Professor Danielle Gallegos
Danielle is the discipline leader for Nutrition and Dietetics within QUT’s School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences, and is a Fellow of the Dietitians Association of Australia (one of 16 in 2018). She has more than twenty-five years of experience as a practicing dietitian, with fifteen of those as a public health nutritionist. As an academic, Danielle has built a research portfolio that emphasises qualitative methodologies in areas related to the evaluation of nutrition/physical activity programs and social justice. Her main area of research interest focuses on food security and early infant feeding.
Associate Professor Severine Navarro
Children’s Hospital Foundation Fellow
As Team Head of Mucosal Immunology at QIMR Berghofer, Severine leads research into immune regulation to control inappropriate immune responses that are responsible for allergy and autoimmune diseases. The focus of her research is the development of hookworm protein-based therapeutics for the treatment of chronic inflammatory diseases such as allergy, asthma, inflammatory bowel diseases and mood disorders. She has done her postdoctoral training at the Australian Institute of Tropical Health and Medicine at James Cook University in Cairns, where she identified and characterised hookworm-derived immunomodulatory compounds showing efficacy in experimental asthma and colitis, and presenting high translational potential.
Dr Rebecca Byrne
Rebecca is an Accredited Practising Dietitian and Lecturer within QUT’s School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences. Her research focuses on what and how young children are fed, particularly the influence of feeding practices used by educators in the Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) setting, and understanding the development of eating behaviours, such as fussy eating. Rebecca leads new developments within the nutrition and dietetics field. Her early research examined the dietary intake of toddlers within NOURISH – one of the first trials internationally to evaluate the impact of maternal responsive feeding practices on infant intake, eating behaviour and growth. She is a founding member of the National Nutrition Network: ECEC, and a leader of the special interest group in ECEC within the International Society of Behavioural Nutrition and Physical Activity. Rebecca is also a member of the Federal Government’s expert working group for the revision of Australia’s National Breastfeeding Strategy.
Dr Oksana Zelenko
As Director of Research Engagement and Impact within QUT’s Creative Industries Faculty, Oksana contributes important cross-faculty expertise to this research centre. She is a design academic and researcher specialising in applications of participatory design for eHealth. Her area of expertise is in interaction and visual design for eHealth applications with a specific focus on using participatory and co-design methods for design, development and evaluation of interactive health promoting technologies aimed at youth mental health and wellbeing. Oksana has had a leading role in design research across a series of national and international projects, resulting in a wide range of novel technologies, ranging from mobile health apps to education and capacity-building platforms, contributing as part of large transdisciplinary teams.
Professor Nikhil Thapar
Professor Thapar is Director of the Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Liver Transplant service at Queensland Children’s Hospital. He is an Associate Professor (UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health, London) and Consultant in Paediatric Gastroenterology (Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children), where he has been academic lead for the clinical academic unit and lead for Neurogastroenterology and Motility. Professor Thapar has sat on the council of the European Society of Paediatric Gastroenterology Hepatology and Nutrition as chair of its gastroenterology committee. His research programme has focused on developmental aspects of the gut neuromusculature and the pathogenesis and treatment of gut motility disorders including regenerative medicine, notably the development of neural stem cell therapy for severe gut disorders. His funding includes the UK Medical Research Council and European Commission. He has published widely and is co-editor of Paediatric Neurogastroenterology, the definitive reference textbook for the field. He is an associate editor for JPGN and section head for F1000 prime and has served on the expert advisory board of Nature Reviews in Gastroenterology and Hepatology.