Adelaide Medical School
Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences
Eligible to supervise Masters and PhD - email supervisor to discuss availability.
Dr Amy Hutchison is an early career postdoctoral researcher based within the Lifelong Health Theme at SAHMRI. Her research focuses on nutritional interventions that manipulate the timing and composition of food intake to improve metabolic health. Amy completed her undergraduate studies at Massey University in New Zealand before moving to Adelaide to pursue a PhD. Her PhD work focused on the role of dietary nutrients (specifically protein) in modulating gastrointestinal motor and hormone function, appetite regulation and blood glucose control in both health and obesity. Since completing her PhD, her research focus has shifted to exploring how modifying what we eat, and when we eat it, can alter appetite, blood glucose control and improve health in at-risk individuals. She also has a keen interest in exploring the changes in circadian rhythms that occur in pregnancy. Her major projects currently are investigating the effects of time restricted eating early, or late in the day in addition to calorie restriction to improve metabolic health. In a larger, multi-centre trial with the Australian Catholic University, Dr Hutchison and the Obesity and Metabolism team are also investigating the effects of time restricted eating to reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes.
Dr Hutchison is interested in exploring how modified meal patterns such as intermittent fasting and time-restricted feeding can improve health in at-risk individuals. She also has a keen interest in exploring the gastrointestinal hormone response to modified meal patterns, and how this may modulate appetite and blood glucose control. She is involved in a number of clinical trials exploring the effects of intermittent fasting and time-restricted feeding on metabolic health, as well as the effects of protein supplementation on blood glucose control and metabolic health in shift workers.
Available projects (PhD): What is the impact of aligned vs misaligned meal timing on glucose metabolism and circadian rhythms during caloric restriction?
We are seeking a new PhD student to join the Obesity and Metabolism Lab and help to conduct an NHMRC funded clinical trial that is comparing the effects of early or late time-restricted eating during caloric restriction on 24 hour blood glucose and lipid metabolism and on circadian pathways in humans with obesity.
An Honours project is also available to explore the impacts of an ICU stay on circadian rhythms in humans.
Date Position Institution name 2016 - ongoing Postdoctoral Research Fellow University of Adelaide
Awards and Achievements
Date Type Title Institution Name Country Amount 2017 Award ANZOS Early Career Researcher Award – Clinical Research Australia and New Zealand Obesity Society Australia - 2017 Award Australia and New Zealand Obesity Society (ANZOS) ANZOS-OSSANZ-AOCO Rising Star Travel Award Australia and New Zealand Obesity Society Australia - 2013 Award Nutrition Society of Australia Early Career Travel Award Nutrition Society of Australia Australia - 2012 Award New Investigator Travel Award Society for the study of Ingestive Behaviour Switzerland - 2011 Award The University of Adelaide’s representative to the Australia/New Zealand National Three Minute Thesis Finals; Western Australia: “Weighing in on whey” University of Adelaide Australia $1000 2011 Achievement Three minute thesis winner University of Adelaide Australia -
Language Competency English Can read, write, speak, understand spoken and peer review
Date Institution name Country Title 2016 University of Adelaide, Adelaide Australia PhD 2009 Massey University, Palmerston North New Zealand Bachelor of Science (Honours) 2008 Massey University, Palmerston North New Zealand Bachelor of Science
Year Citation 2019 Liu, B., Hutchison, A., Thompson, C., Wittert, G. A., & Heilbronn, L. K. (2019). Weight loss and tissue remodelling following 8-week calorie restriction or intermittent fasting in females who are overweight and obese. Poster session presented at the meeting of Obesity Research and Clinical Practice. Elsevier. 2017 Liu, B., Hutchison, A. T., Thompson, C. H., Wittert, G. A., & Heilbronn, L. (2017). Adipose tissue remodeling following eight-week calorie restriction or intermittent fasting in females who are overweight and obese. Poster session presented at the meeting of Diabetes. San Diego, CA: American Diabetes Association.
2013 Ryan, A., Feinle-Bisset., Soenen, S., Steinert., Clifton., Horowitz., & Luscombe-Marsh. (2013). Relationships between Plasma Free Amino Acid Concentrations With Energy Intake and Insulin and Glucagon-Like Peptide-1 in Response to Increasing Loads of Intraduodenal Whey Protein in Healthy Men. Poster session presented at the meeting of American Diabetes Association. Chicago: AMER DIABETES ASSOC.
|Only a matter of time? A comparison of caloric restriction versus time restriction of food intake.
|Heilbronn LK, Banks SB, Hutchison A, Wittert GA
Time Restricted EATing to reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes (TREAT)
Heilbronn LK, Hawley J, Hutchison A, Devlin B, Parr E
Will a protein pre-load before the evening meal improve glucose tolerance in shift workers?
|Hutchison AT, Heilbronn LK, Banks SB
|Diabetes Australia Research Program
|Intermittent fasting for weight loss and metabolic health, does meal timing matter?
|Heilbronn LK, Wittert GA, Hutchison A
|Royal Adelaide Hospital Research Committee
Current Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)
Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name 2023 Principal Supervisor Effects of an evening protein preload on blood glucose, metabolic health, and gut hormone release in night shift workers (propensity) Master of Philosophy (Clinical Science) Master Full Time Miss You Jin Chang 2022 Co-Supervisor A critical analysis of the preconception and periconception phase: how information seeking preferences and early pregnancy adaptations affect pregnancy Master of Philosophy (Medical Science) Master Full Time Miss Kimberly Rhiann Lush 2022 Co-Supervisor Circadian rhythms, inflammation, markers of cardiometabolic health and lifestyle intervention efficacy Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Laurent Turner 2020 Co-Supervisor Nutritional strategies to improve health in individuals at high risk for developing type 2 diabetes Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mrs Rasha Charrouf
Past Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)
Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name 2019 - 2023 Co-Supervisor Effect of intermittent fasting and meal timing on metabolic health Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Miss Kai Liu 2018 - 2022 Co-Supervisor Intermittent Fasting Versus Calorie Restriction to Reduce Risk of Type 2 Diabetes Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Miss Xiao Tong Teong 2017 - 2021 Co-Supervisor Impact of Time Restricted Feeding on Glucose Metabolism and Metabolic Health Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Prashant Regmi 2017 - 2022 Co-Supervisor CIRCADIAN RHYTHMS, INTERMITTENT FASTING, METABOLIC HEALTH Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Miss Lijun Zhao
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