School of Medical Sciences

Body composition

Principal investigators


Studies on the role of nutrition in body mass composition, especially as it is involved in surgical nutrition support. There is also interest in understanding the influences of genetics, especially differences in metabolism, on body mass.

Selected references

Winterbourn C.C., Buss I.H., Chan T.P., Plank L.D., Clark M.A., Windsor J.A. (2000) Protein carbonyl measurements show evidence of early oxidative stress in critically ill patients. Critical Care Medicine 28:143-9.

Rush E.C., Plank L.D., Coward W.A. (1999) Energy expenditure of young Polynesian and European women in New Zealand and relations to body composition. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition 69:43-8.

Rush E.C., Plank L.D., Robinson S.M. (1998) Estimation of body fat in Caucasian and Polynesian women from anthropometric measurements. Applied Radiation & Isotopes 49:749-50.