Research Scientist and Research Dietician, CSIRO

Dr Jane Bowen, BSc (Biomedical), BNutrDiet (Hons), PhD, is a Research Scientist/Research Dietitian for the Food and Nutrition Flagship, within the CSIRO’s Nutrition and Health Program. She conducts her clinical work through the CSIRO Clinical Research Unit with a broad range of projects to develop programs that focus on food and dietary patterns for metabolic health, weight management and healthy ageing.

Jane has worked in partnership with the food industry, state and federal governments, community organisations and NGOs, and co-authored a number of significant health resources used extensively across the Australian health system.

She is an author of the CSIRO Wellbeing Plan for Kids, and contributing author of the CSIRO Healthy Heart Diet and the CSIRO Total Wellbeing Diet, which has now been translated into 17 languages and sold over 1 million copies in Australia. Jane was part of the team awarded a CSIRO Medal for Research Excellence for the development of the CSIRO Total Wellbeing Diet.

Jane helped write the Get Set 4 Life booklet, which is distributed to all Australian children during their 4-year-old health check, aiming to help families establish healthy lifestyle habits from a young age. She was also project manager of the $3.7 million 2007 Australian National Children’s Nutrition and Physical Activity Survey.

Jane’s depth of experience in nutrition and dietetics are an integral part of her team’s focus on:

Interventions for overweight and obese people, through designing, evaluating and substantiating interventions for achieving and maintaining healthy weight and metabolic health;
Solutions for the ageing population, through better understanding the nutritional needs required to slow the age-related decline in functionality and maintain independence for as long as possible;
Programs to improve the health of all Australians by sharing research findings across the health industry; and
Mechanisms to substantiate health claims used in food labelling to support the food industry.
The Nutrition and Health program aims to deliver innovation to Australia's food and health industries, resulting in significant health and economic benefits for Australians.

Jane is a member of the CSIROseven (http://seven.csiro.au/)

Experience

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    Research Scientist and Research Dietician , CSIRO