Stijn Soenen

Dr Stijn Soenen

Research Fellow

Adelaide Medical School

Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences

Eligible to supervise Masters and PhD - email supervisor to discuss availability.


A major focus of Dr Soenen’s research relates to the effects of nutrients, particularly protein, on appetite regulation and underlying gastrointestinal mechanisms in the elderly. He postulates that various inter-related gut mechanisms underpin the regulation of energy intake by nutrient ingestion, and that these will be disordered in older people, particularly those who are malnourished (obese or undernourished). His recent work has established for the first time that suppression of energy intake by protein is less in healthy older than young adults. This information is of fundamental significance to the rational, and optimal, use of energy restricted diets with increased protein content by obese elderly, protein-rich supplements by undernourished elderly, and protein-rich tube feeds by hospitalized elderly patients at the intensive care unit.

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  • Appointments

    Date Position Institution name
    2016 Royal Adelaide Hospital Research Fellow The University of Adelaide
  • Awards and Achievements

    Date Type Title Institution Name Country Amount
    2017 Research Award The University of Adelaide Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences Research Infrastructure Funding Award Australia $26,410
    2017 Research Award The University of Adelaide 2017 Investment for Success NHMRC Near Miss Grant Australia $10,080
    2017 Research Award The University of Adelaide 2017 Investment for Success NHMRC Near Miss Grant Australia $10,000
    2017 Research Award Royal Adelaide Hospital Research Foundation NHMRC Near Miss Grant Australia $57,205
    2017 Research Award Royal Adelaide Hospital Research Foundation NHMRC Near Miss Grant Australia $50,000
    2017 Research Award The University of Adelaide School of Medicine Equipment Grant Australia $43,110
    2016 Research Award School of Medicine The University of Adelaide Grant-in-aid NHMRC application for funding in 2017 Australia $2,500
    2016 Award School of Medicine Research Travel Award, the University of Adelaide $1,100
    2016 Award Award of the Australasian Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (AuSPEN) for the abstract titled: Addition of carbohydrates and fat to a protein supplement results in higher energy intake in young and older men
    2016 Award Award of the Australasian Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (AuSPEN) for the abstract titled: Measurements of muscle and subcutaneous fat thickness with ultrasound as a measure of body composition and muscle function
    2016 Research Award Royal Adelaide Hospital Research Foundation Clinical Project Grant Australia $49,980
    2016 Research Award Royal Adelaide Hospital Research Foundation Clinical Project Grant Australia Value: $49,560
    2016 Fellowship Florey Fellowship of the Royal Adelaide Hospital Research Foundation Australia 384,000
    2016 Research Award Royal Adelaide Hospital Research Foundation NHMRC Near Miss Project Grant Australia $50,000
    2016 Research Award Royal Adelaide Hospital Endocrine Unit Gum Bequest Grant Australia $30,000
    2015 Scholarship Early Career Scholarship in the Centre of Research Excellence (CRE) in Translating Nutritional Science to Good Health, Adelaide, Australia Australia $90,000
    2015 Research Award Royal Adelaide Hospital Research Foundation Clinical Project Grant Australia $49,920
    2015 Research Award Community Service Research Grant of the Universitas Gadjah Mada Indonesia $15,000
    2015 Research Award Royal Adelaide Hospital Research Foundation NHMRC Near Miss Project Grant Australia $50,000
    2014 Research Award Adelaide Geriatrics Training and Research with Aged Care (G-TRAC) Centre – Resthaven Research Grant Scheme Australia $50,000
    2014 Research Award Royal Adelaide Hospital Research Foundation Clinical Project Grant Australia $49,980
    2013 Research Award Royal Adelaide Hospital Research Foundation Clinical Project Grant Australia $49,980
    2013 Research Award Philantrophic funding from Meals on Wheels South Australia Inc. Australia $50,000
    2013 Award Travel Award of the Discipline of Medicine, Royal Adelaide Hospital, The University of Adelaide Australia
    2013 Scholarship Postgraduate scholarship for a research officer (Caroline Giezenaar) from the CRE in Translating Nutritional Science to Good Health, Adelaide, Australia $60,000
    2011 Scholarship Top-up Scholarship from the Centre of Research Excellence (CRE) in Translating Nutritional Science to Good Health, Adelaide, Australia $40,000
    2011 Fellowship Mary Overton Early Career Fellowship of the RAH Research Foundation Australia $336,000
    2010 Fellowship Kootstra Talent Early Career Fellowship of Maastricht University Medical Centre (MUMC+) Netherlands
    2009 Award Young Investigator Award of the Winter Neuropeptides Conference (WNPC) United States
    2008 Award Travel Award of the Netherlands Association for the Study of Obesity (NASO) Netherlands
    2005 Award Catharina Pijls Thesis Award Netherlands
  • Language Competencies

    Language Competency
    Dutch; Flemish Can read, write, speak, understand spoken and peer review
    English Can read, write, speak, understand spoken and peer review
    German Can read, speak and understand spoken
  • Education

    Date Institution name Country Title
    Maastricht University Medical Centre Netherlands PhD
    Maastricht University Medical Centre Netherlands MSc Biological Health Science
    KHL Belgium BSc Nutrition and Dietetics
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  • Memberships

    Date Role Membership Country
    2016 - ongoing Australasian Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (AuSPEN)
    2014 - ongoing European Society for Clinical Nutrition & Metabolism (ESPEN)
    2013 - ongoing Australian Association of Gerontology (AAG)
    2006 - ongoing Society of the Study of Ingestive Behavior (SSIB)
  • Position: Research Fellow
  • Phone: 83133638
  • Email: stijn.soenen@adelaide.edu.au
  • Fax: 8313 3870
  • Campus: North Terrace
  • Building: Adelaide Health and Medical Sciences, floor 5
  • Room: WS5062.22
  • Org Unit: Medical Specialties

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