenoids. Annals of Nutrition and Metabolism 2007;51(Suppl. 1):337.

Lee, C.T., Rowley, K., Jenkins, A.J., O'Dea, K., Itsiopoulos, C., Stoney, R.M., Su, Q., Giles, G.G., Best, J.D. Paraoxonase activity in Greek migrants and Anglo-Celtic persons in the Melbourne Collaborative Cohort Study: relationship to dietary markers. Eur J Nutr. 2005 Jun;44(4):223-30.

Itsiopoulos, C., L Brazionis, L., Rowley, K., O’Dea, K. The Greek migrant morbidity mortality paradox: low levels of hypertriglyceridaemia and insulin resistance despite central obesity. Asia Pacific Journal of Clinical Nutrition 2005;14(Suppl):S43.

Brazionis L,., Itsiopoulos, C., Rowley, K., O’Dea, K. Factor analysis identifies a Mediterranean-style eating pattern of dietary intake that is protective against diabetic retinopathy. Asia Pacific Journal of Clinical Nutrition 2005;14(Suppl):S73.

Su, Q., Rowley, K.G., Itsiopoulos, C., O'Dea, K. Identification and quantitation of major carotenoids in selected components of the Mediterranean diet: green leafy vegetables, figs and olive oil. Eur J Clin Nutr. 2002 Nov;56(11):1149-54.

Cox, H.S., Kaye, D.M., Thompson, J.M., Turner, A.G., Jennings, G.L., Itsiopoulos, C., Esler, M.D. Regional Sympathetic Nervous Activation Following a Large Meal in Humans. Clinical Science. 1995;89(2):145-154.

Itsiopoulos, C., Willcox, J. "Nutrition Supplementation: A Cost Effective Component of Patient Care?" Australian Journal of Nutrition and Dietetics, 50(3): 91 - 93, 1993. 

 

Research projects

Catherine leads a number of clinical intervention studies including: i) Investigating the impact of slow and high temperature cooking methods on advanced glycation end products concentration in different Mediterranean-type diets and their impact on metabolic profile, ii) Investigating the impact of a traditional Mediterranean-style diet in patients with Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease, iii) Investigating the impact of high n3 fatty acid diets on metabolic control in type 2 diabetes, iv) Investigating the impact of n3 fatty acids (fish vs fish oil) on vascular function post AMI, in collaboration with colleagues Dr Laima Brazionis (University of Adelaide), Dr Andrew Wilson (University of Melbourne), Dr Marno Ryan (University of Melbourne), Dr Allison Hodge (Cancer Council Victoria), Dr Karen Walker (Monash University), Dr Josephine Forbes (Baker-IDI), Dr Melinda Coughlan (Baker-IDI), and Professor Kerin O’Dea (University of South Australia). Catherine is currently establishing the Australian arm of the Mediterranean Islands Study (a prospective cohort of elderly Greeks born in the Greek Islands) in collaboration with Dr Antigone Kouris (La Trobe University) and Dr Evangelos Polychronopoulos (Harocopion University Athens).