Researcher Spotlight - Professor Helen Truby

15 Jun 2021

What are your key research interests? 

Nutrition interventions that support better health in particular, my work focuses on early life and young people's nutrition. I describe myself as an applied nutrition researcher and science communicator. 

Can you share some of your career highlights so far?  

Last year I was awarded two Fellowships of nutrition societies, one in Australia and one in the UK - the fact that I was unaware of who nominated me for these awards made them particularly special.  

Another career highlight is being actively involved in the development of the National Academy of Science Decadal Plan for Nutrition, which provides a roadmap to improve the nutritional health of all Australians. It continues to challenge my advocacy and influencing skills! 

What aspects do you enjoy most about your work? 

I enjoy the variety of what I do - most days are different. Sharing my knowledge with others is why I enjoy teaching, and one of the best parts of academic life is supporting HDR scholars and watching their careers flourish. I enjoy solving problems so my research is usually practice based. Working collaboratively with young people, in particular keeps me connected to what is influencing their life choices - I am sure I learn as much from them as they do from me. 

What inspired you to pursue a career in academia? 

I completed my Masters and PhD whilst working part time as a clinical paediatric dietitian. When I finished my PhD there were no opportunities for allied health practitioners to combine research with clinical work so I moved into academia where I could continue to do research as part of my job. This situation fortunately has changed and there are more opportunities to combine clinical practice with research these days. 

What are your interests outside of work?  

I love animals, enjoy riding horses, walking the dog and spending time with my super tolerant husband who puts up with my academic lifestyle!   

What do you enjoy most about living in Brisbane? 

The weather! 


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