Imre Kouw

Dr Imre Kouw

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Adelaide Medical School

Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences


Dr Imre Kouw, BSc Dietetics and MSc Nutrition, is Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the RAH ICU Research Group. Imre completed her PhD in 2018 at Maastricht University under supervision of Professor Luc van Loon, which focussed on nutritional strategies to attenuate muscle loss during hospitalization in older and clinical populations. During her PhD, she gained extensive experience in stable isotope tracer methodology to assess muscle protein metabolism. She conducted multiple nutritional intervention trials in healthy older volunteers and clinical populations (patients with frailty, Type 2 Diabetes, elective hip or knee replacement, or hip fracture surgery and those prior to bariatric surgery). Imre has been awarded multiple research awards during her PhD including the European Society for Clinical Nutrition and Metabolism Best Oral Presentation (2016) and Gatorade Sport Science Institute (2016) Nutrition Award, and more recently a price for Best PhD Thesis 2019 in Clinical Nutrition and Metabolism (Dutch Nutrition Society for Clinical Nutrition and Metabolism) and the British Nutrition Foundation Drummond Early Career Scientist Award (2020). Imre received an ESPEN Research Fellowship (2019) to investigate the effect of intermittent fasting on muscle protein metabolism in overweight and obese middle-aged men at the Exercise and Nutrition Research Program at Australian Catholic University in Melbourne and apply a novel tracer methodology, deuterated water. Imre recently joined the RAH ICU Research Group in July 2020 where she will continue her postdoctoral training on muscle protein metabolism in Intensive Care Unit patients, she recently received a prestigious Rubicon Fellowship (2020-2022) from the Netherlands Organisation for Health Research and Development NOW/ZonMW. Imre has previous (co-)supervisory experience with BSc, MSc, and PhD students.

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    Year Citation
    2020 Fuchs, C., Kouw, I., Churchward-Venne, T., Smeets, J., Senden, J., van Marken Lichtenbelt, W., . . . van Loon, L. (2020). Postexercise cooling impairs muscle protein synthesis rates in recreational athletes. Journal of Physiology, 598(4), 755-772.
    DOI Scopus5
    2020 Weijzen, M., Kouw, I., Geerlings, P., Verdijk, L., & van Loon, L. (2020). During Hospitalization, Older Patients at Risk for Malnutrition Consume <0.65 Grams of Protein per Kilogram Body Weight per Day. Nutrition in Clinical Practice, 35(4), 9 pages.
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    2020 Gonzalez, J., Dirks, M., Holwerda, A., Kouw, I., & van Loon, L. (2020). Intermittent versus continuous enteral nutrition attenuates increases in insulin and leptin during short-term bed rest.. European Journal of Applied Physiology, 12 pages.
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    2019 Kouw, I., Van Dijk, J., Horstman, A., Kramer, I., Goessens, J., Van Dielen, F., . . . Van Loon, L. (2019). Basal and postprandial myofibrillar protein synthesis rates do not differ between lean and obese middle-Aged men. Journal of Nutrition, 149(9), 1533-1542.
    DOI Scopus2 WoS2 Europe PMC1
    2019 Snijders, T., Trommelen, J., Kouw, I., Holwerda, A., Verdijk, L., & van Loon, L. (2019). The impact of pre-sleep protein ingestion on the skeletal muscle adaptive response to exercise in humans: An update. Frontiers in Nutrition, 6, 8 pages.
    DOI Scopus5
    2019 Dirks, M., Smeets, J., Holwerda, A., Kouw, I., Marzuca-Nassr, G., Gijsen, A., . . . van Loon, L. (2019). Dietary feeding pattern does not modulate the loss of muscle mass or the decline in metabolic health during short-term bed rest. American Journal of Physiology - Endocrinology and Metabolism, 316(3), E536-E545.
    DOI Scopus3
    2019 Horstman, A., Kouw, I., Van Dijk, J., Hamer, H., Groen, B., Van Kranenburg, J., . . . Van Loon, L. (2019). The muscle protein synthetic response to whey protein ingestion is greater in middle-aged women compared with men. Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism, 104(4), 994-1004.
    DOI Scopus2 WoS2 Europe PMC2
    2019 Weijzen, M., Kouw, I., Verschuren, A., Muyters, R., Geurts, J., Emans, P., . . . van Loon, L. (2019). Protein Intake Falls below 0.6 g·kg <sup>-1</sup> ·d <sup>-1</sup> in Healthy, Older Patients Admitted for Elective Hip or Knee Arthroplasty. Journal of Nutrition, Health and Aging, 23(3), 299-305.
    DOI Scopus2 WoS2
    2019 Kouw, I., Groen, B., Smeets, J., Kramer, I., van Kranenburg, J., Nilwik, R., . . . Verdijk, L. (2019). One Week of Hospitalization Following Elective Hip Surgery Induces Substantial Muscle Atrophy in Older Patients. Journal of the American Medical Directors Association, 20(1), 35-42.
    DOI Scopus6 Europe PMC1
    2018 Trommelen, J., Kouw, I., Holwerda, A., Snijders, T., Halson, S., Rollo, I., . . . van Loon, L. (2018). Presleep dietary protein-derived amino acids are incorporated in myofibrillar protein during postexercise overnight recovery. American journal of physiology. Endocrinology and metabolism, 314(5), E457-E467.
    DOI Scopus18 WoS16 Europe PMC6
    2017 Nyakayiru, J., Kouw, I., Cermak, N., Senden, J., van Loon, L., & Verdijk, L. (2017). Sodium nitrate ingestion increases skeletal muscle nitrate content in humans (vol 123, pg 637, 2017). JOURNAL OF APPLIED PHYSIOLOGY, 123(6), 1738.
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    2017 Gorissen, S., Horstman, A., Franssen, R., Kouw, I., Wall, B., Burd, N., . . . Van Loon, L. (2017). Habituation to low or high protein intake does not modulate basal or postprandial muscle protein synthesis rates: A randomized trial. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 105(2), 332-342.
    DOI Scopus18 WoS16 Europe PMC11
    2017 Kramer, I., Verdijk, L., Hamer, H., Verlaan, S., Luiking, Y., Kouw, I., . . . van Loon, L. (2017). Both basal and post-prandial muscle protein synthesis rates, following the ingestion of a leucine-enriched whey protein supplement, are not impaired in sarcopenic older males. Clinical Nutrition, 36(5), 1440-1449.
    DOI Scopus12 WoS12 Europe PMC6
    2017 Nyakayiru, J., Kouw, I., Cermak, N., Senden, J., Van Loon, L., & Verdijk, L. (2017). Sodium nitrate ingestion increases skeletal muscle nitrate content in humans. Journal of Applied Physiology, 123(3), 637-644.
    DOI Scopus14 WoS15 Europe PMC7
    2017 Kouw, I., Holwerda, A., Trommelen, J., Kramer, I., Bastiaanse, J., Halson, S., . . . van Loon, L. (2017). Protein ingestion before sleep increases overnight muscle protein synthesis rates in healthy older men: A randomized controlled trial. Journal of Nutrition, 147(12), 2252-2261.
    DOI Scopus26 WoS23 Europe PMC11
    2016 Klinkenberg, L., Wildi, K., Van Der Linden, N., Kouw, I., Niens, M., Twerenbold, R., . . . Meex, S. (2016). Diurnal rhythm of cardiac troponin: Consequences for the diagnosis of acute myocardial infarction. Clinical Chemistry, 62(12), 1602-1611.
    DOI Scopus25 WoS26 Europe PMC6
    2016 Trommelen, J., Holwerda, A., Kouw, I., Langer, H., Halson, S., Rollo, I., . . . Van Loon, L. (2016). Resistance Exercise Augments Postprandial Overnight Muscle Protein Synthesis Rates. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, 48(12), 2517-2525.
    DOI Scopus18 WoS21 Europe PMC15
    2016 Kouw, I., Cermak, N., Burd, N., Churchward-Venne, T., Senden, J., Gijsen, A., & van Loon, L. (2016). Sodium nitrate co-ingestion with protein does not augment postprandial muscle protein synthesis rates in older, type 2 diabetes patients. American Journal of Physiology - Endocrinology and Metabolism, 311(2), E325-E334.
    DOI Scopus3 WoS1 Europe PMC1
    2016 Holwerda, A., Kouw, I., Trommelen, J., Halson, S., Wodzig, W., Verdijk, L., & van Loon, L. (2016). Physical activity performed in the evening increases the overnight muscle protein synthetic response to presleep protein ingestion in older men. Journal of Nutrition, 146(7), 1307-1314.
    DOI Scopus27 WoS28 Europe PMC15
    2015 Kramer, I., Verdijk, L., Hamer, H., Verlaan, S., Luiking, Y., Kouw, I., . . . Van Loon, L. (2015). Impact of the macronutrient composition of a nutritional supplement on muscle protein synthesis rates in older men: A randomized, double blind, controlled trial. Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism, 100(11), 4124-4132.
    DOI Scopus19 WoS16 Europe PMC11
    2015 Kouw, I., Gorissen, S., Burd, N., Cermak, N., Gijsen, A., Van Kranenburg, J., & Van Loon, L. (2015). Postprandial protein handling is not impaired in type 2 diabetes patients when compared with normoglycemic controls. Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism, 100(8), 3103-3111.
    DOI Scopus10 WoS10 Europe PMC10
    2015 Cermak, N., Hansen, D., Kouw, I., van Dijk, J., Blackwell, J., Jones, A., . . . van Loon, L. (2015). A single dose of sodium nitrate does not improve oral glucose tolerance in patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus. Nutrition Research, 35(8), 674-680.
    DOI Scopus14 WoS14 Europe PMC10
    2014 Burd, N., Cermak, N., Kouw, I., Gorissen, S., Gijsen, A., & Van Loon, L. (2014). The use of doubly labeled milk protein to measure postprandial muscle protein synthesis rates in vivo in humans. Journal of Applied Physiology, 117(11), 1363-1370.
    DOI Scopus25 WoS25 Europe PMC15
    2011 Kouw, I., Tieland, M., & Gorissen, S. (2011). A step towards underpinning the molecular signalling events regulating muscle protein loss in critically ill patients. Journal of Physiology, 589(24), 5925-5926.
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  • Position: Postdoctoral Research Fellow
  • Phone: 70741757
  • Email: imre.kouw@adelaide.edu.au
  • Campus: North Terrace
  • Building: 30, floor 4/G
  • Room: G 751 (ICU Research) RAH
  • Org Unit: Adelaide Medical School

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