School of Medicine

Body Composition, Nutrition and Metabolism Research - Publications

Selected publications

Sluyter JD, Schaaf D, Scragg RKR, Plank LD Body mass index and percent body fat in a New Zealand multi-ethnic adolescent population. Int J Paed Obesity 6: 36-44 (2011)
Mathur S, Plank LD, McCall JL, Shapkov P, McIlroy K, Gillanders LK, Merrie AEH, Torrie JJ, Pugh F, Koea JB, Bissett IP, Parry BR. Randomised controlled trial of preoperative oral carbohydrate treatment in major abdominal surgery. Br J Surg 97: 485-494 (2010)
Wen J, Rush EC, Plank LD Assessment of obesity in New Zealand Chinese: a comparative analysis of adults aged 30-39 years from five ethnic groups. NZ Med J 123 (1327) (2010). URL:
Rush EC, Chhichhia P, Kilding A, Plank LD. Water turnover in children and young adults. Eur J Appl Physiol 110: 1209-14 (2010)
Sluyter JD, Schaaf D, Scragg RKR, Plank LD. Prediction of fatness by standing 8-electrode bioimpedance: a multi-ethnic adolescent population. Obesity 18: 183-189 (2010)
Rush EC, Scragg R, Schaaf D, Juranovich G, Plank LD. Indices of fatness and relationships with age, ethnicity and lipids in New Zealand European, Maori and Pacific children. European Journal of Clinical Nutrition 63: 627-633 (2009)
Rush EC, Freitas I, Plank LD. Body size, body composition and fat distribution: comparative analysis of European, Maori, Pacific Island and Asian Indian adults. British Journal of Nutrition 102: 632-641 (2009)
Plank LD, Gane EJ, Peng S, Muthu C, Mathur S, Gillanders L, McIlroy K, Donaghy AJ, McCall JL. Nocturnal nutritional supplementation improves total body protein status of patients with liver cirrhosis: a randomized 12-month trial. Hepatology48: 557-566 (2008)
Mathur S, Gane EJ, McCall JL, Plank LD. Serum sodium and hydration status predict transplant-free survival independent of MELD score in patients with cirrhosis. Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology 23: 239-243 (2008)
Mathur S, Plank LD, Hill AG, Rice MA, Hill GL. Changes in body composition, muscle function and energy expenditure after radical cystectomy. BJU International 101: 973-977 (2008)
Peng S, Plank LD, McCall JL,  Gillanders LK, McIlroy K, Gane EJ. Body composition, muscle function and energy expenditure in patients with liver cirrhosis: a comprehensive study. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition 85: 1257-1266 (2007)
Rush EC, Goedecke JH, Jennings C0, Micklesfield L, Dugas L, Lambert EV, Plank LD. BMI, fat and muscle differences in urban women of five ethnicities from two countries. Int J Obes 31: 1232-1239 (2007)
Waitzberg DL, Saito H, Plank LD, Jamieson GG, Jagannath P, Hwang TL, Mijares JM, Bihari D. Post-surgical infections are reduced with specialized nutrition support. World Journal of Surgery 30: 1592-1604 (2006)
Rush EC, Plank LD, Yajnik CS. Interleukin-6, TNF-alpha and insulin relationships to body composition, metabolism and resting energy expenditure in a migrant Asian Indian population. Clinical Endocrinology 66: 684-690 (2007)
Mathur S, Peng S, Gane EJ, McCall JL, Plank LD. Hypermetabolism predicts reduced transplant-free survival independent of MELD and Child-Pugh score in liver cirrhosis. Nutrition 23: 398-403 (2007)
Rush EC, Chandu V, Plank LD. Prediction of fat-free mass by bioimpedance analysis in migrant Asian Indian men and women: a cross validation study. International Journal of Obesity 30:1125-31 (2006)
Chandrasegaram MD, Plank LD, Windsor JA. The impact of total parenteral nutrition on the body composition of patients with acute pancreatitis. JPEN Journal of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition 29: 65-73 (2005)
Plank LD, McCall JL, Gane EJ, Rafique M, Gillanders L, McIlroy K,  Munn SR. Pre- and post-operative immunonutrition in patients undergoing liver transplantation: a pilot study of safety and efficacy. Clinical Nutrition 24: 288-296 (2005)
Plank LD. Dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry and body composition. Current Opinion in Clinical Nutrition and Metabolic Care 8: 305-309 (2005)
Rush EC, Plank LD, Laulu M, Mitchelson E, Coward WA. Accuracy of energy reporting in young New Zealand men and women: relationships to body composition, physical activity level and ethnicity. International Journal of Body Composition Research2; 125-130 (2004)
Rush EC, Plank LD, Chandu V, Laulu M, Simmons D, Swinburn S, Yajnik C. Body size, body composition, and fat distribution: a comparison of young New Zealand men of European, Pacific Island, and Asian Indian ethnicities. New Zealand Medical Journal117 (1207), (2004) URL:
Rush EC, Puniani K, Valencia M, Davies PSW, Plank LD. Estimation of body fatness from body mass index and bioelectrical impedance: comparison of New Zealand European, Maori and Pacific Island children. European Journal of Clinical Nutrition 57: 1394-1401 (2003)
Plank LD, Hill GL. Energy balance in critical illness. Proceedings of the Nutrition Society 62: 545-552 (2003)
Rush EC, Plank LD, Davies PSW, Watson P, Wall CR. Body composition and physical activity in New Zealand Maori, Pacific and European children aged 5-14 years. British Journal of Nutrition 90; 1133-1139 (2003).
Bagg W, Plank LD, Gamble G, Drury PL, Sharpe N, Braatvedt GD. The effects of intensive glycaemic control on body composition in patients with type 2 diabetes. Diabetes, Obesity and Metabolism 3: 410-416 (2001).
Plank LD, Metzger DJ, McCall JL, Barclay KL, Gane EJ, Streat SJ, Munn SR, Hill GL. Sequential changes in the metabolic response to orthotopic liver transplantation during the first year after operation. Annals of Surgery 234: 245-255 (2001).
Plank LD, Hill GL. Similarity of changes in body composition in intensive care patients following severe sepsis or major blunt injury. Annals New York Academy of Sciences 904: 592-602 (2000).
Plank LD, Hill GL. Sequential metabolic changes following induction of systemic inflammatory response in patients with severe sepsis or major blunt trauma. World Journal of Surgery 24: 630-638 (2000).
Swinburn BA, Ley SJ, Carmichael HE, Plank LD. Body size and composition in Polynesians. International Journal of Obesity 23: 1178-1183 (1999)
Uehara M, Plank LD, Hill GL. Components of energy expenditure in patients with severe sepsis and major trauma: a basis for clinical care. Critical Care Medicine 27: 1295-1302 (1999)
Rush EC, Plank LD, Coward WA. Energy expenditure of young Polynesian and European women in New Zealand and relations to body composition. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition 69: 43-48 (1999)
Ishibashi N, Plank LD, Sando K, Hill GL. Optimal protein requirements during the first 2 weeks after the onset of critical illness.Critical Care Medicine 26: 1529-1535 (1998)
Clark MA, Plank LD, Connolly AB, Streat SJ, Hill AA, Gupta R, Monk DN, Shenkin A, Hill GL. Effect of a chimeric antibody to tumor necrosis factor-a on cytokine and physiologic responses in patients with severe sepsis - A randomized, clinical trial.Critical Care Medicine 26: 1650-1659 (1998)
Plank LD, Connolly AB, Hill GL. Sequential changes in the metabolic response in severely septic patients during the first 23 days after the onset of peritonitis. Annals of Surgery 228: 146-158 (1998)
Cheng ATH, Plank LD, Hill GL. Prolonged overexpansion of extracellular water in elderly patients with sepsis. Archives of Surgery 133: 745-751 (1998)
Hill AA, Plank LD, Finn PJ, Whalley GA, Sharpe N, Clark MA, Hill GL. Massive nitrogen loss in critical surgical illness: effect on cardiac mass and function. Annals of Surgery 226: 191-197 (1997)
Monk DN, Plank LD, Franch-Arcas G, Finn PJ, Streat SJ, Hill GL. Sequential changes in the metabolic response in critically injured patients during the first 25 days after blunt trauma. Annals of Surgery 223: 395-405 (1996)
Finn PJ, Plank LD, Clark MA, Connolly AB, Hill GL. Progressive cellular dehydration and proteolysis in critically ill patients.Lancet 347: 654-656 (1996)
Plank LD, Monk DN, Gupta R, Franch-Arcas G, Pang J, Hill GL. Body composition studies in intensive care patients: comparison of methods of measuring total body water. Asia Pacific Journal of Clinical Nutrition 4: 125-129 (1995)
Franch-Arcas G, Plank LD, Monk DN, Gupta R, Maher K, Gillanders L, Hill GL. A new method for the estimation of the components of energy expenditure in patients with major trauma. American Journal of Physiology 267: E1002-E1009 (1994)
Mitra S, Plank LD, Knight GS, Hill GL. In vivo measurement of total body chlorine using the 8.57 MeV prompt de-excitation following thermal neutron capture. Physics in Medicine & Biology 38: 161-172 (1993)
Mitra S, Plank LD, Hill GL. Calibration of a prompt gamma in vivo neutron activation facility for direct measurement of total body protein in intensive care patients. Physics in Medicine & Biology 38: 1971-1975 (1993)
Reid IR, Plank LD, Evans MC. Fat mass is an important determinant of whole body bone density in premenopausal women but not in men. Journal of Clinical & Endocrinological Metabolism 75: 779-782 (1992)

Rush EC, Chhichhia P, Kilding A, Plank LD. Water turnover in children and young adults. Eur J Appl Physiol 110: 1209-14 (2010)