Amy Hutchison

Dr Amy Hutchison

Postdoctoral Researcher

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. 

  • Appointments

    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 Competencies

    Language Competency
    English Can read, write, speak, understand spoken and peer review
  • Education

    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
  • Research Interests

2022-24 Only a matter of time? A comparison of caloric restriction versus time restriction of food intake. Heilbronn LK, Banks SB, Hutchison A, Wittert GA NHMRC $1,189,927
2021-24

Time Restricted EATing to reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes (TREAT)

Heilbronn LK, Hawley J, Hutchison A, Devlin B, Parr E

MRFF $1,012,000
2019

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 $58,000
2015 Intermittent fasting for weight loss and metabolic health, does meal timing matter? Heilbronn LK, Wittert GA, Hutchison A Royal Adelaide Hospital Research Committee $50,000

 

  • 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
  • Position: Postdoctoral Researcher
  • Phone: 81284862
  • Email: amy.hutchison@adelaide.edu.au
  • Campus: North Terrace
  • Building: SAHMRI, floor 7 North
  • Org Unit: Adelaide Medical School

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