Dr Melinda Phang

Postdoctoral Research Fellow
BIONE: Boden Institute Obesity Nutrition & Exercise

Member of the Charles Perkins Centre

Telephone +61 2 86271924

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Biographical details

Dr Melinda Phang is a Research Fellow at the Boden Institute of Obesity, Nutrition, Exercise and Eating Disorders. Her research focuses on cardiovascular disease prevention through dietary intervention on vascular and haematological parameters, more specifically improving biochemical indices of cardiovascular health through diet and nutrition tailored for specific subgroups. This has included a range of projects from maternal health in pregnancy and fetal development to adult at-risk populations.

She was awarded her PhD from The University of Newcastle in 2013, funded by an NHMRC Dora Lush Biomedical Scholarship. Her doctoral studies on omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids and platelet activity were recognised by 3 early career researcher awards by the Nutrition Society of Australia and the Hunter Medical Research Institute.

Current projects

  • Reducing cardiovascular risk in children born with poor fetal growth: the Small baby Omega-3 (SO3) trial
  • Validation of non-invasive tools for central blood pressure and vascular stiffness assessment in children
  • Body fatness and blood vessel health in babies

Associations

  • Committee member of the Lifespan Research Network, University of Sydney, Australia
  • Member of the Australian & NZ Developmental Origins of Health and Disease Society.
  • Member of the International Society for Nutraceuticals and Functional Foods
  • Past Secretary of the Nutrition Society of Australia Local Organising Committee (2010)
  • Editorial Board member of Journal of Paediatric Laboratory Medicine.
  • Editorial Board member of Journal of Obesity and Nutritional Disorders.
  • Editorial Board member of Global Scientific Journal of Women’s Healthcare.

Awards and honours

2016 The University of Sydney Early Career Researcher Poster Presentation Prize

2014 Australasian Society of Thrombosis and Haemostasis Best Lab Study Award

2013 Hunter Medical Research Institute Early Career Research Award

2012 The University of Newcastle Best Research Higher Degree Publication Award

2011 Nutrition Society of Australia Student Award

2011 Nutrition Society of Australia Early Career Researcher Award

2011 Australia Atherosclerosis Society Student Award

2011 National Health & Medical Research Council Dora Lush Biomedical Award

2009 Nestlé Nutrition Institute Emerging Researcher Award

Selected publications

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Book Chapters

  • Dissanayake, H., Phang, M., Skilton, M. (2017). Maternal n-3 Fatty Acids and Blood Pressure in Children. In Rajkumar Rajendram, Victor R. Preedy, & Vinood B. Patel (Eds.), Diet, Nutrition, and Fetal Programming, (pp. 279-292). Cham: Springer International Publishing. [More Information]

Journals

  • Dissanayake, H., McMullan, R., Kong, Y., Caterson, I., Celermajer, D., Phang, M., Raynes-Greenow, C., Polson, J., Gordon, A., Skilton, M. (2018). Body Fatness and Cardiovascular Health in Newborn Infants. Journal of Clinical Medicine, 7(9), 1-12. [More Information]
  • Phang, M., Skilton, M. (2018). Marine omega-3 fatty acids, complications of pregnancy and maternal risk factors for offspring cardio-metabolic disease. Marine Drugs, 16(5). [More Information]
  • Dissanayake, H., McMullan, R., Gordon, A., Caterson, I., Celermajer, D., Phang, M., Raynes-Greenow, C., Skilton, M., Polson, J. (2018). Noninvasive assessment of autonomic function in human neonates born at the extremes of fetal growth spectrum. Physiological Reports, 6(8), e13682. [More Information]
  • McKenzie, K., Dissanayake, H., McMullan, R., Caterson, I., Celermajer, D., Gordon, A., Hyett, J., Meroni, A., Phang, M., Raynes-Greenow, C., Polson, J., Skilton, M. (2017). Quantity and Quality of Carbohydrate Intake during Pregnancy, Newborn Body Fatness and Cardiac Autonomic Control: Conferred Cardiovascular Risk? Nutrients, 9(12), 1-12. [More Information]
  • Skilton, M., Phang, M. (2016). From the (alpha) to the (omega)-3: Breaking the link between impaired fetal growth and adult cardiovascular disease. Nutrition, 32(7-8), 725-731. [More Information]
  • Dias, C., Wood, L., Phang, M., Garg, M. (2015). Kinetics of omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids when co-administered with saturated or omega-6 fats. Metabolism: Clinical and Experimental, 64(12), 1658-1666. [More Information]
  • Dias, C., Phang, M., Wood, L., Garg, M. (2015). Postprandial lipid responses do not differ following consumption of butter or vegetable oil when consumed with omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids. Lipids, 50(4), 339-347. [More Information]
  • Jameel, F., Phang, M., Wood, L., Garg, M. (2014). Acute effects of feeding fructose, glucose and sucrose on blood lipid levels and systemic inflammation. Lipids in Health and Disease, 13, 1-7. [More Information]
  • Phang, M., Scorgie, F., Seldon, M., Garg, M., Lincz, L. (2014). Reduction of prothrombin and Factor V levels following supplementation with omega-3 fatty acids is sex dependent: a randomised controlled study. Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry, 25(10), 997-1002. [More Information]
  • Phang, M., Lincz, L., Garg, M. (2013). Eicosapentaenoic and docosahexaenoic acid supplementations reduce platelet aggregation and hemostatic markers differentially in men and women. The Journal of Nutrition, 143(4), 457-463. [More Information]
  • Phang, M., Lincz, L., Seldon, M., Garg, M. (2012). Acute supplementation with eicosapentaenoic acid reduces platelet microparticle activity in healthy subjects. Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry, 23(9), 1128-1133. [More Information]
  • Phang, M., Lazarus, S., Wood, L., Garg, M. (2011). Diet and thrombosis risk: nutrients for prevention of thrombotic disease. Seminars in Thrombosis and Hemostasis, 37(3), 199-208. [More Information]
  • Phang, M., Garg, M., Sinclair, A. (2009). Inhibition of platelet aggregation by omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids is gender specific-Redefining platelet response to fish oils. Prostaglandins, Leukotrienes and Essential Fatty Acids, 81(1), 35-40. [More Information]
  • Micallef, M., Munro, I., Phang, M., Garg, M. (2009). Plasma n-3 Polyunsaturated Fatty Acids are negatively associated with obesity. British Journal of Nutrition, 102(9), 1370-1374. [More Information]

2018

  • Dissanayake, H., McMullan, R., Kong, Y., Caterson, I., Celermajer, D., Phang, M., Raynes-Greenow, C., Polson, J., Gordon, A., Skilton, M. (2018). Body Fatness and Cardiovascular Health in Newborn Infants. Journal of Clinical Medicine, 7(9), 1-12. [More Information]
  • Phang, M., Skilton, M. (2018). Marine omega-3 fatty acids, complications of pregnancy and maternal risk factors for offspring cardio-metabolic disease. Marine Drugs, 16(5). [More Information]
  • Dissanayake, H., McMullan, R., Gordon, A., Caterson, I., Celermajer, D., Phang, M., Raynes-Greenow, C., Skilton, M., Polson, J. (2018). Noninvasive assessment of autonomic function in human neonates born at the extremes of fetal growth spectrum. Physiological Reports, 6(8), e13682. [More Information]

2017

  • Dissanayake, H., Phang, M., Skilton, M. (2017). Maternal n-3 Fatty Acids and Blood Pressure in Children. In Rajkumar Rajendram, Victor R. Preedy, & Vinood B. Patel (Eds.), Diet, Nutrition, and Fetal Programming, (pp. 279-292). Cham: Springer International Publishing. [More Information]
  • McKenzie, K., Dissanayake, H., McMullan, R., Caterson, I., Celermajer, D., Gordon, A., Hyett, J., Meroni, A., Phang, M., Raynes-Greenow, C., Polson, J., Skilton, M. (2017). Quantity and Quality of Carbohydrate Intake during Pregnancy, Newborn Body Fatness and Cardiac Autonomic Control: Conferred Cardiovascular Risk? Nutrients, 9(12), 1-12. [More Information]

2016

  • Skilton, M., Phang, M. (2016). From the (alpha) to the (omega)-3: Breaking the link between impaired fetal growth and adult cardiovascular disease. Nutrition, 32(7-8), 725-731. [More Information]

2015

  • Dias, C., Wood, L., Phang, M., Garg, M. (2015). Kinetics of omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids when co-administered with saturated or omega-6 fats. Metabolism: Clinical and Experimental, 64(12), 1658-1666. [More Information]
  • Dias, C., Phang, M., Wood, L., Garg, M. (2015). Postprandial lipid responses do not differ following consumption of butter or vegetable oil when consumed with omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids. Lipids, 50(4), 339-347. [More Information]

2014

  • Jameel, F., Phang, M., Wood, L., Garg, M. (2014). Acute effects of feeding fructose, glucose and sucrose on blood lipid levels and systemic inflammation. Lipids in Health and Disease, 13, 1-7. [More Information]
  • Phang, M., Scorgie, F., Seldon, M., Garg, M., Lincz, L. (2014). Reduction of prothrombin and Factor V levels following supplementation with omega-3 fatty acids is sex dependent: a randomised controlled study. Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry, 25(10), 997-1002. [More Information]

2013

  • Phang, M., Lincz, L., Garg, M. (2013). Eicosapentaenoic and docosahexaenoic acid supplementations reduce platelet aggregation and hemostatic markers differentially in men and women. The Journal of Nutrition, 143(4), 457-463. [More Information]

2012

  • Phang, M., Lincz, L., Seldon, M., Garg, M. (2012). Acute supplementation with eicosapentaenoic acid reduces platelet microparticle activity in healthy subjects. Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry, 23(9), 1128-1133. [More Information]

2011

  • Phang, M., Lazarus, S., Wood, L., Garg, M. (2011). Diet and thrombosis risk: nutrients for prevention of thrombotic disease. Seminars in Thrombosis and Hemostasis, 37(3), 199-208. [More Information]

2009

  • Phang, M., Garg, M., Sinclair, A. (2009). Inhibition of platelet aggregation by omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids is gender specific-Redefining platelet response to fish oils. Prostaglandins, Leukotrienes and Essential Fatty Acids, 81(1), 35-40. [More Information]
  • Micallef, M., Munro, I., Phang, M., Garg, M. (2009). Plasma n-3 Polyunsaturated Fatty Acids are negatively associated with obesity. British Journal of Nutrition, 102(9), 1370-1374. [More Information]

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